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

Sports History

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
  • 1929 61st Belmont: Mack Garner aboard Blue Larkspur wins in 2:32.8

Baseball Record

1933 A's first baseman Jimmie Foxx hits 3 consecutive home runs as Philadelphia outscores New York Yankees, 14 - 10; 4 straight HRs after Foxx had homered last time up the previous day

  • 1935 67th Belmont: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 2:30.6
  • 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
  • 1940 72nd Belmont: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 2:29.6
  • 1950 Boston Red Sox rout St Louis Browns, 29-4 at Fenway Park; set 6 MLB records including runs scored and most total bases, 60
  • 1950 Test Cricket debut of famous West Indian spin twins Alf Valentine and Sonny Ramadhin in 1st Test v England at Manchester; Valentine takes 8-104 on Day 1 but WI lose by 202 runs

Sports History

1955 L.A. Dodgers option pitcher (and future Baseball Hall of Fame manager) Tommy Lasorda to make room on roster for future Hall of Famer, pitcher Sandy Koufax

LPGA Championship

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

Baseball Record

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

  • 1961 Test cricket debut of future Australian captain Bill Lawry, 1st Test v England in Birmingham
  • 1963 95th Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:30.2
  • 1965 MLB Draft: Kansas City Athletics A's select Arizona State University outfielder Rick Monday #1; inaugural MLB Draft
  • 1966 NFL & AFL announce plans to become NFC and AFC in 1970

Baseball Record

1968 Don Drysdale pitches a record 58th consecutive scoreless inning

French Open Women's Tennis

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

French Open Men's Tennis

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

Sports History

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

  • 1971 White Sox draft Danny Goodwin #1, he refuses to sign

Sports History

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

  • 1974 106th Belmont: Miguel Rivera aboard Little Current wins in 2:29.2

Contract of Interest

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

  • 1976 Houston Astros draft Floyd Bannister #1

Baseball Record

1977 MLB California Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan notches his 4th career 19-strikeout game, in 10-inning, 2-1 win over visiting Toronto Blue Jays

  • 1978 Braves draft Bob Horner #1

French Open Men's Tennis

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

  • 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
  • 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

French Open Women's Tennis

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

  • 1986 40th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Hous Rockets, 4 games to 2

French Open Men's Tennis

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

  • 1986 Longest 9 inning AL game (4h16m), Baltimore Orioles beat Yankees 18-9
  • 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
  • 1996 Australian cricketer Dean Jones takes career-best 5-112 for Derbyshire v Hampshire

French Open Women's Tennis

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

  • 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

Sports History

2001 Ray Bourque plays the final game in his NHL career

  • 2002 134th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Sarava wins in 2:29.71

Boxing Title Fight

2002 British-Canadian Lennox Lewis retains boxing's WBC Heavyweight title with eighth-round knockout of American Mike Tyson at The Pyramid Arena in Memphis, Tennessee

French Open Women's Tennis

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

  • 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

LPGA Championship

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

French Open Men's Tennis

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2015 MLB Draft: Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson first pick by Arizona Diamondbacks
  • 2018 NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors claim 3rd title in 4 years with a 108-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers for 4-0 sweep; MVP: Kevin Durant for second straight year
  • 2019 151st Belmont Stakes: Sir Winston with 2014 winner Joel Rosario aboard claims victory at 10-1
  • 2019 French Open Women's Tennis: Australian Ashleigh Barty beats Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 to win her first Grand Slam singles title