On This Day in Sport for June 21

Events in Sport

  • 1858 Louisiana chess prodigy Paul Morphy arrives in Europe
  • 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 13th US Golf Open: Alec Ross shoots a 302 at Philadelphia Cricket Club PA
  • 1907 British Open 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
  • 1932 German champion Max Schmeling loses world heavyweight title in split points decision to Jack Sharkey in New York
  • 1938 Baseball's Pinky Higgins gets 12th straight hit

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

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

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

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1951 Patty Berg wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1952 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1964 Phillies Jim Bunning pitches perfect game (Mets) on Fathers day, in 2nd game of DH, Mets get 3 hits, 3 being fewest hits in NL DH
  • 1964 UEFA European Championship Final: Marcelino scores the winner as Spain beats Soviet Union 2-1 in Madrid

Sport awardGolf Major

1965 65th US Golf Open: Gary Player shoots 282 at Bellerive CC in St Louis

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 70th US Golf Open: Tony Jacklin shoots a 281 at Hazeltine National Minn
  • 1970 FIFA World Cup Final: Brazil and Pelé become first team and player to win three times, beating Italy, 4-1 in front of 107,412 at Azteca Stadium, Mexico City

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1971 US Open Golf, Merion GC: Lee Trevino wins his 2nd Open in a playoff with Jack Nicklaus

  • 1971 Indians Ken Harrelson retires from baseball to play pro golf
  • 1975 West Indies beat Australia by 17 runs to win Cricket World Cup
  • 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 81st US Golf Open: David Graham shoots 273 at Merion GC in Ardmore Pa

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1983 Tennis ace Arthur Ashe undergoes double bypass heart surgery

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1986 Bo Jackson, Heisman Trophy winner, signs with KC Royals
  • 1986 Heike Drechsler of East Germany long jumps 7.45 m (women's record)
  • 1987 87th US Golf Open: Scott Simpson shoots a 277 at Olympic Club in San Francisco
  • 1987 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open

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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

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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 92nd US Golf Open: Tom Kite shoots a 285 at Pebble Beach Golf Links California
  • 1992 Danielle Ammaccapan wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open

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

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham

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1994 Steffi Graf becomes 1st defending tennis champ to lose in 1st round of a major tournament (Wimbledon to Lorrie McNeal)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

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1997 35th NHL draft Boston picks center Joe Thornton 1st

NHL Star Joe Thornton
NHL Star
Joe Thornton
  • 1997 Women's National Basketball Association begins as NY Liberty beats LA Sparks
  • 1998 98th US Golf Open: Lee Janzen shoots a 280 at Olympic Club SF

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
  • 2012 Miami Heat win the 2012 NBA finals after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 4 games to one
  • 2012 66th NBA Championship: Miami Heat beat Oklahoma City Thunder, 4 games to 1

Sport awardGolf Major

2015 US Open 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1866 Lena Rice, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1890), born in Marlhill, Ireland (d. 1907)
  • 1889 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1972)
  • 1905 Jacques Goddet, French sports journalist and publisher (Tour de France), born in Paris (d. 2000)
  • 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, baseball player
  • 1929 Agha Saadat Ali, cricketer (Paki bat in Test v NZ 1956, scored 8*)
  • 1930 Mike McCormack, NFL offensive tackle (NY Yankees, Cleveland, Philadelphia)
  • 1931 Enzo Maiorca, Italian freediver (17 world records), born in Syracuse, Sicily (d. 2016)
  • 1937 John Edrich, cricketer (England left-handed batsman, 310* v NZ 1965)
  • 1938 James Botten, cricketer (all-rounder in 1965 South African series v England)
  • 1944 Frans Luitjes, Dutch athlete
  • 1948 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (1st Indigenous Australian to win a world title), born in Drouin, Victoria (d. 2011)
  • 1950 Terry Miskolczi, Dunnville ON, Canadian Tour golfer (1976 Alberta-3rd)
  • 1953 Charlie Moore Jr, baseball player
  • 1954 Jeremy Coney, cricketer (NZ captain turned them into world-beaters)
  • 1955 Michel Platini, French footballer
  • 1956 Mikhail Burtsev, USSR, sabres (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1956 Rick Sutcliffe, pitcher (LA Dodgers, Chicago Cubs)
  • 1957 Vladimir Romanovsky, Slonim, Belarus, sprint canoer (Olympic gold 1972), (d. 2013)
  • 1959 Tom Chambers, NBA forward, center (Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns)
  • 1961 Karen Barber, ice skater
  • 1962 Takeshi Asami, Japanese racing driver
  • 1963 Jeff Musselman, baseball player
  • 1963 Mike Sherrard, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • 1966 David Williams, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers, NY Jets)
  • 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 Jamal Ellis, NFL/WLAF cornerback (Denver Broncos, Rhein Fire)
  • 1972 Marv Marshall, NFL/WLAF receiver (Buccaneers, Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1972 Tony Berti, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1972 Neil Doak, former Irish cricketer
  • 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)
  • 1974 Rob Kelly, safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1974 Craig Lowndes, Australian racing driver
  • 1974 Rob Kelly, American football player
  • 1976 Antonio Cochran, American football player
  • 1976 Nigel Lappin, Australian footballer
  • 1977 Jochen Hecht, Mannheim GER, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • 1978 Cristiano Lupatelli, Italian footballer
  • 1978 Dejan Ognjanović, Montenegrin football player
  • 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

Weddings in Sport

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

Deaths in Sport

  • 1907 Lena Rice, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1890), dies of tuberculosis at 41
  • 1932 Marshall Taylor, American track cyclist and the first African American to achieve the level of world champion (1899 world track championships), dies from a heart attack at 53
  • 1969 Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (1st woman Grand Slam 1953), 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, American baseball executive (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Roger Neilson, Canadian ice hockey coach (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Scott Kalitta, American drag racer (b. 1962)