On This Day

On This Day in Sport for June 8

Events in Sport

  • 1829 1st UK municipal swimming pool outside of London opens in Liverpool
  • 1878 12th Belmont: L Hughes aboard Duke of Magenta wins in 2:43.5
  • 1882 16th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Forester wins in 2:43
  • 1899 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: Harry Vardon of Jersey retains Open; wins 3rd title by 5 strokes from Jack White
  • 1920 Reds' Edd Roush falls asleep in center during long infield argument Heinie Groh goes to wake him, but umpire ejects Roush for delay of game
  • 1929 61st Belmont: Mack Garner aboard Blue Larkspur wins in 2:32.8

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1933 A's first baseman Jimmie Foxx hits 3 consecutive home runs as Philadelphia outscores New York Yankees, 14 - 10; 4 straight HRs after Foxx had homered last time up the previous day

MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx
  • 1935 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: 25 year old club pro Sam Parks Jr, with no prior tournament wins, beats Scotsman Jimmy Thomson by 2 strokes
  • 1935 67th Belmont: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 2:30.6
  • 1940 72nd Belmont: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 2:29.6
  • 1950 Boston Red Sox rout St Louis Browns, 29-4 at Fenway Park; set 6 MLB records including runs scored and most total bases, 60
  • 1950 Test Cricket debut of famous West Indian spin twins Alf Valentine and Sonny Ramadhin in 1st Test v England at Manchester; Valentine takes 8-104 on Day 1 but WI lose by 202 runs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 L.A. Dodgers option pitcher (and future Baseball Hall of Fame manager) Tommy Lasorda to make room on roster for future Hall of Famer, pitcher Sandy Koufax

Baseball Pitcher and Manager Tommy Lasorda
Baseball Pitcher and Manager
Tommy Lasorda
Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1958 LPGA Championship, Churchill Valley CC: Mickey Wright wins first of 13 major titles by 6 strokes from Fay Crocker

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1961 Test Cricket debut of William Morris Lawry, v England at Edgbaston, 57

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961 Milwaukee sets record of 4 consecutive HRs (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock & Frank Thomas)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

  • 1963 95th Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:30.2
  • 1965 MLB Draft: Kansas City Athletics A's select Arizona State University outfielder Rick Monday #1; inaugural MLB Draft
  • 1966 NFL & AFL announce plans to become NFC and AFC in 1970
  • 1968 Don Drysdale pitches a record 58th consecutive scoreless inning

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1968 French Open Women's Tennis: American Nancy Richey beats Ann Haydon-Jones 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 for her second and last Grand Slam singles title

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 MLB legend Mickey Mantle gives his farewell retirement speech during "Mickey Mantle Day" at Yankee Stadium, 60,096 see #7 retired

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1969 French Open Men's Tennis: Rod Laver wins second leg of his 2nd Grand Slam; beats fellow Australian Ken Rosewall 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • 1971 White Sox draft Danny Goodwin #1, he refuses to sign
  • 1972 Padres draft Dave Roberts #1, Indians draft Rick Manning #2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Test Cricket debut of Tony Greig, v Australia at Old Trafford (57/62)

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig
  • 1974 106th Belmont: Miguel Rivera aboard Little Current wins in 2:29.2
  • 1976 Houston Astros draft Floyd Bannister #1

AgreementContract of Interest

1976 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1977 Nolan Ryan notches his 4th career 19-strikeout game

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1978 Braves draft Bob Horner #1
  • 1980 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: South African Sally Little wins first of her 2 major titles, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Jane Blalock

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1980 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg of Sweden wins 3rd straight French title; beats American Vitas Gerulaitis 6-4, 6-1, 6-2

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1981 Seattle Mariners draft Mike Moore #1
  • 1982 36th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 2
  • 1983 Charlos Vieira begins 191 hr "nonstop" cycling in Leiria, Portugal

  • 1983 East German sprinter Marlies Göhr sets world record for 100m (10.81) in Berlin, Germany
  • 1985 117th Belmont: Eddie Maple aboard Creme Fraiche wins in 2:27

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1985 French Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats Martina Navratilova 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 for her 17th Grand Slam title and 6th French singles crown

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1986 40th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Hous Rockets, 4 games to 2
  • 1986 Longest 9 inning AL game (4h16m), Baltimore Orioles beat Yankees 18-9

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1986 French Open Men's Tennis: Czech star Ivan Lendl wins 3rd career Grand Slam title; beats Mikael Pernfors of Sweden 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player Mikael Pernfors
Tennis Player
Mikael Pernfors
  • 1989 Pirates score 10 in 1st (their best inning since 1942), prompts Pirate broadcaster Jim Rooker to say he would walk from Pitts to Philadelphia if Pirates lost, Phillies beat them 15-11, Rooker walks at end of season
  • 1991 123rd Belmont: Jerry Bailey aboard Hansel wins in 2:28
  • 1991 Former NY Jet Mark Gastineau wins 1st pro boxing fight in 12 seconds

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1991 French Open Women's Tennis: Defending champion Monica Seles beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Tennis Player
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  • 1992 NY Yankee pitcher Steve Howe is banned from baseball for 7th time
  • 1996 128th Belmont: Rene Douglas aboard Editor's Note wins in 2:28.96
  • 1996 Australian cricketer Dean Jones takes career-best 5-112 for Derbyshire v Hampshire

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1996 French Open Women's Tennis: Defending champion Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-3, 6-7, 10-8 for her 5th French singles crown

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Tennis Player
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  • 1997 French Open Men's Tennis: Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil wins first of 3 French titles; beats Spaniard Sergi Bruguera 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 Ray Bourque plays the final game in his NHL career

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
  • 2002 134th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Sarava wins in 2:29.71

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

2002 French Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her first French title; beats older sister Venus Williams 7-5, 6-3

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • 2003 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Sweden's Annika Sörenstam wins in a playoff over Grace Park of South Korea with a par on the first sudden death hole
  • 2003 French Open Men's Tennis: Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero claims his lone major title; beats Dutchman Martin Verkerk 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
  • 2008 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bulle Rock GC: 19-year old tour rookie Yani Tseng of Taiwan wins a 4th hole playoff over Swede Maria Hjorth

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

2008 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal equals Björn Borg's Open era record of 4 consecutive French titles; outclasses Roger Federer 6-1, 6-3, 6-0

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2013 145th Belmont: Mike Smith aboard Palace Malice wins in 2:30.70
  • 2013 French Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her second French title; beats defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-4, 6-4
  • 2013 NHL Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks beat Los Angeles Kings, 4 games to 1
  • 2014 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Đoković 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4; record extending 9th French title; ties Pete Sampras with 14 Grand Slam singles titles
  • 2015 MLB Draft: Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson first pick by Arizona Diamondbacks
  • 2018 NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors claim 3rd title in 4 years with a 108-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers for 4-0 sweep; MVP: Kevin Durant for second straight year
  • 2019 French Open Women's Tennis: Australian Ashleigh Barty beats Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 to win her first Grand Slam singles title

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1866 Hylton Philipson, English cricket wicketkeeper (5 Tests, 11 dismissals), born in Tynemouth, Northumberland, England (d. 1935)
  • 1879 Ethel Larcombe, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1912), born in Islington, England (d. 1965)
  • 1906 Nazir Ali, Indian cricket all-rounder (2 Tests; first Indian Test 1932), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India (d. 1975)
  • 1911 Van Lingle Mungo, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1934, 36, 37, 45; NL strikeout leader 1936; Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants), born in Pageland, South Carolina (d. 1985)
  • 1914 Joseph DePietro, American weightlifter (Olympic gold -56kg 1948), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Guy Overton, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 9 wickets), born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 1993)
  • 1924 Ian Colquhoun, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests, 4 dismissals), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Eddie Gaedel, American baseball pinch-hitter (shortest player in MLB history 3' 7"; St. Louis Browns), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • 1925 Del Ennis, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1946, 51, 55; NL RBI leader 1950; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1929 V. M. Muddiah, Indian cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, 3 wickets), born in Bangalore, Mysore (d. 2009)
  • 1932 Ray Illingworth CBE, English cricket captain and spin bowler (61 Tests; 122 wickets, 1,836 runs @ 23.24; Yorkshire, Leicestershire), born in Pudsey, England
  • 1939 Herb Adderley, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Super Bowl 1967-68, 71; Pro Bowl 1963–67; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Doug Mountjoy, Welsh snooker player (Masters 1977; Pot Black 1978, 85; UK C'ship 1988, World C'ship 1981 runner-up), born in Gelligaer, Wales (d. 2021)
  • 1943 Willie Davenport, American bobsledder and track athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1968), born in Troy, Alabama (d. 2002)
  • 1944 Mark Belanger, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1976; 8 x Gold Glove winner; Baltimore Orioles), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 1945 Derek Underwood, England cricket spin bowler (86 Tests, 297 wickets @ 25.83), born in Bromley, England
  • 1946 Richie Robinson, Australian cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests; 4 dismissals; WSC; Victoria), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1949 Hildegard Falck, German athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1972 FRG), born in Nettelrede, Germany
  • 1957 Don Robinson, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1979, Pittsburgh Pirates; Silver Slugger Award 1982, 89, 90; SF Giants), born in Ashland, Kentucky
  • 1961 Kevin Gross, American baseball pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Downey, California
  • 1964 Butch [Harry Lee] Reynolds Jr, 4X400m runner, born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1964 Nelli [Antoinette HC] Fiere-Cooman, Neth, runner (WR 60 m in 7.00)
  • 1965 Kevin Ritz, American pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Eatonstown, New Jersey
  • 1967 Stephane Simian, French tennis star
  • 1968 Dave Mlicki, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1968 Rob Ray, Belleville, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1969 Glenn Rogers Jr, CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1969 Laurel Martin, American field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Troy Vincent, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1971 Elena Brioukhovets, Odessa Ukraine, tennis star (finalist 1990 Moscow)
  • 1971 Jamie Morgan, Australia, tennis star
  • 1971 Tom Nutten, CFL/NFL centers (Hamilton Tiger Cats, Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 David Sloan, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Christian Mayrleb, Austrian footballer
  • 1973 Bryant Reeves, NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1973 Michael Sheldon, NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1974 Gabe Northern, defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1975 Bryan McCabe, St Catherines, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
  • 1976 Lindsay Davenport, American tennis player (3 Grand Slam titles, Olympic gold 1996), born in Palos Verdes, California
  • 1976 Kenji Johjima, Japanese baseball player
  • 1977 Yvette Basting, Breda Neth, tennis star (1994 Futures-Flensberg-GER)
  • 1979 Pete Orr, Canadian baseball player
  • 1979 Luis Ernesto Michel, Mexican football player
  • 1981 Matteo Meneghello, Italian racing driver
  • 1982 Dickson Etuhu, Nigerian footballer
  • 1982 Nadia Petrova, Russian tennis player

Person of interestKim Clijsters

1983 Kim Clijsters, Belgian tennis player (4-time Grand Slam titles), born in Bilzen, Belgium

Tennis Player Kim Clijsters
Tennis Player
Kim Clijsters
  • 1984 Javier Mascherano, Argentine footballer
  • 1985 Alexandre Despatie, French-Canadian diver
  • 1986 Patrick Kaleta, American hockey player

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1974 NBA forward Jerry Lucas (34) weds second wife Sharalee Beard

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas

LoveWedding of Interest

1977 Retired NBA player Bill Russell (43) weds 1968 Miss USA Dorothy Anstett

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell

LoveWedding of Interest

2002 Five-time Wimbledon champion Björn Borg (46) weds real estate broker Patricia Ostfeldt (35) near Stockholm

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 2013 TV personality Kristin Cavallari (26) weds Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (30) in Nashville, Tennessee

Deaths in Sport

  • 1948 Sammy Carter, Australian cricket wicketkeeper (28 Tests, 65 dismissals), dies at 70
  • 1982 Satchel Paige, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (5-time Negro League, 2-time MLB All Star), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 1991 Mary Bacon, jockey, dying of cancer, commits suicide by gun at 43
  • 1996 Gerry Gomez, cricketer (West Indian captain played 29 Tests), dies
  • 2003 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (BDO World Champion 1978), dies at 63
  • 2004 Mack Jones, American baseball player, dies at 65

Person of interestMaria Bueno

2018 Maria Bueno, Brazilian tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), dies of mouth cancer at 78

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • 2020 Tony Dunne, Irish soccer left-back (33 caps, Republic of Ireland; Manchester United; Bolton Wanderers; Irish Footballer of the Year 1969), dies at 78