On This Day in Sport for June 9

Events in Sport

  • 1877 11th Belmont: C Holloway aboard Cloverbrook wins in 2:46
  • 1883 17th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard George Kinney wins in 2:42.5
  • 1887 21st Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Hanover wins in 2:43.5
  • 1888 22nd Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Sir Dixon wins in 2:40.25
  • 1892 26th Belmont: W Hayward aboard Patron wins in 2:12
  • 1898 38th British Golf Open: Harry Vardon shoots a 307 at Prestwick Golf Club

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1899 James J. Jeffries KOs Bob Fitzsimmons in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1901 NY Giants get record 31 hits to beat Cincinnati Reds 25-13
  • 1905 45th British Golf Open: James Braid shoots a 318 at St Andrews

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1914 Honus Wagner is 2nd to get 3,000 hits

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1923 55th Belmont: Earl Sande riding Zev wins in 2:19
  • 1928 60th Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Vito wins in 2:33.2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933 Walter Johnson takes over as Cleveland manager

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1934 38th US Golf Open: Olin Dutra shoots a 293 at Merion Cricket Club PA
  • 1934 66th Belmont: Wayne D Wright aboard Peace Chance wins in 2:29.2
  • 1940 44th US Golf Open: Lawson Little shoots a 287 at Canterbury GC OH

  • 1945 71st Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hoop Jr scores his third of record 5 Derby wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 Following an 8-7 win over the Phils, Brooklyn manager Leo Durocher is arrested on a complaint by a fan that Durocher slugged him

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1946 Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1955 Test Cricket debut of Ken Barrington, v South Africa at Trent Bridge
  • 1960 ABC and AFL sign a 5 year contract
  • 1961 Ryne Duren sets AL record with 7 straight strikeouts against Red Sox
  • 1962 94th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Jaipur wins in 2:28.8
  • 1963 1st Sunday night game in baseball SF Giants lose to Houston Colts 3-0
  • 1963 Barbara Romack wins LPGA Rock City Ladies Golf Open
  • 1963 Colt .45s beat Giants 3-0 in major leagues' 1st Sunday night game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 Jack Nicklaus wins British Open golf tournament

  • 1966 5 Minnesota Twins (Rich Rollins, Zolio Versailes, Tony Oliva, Don Michner, & Harmon Killebrew) all homer in 7th inning to beat A's 9-4
  • 1968 67th Men's French Open: Ken Rosewall beats Rod Laver (6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

1968 67th Women's French Open: Nancy Richey beats Ann Jones (5-7, 6-4, 6-1)

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • 1973 105th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 2:24, becoming the 1st Triple Crown winner in 25 years
  • 1975 107th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Avatar wins in 2:28.2

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1978 Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1979 111th Belmont: Ruben Hernandez aboard Coastal wins in 2:28.6
  • 1979 Phillies wear burgundy uniforms for 1st and last time
  • 1980 Phillies and SF Giants end their game at 3:11 AM
  • 1983 Zimbabwe win their 1st one-day cricket international, v Australia
  • 1984 116th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Swale wins in 2:27.2
  • 1984 Jurgen Hingsen of West Germany sets record for decathlon, 8,798 pts
  • 1985 39th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 4 games to 2
  • 1985 Alice Miller wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Championship

Sport awardTennis Open

1985 84th Men's French Open: Mats Wilander beats Ivan Lendl (3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Sport awardTennis Open

1985 84th Women's French Open: Chris Evert beats Martina Navratilova (6-3, 6-7, 7-5)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1986 Angel Don Sutton (298 wins) beats White Sox Tom Seaver (306 wins) 3-0
  • 1988 "Bloodsport (1987)" premieres in Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Michael Chang's French Open tennis win makes him youngest male to go to finals

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang
  • 1990 122nd Belmont: Michael Kinane aboard Go & Go wins in 2:27.2

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1990 Dodger Eddie Murray ties Mickey Mantle with baseball's switch hit HRs in 10 games

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1991 9th Seniors Players Golf Championship: Jim Albus
  • 1991 WLAF 1st world bowl London Monarchs defeat Barcelona Dragons 21-0

Sport awardTennis Open

1991 90th Men's French Open: Jim Courier beats Andre Agassi (3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4)

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

Sport awardTennis Open

1991 90th Women's French Open: Monica Seles beats Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
  • 1993 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat LA Kings, 4 games to 1
  • 1996 Sunday League cricket game Kent 6-314 overhaul Leicestershire's 4-311
  • 1996 95th Men's French Open: Yevgeny Kafelnikov beats Michael Stich (7-6, 7-5, 7-6)

Sport awardTennis Open

1996 95th Women's French Open: Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (6-3, 6-7, 10-8)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1997 Detroit Tigers baseball team bat out of order against Oakland A's in 1st inning
  • 2001 133rd Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Point Given wins in 2:26.80
  • 2001 Stanley Cup: Colorado Avalanche defeat New Jersey Devils 4-3

Sport awardGolf Major

2002 48th LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
  • 2002 101st Men's French Open: Albert Costa beats Juan Carlos Ferrero (6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

2002 101st Women's French Open: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (7-5, 6-3)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • 2003 Stanley Cup: New Jersey Devils defeat first time finalists Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 4-3
  • 2007 139th Belmont: John Velazquez aboard Rags To Riches wins in 2:28.74
  • 2010 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Philadelphia Flyers 4-2
  • 2012 144th Belmont: John Velazquez aboard Union Rags wins in 2:30.42
  • 2013 59th LPGA Championship won by Inbee Park

Sport awardTennis Open

2013 112th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats David Ferrer (6-3, 6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 2015 Chris Heston of the San Francisco Giants becomes the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the 2015 MLB season

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Tennis player Venus Williams causes car accident that leads to death of another passenger in Palm Beach, Florida

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • 2018 French Open Women's Tennis: Romanian Simona Halep wins her first Grand Slam singles title beating American Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
  • 2018 150th Belmont Stakes: Justify wins with Mike Smith aboard to become 13th Triple Crown winner

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1882 Bobby Kerr, Canadian sprinter (d. 1963)
  • 1893 Irish Meusel, American baseball player (d. 1963)
  • 1898 Luigi Fagioli, Italian race car driver (d. 1952)
  • 1905 Harry "Bull" Alexander, Australian cricketer (Aus quick 1 Test Bodyline series), born in Ascot Vale (d. 1993)
  • 1912 Ingolf Dahl, composer (Andante & Arioso), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1919 Izaak Boleslavski, Russian chess player
  • 1921 Agnes Keleti, Hungary gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1924 Christine Goitschel, French slalom (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1924 Peter Heatly, Scottish diver and Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation, born in Leith, Scotland (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Roy Smalley, shortstop (Cubs, Braves, Phillies, Twins, Yankees)
  • 1929 Keith A St H Gardner, Jamaica, 4x400m runner (Olympic bronze 1960)
  • 1931 Bill Virdon, 2nd baseman (St Louis Cards)/mgr (NY Yankees)
  • 1934 Helga Haase, German FR, 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1936 Mick O'Dwyer, Gaelic footballer and manager, born in Waterville, Ireland
  • 1937 Sven Conrad Stayers, cricketer (WI fast bowler 1962)
  • 1938 Anne Kenny, Mudgee NSW, golfer (1968, 71 Australian Champ)
  • 1939 David Hobbs (auto racer)
  • 1940 Dick Vitale, American sportscaster (ESPN, ABC "Oh Baby!")
  • 1942 Richard Hutton, cricketer (son of Len, 5 Tests 1971)
  • 1945 Faina Myelink, USSR, discus thrower (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1945 Luis OcaƱa, Spanish cyclist (d. 1994)
  • 1948 Jim Bailey, NCAA punter (most punts in season-101, Va Milt Academy)
  • 1951 Dave Parker, baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates, NL MVP 1978)
  • 1957 Elly van Holly, running star (3k indoor world record)
  • 1959 Peter Fowler, Hornsby NSW, Australian golfer
  • 1960 Nancy Taylor, LPGA golfer (1994 Rochester Intl-54th), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1964 Wayman Tisdale, NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns)
  • 1965 Jeff Williams, beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1966 Anthony Martino, CFL punter (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1967 Robert Reading, 110m hurdler, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1968 Tom Rouen, NFL punter (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1969 Keith Alex, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1970 Harry Van Hofwegen, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions)
  • 1970 Russ Romaniuk, Winnipeg, NHL left wing (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • 1971 D'Marco Farr, defensive tackle (St Louis Rams)
  • 1971 Roderick Lewis, NFL tight end (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1971 Romano Sion, soccer player (Dordrecht '90/FC Groningen)
  • 1971 Gilles De Bilde, Belgian footballer
  • 1972 Bryan Strang, cricket pace bowler (brother of Paul Zimbabwe 1995- )
  • 1972 Steven Salter, CFL offensive linebacker (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1972 Wardell Rouse, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1973 Chris Villarrial, center/guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1973 Grant Marshall, Mississauga, NHL right wing (Dallas Stars)
  • 1973 Orlondo Steinauer, CFL cornerback (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1973 Tedy Bruschi, linebacker (New England Patriots)
  • 1974 Jana Nejedly, Canadian tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1974 Jon Harris, defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1974 Randy Winn, American baseball player
  • 1975 Andrew Symonds, cricketer (Birmingham, brilliant Qld & Gloucs batsman)
  • 1975 Carolyne Lepage, 48 kg judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975 Paul Agostino, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Otto Addo, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1975 Jeff Saturday, American football player
  • 1977 Zephnad Wattimury, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1977 Peja Stojakovic, Serbian basketball player
  • 1978 Elizabeth Reid, Fairfax Va, gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • 1978 Miroslav Klose, German footballer
  • 1980 Mike Fontenot, American baseball player
  • 1980 Lehlohonolo Seema, Lesotho footballer
  • 1980 Udonis Haslem, American basketball player
  • 1983 Danny Richar, Dominican baseball player
  • 1984 Yulieski Gourriel, Cuban baseball player
  • 1984 Wesley Sneijder, Dutch footballer
  • 1984 Masoud Shojaei, Iranian footballer
  • 1985 Sebastian Telfair, American basketball player (Portland Trail Blazers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 2000 Laurie Hernandez, American gymnast (Olympic team gold, individual silver 2016), born in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1990 NHL goaltender Patrick Roy (25) weds Michele Piuze at Saint-Sacrement Church in Quebec, Canada

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • 2001 "Law & Order" actress and model Angie Harmon (28) weds New York Giant NFL player Jason Sehorn (30) at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

2009 Boxing legend Mike Tyson (43) weds Lakiha Spicer (32) at La Bella Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2009 Elizabeth Watson (39) divorces MLB home run record holder Barry Bonds (44) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Deaths in Sport

  • 1977 Bill Merritt, cricketer (6 Tests of leg-spin for NZ, 12 wkts), dies
  • 1979 Cyclone Taylor, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1884)
  • 1995 Charles Rowe, cricket (scored 0 in only Test for NZ v Aust 1946), dies
  • 2004 Rosey Brown, American football player (b. 1932)
  • 2009 Dick May, Former NASCAR racecar driver
  • 2014 Bob Welch, American MLB pitcher, dies at 57