On This Day in Sport for June 26

Events in Sport

  • 1906 Hongar Szisz wins 1st Grand-Prix (Le Mans, France)
  • 1910 24th U.S. Women's National Championship: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Louise Hammond (6-4, 6-2)
  • 1911 US Open Golf, Chicago GC: John McDermott wins in a playoff with Mike Brady and George Simpson
  • 1916 Cleveland Indians experiment with numbers on their jerseys (one game)

Sport awardGolf Major

1925 60th British Golf Open: Jim Barnes shoots a 300 at Prestwick Golf Club

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 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
  • 1955 Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1962 Boston Red Sox Earl Wilson no-hits LA Angels, 2-0
  • 1970 Frank Robinson hits 2 grand slams as Orioles beat Senators 12-2
  • 1972 Bob Massie takes 16 wickets (8-84 & 8-53) on Test cricket debut v Eng
  • 1976 WS shortstop Toby Harrah plays DH without touching a batted ball
  • 1977 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Classic
  • 1983 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Rochester Golf International
  • 1987 Losing 9-0 to Red Sox, Yanks score 11 in 3rd & win 12-11 in 10 inn
  • 1988 Kathy Postlewait wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Championship
  • 1991 Charlotte Hornets make Larry Johnson of UNLV, NBA's #1 draft pick
  • 1992 UEFA European Championship Final: In a huge upset Denmark beats Germany 2-0 in Gothenburg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1994 Donna Andrews wins ShopRite LPGA Golf Classic

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
  • 2011 57th LPGA Championship won by Yani Tseng
  • 2014 Luis Suárez is expelled from the 2014 FIFA World Cup following his biting incident
  • 2014 Canadian Andrew Wiggins is selected as the No.1 draft pick in the NBA by the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2015 Connor McDavid is selected by the Edmonton Oilers as the first draft pick for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft
  • 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 player, 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 majors, Olympic gold medals 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
  • 1945 David Heyn, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman 1975 World Cup), born in Colombo
  • 1951 Gary Gilmour, Australian cricket all-rounder (1973-77), born in Waratah, New South Wales
  • 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, Sea Supersonics), 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, LPGA golfer (1995 Jamie Farr Toledo-3rd), born in 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 Barry Kloeth, WLAF wide receiver (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 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


HeartWedding of Interest

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

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke

HeartWedding of Interest

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

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

HeartWedding 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

  • 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 Brenden Kelly, rower (Olympic gold 1920, 24), dies at 70
  • 1967 Errol Hunte, cricketer (WI batsman in 3 Tests v England 1930), dies
  • 1986 Laurie Fishlock, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
  • 1987 Glen Hall, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1965), commits suicide

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, first NFL wide receiver, dies at 84

First NFL Wide Receiver in History Don Hutson
First NFL Wide Receiver in History
Don Hutson
  • 2001 Soccer (dog actor) (b. 1988)
  • 2002 Jay Berwanger, American football player (b. 1914)
  • 2003 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon soccer midfielder (collapsed during international match, died), 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