On This Day

Events in Sport on June 8

  • 1829 1st UK municipal swimming pool outside of London opens in Liverpool
  • 1878 12th Belmont: L Hughes aboard Duke of Magenta wins in 2:43.5
  • 1882 16th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Forester wins in 2:43
  • 1899 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: Harry Vardon of Jersey retains Open; wins 3rd title by 5 strokes from Jack White
  • 1920 Reds' Edd Roush falls asleep in center during long infield argument Heinie Groh goes to wake him, but umpire ejects Roush for delay of game

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1921 Babe Ruth arrested for speeding, fined $100, & held in jail until 4 PM

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1927 Tony Lazzeri hits 3 HRs Yanks beat White Sox 12-11
  • 1929 61st Belmont: Mack Garner aboard Blue Larkspur wins in 2:32.8
  • 1935 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: 25 year old club pro Sam Parks Jr, with no prior tournament wins, beats Scotsman Jimmy Thomson by 2 strokes
  • 1935 67th Belmont: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 2:30.6

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1935 Lou Gehrig collides with Carl Reynolds & leaves the game

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1940 72nd Belmont: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 2:29.6
  • 1950 Boston Red Sox beat St Louis Browns 29-4 (win by record 25 runs)
  • 1950 Test Cricket debut of Ramadhin & Valentine (8-104 1st inn) v England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 Dodgers option Tommy Lasorda to make room on roster for Sandy Koufax

Baseball Manager Tommy Lasorda
Baseball Manager
Tommy Lasorda

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1958 LPGA Championship, Churchill Valley CC: Mickey Wright wins first of 13 major titles by 6 strokes from Fay Crocker

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

  • 1961 Test Cricket debut of William Morris Lawry, v England at Edgbaston, 57

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961 Milwaukee sets record of 4 consecutive HRs (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock & Frank Thomas)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1963 95th Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:30.2
  • 1966 NFL & AFL announce plans to become NFC and AFC in 1970

Sport awardTennis Open

1968 French Open Women's Tennis: American Nancy Richey beats Ann Haydon-Jones 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 for her second and last Grand Slam singles title

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey

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1969 MLB ledgend Mickey Mantle gives his farewell retirement speech during "Mickey Mantle Day" at Yankee Stadium, 60,096 see #7 retired

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1969 French Open Men's Tennis: Rod Laver wins second leg of his 2nd Grand Slam; beats fellow Australian Ken Rosewall 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
  • 1971 White Sox draft Danny Goodwin #1, he refuses to sign
  • 1972 Padres draft Dave Roberts #1, Indians draft Rick Manning #2

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1972 Test Cricket debut of Tony Greig, v Australia at Old Trafford (57/62)

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig
  • 1974 106th Belmont: Miguel Rivera aboard Little Current wins in 2:29.2
  • 1976 Houston Astros draft Floyd Bannister #1

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1976 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1977 Nolan Ryan notches his 4th career 19-strikeout game

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1978 Braves draft Bob Horner #1
  • 1980 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: South African Sally Little wins first of her 2 major titles, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Jane Blalock

Sport awardTennis Open

1980 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg of Sweden wins 3rd straight French title; beats American Vitas Gerulaitis 6-4, 6-1, 6-2

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1981 Seattle Mariners draft Mike Moore #1
  • 1982 36th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 2
  • 1983 Charlos Vieira begins 191 hr "nonstop" cycling in Leiria, Portugal

  • 1983 East German sprinter Marlies Göhr sets world record for 100m (10.81) in Berlin, Germany
  • 1985 117th Belmont: Eddie Maple aboard Creme Fraiche wins in 2:27

Sport awardTennis Open

1985 French Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats Martina Navratilova 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 for her 17th Grand Slam title and 6th French singles crown

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1986 40th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Hous Rockets, 4 games to 2
  • 1986 Longest 9 inning AL game (4h16m), Baltimore Orioles beat Yankees 18-9

Sport awardTennis Open

1986 French Open Men's Tennis: Czech star Ivan Lendl wins 3rd career Grand Slam title; beats Mikael Pernfors of Sweden 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player Mikael Pernfors
Tennis Player
Mikael Pernfors
  • 1989 Pirates score 10 in 1st (their best inning since 1942), prompts Pirate broadcaster Jim Rooker to say he would walk from Pitts to Philadelphia if Pirates lost, Phillies beat them 15-11, Rooker walks at end of season
  • 1991 123rd Belmont: Jerry Bailey aboard Hansel wins in 2:28
  • 1991 Former NY Jet Mark Gastineau wins 1st pro boxing fight in 12 seconds

Sport awardTennis Open

1991 French Open Women's Tennis: Defending champion Monica Seles beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
  • 1992 NY Yankee pitcher Steve Howe is banned from baseball for 7th time
  • 1996 128th Belmont: Rene Douglas aboard Editor's Note wins in 2:28.96
  • 1996 Australian cricketer Dean Jones takes career-best 5-112 for Derbyshire v Hampshire

Sport awardTennis Open

1996 French Open Women's Tennis: Defending champion Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-3, 6-7, 10-8 for her 5th French singles crown

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1997 French Open Men's Tennis: Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil wins first of 3 French titles; beats Spaniard Sergi Bruguera 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

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2001 Ray Bourque plays the final game in his NHL career

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
  • 2002 134th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Sarava wins in 2:29.71

Sport awardTennis Open

2002 French Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her first French title; beats older sister Venus Williams 7-5, 6-3

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • 2003 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Sweden's Annika Sörenstam wins in a playoff over Grace Park of South Korea with a par on the first sudden death hole
  • 2003 French Open Men's Tennis: Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero claims his lone major title; beats Dutchman Martin Verkerk 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
  • 2008 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bulle Rock GC: 19-year old tour rookie Yani Tseng of Taiwan wins a 4th hole playoff over Swede Maria Hjorth
  • 2008 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal equals Björn Borg's Open era record of 4 consecutive French titles; outclasses Roger Federer 6-1, 6-3, 6-0
  • 2013 145th Belmont: Mike Smith aboard Palace Malice wins in 2:30.70
  • 2013 French Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her second French title; beats defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-4, 6-4
  • 2013 NHL Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks beat Los Angeles Kings, 4 games to 1

Sport awardTennis Open

2014 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Đoković 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4; record extending 9th French title; ties Pete Sampras with 14 Grand Slam singles titles

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2015 MLB Draft: Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson first pick by Arizona Diamondbacks
  • 2018 NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors win their 3rd title in 4 years with a 108-85 over the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 4-nil sweep. Kevin Durant MVP