On This Day

On This Day in Sport for June 19

Events in Sport

  • 1846 First officially recognised baseball game (played by Cartwright Rules) - NY Nines 23 defeat Knickerbockers 1 at Hoboken, New Jersey
  • 1867 1st Belmont Stakes: Gilbert Gilpatrick aboard Ruthless wins in 3:05
  • 1894 28th Belmont: Willie Simms aboard Henry of Navarre wins in 1:56.5
  • 1897 US National Championship Women's Tennis: 1895 title holder Juliette Atkinson beats defending champion Elisabeth Moore 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3
  • 1908 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Scotsman James Braid wins his 4th Championship by 8 strokes from Tom Ball
  • 1914 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Harry Vardon of Jersey wins a record 6th Open Championship, 3 strokes ahead of defending champion J.H. Taylor

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1922 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 5000m (14:28.2)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1924 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 1500m of 3:52.6; 50 minutes later sets 5,000m WR 14:28.2; also runs WR 3-mile time 14:02.00 within that event in Finnish Olympic trials in Helsinki

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1936 German boxer Max Schmeling KOs up-and-coming American heavyweight Joe Louis in 12 rounds at Yankee Stadium, New York

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1936 Joe McCarthy is named to manage AL All-Stars, rather than high-strung Mickey Cochrane, who is very close to a nervous breakdown
  • 1937 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Beverly CC: Helen Hicks wins the first of her 2 major titles, defeating amateur Bea Barrett 6 & 5 in the final
  • 1938 FIFA World Cup Final, Stade Olympique de Colombes, Paris, France: Luigi Colausig & Silvio Piola each score 2 goals as Italy beats Hungary, 4-1
  • 1938 Paul Waner (Pirates) homers off Pete Sivess (Phillies) in DH
  • 1938 Reds Johnny Vander Meer extends his string of hitless baseball innings to 21 2/3 before Debs Garms singles for Boston in 4th
  • 1942 Paul Waner is 7th to get 3,000 baseball hits
  • 1943 NFL's Philadelphia Eagles & Pittsburgh Steelers merge, (dissolves on Dec 5)

  • 1946 1st TV sports/boxing spectacular-Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn
  • 1952 Bkln Dodger Carl Erskine no-hits Chicago Cubs, 5-0
  • 1954 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Ed Furgol wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Gene Littler

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Glen Flora CC: Betty Jameson wins 6 & 5 over Louise Suggs in the final

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1955 US Open Men's Golf, Olympic CC: Jack Fleck wins an 18-hole playoff by 3 strokes to claim his only major title and deny Ben Hogan a record fifth US Open title

Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 100

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1955 Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs, 1-0 in 15 innings; ties longest shutout in club history

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961 NY Yankee Roger Maris hits his 25th of 61 HRs

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1964 Cambuur Leeuwarden BVO soccer team forms in Leeuwarden
  • 1970 Jim Bouton's controversial "Ball Four" is published

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) and Willie Davis (LA Dodgers) both record 2,000th MLB career hit; Rose, a single in 4-0 win vs SF Giants; Davis, a HR in 3-0 win vs Atlanta Braves

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
Baseball Player Willie Davis
Baseball Player
Willie Davis
  • 1974 KC Royals pitcher Steve Busby throws his 2nd career no-hitter; beats Milwaukee Brewers, 2-0
  • 1977 US Open Golf, Southern Hills CC: Hubert Green shoots 2-under 278 to beat Lou Graham by 1 stroke

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 MLB Cleveland Indians fire manager Frank Robinson and replace him with Jeff Torborg

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson
  • 1977 Red Sox set 3 game record of 16 HRs, all against Yanks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 Ian Botham takes 8-34 v Pakistan, his best Test cricket bowling

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 In NYC 36,211 show up to witness return of Billy Martin as manager of the New York Yankees

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Reggie Jackson hits his 513th HR to move into 10th place

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1988 32 divers finish cycling underwater on a standard tricycle, to complete 116.66 mi in 75 hrs 20 mins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Mets Dwight Gooden wins his 100th game (100-37)

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden

  • 1990 Gary Carter catches his 1,862nd career game breaks Al López's NL mark
  • 1991 NY Yankee Steve Howe records his 1st major league save since 1987

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1992 Evander Holyfield beats Larry Holmes in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer Evander Holyfield
Evander Holyfield
WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1992 NY Yankees 1st game in Baltimore Oriole's Camden Yards
  • 1993 David Boon completes 15th Test cricket century, 164* v England at Lord's

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1995 NY Yankees announce agreement with Darryl Strawberry

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999 Stanley Cup, Marine Midland Arena, Buffalo, NY: Dallas Stars edge Buffalo Sabres, 2-1 in triple overtime for 4-2 series win; Brett Hull clinches series with infamous "No Goal" ruling

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull

Sport awardNBA Finals

2000 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat Indiana Pacers, 116-111 in Game 6 to win the franchise's first title in 12 years; MVP: Shaquille O'Neal

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 Michael Schumacher wins controversial United States Formula 1 Grand Prix where only 6 of 20 cars complete the race amongst ridicule of F1 safety and tyre rules

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher

Sport awardUS Golf Open

2005 US Open Men's Golf, Pinehurst CC: Michael Campbell of New Zealand holds off a charging Tiger Woods to clinch his only major title by 2 shots

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • 2006 Stanley Cup Final, PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC: Carolina Hurricanes beat Edmonton Oilers, 3-1 for a 4-3 series victory; Hurricane's first Championship
  • 2011 US Open Men's Golf, Congressional CC: Irishman Rory McIlroy wins by 8 strokes ahead of Australian Jason Day; sets 11 tournament records, including lowest total 72-hole score (268) and lowest total under par (−16)
  • 2016 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC, PA: Despite controversial penalty on the 5th green, Dustin Johnson wins by 3 strokes ahead of runners-up Shane Lowry, Jim Furyk & Scott Piercy

Sport awardNBA Finals

2016 NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers win first title beating defending champion Golden State Warriors, 93-89 in Game 7; first team to overcome 3–1 deficit; MVP: LeBron James

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 2018 England smash the highest score (481/6) in one day international cricket history in a 242 run defeat of Australia (239) at Trent Bridge

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1851 Billy Midwinter, English-Australian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests Australia, 4 England), born in St Briavels, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1890)
  • 1867 Frank Iredale, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1894-99), born in Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1926)
  • 1903 Wally Hammond, England cricket batsman (7,249 Test runs @ 58.45), born in Dover, England (d.1965)

Person of interestLou Gehrig

1903 Lou Gehrig, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (6 x World Series, 2 x AL MVP), born in NYC, New York (d. 1941)

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1912 Don Gutteridge, American baseball player
  • 1924 Leo Nomellini, NFL defensive tackle (SF 49ers)
  • 1933 Otto Barić, Croatian soccer manager (Croatia, Austria, Wacker Innsbruck, SK Rapid, SV Salzburg), born in Eisenkappel, Austria (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Hammond Furlonge, cricketer (WI batsman in 3 Tests 1955-56)
  • 1940 Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney, American drag racer (NHRA Top Fuel C'ship in 1977, 80, 82; International Motorsports Hall of Fame), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1942 Willie Frazier, American football tight end (AFL All-Star 1965, 67, 69; All-Pro 1965; Houston Oilers, San Diego Chargers), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2013)
  • 1951 Francesco Moser, Italian cyclist
  • 1960 Johnny Lee Gray, Jr, American 800m runner (Olympic 7th 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 Patti Rizzo, American golfer (4 LPGA Tour wins), born in Hollywood, Florida
  • 1962 Ken Tohill, American jockey, born in Pleasanton, California
  • 1962 Jeremy Bates, English tennis player
  • 1963 Rory Underwood, English rugby union footballer
  • 1964 David Freedman, cricketer (NSW left-arm Chinese bowler since 1990)
  • 1968 Jud Buechler, NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1970 Chris Gray, NFL guard (Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears)
  • 1970 Claire Mitchell-Taverner, Australian field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Leonard Humphries, CFL cornerback (BC Lions)
  • 1970 Quincy Dushawn Watts, 400m runner, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1970 Scott Brumfield, guard (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1972 Andre Strode, CFL defensive back (BC Lions)
  • 1972 Anna Van der Kamp, Abbotsford BC, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Millard Coleman, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1973 Arne van de Berg, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1973 Jahine Arnold, wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973 Yasuhiko Yabuta, Japanese baseball player
  • 1974 Doug Mientkiewicz, American baseball player
  • 1975 Anthony Parker, NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1975 Brandon Mitchell, defensive end (New England Patriots)
  • 1976 Darnell Autry, running back (Chicago Bears)
  • 1976 Bryan Hughes, English footballer
  • 1977 Peter Warrick, American NFL running back (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1978 Tyson Dux, Canadian wrestler, born in Miramichi, New Brunswick
  • 1978 Dirk Nowitzki, German basketball power forward (NBA Finals MVP 2011; NBA MVP 2007; 14 × NBA All-Star; Dallas Mavericks), born in Würzburg, Germany
  • 1978 Claudio Vargas, Dominican baseball player
  • 1979 John Duddy, Northern Irish boxer
  • 1979 Quentin Jammer, American football player
  • 1980 Adel Abdulaziz, Emiratie football player
  • 1980 Dante Robinson, American football player
  • 1980 Jason White, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2003; unanimous All-American 2003, U of Oklahoma), born in Tuttle, Oklahoma
  • 1982 David Pollack, American football player
  • 1982 Alexander Frolov, Russian hockey player
  • 1983 Mark Selby, British snooker player (world champion 2014, 16-17), born in Leicester, England
  • 1984 Mateus Galiano da Costa, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • 1986 Marvin Williams, American basketball player
  • 1987 Rashard Mendenhall, American football player
  • 1991 Pontus Ekhem, Swedish hockey player

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1965 NBA forward Bob Pettit (32) weds Carole Crowell in Alexandria, Louisiana

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit

LoveWedding of Interest

1969 Baseball manager Leo Durocher (63) weds socialite Lynne Walker Goldblatt (40) at the Ambassador West Hotel in Chicago

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

Deaths in Sport

  • 1904 Mungo Park, Scottish golfer (British Open 1874), dies of pernicious anemia at 67
  • 1936 John Sharpe, cricketer (1-eyed fast bowler for England 1891-92), dies
  • 1944 Bill Bradley, cricketer (bowled for England in two Tests 1899), dies
  • 1986 Len Bias, American basketball player (Boston Celtics pick for 1986 draft) dies of a cocaine-induced seizure at 22
  • 1989 Ad van Emmenes, Dutch soccer reporter, dies at 91
  • 1992 Kitty Godfree, English tennis player (Olympic gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze-1920, 24), dies at 96
  • 2007 Terry Hoeppner, American football coach (b. 1947)
  • 2007 Antonio Aguilar [Barraza], Mexican singer, producer and actor (Emiliano Zapata) who popularized the Mexican equestrian sport la charrería, dies of pneumonia at 88
  • 2008 Bennie Swain, American basketball player (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Manute Bol, Sudanese basketball player (b. 1962)
  • 2018 Hubert Green, American golfer (US Open 1977, PGA 1985), dies of throat cancer at 71
  • 2020 Mario Corso, Italian soccer winger (23 caps; Inter Milan 413 games) and coach (Lecce, Inter), dies at 78