On This Day

Events in Sport on June 18

  • 1898 US Open Men's Golf, Myopia Hunt Club: Scotsman Fred Herd easily wins by 7 strokes from countryman Alex Smith; first 72-hole US Open
  • 1898 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Defending champion Juliette Atkinson beats Marion Jones 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 for her third US singles title
  • 1911 Detroit Tigers, trailing White Sox 13-1, come back to win 16-15 for the biggest comeback in Major League Baseball history
  • 1915 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: 4-time US Amateur champion Jerome Travers captures his only Open title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Tom McNamara
  • 1916 Yanks score in every inning but 8th to beat Indians 19-3 in baseball

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1927 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 2000 m: 5:24.6

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1936 1st bicycle traffic court in America established, Racine, Wisconsin

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1938 Babe Ruth is signed as a Dodgers coach for the rest of the season

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1941 Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1947 Cincinnati Red Ewell Blackwell no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0
  • 1948 Phillies pitching great Robin Roberts debut, loses 2-0 to Pirates
  • 1950 Cleveland Indians score 14 runs in 1st inning, beat A's 21-2
  • 1953 Eugene Stephens is 1st to get 3 hits & Red Sox score 17 runs in 1 Inning (7th) Red Sox beat Detroit 23-3

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1960 US Open Men's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Arnold Palmer stages greatest comeback in tournament history; erases a 7-stroke final round deficit to win his only US Open title by 2 strokes ahead of Jack Nicklaus

  • 1960 Giants hire Tom Sheehan as baseball's oldest debuting manager (66)

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1967 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Jack Nicklaus shoots a final round 65 for a new tournament record 275, 4 strokes ahead of Arnold Palmer


  • 1967 Houston Astros pitcher Don Wilson no-hits Atlanta Braves, 2-0
  • 1972 US Open Men's Golf, Pebble Beach GL: Jack Nicklaus captures his 3rd Open title, 3 strokes ahead of Bruce Crampton of Australia
  • 1972 US Supreme Court, 5-3, confirms lower court rulings in Curt Flood case, upholding baseball's exemption from antitrust laws [1]
  • 1972 UEFA European Championship Final, Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium: Gerd Müller scores a brace as West Germany beats Soviet Union, 3-0
  • 1973 NCAA makes urine testing mandatory for participants
  • 1975 Fred Lynn gets 10 RBIs in a single Red Sox game in a 15-1 victory over the Tigers
  • 1975 Gary Gilmour takes 6-14 in Cricket World Cup semi v England
  • 1976 St Louis Cards Lou Brock & Hector Cruz hit inside-the-park HRs
  • 1976 Bowie Kuhn voids A's sales, totaling $35 million, of Joe Rudi & Rollie Fingers to Red Sox, & Vida Blue to Yankees

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1977 Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson get into a dug out altercation

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1978 US Open Men's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Andy North holds on for a 1-stroke victory over runners-up Dave Stockton and J. C. Snead to claim the first of his 2 US Open titles

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton

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1979 Billy Martin becomes Yankee manager (2nd time), replacing Bob Lemon

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 1979 Sri Lanka beat India by 47 runs in Cricket World Cup upset
  • 1981 Test cricket debut of Terry Alderman, v England at Trent Bridge

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1984 US Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Fuzzy Zoeller beats Greg Norman of Australia by 8 strokes in a Monday 18-hole playoff to win his first Open title

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman
  • 1986 Don Sutton becomes 19th pitcher to win 300 games
  • 1988 Jeff Hamilton, hits 8,000th Dodger home run

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1989 US Open Men's Golf, Oak Hill CC: Curtis Strange wins by 3 from Scott Simpson for first back-to-back Open titles since Ben Hogan 1950-51

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1990 1st sudden death US Open Golf Championship is won by Hale Irwin
  • 1991 SF Giant pitcher Dave Dravecky's cancerous left arm is amputated

  • 1991 Yankee pitchers pick-off 3 Toronto Blue Jays
  • 1992 Ottawa Senators make goalie Peter Sidorkiewicz their 1st draft
  • 1992 Tampa Bay Lightning make goalie Wendell Young their 1st draft

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1993 Expo's Dennis Martínez is 92nd to win 200 games

MLB Pitcher Dennis Martínez
MLB Pitcher
Dennis Martínez
  • 1994 Aleksander Popov swims world record 100m free style (48.21 sec)
  • 1995 US Open Men's Golf, Shinnecock Hills GC: Corey Pavin wins his only major championship, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Greg Norman of Australia

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1995 All Black Jonah Lomu scores the try of the Rugby World Cup, running over Mike Catt in New Zealand's 45-29 defeat of England

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden: Hege Riise & Marianne Pettersen score within 3 minutes of each other to give Norway a 2-0 win over Germany

Sport awardUS Golf Open

2000 100th US Open Men's Golf, Pebble Beach GL: Tiger Woods wins his first US Open by a major championship record-setting 15 strokes over Ernie Els and Miguel Ángel Jiménez

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
Golfer Ernie Els
Golfer
Ernie Els
  • 2001 US Open Men's Golf, Southern Hills CC: Retief Goosen of South Africa wins first of 2 US Open titles in an 18-hole Monday playoff, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Mark Brooks

Sport awardUS Golf Open

2006 US Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Geoff Ogilvy of Australia makes clutch pars on the final 2 holes to win by 1, as runners-up Jim Furyk, Colin Montgomerie and Phil Mickelson all fail to par the 72nd hole

  • 2017 Pakistan defeat India to win cricket's Champions Trophy at the Oval in London by 180 runs, Fakhar Zaman scores 114 runs
  • 2017 US Open Men's Golf, Erin Hills GC: Brooks Koepka wins his first major title by 4 strokes from Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama
  • 2019 England cricket captain Eoin Morgan smashes a ODI world record 17 sixes against Afghanistan in his side's 150-run World Cup victory at Old Trafford; Morgan, 148 from 71 balls