On This Day

Events in Sport on June 3

  • 1851 1st baseball uniforms worn when the NY Knickerbockers wear a uniform of straw hats, white shirts and blue long trousers
  • 1888 Baseball poem "Casey at the Bat" 1st published by the San Francisco Examiner

Sports History

1899 W. G. Grace's last day of Test cricket aged 50 yrs 320 days

  • 1918 Boston Red Sox pitcher Dutch Leonard throws his 2nd no-hitter; beats Detroit Tigers, 5-0 at Navin Field

Baseball Record

1925 Baseball player Eddie Collins becomes the 6th to get 3,000 hits

  • 1929 French Championships Men's Tennis: René Lacoste wins his 3rd French title, beating fellow Frenchman Jean Borotra 6-3, 2-6, 6-0, 2-6, 8-6

French Open Women's Tennis

1929 French Championship Women's Tennis: Defending champion Helen Wills Moody beats Simonne Mathieu 6-3, 6-4

  • 1930 Grover Cleveland Alexander is released by the Phillies

Baseball Record

1932 Future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig first to hit 4 consecutive HRs in a MLB game; NY Yankees beat Philadelphia A's, 20-13 at Shibe Park

  • 1933 A's score 11 runs in 2nd, Yanks score 10 in 5th & win 17-11
  • 1937 Josh Gibson HR's just 2 feet below rim of Yankee Stadium (580' drive)
  • 1939 71st Belmont: James Stout riding Johnstown wins in 2:29.6
  • 1944 76th Belmont: G. L. Smith riding Bounding Home wins in 2:32.2
  • 1950 French Championships Men's Tennis: Budge Patty wins first of 2 Grand Sam titles that year; beats Jaroslav Drobný 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5
  • 1950 French Championships Women's Tennis: Doris Hart beats fellow American Patricia Todd 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 for her 1st of 2 French singles titles
  • 1951 50th French Championships Men's Tennis: Jaroslav Drobný representing Egypt beats Eric Sturgess 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
  • 1951 50th French Championships Women's Tennis: Shirley Fry beats fellow American Doris Hart 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 for her only French singles title

Sports History

1955 Stan Musial hits his 300th HR

  • 1958 Referendum allows city to sell Chavez Ravine to the Dodgers
  • 1959 European Cup Final, Stuttgart: Real Madrid beats Stade de Reims, 2-0; 4th consecutive title for Los Blancos
  • 1961 93rd Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Sherluck wins in 2:29.2

Sports History

1967 99th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Damascus wins in 2:28.8

French Open Men's Tennis

1967 French Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson bests fellow Australian Tony Roche, 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 for his 12th, and final, Grand Slam title

  • 1967 French Championships Women's Tennis: Local favourite Françoise Dürr beats Lesley Turner of Australia, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
  • 1968 Yanks turn 21st triple-play in their history lose 4-3 to Twins
  • 1971 Chic Cub Ken Holtzman 2nd no-hitter beats Cincinnati Reds, 1-0

Sports History

1971 Test Cricket debut of Imran Khan, v Englandl at Edgbaston (5, 0-36, 0-19)

French Open Women's Tennis

1972 French Open Women's Tennis: American icon Billie Jean King wins her only French singles title; beats Evonne Goolagong of Australia 6-3, 6-3

French Open Men's Tennis

1973 French Open Men's Tennis: Ilie Năstase of Romania wins his second Grand Slam singles title, besting Croat player Niki Pilić of Yugoslavia, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0

  • 1976 Test Cricket debut of Mike Brearley v West Indies (0 & 17)
  • 1977 Baltimore Orioles pull their 6th triple play (9-6-4-6-6 vs KC Royals)
  • 1978 Phillies Dave Johnson is 1st to hit 2 pinch hit grand slams in a year

Sports History

1980 NY Mets draft Darryl Strawberry, 18, #1

LPGA Championship

1984 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Defending champion Patty Sheehan finishes 10 strokes ahead of runners-up Pat Bradley and Beth Daniel

  • 1985 Brewers draft B J Surhoff #1
  • 1987 Cubs & Astro tie Oriole & Ranger record of 3 grand slams in a game
  • 1988 Margo Adams sues Red Sox 3rd baseman Wade Boggs for palimony
  • 1989 Houston Astros beat LA Dodgers, 5-4, in 22 innings (7:14:09)

Sports History

1989 Nolan Ryan pitches his 2nd one-hitter this season & 11th overall

Sports History

1989 Sportscasting legend Vin Scully broadcasts 23 innings in two different cities on one day

  • 1991 MLB Draft: East Carteret HS pitcher Brien Taylor first pick by New York Yankees

Boxing Title Fight

1991 Thomas Hearns captures WBA light heavyweight title

  • 1995 Expos pitcher Pedro Martinez perfect game is broken up in 10th inning as San Diego's Bip Roberts leads off with a double, Mont wins 1-0

US Women's Golf Open

2001 US Open Women's Golf, Pine Needles Lodge & GC: Defending champion Karrie Webb of Australia repeats by 8 strokes ahead of runner-up Se Ri Pak; largest margin in 21 years

Sports History

2010 Canadian sportscaster Ron MacLean saves a man from drowning in the Delaware River in Philadelphia

Golf Tournament

2012 Tiger Woods claims his 73rd PGA tour victory with a 2 stroke win over Andrés Romero & Rory Sabbatini in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village GC; equals Jack Nicklaus's record

  • 2014 Hashim Amla becomes the first non-white captain of the South African national cricket team

Sports History

2017 UEFA Champions League Final, Cardiff: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as defending champions Real Madrid thrash Juventus, 4-1 for 12th title; Juventus loses 5th consecutive final

  • 2018 US Open Women's Golf, Shoal Creek GC: Ariya Jatanugarn of Thailand gives up 7-shot lead but wins in playoff with South Korean Kim Hyo-joo

NBA Finals

2018 Golden State guard Stephen Curry breaks Ray Allen's NBA Finals record for most 3-pointers with 9 in the Warriors 122-103 Game 2 win over Cleveland Cavaliers

  • 2019 MLB Draft: Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman first pick by Baltimore Orioles
  • 2021 Devon Conway becomes 7th batsman in cricket history to score a double century in his Test debut; run out for 200 for New Zealand in 1st Test against England at Lord's