On This Day

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

Sport awardRyder Cup

1927 1st Ryder Cup Golf, Worcester CC: US beats Great Britain, 9½-2½; Walter Hagen first American captain; Ted Ray first GB skipper

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1928 French Championships Men's Tennis: Henri Cochet wins his 2nd of 4 home titles; beats countryman René Lacoste 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3
  • 1928 French Championship Women's Tennis: Helen Wills beats England's Eileen Bennett 6-1, 6-2 for her first of 4 French singles titles
  • 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 awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1955 French Championships Men's Tennis: Defending champion Tony Trabert beats Sven Davidson of Sweden 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 French Championships Women's Tennis: Angela Mortimer of England beats American Dorothy Knode 2-6, 7-5, 10-8 for her first Grand Slam singles title

  • 1958 San Francisco Giants Hank Sauer and Bob Schmidt are first in NL history to hit consecutive pinch-hit HRs in 10-9 win over the Milwaukee Braves

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Belle Meade CC: Mary Lena Faulk wins by 6 strokes ahead of runner-up Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 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 Pakistani cricketer Zaheer Abbas scores 274 vs England at Edgbaston in 544 minutes
  • 1972 French Open Men's Tennis: Andrés Gimeno of Spain wins his only major singles title; beats Frenchman Patrick Proisy 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1
  • 1974 NFL grants franchise to Seattle Seahawks

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1977 French Open Women's Tennis: Mima Jaušovec of Yugoslavia wins her lone Grand Slam singles title; beats Florența Mihai of Romania 6-2, 6-7, 6-1

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Mima Jausovec
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Mima Jausovec

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1983 French Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats Mima Jausovec of Yugoslavia 6-1, 6-2 for her 15th Grand Slam title and 5th French singles crown

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Mima Jausovec
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Mima Jausovec

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1984 1960 champion Arnold Palmer fails to qualify for the US Open Golf Championship for the first time in 32 years

  • 1984 NY Mets draft Shawn Abner, 17, #1
  • 1987 American hurdler Edwin Moses' 122 race winning streak which extends to nearly 10 years ends when he is beaten by countryman Danny Harris in Madrid, Spain

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

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1988 French Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf dominates Natalia Zvereva of Belarus 6-0, 6-0; shortest women's singles Grand Slam final in Open Era; 32 minutes

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 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
  • 1993 Cricket's "Ball of the Century" - Australian spin bowler Shane Warne bowls England batsman Mike Gatting with his first ball of an Ashes series; Australia wins 1st Test at Old Trafford by 179 runs

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1994 French Open Women's Tennis: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Soain beats Mary Pierce 6-4, 6-4 for her 2nd career Grand Slam title, and her 2nd French singles crown

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • 1995 New Zealand creates world record score for a Rugby Union international in thrashing Japan, 145-17 in the World Cup in Bloomfontein, RSA; Marc Ellis 6 tries, Simon Culhane 20 conversions
  • 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
  • 2005 French Open Women's Tennis: Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne wins 1st of 3 straight French titles; beats Mary Pierce of France 6-1, 6-1
  • 2005 Panamanian jockey Eddie Castro sets a North American record with 9 wins on the 13-race card at Calder Race Course in Miami, Florida
  • 2008 Stanley Cup Final, Civic Center, Pittsburgh, PA: Detroit Red Wings defeat Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2 for a 4-2 series win; Red Wings' 11th Championship

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

2011 French Open Women's Tennis: Li Na becomes first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam singles title; beats Italian defending champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6

Tennis Player Li Na
Tennis Player
Li Na
  • 2012 MLB Draft: Puerto Rico Academy & HS shortstop Carlos Correa first pick by Houston Astros
  • 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 awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

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

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2019 SF MLB manager Bruce Bochy reaches 1,000 win mark with the club as Giants beat Mets, 9-3 in NYC; second after legendary John McGraw to reach milestone

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1876 Robert Dower, South African cricketer (1 Test South Africa v England 1898, scored 0 & 9), born in Kokstad, Cape Colony (d. 1964)
  • 1887 Tom Longboat, Canadian marathon runner, born in Six Nations Reserve Brantford, Ontario, Canada (d. 1949)
  • 1902 Richard Allen, Indian field hockey goal tender (Olympic gold 1928), born in Nagpur, India (d. 1969)
  • 1915 Walter Hadlee, New Zealand cricket batsman (NZ 11 Tests; father of Richard & Dayle), born in Lincoln, Canterbury (d. 2006)
  • 1916 Cecil Blacker, British Army officer, born in York, England (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Bobby Wanzer, American 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 road bicycle racer, born in Dublin (d. 1971)
  • 1938 Art Mahaffey, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1939 Phil Linz, American baseball shortstop (NY Yankees), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1943 Sandra Haynie, American golfer (US Open 1974, du Maurier Classic 1982, LPGA C'ship 1965, 74 ), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1947 Saoul Mamby, American boxer (WBC super lightweight title 1980-82), born in Bronx, NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1948 Bob Champion, English horse trainer and jockey, born in Sussex, England
  • 1948 Sandra Post, Canadian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1968), born in Oakville, Ontario
  • 1950 Brian Rose, English cricketer (England batsman in 9 Tests 1977-81), born in Dartford, Kent, England
  • 1951 Charles Dickinson, American author (Waltz in Marathon), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1956 John Treacy, Irish marathoner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Villierstown, County Waterford
  • 1956 Terry Kennedy, American baseball player, born in Euclid, Ohio
  • 1956 Martin Adams, English darts player (BDO World Champion 2007, 10-11), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • 1957 Tony Peña, Dominican baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic
  • 1958 Tony Pigott, English cricketer (England pace bowler in a Test v NZ 1984), born in Fulham, London, England
  • 1959 Rod Connop, Canadian CFL corner (Edmonton Eskimos), born in North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1962 Zenon Jaskuła, Polish racing cyclist, born in Śrem, Poland
  • 1963 Carey Nelson, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Saskatchewan, Western Canada
  • 1963 Jim Lachey, American NFL tackle (Washington Redskins), born in St. Henry, Ohio
  • 1963 Xavier McDaniel, American NBA forward (Seattle SuperSonics), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1964 Steve Searcy, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1965 Andrea Jaeger, American tennis player (10 WTA titles), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1965 Beau Allred, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Mesa, Arizona
  • 1965 Jonathan Canter, American 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, American hockey defenseman (NHL All Star 1997, Dallas Stars), born in Sterling Heights, Michigan
  • 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 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 cricket fast bowler ("The Demon" - 18 Tests, 94 wickets @ 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)
  • 1969 Rafael Osuna, Mexican tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1963), dies in an airline crash at 30
  • 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 coach (UCLA-10 national championships), dies at 99
  • 2012 Pedro Borbón, Dominican baseball pitcher (World Series 1975-76; Cincinnati Reds), dies from cancer at 65
  • 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
  • 2019 Lennart Johansson, Swedish soccer administrator (President Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) 1990–2007), dies at 89