On This Day

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 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Marion Jones beats Maud Banks 6-1, 6-1, 7-5 for her first of 2 US singles titles
  • 1905 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Elisabeth Moore wins her 4th US singles title; beats Helen Homans 6-4, 5-7, 6-1
  • 1910 50th British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: James Braid wins Championship for a 5th time, 4 strokes ahead of fellow Scot Sandy Herd (1902 champion)
  • 1913 British Open Men's 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 American Professional Football Association renamed the National Football League
  • 1922 US football team Chicago Staleys become Chicago Bears

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1928 US Open Men's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: Johnny Farrell defeats amateur Bobby Jones by 1 stroke in a 36-hole playoff to win his only major title

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones

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 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Plum Hollow CC: Jim Ferrier becomes first Australian to win a major title; beats Chick Herbert, 2 & 1

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
  • 1950 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins her 4th Western Open; beats Peggy Kirk, 5 & 3
  • 1956 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Forest Lake CC: Marlene Hagge wins her only major title; beats Patty Berg by 2 strokes in a sudden-death playoff
  • 1962 Jack Reed's 22nd-inning HR wins longest NY Yankee game in history

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1968 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pleasant Valley CC: Canadian Sandra Post wins an 18-hole playoff against Kathy Whitworth by 7 strokes

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: Arnold Palmer wins 2nd straight Champions Tour major by 3 strokes ahead of Peter Thomson of Australia

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 NBA Draft: LSU center Shaquille O'Neal first pick by Orlando Magic

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • 1994 Jeff Bagwell of Astros is 28th to hit 2 HRs in an inning
  • 1995 Stanley Cup Final, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, NJ: New Jersey Devils beat Detroit Red Wings, 5-2 for a 4-0 series sweep; Devils' first Stanley Cup finals appearance
  • 1995 3rd Rugby World Cup, Ellis Park, Johannesburg: Springboks fly-half Joel Stransky lands the winning drop goal in extra time as South Africa beats New Zealand, 15-12

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
  • 1998 NBA Draft: Pacific center Michael Olowokandi first pick by Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2001 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: 26 year old Australian Karrie Webb becomes youngest woman to win career slam; beats runner-up Laura Diaz by 2 strokes
  • 2004 NBA Draft: Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy power forward Dwight Howard first pick by Orlando Magic

AppointmentAppointment 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, American John Isner defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon after 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over 3 days
  • 2010 NBA Draft: Kentucky point guard John Wall first pick by Washington Wizards
  • 2011 NHL Draft: Red Deer Rebels (WHL) center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins first pick by Edmonton Oilers
  • 2012 Female athletes will be allowed to compete for Saudi Arabia at the Olympics for the first time
  • 2013 Stanley Cup Final, TD Garden, Boston, MA: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Boston Bruins, 3-2 for 4-2 series victory; Blackhawks' 5th Championship
  • 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
  • 2016 NHL Draft: ZSC Lions (NLA) center Auston Matthews first pick by Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 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
  • 1907 Rollie Hemsley, American baseball catcher (5-time MLB All Star), born in Syracuse, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • 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)
  • 1931 Billy Casper, American golfer (US Open 1959, 66; US Masters 1970), born in San Diego, California (d. 2015)
  • 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)
  • 1943 Carole Caldwell Graebner, American tennis player (US Open 1965, Australian Open doubles 1966), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 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 Roberts, American golfer (British Senior Open 2006, 09; US Open 1994 runner-up), born in San Luis Obispo, California
  • 1958 T. C. Chen, Taiwanese golfer (US Open 1985 runner-up), born in Taipei City, Taiwan
  • 1959 Rob Delahaye, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1960 Juli Inkster, American golfer (7 LPGA major titles; US Open 1999, 2002), 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 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
  • 1967 Bill Huard, Welland, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars)
  • 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 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
  • 1973 Karen Stupples, English golfer (Women's British Open 2004), born in Dover, Kent
  • 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 football star 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

1934 Golfer Byron Nelson (22) weds Louise Shofner

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson

LoveWedding of Interest

1967 NFL running back, broadcaster, actor 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

  • 1924 Willie Fernie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1883), dies at 69
  • 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
  • 1987 Hines Johnson, West Indian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; first WI fast bowler to take 10 wickets in a Test), dies at 76
  • 1992 Len Darling, Australian cricketer (South Australian & Test batsman of 30's), dies at 82
  • 1993 Archie Williams, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m 1936 ), 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)
  • 2008 Viktor Kuzkin, Soviet ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), dies at 67
  • 2011 Tomislav Ivić, Croatian football manager (b. 1933)
  • 2019 Rod Funseth, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1978), dies from cancer at 52