Events in Sport on June 8

  • 1829 1st UK municipal swimming pool outside of London opens in Liverpool
  • 1856 Pitcairn Islanders arrive on Norfolk Island
  • 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 39th British Golf Open: Harry Vardon shoots a 310 at Royal St George's Golf Club
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 39th US Golf Open: Sam Parks Jr shoots a 299 at Oakmont CC PA
  • 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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1952 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Eastern Women's Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1955 Dodgers option Tommy Lasorda to make room on roster for Sandy Koufax

Sport awardGolf Major

1958 4th LPGA Championship won by Mickey Wright

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 & AFC in 1970
  • 1968 UEFA European Championship: Italy defeat Yugoslavia 2-0 in Rome

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1969 Mickey Mantle Day, 60,096 saw #7 retired (I was there-BTG)

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1969 Susie Berning wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • 1969 68th Men's French Open: Rod Laver beats Ken Rosewall (6-4, 6-3, 6-4)
  • 1969 68th Women's French Open: Margaret Court beats Ann Jones (6-1, 4-6, 6-3)
  • 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
  • 1975 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Girl Talk Golf Classic
  • 1976 Houston Astros draft Floyd Bannister #1

AgreementContract of Interest

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 26th LPGA Championship won by Sally Little

Sport awardTennis Open

1980 79th Men's French Open: Bjorn Borg beats Vitas Gerulaitis (6-4, 6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Sport awardTennis Open

1980 79th Women's French Open: Chris Evert beats Virginia Ruzici (6-0, 6-3)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Virginia Ruzici
  • 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
  • 1985 117th Belmont: Eddie Maple aboard Creme Fraiche wins in 2:27
  • 1986 40th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Hous Rockets, 4 games to 2
  • 1986 Juli Inkster wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Championship
  • 1986 Longest 9 inning AL game (4h16m), Balt Orioles beat Yankees 18-9

Sport awardTennis Open

1986 85th Men's French Open: Ivan Lendl beats Mikael Pernfors (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
  • 1986 85th Women's French Open: Chris Evert beats Martina Navratilova (2-6, 6-3, 6-3)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1997 Justin Leonard wins golf's Kemper Open at TPC at Avenel
  • 1997 Pat Hurst wins LPGA Oldsmobile Classic
  • 1997 96th Men's French Open: Gustavo Kuerten beats Sergi Bruguera (6-3, 6-4, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

1997 96th Women's French Open: Iva Majoli beats Martina Hingis (6-4, 6-2)

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Iva Majoli
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Iva Majoli
Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 2003 49th LPGA Championship won by Annika Sörenstam
  • 2003 102nd Men's French Open: Juan Carlos Ferrero beats Martin Verkerk (6-1, 6-3, 6-2)
  • 2003 102nd Women's French Open: Justine Henin-Hardenne beats Kim Clijsters (6-0, 6-4)
  • 2008 54th LPGA Championship won by Yani Tseng
  • 2008 107th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (6-1, 6-3, 6-0)
  • 2008 107th Men's French Open: Ana Ivanovic beats Dinara Safina (6-4, 6-3)
  • 2013 145th Belmont: Mike Smith aboard Palace Malice wins in 2:30.70

Sport awardTennis Open

2013 112th Women's French Open: Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova (6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • 2013 NHL Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks beat Los Angeles Kings, 4 games to 1

Sport awardTennis Open

2014 113th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Đoković (3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4)

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković

Sport awardTennis Open

2014 113th Women's French Open: Maria Sharapova beats Simona Halep (6-4, 6-7, 6-4)

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova