On This Day

On This Day in Sport for June 18

Events in Sport

  • 1898 US Open Men's Golf, Myopia Hunt Club: Scotsman Fred Herd easily wins by 7 strokes from countryman Alex Smith; first 72-hole US Open
  • 1898 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Defending champion Juliette Atkinson beats Marion Jones 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 for her third US singles title
  • 1911 Detroit Tigers, trailing White Sox 13-1, come back to win 16-15 for the biggest comeback in Major League Baseball history
  • 1915 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: 4-time US Amateur champion Jerome Travers captures his only Open title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Tom McNamara
  • 1916 Yanks score in every inning but 8th to beat Indians 19-3 in baseball

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1927 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 2000 m: 5:24.6

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1936 1st bicycle traffic court in America established, Racine, Wisconsin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938 Babe Ruth is signed as a Dodgers coach for the rest of the season

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1941 Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1947 Cincinnati Red Ewell Blackwell no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0
  • 1948 Phillies pitching great Robin Roberts debut, loses 2-0 to Pirates
  • 1950 Cleveland Indians score 14 runs in 1st inning, beat A's 21-2
  • 1953 Eugene Stephens is 1st to get 3 hits & Red Sox score 17 runs in 1 Inning (7th) Red Sox beat Detroit 23-3

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1960 US Open Men's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Arnold Palmer stages greatest comeback in tournament history; erases a 7-stroke final round deficit to win his only US Open title by 2 strokes ahead of Jack Nicklaus

  • 1960 Giants hire Tom Sheehan as baseball's oldest debuting manager (66)

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1967 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Jack Nicklaus shoots a final round 65 for a new tournament record 275, 4 strokes ahead of Arnold Palmer

  • 1967 Houston Astros pitcher Don Wilson no-hits Atlanta Braves, 2-0
  • 1972 US Open Men's Golf, Pebble Beach GL: Jack Nicklaus captures his 3rd Open title, 3 strokes ahead of Bruce Crampton of Australia
  • 1972 US Supreme Court, 5-3, confirms lower court rulings in Curt Flood case, upholding baseball's exemption from antitrust laws [1]
  • 1972 UEFA European Championship Final, Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium: Gerd Müller scores a brace as West Germany beats Soviet Union, 3-0
  • 1973 NCAA makes urine testing mandatory for participants
  • 1975 Fred Lynn gets 10 RBIs in a single Red Sox game in a 15-1 victory over the Tigers
  • 1975 Gary Gilmour takes 6-14 in Cricket World Cup semi v England
  • 1976 St Louis Cards Lou Brock & Hector Cruz hit inside-the-park HRs
  • 1976 Bowie Kuhn voids A's sales, totaling $35 million, of Joe Rudi & Rollie Fingers to Red Sox, & Vida Blue to Yankees

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson get into a dug out altercation

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1978 US Open Men's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Andy North holds on for a 1-stroke victory over runners-up Dave Stockton and J. C. Snead to claim the first of his 2 US Open titles

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Billy Martin becomes Yankee manager (2nd time), replacing Bob Lemon

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 1979 Sri Lanka beat India by 47 runs in Cricket World Cup upset
  • 1981 Test cricket debut of Terry Alderman, v England at Trent Bridge

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1984 US Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Fuzzy Zoeller beats Greg Norman of Australia by 8 strokes in a Monday 18-hole playoff to win his first Open title

Golfer Greg Norman
Greg Norman
  • 1986 Don Sutton becomes 19th pitcher to win 300 games
  • 1988 Jeff Hamilton, hits 8,000th Dodger home run

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1989 US Open Men's Golf, Oak Hill CC: Curtis Strange wins by 3 from Scott Simpson for first back-to-back Open titles since Ben Hogan 1950-51

Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan
  • 1990 1st sudden death US Open Golf Championship is won by Hale Irwin
  • 1991 SF Giant pitcher Dave Dravecky's cancerous left arm is amputated

  • 1991 Yankee pitchers pick-off 3 Toronto Blue Jays
  • 1992 Ottawa Senators make goalie Peter Sidorkiewicz their 1st draft
  • 1992 Tampa Bay Lightning make goalie Wendell Young their 1st draft

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Expo's Dennis Martínez is 92nd to win 200 games

MLB Pitcher Dennis Martínez
MLB Pitcher
Dennis Martínez
  • 1994 Aleksander Popov swims world record 100m free style (48.21 sec)
  • 1995 US Open Men's Golf, Shinnecock Hills GC: Corey Pavin wins his only major championship, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Greg Norman of Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 All Black Jonah Lomu scores the try of the Rugby World Cup, running over Mike Catt in New Zealand's 45-29 defeat of England

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden: Hege Riise & Marianne Pettersen score within 3 minutes of each other to give Norway a 2-0 win over Germany

Sport awardUS Golf Open

2000 100th US Open Men's Golf, Pebble Beach GL: Tiger Woods wins his first US Open by a major championship record-setting 15 strokes over Ernie Els and Miguel Ángel Jiménez

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Golfer Ernie Els
Ernie Els
  • 2001 US Open Men's Golf, Southern Hills CC: Retief Goosen of South Africa wins first of 2 US Open titles in an 18-hole Monday playoff, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Mark Brooks

Sport awardUS Golf Open

2006 US Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Geoff Ogilvy of Australia makes clutch pars on the final 2 holes to win by 1, as runners-up Jim Furyk, Colin Montgomerie and Phil Mickelson all fail to par the 72nd hole

  • 2017 Pakistan defeat India to win cricket's Champions Trophy at the Oval in London by 180 runs, Fakhar Zaman scores 114 runs
  • 2017 US Open Men's Golf, Erin Hills GC: Brooks Koepka wins his first major title by 4 strokes from Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama
  • 2019 England cricket captain Eoin Morgan smashes a ODI world record 17 sixes against Afghanistan in his side's 150-run World Cup victory at Old Trafford; Morgan, 148 from 71 balls

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1896 Cota Ramaswami, cricketer (Davis Cup for India 1922, Test 1936)
  • 1912 Glen Morris, American Olympic track and field champion (Olympic gold, 1936) and actor (Tarzan, Hold That Co-ed), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1974)
  • 1914 Billy Wade, cricket wicket-keeper (South African in 11 Tests 1938-50)
  • 1915 Arthur Fagg, English cricket batsman (5 Tests; dual double-centuries for Kent v Essex 1938) and umpire (18 Tests, 7 ODIs), born in Chartham, England (d. 1977)
  • 1921 Angelo Bertelli, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1943, National C'ship 1943, Notre Dame), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1999)

Person of interestGeorge Mikan

1924 George Mikan, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All Star 1951-54; NBL MVP 1948; Minneapolis Lakers), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2005)

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 1932 Carl Tacy, American college basketball coach (Wake Forest University 1972-85; 222-149 record), born in Huttonsville, West Virginia (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Jean Wicki, Swiss 4-man bobsled (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1936 Denny Hulme, New Zealand auto racer (F1 World Drivers' Champion 1967), born in Motueka, New Zealand (d. 1992)
  • 1939 Lou Brock, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (6 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1964, 67; 8 × NL stolen base leader; St Louis Cardinals), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Jim Albus, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 1991), born in Staton Island, NY
  • 1950 Annelie Ehrhardt, German 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1972), born in Hötensleben, East Germany
  • 1961 Andres Galarraga, Venezuelan infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Caracas
  • 1963 Bruce Smith, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1963 Joe Walter, NFL tackle (Cin Bengals)
  • 1964 Thanh Nguyen, American 141 lbs US weightlifter (Olympics 1996), born in Saigon, Vietnam
  • 1966 Bob Kempainen, American marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1966 Doug Bodger, Canadian NHL defenseman (Team Canada, San Jose), born in Chemainus, British Columbia
  • 1966 Kurt Browning, Canadian figure skater (Olympic-5-1994), born in Alberta, Canada
  • 1966 Luke Jensen, American tennis player (1993 French Open doubles), born in Grayling, Michigan
  • 1966 Sandy Alomar, Puerto Rican catcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • 1968 John Lumkes, 3k steeplechase runner, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Jay Leeuwenburg, American NFL guard/center (Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1971 Blair Pocock, cricketer (New Zealand opening batsman 1993)
  • 1971 Nigel Owens, Welsh rugby union referee (record holder for most Test matches refereed), born in Mynyddcerrig, Carmarthenshire
  • 1972 Otakar Vejvoda, Kladno CZE, hockey forward (Team Czech Rep)
  • 1973 Tracy Noonan, American soccer goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 1973 Alexandros Papadimitriou, Greek hammer thrower
  • 1974 Keith Poole, wide receiver (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1974 Vincenzo Montella, Italian footballer
  • 1975 Aleksandrs Koliņko, Latvian footballer
  • 1975 Martin St. Louis, Canadian hockey player
  • 1980 Antonio Gates, American football player
  • 1980 Craig Mottram, Australian middle distance runner (World C'ship bronze 2005, only non-African runner to medal in event since 1987), born in Frankston, Victoria
  • 1984 Janne Happonen, Finnish ski jumper, born in Kuopio, Finland
  • 1986 Richard Gasquet, French tennis player, born in Béziers, France

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1955 Former World No. 1 tennis player Lew Hoad (20) weds tennis player Jenny Staley (21) at St Mary's Church in Wimbledon, England

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
  • 2005 "Queens Park Rangers" football striker Djibril Cisse (23) weds Jude Littler at Bodelwyddan Castle in Denbighshire, North Wales

Deaths in Sport

  • 1898 George Ulyett, English cricket all-rounder (25 Tests; 949 runs, 50 wickets), dies from pneumonia at 46
  • 1952 Efim Bogoljubov, Russian-German chess player, dies at 63
  • 1958 Douglas Jardine, English cricketer (22 Tests for England), dies
  • 1961 Eddie Gaedel, American baseball pinch-hitter (shortest player in MLB history 3' 7"; St. Louis Browns), dies after mugging at 36
  • 1962 George Sargent, English golfer (US Open 1909), dies at 79
  • 1967 Beat Fehr, Swiss racing driver (b. 1942)
  • 1967 Giacomo Russo, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • 1980 André Leducq, French cyclist (Tour de France 1930, 32; Olympic gold road race 1924), dies at 76
  • 1990 Dennis Dyer, South African cricketer (scored 96 3 Tests for South Africa), dies at 76
  • 1996 Pierre Chany, writer/cycling journalist, dies at 73

Person of interestJack Buck

2002 Jack Buck, American baseball announcer, dies at 77

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Jack Buck
  • 2003 Larry Doby, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB All-Star 1949–55; World Series 1948; AL HR leader 1952, 54; 1st African-American in AL; Cleveland Indians), dies of cancer at 79
  • 2005 Syed Mushtaq Ali, Indian cricketer (b. 1914)
  • 2012 Alketas Panagoulias, Greek footballer and coach, dies at 78
  • 2013 Gene Freese, American MLB player, dies from complications of back surgery at 79
  • 2014 Michael Frederick, Barbadian cricketer (one Test WI v England 1954, scored 0 & 30), dies at 87
  • 2018 Walter Bahr, American soccer midfielder (19 caps) and coach (Penn State), dies of complications broken hip at 91
  • 2020 Tibor Benedek, Hungarian water polo player (Olympic gold 2000, 04, 08; World C'ship gold 2003) and coach (Hungary 2013-16), dies from pancreatic cancer at 47
  • 2020 Arturo Chaires, Mexican soccer defender (22 caps; C.D. Guadalajara), dies at 83