On This Day in Sport for June 12

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)
  • 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

Sport awardGolf Major

1930 34th US Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 287 at Interlachen CC Minn

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones
  • 1930 German boxer Max Schmeling beats Jack Sharkey by disqualification in 4, first time world heavyweight title won on a foul
  • 1937 41st US Golf Open: Ralph Guldahl shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich

Sport awardGolf Major

1939 43rd US Golf Open: Byron Nelson shoots a 284 at Philadelphia Cricket Club PA

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson
  • 1939 Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, NY
  • 1947 Babe Didrikson is 1st American to win British Women's Amateur Golf Championship

Sport awardGolf Major

1948 48th US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 276 at Riviera CC in LA

Golfer Ben Hogan
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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 awardGolf Major

1983 29th LPGA Championship won by Patty Sheehan

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
  • 1988 Mei-Chi Cheng wins LPGA Rochester Golf International
  • 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
  • 1994 Liselotte Neumann wins Minnesota LPGA Golf Classic
  • 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 won by Annika Sörenstam
  • 2009 Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Detroit Red Wings 4-3, Evgeni Malkin 1st Russian to win MVP
  • 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: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat San Jose Sharks 4-2 in San Jose

Birthdays in Sport

  • 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
  • 1951 Dean Unruh, WLAF offensive line coach (Rhein Fire), born in Riverton, Wyoming
  • 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 professional golfer (1987 Honda Classic), 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, cricketer (all-rounder for Fiji 1990, Victoria & NSW)
  • 1968 Patty Armstrong, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Torrance, California
  • 1968 Scott Aldred, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1969 Kevin Turner, 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, outfielder (Texas Rangers), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1970 Lee Mayberry, NBA guard (Milwaukee Bucks, Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1971 Florencia Labat, tennis star (1992 Austrian), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1971 Iwan Tomasz, soccer player (Roda JC, Feyenoord)
  • 1971 Mark Henry, Silsbee TX, 238+lbs (108+kg) weightlift (Olympic 14th-92, 96)
  • 1971 Phillip Bobo, WLAF receiver (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Ryan Klesko, outfielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Westminster, California
  • 1971 Stephanie Thater, Kirkwood Mo, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Thomas Bailey, WLAF wide receiver (Rhein Fire)
  • 1972 Inger Miller, 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)
  • 1972 Scott Dawes, Australian baseball catcher (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Hanna Riikka Nieminen, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1973 Jason Caffey, NBA forward (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1973 Rick Plum, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC, MVV)
  • 1973 Takis Fyssas, Greek footballer
  • 1974 Kerry Kittles, NBA guard (NJ Nets)
  • 1974 Vanessa Baker, Australia, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Hideki Matsui, Japanese baseball player
  • 1975 Ryan Tucker, NFL center (St Louis Rams)
  • 1975 Scott Ferrier, Australia, high jumper/decathlete (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976 Thomas Sørensen, Danish footballer
  • 1977 Andrea Schwartz, 200m butterfly (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1979 Dallas Clark, American football player
  • 1980 Larry Foote, American football player
  • 1980 Marco Bortolami, Italian rugby union player
  • 1982 Loïc Duval, French racing driver
  • 1982 Jason David, American football player
  • 1983 Bryan Habana, South African rugby player
  • 1983 Christine Sinclair, Canadian soccer player
  • 1985 Sam Thaiday, Australian professional rugby league player
  • 1992 Philippe Coutinho, Brazilian football player

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

HeartWedding 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)