On This Day

Events in Sport on June 22

Sports History

1865 Acknowledged as 1st Class Cricket debut of Dr W. G. Grace; as a 16 year old he is dismissed for 0 playing for Gentlemen of South v Players of South at Kennington Oval, London

  • 1874 Game of lawn tennis introduced
  • 1889 Louisville Colonels set ML baseball record with 26th consecutive loss
  • 1918 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Molla Bjurstedt beats Eleanor Goss 6-4, 6-3 for her 4th consecutive US singles title

World Record

1921 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10,000m (30:40.2)

  • 1926 Cardinals pick up 39-year-old Grover Alexander on waivers from Cubs
  • 1929 Mel Ott (Giants) homers off Leo Sweetland (Phillies) in doubleheader

Baseball Record

1930 New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig smashes 3 HRs in 20-13 win over Philadelphia A's at Shibe Park

Boxing Title Fight

1937 Challenger Joe Louis KOs James J Braddock in the 8th round at Chicago's Comiskey Park for the world heavyweight boxing title

  • 1938 Joe Louis scores a stunning 1st round KO of German Max Schmeling at Yankee Stadium, NYC to retain his world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1944 Longest shut out in Phillies history, Phils beat Braves 1-0 in 15 inn
  • 1946 Alec Bedser takes 7-49 v India on 1st day of his 1st Test cricket

Sports History

1946 Bill Veeck purchases Cleveland Indians

Boxing Title Fight

1949 Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

  • 1958 Game in KC between A's & Red Sox delayed 29 minutes due to tornado
  • 1958 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Kahkwa CC: Patty Berg wins back-to-back WO titles; beats runner-up Beverly Hanson by 4 strokes

Sports History

1959 Most Phillies strike out in a game (16 by Sandy Koufax)

Baseball Record

1961 MLB Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks ends 717 consecutive games played streak

  • 1965 Freddie Trueman ends his Test cricket career, v NZ at Lord's
  • 1976 SD Padre pitcher Randy Jones ties record of 68 innings without a walk
  • 1980 UEFA European Championship Final, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy: Horst Hrubesch scores a double as Germany beats Belgium, 2-1
  • 1980 American golfer Don January beats Mike Souchak by 2 strokes to win the Atlantic City Senior International in Northfield, New Jersey; inaugural tournament of the Senior PGA Tour

Sports History

1981 John McEnroe's famous 'You cannot be serious' rant in 1st round win over Tom Gullikson at Wimbledon

Sports History

1982 Pete Rose gets his 3,772nd hit, moves past Aaron into 2nd place

  • 1983 NHL institutes a 5 minute sudden death overtime period
  • 1984 Carl Pohlad becomes CEO of Minnesota Twins
  • 1986 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: Chi Chi Rodriguez wins his first career major title by 2 strokes from Bruce Crampton of Australia

Sports History

1987 Tom Seaver retires after 3rd try with NY Mets

Music Concert

1990 Billy Joel performs a concert at Yankee Stadium, New York City

  • 1990 MLB Atlanta Braves replace manager Russ Nixon with GM Bobby Cox
  • 1990 Longest game in Toronto, Yanks beat Blue Jays 8-7 in 15 inns

Sports History

1991 NHL Draft: Oshawa Generals center Eric Lindros first pick by Quebec Nordiques

NBA Finals

1994 48th NBA Championship: Houston Rockets beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3

Baseball Record

1994 Ken Griffey Jr. breaks Ruth's record for most HRs by end of June (31)

  • 1994 FIFA World Cup: USA beats Colombia 2-1 in round match at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, 1st WC win since 1950
  • 1996 29th Curtis Cup: Great Britain & Ireland wins 11-6

Boxing Title Fight

1996 Michael Moorer beats Axel Shultz in 11 for IBF heavyweight boxing title

  • 1996 Saurav Ganguly scores 131 at Lord's on Test cricket debut
  • 1996 NHL Draft: Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) defenceman Chris Phillips first pick by Ottawa Senators
  • 1997 WLAF World Bowl 5, Olympic Stadium, Barcelona: Barcelona Dragons beat Rhein Fire, 38-24
  • 2002 WLAF World Bowl 10, Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf: Berlin Thunder beats Rhein Fire, 26-20

US Golf Open

2009 US Open Men's Golf, Bethpage State Park: Lucas Glover wins his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Ricky Barnes, David Duval and Phil Mickelson

  • 2012 NHL Draft: Sarnia Sting (OHL) right wing Nail Yakupov first pick by Edmonton Oilers

US Women's Golf Open

2014 US Open Women's Golf, Pinehurst Resort: Michelle Wie wins by 2 shots from Stacy Lewis for her first major title

  • 2016 NHL owners meeting unanimously approves the Las Vegas expansion bid to start play in the 2017-18 season.
  • 2017 NBA Draft: Washington point guard Markelle Fultz first pick by Philadelphia 76ers
  • 2018 NHL Draft: Frolunda HC (SHL) defenceman Rasmus Dahlin first pick by Buffalo Sabres
  • 2022 MLB Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani strikes out career high 13 batters, retires 23 of last 24 batters faced in 5-0 win over Kansas City Royals in Anaheim, California