On This Day in Sport for June 12

  • June

Events in Sport

  • 1875 9th Belmont: Bobby Swim aboard Calvin wins in 2:42.25
  • 1880 John Lee Richmond pitches 1st major league perfect game, Worcester 1, Cleveland's Forest City 0
  • 1894 British Open Golf, Royal St George's GC: J.H. Taylor wins first Open played outside Scotland; beats Douglas Rolland by 5 strokes
  • 1896 J.T. Hearne sets a cricket record for the earliest date of taking 100 first-class wickets in a season.
  • 1910 PEC soccer team forms in Zwolle
  • 1916 Tennis legend Bill Tilden's 1st appearance at US tennis championship
  • 1916 30th U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt beats Louise Hammond Raymond (6-0, 6-1)

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1919 US Open Men's Golf, Brae Burn CC: Walter Hagen defeats Mike Brady by 1 stroke in an 18-hole playoff to win his second and final US Open

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1920 52nd Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o' War wins in 2:14.2

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1922 St Louis Brown Hub Pruett strikes out Babe Ruth 3 straight times

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1922 St Louis gets record 10 hits in a row & beats Phillies 14-8
  • 1925 William DeHart Hubbard of US, sets long jump record at 25' 10 3/4"
  • 1926 58th Belmont: Albert Johnson aboard Crusader wins in 2:32.2

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1928 NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits 2 triples & 2 HRs to be White Sox 15-7

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1930 German boxer Max Schmeling beats Jack Sharkey by disqualification in 4, first time world heavyweight title won on a foul
  • 1936 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Topeka CC: Opal Hill scores a 3 & 2 win over Mrs. Charkes Dennehy to claim her second consecutive major title

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1937 US Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Ralph Guldahl wins first of his 2 consecutive US titles, 2 strokes ahead of Sam Snead

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1939 US Open Men's Golf, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Byron Nelson wins by 3 strokes from Craig Wood and 7 ahead of Denny Shute in a 36-hole playoff to claim the second of his 5 major titles

  • 1939 Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, NY
  • 1947 British Amateur Women's Golf, Gullane GC: Babe Didrikson becomes first American to win event; beats England's Jacqueline Gordon 5 & 4

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1948 US Open Men's Golf, Riviera CC: Ben Hogan dominates final 2 rounds, shooting 68-69, 2 shots ahead of runner-up Jimmy Demaret; third of his 9 major titles

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1948 80th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro wins aboard Citation to claim his second Triple Crown

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 Bradman scores 138 in 1st Test cricket at Trent Bridge

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950 Connie Mack named Honorary Manager of the All-Star Game

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1954 86th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard High Gun wins in 2:30.8
  • 1954 Milwaukee Braves Jim Wilson no-hits Phillies, 2-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1957 Stan Musial plays in 823rd game (new NL consecutive-game streak)

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1959 SF Giants Mike McCormick no-hits Phillies, 3-0 in 5 inning game
  • 1961 An ailing Bill Veeck sells his interest in White Sox to Arthur Allyn
  • 1965 Morio Shigematsu runs world record marathon (2:12:00)
  • 1967 Washington Senators beat Chicago White Sox 6-5 in 22 innings
  • 1970 Pitts Pirate Doc Ellis no-hits San Diego Padres, 2-0
  • 1973 Close finish at Trent Bridge, NZ Cricket need 479 to win, all out 440

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

1975 Hank Aaron's 1st HR in Milwaukee since 1965

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1977 LPGA Championship, Bay Tree Plantation GC: Chako Higuchi of Japan wins her only LPGA major title by 3 from Pat Bradley, Sandra Post & Judy Rankin

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

1979 Tigers fire manager Les Moss, hiring Sparky Anderson

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • 1981 Baseball players begin a 50 day strike, their 3rd strike

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1981 Larry Holmes TKOs Leon Spinks in 3 for WBC heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1983 LPGA Championship, Jack Nicklaus GC: Patty Sheehan comes from 7 strokes behind with a final round a 66 (−6) to finish 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Sandra Haynie

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 1983 Winston Davis takes 7-51 in Cricket World Cup match v Australia
  • 1988 6th Seniors Players Golf Championship: Billy Casper
  • 1990 Egypt (500-1 longshot) ties favorite the Netherlands 1-1 in World Cup game

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1990 NY Yankee reliever Dave Righetti becomes 9th to record 200 saves

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1990 Oakland A's Rickey Henderson becomes 2nd to steal 900 bases

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1990 Orioles Cal Ripken plays in his 1,308th consecutive game to move past Everett Scott into 2nd place on the all-time list

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • 1990 NY Mets beat Chicago Cubs 19-8 at Wrigley Field, Cubs outfielder Doug Dazcenzo pitched a scoreless 9th inning
  • 1991 45th NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • 1997 1st ever baseball inter-league game SF Giants beat Texas Rangers 4-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets 4-0 in NBA finals MVP: Shaquille O'Neal, L.A.

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • 2005 LPGA Championship, Bulle Rock GC: 3-peat for Annika Sörenstam of Sweden; wins by 3 strokes ahead of 15-year-old amateur Michelle Wie
  • 2009 Stanley Cup Final, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI: Pittsburgh Penguins edge Detroit Red Wings, 2-1 for a 4-3 series win; Penguins 3rd Championship
  • 2011 65th NBA Championship: Dallas Mavericks beat Miami Heat, 4 games to 2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes 1st footballer to top Forbes' Highest-Paid Athletes List, earning $88 million

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2016 Stanley Cup Final, SAP Center, San Jose, CA: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat San Jose Sharks, 3-1 for a 4-2 series victory; Penguins 4th title
  • 2016 Women's PGA Championship, Sahalee CC: 18-year old Canadian Brooke Henderson wins her first major title on the 1st hole of a sudden-death playoff with top-ranked Lydia Ko of New Zealand

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1833 George Stevens, English jockey (record 5 Grand National wins), born in Cheltenham, England (d. 1871)
  • 1861 William Attewell, English cricket bowler (England in 10 Tests 1884-1891), born in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1927)
  • 1905 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 400m relay 1928), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1905 James J. Braddock, American heavyweight boxer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1927 Timir Pinegin, Russian sailor (Olympic gold 1960), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Jim Burke, Australian cricketer (Australian opener of 50s), born in Mosman, Sydney, Australia (d. 1979)
  • 1930 Donald Byrne, American chess player, born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1930 Innes Ireland, Scottish racing driver, born in Mytholmroyd, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 1993)
  • 1932 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian marathoner (Olympic gold 1968), born in Ada'a, Oromo, Ethiopia (d. 2002)
  • 1935 Ian Craig, Australian cricketer (prodigious Australian bat of 50's), born in Yass, NSW (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Geoff Griffin, South African cricketer (South African quick, hat-trick & chuck v Eng 1960), born in Greytown, Natal Province, Union of South Africa (d. 2006)
  • 1941 Marv Albert, American "Yes!" sportscaster (NBC-TV)/back biter, born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Terry Anderson, American rapid fire pistol shooter (Olympic-80, 96), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1947 Ron Freeman, American athlete, 4x400m runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 1948 Norbert Phillip, West Indian cricketer (WI pace bowler late 70s), born in Bioche, Dominica
  • 1948 Hans Binder, Austrian racing driver, born in Zell am Ziller, Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1949 Marc Tardif, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Granby, Quebec, Canada
  • 1952 Siegfried Brietzke, German coxless rower (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Rostock, Germany
  • 1956 Terry Alderman, Australian cricketer (prolific Australian medium-pacer 1981-91), born in Subiaco, Perth, Australia
  • 1957 Javed Miandad, Pakistani cricket captain (124 Tests, 8,832 runs), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1959 Jalal-ud-din, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani paceman, ODI hat-trick v Aust 1982), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1959 Steve Bauer, Canadian road racer cyclist (Olympic silver 84, 96), born in St. Catharines, Canada
  • 1960 Mark Calcavecchia, American golfer (British Open 1989; 13 PGA Tour titles), born in Laurel, Nebraska
  • 1961 Rod Latham, New Zealand cricketer (NZ opening batsman), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1963 Philippa June Baker, double scull rower (Olympics 1996), born in Wanganui, New Zealand
  • 1963 Philippe Bugalski, French rally driver (d. 2012)
  • 1964 Peter Such, English cricketer (England off-spinner 1993-), born in Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
  • 1964 Derek Higgins, Irish racing driver, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1965 Gwen Torrence, Lithonia GA, 100m/200m/400m (Olympics 2 gold-92, 96)
  • 1967 Neil Maxwell, Fijian cricketer (all-rounder for Fiji 1990, Victoria & NSW), born in Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji
  • 1968 Patty Armstrong, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Torrance, California
  • 1968 Scott Aldred, American MLB pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1969 Kevin Turner, American NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles) and plaintiff against NFL (concussion case), born in Prattville, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 1969 Mathieu Schneider, American NHL defenseman (NY Islanders, Toronto), born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Damon Buford, American baseball outfielder (Texas Rangers), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1970 Lee Mayberry, American NBA guard (Milwaukee Bucks, Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1971 Florencia Labat, Argentine tennis star (1992 Austrian), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1971 Iwan Tomasz, Polish soccer player (Roda JC, Feyenoord), born in Słupsk, Poland
  • 1971 Mark Henry, American 238+lbs (108+kg) weightlifter, born in Silsbee, Texas
  • 1971 Ryan Klesko, American MLB outfielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Westminster, California
  • 1972 Inger Miller, American 100m runner, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Nathalie Baudone, Rocurt Belgium, tennis star (3rd round 1995 US Open)
  • 1972 Patrick van Diemen, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht, NEC), born in Woerden, Netherlands
  • 1973 Hanna Riikka Nieminen, Finnish ice hockey right wing (2 Olympics bronze 1998, 2018), born in Jyväskylä, Finland
  • 1973 Jason Caffey, American NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1973 Rick Plum, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC, MVV), born in Kerkrade, Netherlands
  • 1973 Takis Fyssas, Greek footballer, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1974 Kerry Kittles, American NBA guard (NJ Nets), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1974 Hideki Matsui, Japanese baseball player, born in Neagari, Ishikawa, Japan
  • 1975 Ryan Tucker, American NFL center (St Louis Rams), born in Midland, Texas
  • 1976 Thomas Sørensen, Danish football goalkeeper, born in Fredericia, Denmark
  • 1979 Dallas Clark, American NFL tight end, born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • 1980 Larry Foote, American football linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1980 Marco Bortolami, Italian rugby union player, born in Padua, Veneto, Italy
  • 1982 Loïc Duval, French racing driver (Audi Sport), born in Chartres, France
  • 1982 Jason David, American NFL cornerback (Indianapolis Colts), born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1983 Bryan Habana, South African rugby player (South Africa national team), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1983 Christine Sinclair, Canadian soccer player (Portland Thorns FC), born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1985 Sam Thaiday, Australian professional rugby league player (Brisbane Broncos), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1992 Philippe Coutinho, Brazilian football player (Barcelona), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Weddings in Sport

  • 1999 Former Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller (22) weds lawyer and ophthalmologist Chris Phillips (26) at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City

LoveWedding of Interest

2009 Tennis ace Boris Becker (41) weds model Sharlely Kerssenberg in St Moritz, Switzerland

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • 2014 The Band Perry singer Kimberly Perry weds Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia (28) in Greeneville, Tennessee

Deaths in Sport

  • 1930 Dyce Willcocks, cricketer ("Grand Old Man" of Canadian cricket), dies
  • 1967 Bombardier Billy Wells [William Thomas Wells], English heavyweight boxer (Lionsdale Belt, 1911), dies at 79
  • 1990 Glen Gorbous, Canadian MLB outfielder (record for longest throw of a regulation baseball [445' 10"]), dies at 59
  • 1998 Éric Tabarly, French Navy officer and yachtsman, dies at 66
  • 2005 Scott Young, Canadian sportswriter, novelist, and journalist (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Derek Tapscott, Welsh footballer (b. 1932)