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)
  • 1903 Pirates win a triple header from Dodgers
  • 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

1925 NY Yankee Lou Gehrig begins his 2,130 consecutive game streak

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

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 39th Women's French Championships: Margaret Scriven beats 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

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 awardTennis Open

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 15th European Cup: Ajax beats Panathinaikos 2-0 at London

Sport awardTennis Open

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 awardGolf Major

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

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1989 Cincinnati Red Eric Davis hits for cycle
  • 1991 Rosie Jones wins LPGA Rochester Golf International
  • 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 Coaching Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coaching 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1865 George Lohmann, British cricketer regarded as one of the greatest bowlers of all time, born in Kensington, England (d. 1901)
  • 1869 Jack O'Connor, baseball player (d. 1937)
  • 1904 Johnny Weissmuller [Peter Johann Weißmüller], Hungarian actor (Tarzan) and 100m swimmer (Olympic 5 gold-1924, 28), born in Freidorf, Hungary, Austria-Hungary (d. 1984)
  • 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 professional golfer, born in Charlotte North Carolina

  • 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, baseball player
  • 1933 Jerry Lumpe, American baseball player, born in Lincoln, Missouri, (d. 2014)
  • 1936 Vladimir Golubnichy, USSR, 20K walker (Olympic gold 1960, 68)
  • 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, baseball pitcher
  • 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
  • 1947 Jan Ferraris, LPGA golfer
  • 1951 Larry Clark Robinson, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens, Norris-77, 80)
  • 1953 Craig Robert Stadler, PGA golfer (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
  • 1962 Laura Witvoet, Alberta Canada, LPGA golfer (1995 LPGA Corning-52nd)
  • 1963 Brian Harvey, baseball umpire (NL)
  • 1963 Jay B Cooper, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Jamaica), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1963 Tim Balmer, Canadian Tour golfer (Bermuda Open-1990), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1965 Mark Waugh, Australian cricketer (twin of Steve)
  • 1965 Steve Waugh, Australian cricket captain
  • 1967 Mike Evans, WLAF DL (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1967 Mike Stanton, American pitcher (NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967 Randy Hilliard, NFL cornerback (Denver Broncos)
  • 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
  • 1970 Randy Fuller, American NFL defensive back (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • 1971 Martin Suji, cricketer (Kenyan pace bowler 1996 World Cup)
  • 1971 Steve Brooks, WLAF tight end (Frankfurt Galaxy, London Monarchs)
  • 1972 Brad Ottis, tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1972 Dwayne Joseph, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears)
  • 1972 Renee Heiken, LPGA golfer (1994 Florida Women's Open), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 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, Argentinian football player (Manchester City, Argentine national team), born in Buenos Aires
  • 1988 Patrik Berglund, Swedish hockey player

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

1945 Athlete Jim Thorpe (57) weds Patricia Askew

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Deaths in Sport

  • 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
  • 1959 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer, dies in a car crash at 46
  • 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
  • 1993 Johnny Mize, baseball player, dies 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