On This Day

On This Day in Sport for June 15

Events in Sport

  • 1887 NY Giants beat Philadelphia Phillies 29-1
  • 1888 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Bertha Townsend beats defending champion Ellen Hansell 6-3, 6-5
  • 1889 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Defending champion Bertha Townsend beats Lida Voorhees 7-5, 6-2
  • 1894 Phillies beat Cincinnati Reds, 21-8
  • 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 Men's Golf, Muirfield: Scotsman James Braid successfully defends title by 4 strokes from J.H. Taylor of England; his 3rd Open victory
  • 1909 Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord's and form the Imperial Cricket Conference.
  • 1912 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Mary Browne beats Eleonora Sears 6-4, 6-2 for her first of 3 straight US singles titles
  • 1920 De Zweef soccer team forms in Nijverdal

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1923 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon GC: Englishman Arthur Havers holes a bunker shot on 72nd hole to win his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of defending champion Walter Hagen

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1928 Philadelphia Athletics baseball star Ty Cobb, steals home for a record 54th 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

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1947 US Open Men's Golf, St. Louis CC: Lew Worsham defeats Sam Snead by 1 stroke in an 18-hole playoff for his only major title

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 1948 First night game at Briggs Stadium, Detroit: Tigers beat Philadelphia A's, 4-1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 In his farewell Ashes Tour, Don Bradman is out for a duck (0) in the Australian 2nd innings, but tourists win 1st Test against England by 8 wickets at Nottingham

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
  • 1953 Browns end Yankees win streak at 18 & Browns 14-game losing streak
  • 1953 NY Yankees first baseman Johnny Mize is 93rd MLB player to get 2,000 hits
  • 1955 The International Olympic Committee votes to award Rome the rights to host the 1960 Summer Olympic Games
  • 1957 US Open Men's Golf, Inverness Club: Dick Mayer defeats defending champion Cary Middlecoff by 7 strokes in an 18-hole playoff to win his only major title
  • 1957 89th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Gallant Man wins in 2:26.6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 Yanks trade Billy Martin & Ralph Terry for Ryne Duran

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 Ángel Cordero Jr. wins his 1st of over 7,000 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 future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal no-hits Houston Colt .45s, 1-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB Pitcher Denny McLain
MLB Pitcher
Denny McLain
  • 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

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1970 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pleasant Valley CC: Shirley Englehorn wins her only major title; beats 1967 champion Kathy Whitworth by 4 strokes in an 18-hole playoff

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1974 French Open Women's Tennis: American teenager Chris Evert beats Olga Morozova of Russia 6-1, 6-2 for first of a record 7 French singles titles

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1975 French Open Men's Tennis: Sweden's Björn Borg retains title; 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
  • 1976 In a blockbuster MLB trade, NY Yankees send May, Martinez, Pagan, MacGregor & Demsey to Baltimore Orioles for Holtzman, Alexander, Grant Jackson, Elrod Henrick & Jim Freeman
  • 1976 Rain out! Astrodome cancels game heavy rains make it difficult for visiting team and umpires to get through flooded streets to the stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 NY Mets trade Tom Seaver to Reds for Pat Zachry

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1980 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Jack Nicklaus sets new tournament scoring record 272 (-8) to win his 4th Open title, 2 strokes ahead of Isao Aoki of Japan

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 American boxer Thomas Hearns retains WBC light middleweight title with 2 round KO of Roberto Durán of Panama at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas; marks first time in his illustrious career Durán knocked out

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 awardUS Golf Open

1986 US Open Men's Golf, Shinnecock Hills GC: Raymond Floyd wins his 4th and final major, 2 strokes ahead of Chip Beck and Lanny Wadkins

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • 1987 Michael Spinks TKOs Gerry Cooney in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1989 Baltimore Orioles pull their 9th triple play (vs Yankees)
  • 1992 Jeff Reardon breaks Rollie Fingers' save record with #342
  • 1994 New York Giants cut Super Bowl XXI MVP quarterback Phil Simms after 15 years service with the NFL club

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1997 US Open Men's Golf, Congressional CC: Ernie Els wins his second Open title, the second of his 4 major championships, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Colin Montgomerie

Golfer Ernie Els
Golfer
Ernie Els

Sport awardNBA Finals

2001 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 100-86 in Game 5 to win back-to-back titles; MVP: Shaquille O'Neal for second straight year

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal

Sport awardNBA Finals

2003 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat New Jersey Nets, 88-77 in Game 6 for franchise's second title; MVP: Tim Duncan

NBA Power Forward Tim Duncan
NBA Power Forward
Tim Duncan
  • 2003 US Open Men's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: American Jim Furyk wins his only major title by 3 from Stephen Leaney of Australia
  • 2004 NBA Finals: Detroit Pistons beat Los Angeles Lakers, 100-87 in Game 5 to complete one of the greatest upsets in NBA history; MVP: Chauncey Billups
  • 2011 Stanley Cup Final, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC: Boston Bruins defeat Vancouver Canucks, 4-0 for 4-3 series win; Bruins end 39-year Stanley Cup drought
  • 2014 US Open Men's Golf, Pinehurst Resort: Martin Kaymer of Germany leads wire-to-wire to win his second major title, 8 strokes ahead of runners-up Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler
  • 2014 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat Miami Heat, 104-87 in Game 5 for 5th NBA Championship in franchise history; MVP: Kawhi Leonard
  • 2015 Stanley Cup Final, United Center, Chicago, IL: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0 for a 4-2 series victory; Blackhawks' 6th Championship
  • 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
  • 2019 In a blockbuster NBA trade, the New Orleans Pelicans send forward Anthony Davis to the LA Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart & 3 future 1st round draft picks including 2019 #4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Baseball jersey belonging to Babe Ruth becomes most expensive sports memorabilia when it sells for $5.64 million at an auction in New York

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1870 Maud Barger-Wallach, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1908), born at New York, NY (d. 1954)
  • 1875 Herman Smith-Johannsen, Norwegian cross-country skier who introduced sport to North America, born in Horten, Norway (d. 1987)
  • 1878 Margaret Abbott, American golfer (1st American woman to win Olympic event, golf 1900), born in Calcutta, India (d. 1955)
  • 1884 Rodney Heath, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1905, 10), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1936)
  • 1924 Mohammed Ghazali, Pakistani cricketer (off-spinner wicketless in 2 Tests 54), born in Mumbai, India (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Gene Baker, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1955; World Series 1960; Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1999)
  • 1926 Basil Watts, English rugby league second rower (5 Tests Great Britain, 1 England; World Cup 1954; York RLFC), born in York, England (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Marcel Pronovost, professional ice hockey player
  • 1931 Bernice Gera, first woman umpire in US pro baseball, born in Ernest, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1933 Mark Jones, English soccer defender (Manchester United 103 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Wombwell, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • 1933 Paul Wolfisberg, Swiss soccer forward (FC Luzern) and coach (Switzerland 1981-85), born in Horw, Switzerland (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Kumar Shri Indrajitsinhji, Indian cricketer (Indian keeper in 60's)
  • 1937 Curtis Cokes, American boxer (WBA/WBC world welterweight champion 1966-69), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Billy Williams, baseball player (Cubs)
  • 1942 Bruce DalCanton, American baseball player, born in California, Pennsylvania
  • 1944 Inna Ryskai, Soviet volleyball player (Olympic-2 gold/2 silver-1964-76), born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Soviet Union
  • 1946 Roger Tolchard, cricketer (Engl keeper played Tests as a batsman 1977)
  • 1948 Champ Summers, baseball player
  • 1948 Mike Holmgren, American NFL coach and executive (Super Bowl 1996, Green Bay Packers; Seattle Seahawks; Cleveland Browns), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949 Dusty Baker, American baseball outfielder and manager (MLB All Star 1981-82; LA Dodgers; NL Manager of the Year 1993, 97, 2000), born in Riverside, California
  • 1951 Tom Forzani, CFL wide receiver (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1954 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (Olympic Gold 1972), born in Wollongong, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1956 Lance Parrish 'Big Wheel', American baseball player, born in Clairton, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Brett Butler, MLB center fielder and coach, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Wade Boggs, American Red Sox/Yank 3rd baseman (AL bat champ 1985-88), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1961 Dave McAuley, Northern Irish boxer
  • 1964 Michael Laudrup, Danish footballer
  • 1968 Tim Lester, American NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Miami, Florida

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 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 Leonard, American golfer (British Open 1997; 12 PGA Tour titles), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1972 Lianne Bennion, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1972 Ramiro Mendoza, Los Santos Panama, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1972 Tony Clark, American infielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Newton, Kansas
  • 1973 Dean McAmmond, Canadian NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Grand Cache, Alberta
  • 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 Sam Crawford, American MLB 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
  • 1993 James Hunt, English auto racer (Formula 1 World Drivers Champion 1976), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 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