Events in Sport on June 20

  • 1896 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Elisabeth Moore beats defending champion Juliette Atkinson 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
  • 1910 US Open Men's Golf, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Alex Smith of Scotland wins an 18-hole playoff over younger brother Macdonald Smith and John McDermott to win his 2nd Open title
  • 1912 NY Giants lead Bost Braves 14-2 into 9th, Giants win 21-12
  • 1913 3 of 1st 4 Yankees hit-by-pitch en route to a record 6 hit batsman
  • 1914 46th Belmont: Merritt Buxton aboard Luke McLuke wins in 2:20
  • 1919 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Marion Zinderstein 6-1, 6-2 for her 4th US singles title
  • 1920 Yanks win protest of 1-0 White Sox win & game is replayed

British Golf Open

1930 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Bobby Jones wins his 3rd Open title, 2 strokes ahead of Leo Diegel and Macdonald Smith on his way to the single-season Grand Slam

Sports History

1936 Jesse Owens of US sets 100 meter record at 10.2

Boxing Title Fight

1940 Joe Louis TKOs Arturo Godoy in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

'Gorgeous Gussie' Shocks Wimbledon

1949 Tennis star Gussie Moran shocks Wimbledon by wearing a short dress "to look good and "move more freely on the court"

Baseball Record

1950 Joe DiMaggio's 2,000th hit, Yanks beat Indians 8-2

  • 1951 Cleveland Indian Bobby Avila hits 3 HRs, double & single vs Red Sox

Golf Tournament

1953 LPGA Western Golf Open Women's Golf, Capital City Club: Louise Suggs defeats Patty Berg, 6 & 5 in the final

Sports History

1956 At Detroit's Briggs Stadium, Mickey Mantle hits 2 Billy Hoeft pitches into right center field bleachers, the only player to ever do so

Boxing Title Fight

1960 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1964 US Open Men's Golf, Congressional CC: Ken Venturi wins his only major title, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Tommy Jacobs

US Golf Open

1966 US Open Men's Golf, Olympic CC: Billy Casper erases a 7-stroke deficit on the final 9 holes to tie Arnold Palmer; wins Monday 18-hole playoff by 4 strokes

  • 1967 Phillies Larry Jackson beats NY Mets for 18th straight time
  • 1968 Jim Hines becomes 1st person to run 100 meters in under 10 seconds

Sports History

1970 Oriole's Brooks Robinson get his 2,000 career hit, a 3 run HR

  • 1973 Chicago's Cy Acosta is 1st AL pitcher to bat since DH rule (strikeout)
  • 1973 SF Giants Bobby Bonds sets NL record with 22 lead off HRs
  • 1976 UEFA European Championship Final, Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia: Czechoslovakia upsets West Germany, 5-3 on penalties following 2-2 draw a.e.t
  • 1976 US Open Men's Golf, Atlanta AC: Tour rookie Jerry Pate wins his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Al Geiberger and Tom Weiskopf
  • 1978 1st 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-Iowa, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota & Dayton
  • 1980 California Angels Freddie Patek, hits 3 HRs & double to beat Red Sox 20-2

Sports History

1980 Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán takes WBC welterweight title from Sugar Ray Leonard at Olympic Stadium in Montreal by unanimous points decision

Sports History

1982 Pete Rose is 5th to appear in 3,000 games (Cobb, Musial, Aaron, Yaz)

US Golf Open

1982 US Open Men's Golf, Pebble Beach GL: Tom Watson wins his only US Open by 2 strokes from Jack Nicklaus

  • 1983 New York Yankees 5-time MLB All Star outfielder Bobby Murcer retires

US Golf Open

1983 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: Larry Nelson wins by 1 shot from Tom Watson in a storm affected Monday finish

Sports History

1986 Jim Fregosi replaces Tony La Russa as White Sox manager

  • 1987 1st Rugby World Cup Final, Eden Park, Auckland: New Zealand fly-half Grant Fox lands 4 penalties, a conversion and drop goal as the All Blacks beat France, 29-9
  • 1988 NYC WABC-AM becomes flagship radio station of NJ Devils

US Golf Open

1988 US Open Men's Golf, The Country Club: Curtis Strange wins a Monday 18-hole playoff by 4 strokes from Englishman Nick Faldo

Sports History

1992 Dino Ciccarelli is traded by the Washington Capitals to the Detroit Red Wings

  • 1992 Kelly Saunders is 2nd female baseball PA announcer (Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1992 NHL Draft: ZPS Zlin (Czechoslovakia) defenceman Roman Hamrlik first pick by Tampa Bay Lightning

NBA Finals

1993 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls become first team since legendary Boston Celtics of the 1960s to win 3 consecutive titles, with a 99–98 victory in Game 6 over Phoenix Suns; MVP: Michael Jordan for third straight year

US Golf Open

1993 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Lee Janzen plays sub-70 golf all 4 rounds to tie tournament scoring record and win the first of his 2 Open titles, 2 strokes ahead of Payne Stewart

Murder of Interest

1994 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson arraigned on murder of Nicole Simpson & Ronald Goldman

US Golf Open

1994 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: Ernie Els of South Africa wins on the second sudden-death hole to defeat Loren Roberts, after Colin Montgomerie was eliminated in an 18-hole playoff

Sports History

1999 Cricket World Cup, Lord's, London: Shane Warne takes 4/33 as Australia beats Pakistan by 8 wickets; Lance Klusener (RSA), Player of Series

  • 1999 US Open Men's Golf, Pinehurst CC: Payne Stewart wins his 2nd Open title by 1 stroke from Phil Mickelson

US Golf Open

2004 US Open Men's Golf, Shinnecock Hills GC: Retief Goosen of South Africa wins his second Open title, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up and reigning Masters champion Phil Mickelson

  • 2006 NBA Finals: Miami Heat beat Dallas Mavericks, 95-92 in Game 6 for first title in franchise history; MVP: Dwyane Wade
  • 2010 US Open Men's Golf, Pebble Beach GL: Irishman Graeme McDowell wins his first major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Grégory Havret of France

NBA Finals

2013 NBA Finals: Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs, 95-88 in Game 7 for back-to-back titles; MVP: LeBron James for second straight year

Sports History

2017 Tiger Woods checks into a clinic to manage his pain medication and sleep disorder, following his arrest for driving under the influence

  • 2018 FIFA World Cup: Portugal superstar Cristiano Renaldo heads a goal against Morocco to become the all-time leading European goalscorer (85) in international competition
  • 2019 NBA Draft: Duke power forward Zion Williamson first pick by New Orleans Pelicans
  • 2020 152nd Belmont Stakes: Tiz the Law with Manuel Franco aboard becomes first New York-bred winner of the event since 1882
  • 2021 US Open Men's Golf, Torrey Pines GC: Jon Rahm beats Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa by 1 stroke to become first Spaniard to win the event