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 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Scotsman James Braid wins first of 5 Open titles by 3 strokes from Harry Vardon of Jersey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1923 Edgar Wallace becomes the first British radio sports reporter reporting on The Derby for the British Broadcasting Company

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1924 US Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Unknown Englishman Cyril Walker wins his only major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up and defending champion Bobby Jones

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • 1925 French Championships Men's Tennis: René Lacoste wins 1st of 3 French titles, beating fellow Frenchman Jean Borotra 7-5, 6-1, 6-4
  • 1925 French Women's Tennis Championships: Suzanne Lenglen beats Kitty McKane 6-1, 6-2
  • 1932 Ijsselmeervogels soccer team forms in Spakenburg
  • 1932 French Championships Men's Tennis: Henri Cochet wins 7th and final Grand Slam singles title; beats Giorgio de Stefani of Italy 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 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Relatively unknown pro Tony Manero wins by 2 strokes from runner-up Harry Cooper
  • 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

Battle of InterestD-Day

1944 Baseball cancels all games honoring D-Day invasion
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"Into the Jaws of Death" by Robert F. Sargent

  • 1946 The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.
  • 1964 96th Belmont: Manuel Ycaza aboard Quadrangle wins in 2:28.6
  • 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
  • 1970 French Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Helga Niessen Niessen of Germany 6-2, 6-4 for 2nd leg of her successful Grand Slam

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 French Open Men's Tennis: Defending champion Jan Kodeš of Czechoslovakia beats Ilie Năstase of Romania 8-6, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase

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
  • 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

1981 French Open Women's Tennis: Czech teenager Hana Mandlíková beats Sylvia Hanika of Germany 6-2, 6-4 for her only French singles crown

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player Sylvia Hanika
Tennis Player
Sylvia Hanika

Sport awardTennis Open

1982 French Open Men's Tennis: Mats Wilander of Sweden wins his first career Grand Slam title; beats Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 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
  • 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

Sport awardTennis Open

1987 French Open Women's Tennis: 17 year old German Steffi Graf beats World #1 Martina Navratilova 6-4, 4-6, 8-6; Graf's first Grand Slam victory

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 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 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray

  • 1992 WLAF World Bowl 2: Sacramento beats Orlando 21-17 (Montreal)

Sport awardTennis Open

1992 French Open Women's Tennis: Yugoslavian star Monica Seles retains title; outlasts Steffi Graf of Germany 6-2, 3-6, 10-8

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1993 French Open Men's Tennis: Spaniard Sergi Bruguera prevents Jim Courier French three-peat; beats American 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
  • 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
  • 1998 French Open Women's Tennis: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain beats Monica Seles 7-6, 0-6, 6-2; her 4th and last career Grand Slam singles title and 3rd French title

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1999 US Open Women's Golf, Old Waverly GC: Juli Inkster breaks under-par scoring record with a 272 (−16) to win by 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Sherri Turner

LPGA Golfer Sherri Turner
LPGA Golfer
Sherri Turner

Sport awardTennis Open

1999 French Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi wins his 1st and only French title; beats Andrei Medvedev of the Ukraine 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 2004 French Open Men's Tennis: Gastón Gaudio of Argentina beats countryman Guillermo Coria 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6 for his lone major title
  • 2007 Stanley Cup Final, Honda Center, Anaheim, CA: Anaheim Ducks defeat Ottawa Senators, 6-2 for a 4-1 series win; Ducks' first Championship
  • 2009 141st Belmont: Kent Desormeaux aboard Summer Bird wins in 2:27.54
  • 2009 French Open Women's Tennis: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats fellow Russian and World #1 Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-2

Sport awardTennis Open

2010 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal wins 5th French title; defeats Robin Söderling of Sweden 6-4, 6-2, 6-4

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 2011 MLB Draft: UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole first pick by Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 2013 MLB Draft: Stanford pitcher Mark Appel first pick by Houston Astros

Sport awardTennis Open

2015 French Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her 3rd French title and 20th Grand Slam singles event; beats Lucie Šafářová of Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7, 6-2

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2015 UEFA Champions League Final, Berlin: FC Barcelona beats Juventus, 3-1 for 5th title and second treble (Spanish La Liga & Cup champions)
  • 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
  • 2018 MLB Draft: Auburn pitcher Casey Mize first pick by Detroit Tigers

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1884 Jock Hutchison, Scottish golfer (PGA C'ship 1920, British Open 1921), born in St. Andrews, Fife (d. 1977)
  • 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 (11-time Grand Slam winner), born in Stockholm, Sweden

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 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 Craig Roberts, Canadian 68 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1968 Edwin Vurens, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 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, American NFL running back, coach (Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins), born in Manson, North Carolina
  • 1970 Albert Ferrer, Spanish soccer defender, coach (Spain 36 caps, FC Barcelona, Chelsea), born in Barcelona, Catalonia
  • 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, born in Karachi, Pakistan

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
  • 1996 Kusuo Kitamura, Japanese 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 78
  • 1999 Eddie Stanky, American baseball 2nd baseman (Dodgers), dies at 83
  • 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