On This Day

On This Day in Sport for June 20

Events in Sport

  • 1896 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Elisabeth Moore beats defending champion Juliette Atkinson 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
  • 1910 US Open Men's Golf, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Alex Smith of Scotland wins an 18-hole playoff over younger brother Macdonald Smith and John McDermott to win his 2nd Open title
  • 1912 NY Giants lead Bost Braves 14-2 into 9th, Giants win 21-12
  • 1913 3 of 1st 4 Yankees hit-by-pitch en route to a record 6 hit batsman
  • 1914 46th Belmont: Merritt Buxton aboard Luke McLuke wins in 2:20
  • 1919 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Marion Zinderstein 6-1, 6-2 for her 4th US singles title
  • 1920 Yanks win protest of 1-0 White Sox win & game is replayed

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1930 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Bobby Jones wins his 3rd Open title, 2 strokes ahead of Leo Diegel and Macdonald Smith on his way to the single-season Grand Slam

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936 Jesse Owens of US sets 100 meter record at 10.2

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1940 Joe Louis TKOs Arturo Godoy in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

'Gorgeous Gussie' Shocks Wimbledon'Gorgeous Gussie' Shocks Wimbledon

1949 Tennis star Gussie Moran shocks Wimbledon by wearing a short dress "to look good and "move more freely on the court"

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Gussie in her 'shocking' outfit. Photo: George W. Hales/Fox Photos, via Getty Images
Gussie in her 'shocking' outfit. Photo: George W. Hales/Fox Photos, via Getty Images
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Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1950 Joe DiMaggio's 2,000th hit, Yanks beat Indians 8-2

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1951 Cleveland Indian Bobby Avila hits 3 HRs, double & single vs Red Sox

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1953 LPGA Western Golf Open Women's Golf, Capital City Club: Louise Suggs defeats Patty Berg, 6 & 5 in the final

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 At Detroit's Briggs Stadium, Mickey Mantle hits 2 Billy Hoeft pitches into right center field bleachers (no else hits 1 there)

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1960 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson

  • 1964 US Open Men's Golf, Congressional CC: Ken Venturi wins his only major title, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Tommy Jacobs

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1966 US Open Men's Golf, Olympic CC: Billy Casper erases a 7-stroke deficit on the final 9 holes to tie Arnold Palmer; wins Monday 18-hole playoff by 4 strokes

  • 1967 Phillies Larry Jackson beats NY Mets for 18th straight time
  • 1968 Jim Hines becomes 1st person to run 100 meters in under 10 seconds
  • 1970 Oriole's Brooks Robinson get his 2,000 career hit, a 3 run HR
  • 1973 Chicago's Cy Acosta is 1st AL pitcher to bat since DH rule (strikeout)
  • 1973 SF Giants Bobby Bonds sets NL record with 22 lead off HRs
  • 1976 US Open Men's Golf, Atlanta AC: Tour rookie Jerry Pate wins his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Al Geiberger and Tom Weiskopf
  • 1976 UEFA European Championship Final, Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia: Czechoslovakia upsets West Germany, 5-3 on penalties following 2-2 draw a.e.t
  • 1978 1st 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-Iowa, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota & Dayton
  • 1980 California Angels Freddie Patek, hits 3 HRs & double to beat Red Sox 20-2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán takes WBC welterweight title from Sugar Ray Leonard at Olympic Stadium in Montreal by unanimous points decision

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1982 US Open Men's Golf, Pebble Beach GL: Tom Watson wins his only US Open by 2 strokes from Jack Nicklaus

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Pete Rose is 5th to appear in 3,000 games (Cobb, Musial, Aaron, Yaz)

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1983 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: Larry Nelson wins by 1 shot from Tom Watson in a storm affected Monday finish

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • 1983 New York Yankees 5-time MLB All Star outfielder Bobby Murcer retires
  • 1984 Oakland A's Dave Kingman hits his 3rd grand slam & 14th lifetime

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Jim Fregosi replaces Tony La Russa as White Sox manager

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa
  • 1987 1st Rugby World Cup Final, Eden Park, Auckland: New Zealand fly-half Grant Fox lands 4 penalties, a conversion and drop goal as the All Blacks beat France, 29-9

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1988 US Open Men's Golf, The Country Club: Curtis Strange wins a Monday 18-hole playoff by 4 strokes from Englishman Nick Faldo

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

  • 1988 NYC WABC-AM becomes flagship radio station of NJ Devils
  • 1992 Kelly Saunders is 2nd female baseball PA announcer (Baltimore Orioles)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Dino Ciccarelli is traded by the Washington Capitals to the Detroit Red Wings

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • 1992 NHL Draft: ZPS Zlin (Czechoslovakia) defenceman Roman Hamrlik first pick by Tampa Bay Lightning

Sport awardNBA Finals

1993 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls become first team since legendary Boston Celtics of the 1960s to win 3 consecutive titles, with a 99–98 victory in Game 6 over Phoenix Suns; MVP: Michael Jordan for third straight year

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1993 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Lee Janzen plays sub-70 golf all 4 rounds to tie tournament scoring record and win the first of his 2 Open titles, 2 strokes ahead of Payne Stewart

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1994 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: Ernie Els of South Africa wins on the second sudden-death hole to defeat Loren Roberts, after Colin Montgomerie was eliminated in an 18-hole playoff

Golfer Ernie Els
Ernie Els

MurderMurder of Interest

1994 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson arraigned on murder of Nicole Simpson & Ronald Goldman

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1999 US Open Men's Golf, Pinehurst CC: Payne Stewart wins his 2nd Open title by 1 stroke from Phil Mickelson
  • 1999 Cricket World Cup, Lord's, London: Shane Warne takes 4/33 as Australia beats Pakistan by 8 wickets; Lance Klusener (RSA), Player of Series

Sport awardUS Golf Open

2004 US Open Men's Golf, Shinnecock Hills GC: Retief Goosen of South Africa wins his second Open title, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up and reigning Masters champion Phil Mickelson

  • 2006 NBA Finals: Miami Heat beat Dallas Mavericks, 95-92 in Game 6 for first title in franchise history; MVP: Dwyane Wade
  • 2010 US Open Men's Golf, Pebble Beach GL: Irishman Graeme McDowell wins his first major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Grégory Havret of France

Sport awardNBA Finals

2013 NBA Finals: Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs, 95-88 in Game 7 for back-to-back titles; MVP: LeBron James for second straight year

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Tiger Woods checks into a clinic to manage his pain medication and sleep disorder, following his arrest for driving under the influence

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • 2018 FIFA World Cup: Portugal superstar Cristiano Renaldo heads a goal against Morocco to become the all-time leading European goalscorer (85) in international competition
  • 2019 NBA Draft: Duke power forward Zion Williamson first pick by New Orleans Pelicans

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1860 Jack Worrall, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1885-99, 11 Tests), born in Maryborough, Victoria, Australia (d. 1937)
  • 1897 Cyril Francois, South African cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 252 runs, 6 wickets), born in Lewisham, England (d. 1944)
  • 1903 Glenna Collett-Vare, American golfer (6-time US Amateur champion), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1908 Billy Werber, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in Berwyn Heights, Maryland (d. 2009)
  • 1909 Robert Marley, Jamaican cricketer (Jamaican batsman 1928-1946, WICBC pres), born in Half Way Tree, Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1995)
  • 1918 George Lynch, American auto racer, born in Miles City, Montana (d. 1997)
  • 1922 Tommy Mont, American NFL quarterback and coach (Washington Redskins; DePauw University), born in Mount Savage, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Doris Hart, American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Paul Pender, American boxer
  • 1933 Jean Boiteux, French 400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1934 Horst Mahseli, Polish soccer striker (9 caps; Legia Warsaw), born in Bytom, Poland (d. 1999)
  • 1939 Budge Rogers, British rugby player
  • 1939 Ramakant Desai, Indian cricket fast bowler (28 Tests, 74 wickets, 1 x 50; Bombay), born in Bombay, India (d. 1998)
  • 1943 Andy Etchebarren, baseball catcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Whittier, California
  • 1944 Dave Nelson, baseball player
  • 1949 Paul Shaw, Collingwood Ontario, trap shooter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1953 Raúl Ramírez, Mexican tennis player, born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
  • 1954 Alan Lamb, South African/British cricket player (79 tests for England), born in Langebaanweg, Cape Province
  • 1956 Peter Reid, English former footballer
  • 1958 Dickie Thon, baseball player
  • 1958 Ron Hornaday, American racecar driver
  • 1960 Donna Mayhew, Taylor Penn, javelin thrower
  • 1961 Gary Varsho, baseball player
  • 1961 Karin Enke, German speed skater (3 Olympic gold 1980, 84), born in Dresden, Germany
  • 1963 Kirk Baptiste, 200m runner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1963 Matt Anger, tennis star, born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1964 Najee Mustafaa, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1964 Paul Goydos, American golfer (4th 59 in PGA history 2010), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1964 Pierfrancesco Chili, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1967 Pat Jablonski, Toledo, NHL goalie (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 1967 Anthony Smith, American NFL defensive end (Oakland Raiders), born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina
  • 1968 Fred McAfee, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 Mike McCarthy, American pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1988, 96), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Gerald Dixon, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • 1969 Malivai Washington, tennis star (Olympics 1996), born in Glenn Cove, New York
  • 1970 Shay-Oren Smadja, Israeli men's half middleweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Ofakim, Israel
  • 1971 Rodney Rogers, NBA forward (LA Clippers)
  • 1971 William Gaines, NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Jozef Stumpel, Nitra CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Boston)
  • 1972 Juan Castro, Sinaloa Mexico, infielder (LA Dodgers)
  • 1972 Martin Keino, Nyeri Kenya, 1.5k runner
  • 1972 Paras Mhambrey, Indian cricket pace bowler (Test v England 1996)
  • 1972 Paul Bako, American baseball player
  • 1975 Daniel Zítka, Czech footballer
  • 1976 Carlos Lee, Panamanian baseball player
  • 1976 Rob Mackowiak, American baseball player
  • 1976 Juliano Belletti, Brazilian footballer
  • 1977 Gordan Giriček, Croatian basketball player
  • 1978 LaVar Arrington, American football player
  • 1978 Frank Lampard, English footballer
  • 1978 Jan-Paul Saeijs, Dutch footballer
  • 1978 Bobby Seay, American baseball player
  • 1979 Sydne Vogel, figure skater (1996 NW Pac Sr champ), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1979 Charles Howell III, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles, Rookie of the Year 2001), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1979 Cael Sanderson, Olympic Wrestler
  • 1980 Carlo Festuccia, Italian rugby union footballer
  • 1980 Fabian Wegmann, German road racing cyclist
  • 1980 Franco Semioli, Italian footballer
  • 1981 Ardian Gashi, Albanian-Norwegian footballer
  • 1983 Darren Sproles, American football player
  • 1983 Josh Childress, American basketball player
  • 1985 Souleymane Mamam, Togolese footballer
  • 1985 Darko Miličić, Serbian basketball player (Detroit Pistons), born in Novi Sad, Serbia, Yugoslavia

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1894 Basketball inventor James Naismith (32) weds Maude Evelyn Sherman (23) in Springfield, Massachusetts

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith

LoveWedding of Interest

1966 Tennis champ Rod Laver (27) weds Mary Benson at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church in San Rafael, California

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 2004 Former Dallas Cowboys running back Eddie George (30) weds R&B group "SWV" member Tamara Johnson (33) at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey

Deaths in Sport

  • 1888 Johannes Zukertort, German chess player, dies at 45
  • 1950 Claude Jennings, cricketer (Aust opening bat in 1912 Triangular), dies
  • 1952 Luigi Fagioli, Italian race car driver (b. 1898)
  • 1974 Horace Lindrum, Australian snooker and billiards player, dies at 62
  • 1976 Lou Klein, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • 1994 Bram Koopmans, cyclist/coach, dies at 78
  • 1997 John Akii-bua, Ugandan athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1972), dies at 49
  • 2000 Jim De Courcy, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1953), dies at 73
  • 2002 Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Billy Johnson, American baseball player, dies at 87
  • 2016 Frank Chapot, American equestrian (Olympic silver 1960, 1972) dies at 84
  • 2018 Peter Thomson, Australian golfer and 5-time Open Championship winner, dies of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • 2020 Jim Kiick, American football running back (Super Bowl 1972, 73; AFL All-Star 1968, 69; Miami Dolphins), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 73