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Events in Sport on June 6

  • 1885 19th Belmont: Paul Duffy aboard Tyrant wins in 2:43
  • 1896 21st Preakness: Henry Griffin aboard Margrave wins in 1:51
  • 1901 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Scotsman James Braid wins first of 5 Open titles by 3 strokes from Harry Vardon of Jersey

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1923 Edgar Wallace becomes the first British radio sports reporter reporting on The Derby for the British Broadcasting Company

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1924 US Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Unknown Englishman Cyril Walker wins his only major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up and defending champion Bobby Jones

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • 1925 French Championships Men's Tennis: René Lacoste wins 1st of 3 French titles, beating fellow Frenchman Jean Borotra 7-5, 6-1, 6-4
  • 1925 French Women's Tennis Championships: Suzanne Lenglen beats Kitty McKane 6-1, 6-2
  • 1932 Ijsselmeervogels soccer team forms in Spakenburg
  • 1932 French Championships Men's Tennis: Henri Cochet wins 7th and final Grand Slam singles title; beats Giorgio de Stefani of Italy 6-0, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

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1932 37th Women's French Championships: Helen Wills Moody beats Simonne Mathieu (7-5, 6-1)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • 1936 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Relatively unknown pro Tony Manero wins by 2 strokes from runner-up Harry Cooper
  • 1936 68th Belmont: James Stout aboard Granville wins in 2:30
  • 1937 Phillies trailing 8-2 to St Louis, forfeit game
  • 1939 NY Giants beat Reds 17-3, with 5 HRs in 4th inning
  • 1942 74th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Shut Out wins in 2:29.2

Battle of InterestD-Day

1944 World War II: All Major League Baseball games are cancelled in honor of the D-Day landings in northern France
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"Into the Jaws of Death" by Robert F. Sargent

  • 1946 The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.
  • 1964 96th Belmont: Manuel Ycaza aboard Quadrangle wins in 2:28.6
  • 1965 Yankees Tom Tresh bangs 3 consecutive HRs beating White Sox 12-0
  • 1966 NFL & AFL announce their merger

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1969 Joe Namath resigns from NFL after Pete Rozelle, football commissioner, said he must sell his stake in a bar

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 1970 102nd Belmont: John Rotz aboard High Echelon wins in 2:34
  • 1970 French Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Helga Niessen Niessen of Germany 6-2, 6-4 for 2nd leg of her successful Grand Slam

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1971 Willie Mays hits record 22nd & last extra inning HR

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1971 French Open Men's Tennis: Defending champion Jan Kodeš of Czechoslovakia beats Ilie Năstase of Romania 8-6, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase

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1975 Nolan Ryan's bid for 2nd no-hitter broken in 6th inning

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1976 30th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Phoenix Suns, 4 games to 2
  • 1977 Doobie Brothers sponsor a Golf Classic & Concert for United Way
  • 1981 113th Belmont: George Martens aboard Summing wins in 2:29

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1981 French Open Women's Tennis: Czech teenager Hana Mandlíková beats Sylvia Hanika of Germany 6-2, 6-4 for her only French singles crown

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player Sylvia Hanika
Tennis Player
Sylvia Hanika

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1982 French Open Men's Tennis: Mats Wilander of Sweden wins his first career Grand Slam title; beats Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 1-6, 7-6, 6-0, 6-4

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • 1983 Twins draft pitcher Tim Belcher #1
  • 1986 Jurgen Schull sets world discus record (74.07 m)
  • 1987 119th Belmont: Craig Perret aboard Bet Twice wins in 2:28.2
  • 1987 NY Yankees play their 13,000th game

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1987 French Open Women's Tennis: 17 year old German Steffi Graf beats World #1 Martina Navratilova 6-4, 4-6, 8-6; Graf's first Grand Slam victory

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

  • 1989 Mets turn their 1st triple play in 7 years but lose to Cubs 8-4
  • 1990 Stump Merrill replaces Bucky Dent as NY Yankee manager
  • 1991 Test Cricket debut of Graeme Hick, v West Indies at Headingley
  • 1992 124th Belmont: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard AP Indy wins in 2:26

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1992 NY Met Eddie Murray sets RBI record by a switch hitter

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1992 WLAF World Bowl 2: Sacramento beats Orlando 21-17 (Montreal)

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

1992 French Open Women's Tennis: Yugoslavian star Monica Seles retains title; outlasts Steffi Graf of Germany 6-2, 3-6, 10-8

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1993 French Open Men's Tennis: Spaniard Sergi Bruguera prevents Jim Courier French three-peat; beats American 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
  • 1994 Cricketer Brian Larahits record 501 not out/390 runs in 1 day for Warwickshire vs Durham
  • 1998 130th Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Victory Gallop wins in 2:29
  • 1998 French Open Women's Tennis: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain beats Monica Seles 7-6, 0-6, 6-2; her 4th and last career Grand Slam singles title and 3rd French title

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1999 US Open Women's Golf, Old Waverly GC: Juli Inkster breaks under-par scoring record with a 272 (−16) to win by 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Sherri Turner

LPGA Golfer Sherri Turner
LPGA Golfer
Sherri Turner

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1999 French Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi wins his 1st and only French title; beats Andrei Medvedev of the Ukraine 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 2004 French Open Men's Tennis: Gastón Gaudio of Argentina beats countryman Guillermo Coria 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6 for his lone major title
  • 2007 Stanley Cup Final, Honda Center, Anaheim, CA: Anaheim Ducks defeat Ottawa Senators, 6-2 for a 4-1 series win; Ducks' first Championship
  • 2009 141st Belmont: Kent Desormeaux aboard Summer Bird wins in 2:27.54
  • 2009 French Open Women's Tennis: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats fellow Russian and World #1 Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-2

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

2010 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal wins 5th French title; defeats Robin Söderling of Sweden 6-4, 6-2, 6-4

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 2011 MLB Draft: UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole first pick by Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 2013 MLB Draft: Stanford pitcher Mark Appel first pick by Houston Astros

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

2015 French Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her 3rd French title and 20th Grand Slam singles event; beats Lucie Šafářová of Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7, 6-2

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2015 UEFA Champions League Final, Berlin: FC Barcelona beats Juventus, 3-1 for 5th title and second treble (Spanish La Liga & Cup champions)
  • 2015 147th Belmont: Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah wins in 2:26.65, 1st horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown
  • 2017 Scooter Gennet hits four home runs in Cincinnati Reds 13-1 victory against at home against St. Louis Cardinals, 17th player to do so

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2018 LeBron James eclipses Michael Jordan's record (109) for most 30-point games in NBA playoff history in Cleveland Cavaliers' 110-102 Game 3 Finals loss to Golden State Warriors

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 2018 MLB Draft: Auburn pitcher Casey Mize first pick by Detroit Tigers