On This Day in Sport for June 5

Events in Sport

  • 1869 3rd Belmont: C Miller aboard Fenian wins in 3:04.25
  • 1879 13th Belmont: George Evans riding Spendthrift wins in 2:42.75
  • 1886 20th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Inspector B wins in 2:41
  • 1902 42nd British Golf Open: Sandy Herd shoots a 307 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club
  • 1911 Red Sox Joe Wood strikes out 3 pinch hitters in 9th for 5-4 win
  • 1915 47th Belmont: George Byrne aboard The Finn wins in 2:18.6
  • 1920 A's VP Thomas Shibe denies charges that baseballs are livelier
  • 1925 29th US Golf Open: Willie Macfarlane shoots a 291 at Worcester CC Mass
  • 1927 32nd Men's French Championships: Rene Lacoste beats Bill Tilden (6-4, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 11-9)
  • 1927 32nd Women's French Championships: Kornelia Bouman beats Irene Peacock (6-2, 6-4)
  • 1931 66th British Golf Open: Tommy Armour shoots a 296 at Carnoustie Golf Links
  • 1933 38th Men's French Championships: Jack Crawford beats Henri Cochet (8-6, 6-1, 6-3)
  • 1933 38th Women's French Championships: Margaret Scriven beats Simonne Mathieu (6-2, 4-6, 6-4)
  • 1937 69th Belmont: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 2:28.6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 Sandor Szabo beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • 1943 75th Belmont: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 2:28.2
  • 1943 Philippine President José P. Laurel survives assassination attempt after being shot 4 times with a 45 caliber pistol while playing golf at Wack Wack Golf Course in Mandaluyong

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1948 Phillies Richie Ashburn sets NL rookie consecut hitting streak at 23

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • 1952 1st sporting event televised nationally-Walcott vs Charles boxing
  • 1952 Test Cricket debut of Freddie Trueman v India at Headingley

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1952 Jersey Joe Walcott beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1955 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 550' HR off Chicago Billy Pierce

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1957 NY narcotics investigator, Dr Herbert Berger, urges AMA to investigate use of stimulating drugs by athletes
  • 1960 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Wolverine Golf Open
  • 1965 97th Belmont: John Sellers aboard Hail to All wins in 2:28.6
  • 1966 Cincinnati Red Leo Cardenas hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1966 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Clayton Federal Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth

Sport awardTennis Open

1966 65th Men's French Championships: Tony Roche beats Istvan Gulyas (6-1, 6-4, 7-5)

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche

Sport awardTennis Open

1966 65th Women's French Championships: Ann Jones beats Nancy Richey (6-3, 6-1)

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • 1971 103rd Belmont: Walter Blum aboard Pass Catcher wins in 2:30.6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 As' Reggie Jackson and Bill North engage in clubhouse fight at Detroit

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1976 108th Belmont: Angel Cordero Jr riding Bold Forbes wins in 2:29
  • 1977 31st NBA Championship: Port Trailblazers beat Philadelphia 76er, 4 games to 2
  • 1977 LA Dodgers retire Walt Alston's #24

Sport awardTennis Open

1977 76th Men's French Open: Guillermo Vilas beats Brian Gottfried (6-0, 6-3, 6-0)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas

Sport awardTennis Open

1977 76th Women's French Open: Mima Jausovec beats Florenta Mihai (6-2, 6-7, 6-1)

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Astro's Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as all-time walk leader (1,777)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1982 114th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Conquistador Cielo wins in 2:28
  • 1983 Alice Miller wins West Virginia LPGA Golf Classic

Sport awardTennis Open

1983 82nd Men's French Open: Yannick Noah beats Mats Wilander (6-2, 7-5, 7-6)

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Yannick Noah
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Yannick Noah
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander

Sport awardTennis Open

1983 82nd Women's French Open: Chris Evert beats Mima Jausovec (6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Mima Jausovec
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Mima Jausovec
  • 1985 Steve Cauthen wins aboard Slip Anchor at Epsom Downs to become the only jockey to win both the Kentucky Derby (1978) and The Derby

Sport awardTennis Open

1988 87th Men's French Open: Mats Wilander beats Henri Leconte (7-5, 6-2, 6-1)

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player Henri Leconte
Tennis Player
Henri Leconte

Sport awardTennis Open

1988 87th Women's French Open: Steffi Graf beats Natalia Zvereva (6-0, 6-0)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1989 Billy Smith, last original NY Islander, retires
  • 1989 Toronto Blue Jays Skydome stadium opens, Milwaukee Brewers win 5-3
  • 1993 125th Belmont: Julie Krone aboard Colonial Affair wins in 2:29.8

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1994 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Oldsmobile Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1994 93rd Men's French Open: Sergi Bruguera beats Alberto Berasategui (6-3, 7-5, 2-6, 6-1)

Sport awardTennis Open

1994 93rd Women's French Open: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario beats Mary Pierce (6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • 1998 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Dallas Stars, 4 games to 2
  • 1999 131st Belmont: Jose Santos aboard Lemon Drop Kid wins in 2:27.88
  • 2004 136th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Birdstone wins in 2:27.50

Sport awardTennis Open

2005 104th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Mariano Puerta (6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5)

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 2005 104th Women's French Open: Justine Henin-Hardenne beats Mary Pierce (6-1, 6-1)
  • 2010 142nd Belmont: Mike Smith riding Drosselmeyer wins in 2:31.57
  • 2011 110th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1)
  • 2011 110th Women's French Open: Li Na beats Francesca Schiavone (6-4, 7-6)

Sport awardTennis Open

2016 115th Men's French Open: Novak Đoković beats Andy Murray (3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4) to win his first French title

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Boxer Floyd Mayweather named 2017 top earning sportsperson by Forbes with $285 million


Birthdays in Sport

  • 1874 Jack Chesbro, baseball pitcher (NY Highlanders - won 41 in 1904), born in North Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1931)
  • 1879 René Pottier, French raing cyclist, born in Moret-sur-Loing, Seine-et-Marne, France (d. 1907)
  • 1912 Eric Hollies, English cricketer (England leggie, bowled Bradman), born in Old Hill, Staffordshire, England (d. 1981)
  • 1912 Josef Neckermann, German equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1992)
  • 1916 Eddie Joost, baseball player
  • 1916 Syd Barnes, cricketer (Australian batsmen of 30's/40's)
  • 1920 Marion Motley, AAFC, NFL fullback (Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh)
  • 1921 Lancelot Pierre, cricketer (1 Test WI v England 1948, 0-28)
  • 1923 Jorge Daponte, Argentine racing driver (d. 1963)
  • 1925 Art Donovan, NFL defensive tackle (Balt, NY Yanks, Dallas), (d. 2013)
  • 1932 A R Dawson, rugby player
  • 1936 M A "Kelly" Seymour, cricketer (South African off-spinner in 7 Tests 1963-70)
  • 1938 Karin Balzer, German DR, hurdler (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1940 H R "Tiger" Lance, cricketer (South African batting all-rounder 1961-67)
  • 1941 Duane Duke Sims, baseball player

Person of interestRobert Kraft

1941 Robert Kraft, American owner of the New England Patriots, born in Brookline, Massachusetts

Business Magnate and NFL Owner Robert Kraft
Business Magnate and NFL Owner
Robert Kraft
  • 1942 Nelson "Bo" Burton Jr, bowler/sportscaster (Pro Bowlers Tour)
  • 1944 Chris Finnegan, UK, middleweight boxing champ (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1944 Tommie Smith, US sprinter (Olympic gold 1968) [or Jan 5]
  • 1945 Ambar Roy, cricketer (nephew of Pankaj Batted in 4 Tests 1969-70)
  • 1945 John Carlos, track star (Olympic bronze 1968); gave black power salute
  • 1945 John Carlos, American athlete
  • 1950 Adrian Cosma, Romania, team handball (Olympic silver 1976)
  • 1954 Phil Neale, English cricketer and coach, born in Scunthorpe
  • 1955 Edino Nazareth Filho, Brazilian football player
  • 1961 Ramesh Krishnan, Indian tennis star
  • 1964 Laura Charameda, Marshall Mich, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1965 Bob Probert, Windsor, NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1965 Edward Hartman, Skalica CZE, hockey goalie (Team Slovakia)
  • 1966 Bill Spiers, Orangeburg SC, infielder (Houston Astros)
  • 1966 Tina Barrett, Balt, LPGA golfer (1989 Mitsubishi Motors Ocean State)
  • 1967 Joe Deloach, American 200m runner (Olympic gold 1988)
  • 1967 Matt Bullard, NBA forward (Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1967 Ray Lankford, Modesto California, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1969 Ed Smith, WLAF tight end (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1969 Keith Powe, WLAF/CFL defensive lineback (Win Blue Bombers, Claymores)
  • 1970 Martin Gelinas, Shawinigan, NHL left wing (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1970 Todd Burger, guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Pedro Garau, WLAF running back (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1971 Vaughn Parker, NFL guard/tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Takaya Tsubobayashi, Japanese racing driver
  • 1973 Brady Smith, defensive end (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1973 Clay Williams, WLAF OL (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1973 Sean Moran, defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1973 Lamon Brewster, American boxer
  • 1974 Russ Ortiz, American baseball player
  • 1975 Zydrunas Ilgauskas, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1975 Sandra Stals, Belgian athlete
  • 1977 Chantal Lefebvre, Ville LaSalle Que, ice dancer (1996 Canadians-2nd)
  • 1978 Fernando Meira, Portuguese football player
  • 1979 Fraser Watts, Scottish cricketer
  • 1979 Jason White, American NASCAR driver
  • 1980 Sutee Suksomkit, Thai football player
  • 1983 Bill Bray, American baseball player
  • 1983 Marques Colston, American football player
  • 1985 Kenny De Ketele, Belgian cyclist
  • 1992 Emily Seebohm, Australian Swimmer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1941 NBA coach Red Auerbach (23) weds Dorothy Lewis

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • 1999 1994 Figure Skater World Champion Yuka Sato (26) weds her fellor skater Jason Dungjen

HeartWedding of Interest

2004 Tennis player Ilie Năstase (57) weds fashion model Amalia Teodosescu

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase

Deaths in Sport

  • 1913 Chris von der Ahe, German entrepreneur and owner of St. Louis Brown Stockings, dies at 61
  • 1932 Henry Taberer, cricket (bowl Trumper only Test wkt for South Africa), dies
  • 1953 Bill Tilden, American tennis player (US Open 1920-25, 29), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1975 Paul Keres, Estonian chess player (b. 1916)
  • 2000 Don Liddle, baseball player (b. 1925)
  • 2014 Chris Burger, South African cricketer (South African batsman v Australia 1957-58), dies at 78
  • 2015 Alan Bond, Australian tycoon/yachtsman (America's Cup), dies at 77
  • 2015 Jerry Collins, Samoan-born New Zealand rugby player (All Blacks), dies in a car crash at 34