On This Day in Sport for June 20

Events in Sport

  • 1896 10th U.S. Women's National Championship: Elisabeth Moore beats Juliette Atkinson (6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2)
  • 1912 NY Giants lead Bost Braves 14-2 into 9th, Giants win 21-12
  • 1914 46th Belmont: Merritt Buxton aboard Luke McLuke wins in 2:20
  • 1919 33rd U.S. Women's National Championship: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Marion Zinderstein (6-1, 6-2)
  • 1920 Yanks win protest of 1-0 White Sox win & game is replayed

Sport awardGolf Major

1930 British Open 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

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 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Western Golf Open

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

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1963 1st Mayor's Trophy Game (New York), Mets beat Yankees 6-2
  • 1964 64th US Golf Open: Ken Venturi shoots a 278 at Congressional CC MD
  • 1966 66th US Golf Open: Billy Casper shoots a 278 at Olympic CC in San Francisco

  • 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
  • 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 76th US Golf Open: Jerry Pate shoots a 277 at Atlanta AC in Duluth Ga
  • 1976 UEFA European Championship Final: Czechoslovakia upsets West Germany 5-3 on penalties following 2-2 draw after extra time in Belgrade
  • 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
  • 1980 Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán takes WBC welterweight title from Sugar Ray Leonard at Olympic Stadium in Montreal by unanimous points decision

Sport awardGolf Major

1982 82nd US Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 282 at Pebble Beach Golf Links California

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson

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 awardGolf Major

1983 US Open Golf, Oakmont CC: Larry Nelson wins by 1 shot from Tom Watson on 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: New Zealand beats France 29-9 in Auckland

Sport awardGolf Major

1988 88th US Golf Open: Curtis Strange wins playoff by 4 from Nick Faldo after finishing on 6-under-278 in regulation play

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 (Balt 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
  • 1993 47th NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Phoenix Suns, 4 games to 2
  • 1993 93rd US Golf Open: Lee Janzen shoots a 272 at Baltusrol GC NJ
  • 1993 Tammie Green wins LPGA Rochester International Golf Tournament
  • 1994 94th US Golf Open: Ernie Els shoots a 279 at Oakmont CC in Oakmont Pa

MurderMurder of Interest

1994 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 Golf, Pinehurst CC: Payne Stewart wins his 2nd Open by 1 shot from Phil Mickelson
  • 2004 104th US Golf Open: Retief Goosen shoots a 276 at Shinnecock Hills GC NY
  • 2006 60th NBA Championship: Miami Heat beat Dallas Mavericks, 4 games to 2
  • 2010 110th US Golf Open: Graeme McDowell shoots a 284 at Pebble Beach GL CA
  • 2013 Miami heat defeat San Antonio Spurs to win the NBA Finals 4-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 LeBron James is named NBA finals MVP for the second straight year

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 2013 67th NBA Championship: Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs, 4 games to 3

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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1860 Jack Worrall, Australian cricketer, footballer, and coach (d. 1937)
  • 1897 Cyril "Froggy" Francois, cricketer (South African all-rounder v Eng 1922-23)
  • 1903 Glenna Collett Vare, American golfer who dominated women's golf in the 1920s, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1908 Billy Werber, American baseball player
  • 1909 Cecil Marley, cricketer (Jamaican batsman 1928-1946, WICBC pres)
  • 1918 George Lynch, American auto racer (d. 1997)
  • 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)
  • 1939 Budge Rogers, British rugby player
  • 1939 R B Desai, cricketer (effective pace bowler for India in 60s)
  • 1943 Andy Etchebarren, baseball catcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Whittier, California
  • 1944 Dave Nelson, baseball player
  • 1947 John Forbes, horse trainer
  • 1949 Paul Shaw, Collingwood Ontario, trap shooter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1952 Jayne Thobois, Noblesville IN, LPGA golfer (1995 Hawaiian-56th)
  • 1953 Raul Ramirez, tennis player
  • 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, Dresden German DR, speed skater (Olympic gold 1980, 84)
  • 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), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1964 Pierfrancesco Chili, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1967 Pat Jablonski, Toledo, NHL goalie (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 1968 Fred McAfee, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 Garry Howe, WLAF nose tackle (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 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 Jo Roberts, WLAF quarterback (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 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 Francois Rozenthal, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • 1975 Maurice Rozenthal, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • 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, Professional Golfer
  • 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

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith

HeartWedding 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
  • 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