On This Day

On This Day in Sport for June 2

Events in Sport

  • 1869 Cleveland's Forest City play their 1st game (vs Cincinnati Red Stockings)
  • 1883 1st night baseball under lights, Fort Wayne Indiana
  • 1896 30th Belmont: Henry Griffin aboard Hastings wins in 2:24.5
  • 1901 Benjamin Adams arrested for playing golf on Sunday (NY)
  • 1908 33rd Preakness: Eddie Dugan riding Royal Tourist wins in 1:46.4
  • 1909 43rd Belmont: Eddie Dugan riding Joe Madden wins in 2:21.6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933 FDR authorizes 1st swimming pool built inside the White House

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1934 French Championships Men's Tennis: Gottfried von Cramm of Germany wins 1st of 2 French titles; beats Australian Jack Crawford 6-4, 7-9, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
  • 1934 French Championship Women's Tennis: England's defending champion Margaret Scriven beats American Helen Jacobs 7-5, 4-6, 6-1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1935 Babe Ruth, 40, announces his retirement as a player

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1935 French Championships Men's Tennis: Englishman Fred Perry wins his only French title, beating Gottfried von Cramm of Germany 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
  • 1935 40th Women's French Championships: Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling beats Simonne Mathieu (6-2, 6-1)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942 Red Sox star Ted Williams enlists as a US Navy aviator

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1950 St Louis Browns pitcher Harry Dorish swipes home vs Washington Senators
  • 1958 Brooks Robinson hits into 1st of record 4 triple plays

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1958 Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford fans 6 in a row to tie an AL record

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1962 French Championships Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Rod Laver beats Roy Emerson 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 9-7, 6-2; 2nd leg of Laver's 1st Grand Slam

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • 1962 French Championships Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Margaret Smith beats doubles partner Lesley Turner 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
  • 1971 European Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Ajax beats Panathinaikos, 2-0; Dutch champions begin 3-year period of domination

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1973 French Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court of Australia beats American teenager Chris Evert 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 for her 5th and last French singles crown

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1985 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Nancy Lopez wins by 8 shots from fellow American Alice Miller

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Mariners draft Ken Griffey Jr. #1

Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.
Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder
Ken Griffey Jr.
  • 1989 Cincinnati Red Eric Davis hits for cycle
  • 1991 Seppo Raty of Finland improves his world javelin record to 318' 1"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Former NFL NY Giant Coach Bill Parcells undergoes open heart surgery

NFL Coach Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coach Legend
Bill Parcells
  • 1996 US Open Women's Golf, Pine Needles GC: Annika Sörenstam retains her title by 6 shots from Kris Tschetter
  • 1997 Albert Belle's Chicago White Sox tying 27-game hitting streak ends
  • 2019 US Open Women's Golf, CC of Charleston: Lee Jeong-eun of South Korea wins her first major title; beats runners-up Lexi Thompson, Agel Yin and Ryu So-yeon by 2 strokes

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1865 George Lohmann, England cricket medium pace bowler (18 Tests, 112 wickets @ 10.75), born in Kensington, England (d. 1901)
  • 1869 Jack O'Connor, baseball player (d. 1937)

Person of interestJohnny Weissmuller

1904 Johnny Weissmuller, American actor (Tarzan), swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1924, 28), born in Freidorf, Romania (d. 1984)

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller
Swimmer and Actor
Johnny Weissmuller
  • 1908 Gordon Weir, cricketer (NZ batsman in 11 Tests 1930-37)
  • 1920 Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (d. 2003)

Person of interestCharlie Sifford

1922 Charlie Sifford, American golfer (first African-American to join PGA Tour, 2 titles), born in Charlotte North Carolina (d. 2015)

  • 1929 Ken McGregor, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1952), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Bob Lillis, baseball player
  • 1931 Larry Jackson, American baseball pitcher (5x MLB All-Star; MLB wins leader 1964; St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Nampa, Idaho (d. 1990)
  • 1933 Jerry Lumpe, American baseball player, born in Lincoln, Missouri, (d. 2014)
  • 1936 Vladimir Golubnichy, Soviet walker (Olympic gold 20k 1960, 68), born in Sumy, Ukraine
  • 1938 Gene Michael, American baseball shortstop, and general manger (NY Yankees), born in Kent, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • 1940 Horace Clarke, baseball 2nd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • 1940 Jim Maloney, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1965; pitched 2 x no-hitters 1965, 1 in 1969; Cincinnati Reds), born in Fresno, California
  • 1940 Yuri Pshenichnikov, Soviet soccer goalkeeper and coach (19 caps; FC Pakhtakor Tashkent, CSKA Moscow), born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (d. 2019)
  • 1941 Lou Nanne, Canadian-born American hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), born in Sault Ste. Maria, Ontario
  • 1944 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), born in Larnaca, Cyprus (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Poul Jensen, Danish sailor (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • 1946 Roger Freed, baseball player
  • 1949 Stewart Ginn, Australian golfer (Senior Players C'ship 2002), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1951 Larry Clark Robinson, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens, Norris-77, 80)
  • 1953 Craig Stadler, American golfer (US Masters 1982), born in San Diego, California
  • 1959 Charlie Huddy, Oshawa, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1960 Kyle Petty, American racing car driver
  • 1961 Kerry Junna-Saxby, Australian 10k walker (Olympics-15th-1992, 96)
  • 1962 Darnell Coles, baseball player
  • 1963 Brian Harvey, baseball umpire (NL)
  • 1965 Russ Courtnall, Canadian ice hockey right wing (1,029 NHL games; Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, LA Kings), born in Duncan, British Columbia
  • 1965 Mark Waugh, Australian cricketer (twin of Steve)
  • 1965 Steve Waugh, Australian cricket captain
  • 1967 Mike Stanton, American pitcher (MLB All Star 2001; World Series 1998-2000; NY Yankees), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967 Kenny Atkinson, American basketball head coach (Brooklyn Nets 2016-19; Director Player Development, Houston Rockets 2007–08), born in Huntington, New York
  • 1969 David Wheaton, tennis star (1987 US junior boys), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1969 Kurt Abbott, infielder (Florida Marlins), born in Zanesville, Ohio
  • 1970 Andy McCollum, NFL center/guard (New Orleans Saints), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1970 Eric Riley, American NBA center (Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1970 Marty Mcinnis, American NHL left wing (NY Islanders), born in Weymouth, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Mike Kelly, American baseball player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Brad Ottis, tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1972 Dwayne Joseph, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears)
  • 1973 Jayantha Silva, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test left-arm spinner 1995)
  • 1974 Tammy Holmes, female outfielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1974 Gata Kamsky, American chess player
  • 1975 Dontae' Jones, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • 1975 Sally Newmarch, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976 Elly Hutton, Australian 100m sprinter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976 Josef Marha, Havl-brod Cze, NHL center (Colorado Avalanche)
  • 1976 Earl Boykins, American basketball player

Person of interestAbby Wambach

1980 Abby Wambach, American Soccer player (world record for international goals), born in Rochester, New York

Soccer Player Abby Wambach
Soccer Player
Abby Wambach
  • 1981 Chin-hui Tsao, Taiwanese baseball player
  • 1981 Nikolay Davydenko, Russian professional tennis pl
  • 1983 Christopher Higgins, American ice hockey player
  • 1988 Sergio Agüero, Argentine soccer striker (96 caps; Manchester City; leading overseas goal scorer in EPL history), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1988 Patrik Berglund, Swedish hockey player
  • 1989 Steve Smith, Australian cricket batsman (Test batting rating of 947, 2nd-highest of all time), born in Sydney, NSW

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1945 Athlete Jim Thorpe (57) weds Patricia Askew

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe

LoveWedding of Interest

1989 Actor James Woods (42) weds horse trainer Sarah Owen (26) in Beverly Hills, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1871 George Stevens, English jockey (record 5 Grand National wins), dies from fractured skull at 38
  • 1929 Charles Coventry, cricketer (13 runs in 2 Tests Eng v S Af 1889), dies
  • 1933 Frank Jarvis, American athlete (Olympic 100m Champion-1900), dies at 54

Person of interestLou Gehrig

1941 Lou Gehrig, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (6 x World Series, 2 x AL MVP), dies of motor neurone disease at 37

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1943 Nile Kinnick Jr., American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1939; University of Iowa), dies during a WWII training flight at 24
  • 1944 Vera Menchik, Russian born British chess master, 1st official women's world chess champion (1927-39), dies in a London air raid at 38
  • 1959 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer, dies in a car crash at 46
  • 1963 Century Milstead, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Yale; NFL C'ship 1927, NY Giants), dies at 62
  • 1968 R. Norris Williams, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1914, 16) who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic, dies of emphysema at 77
  • 1970 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of eponymous race team, dies in a car crash at 32
  • 1974 Waldemar F Eric Marx, cricketer (3 Tests South Africa v Aust 1921-22), dies
  • 1974 Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver, dies at 25
  • 1986 Aurel Joliat, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 84 (b. 1901)
  • 1989 Ted a'Beckett, cricketer (4 Tests 1928-32), dies
  • 1989 Dick Mayer, American golfer (US Open 1957), dies from alcoholism complications at 64
  • 1993 Johnny Mize, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (10-time MLB All Star), dies of cardiac arrest at 80
  • 1997 Helen Jacobs, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles, US Open 1932-35), dies of heart failure at 88
  • 2001 Joey Maxim, American boxer, dies at 79
  • 2005 Gunder Gundersen, Norwegian Nordic combined skier and sports official (b. 1930)
  • 2006 Keith Smith, English professional rugby player (b. 1952)
  • 2018 Bruce Kison, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1971, 79), dies at 68
  • 2019 Lowell North, American yachtsman (Olympic Gold 1968) and sailmaker (North Sails), dies at 89
  • 2020 Wes Unseld, American Basketball Hall of Fame center and coach (NBA C'ship, Finals MVP 1978; NBA MVP 1969; 5 x NBA All-Star; Washington Bullets), dies from pneumonia at 74
  • 2020 Carlo Ubbiali, Italian motorcycle racer (World Champion 125cc 1951, 55, 56, 58-60; 250cc 1956, 59, 60), dies of respiratory failure at 90
  • 2020 John Cuneo, Australian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1972), dies at 91
  • 2020 Arrogate, American thoroughbred racehorse (Breeders' Cup Classic, World's Best Racehorse 2016; Pegasus World Cup, Dubai World Cup 2017), dies at 7