On This Day in Sport for June 17

Events in Sport

  • 1911 25th U.S. Women's National Championship: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Florence Sutton (8-10, 6-1, 9-7)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1930 Bradman scores 131 in 1st Test cricket match at Trent Bridge

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1930 Chuck Klein sets Phillies hitting streak at 26 straight games

Sport awardTennis Open

1939 44th Men's French Championships: Don McNeill beats Bobby Riggs (7-5, 6-0, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • 1939 44th Women's French Championships: Simonne Mathieu beats Jadwiga Jedrzejowska (6-3, 8-6)
  • 1943 Player-manager Joe Cronin of Red Sox hits two 3-run pinch home runs
  • 1953 Most runs scored in 1 inning (17 by Red Sox)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1954 Rocky Marciano beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 Ted Williams hit his 500th HR

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1961 61st US Golf Open: Gene Littler shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich

Sport awardGolf Major

1962 62nd US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus wins his first major title after playoff with Arnold Palmer, shooting a 283 at Oakmont CC, Pennsylvania

  • 1962 FIFA World Cup Final: Brazil beats Czechoslovakia 3-1 in Santiago, Chile
  • 1973 Canadian Open Golf (La Canadienne), Montreal Municipal GC: Jocelyne Bourassa of Canada wins inaugural event in a playoff with Sandra Haynie & Judy Rankin
  • 1973 73rd US Golf Open: Johnny Miller shoots a 279 at Oakmont CC PA
  • 1976 ABA (Nets, Pacers, Nuggets & Spurs) merges into NBA
  • 1979 79th US Golf Open: Hale Irwin shoots a 284 at Inverness Club in Toledo

  • 1984 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Givens' Family reports Mike Tyson beats his wife Robin Givens

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1989 US beats Guatemala 2-1 in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1990 90th US Golf Open: Hale Irwin shoots a 280 at Medinah CC in Medinah Il

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1990 Christa Johnson wins LPGA Atlantic City Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Christa Johnson
LPGA Golfer
Christa Johnson

Sport awardGolf Major

1991 US Open Golf, Hazeline National GC: Payne Stewart wins a Monday playoff with 1987 champion Scott Simpson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Philadelphia 76ers trade Charles Barkley to Phoenix Suns

NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley

MurderMurder of Interest

1994 O.J. Simpson doesn't turn himself in on murder charges, LA cops chase his Ford Bronco for 1½ hours, eventually gives up (seen live on TV)

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1997 NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 & Minneapolis-St Paul & Columbus, Ohio in 2000

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2003 Moneyball, a book about the 2003 Oakland Athletics baseball team and GM Billy Beane's sabermetric approach, inspired by Bill James, is published

Baseball Writer and Statistician Bill James
Baseball Writer and Statistician
Bill James
  • 2007 107th US Golf Open: Ángel Cabrera shoots a 285 at Oakmont GC PA
  • 2008 62nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • 2010 64th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 4 games to 3
  • 2012 112th US Golf Open: American golfer, Webb Simpson shoots a 281 at Olympic Club CA
  • 2018 US Open Golf, Shinnecock Hills GC: Brooks Koepka wins by 1 from Tommy Fleetwood for first back-to-back Open titles since 1988-89 (Curtis Strange)
  • 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race: Ex-F1 world champion Fernando Alonso teams with Kazuki Nakajima & Sébastien Buemi to win for Toyota Gazoo Racing

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1861 Pete Browning, American baseball player (d. 1905)

Person of interestTommy Burns

1881 Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer, born in Hanover, Ontario (d. 1955)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1902 Alec Hurwood, Australian cricketer (d. 1982)
  • 1923 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, AAFC, NFL halfback, end (LA Rams)
  • 1929 Tigran Petrosyan, USSR, world chess champion (1963-69)
  • 1930 Brian Statham, cricketer
  • 1930 James Gathers, Sumter SC, 200m runner (Olympic bronze 1952)
  • 1932 Derek Ibbotson, 5K runner (Olympic bronze 1956)
  • 1938 Judy Kimball-Simon, LPGA golfer
  • 1940 Bobby Bell, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1944 Chucho Castillo, Mexican bantamweight boxer (WBA, WBC, 1970), born in Nuevo Valle de Moreno, Mexico (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Eddy Merckx, Belgian cyclist (5 time winner of Tour de France)

Person of interestTony Roche

1945 Tony Roche, Australian tennis player and coach, born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • 1948 David Concepcion, Venezuela, all star shortstop (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1950 Cathy Sherk, LPGA golfer
  • 1952 Mike Milbury, American ice hockey player, coach and executive
  • 1956 Nick Cook, English cricketer (left arm slow bowler in 15 Tests 1983-89), born in Leicester
  • 1960 Mitzi Edge, LPGA golfer (1995 SAFECO Classic), born in Albany, Georgia
  • 1962 Ed Brady, American NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Morris, Illinois
  • 1963 Kevin Glover, NFL center (Detroit Lions), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1964 Michael Gross, German swimmer (3 Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1964 Steve Rhodes, cricketer (England wicket-keeper 1994-95)
  • 1964 Rinaldo Capello, Italian racing driver
  • 1965 Dan Jansen, West Allis Wisc, speed skater (Olympic gold 1984, 88, 92)
  • 1965 Danny McManus, CFL quarterback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1965 Dermontti Dawson, NFL center (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1965 Gianluca Pozzi, Bari Italy, tennis star (1991 Brisbane)
  • 1965 Mike Magnante, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Glendale, California
  • 1965 Ray Seals, NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1966 Clare Look-Jaeger, high jumper, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1966 Fred Barnett, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1967 Keith Sims, NFL guard (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1967 Pearl Sinn, LPGA golfer
  • 1967 Robyn Meagher, Antigonish Nova Scotia, 5k runner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Terry Davis, NBA forward/center (Dallas Mavericks, Wash Wizards)
  • 1969 Karen Nystrom, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympic silver 1998)
  • 1969 Patric Kjellberg, hockey forward (Team Sweden Olympics 1998)
  • 1969 Paul Tergat, Kenyan athlete
  • 1970 Arnold Ale, WLAF linebacker (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1970 Jason Hanson, NFL kicker (Detroit Lions)
  • 1970 Ron "Popeye" Jones, American NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors), born in Dresden, Tennessee
  • 1970 Stephane Fiset, NHL goalie (Colorado Avalanche), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1971 Tripp Schwenk, American 100m/200m backstroke (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1972 Dirk-Jan Derksen, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1972 James McKnight, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1973 Leander Paes, Indian tennis player
  • 1974 Evangelia Psarra, Greek archer
  • 1975 Petra Vaarakallio, ice hockey center (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1976 Sven Nys, Belgian mountainbiker & cyclo-crosser
  • 1977 Mark Tauscher, American football player
  • 1978 Isabelle Delobel, French European ice dancer
  • 1979 Cawey Schau, canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1979 Nick Rimando, American soccer player
  • 1980 Andee Pickens, gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1980 Brittney McConn, Largo Fla, figure skater (1997 Eastern Sr champ)

Person of interestVenus Williams

1980 Venus Williams, American tennis star considered one of the all-time greats of women's tennis, born in Lynwood, California

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • 1981 Kyle Boller, American football quarterback
  • 1981 Shane Watson, Australian Test cricket all-rounder (2005-2015), born in Ipswich, Queensland
  • 1982 Marek Svatoš, Slovakian ice hockey player
  • 1985 Marcos Baghdatis, Cypriot professional tennis player
  • 1985 Rafael Sóbis, Brazilian footballer
  • 1988 Andrew Ogilvy, Australian basketball player

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

1924 Golfer Bobby Jones (22) weds high school sweetheart Mary Rice Malone (22) in Atlanta, Georgia

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones

HeartWedding of Interest

2008 Ice hockey player star Martin Brodeur (36) weds Genevieve Nault at the Bavaro Princess Resort in the Dominican Republic

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur

Deaths in Sport

  • 1906 Harry N Pillsbury, US chess player, dies
  • 1938 H V "Ranji" Hordern, cricketer (7 Tests for Australia 1910-12, dies
  • 1939 Allen Sothoron, American baseball player, dies at 46
  • 1950 Syed Wazir Ali, cricketer (7 Tests for India), dies
  • 1956 Bob Sweikert, American racing driver (b. 1926)
  • 1968 José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1901)
  • 1970 Matthew Henderson, New Zealand cricketer (one Test for NZ 1930), dies at 74
  • 1971 C Christopher Morris, cricketer (brilliant batsman for Philadelphia), dies
  • 1974 Yadavendra Singh, cricketer (Yuvraj of Patiala, Test for India), dies
  • 1975 Sid Gordon, American baseball player, dies at 57
  • 1984 Swale, Kentucky Derby winner, collapses & dies
  • 1987 Dick Howser, mgr (NY Yankees & KC Royal), dies of brain cancer at 51
  • 1989 John Matuszak, American NFL defensive end (Oak Raider) and actor (The Goonies), dies of an accidental propoxyphene overdose at 38
  • 2002 Willie Davenport, American bobsledder and hurdler (Olympic gold 1968), dies at 59
  • 2002 Fritz Walter, German footballer, dies at 81
  • 2004 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1926)
  • 2015 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, dies at 78