On This Day

Events in Sport on June 12

  • 1875 9th Belmont: Bobby Swim aboard Calvin wins in 2:42.25
  • 1880 Worcester Ruby Legs pitcher Lee Richmond throws first perfect game in MLB history in 1-0 win over Cleveland Blues at the Agricultural County Fair Grounds, Worcester
  • 1894 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: J.H. Taylor wins first Open played outside Scotland; beats Douglas Rolland by 5 strokes
  • 1896 England cricket spin bowler Jack Hearne sets record for earliest date taking 100 first-class wickets in a season when he captures 9-73 for the MCC in an innings & 18 run drubbing of Australia at Lord's
  • 1910 Dutch soccer club PEC forms in Zwolle; re-named FC Zwolle in 1990 and back to PEC Zwolle in 2012
  • 1916 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Molla Bjurstedt outclasses Louise Hammond Raymond 6-0, 6-1

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1919 US Open Men's Golf, Brae Burn CC: Walter Hagen defeats Mike Brady by 1 stroke in an 18-hole playoff to win his second and final US Open

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1920 52nd Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o' War wins in 2:14.2

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1922 Browns pitcher Hub Pruett strikes out future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth 3 consecutive times as St. Louis beats New York Yankees, 7 - 1 at Sportsman's Park, St. Louis

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1922 St Louis Cardinals make MLB record 10 straight hits in 6th inning of a 14-8 win over the Phillies at the Baker Bowl, Philadelphia
  • 1926 58th Belmont: Albert Johnson aboard Crusader wins in 2:32.2

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1928 New York Yankees future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig collects 14 total bases with 2 triples and 2 home runs in a 15-7 win over Chicago White Sox

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1930 German boxer Max Schmeling beats Jack Sharkey by disqualification in 4 rounds in NYC for vacant NBA, NYSAC, The Ring and lineal heavyweight titles; first time title won on a foul
  • 1936 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Topeka CC: Opal Hill scores a 3 & 2 win over Mrs. Charkes Dennehy to claim her second consecutive major title

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1937 US Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Ralph Guldahl wins first of his 2 consecutive US titles, 2 strokes ahead of Sam Snead

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1939 US Open Men's Golf, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Byron Nelson wins by 3 strokes from Craig Wood and 7 ahead of Denny Shute in a 36-hole playoff to claim the second of his 5 major titles


  • 1939 Baseball Hall of Fame is dedicated in Cooperstown, New York
  • 1947 British Amateur Women's Golf, Gullane GC: Babe Didrikson becomes first American to win event; beats England's Jacqueline Gordon 5 & 4

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1948 US Open Men's Golf, Riviera CC: Ben Hogan dominates final 2 rounds, shooting 68-69, 2 shots ahead of runner-up Jimmy Demaret; third of his 9 major titles

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1948 80th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro wins aboard Citation to claim his second Triple Crown

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1948 In his farewell Ashes Tour, Australian cricket batting maestro Don Bradman scores 138 in 1st Test against England at Trent Bridge

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

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1950 Following his retirement announcement after 49 years as Philadelphia Athletics manager Connie Mack is named Honorary Manager of the MLB All-Star Game

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1954 86th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard High Gun wins in 2:30.8
  • 1954 Milwaukee Braves spot starting pitcher Jim Wilson throws first no-hitter in history of County Stadium when he blanks Philadelphia Phillies, 2-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1957 Stan Musial plays in 823rd game (new NL consecutive-game streak)

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1965 Morio Shigematsu of Japan runs world record marathon (2:12:00) in the Polytechnic Marathon in London, England
  • 1967 Washington Senators beat Chicago White Sox, 6-5 in 22 innings at D.C. Stadium
  • 1970 Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Doc Ellis no-hits the Padres, 2-0 at San Diego Stadium
  • 1973 New Zealand all-rounder Bevan Congdon scores 176 as Kiwis chase 479 in 1st Test v England at Nottingham; tourists just miss out, dismissed for 440

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

1975 Hank Aaron smacks his first home run in Milwaukee since 1965 as his new team, the Brewers beat Oakland A's, 9-7

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1977 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bay Tree Plantation GC: Chako Higuchi of Japan wins her only LPGA major title by 3 from Pat Bradley, Sandra Post & Judy Rankin

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

1979 Detroit Tigers fire manager Les Moss, hiring Sparky Anderson who stays until 1995; includes World Series title 1984 and AL Manager of the Year Award 1984 and 1987

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • 1981 Baseball players begin a 50 day strike, their 3rd strike

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1981 Larry Holmes TKOs Leon Spinks in 3 for WBC heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1983 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Patty Sheehan comes from 7 strokes behind with a final round a 66 (−6) to finish 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Sandra Haynie

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 1983 Winston Davis takes 7-51 in Cricket World Cup match v Australia

  • 1983 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: Miller Barber inaugural champion by 1 stroke from Gene Littler
  • 1984 38th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3, to win the championship title
  • 1988 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Sawgrass: Billy Casper wins final career major title by 2 strokes from Al Geiberger
  • 1990 Egypt (500-1 longshot) ties favorite the Netherlands 1-1 in World Cup game

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1990 NY Yankee reliever Dave Righetti becomes 9th to record 200 saves

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1990 Oakland A's Rickey Henderson becomes 2nd to steal 900 bases

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1990 Orioles Cal Ripken plays in his 1,308th consecutive game to move past Everett Scott into 2nd place on the all-time list

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • 1990 NY Mets beat Chicago Cubs 19-8 at Wrigley Field, Cubs outfielder Doug Dazcenzo pitched a scoreless 9th inning
  • 1991 45th NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • 1997 1st ever baseball inter-league game SF Giants beat Texas Rangers 4-3

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2002 Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets 4-0 in NBA finals MVP: Shaquille O'Neal, L.A.

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • 2005 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bulle Rock GC: 3-peat for Annika Sörenstam of Sweden; wins by 3 strokes ahead of 15-year-old amateur Michelle Wie
  • 2009 Stanley Cup Final, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI: Pittsburgh Penguins edge Detroit Red Wings, 2-1 for a 4-3 series win; Penguins 3rd Championship
  • 2011 65th NBA Championship: Dallas Mavericks beat Miami Heat, 4 games to 2

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2016 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes 1st footballer to top Forbes' Highest-Paid Athletes List, earning $88 million

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2016 Stanley Cup Final, SAP Center, San Jose, CA: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat San Jose Sharks, 3-1 for a 4-2 series victory; Penguins 4th title

Sport awardPGA Championship

2016 Women's PGA Championship, Sahalee CC: 18-year old Canadian Brooke Henderson wins her first major title on the 1st hole of a sudden-death playoff with top-ranked Lydia Ko of New Zealand

Golfer Lydia Ko
Golfer
Lydia Ko

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2016 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Germany's Bernhard Langer wins his 3rd straight Players' title by 1 shot from Joe Durant and Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • 2017 NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors beat defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, 129-120 for a 4-1 series victory; MVP Kevin Durant scores 39 points
  • 2017 MLB Draft: JSerra Catholic HS, CA shortstop Royce Lewis first pick by Minnesota Twins
  • 2019 Stanley Cup Final, TD Garden, Boston, MA: St. Louis Blues beat Boston Bruins, 4-1 for a 4-3 series victory; first title in franchise history