On This Day

On This Day in Sport for June 27

Events in Sport

  • 1890 George Dixon becomes 1st black boxing champ (Bantam weight)
  • 1891 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Mabel Cahill beats defending champion Ellen Roosevelt 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
  • 1894 American Annie Londonderry [Annie Kopchovsky] sets out to become first woman to bicycle around the world (completes her journey September 1895)

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

1898 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Charlotte Cooper beats Louisa Martin 6-4, 6-4 for her 3rd Wimbledon singles championship

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • 1898 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Defending champion R.F. Doherty beats younger brother Laurence Doherty 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1
  • 1899 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Blanche Bingley-Hillyard beats Charlotte Cooper 6-2, 6-3
  • 1902 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Newport, RI: Marion Jones wins her second US singles title; beats Elisabeth Moore 6-1, 1-0 when the defending champion is forced to retire
  • 1903 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Elisabeth Moore beats Marion Jones 7-5, 8-6 for her third of 4 US singles titles
  • 1904 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Laurence Doherty wins 3rd consecutive Wimbledon singles crown; beats Frank Riseley for 2nd straight year 6-1, 7-5, 8-6
  • 1908 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Maud Barger-Wallach beats defending champion Evelyn Sears 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 for her lone major title
  • 1909 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman outclasses defending champion Maud Barger-Wallach 6-0, 6-1 for first of 3 straight US singles titles
  • 1914 Jack Johnson beats Frank Moran in 20 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1917 1st baseball player (Hank Gowdy) to enter WW I military service

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1924 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: American Walter Hagen wins his 2nd Open Championships, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Ernest Whitcombe

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1931 Ryder Cup Golf, Scioto CC: Walter Hagen captains his 2nd victorious American team; US wins, 9-3
  • 1933 Ryder Cup Golf, Southport & Ainsdale GC: Great Britain wins, 6½-5½; GB's last Cup victory until 1957

  • 1936 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Englishman Alf Padgham wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Jimmy Adams of Scotland
  • 1939 Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 2-2, in 23 innings
  • 1939 Headley scores a cricket century in each innings v England at Lord's
  • 1950 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Scioto CC: American Chandler Harper wins his only major title; beats Harry Williams Jr., 4 & 3 in the final
  • 1954 The so-called "Battle of Berne" occurs during the FIFA World Cup match between Brazil and Hungary as the game descends into an all-out brawl
  • 1956 Indians trailing Orioles 9-1 come back to win 12-11 in 11 innings

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1959 US Open Women's Golf, Churchill Valley CC: Mickey Wright successfully defends her Open title by 2 strokes from Louise Suggs

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1962 Dutch soccer clubs Rapid JC and Roda Sports merge to form Roda JC Kerkrade; KNVB Cup winners 1996–97, 1999–2000
  • 1963 Phillies Johnny Callison hits for cycle, but Phillie centerfielder Tony Gonzalez's error ends his record 205 consecutive errorless games
  • 1969 Honduras/El Salvador breaks diplomatic relations due to soccer match

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1971 US Open Women's Golf, Kahwa GC: JoAnne Carner wins by 7 strokes from Kathy Whitworth

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Heavyweight Muhammad Ali confirms that his 3rd retirement is final (it isn't)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1980 Dodgers' Jerry Reuss no-hits SF Giants 8-0
  • 1983 Mariners bat out of order against White Sox in 2nd inning
  • 1984 UEFA European Championship Final, Parc des Princes, Paris, France: Michel Platini & Bruno Bellone score as France beats Spain, 2-0
  • 1984 Supreme Court ends NCAA monopoly on college football telecasts
  • 1986 American tennis player Anne White shocks Wimbledon by wearing a white, one-piece, lycra body suit in 1st round match against Pam Shriver; wears regular outfit after rain break
  • 1986 Robby Thompson (SF Giants) sets record, caught stealing 4 times in 1 game

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1988 Mike Tyson KOs Michael Spink in 91 seconds, in Atlantic City ($67m)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1988 Reds bat out of order against Padres in 1st inning
  • 1990 NBA Draft: Syracuse power forward Derrick Coleman first pick by New Jersey Nets
  • 1992 193rd ranked Andrei Olhovskiy of Russia defeats #1 seed Jim Courier 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the 3rd round at Wimbledon
  • 1992 Dan O'Brien fails on pole vault & eliminated from Olympics decathlon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Jim Colbert wins his lone career major title by 1 stroke from Raymond Floyd

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • 1993 NY Met pitcher Anthony Young loses record 24th straight game
  • 1998 NHL Draft: Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) center Vincent Lecavalier first pick by Tampa Bay Lightning
  • 1999 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Juli Inkster shoots final round 65 to win by 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Liselotte Neumann; completes career grand slam
  • 1999 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Hale Irwin wins his 5th of 7 Champions Tour major titles by 7 strokes from Australian Graham Marsh
  • 2001 NBA Draft: Glynn Academy center Kwame Brown first pick by Washington Wizards
  • 2010 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Locust Hill CC: American Christie Kerr takes her second major title with a 12 stroke win over Song-Hee Kim of South Korea
  • 2013 NBA Draft: UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett first pick Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2014 NHL Coyotes franchise changes geographic name from "Phoenix" to "Arizona" after change of ownership

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Tennis star Serena Williams poses pregnant and nude for the cover of "Vanity Fair"

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1842 Jamie Anderson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1877-79), born in St. Andrews, Fife (d. 1905)
  • 1886 Charles Macartney, Australian cricketer (Governor-General), born in West Maitland, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1958)
  • 1917 K. M. Rangnekar, Indian cricketer (batted in 3 Tests India v Australia 1947-48), born in Bombay, India (d. 1984)
  • 1918 Adolph Kiefer, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m backstroke 1936), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1924 Bob Appleyard, English cricketer (superb England off-spinner, brief career), born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Tommy [Tamio] Kono, American weightlifter (Olympic gold 1952, 60), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Grant Weatherstone, Scotland rugby union winger (16 caps; Edinburgh District), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • 1932 Eddie Kasko, American Major League baseball player, born in Linden, New Jersey
  • 1938 Gordon Rorke, Australian cricketer (Australian quickie, 4 Tests at end of 50's), born in Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1939 Neil Hawke, Australian cricketer (Aust pace bowler & late-order bat in 60s), born in Cheltenham, Adelaide, Australia (d. 2000)
  • 1943 Rico Petrocelli, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944 Patrick Sercu, Belgian cyclist, 1K time trial (Olympic gold 1964), born in Roeselare, West Flanders, Belgium
  • 1945 Catherine Lacoste, French golfer (US Women's Open 1967), born in Paris, France
  • 1945 John M. Veitch, American Hall of Fame Thoroughbred horse trainer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1948 Angel Penna Jr., horse trainer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1950 Benjamin Peterson, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Barron County, Wisconsin
  • 1951 Ulf Andersson, Swedish International Chess Grandmaster (1972), born in Västerås, Sweden
  • 1953 Kent Bostick, American pursuit cyclist (Olympics-84, 96), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1955 Isabelle Adjani, French actress (Story of Adele H, Driver, Ishtar), born in Paris, France
  • 1956 Jeff Odintz, American horse trainer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1956 Brad Childress, American football coach, born in Aurora, Illinois
  • 1963 Stephen Peterson, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1963 Johnny Benson Jr., American NASCAR driver, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1964 Chuck Person, American NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Brantley, Alabama
  • 1966 Jeff Conine, American MLB outfielder (Florida Marlins), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1966 Mercedes Paz, Argentine tennis star (1990 Strasbourg), born in Tucumán, Argentina
  • 1966 Rob Harbison, American 3x40 rifle shooter (Olympic 6th 1996), born in Fallston, Maryland
  • 1967 Lester Archambeau, American NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons), born in Montville, New Jersey
  • 1967 Michelle Torres, American tennis star, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1970 Petra Langrová, tennis star (1995 Palermo doubles), born in Prostějov, Czechoslovakia
  • 1970 Ricardo Jordan, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Boynton Beach, Florida
  • 1970 Jim Edmonds, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Fullerton, California
  • 1971 Brant Boyer, American football linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1971 Jimmy Kemp, American CFL quarterback (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1973 Heath Irwin, American football guard (New England Patriots), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • 1973 Jennifer Brundage, American softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Orange, California
  • 1973 Wendell Davis, American football cornerback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1974 Juran Bolden, American NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1975 Porter Collins, American rower (World C'ship gold 1995 M4+, 1998-99 M8+), born in NYC, New York
  • 1975 Sarah Evanetz, 100m butterfly (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1975 Daryle Ward, American baseball player (Houston Astros), born in Lynwood, California
  • 1976 Johnny Estrada, American baseball player, born in Hayward, California
  • 1977 Arkadiusz Radomski, Polish footballer (Veendam), born in Gniezno, Poland
  • 1977 Raúl, Spanish footballer (Real Madrid), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1980 Kevin Pietersen, English cricketer, born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • 1983 Dale Steyn, South African cricketer, born in Phalaborwa, South Africa
  • 1984 Gökhan Inler, Swiss footballer (İstanbul Başakşehir), born in Olten, Switzerland
  • 1985 Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russian tennis player (US Open 2004, French Open 2009), born in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 1985 Nico Rosberg, German Finnish race car driver (F1 World Champion 2016), born in Wiesbaden, West Germany
  • 1985 James Hook, Welsh rugby player, born in Port Talbot, Wales
  • 1986 LaShawn Merritt, American sprinter, born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 1988 Kate Ziegler, American swimmer, born in Fairfax, Virginia

Weddings in Sport

  • 2009 "Playboy Playmate" model Kendra Wilkinson (24) weds NFL player beau Hank Baskett (26) at the Playboy Mansion in Bel Air, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1905 Harold Mahony, Scottish tennis player (Wimbledon 1896), dies in a bicycling accident at 38
  • 1912 George Bonnor, cricketer (once ran three before he was caught), dies
  • 1944 Vera Menchik, Russian 1st official women's world chess champion (1927), dies in a London air raid at 38
  • 1960 Lottie Dod, British all-round athlete (Wimbledon 1887-88, 1891-93), dies at 88
  • 1968 Norman Norton, cricketer (dismissed Hobbs in only Test for South Africa), dies at 87
  • 1970 Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler (b. 1902)
  • 1986 Don Rogers, of Cleveland Browns, dies of cocaine poisoning
  • 1986 George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player, dies at 81
  • 1999 Marion Motley, American NFL fullback (all-time leading AAFC rusher), dies at 79
  • 2000 Larry Kelley, American college football end (Heisman Trophy 1936; unanimous All-American 1936; Yale), commits suicide at 85
  • 2004 Darrell Russell, American race car driver (b. 1968)
  • 2007 Patrick Allotey, Ghanaian footballer (b. 1979)
  • 2011 Mike Doyle, English former footballer (b. 1946)
  • 2011 Betty Callaway, figure skating trainer (coached Torvill and Dean), dies at 83
  • 2013 Alain Mimoun, Algerian/French distance runner (Olympic marathon gold 1956; 3 x silver 1948, 52), dies at 92