On This Day in Sport for June 18

Events in Sport

  • 1898 4th US Golf Open: Fred Herd shoots a 328 at Myopia Hunt Club, Massachusetts
  • 1898 12th U.S. Women's National Championship: Juliette Atkinson beats Marion Jones (6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5)
  • 1900 Empress Douairiere orders I-Ho-Chuan (Boxers) to kill all foreigners
  • 1906 6th Davis Cup: British Isles beats USA in Wimbledon (5-0)
  • 1910 16th US Golf Open: Alex Smith shoots a 298 at Philadelphia Cricket Club PA
  • 1915 21st US Golf Open: John Travers shoots a 297 at Baltusrol GC NJ
  • 1916 Yanks score in every inning but 8th to beat Indians 19-3 in baseball
  • 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 awardGolf Major

1960 60th US Golf Open: Arnold Palmer shoots 280 at Cherry Hills in Denver

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

Sport awardGolf Major

1967 67th US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots 275 at Baltusrol GC NJ

  • 1967 Houston Don Wilson no-hits Atlanta Braves, 2-0
  • 1972 72nd US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 290 at Pebble Beach, California
  • 1972 US Supreme Court, 5-3, confirms lower court rulings in Curt Flood case, upholding baseball's exemption from antitrust laws
  • 1972 UEFA European Championship Final: Gerd Müller scores a brace as West Germany beats Soviet Union 3-0 in Brussels
  • 1973 NCAA makes urine testing mandatory for participants
  • 1975 Fred Lynn gets 10 RBIs in a Red Sox 15-1 victory over Tigers
  • 1975 Gary Gilmour takes 6-14 in Cricket World Cup semi v England
  • 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
  • 1978 78th US Golf Open: Andy North shoots a 285 at Cherry Hill CC in Denver
  • 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
  • 1984 84th US Golf Open: Fuzzy Zoeller shoots a 276 at Winged Foot GC NY
  • 1985 Boston Red Sox Fred Lynn gets 10 RBIs
  • 1986 Don Sutton becomes 19th pitcher to win 300 games

Sport awardGolf Major

1989 89th US Golf Open: 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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1989 Laura Davies wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • 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 95th US Golf Open: Corey Pavin shoots a 280 at Shinnecock Hills NY

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: Hege Riise & Marianne Pettersen score within 3 minutes of each other to give Norway 2-0 win over Germany in Stockholm, Sweden

Sport awardGolf Major

2000 100th US Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 272 at Pebble Beach, California

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • 2001 101st US Golf Open: Retief Goosen shoots a 276 at Southern Hills CC OK
  • 2006 106th US Golf Open: Geoff Ogilvy shoots a 285 at Winged Foot GC NY
  • 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 Golf, Erin Hills GC: Brooks Koepka wins his first major by 4 strokes from Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama

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, cricketer (dual double-centuries in a game for Kent 1938)

Person of interestGeorge Mikan

1924 George Mikan, American NBA center (6-time all-pro), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2005)

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 1933 Jean Wicki, Swiss 4-man bobsled (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1939 Lou Brock, one-time baseball stolen base leader (St Louis Cards)
  • 1939 Lynn Whiting, horse trainer
  • 1940 Jim Albus, PGA golfer (1991 Mazda Senior Players), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1949 Jerry Hollendorfer, horse trainer
  • 1950 Annelie Ehrhardt, German DR, 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 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, Saigon Vietnam, 141 lbs US weightlifter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Bob Kempainen, marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1966 Doug Bodger, Chemainus BC, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, San Jose)
  • 1966 Kurt Browning, Alberta, figure skater (Olympic-5-1994)
  • 1966 Luke Jensen, Grayling Mich, tennis star (1993 French Open doubles)
  • 1966 Robert Kempainen, marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1966 Sandy Alomar, catcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • 1968 John Lumkes, 3k steeplechase runner, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Fernando Valenzula, jockey
  • 1969 Jay Leeuwenburg, NFL guard/center (Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1969 Laura Brown, LPGA golfer
  • 1971 Blair Pocock, cricketer (New Zealand opening batsman 1993)
  • 1971 Nigel Owens, Welsh Rugby Referee (Stonewall Sportsperson of the Decade), born in Mynyddcerrig, Carmarthenshire
  • 1972 Otakar Vejvoda, Kladno CZE, hockey forward (Team Czech Rep)
  • 1973 Rayna Stewart, safety/cornerback (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1973 Tracy Noonan, Lawrence Mass, soccer goalkeeper (Olympics 1996)
  • 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
  • 1984 Mateus, Angolan footballer
  • 1984 Janne Happonen, Finnish ski jumper
  • 1986 Richard Gasquet, French tennis player
  • 1992 Bob Kempainen, marathoner (Olympics-66), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding 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, cricketer (949 runs 50 wkts for England 25 Tests), dies
  • 1952 Efim D Bogolyubov, Russian chess player, dies at 63
  • 1958 Douglas Jardine, cricketer (22 Tests for England), dies
  • 1967 Beat Fehr, Swiss racing driver (b. 1942)
  • 1967 Giacomo Russo, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • 1980 André Leducq, French cyclist (b. 1904)
  • 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 (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
  • 2018 Walter Bahr, American soccer midfielder, coach (1950 US beat England 1-0), dies of complications broken hip at 91