On This Day in Sport for June 6

Events in Sport

  • 1885 19th Belmont: Paul Duffy aboard Tyrant wins in 2:43
  • 1896 21st Preakness: Henry Griffin aboard Margrave wins in 1:51
  • 1901 41st British Golf Open: James Braid shoots a 309 at Muirfield
  • 1924 28th US Golf Open: Cyril Walker shoots a 297 at Oakland Hills CC Mich
  • 1925 30th Men's French Championships: Rene Lacoste beats Jean Borotra (7-5, 6-1, 6-4)
  • 1925 30th Women's French Championships: Suzanne Lenglen beats Kitty McKane (6-1, 6-2)
  • 1932 Ijsselmeervogels soccer team forms in Spakenburg
  • 1932 37th Men's French Championships: Henri Cochet beats Giorgio de Stefani (6-0, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

1932 37th Women's French Championships: Helen Wills Moody beats Simonne Mathieu (7-5, 6-1)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • 1936 40th US Golf Open: Tony Manero shoots a 282 at Baltusrol GC NJ
  • 1936 68th Belmont: James Stout aboard Granville wins in 2:30
  • 1937 Phillies trailing 8-2 to St Louis, forfeit game
  • 1939 NY Giants beat Reds 17-3, with 5 HRs in 4th inning
  • 1942 74th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Shut Out wins in 2:29.2

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1944 Baseball cancels all games honoring D-Day invasion
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  • 1946 11 Basketball of America Association teams meet to schedule 1st season
  • 1946 The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.
  • 1954 Patty Berg wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • 1964 96th Belmont: Manuel Ycaza aboard Quadrangle wins in 2:28.6

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1965 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Blue Grass Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1965 Yankees Tom Tresh bangs 3 consecutive HRs beating White Sox 12-0
  • 1966 NFL & AFL announce their merger

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Joe Namath resigns from NFL after Pete Rozelle, football commissioner, said he must sell his stake in a bar

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 1970 102nd Belmont: John Rotz aboard High Echelon wins in 2:34
  • 1971 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1971 Willie Mays hits record 22nd & last extra inning HR

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Sport awardTennis Open

1971 70th Men's French Open: Jan Kodes beats Ilie Năstase (8-6, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5)

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • 1971 70th Women's French Open: Evonne Goolagong beats Helen Gourlay (6-3, 7-5)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Nolan Ryan's bid for 2nd no-hitter broken in 6th inning

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1976 30th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Phoenix Suns, 4 games to 2

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1976 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Girl Talk Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 1977 Doobie Brothers sponsor a Golf Classic & Concert for United Way
  • 1981 113th Belmont: George Martens aboard Summing wins in 2:29

Sport awardTennis Open

1982 81st Men's French Open: Mats Wilander beats Guillermo Vilas (1-6, 7-6, 6-0, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas

Sport awardTennis Open

1982 81st Women's French Open: Martina Navratilova beats Andrea Jaeger (7-6, 6-1)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1983 Twins draft pitcher Tim Belcher #1
  • 1986 Jurgen Schull sets world discus record (74.07 m)
  • 1987 119th Belmont: Craig Perret aboard Bet Twice wins in 2:28.2
  • 1987 NY Yankees play their 13,000th game
  • 1989 Mets turn their 1st triple play in 7 years but lose to Cubs 8-4
  • 1990 Stump Merrill replaces Bucky Dent as NY Yankee manager
  • 1991 Test Cricket debut of Graeme Hick, v West Indies at Headingley
  • 1992 124th Belmont: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard AP Indy wins in 2:26

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1992 NY Met Eddie Murray sets RBI record by a switch hitter

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1992 WLAF World Bowl 2: Sacramento beats Orlando 21-17 (Montreal)
  • 1993 92nd Men's French Open: Sergi Bruguera beats Jim Courier (6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

1993 92nd Women's French Open: Steffi Graf beats Mary Joe Fernandez (4-6, 6-2, 6-4)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1994 Cricketer Brian Larahits record 501 not out/390 runs in 1 day for Warwickshire vs Durham
  • 1998 130th Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Victory Gallop wins in 2:29

Sport awardTennis Open

1999 98th Men's French Open: Andre Agassi beats Andrei Medvedev (1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 1999 98th Women's French Open: Steffi Graf beats Martina Hingis (4-6, 7-5, 6-2)
  • 2004 103rd Men's French Open: Gaston Gaudio beats Guillermo Coria (0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6)
  • 2004 103rd Women's French Open: Anastasia Myskina beats Elena Dementieva (6-1, 6-2)
  • 2007 Stanley Cup: first time winners Anaheim Ducks defeat Ottawa Senators 4-1
  • 2009 141st Belmont: Kent Desormeaux aboard Summer Bird wins in 2:27.54

Sport awardTennis Open

2010 109th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Robin Soderling (6-4, 6-2, 6-4)

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 2010 109th Women's French Open: Francesca Schiavone beats Samantha Stosur (6-4, 7-6)

Sport awardTennis Open

2015 114th Women's French Open: Serena Williams beats Lucie Safarova (6-3, 6-7, 6-2)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2015 23rd UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Juventus 3-1 at Berlin
  • 2015 147th Belmont: Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah wins in 2:26.65, 1st horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown
  • 2017 Scooter Gennet hits four home runs in Cincinnati Reds 13-1 victory against at home against St. Louis Cardinals, 17th player to do so

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 LeBron James eclipses Michael Jordan's record (109) for most 30-point games in NBA playoff history in Cleveland's Game 3 Finals loss to Golden State

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1907 Bill Dickey, NY Yankee hall-of-fame catcher (1928-43) and manager, born in Bastrop, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • 1909 M. J. Gopalan, Indian cricketer (1 Test India v England 1933-34), born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Prior Jones, West Indian cricketer (WI pace bowler in 9 Tests 1948-52), born in Princes Town, Trinidad (d. 1991)
  • 1930 Frank Tyson, England Test cricket fast bowler/broadcaster (17 Tests, 76 wickets @ 18.56), born in Farnworth, Lancashire, (d. 2015)
  • 1935 Bobby Mitchell, American NFL running back and wide receiver (Browns, Redskins), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • 1940 Willie-John McBride, British rugby player, born in Toomebridge, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • 1942 Sandra Morgan, Australian 4x100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1956), born in Tamworth, New South Wales
  • 1943 Asif Iqbal, Pakistani cricketer (elegant Pakistani batsman 1964-80), born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • 1943 Ken Hatfield, American football player and coach, born in Helena, Arkansas
  • 1947 Marion Coakes, English equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1968), born in New Milton, Hampshire
  • 1947 Ada Kok, Dutch swimmer
  • 1951 Noritake Takahara, Japanese racing driver
  • 1956 Andy Pycroft, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman)

Person of interestBjörn Borg

1956 Björn Borg, Swedish tennis player (Wimbledon 1976-80), born in Stockholm, Sweden

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1958 Elaine Crosby, LPGA golfer (1989 Mazda Japan Classic), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1959 David Schultz, American wrestler (d. 1996)
  • 1961 Bill Bates, American football safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
  • 1961 Aldo Costa, Italian engineer and the Engineering Director of the Mercedes Formula One team, born in Parma, Italy
  • 1963 Dannette Leininger, Kailua HA, team handball wing (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • 1963 Vladimir Ruzicka, hockey forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998)
  • 1965 Sally McDermid, Australian softball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1965 Wendy Wiebe, St Catharines Ontario, rower (Olympics 1996)

Person of interestCam Neely

1965 Cam Neely, NHL forward (Boston Bruins), born in Comox, British Columbia

NHL Star Cam Neely
NHL Star
Cam Neely
  • 1966 Tony Yeboah, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1967 Michael Timpson, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1967 Wasim Haider, cricketer (member Pakistan's 1992 World Cup squad)
  • 1968 Brian Wright, Stillwater Oklahoma, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 NM Open-2nd)
  • 1968 Craig Roberts, Canadian 68 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1968 Edwin Vurens, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1969 Brian Greenfield, WLAF punter (London Monarchs)
  • 1969 Mike Croel, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 1969 Sunil Joshi, Indian cricketer (Indian Test left-arm spinner 1996-2001), born in Gadag, Karnataka, India
  • 1970 Randy Jordan, NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1970 Eugeni Berzin, Russian cyclist
  • 1970 Albert Ferrer, Spanish footballer
  • 1971 Mike Craig, St Mary's, NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1972 Dulip Liyanage, cricketer (Sri Lanka righty fast-medium Test bowler)
  • 1972 Erin Woodley, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • 1972 Frankie King, NBA guard (LA Lakers)
  • 1972 Gary Downs, running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972 Jeff Williams, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Marko Kiprusoff, Turku FIN, NHL defenseman (Team Finland, Montreal)
  • 1973 Ashfaq Ahmed, cricketer (Pakistan pace bowler 1993-)
  • 1973 Jamie Wilson, tackle (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1973 Jon Hesse, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973 Olindo Mare, kicker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1974 Brooke Wilkins, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1974 Patrick Hape, tight end (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1975 Niklas Sundstrom, Ornskoldsvik Swe, NHL left wing (NY Rangers)
  • 1976 Geoff Rowley, British skateboarder
  • 1977 David Connolly, Irish footballer
  • 1980 Matt Belisle, American baseball player
  • 1980 Martin Devaney, English footballer
  • 1987 Rubin Okotie, Austrian footballer

Weddings in Sport

  • 1956 Three-time Olympic Champion figure skater Sonja Henie (44) weds Norwegian shipping magnate and art patron Niels Onstad (47)
  • 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers quaterback Terry Bradshaw (27) weds ice skater JoJo Starbuck (25) at Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles
  • 2002 Former "Survivor" contestant and talk show host Elisabeth Filarski (25) weds former Boston College quarterback Tim Hasselbeck (24) at St. Mary
  • 2004 "Trick Pony" lead singer Heidi Newfield (33) weds NFL agent Bill Johnson in Destin, Florida

Deaths in Sport

  • 1947 Norman Reid, cricketer (Test S Af v Aust 1921-22, 11 & 6, 2-63), dies
  • 1951 Lionel Hallam, British cricketer (England capt 1921), dies at 61
  • 1984 Bill Voce, cricketer (key player of the Bodyline series), dies
  • 2013 Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (Dangerous when Wet), dies from natural causes at 91
  • 2016 Viktor Korchnoi, Russian-born chess grandmaster, dies at 85
  • 2018 Red Schoendienst, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman/manager (10-time All Star), dies at 95