On This Day

On This Day in Sport for June 17

Events in Sport

  • 1880 Providence Grays MLB pitcher John M. Ward throws a perfect game beating the Buffalo Bisons, 5-0; second perfect game in National League in 6 days; next one takes 84 years
  • 1901 US Open Men's Golf, Myopia Hunt GC: Willie Anderson of Scotland wins first of his 4 Open titles by 1 stroke in an 18-hole playoff with Alex Smith
  • 1906 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Laurence Doherty & Reginald Doherty beat Raymond Little & Holcombe Ward 3-6, 11-9, 9-7, 6-1 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-0 lead over US (ends 5-0)
  • 1911 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Florence Sutton 8-10, 6-1, 9-7 for her third straight US singles title
  • 1927 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: American-based Scotsman Tommy Armour defeats Harry Cooper by 3 strokes in an 18-hole playoff to win the first of his 3 major titles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1930 Continuing a rich vein of form Australian cricket icon Don Bradman scores 131 in 1st Test v England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1939 French Championships Men's Tennis: American collegiate champion Don McNeill beats countryman 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943 Player-manager Joe Cronin of Red Sox hits two 3-run pinch home runs

Baseball Player and Manager Joe Cronin
Baseball Player and Manager
Joe Cronin
  • 1953 Most runs scored in 1 inning (17 by Red Sox)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1954 Rocky Marciano beats Ezzard Charles by unanimous points decision in his 3rd world heavyweight boxing title defence at Yankee Stadium, NYC

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 US Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Gene Littler wins his sole major title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Bob Goalby and Doug Sanders

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1962 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his first major title by 3 strokes in an 18-hole playoff with Arnold Palmer

  • 1962 FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile: Brazil go 1-down early but recover to beat Czechoslovakia, 3-1
  • 1962 Chicago Cub Lou Brock is 2nd to HR into Polo Grounds right-center field bleachers

  • 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 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: Johnny Miller fires a record final round 63 (-8) to win his first major championship, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up John Schlee
  • 1976 ABA (Nets, Pacers, Nuggets & Spurs) merges into NBA
  • 1978 Ron Guidry sets Yankee record with 18 strike-outs

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1979 US Open Men's Golf, Inverness Club: Hale Irwin wins his second Open title, 2 strokes ahead of former champions Jerry Pate and Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

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
Model and Actress Robin Givens
Model and Actress
Robin Givens
  • 1989 US beats Guatemala 2-1 in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1990 US Open Men's Golf, Medinah CC: Hale Irwin wins his 3rd Open title; defeats Mike Donald at the 91st hole, the first in sudden-death, after tying the 18-hole Monday playoff

Sport awardUS Golf Open

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 police chase his Ford Bronco for 1½ hours before he eventually gives up (seen live on national TV)

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1995 WLAF World Bowl 3, Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam: Frankfurt Galaxy beats Amsterdam Admirals, 26-22
  • 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

Sport awardUS Golf Open

2007 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont GC: Ángel Cabrera wins his first major title, 1 stroke ahead of Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods; first Open won by an Argentine or a South American

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2008 NBA Finals: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 131-92 in Game 6 for first title since 1986 and 17th overall; MVP: Paul Pierce

Sport awardNBA Finals

2010 NBA Finals: Depending champion Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 83-79 in Game 7 for franchise's 16th NBA title; MVP: Kobe Bryant

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 2012 US Open Men's Golf, Olympic Club, SF: American Webb Simpson wins his first major title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson
  • 2018 US Open Men's Golf, Shinnecock Hills GC: Brooks Koepka wins by 1 stroke from Tommy Fleetwood for first back-to-back Open titles since 1988-89 (Curtis Strange)
  • 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans: Former F1 world champion Fernando Alonso teams with Kazuki Nakajima and Sébastien Buemi to win for Toyota Gazoo Racing

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1861 Pete Browning, American baseball player, born in Louisville, Kentucky (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 (Australian off-spinner v WI 1930-31), born in Kangaroo Point, Queensland, Australia (d. 1982)
  • 1916 Ted Atkinson, American jockey (US Champion 1944, 46), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, American NFL halfback and end (LA Rams), born in Wausau, Wisconsin (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Tigran Petrosian, Soviet Armenian world chess champion (1963-69), born in Tiflis, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 1984)
  • 1930 Brian Statham, English cricket fast bowler (70 Tests, 252 wickets @ 24.84), born in Gorton, Manchester, England (d. 2000)
  • 1930 James Gathers, American 200m runner (Olympic bronze 1952), born in South Carolina
  • 1932 Derek Ibbotson, English 5K runner (Olympic bronze 1956), born in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 2017)
  • 1938 Judy Kimball, American golfer (US Women's PGA C'ship 1962), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1940 Bobby Bell, American NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1944 Chucho Castillo, Mexican bantamweight boxer (WBA, WBC, 1970), born in Nuevo Valle de Moreno, Mexico (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Eddy Merckx, Belgian road cyclist (Tour de France 1969-72, 74; Giro d'Italia 1968, 70, 72-74), born in Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium

Person of interestTony Roche

1945 Tony Roche, Australian tennis player and coach (French Open 1966; 15 x Grand Slam doubles titles; Australian Davis Cup captain), born in Wagga Wagga, NSW

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • 1948 Dave Concepción, Venezuelan baseball all star shortstop (Cincinnati Reds), born in Ocumare de la Costa, Venezuela
  • 1950 Cathy Sherk, Canadian golfer (Canadian Women's PGA C'ship 1988, 90-91), born in Bancroft, Ontario
  • 1952 Mike Milbury, American ice hockey player, coach and executive, born in Brighton, Massachusetts
  • 1956 Nick Cook, English cricketer (left arm slow bowler in 15 Tests 1983-89), born in Leicester
  • 1962 Ed Brady, American NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Morris, Illinois
  • 1963 Kevin Glover, American 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, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper 1994-95), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England
  • 1964 Rinaldo Capello, Italian racing driver, born in Asti, Italy
  • 1965 Dan Jansen, American speed skater (Olympic gold 1984, 88, 92), born in West Allis, Wisconsin
  • 1965 Danny McManus, CFL quarterback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1965 Dermontti Dawson, American NFL center (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1965 Mike Magnante, American baseball pitcher (KC Royals), born in Glendale, California
  • 1965 Ray Seals, American NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1966 Clare Look-Jaeger, high jumper, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1966 Fred Barnett, American NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Gunnison, Mississippi
  • 1967 Keith Sims, American NFL offensive guard (Pro Bowl 1993–95; Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1967 Terry Davis, American NBA forward & center (Dallas Mavericks, Wash Wizards), born in Danville, Virginia
  • 1969 Karen Nystrom, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic silver 1998), born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
  • 1969 Patric Kjellberg, hockey forward (Team Sweden Olympics 1998)
  • 1969 Paul Tergat, Kenyan long distance runner, born in Riwo, Baringo District, Kenya
  • 1970 Jason Hanson, American NFL kicker (Detroit Lions), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970 Ron "Popeye" Jones, American NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors), born in Dresden, Tennessee
  • 1970 Stéphane Fiset, Canadian NHL goalie (Colorado Avalanche), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1971 Tripp Schwenk, American 100m/200m backstroke (Olympic silver 1996), born in Sarasota, Florida
  • 1972 Dirk-Jan Derksen, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Tiel, Netherlands
  • 1972 James McKnight, American NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1973 Leander Paes, Indian tennis player, born in Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • 1974 Evangelia Psarra, Greek archer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1975 Petra Vaarakallio, Finnish ice hockey center (Olympics bronze 1998), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1976 Sven Nys, Belgian mountainbiker & cyclo-crosser, born in Bonheiden, Belgium
  • 1977 Mark Tauscher, American NFL player, born in Marshfield, Wisconsin
  • 1978 Isabelle Delobel, French ice dancer (World Champion 2008), born in Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 1979 Nick Rimando, American soccer player, born in Montclair, California
  • 1980 Brittney McConn, American figure skater (1997 Eastern Sr champ), born in Largo, Florida

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, born in Erechim, Brazil
  • 1988 Stephanie Rice, Australian swimmer (3 x Olympic gold 2008), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1988 Andrew Ogilvy, Australian basketball player

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones

LoveWedding 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 Nelson Pillsbury, American chess player, dies at 33
  • 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, Indian cricket batsman (7 Tests; Southern Punjab; Muslims), dies from appendicitis at 46
  • 1956 Bob Sweikert, American racing driver (b. 1926)
  • 1968 José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (Uruguay national team captain for FIFA 1930), dies at 67
  • 1970 Matthew Henderson, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; New Zealand's first-ever Test match 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
  • 1979 Duffy Lewis, American baseball left fielder (World Series 1912, 15, 16; Boston Red Sox), dies at 91
  • 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 track athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1968), dies from a heart attack at 59
  • 2002 Fritz Walter, German footballer (1. FC Kaiserslautern) and captain of West Germany, dies at 81
  • 2004 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 78
  • 2010 Andy Ripley OBE, English rugby union #8 (24 caps; British Lions 1974), dies from prostate cancer at 62
  • 2015 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, dies at 78
  • 2015 John David Crow, American College Football Hall of Fame back and tight end (Heisman Trophy 1957, Texas A & M; Pro Bowl 1959, 60, 62, 65; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 79
  • 2020 Willie Thorne, English snooker player (1985 Classic), dies of leukaemia at 66
  • 2020 Bill Groman, American football wide receiver (All-AFL 1960; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 64, 65; Houston Oilers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills), dies at 83
  • 2020 György Kárpáti, Hungarian water polo player (Olympic gold 1952, 56, 64), dies at 84
  • 2020 Jerry Sturm, American football tackle (AFL All-Star 1964, 66; Denver Broncos, NO Saints), dies from dementia at 83