On This Day in Sport for June 15

Events in Sport

  • 1741 Captain Vitus Bering leaves Petropavlovsk, sailing to America
  • 1887 NY Giants beat Philadelphia Phillies 29-1
  • 1888 2nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Bertha Townsend beats Ellen Hansell (6-3, 6-5)
  • 1889 3rd U.S. Women's National Championship: Bertha Townsend beats Lida Voorhees (7-5, 6-2)
  • 1894 Phillies beat Cincinnati Reds, 21-8
  • 1901 7th US Golf Open: Willie Anderson shoots a 331 at Myopia Hunt Club MA
  • 1902 Minor League's most lopsided baseball game: Corsicana 51; Texarkana 3 Justin Clark of Corsicana, Texas minors hits 8 home runs in 1 game
  • 1906 British Open Golf, Muirfield: James Braid successfully defends Open title by 4 strokes from J.H. Taylor
  • 1909 Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord's and form the Imperial Cricket Conference.
  • 1912 26th U.S. Women's National Championship: Mary Browne beats Eleonora Sears 6-4, 6-2
  • 1920 De Zweef soccer team forms in Nijverdal
  • 1923 58th British Golf Open: Arthur Havers shoots a 295 at Troon Golf Club

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1928 Ty Cobb, 41, steals home for 50th & final time

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1931 Eddie Collins & Harry Heilmann retire from baseball

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1938 1st night game at Brooklyn Ebbets Field (Reds 6, Dodgers 0) as Cincinnati Red Johnny Vander Meer hurls unprecedented 2nd consecutive no-hitter
  • 1947 47th US Golf Open: Lew Worsham shoots a 282 at St Louis CC in MO
  • 1948 1st night game at Briggs Stadium: Detroit Tigers beat Philadelphia A's (Tigers 4, Athletics 1)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 Bradman is out for a duck, but Australia win test match anyway

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1951 Joe Louis scored his last knock out victory

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1955 The International Olympic Committee votes to award Rome the rights to host the 1960 Summer Olympic Games
  • 1957 57th US Golf Open: Dick Mayer shoots a 282 at Inverness Club in Toledo
  • 1957 89th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Gallant Man wins in 2:26.6

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1958 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1960 Angel Cordero wins his 1st of over 7000 horse races
  • 1962 Phillies score 10 runs in an inning against Reds en route to 13-8 win
  • 1963 Buddy Nobles runs world record marathon (2:14:28)
  • 1963 SF Giants Juan Marichal no-hits Houston Colt .45s, 1-0
  • 1965 Denny McLain in relief strikesout 1st 7 batters faced & record 14 in 6 2/3 innings, Bill Freehan ties catcher record of 19 putouts
  • 1968 15th Curtis Cup: US wins 10½-7½ at Royal County Down Golf Club (Newcastle, Northern Ireland)
  • 1969 US Open Golf, Champions GC: Orville Moody wins only major title by 1 stroke from Al Geiberger, Bob Rosberg & Dean Beman
  • 1969 Mets help their power needs by adding 1st baseman Donn Clendenon
  • 1970 16th LPGA Championship won by Shirley Englehorn

Sport awardTennis Open

1975 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg beats Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas

Sport awardTennis Open

1975 74th Women's French Open: Chris Evert beats Martina Navratilova (2-6, 6-2, 6-1)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1976 Rain out! Astrodome cancels game heavy rains make it difficult for visiting team and umpires to get through flooded streets to the stadium
  • 1977 NY Mets trade Tom Seaver to Reds for Pat Zachry

Sport awardGolf Major

1980 80th US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 272 at Baltusrol GC NJ

  • 1980 Dale Lundquis wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • 1980 Jorge Orta of Cleveland gets 6 hits in a baseball game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Cards trade Keith Hernandez to Mets for Neil Allen & Rick Ownbey

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • 1984 Vitesse soccer team forms in Arnhem

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1985 Pinklon Thomas KOs Mike Weaver in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver

Sport awardGolf Major

1986 86th US Golf Open: Ray Floyd shoots a 279 at Shinnecock Hills GC NY

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • 1986 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • 1987 Michael Spinks TKOs Gerry Cooney in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1989 Balt Orioles pull their 9th triple play (vs Yankees)
  • 1994 NY Giants cut quarterback Phil Simms
  • 1997 97th US Golf Open: Ernie Els shoots a 276 Congressional CC Bethesda Md
  • 1997 Danielle Ammaccapane wins Edina Realty LPGA Classic
  • 2001 55th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 1
  • 2003 57th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat New Jersey Nets, 4 games to 2
  • 2003 US Open Golf, Olympia Fields CC: American Jim Furyk wins his only major title by 3 from Stephen Leaney of Australia
  • 2004 58th NBA Championship: Detroit Pistons beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • 2011 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins defeat Vancouver Canucks 4-3
  • 2014 114th US Golf Open: Martin Kaymer shoots a 271 at Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina
  • 2014 68th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Miami Heat, 4 games to 1
  • 2015 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2
  • 2018 World Cup: Portugal 3. Spain 3 - Cristiano Renaldo scores hat-trick - 4th player to score in 4 different WC's - 1st to score in 8 consecutive major tournaments

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1878 Margaret Abbott, American golfer and 1st woman to win an Olympic event (1900), born in Calcutta, India (d. 1955)
  • 1924 Mohammed Ghazali, cricketer (Pak off-spinner wicketless in 2 Tests 54)
  • 1925 Gene Baker, baseball player
  • 1930 Marcel Pronovost, professional ice hockey player
  • 1933 Mark Jones, English footballer (d. 1958)
  • 1937 Kumar Shri Indrajitsinhji, cricketer (Indian keeper in 60's)
  • 1938 Billy Williams, baseball player (Cubs)
  • 1942 Bruce DalCanton, baseball player
  • 1944 Inna Ryskai, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic-2 gold/2 silver-1964-76)
  • 1946 Ken Henderson, baseball player
  • 1946 Roger Tolchard, cricketer (Engl keeper played Tests as a batsman 1977)
  • 1948 Champ Summers, baseball player
  • 1949 Dusty Baker, baseball player (LA Dodgers)
  • 1951 Tom Forzani, CFL wide receiver (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1954 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (d. 1996)
  • 1955 Cathy Morse, LPGA golfer
  • 1956 Lance Parrish, baseball player
  • 1957 Brett Butler, MLB center fielder
  • 1958 Wade Boggs, Nebraska, Red Sox/Yank 3rd baseman (AL bat champ 1985-88)
  • 1960 Denise Haigh, LPGA golfer
  • 1961 Dave McAuley, Northern Irish boxer
  • 1964 Michael Laudrup, Danish footballer
  • 1965 David Bolton, Guyana, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Lando Mem Amateur)
  • 1968 Tim Lester, NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Person of interestCedric Pioline

1969 Cedric Pioline, French tennis player (runner-up US Open 1993, Wimbledon 1997), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Tennis Player Cedric Pioline
Tennis Player
Cedric Pioline
  • 1969 Jesse Belanger, St-georges De Beau, NHL center (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1969 Maurice Odumbe, cricketer (Kenyan batsman & 1996 World Cup captain)
  • 1969 Sheldon Kennedy, Brandon, NHL right wing (Calgary Flames)
  • 1969 Oliver Kahn, German footballer
  • 1970 Amanda Cromwell, soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970 Janie Eickhoff Quigley, American cyclist, born in Long Beach, California
  • 1970 Zan Tabak, NBA center (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1971 Nathan Astle, New Zealand cricketer (batsman), Test debut v Zimbabwe in 1996
  • 1971 Stuart Howell, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Andrew Pettitte, Baton Rouge LA, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1972 DeWayne Patterson, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1972 Jean Francois Labbe, Sherbrooke, NHL goalie (Colorado Avalanche)
  • 1972 Justin C G Leonard, PGA golfer (1994 Anheuser-Busch-3rd), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1972 Lianne Bennion, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1972 Ramiro Mendoza, Los Santos Panama, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1972 Sandy Mccarthy, NHL right wing (Calgary Flames), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1972 Tony Clark, Newton KS, infielder (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1973 Dean McAmmond, Grand Cache, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 1973 Matt Stevens, safety (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Tore André Flo, Norwegian footballer
  • 1974 Scott Tunkin, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Rachel Wacholder, American beach volleyballer
  • 1977 Michael Doleac, American basketball player
  • 1978 Wilfred Bouma, Dutch footballer
  • 1978 Zach Day, American baseball player
  • 1979 Yulia Nestsiarenka, Belarusian athlete
  • 1979 Charles Zwolsman Jr., Dutch racing driver
  • 1980 Almudena Cid, Spanish gymnast
  • 1981 Jeremy Reed, American baseball player
  • 1982 Abdur Razzak, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1983 Derek Anderson, American football player
  • 1984 Tim Lincecum, American baseball player
  • 1992 Mohamed Salah, Egyptian soccer forward (Liverpool, Egypt), born in Gharbia, Egypt

Deaths in Sport

  • 1914 A G Steel, cricketer (13 Tests, 29 wkts, Eng capt 1886), dies
  • 1943 Cecil Parkin, cricketer (32 wkts in 10 Tests for Eng 1920-24), dies
  • 1961 Giulio Cabianca, Italian racing driver (b. 1923)
  • 1968 Samuel Earl "Wahoo Sam" Crawford, baseball pitcher, dies at 88
  • 1976 Jimmy Dykes, American MLB infielder, manager (All Star 1933-34), dies at 79
  • 1985 Len Hopwood, cricketer (took 0-155 in two Tests Eng v Aust 1934), dies
  • 1985 Percy Fender, English cricketer (13 Tests for England, 380 runs 29 wkts), dies at 92
  • 1985 Andy Stanfield, American athlete (b. 1927)
  • 1986 Keki Tarapore, Indian cricketer (Test for India 1948), killed by motor-scooter at 75
  • 1987 J A K Cochrane, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1931), dies
  • 1991 Happy Chandler, American politician and Commissioner of Baseball (b. 1898)
  • 1992 Eddie Lopat, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), dies at 73
  • 1992 Leo Halle, soccer goalie (Go Ahead, Orange), dies
  • 2006 Herb Pearson, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1910)
  • 2013 Stan Lopata, American baseball player, dies from complications of a cardiac condition at 87
  • 2013 José Froilán González, Argentine race car driver, dies from respiratory failure at 90