On This Day

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 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Harry Vardon of Jersey wins 2nd title by 1 stroke from dual champion Willie Park Jr

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1899 American boxer James J. Jeffries KOs defending champion Bob Fitzsimmons of England in 11th round in Brooklyn, New York to win the lineal World Heavyweight 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 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Scotsman James Braid wins his 2nd Open title 5 strokes ahead of runners-up Rowland Jones and J.H. Taylor

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

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1930 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 6 mile (29:36.4)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933 Walter Johnson takes over as Cleveland manager

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1934 US Open Men's Golf, Merion Cricket Club: Olin Dutra overcomes an 8-stroke deficit after 36 holes to win his second major title by 1 stroke from Gene Sarazen
  • 1934 66th Belmont: Wayne D Wright aboard Peace Chance wins in 2:29.2

  • 1940 US Open Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: Lawson Little defeats Gene Sarazen by 3 strokes in an 18-hole playoff to win his only professional major title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Eddie Arcaro
Racing Hall of Fame Jockey
Eddie Arcaro

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
  • 1946 66,545 fans help Yanks break million attendance mark, the earliest

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
  • 1946 New York Giant Mel Ott becomes first manager in MLB history to be ejected from both games of a doubleheader; Giants lose both games to Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1968 French Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Ken Rosewall beats Rod Laver 6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2; first Grand Slam of Open Era allowing professional players to compete

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 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

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1984 French Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert 6-3, 6-1; 2nd women in Open Era to hold all 4 Grand Slam titles at once

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardNBA Finals

1985 NBA Championship, Boston Garden: Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 111-100 for a 4 games to 2 series victory; Finals MVP: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1985 French Open Men's Tennis: Sweden's Mats Wilander wins 4th career Grand Slam title; beats Czech star 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 In a clash of future Baseball Hall of Fame starting pitchers California Angel Don Sutton (298 wins) beats Tom Seaver of the Chicago WS (306 wins), 3-0 at Comiskey Park

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • 1988 "Bloodsport (1987)" premieres in Germany
  • 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 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1990 French Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles of Yugoslavia wins her first Grand Slam singles title; beats Steffi Graf 7-6, 6-4

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
  • 1991 1st WLAF World Bowl, Wembley Stadium, London: London Monarchs beat Barcelona Dragons, 21-0

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1991 French Open Men's Tennis: Jim Courier wins first career Grand Slam title; beats fellow American Andre Agassi 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 1991 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Jim Albus wins his only career major title by 3 strokes from New Zealander Bob Charles, Charles Coody and Dave Hill
  • 1993 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens beat LA Kings, 4-1 for a 4-1 series win; Canadiens' 24th SC Championship
  • 1996 French Open Men's Tennis: Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia wins his first Grand Slam title; beats Germany's Michael Stich 7-6, 7-5, 7-6
  • 2001 133rd Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Point Given wins in 2:26.80
  • 2001 Stanley Cup Final, Pepsi Center, Denver, CO: Colorado Avalanche beat defending champion New Jersey Devils, 3-1 for 4-3 series win; Avalanche 2nd title

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

2001 French Open Women's Tennis: American Jennifer Capriati wins her second major title; beats Kim Clijsters of Belgium 1-6, 6-4, 12-10

Tennis Player Kim Clijsters
Tennis Player
Kim Clijsters

Sport awardLPGA Championship

2002 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Se Ri Pak of South Korea wins second of 3 titles in this event; finishes 3 strokes ahead of Beth Daniel

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 2002 French Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Spanish final Albert Costa beats Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 for his lone major title
  • 2002 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio: Fuzzy Zoeller wins his only Champions Tour title by strokes ahead of runners-up Hale Irwin and Bobby Wadkins
  • 2003 Stanley Cup Final, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, NJ: New Jersey Devils beat Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 3-0 for 4-3 series win
  • 2007 139th Belmont: John Velazquez aboard Rags To Riches wins in 2:28.74
  • 2007 French Open Women's Tennis: Justine Henin wins her 3rd consecutive French singles crown; beats Ana Ivanović of Serbia 6-1, 6-2
  • 2010 Stanley Cup Final, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA: Chicago Blackhawks edge Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3 in OT for a 4-2 series win; first Championship for Chicago since 1961
  • 2012 144th Belmont: John Velazquez aboard Union Rags wins in 2:30.42
  • 2013 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Locust Hill CC: Inbee Park wins her 3rd major title in a sudden-death playoff, defeating runner-up Catriona Matthew of Scotland on the 3rd extra hole

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

2013 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3; first man to win same Grand Slam title 8 times

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Shoal Creek G&CC: David Frost of South Africa wins his lone career major title by 1 stroke from Fred Couples

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • 2015 Chris Heston of the San Francisco Giants becomes first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the 2015 MLB season; blanks New York Mets, 5-0
  • 2016 MLB Draft: Philadelphia Phillies select La Costa Canyon HS (CA) shortstop Mickey Moniak at #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Tennis player Venus Williams is involved in a car accident that leads to death of another passenger in Palm Beach, Florida; police later clear her of fault

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
  • 2019 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1; 3rd straight French singles title; 12th overall; first to win 12 singles titles at same Grand Slam; 18th major
  • 2019 Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz shot while visiting in his native Dominican Republic

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1882 Robert Kerr, Canadian sprinter (1909 Olympics), born in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland (d. 1963)
  • 1893 Irish Meusel, American baseball left fielder (World Series 1921, 22; NL RBI leader 1923; Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants), born in Oakland, California (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 [Marcus], German-American pianist and composer (Allegro and Arioso), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1919 Izaak Boleslavsky, Soviet chess player, born in Zolotonosha, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 1977)
  • 1921 Agnes Keleti, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1924 Peter Heatly, Scottish diver and Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation, born in Leith, Scotland (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Roy Smalley Jr., American MLB shortstop (Cubs, Braves, Phillies, Twins, Yankees), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Keith Gardner, Jamaican athlete (Olympic bronze 1960)
  • 1931 Bill Virdon, American baseball outfielder, manager, coach (NL Rookie of the Year 1955; World Series 1960; Gold Glove 1962), born in Hazel Park, Michigan
  • 1934 Helga Haase, East German 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1960), born in Danzig, Germany (d. 1989)
  • 1936 Mick O'Dwyer, Gaelic footballer and manager, born in Waterville, Ireland
  • 1937 Sven Conrad Stayers, Guyana cricketer (WI fast bowler 1962), born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 2005)
  • 1939 David Hobbs, British racing driver, born in Royal Leamington Spa, England
  • 1939 Dick Vitale, American basketball sportscaster (ESPN), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1942 Richard Hutton, English cricketer (son of Len, 5 Tests 1971), born in Pudsey, England
  • 1944 Christine Goitschel, French alpine skier (Olympic gold 1964), born in Sallanches, France
  • 1945 Faina Melnik, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1972), born in Bakota, Ukraine
  • 1945 Luis Ocaña, 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)
  • 1964 Wayman Tisdale, NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns)
  • 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, Canadian NHL right wing (Dallas Stars), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • 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 outfielder (MLB All Star 2002; TB Devil Rays, Seattle Mariners, SF Giants) and analyst (NBC Sports Bay Area), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 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 Miroslav Klose, German footballer (Bayern Munich, Lazio), born in Opole, Poland
  • 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
  • 2000 Laurie Hernandez, American gymnast (Olympic team gold, individual silver 2016), born in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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 Hockey Hall of Fame rover (Stanley Cup 1909 Ottawa, 1915 Vancouver), dies at 94
  • 1995 Gordon Rowe, New Zealand cricket (scored 0 in only Test for NZ v Aust 1946), dies at 79
  • 2004 Rosey Brown, American football player (b. 1932)
  • 2009 Dick May, Former NASCAR racecar driver
  • 2011 Mike Mitchell, American basketball small forward (NBA All Star 1981; Italian League top scorer 1998), dies from cancer at 55
  • 2014 Bob Welch, American baseball pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1990; Oakland A's; World Series 1981, 89, 2001), dies from a broken neck at 57