On This Day

On This Day in Sport for June 26

Events in Sport

  • 1899 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: R.F. Doherty wins 3rd straight Wimbledon singles championship; beats Arthur Gore 1-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
  • 1906 Hongar Szisz wins 1st Grand-Prix (Le Mans, France)
  • 1910 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Defending champion Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Louise Hammond 6-4, 6-2
  • 1911 US Open Men's Golf, Chicago GC: 19-year old John McDermott becomes first American born champion; wins in a playoff with Mike Brady and George Simpson
  • 1916 Cleveland Indians experiment with numbers on their jerseys (one game)

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1925 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: English born American Jim Barnes captures his only Open title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Ted Ray and Archie Compston

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 1935 Surrey's former England Test cricket batsman Andy Sandham scores his 100th first class century (103) v Hampshire at Basingstoke
  • 1937 Test cricket debut of Len Hutton v NZ at Lord's, scores 0 & 1
  • 1938 Cincinnati Red Lonny Frey hits 8 doubles in a doubleheader
  • 1944 Yanks, Dodgers & Giants play unique 6 inn game for War Bonds, each playing successive innings, final score Dodgers-5, Yanks-1 & Giants-0
  • 1945 England win the second Victory test cricket at Bramall Lane by 41 runs
  • 1954 Jim Peters runs marathon in 2:17:39.4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Maple Bluff CC: Patty Berg wins her 5th WO title by 2 strokes from Louise Suggs and Fay Croker; first WO played at stroke play

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1959 Ingemar Johansson TKOs Floyd Patterson in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1960 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Beverly CC: Joyce Ziske wins on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with Barbara Romack
  • 1962 Boston Red Sox Earl Wilson no-hits LA Angels, 2-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Frank Robinson hits 2 grand slams as Baltimore Orioles beat Washington Senators 12-2

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson
  • 1972 Australian swing bowler Bob Massie takes 16 wickets (8-84 & 8-53) on Test cricket debut in 2nd Test vs England at Lord's
  • 1976 Washington Senators player Toby Harrah plays an entire doubleheader at shortstop without a single chance in the field
  • 1987 Losing 9-0 to Red Sox, Yanks score 11 in 3rd & win 12-11 in 10 inn
  • 1991 NBA Draft: UNLV power forward Larry Johnson first pick by Charlotte Hornets
  • 1992 UEFA European Championship Final, Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden: In a huge upset Denmark beats Germany, 2-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 NY Met Eddie Murray is 20th to get 1,600 RBIs

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1993 NHL Draft: Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) center Alexandre Daigle first pick by Ottawa Senators

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Kirby Puckett pass Rod Carew with 2,088 hit as Twin's top hit leader

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1994 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: 1992 champion Dave Stockton wins by 6 strokes from Jim Albus

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
  • 1996 NBA Draft: Georgetown guard Allen Iverson first pick by Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1999 NHL Draft: Long Beach Ice Dogs (IHL) center Patrik Stefan first pick by Atlanta Thrashers
  • 2002 NBA Draft: Shanghai Sharks (China) center Yao Ming first pick by Houston Rockets

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 NBA Draft: St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (Akron, Ohio) small forward LeBron James first pick by Cleveland Cavaliers

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 2005 US Open Women's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Birdie Kim holes out from a greenside bunker on the 72nd hole to win her lone LPGA title, 2 strokes ahead of teenage amateurs Brittany Lang & Morgan Pressel
  • 2008 NBA Draft: Memphis point guard Derrick Rose first pick by Chicago Bulls
  • 2011 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Locust Hill CC: Yani Tseng of Taiwan scores her 4th major title win by 10 strokes over Morgan Pressel

Sport awardFIFA World Cup

2014 Luis Suárez is expelled from the 2014 FIFA World Cup following his biting incident

Football Player Luis Suárez
Football Player
Luis Suárez
  • 2014 NBA Draft: Kansas small forward Andrew Wiggins first pick by Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2015 NHL Draft: Erie Otters (OHL) center Connor McDavid first pick by the Edmonton Oilers
  • 2016 Copa América Final, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ: Defending champions Chile defeat Argentina, 4-2 on penalty kicks; 0–0 after extra time
  • 2017 America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand defeat Oracle Team USA 7-1 in Bermuda, Peter Burling (26) youngest ever helmsman

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1819 Abner Doubleday, Union general-major and inventor (baseball), born in Ballston Spa, New York (d. 1893)
  • 1874 Albert Relf, English cricketer (England all-rounder in 13 Tests 1903-14), born in Burwash, East Sussex, England (d. 1937)

Person of interestGeorge Hainsworth

1895 George Hainsworth, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (first NHL goaltender to record 20 shutouts in one season; Montreal Canadiens), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1950)

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • 1903 Babe [Floyd Caves] Herman, Brooklyn Dodgers' slugger (.324 lifetime average), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1907 Debs Garms, American baseball player, born in Bangs, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1911 Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American all-round athlete (10 LPGA major titles, Olympic gold 80m hurdles, javelin 1932), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1956)
  • 1932 Henry Bromfield, South African cricketer (South African off-spinner in 9 Tests 1961-65), born in Mossel Bay, Cape Province
  • 1944 Bengt Åberg, Swedish motocross racer (World 500cc Motocross Champion 1969, 70; Motocross des Nations gold 1970, 71, 74), born in Gävleborg County, Sweden (d. 2021)
  • 1945 David Heyn, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman 1975 World Cup), born in Colombo
  • 1951 Gary Gilmour, Australian cricket all-rounder (15 Tests, 54 wickets, top score 101), born in Waratah, Australia (d. 2014)
  • 1952 Gordon McQueen, Scottish soccer player (Manchester United), born in Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 1960 Jumpy Geathers, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Georgetown, South Carolina
  • 1961 Greg LeMond, American professional road cyclist (Tour de France winner-1986, 1989, 1990), born in Lakewood, California
  • 1962 Jerome Kersey, American NBA forward (Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers), born in Clarksville, Virginia (d. 2015)
  • 1963 Wendy Lucero-Schayes, American diver (Olympic-92), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1964 Alison Wyeth, Isle 1.5k/5k runner, born in West Middlesex, England
  • 1964 Pamela Wright, Scottish golfer (US Open 9-hole record with 30 1994), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1966 Kirk McLean, NHL goalie (Vancouver Canucks), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1966 Paul Mokha, Erie Pa, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Shannon Sharpe, American NFL tight end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Paolo Maldini, Italian footballer (A.C. Milan, Italy national team), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1969 Harry Boatswain, NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Mike Myers, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1969 Troy Auzenne, American NFL tackle (Chicago Bears), born in El Monte, California
  • 1969 Ingrid Lempereur, Belgian swimmer, born in Messancy, Belgium
  • 1970 Nicole Richardson, Australian softball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1971 Carlton Gray, American NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1971 Eddie Parenti, 100m butterfly swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1971 Max Biaggi, Italian Grand Prix motorcycle racer, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1972 Jai Taurima, Australian long jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Southport, Queensland
  • 1972 Jerris McPhail, American football running back (Miami Dolphins), born in Clinton, North Carolina
  • 1973 Reggie Brown, NFL fullback (Seattle Seahawks), born in Highland Park, Michigan

Person of interestDerek Jeter

1974 Derek Jeter, American baseball shortstop (NY Yankees, Rookie of Year 1996), born in Pequannock, New Jersey

Baseball Player Derek Jeter
Baseball Player
Derek Jeter
  • 1974 Dieter Kalt, Austrian ice hockey forward (Team Austria 1998), born in Klagenfurt, Austria
  • 1974 Jason Kendall, American baseball catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in San Diego, California
  • 1975 Terry Skiverton, English football player (Yeovil Town), born in Mile End, England
  • 1976 Ed Jovanoski, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1976 Mpumelelo Mbangwa, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe pace bowler v Pakistan 1996), born in Plumtree, Matabeleland
  • 1976 Chad Pennington, American football player (New York Jets), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1979 Ryō Fukuda, Japanese racing driver, born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1979 Walter Herrmann, Argentinian basketball player (Olympic 2004 gold), born in Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • 1980 Michael Vick, American football player (Atlanta Falcons), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1980 Chris Shelton, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1984 Elijah Dukes, American baseball player (Washington Nationals), born in Homestead, Florida
  • 1984 Raymond Felton, American basketball player (New York Knicks), born in Marion, South Carolina
  • 1984 Deron Williams, American basketball player, born in Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • 1984 J. J. Barea, Puerto Rican basketball player, born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
  • 1987 Carlos Iaconelli, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1987 Samir Nasri, French footballer (Antalyaspor), born in Septèmes-les-Vallons, France

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1961 NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke (24) weds Jackie Forchette

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke

LoveWedding of Interest

1972 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (39) weds second wife Sandra Lemon

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

LoveWedding of Interest

1993 NHL scoring champion Mario Lemieux (27) weds longtime girlfriend Nathalie Asselin at Notre Dame Basilica in Canada

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux

Divorces in Sport

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1972 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (39) divorces first wife Dorothy Hoelle after nearly 2 decades of marriage

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

Deaths in Sport

  • 1864 Tom Hyer, American bare-knuckle boxer (unsanctioned world heavyweight champion 1841-51), dies of edema at 45
  • 1923 Edward Rae, cricketer (introduced cricket into Russian Lapland), dies
  • 1944 Billy Newham, cricketer (England Test 1887), dies
  • 1958 George Orton, Canadian athlete (b. 1873)
  • 1959 Audley Miller, cricketer (Test for England 1896), dies
  • 1960 John B. Kelly, American rower and father of Grace Kelly (3 x Olympic gold 1920, 24), dies of intestinal cancer at 70
  • 1967 Errol Hunte, Trinidadian cricketer (WI batsman in 3 Tests v England 1930), dies at 55
  • 1986 Laurie Fishlock, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
  • 1987 Glen Hall, South African cricketer (Test for South Africa 1965), commits suicide at 49

Person of interestRoy Campanella

1993 Roy Campanella, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL MVP 1951,53,55 Brooklyn Dodgers), dies of a heart attack at 71

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

Person of interestDon Hutson

1997 Don Hutson, American College, Pro Football Halls of Fame wide receiver (Green Bay Packers), dies at 84

First NFL Wide Receiver in History Don Hutson
First NFL Wide Receiver in History
Don Hutson
  • 1999 Angelo Bertelli, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1943, National C'ship 1943, Notre Dame), dies of brain cancer at 78
  • 2001 Soccer (dog actor) (b. 1988)
  • 2002 Jay Berwanger, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st Heisman Trophy winner 1935, Chicago), dies from lung cancer at 88
  • 2003 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon soccer midfielder (62 caps; collapsed during international match, died; Lens, West Ham, Lyon), dies of heart failure at 28
  • 2007 Joey Sadler, All Black rugby player (b. 1914)
  • 2012 Ann Curtis, American Olympic swimmer, dies at 86
  • 2018 Phil Rodgers, American golfer (5 PGA Tour wins), dies of leukemia at 80
  • 2020 Theo Foley, Irish soccer defender (9 caps, Republic of Ireland; Burnley, Charlton Athletic) and manager (Northampton Town), dies at 83
  • 2020 William Negri, Italian soccer goalkeeper (12 caps; Mantova, Bologna), dies at 84
  • 2020 Jaroslav Pollák, Slovak soccer midfielder (49 caps, Czechoslovakia; Sparta Prague, Austria Salzburg), dies at 72