On This Day

On This Day in Sport for June 22

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1865 1st class cricket debut of Dr W. G. Grace

Cricketer W. G. Grace
Cricketer
W. G. Grace
  • 1874 Game of lawn tennis introduced
  • 1889 Louisville Colonels set ML baseball record with 26th consecutive loss
  • 1918 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Molla Bjurstedt beats Eleanor Goss 6-4, 6-3 for her 4th consecutive US singles title

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1921 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10,000m (30:40.2)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1926 Cardinals pick up 39-year-old Grover Alexander on waivers from Cubs
  • 1929 Mel Ott (Giants) homers off Leo Sweetland (Phillies) in doubleheader

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1930 Lou Gehrig hits 3 HRs in a game, Ruth hits 3 in doubleheader

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1937 Challenger Joe Louis KOs James J Braddock in the 8th round at Chicago's Comiskey Park for the world heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1938 Joe Louis scores a stunning 1st round KO of German Max Schmeling at Yankee Stadium, NYC to retain his world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1944 Longest shut out in Phillies history, Phils beat Braves 1-0 in 15 inn
  • 1946 Alec Bedser takes 7-49 v India on 1st day of his 1st Test cricket

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1946 Bill Veeck purchases Cleveland Indians

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1949 Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1958 Game in KC between A's & Red Sox delayed 29 minutes due to tornado
  • 1958 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Kahkwa CC: Patty Berg wins back-to-back WO titles; beats runner-up Beverly Hanson by 4 strokes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 Most Phillies strike out in a game (16 by Sandy Koufax)

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961 MLB Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks ends 717 consecutive games played streak

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1965 Freddie Trueman ends his Test cricket career, v NZ at Lord's
  • 1976 SD Padre pitcher Randy Jones ties record of 68 innings without a walk

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1979 Larry Holmes TKOs Mike Weaver in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • 1980 UEFA European Championship Final, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy: Horst Hrubesch scores a double as Germany beats Belgium, 2-1
  • 1980 American golfer Don January beats Mike Souchak by 2 strokes to win the Atlantic City Senior International in Northfield, New Jersey; inaugural tournament of the Senior PGA Tour

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 John McEnroe's famous 'You cannot be serious' rant in 1st round win over Tom Gullikson at Wimbledon

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Pete Rose gets his 3,772nd hit, moves past Aaron into 2nd place

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1983 NHL institutes a 5 minute sudden death overtime period
  • 1984 Carl Pohlad becomes CEO of Minnesota Twins
  • 1986 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: Chi Chi Rodriguez wins his first career major title by 2 strokes from Bruce Crampton of Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Tom Seaver retires after 3rd try with NY Mets

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver

Music concertMusic Concert

1990 Billy Joel performs a concert at Yankee Stadium

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • 1990 Braves replace manager Russ Nixon with GM Bobby Cox
  • 1990 Longest game in Toronto, Yanks beat Blue Jays 8-7 in 15 inns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 NHL Draft: Oshawa Generals center Eric Lindros first pick by Quebec Nordiques

NHL Star Eric Lindros
NHL Star
Eric Lindros

Sport awardNBA Finals

1994 48th NBA Championship: Houston Rockets beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3

NBA Center Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Center
Hakeem Olajuwon

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1994 Ken Griffey Jr. breaks Ruth's record for most HRs by end of June (31)

Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.
Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder
Ken Griffey Jr.
  • 1994 FIFA World Cup: USA beats Colombia 2-1 in round match at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, 1st WC win since 1950
  • 1996 29th Curtis Cup: Great Britain & Ireland wins 11-6

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1996 Michael Moorer beats Axel Shultz in 11 for IBF heavyweight boxing title

World Boxing Champion Michael Moorer
World Boxing Champion
Michael Moorer
  • 1996 Saurav Ganguly scores 131 at Lord's on Test cricket debut
  • 1996 NHL Draft: Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) defenceman Chris Phillips first pick by Ottawa Senators
  • 1997 WLAF World Bowl 5, Olympic Stadium, Barcelona: Barcelona Dragons beat Rhein Fire, 38-24
  • 2002 WLAF World Bowl 10, Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf: Berlin Thunder beats Rhein Fire, 26-20

Sport awardUS Golf Open

2009 US Open Men's Golf, Bethpage State Park: Lucas Glover wins his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Ricky Barnes, David Duval and Phil Mickelson

  • 2012 NHL Draft: Sarnia Sting (OHL) right wing Nail Yakupov first pick by Edmonton Oilers
  • 2014 US Open Women's Golf, Pinehurst Resort: Michelle Wie wins by 2 shots from Stacy Lewis for her first major title
  • 2016 NHL owners meeting unanimously approves the Las Vegas expansion bid to start play in the 2017-18 season.
  • 2017 NBA Draft: Washington point guard Markelle Fultz first pick by Philadelphia 76ers
  • 2018 NHL Draft: Frolunda HC (SHL) defenceman Rasmus Dahlin first pick by Buffalo Sabres

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1713 Lord John Philip Sackville, English cricketer (d. 1765)

Person of interestPaul Morphy

1837 Paul Morphy, American chess player considered the greatest of his era (1857-61), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1884)

Chess Player Paul Morphy
Chess Player
Paul Morphy
  • 1855 Samuel Morris, Australian cricketer (1st black Australian player), born in Hobart, Tasmania (d. 1931)
  • 1876 H. Guy Bedwell, American thoroughbred trainer (North American champion in wins x 7; earnings 1918-19; first Triple Crown winner, Sir Barton), born in Roseburg, Oregon (d. 1951)
  • 1884 James Rector, American athlete (d. 1949)
  • 1885 Milan Vidmar, Slovenian engineer and chess player (d. 1962)
  • 1900 Russell Vis, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold freestyle lightweight 1924), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1990)

Person of interestCarl Hubbell

1903 Carl Hubbell, American baseball pitcher (NY Giants)-253 wins, 2.97 lifetime ERA, born in Carthage, Missouri (d. 1988)

Baseball Pitcher Carl Hubbell
Baseball Pitcher
Carl Hubbell
  • 1906 Richard Fanshawe, English equestrian 3 day eventing (Olympic bronze 1936)
  • 1911 Marie Braun, Dutch swimmer (Olympic gold 1928), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1917 Davey O'Brien, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1938, Texas Christian University; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1977)
  • 1920 Chandu Sarwate, Indian cricketer (batted in 9 Tests for India 1946-52), born in Sagar, British India (d. 2003)
  • 1920 Marea Hartman, English athletics administrator who integrated women's sports, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Jimmy Cameron, Jamaican cricketer (WI batsman 1948-49), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Rafael "Felo" Ramirez, Cuban-American Spanish language sports announcer (Miami Marlins), born in Bayamo, Cuba (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Bob Bennett, American College Baseball Hall of Fame coach (Fresno State 1970-2002; record 1,302-759-4), born in Atwood, Oklahoma (d. 2020)
  • 1935 Vaman Kumar, Indian cricketer (leggie who only played 2 Tests), born in Madras, India
  • 1939 Don Matthews, American football coach in the CFL
  • 1944 Michael Obst, German coxsman (Olympic gold 1960), born in German FR
  • 1947 Murray Webb, cricketer (NZ fast bowler in 3 Tests, 4 wkts at 117 75)

Person of interestPete Maravich

1947 "Pistol" Pete Maravich, American NBA star (Atlanta Hawks), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • 1948 Nolan Clarke, Barbados cricketer (Barbados bat 1970-77, later Holland stalwart)
  • 1948 Sue Roberts, American golfer (4 LPGA titles), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1953 Bruce McAvaney, Australian sports broadcaster
  • 1956 Alfons De Wolf, Belgian cyclist
  • 1957 Nick Santagata, jockey
  • 1961 Stephen Batchelor, British Olympic hockey player, born in Beare Green, Surrey

Person of interestClyde Drexler

1962 Clyde "Glide" Drexler, NBA Guard (Houston Rockets, Port Trailblazers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

NBA Swingman Clyde Drexler
NBA Swingman
Clyde Drexler
  • 1963 Randy Couture, American mixed martial artist (3-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, 2-time UFC Light heavyweight Champion), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1964 Greg Anderson, NBA forward/center (San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1964 Mark Royals, NFL punter (New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions)
  • 1964 Nico Jalink, Dutch soccer player (Sparta, NAC)
  • 1965 Ľubomír Moravčík, Slovakian footballer
  • 1966 Camille Benjamin, tennis star, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1966 Meyrick Pringle, South African cricket fast bowler (4 Tests; 17 ODI), born in Adelaide, Cape Province
  • 1966 Paul Randolph, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1967 Al Carlay, US fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1967 Eric Green, NFL tight end (Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1967 Mark van Hintum, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1968 Darrell Armstrong, NBA guard (Orlando Magic)
  • 1969 Derek Russell, NFL wide receiver (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1970 Anne "Annie" Summertime Kakela, US rower (Olympic 4th 1996)
  • 1970 David Frisch, NFL tight end (NE Patriots)
  • 1970 Rastko Cvetkovic, NBA center (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1971 Brant Brown, infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Porterville, California
  • 1971 Laryssa Biesenthal, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Walkertown, Ontario
  • 1971 Kurt Warner, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Super Bowl 1999 [MVP], St. Louis Rams; Pro Bowl (1999–2001, 08), born in Burlington, Iowa
  • 1973 Benjamin Fairbrother, CFL offensive tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1973 Cory Alexander, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1974 Mark Wetges, field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1978 Champ Bailey, American football player
  • 1978 Dan Wheldon, British race car driver
  • 1979 Joey Cheek, American speed skater
  • 1979 Brad Hawpe, American baseball player
  • 1981 Lisa Moro, Victoria Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1982 Ian Kinsler, American baseball player
  • 1984 Jerome Taylor, West Indies international cricketer
  • 1984 Janko Tipsarević, Serbian tennis player (Davis Cup 2010), born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1984 Dustin Johnson, American golfer (US Open 2016; Ryder Cup 2010, 12, 16, 18; FedEx Cup 2020), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1985 Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Greek-Cameroonian basketball player
  • 1986 Ramin Ott, American Samoan football player, born in Pago Pago, America Samoa
  • 1988 Kieran Lee, English football player

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1958 NBA forward Elgin Baylor (23) weds Ruby Saunder at Mt Olive Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
  • 1996 "Full House" actress Candace Cameron (20) weds Montreal Canadiens hockey player Valeri Bure (22) at the Church of the Valle in Van Nuys, California
  • 2005 "21 Jump Street" actress Holly Robinson Peete (40) weds former pro quarterback Rodney Peete (39) in an outdoor ceremony held at the Wynn Las Vegas resort

Deaths in Sport

  • 1874 Howard Staunton, English world chess champion, designer of chess pieces, dies at 84
  • 1933 Henry Birkin, British racing driver (Bentley Boys), dies at 36
  • 1940 M A Noble, cricketer (giant of NSW/Australian cricket), dies
  • 1955 Sadashiv Garpatrao Shinde, cricketer (7 Tests for India), dies at 31
  • 1966 Roger Blunt MBE, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and broadcaster (9 Tests; BBC), dies at 65
  • 1978 Tom Gorman, Australian rugby league centre and captain (10 Tests; Queensland 34 games), dies at 77
  • 1979 Louis Chiron, Monégasque racing driver, dies at 79
  • 1989 Lee Calhoun, hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 66
  • 2002 Darryl Kile, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1993, 97, 2000; no-hitter 1993; Houston Astros), dies of coronary disease at 33
  • 2007 Erik Parlevliet, Dutch field hockey player (b. 1964)
  • 2008 Jane McGrath, British-Australian cancer support campaigner (wife of Australian Test cricketer Glenn McGrath), dies at 42
  • 2012 Fernie Flaman [Ferdinand], Canadian Hall of Fame NHL player, dies at 85
  • 2017 Hervé Filion, Canadian harness racing driver (World Driving C'ship 1970; Harness Tracks of America Driver of the Year 1969-74, 76, 78, 81, 89), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 77
  • 2020 Dick Buerkle, American athlete (WR 1 mile indoor 3:54.93 1978), dies at 72
  • 2020 Carlos Luis Morales, Ecuadorian soccer goalkeeper (40 caps; Independiente, Palestino, ESPOLI), dies from cardiocirculatory arrest at 55
  • 2020 Pierino Prati, Italian soccer forward (14 caps; 3 goals in European Cup Final 1969, AC Milan; Roma, Savona), dies from cancer at 73
  • 2020 Phil Krueger, American football quarterback (Southeast Missouri State), college coach (Fresno State, Utah State) and NFL executive (GM TB Buccaneers), dies at 90