On This Day

On This Day in Sport for June 21

Events in Sport

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1858 Louisiana chess prodigy Paul Morphy arrives in Europe

Chess Player Paul Morphy
Chess Player
Paul Morphy
  • 1879 Infielder William White plays one game for the Providence Grays with conjecture was the first African-American to play MLB even though he appeared Caucasian
  • 1900 Dodgers score 7 in top of 11th to go ahead of Phillies, 20-13, In bottom of 11th Phillies stalls so umpire forfeits game to Dodgers
  • 1904 Boston Herald tells of Red Sox trade "Dougherty as a Yankee," 1st known reference to NY club as Yankees (became Yankees in 1913)
  • 1907 US Open Men's Golf, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Alec Ross of Scotland posts 4 sub-80 rounds to win his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Gilbert Nicholls
  • 1907 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Frenchman Arnaud Massy wins by 2 strokes from J.H. Taylor; first non-Briton to win Open Championship
  • 1916 Boston Rube Forster no-hits NY Yankees, 2-0
  • 1921 HSC '21 soccer team forms in Haaksbergen
  • 1930 Ruth hits 3 HRs as Yanks blow 6-0 lead in 7th & lose 15-7
  • 1932 German champion Max Schmeling loses NYSAC, NBA and lineal heavyweight boxing titles in controversial split points decision to American Jack Sharkey in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Baseball's Pinky Higgins gets 12th straight hit

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938 Bradman scores 101* in 77 minutes, Australia v Lancashire

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 NY Yankees announce Lou Gehrig's retirement after doctors reveal he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1946 Bill Veeck buys Indians for $2.2 million

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1950 Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1951 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Whitemarsh Valley CC: Patty Berg defeats Pat O'Sullivan, 2-up in the final

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1952 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Skokie CC: Betsy Rawls defeats Betty Jameson, 1 up in the final

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1960 German sprinter Armin Hary runs world record 100m (10.0)
  • 1964 Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning hurls a perfect game as Philadelphia beats the New York Mets, 6-0 on Fathers Day at Shea Stadium
  • 1964 UEFA European Championship Final, Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain: Marcelino scores the winner as Spain beats Soviet Union, 2-1

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1965 US Open Men's Golf, Bellerive CC: Gary Player of South Africa beats Australian Kel Nagle by 3 strokes in an 18-hole playoff to win his only US Open title; completes his career Grand Slam at age 29

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • 1967 Yanks take 5-3 lead in 11th & lose 6-5, in 2nd game Red Sox lead 3-2 in 9th & Yanks beat them 6-3
  • 1969 John Pennel pole vaults world record (5.45 m)
  • 1970 US Open Men's Golf Hazeltine National GC: Englishman Tony Jacklin shoots sub-par in all 4 rounds on his way to a 7-stroke win ahead of Dave Hill

Sport awardFIFA World Cup

1970 FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City: Brazil and Pelé become first team and player to win World Cup 3 times, beating Italy, 4-1 in front of 107,412

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1971 US Open Men's Golf, Merion GC: Lee Trevino wins his 2nd Open by 3 strokes in a Monday 18-hole playoff with Jack Nicklaus

  • 1971 Indians Ken Harrelson retires from baseball to play pro golf
  • 1975 Cricket World Cup, Lord's, London: Player of the Match Clive Lloyd scores 102 as West Indies beats Australia by 17 runs; first major limited overs One Day International (ODI) tournament
  • 1975 Ruffian leads all the way to win the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont and clinch American thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies
  • 1981 US Open Men's Golf, Merion GC: David Graham wins his second major title and becomes the first Australian to win the US Open, 3 strokes ahead of runners-up George Burns and Bill Rogers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Tennis ace Arthur Ashe undergoes double bypass heart surgery

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1986 1985 Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, signs 3-year contract to play baseball with the Kansas City Royals
  • 1986 Heike Drechsler of East Germany long jumps 7.45 m (women's record)

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1987 US Open Men's Golf, Olympic Club: Scott Simpson passes and holds off 1982 champion Tom Watson on the Lake Course to win his only major title by 1 stroke

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Mike Tyson sexually harasses a parking lot attendant

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1988 42nd NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3

  • 1989 Carlton Fisk becomes AL catcher HR hitter, 307th at Yankee stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Yankees trade Rickey Henderson to A's for Plunk, Cadaret & Polonia

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1990 At Yankee Stadium rally, Nelson Mandela dons a NY Yankee baseball cap and proclaims "I am a Yankee!"

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1991 NY Islanders Denis Potvin and Mike Bossy are elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1992 US Open Men's Golf, Pebble Beach GL: Perennial runner-up Tom Kite breaks through for his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Jeff Sluman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Last day of test cricket for Ian Botham and Allan Lamb

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 German tennis superstar Steffi Graf becomes first defending champion to lose in the 1st round of a major tournament (Wimbledon to American Lorrie McNeal)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 NHL Draft: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) center Joe Thornton first pick by Boston Bruins

NHL Star Joe Thornton
NHL Star
Joe Thornton
  • 1997 Women's National Basketball Association begins as NY Liberty beats LA Sparks

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1998 US Open Men's Golf, Olympic Club, SF: Lee Janzen recovers from 7 stroke deficit to win his second Open title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Payne Stewart

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

2002 Lennox Lewis retains boxing's WBC world Heavyweight crown with an eight round knockout over Mike Tyson

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 2009 ICC Women's Cricket T20 World Cup, Lord's: England 86/4 win inaugural event; beat New Zealand 85; England's Katherine Brunt takes 3 for 6

Sport awardNBA Finals

2012 NBA Finals: Miami Heat win their second NBA title; beat Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-106 in Game 5; MVP: LeBron James

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James

Sport awardUS Golf Open

2015 US Open Men's Golf, Chambers Bay GC: Jordan Spieth (21) becomes youngest winner since 1923 by 1 shot from Dustin Johnson & Louis Oosthuizen

Professional Golfer Jordan Spieth
Professional Golfer
Jordan Spieth
  • 2018 NBA Draft: Arizona center Deandre Ayton first pick by Phoenix Suns
  • 2019 NHL Draft: US NTDP center Jack Hughes first pick by New Jersey Devils

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1866 Lena Rice, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1890), born in Marlhill, Ireland (d. 1907)
  • 1866 Matt Kilroy, American baseball pitcher (MLB single-season record 513 strikeouts 1886; MLB no-hitter 1886; Baltimore Orioles), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1940)
  • 1884 Sir Gordon Lowe, British tennis player, Member of Parliament (Australasian C'ship 1915), born in Edgbaston, England (d. 1972)
  • 1889 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 100/200m 1912), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1972)
  • 1905 Jacques Goddet, French sports journalist and publisher (Tour de France), born in Paris (d. 2000)
  • 1907 William Shea, American lawyer (instrumental in NY Mets establishment; Shea Stadium), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1918 Eddie Lopat, American baseball player (NY Yankees), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1922 Jim McConnon, English cricketer (England off-spinner against Pakistan 1954), born in Burnopfield, England (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Jackie Collum, American baseball player, born in Victor, Iowa (d. 2009)
  • 1929 Agha Saadat Ali, Pakistani cricketer (Paki bat in Test v NZ 1956, scored 8*), born in Lahore, Punjab (d. 1995)
  • 1930 Mike McCormack, American NFL offensive tackle (NY Yankees, Cleveland, Philadelphia), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Enzo Maiorca, Italian freediver (17 world records), born in Syracuse, Sicily (d. 2016)
  • 1937 John Edrich, English cricketer (England left-handed batsman, 310* v NZ 1965), born in Blofield, Norfolk, England
  • 1938 James Botten, South African cricketer (all-rounder in 1965 South African series v England), born in Pretoria, Transvaal (d. 2006)
  • 1948 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (1st Indigenous Australian to win a world title), born in Drouin, Victoria (d. 2011)
  • 1953 Charlie Moore Jr., American baseball player, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1954 Jeremy Coney, New Zealand cricketer (NZ captain turned them into world-beaters), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1955 Michel Platini, French footballer, born in Jœuf, France
  • 1956 Mikhail Burtsev, Soviet sabre fencer (Olympic gold 1976, 1980), born in Moscow (d. 2015)
  • 1956 Rick Sutcliffe, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers, Chicago Cubs), born in Independence, Missouri
  • 1957 Vladimir Romanovsky, Slonim, Belarus, sprint canoer (Olympic gold 1972), (d. 2013)
  • 1959 Tom Chambers, NBA forward, center (Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns)
  • 1962 Takeshi Asami, Japanese racing driver
  • 1963 Jeff Musselman, baseball player
  • 1963 Mike Sherrard, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • 1967 Derrick Coleman, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1967 Michele Smith, Califon NJ, softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1967 Robert Drummond, CFL running back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1968 Alastair Campbell Mackintosh, New Zealand coxless rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1968 Darryl Shannon, Barrie, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1968 Henry Newby, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1969 Chris Perez, CFL tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1969 Donovan Osborne, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Roseville, California
  • 1970 Brandon Moore, American NFL tackle (NE Patriots), born in Ardmore, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 John Roethlisberger, American gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Afton, Minnesota
  • 1971 Nicole Stevenson, Australian backstroker (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971 Tyrone Drakeford, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers)
  • 1972 Andrew Jordan, NFL tight end (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1972 Billy Milner, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1972 Heath Rylance, CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1972 Tony Berti, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1973 Alyson Annan, Australian field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1973 Merlakia Jones, WNBA guard/forward (Cleveland Rockers)
  • 1973 Sammie Burroughs, linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1973 Frank Vogel, American basketball head coach (LA Lakers 2019, Indiana Pacers 2011-16; Orlando Magic 2016-18), born in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
  • 1974 Rob Kelly, American football safety (New Orleans Saints), born in Mount Vernon, Ohio
  • 1974 Craig Lowndes, Australian racing driver
  • 1976 Antonio Cochran, American football player
  • 1976 Nigel Lappin, Australian Rules Football defender (Brisbane Lions premiers 2001-03), born in Corowa, New South Wales
  • 1978 Cristiano Lupatelli, Italian footballer
  • 1978 Dejan Ognjanović, Montenegrin football player
  • 1978 Matt Kuchar, American golfer (British Open 2017 runner-up), born in Winter Park, Florida
  • 1980 Sendy Rleal, Dominican baseball player
  • 1980 Richard Jefferson, American basketball player
  • 1981 Yann Danis, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 Anthony Morelli, American football player
  • 1985 Byron Schammer, AFL footballer
  • 1987 Dale Thomas, AFL footballer
  • 1987 Sebastian Prödl, Austrian footballer
  • 1996 Scottie Scheffler, American golfer (12th to make 59 on PGA Tour 2020), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1976 Country singer Reba McEntire (21) weds national steer wrestling champion Charlie Battles

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire

Deaths in Sport

  • 1907 Lena Rice, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1890), dies of tuberculosis at 41
  • 1932 Marshall Taylor, American track cyclist (first African-American world champion; 1899 World Track C'ships), dies from a heart attack at 53
  • 1969 Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (1st women's Grand Slam 1953; 9 x Grand Slam singles titles), dies of ovarian cancer at 34
  • 1973 Frank Leahy, American football coach (Notre Dame), dies at 64
  • 1989 Lee Quencey Calhoun, hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 56
  • 1998 Al Campanis, Greek baseball second baseman and executive (first Greek player in MLB history; GM LA Dodgers 1968-87), dies from coronary artery disease at 81
  • 2003 Roger Neilson, Canadian ice hockey coach (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Scott Kalitta, American drag racer (b. 1962)
  • 2020 Ahmed Radhi, Iraqi soccer striker (121 caps; 62 goals; Al-Rasheed; Asian Footballer of the Year 1988), dies of COVID-19 at 56
  • 2020 Dennis Young, New Zealand rugby union hooker (22 caps; Canterbury 139 games), dies from cancer at 90