On This Day in Sport for June 24

Events in Sport

  • 1882 NL expels umpire Richard Higham for dishonesty
  • 1894 Decision to hold modern Olympics every 4 years
  • 1899 13th U.S. Women's National Championship: Marion Jones beats Maud Banks (6-1, 6-1, 7-5)
  • 1905 19th U.S. Women's National Championship: Elisabeth Moore beats Helen Homans (6-4, 5-7, 6-1)
  • 1909 15th US Golf Open: George Sargent shoots a 290 at Englewood Golf Course, New Jersey
  • 1910 50th British Open Golf, St Andrews: James Braid wins Championship for a 5th time, 4 strokes ahead of fellow Scot Sandy Herd (1902 champion)
  • 1913 British Open Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Englishman J H Taylor wins Championship for a 5th and final time, 8 strokes ahead of defending champion Ted Ray
  • 1922 US football team Chicago Staleys become Chicago Bears
  • 1928 32nd US Golf Open: Johnny Farrell shoots a 294 at Olympia Fields Ill

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1936 Joe DiMaggio becomes 5th to hit 2 HRs in 1 inn, Yanks beat Browns 18-4

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1947 29th PGA Championship: Jim Ferrier at Plum Hollow CC Detroit

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947 Jackie Robinson swipes home for 1st of 19 times in his career

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1947 Jim Ferrier wins PGA golf tournament
  • 1950 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Western Women's Golf Open
  • 1956 2nd LPGA Championship won by Marlene Hagge
  • 1962 Jack Reed's 22nd-inning HR wins longest NY Yankee game in history

  • 1968 14th LPGA Championship won by Sandra Post

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1968 Joe Frazier TKOs Manuel Ramos in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1972 Danie Malan, South African athlete, sets a new world record in the 1000m event in Munich
  • 1974 India all out for 42 in Lord's Test cricket in 77 mins
  • 1974 Steve Busby retires 1st 9 White Sox to set AL record with 33 consecutive batters retired

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1979 Rickey Henderson debuts for Oakland & steals his 1st base

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1980 Affirmed wins $500,000 Hollywood Cup, 1st horse to win $2 million
  • 1983 Don Sutton becomes 8th pitcher to strikeout 3,000 batters
  • 1984 Laurie Rinker wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • 1987 CFL's Montreal Alouettes fold
  • 1987 Salt Lake City Trappers begin pro baseball record 29 consecutive win streak
  • 1988 Cleve pitcher Doug Jones sets record of 14 consecutive saves
  • 1988 Red Sox begin AL record 23rd consecutive home win streak
  • 1991 NHL adopts instant-replay and tenth of second clock in final minute
  • 1992 Commissioner Fay Vincent permanently bans Steve Howe from baseball
  • 1994 Jeff Bagwell of Astros is 28th to hit 2 HRs in an inning
  • 1995 Stanley Cup: NJ Devils sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
  • 1995 3rd Rugby World Cup: South Africa beats New Zealand 15-12 in Johannesburg

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1997 Mark McGwire hits a 538 foot home run

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1997 Seat Mariner Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Oakland A's but loses
  • 2001 47th LPGA Championship won by Karrie Webb

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2009 Mike Babcock is named head coach of Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics (they would win the gold medal)

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • 2010 In the longest match in tennis history, John Isner of the U.S. defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon after 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over three days
  • 2012 Female athletes will be allowed to compete for Saudi Arabia at the Olympics for the first time
  • 2013 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Boston Bruins 4-2
  • 2014 Sidney Crosby wins the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award for the 2014 NHL season
  • 2015 Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price wins the 2014-15 Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP
  • 2017 World record for highest altitude football match ever played at 18,799ft on Mount Kilimanjaro by women's international team

Birthdays in Sport

Person of interestAmbrose Bierce

1842 Ambrose Bierce, American writer and satirist (Devil's Dictionary, Nuggets & Dust), born in Meigs County, Ohio (d. 1914)

Writer & Satirist Ambrose Bierce
Writer & Satirist
Ambrose Bierce
  • 1882 Carl Diem, German Olympic official (d. 1962)

Person of interestJack Dempsey

1895 Jack Dempsey, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1919-26), born in Manassa, Colorado (d. 1983)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1901 Charles Hollis "Chuck" Taylor, American basketball player and shoe salesman, born in Azalia, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Ernest Leslie Bouts, motor-racing driver
  • 1911 Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentine auto racer (World F1 champion 1951, 1954-57), born in Balcarce, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Brian Johnston, British cricket commentator (BBC radio commentator & cake connoisseur), born in Little Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Brian Bevan, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1991)
  • 1927 Joseph Pierce Jr, horse trainer
  • 1931 Billy Casper, American golfer and three time PGA Player of the Year (1966, 1968 and 1970), born in San Diego, California (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Bob Holthus, horse trainer
  • 1938 Boris Lagutin, USSR, light-middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1964, 68)
  • 1938 Don Mincher, Huntsville, Alabama, Major League Baseball 1st baseman, (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Graham McKenzie, cricketer (prolific Australian pace bowler 1961-71)
  • 1945 Betty Stove, Netherlands, tennis player (US Doubles 1972)
  • 1951 Ivar Formo, Norwegian 50K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1951 Raelene Boyle, Australia, sprinter (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1955 Loren Lloyd Roberts, San Luis Obispo CA, PGA golfer (Nestle-1994, 95)
  • 1959 Rob Delahaye, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1960 Juli Inkster, LPGA golfer (Dinah Shore-1984, 89), born in Santa Cruz, California
  • 1960 Nate Carr, freestyle wrestler (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Erie Pennsylvania
  • 1961 Bernie Nicholls, Haliburton, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1961 Jim Laver Carter, Spring Lake NC, PGA golfer (1995 Anheuser-Busch)
  • 1961 Natalya Shaposhnikova, USSR, sidehorse vaulter (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1963 Duval Love, NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1963 Preki, Serbian-born American soccer player
  • 1964 Gary Suter, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, USA), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1965 Patrick Jeffrey, diver (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1965 Shane Churla, Fernie, NHL right wing (LA Kings, NY Rangers)
  • 1965 Uwe Krupp, NHL defenceman (Colo Avalanche, Germany 98), born in Cologne, Germany
  • 1966 John Randle, Chicoutimi Que, golfer (1992 Canadian Tour Fall-3rd)
  • 1967 Bill Huard, Welland, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars)
  • 1967 Olaf Hampel, WLAF offensive linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy, Rhein Fire)
  • 1969 Melissa Gurney, California, tennis player (Virginia Slims of SD, 1986)
  • 1969 Sean Maye, 400m/800m runner
  • 1969 Todd Lewis, 10k runner, born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1969 Thabo Mngomeni, Cape Town, South African football player
  • 1970 Carlos Yancy, NFL cornerback (NE Patriots)
  • 1971 LaMonte Coleman, NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972 Jose Simon, WLAF defensive tackle (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1972 Mitch Berger, punter (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1972 Shawn King, NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1972 Robbie McEwen, Australian cyclist
  • 1973 Jere Lehtinen, Espoo Fin, NHL right wing (Dallas Stars, Olympic bronze 1998)
  • 1973 Michael Cheever, American NFL corner (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Newnan, Georgia
  • 1974 Adam Treu, guard/tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1974 Carrie Zarse, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1975 Marek Malik, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1976 Tyce Routson, Bellevue Wash, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Cliff Bayer, American fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 1977 Dimosthenis Dikoudis, Greek basketball player
  • 1978 Pantelis Kafes, Greek footballer
  • 1978 Shunsuke Nakamura, Japanese footballer
  • 1978 Juan Román Riquelme, Argentine footballer
  • 1978 Luis García, Spanish footballer
  • 1980 Cicinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1980 Andrew Jones, Australian racing driver
  • 1982 Kevin Nolan, English footballer
  • 1982 Jarret Stoll, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984 J.J. Redick, American basketball player
  • 1986 Stuart Broad, English cricketer
  • 1986 Phil Hughes, American baseball player
  • 1987 Arturo Lupoli, Italian footballer

Person of interestLionel Messi

1987 Lionel Messi, Argentine soccer striker (5 FIFA Ballon d’Or, FC Barcelona), born in Rosario, Argentina

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • 1990 Michael Del Zotto, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 2001 Mo'ne Davis, American Little League baseball pitcher, 1st girl to pitch a shutout, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

1914 MLB greatest pitcher Walter Johnson (26) weds Hazel Lee Roberts in Northwest, Washington, D.C.

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson

HeartWedding of Interest

1934 Golfer Byron Nelson (22) weds Louise Shofner

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson

HeartWedding of Interest

1967 NFL Footballer and later criminal O.J. Simpson (19) marries Marguerite Whitley

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1983 "NBC Sports" sportscaster Bob Costas (31) weds Carole Randall Krumenacher
  • 2005 "Real Madrid" football striker Michael Owen (25) weds Louise Bonsall at Carden Park Hotel in Chester, England
  • 2013 Actress Kerry Washington (36) weds NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha (32) in Blaine County, Idaho

Divorces in Sport

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1997 Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry (30) divorces MLB outfielder David Justice (31) after more than 4 years of marriage

Actress Halle Berry
Halle Berry
MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

Deaths in Sport

  • 1938 "Digger" Robertson, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885), dies
  • 1971 John Dunning, cricketer (4 Tests for NZ 1933-37), dies

Person of interestClarence Campbell

1984 Clarence Campbell, Canadian NHL president, dies at 78

3rd President of the NHL Clarence Campbell
3rd President of the NHL
Clarence Campbell
  • 1987 Hophnie Hobah Hines Johnson, cricketer (3 Tests for WI), dies
  • 1993 Archie Williams, American athlete (400m gold medal 1936 Olympics), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • 1995 Inshan Ali, West Indian cricketer (WI chinaman bowler 1971-77), dies at 45
  • 2007 Derek Dougan, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1938)
  • 2011 Tomislav Ivić, Croatian football manager (b. 1933)