On This Day

On This Day in Sport for June 3

Events in Sport

  • 1851 1st baseball uniforms worn when the NY Knickerbockers wear a uniform of straw hats, white shirts and blue long trousers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1899 W. G. Grace's last day of Test cricket aged 50 yrs 320 days

Cricketer W. G. Grace
Cricketer
W. G. Grace

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1925 Eddie Collins, is 6th to get 3,000 hits

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1929 French Championships Men's Tennis: René Lacoste wins his 3rd French title, beating fellow Frenchman Jean Borotra 6-3, 2-6, 6-0, 2-6, 8-6

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1929 French Championship Women's Tennis: Defending champion Helen Wills Moody beats Simonne Mathieu 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • 1930 Grover Cleveland Alexander is released by the Phillies

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1932 MLBs Lou Gehrig is 1st to hit 4 consecutive HRs; Yanks beat A's 20-13

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1939 71st Belmont: James Stout riding Johnstown wins in 2:29.6
  • 1944 76th Belmont: G L Smith riding Bounding Home wins in 2:32.2
  • 1950 French Championships Men's Tennis: Budge Patty wins first of 2 Grand Sam titles that year; beats Jaroslav Drobný 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5
  • 1950 French Championships Women's Tennis: Doris Hart beats fellow American Patricia Todd 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 for her 1st of 2 French singles titles
  • 1951 50th Men's French Championships: Jaroslav Drobny beats Eric Sturgess (6-3, 6-3, 6-3)
  • 1951 50th French Championships Women's Tennis: Shirley Fry beats fellow American Doris Hart 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 for her only French singles title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 Stan Musial hits his 300th HR

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1958 Referendum allows city to sell Chavez Ravine to the Dodgers
  • 1959 European Cup Final, Stuttgart: Real Madrid beats Stade de Reims, 2-0; 4th consecutive title for Los Blancos

  • 1961 93rd Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Sherluck wins in 2:29.2
  • 1967 99th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Damascus wins in 2:28.8

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1967 French Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 for his 12th and final Grand Slam title

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • 1967 French Championships Women's Tennis: Local favourite Françoise Dürr beats Lesley Turner of Australia 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
  • 1971 Chic Cub Ken Holtzman 2nd no-hitter beats Cincinnati Reds, 1-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 Test Cricket debut of Imran Khan, v Englandl at Edgbaston (5, 0-36, 0-19)

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1972 French Open Women's Tennis: American icon Billie Jean King wins her only French singles title; beats Evonne Goolagong of Australia 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1973 French Open Men's Tennis: Ilie Năstase of Romania wins his second Grand Slam singles title; beats Czech star Niki Pilić 6-3, 6-3, 6-0

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • 1976 Test Cricket debut of Mike Brearley v West Indies (0 & 17)
  • 1977 Baltimore Orioles pull their 6th triple play (9-6-4-6-6 vs KC Royals)
  • 1978 Phillies Dave Johnson is 1st to hit 2 pinch hit grand slams in a year

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 NY Mets draft Darryl Strawberry, 18, #1

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1984 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Defending champion Patty Sheehan finishes 10 strokes ahead of runners-up Pat Bradley and Beth Daniel

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 1985 Brewers draft B J Surhoff #1
  • 1987 Cubs & Astro tie Oriole & Ranger record of 3 grand slams in a game
  • 1988 Margo Adams sues Red Sox 3rd baseman Wade Boggs for palimony
  • 1989 Houston Astros beat LA Dodgers, 5-4, in 22 innings (7:14:09)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Nolan Ryan pitches his 2nd one-hitter this season & 11th overall

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Sportscasting legend Vin Scully broadcasts 23 innings in two different cities on one day

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Sportscaster
Vin Scully
  • 1991 MLB Draft: East Carteret HS pitcher Brien Taylor first pick by New York Yankees
  • 1991 Thomas Hearns captures WBA light heavyweight title
  • 1995 Expos pitcher Pedro Martinez perfect game is broken up in 10th inning as San Diego's Bip Roberts leads off with a double, Mont wins 1-0

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

2001 US Open Women's Golf, Pine Needles Lodge & GC: Defending champion Karrie Webb of Australia repeats by 8 strokes ahead of runner-up Se Ri Pak; largest margin in 21 years

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010 Canadian sportscaster Ron MacLean saves a man from drowning in the Delaware River in Philadelphia

CBC Sportscaster Ron MacLean
CBC Sportscaster
Ron MacLean

Sport awardGolf Tournament

2012 Tiger Woods claims his 73rd PGA tour victory with a 2 stroke win over Andrés Romero & Rory Sabbatini in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village GC; equals Jack Nicklaus's record

  • 2014 Hashim Amla becomes the first non-white captain of the South African national cricket team

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 UEFA Champions League Final, Cardiff: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as defending champions Real Madrid thrash Juventus, 4-1 for 12th title; Juventus loses 5th consecutive final

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2018 US Open Women's Golf, Shoal Creek GC: Ariya Jatanugarn of Thailand gives up 7-shot lead but wins in playoff with South Korean Kim Hyo-joo

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Golden State guard Stephen Curry breaks Ray Allen's NBA Finals record for most 3-pointers with 9 in the Warriors 122-103 Game 2 win over Cleveland Cavaliers

Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry
  • 2019 MLB Draft: Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman first pick by Baltimore Orioles

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1891 Mary Browne, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1912-14), born in Ventura County, California (d. 1971)
  • 1904 Jan Peerce, [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NY Met Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • 1906 Norman Gallichan, cricketer (all-rounder in 1 Test NZ v England 1937)
  • 1906 Walter Robins, cricketer (dynamic England leg-spin all-rounder)
  • 1911 Olaf Okern, Norwegian Nordic skier (Olympic-medal-1948)
  • 1921 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, born in Melbourne (d. 2016)
  • 1928 John Reid, cricketer (prolific NZ batsman 1949-65)
  • 1930 Michael Melle, cricketer (South African pace bowler of early 1950's)
  • 1931 Lindy Remigino, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1952), born in Elmhurst, Queens, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1934 Jim Gentile, MLB player, "Diamond Jim", born in San Francisco
  • 1936 Colin Meads, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1939 Steve Dalkowski, American baseball player and inspiration for Bull Durham film, born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Richard Edwards, cricketer (WI pace bowler 1968-69 Aust/NZ tour)
  • 1942 Duane Josephson, baseball player

Person of interestBilly Cunningham

1943 Billy Cunningham, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, coach (NBA champion player & coach Philadelphia 76ers), born in Brooklyn, New York

NBA Forward and Coach Billy Cunningham
NBA Forward and Coach
Billy Cunningham
  • 1944 Edith McGuire, US 200m sprinter (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1944 Eddy Ottoz, Italian athlete
  • 1945 Hale Irwin, American golfer (US Open 1974, 79, 90; US Senior Open 1998, 2000), born in Joplin, Missouri
  • 1945 Brian Barnes, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1969-79), born in Addington, Surrey (d. 2019)
  • 1947 Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (d. 1986)
  • 1950 Marlene Elejarde, 4x100m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1951 David Ogilvie, cricketer (5 Tests for Australia 1977-78)
  • 1952 David Richards, CBE, British motor racing entrepreneur
  • 1954 Wally Weir, Quebec ice hockey player
  • 1956 Suren Nalbandyan, USSR, lightweight (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1956 George Burley, Scottish football player and manager
  • 1957 Horst-Ulrich Hänel, German field hockey player, born in Plau am See, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  • 1959 Sam Mills, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers), (d. 2005)
  • 1960 Barry Lyons, baseball player
  • 1960 Carl Rackemann, cricketer (Queensland & Australian quickie)
  • 1960 Steve Lyons, baseball player
  • 1961 Kevin Arnott, cricketer (Zimbabwe batsman, 101* v NZ 1992)
  • 1961 Peter Glen Vidmar, gymnast (Olympic-2 gold/silver-1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 César Zabala, Paraguayan soccer defender (49 caps; Cerro Porteño), born in Luque, Paraguay (d. 2020)
  • 1962 Connie Price-Smith, discus thrower (Olympic 5th-96), born in Saint Charles, Missouri
  • 1963 Deb Richard, American golfer (5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Abbeville, Louisiana
  • 1963 Sabrina Goles, Yugoslavia, tennis star
  • 1964 Nelson Liriano, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • 1966 Wasim Akram, cricketer (brilliant Pakistani lefty fast bowler)
  • 1967 Tamás Darnyi, Hungarian swimmer (4 Olympic gold 200/400m medley 1988, 92), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1967 William "Bill" Carlucci, rower (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1969 Ray Roberts, tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1970 Andrea Congreaves, WNBA forward/center (Charlotte Sting)
  • 1970 Carl Everett, baseball player
  • 1970 Lanee Butler, mistral sailboat sailor (Olymp-11th-1996), born in Manhasset, New York
  • 1970 Peter Newton, Kailua Hawaii, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Evgeni Berzin, Russian cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1994), born in Vyborg, Leningrad Oblast
  • 1971 Aaron Ledesma, baseball player
  • 1971 Carl Everett, outfielder (NY Mets), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1972 Robert Kennedy, New Zealand cricket medium pace bowler (NZ 4 Tests), born in Dunedin, NZ
  • 1973 Charles Emanuel, American NFL safety (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Indiantown, Florida
  • 1973 Sargis Sargsian, Yerevan Armenia, tennis star (1995 NCAA)
  • 1974 Ashaundai Smith, CFL receiver (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1974 Bryan Still, wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1975 Jamie Nails, offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1975 José Molina, Puerto Rican baseball player (New York Yankees), born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico
  • 1976 Jamie McMurray, American NASCAR driver
  • 1977 Travis Hafner, American MLB first baseman (tied MLB record 6 grand slams 2006), born in Jamestown, North Dakota
  • 1977 Cris, Brazilian footballer
  • 1977 Az-Zahir Hakim, American football player
  • 1980 Lazaros Papadopoulos, Greek basketball player
  • 1982 Yelena Isinbayeva, Russian pole vaulter (Olympic gold 2004, 08), born in Volgograd, Russia
  • 1986 Alexandros Karageorgiou, Greek archer

Person of interestRafael Nadal

1986 Rafael Nadal, Spanish tennis player (19 Grand Slam singles titles - 12 French Opens), born in Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 1986 Tomas Verner, Czech Republic ice skater
  • 1986 Adrián Vallés, Spanish racing driver
  • 1986 Al Horford, American basketball player
  • 1989 Katie Hoff, American swimmer
  • 1992 Mario Götze, German football player (Borussia Dortmund, German national team), born in Memmingen, Germany

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1908 NHL goaltender Georges Vezina (21) weds Marie Adelaide Stella Morin in Chicoutimi, Canada

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina

Deaths in Sport

  • 1904 Vincent Tancred, cricket (Bernard & Louis bro, Test for S A), suicide
  • 1933 William Muldoon, American wrestler and owner of NY health institute "The Olympia", dies at 88
  • 1981 Eric Dalton, South African cricket batsman (15 Tests, top score 117), dies at 74
  • 1989 John McCauley, NHL official (b. 1945)
  • 1991 Thomas C Lasorda, American artist and son of Los Angeles Dodgers manager, dies of pneumonia at 33
  • 1993 Joe Fortenberry, American basketball forward (captain Olympic gold 1936), dies at 82
  • 1994 Jack Cowie, cricketer (9 Tests for NZ, 45 wkts at 21 53), dies
  • 2013 Deacon Jones, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, SD Chargers), dies from natural causes at 73
  • 2015 Bevo Francis, American basketball player (college basketball record scorer), dies at 82

Person of interestMuhammad Ali

2016 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1964-7 74-8), dies of respiratory illness at 74

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 2017 Jimmy Piersall, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1954, 56; his bipolar disorder subject book & film, "Fear Strikes Out"), dies at 87