On This Day

Events in Sport on June 5

  • 1869 3rd Belmont: C Miller aboard Fenian wins in 3:04.25
  • 1879 13th Belmont: George Evans riding Spendthrift wins in 2:42.75
  • 1886 20th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Inspector B wins in 2:41
  • 1902 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Scotsman Sandy Herd wins by 1 stroke from James Braid and Harry Vardon
  • 1911 Red Sox Joe Wood strikes out 3 pinch hitters in 9th for 5-4 win
  • 1915 47th Belmont: George Byrne aboard The Finn wins in 2:18.6
  • 1920 A's VP Thomas Shibe denies charges that baseballs are livelier

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1925 US Open Men's Golf, Worcester CC: Scotsman Willie Macfarlane beats Bobby Jones by 1 stroke in a second 18-hole playoff for his only major title

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • 1927 French Championships Men's Tennis: Hometown favourite Rene Lacoste wins 2nd of 3 French titles; beats Bill Tilden 6-4, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 11-9
  • 1927 32nd Women's French Championships: Kornelia Bouman beats Irene Peacock (6-2, 6-4)
  • 1931 British Open Men's Golf, Carnoustie: American based Scotsman Tommy Armour outlasts José Jurado of Argentina by 1 stroke to win his only Open title and his 3rd and final major championship
  • 1933 French Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Jack Crawford wins his first and only French title; beats home favourite Henri Cochet 8-6, 6-1, 6-3
  • 1933 French Championship Women's Tennis: England's Margaret Scriven is first woman from that country to win the singles title in Paris; beats beats Simonne Mathieu 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
  • 1937 69th Belmont: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 2:28.6

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1941 Sandor Szabo beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • 1943 75th Belmont: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 2:28.2

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1948 Phillies Richie Ashburn sets NL rookie consecut hitting streak at 23

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • 1952 1st sporting event televised nationally-Walcott vs Charles boxing
  • 1952 Test Cricket debut of Freddie Trueman v India at Headingley

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1952 Jersey Joe Walcott beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles

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1955 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 550' HR off Chicago Billy Pierce

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1957 NY narcotics investigator, Dr Herbert Berger, urges AMA to investigate use of stimulating drugs by athletes
  • 1965 97th Belmont: John Sellers aboard Hail to All wins in 2:28.6
  • 1966 Cincinnati Red Leo Cardenas hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1966 French Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Tony Roche wins his first and only Grand Slam title; beats István Gulyás of Hungary 6-1, 6-4, 7-5

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1966 French Championships Women's Tennis: Ann Haydon-Jones of England beats American Nancy Richey 6-3, 6-1 for her 2nd French singles crown

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • 1971 103rd Belmont: Walter Blum aboard Pass Catcher wins in 2:30.6
  • 1971 French Open Women's Tennis: Evonne Goolagong wins her first career Grand Slam singles title; beats fellow Australian Helen Gourlay 6-3, 7-5

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1974 As' Reggie Jackson and Bill North engage in clubhouse fight at Detroit

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1976 108th Belmont: Angel Cordero Jr riding Bold Forbes wins in 2:29
  • 1977 31st NBA Championship: Port Trailblazers beat Philadelphia 76er, 4 games to 2
  • 1977 Los Angeles Dodgers retire Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman and manager Walter Alston's #24

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1977 French Open Men's Tennis: Guillermo Vilas of Argentina wins first career Grand Slam event; outclasses American Brian Gottfried 6-0, 6-3, 6-0

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas

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1981 Astro's Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as all-time walk leader (1,777)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1982 114th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Conquistador Cielo wins in 2:28

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1982 French Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats American teenager Andrea Jaeger 7-6, 6-1 for her first French singles crown

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1983 French Open: Home town favourite Yannick Noah wins his 1st and only career Grand Slam title; beats defending champion Mats Wilander of Sweden 6-2, 7-5, 7-6

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Yannick Noah
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Yannick Noah
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
  • 1985 Steve Cauthen wins aboard Slip Anchor at Epsom Downs to become the only jockey to win both the Kentucky Derby (1978) and The Derby

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1988 French Open Men's Tennis: Mats Wilander of Sweden wins 3rd French title; beats home favourite Henri Leconte 7-5, 6-2, 6-1

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player Henri Leconte
Tennis Player
Henri Leconte
  • 1989 Billy Smith, last original NY Islander, retires
  • 1989 Toronto Blue Jays Skydome stadium opens, Milwaukee Brewers win 5-3
  • 1993 125th Belmont: Julie Krone aboard Colonial Affair wins in 2:29.8

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1993 French Open Women's Tennis: Germany's Steffi Graf wins her 3rd of 6 French singles titles; beats Mary Joe Fernández of the US 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1994 French Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Spanish final Sergi Bruguera beats Alberto Berasategui 6-3, 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 for his second French title
  • 1998 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Dallas Stars, 4 games to 2
  • 1999 131st Belmont: Jose Santos aboard Lemon Drop Kid wins in 2:27.88
  • 1999 French Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf of Germany wins her 22nd and final Grand Slam title; beats Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2; Graf's 6th French singles crown
  • 2004 136th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Birdstone wins in 2:27.50
  • 2004 French Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Russian final Anastasia Myskina wins her lone major title; beats Elena Dementieva 6-1, 6-2

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

2005 French Open Men's Tennis: Spaniard Rafael Nadal beats Mariano Puerta of Argentina 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5 to claim his first French title

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 2010 142nd Belmont: Mike Smith riding Drosselmeyer wins in 2:31.57
  • 2010 French Open Women's Tennis: Francesca Schiavone of Italy wins her first and only Grand Slam title; beats Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-4, 7-6
  • 2011 French Open Men's Tennis: Defending champion Rafael Nadal wins his 6th French title; beats Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1
  • 2014 MLB Draft: Cathedral Catholic HS (CA) pitcher Brady Aiken first pick by Houston Astros

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

2016 French Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković of Serbia beats Scotsman Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to win his first French title

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray

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2018 American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. named 2017 top earning sportsperson by Forbes with $285 million