On This Day in Sport for June 4

Events in Sport

  • 1870 4th Belmont: W Dick aboard Kingfisher wins in 2:59.5
  • 1884 18th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Panique wins in 2:42
  • 1927 1st Ryder Cup Golf, Worcester CC: US beats Great Britain, 9½-2½; Walter Hagan first American captain; Ted Ray first GB skipper
  • 1928 33rd Men's French Championships: Henri Cochet beats Rene Lacoste (5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3)
  • 1928 33rd Women's French Championships: Helen Wills beats Eileen Bennett (6-1, 6-2)
  • 1932 64th Belmont: Tom Malley aboard Faireno wins in 2:32.8
  • 1938 10th Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland wins 7½-4½ at the Old Course at St Andrews
  • 1938 70th Belmont: James Stout aboard Pasteurized wins in 2:29.6
  • 1940 1st NL night game at Sportsman's Park (Dodgers 10, Cardinals 1)
  • 1940 1st night game at Forbes Field (Pirates 14, Braves 2)
  • 1941 Nazis forbid Jews access to beaches & swimming pools
  • 1950 Dutch cyclist Wim van Est wins Bordeaux-Paris (586 km in 17:25)
  • 1951 Pirate's' Gus Bell hits for cycle helps beat Phillies 12-4
  • 1953 Pitts trades outfielder Ralph Kiner & Joe Garagiola to Chicago Cubs

Sport awardTennis Open

1955 54th Men's French Championships: Tony Trabert beats Sven Davidson (2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
  • 1955 54th Women's French Championships: Angela Mortimer beats Dorothy Knode (2-6, 7-5, 10-8)

  • 1958 SF Giants Hank Sauer & B Schmidt are 2nd to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • 1961 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 1964 LA Dodger Sandy Koufax 3rd no-hitter beats Phil Phillies, 3-0
  • 1964 Test Cricket debut of Geoff Boycott v Australia at Trent Bridge, 48
  • 1966 98th Belmont: William Boland aboard Amberoid wins in 2:29.6
  • 1970 San Diego Padres draft Mike Ivie #1
  • 1971 Oakland A's beat Washington Senators, 5-3, in 21 innings
  • 1971 Zaheer Abbas scores 274 for Pakistan vs England at Edgbaston, 544 minutes 38 fours
  • 1972 Record 8 shutouts pitched in 16 major league games (AL=5, NL=3)
  • 1972 71st Men's French Open: Andres Gimeno beats Patrick Proisy (4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1)

Sport awardTennis Open

1972 71st Women's French Open: Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong (6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1974 NFL grants franchise to Seattle Seahawks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Arnold Palmer fails to make the US Open golf tournament for the 1st time in 32 years

  • 1984 NY Mets draft Shawn Abner, 17, #1

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1988 Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases for record 249 as a NY Yankee

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1989 Red Sox lead Blue Jays 10-0 in 7th, but lose 12-11 in 12 for Blue Jays 12th consecutive victory at Fenway
  • 1990 LA Dodger Ramon Martinez strikes out 18 Atlanta Braves
  • 1995 Dale Eggeling wins LPGA Oldsmobile Golf Classic
  • 1998 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Washington Capitals beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 2
  • 1999 NHL Western Conference Final: Dallas Stars beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 3
  • 2008 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings defeat Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2
  • 2015 Australian cricket batsman Adam Voges becomes the oldest player to hit a century on debut in 1st Test v West Indies in Roseau; 35 year old Voges scores 130 not out during Australia's 9 wicket win

Sport awardTennis Open

2016 French Open Women's Tennis: Garbiñe Muguruza beats Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4 to claim her 1st grand slam title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1876 Robert Dower, cricketer (1 Test South Africa v England 1898, scored 0 & 9)
  • 1887 Tom Longboat, marathon runner (d. 1949)
  • 1902 Richard Allen, India, field hockey goal tender (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1915 Walter Hadlee, cricketer (father of Richard & Dayle), New Zealand batsman 40's
  • 1916 Cecil Blacker, CEO (British Equestrian Federation)
  • 1917 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1918 LeRoy Walker, CEO (US Olympic Committee), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1920 Marion Motley, NFL running back (all-time leading AAFC rusher)
  • 1921 Bobby Wanzer, professional basketball player and coach (Rochester Royals), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1922 John McNamara, baseball player
  • 1925 Antonio Puchades, Spanish footballer (23 caps), born in Sueca, Spain (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Seamus Elliott, Irish cyclist (d. 1971)
  • 1938 Art Mahaffey, baseball player
  • 1939 Phil Linz, baseball shortstop (NY Yankees)
  • 1943 Sandra Haynie, American golfer (4 LPGA major titles), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1948 Bob Champion, horse trainer/jockey
  • 1948 Sandra Post, LPGA golfer
  • 1950 Brian Rose, cricketer (England batsman in 9 Tests 1977-81)
  • 1956 John Treacy, marathonr (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1956 Terry Kennedy, baseball player
  • 1956 Martin Adams, English darts player
  • 1957 Tony Pena, Monte Cristi Dom Rep, catcher (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1958 Tony Pigott, cricketer (England pace bowler in a Test v NZ 1984)
  • 1959 Rod Connop, CFL corner (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1961 Cathy Marino, LPGA golfer
  • 1962 Zenon Jaskuła, Polish cyclist
  • 1963 Carey Nelson, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Saskatchewan, Western Canada
  • 1963 Jim Lachey, NFL tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • 1963 Xavier McDaniel, NBA forward (Seattle SuperSonics)
  • 1964 Steve Searcy, baseball player
  • 1965 Andrea Jaeger, American tennis player (10 WTA titles), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1965 Beau Allred, baseball player
  • 1965 Jonathan Canter, tennis star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Kurt Stillwell, infielder (Texas Rangers), born in Glendale, California
  • 1965 Tim Perry, NBA forward (NJ Nets)
  • 1965 Mick Doohan, Australian motorcycle racer (5-time 500cc world champion), born in Gold Coast, Queensland
  • 1966 Nick Kypreos, NHL left wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 Rick Wilkins, American baseball catcher (Houston Astros), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1967 Scott Servais, catcher (Chicago Cubs), born in La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • 1967 Simon Sheldon-Collins, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Regi Blinker, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1969 Robert Perez, Bolivar Venezuela, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1969 Tine Moberg-Parker, Canada Europe class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1970 Gary Lynagh, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Ronnie Harris, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1971 Patrick Scott, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971 Roy Janse, tornado sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1972 Derian Hatcher, Sterling Heights MI, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • 1973 Antonio Anderson, defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1973 Corey Walker, running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Doug Colman, linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 1973 Sir Mawn Wilson, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1974 Darin Erstad, outfielder (California Angels)
  • 1974 James Miller, Australian pole vaulter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Johnny Taylor, NBA forward (Orlando Magic)
  • 1975 Betty Okino, Uganda, US gymnast (Olympic-92)
  • 1975 Dinanath Ramnarine, cricketer (Trinidad & Tobago leg-spinner)
  • 1975 Kurt Dreger, Ironwood Mich, dance skater (& Cronin-1997 Natl-13th)
  • 1975 Henry Burris, American Football Quarterback
  • 1977 Dionisis Chiotis, Greek footballer
  • 1977 Alex Manninger, Austrian footballer
  • 1977 Quinten Hann, Australian former snooker player
  • 1979 Naohiro Takahara, Japanese footballer
  • 1979 Daniel Vickerman, Australian rugby union player
  • 1980 François Beauchemin, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1981 Giourkas Seitaridis, Greek footballer
  • 1983 Emmanuel Eboué, Ivorian footballer
  • 1984 Ian White, Canadian hockey player
  • 1985 Lukas Podolski, Polish-born footballer
  • 1985 Evan Lysacek, American figure skater
  • 1988 Leigh Adams, Australian Footballer
  • 1992 Earvin Johnson III, son of NBA forward Magic Johnson, born Los Angeles, California, United States

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestFred Spofforth

1926 Fred Spofforth, Australian cricketer known as "The Demon Bowler" (18 tests with 94 wickets at an average of 18.41), dies of chronic colitis at 72

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Cricketer
Fred Spofforth
  • 1929 Harry Frazee, American MLB team owner (Boston Red Sox), dies of kidney failure at 48
  • 1937 Donald Eligon, cricketer, dies of blood poisoning from a nail in his boot at 28
  • 1950 Sam Staples, cricket pace bowler (3 Tests 1927-28), dies
  • 1962 Clem McCarthy, American sportscaster (b. 1882)
  • 1979 Edward Dawson, cricketer (England batsman in 5 Tests 1927-30), dies
  • 1992 Carl Stotz, founder (baseball's little league), dies at 82
  • 2007 Clete Boyer, American baseball player (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 2010 John Wooden, American basketball player and coach, dies at 99
  • 2014 Don Zimmer, American baseball manager, dies from heart failure as a complication from cardiac surgery at 83
  • 2018 Dwight Clark, American NFL wide receiver/executive ("The Catch" 1981 Super Bowl SF 49ers), dies of ALS at 61