On This Day

Events in Sport on June 9

  • 1877 11th Belmont: C Holloway aboard Cloverbrook wins in 2:46
  • 1883 17th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard George Kinney wins in 2:42.5
  • 1887 21st Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Hanover wins in 2:43.5
  • 1888 22nd Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Sir Dixon wins in 2:40.25
  • 1892 26th Belmont: W Hayward aboard Patron wins in 2:12

Sports History

1898 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Harry Vardon of Jersey wins 2nd title by 1 stroke from dual champion Willie Park Jr

Boxing Title Fight

1899 American boxer James J. Jeffries KOs defending champion Bob Fitzsimmons of England in 11th round in Brooklyn, New York to win the lineal World Heavyweight title

  • 1901 NY Giants get record 31 hits to beat Cincinnati Reds 25-13

Sports History

1905 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Scotsman James Braid wins his 2nd Open title 5 strokes ahead of runners-up Rowland Jones and J.H. Taylor

Baseball Record

1914 Pittsburgh Pirate baseball shortstop Honus Wagner is 2nd player to get 3,000 hits

Belmont Stakes

1923 55th Belmont: Earl Sande riding Zev wins in 2:19

Belmont Stakes

1928 60th Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Vito wins in 2:33.2

World Record

1930 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 6 mile (29:36.4)

Sports History

1933 Walter Johnson takes over as Cleveland Indians manager

  • 1934 US Open Men's Golf, Merion Cricket Club: Olin Dutra overcomes an 8-stroke deficit after 36 holes to win his second major title by 1 stroke from Gene Sarazen
  • 1934 66th Belmont: Wayne D Wright aboard Peace Chance wins in 2:29.2
  • 1940 US Open Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: Lawson Little defeats Gene Sarazen by 3 strokes in an 18-hole playoff to win his only professional major title

Sports History

1945 71st Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hoop Jr scores his third of record 5 Derby wins

Sports History

1945 Following an 8-7 win over the Phils, Brooklyn manager Leo Durocher is arrested on a complaint by a fan that Durocher slugged him

  • 1946 66,545 fans help Yanks break million attendance mark, the earliest

Boxing Title Fight

1946 Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1946 New York Giant Mel Ott becomes first manager in MLB history to be ejected from both games of a doubleheader; Giants lose both games to Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1955 Test Cricket debut of Ken Barrington, v South Africa at Trent Bridge
  • 1960 ABC and AFL sign a 5 year contract
  • 1961 Ryne Duren sets AL record with 7 straight strikeouts against Red Sox
  • 1963 1st Sunday night game in baseball SF Giants lose to Houston Colts 3-0

Baseball Record

1966 5 Minnesota Twins (Rich Rollins, Zolio Versailes, Tony Oliva, Don Michner, & Harmon Killebrew) all homer in 7th inning to beat A's 9-4

French Open Men's Tennis

1968 French Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Ken Rosewall beats Rod Laver 6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2; first Grand Slam of Open Era allowing professional players to compete

Belmont Stakes

1973 105th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 2:24, becoming the 1st Triple Crown winner in 25 years

Boxing Title Fight

1978 Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1979 111th Belmont: Ruben Hernandez aboard Coastal wins in 2:28.6
  • 1979 Phillies wear burgundy uniforms for 1st and last time
  • 1980 Phillies and SF Giants end their game at 3:11 AM
  • 1983 Zimbabwe win their 1st one-day cricket international, v Australia
  • 1984 116th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr.aboard Swale wins in 2:27.2
  • 1984 Jurgen Hingsen of West Germany sets record for decathlon, 8,798 pts

French Open Women's Tennis

1984 French Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert 6-3, 6-1; 2nd women in Open Era to hold all 4 Grand Slam titles at once

NBA Finals

1985 NBA Championship, Boston Garden: Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 111-100 for a 4 games to 2 series victory; Finals MVP: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

French Open Men's Tennis

1985 French Open Men's Tennis: Sweden's Mats Wilander wins 4th career Grand Slam title; beats Czech star Ivan Lendl 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

Sports History

1986 In a clash of future Baseball Hall of Fame starting pitchers California Angel Don Sutton (298 wins) beats Tom Seaver of the Chicago White Sox (306 wins), 3-0 at Comiskey Park

  • 1988 "Bloodsport (1987)" premieres in Germany
  • 1990 122nd Belmont: Michael Kinane aboard Go & Go wins in 2:27.2

Baseball Record

1990 Dodger Eddie Murray ties Mickey Mantle with baseball's switch hit HRs in 10 games

French Open Women's Tennis

1990 French Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles of Yugoslavia wins her first Grand Slam singles title; beats Steffi Graf 7-6, 6-4

  • 1991 1st WLAF World Bowl, Wembley Stadium, London: London Monarchs beat Barcelona Dragons, 21-0

French Open Men's Tennis

1991 French Open Men's Tennis: Jim Courier wins first career Grand Slam title; beats fellow American Andre Agassi 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4

  • 1991 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Jim Albus wins his only career major title by 3 strokes from New Zealander Bob Charles, Charles Coody and Dave Hill
  • 1993 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens beat LA Kings, 4-1 for a 4-1 series win; Canadiens' 24th SC Championship
  • 1996 French Open Men's Tennis: Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia wins his first Grand Slam title; beats Germany's Michael Stich 7-6, 7-5, 7-6
  • 2001 133rd Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Point Given wins in 2:26.80
  • 2001 Stanley Cup Final, Pepsi Center, Denver, CO: Colorado Avalanche beat defending champion New Jersey Devils, 3-1 for 4-3 series win; Avalanche 2nd title

French Open Women's Tennis

2001 French Open Women's Tennis: American Jennifer Capriati wins her second major title; beats Kim Clijsters of Belgium 1-6, 6-4, 12-10

LPGA Championship

2002 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Se Ri Pak of South Korea wins second of 3 titles in this event; finishes 3 strokes ahead of Beth Daniel

  • 2002 French Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Spanish final Albert Costa beats Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 for his lone major title
  • 2002 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio: Fuzzy Zoeller wins his only Champions Tour title by strokes ahead of runners-up Hale Irwin and Bobby Wadkins
  • 2003 Stanley Cup Final, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, NJ: New Jersey Devils beat Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 3-0 for 4-3 series win
  • 2007 139th Belmont: John Velazquez aboard Rags To Riches wins in 2:28.74
  • 2007 French Open Women's Tennis: Justine Henin wins her 3rd consecutive French singles crown; beats Ana Ivanović of Serbia 6-1, 6-2
  • 2010 Stanley Cup Final, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA: Chicago Blackhawks edge Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3 in OT for a 4-2 series win; first Championship for Chicago since 1961
  • 2011 Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy announces agreement to examine brains of recently deceased San Francisco 49ers football players Joe Perry and John Henry Johnson for signs of injury [1]
  • 2012 144th Belmont: John Velazquez aboard Union Rags wins in 2:30.42
  • 2013 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Locust Hill CC: Inbee Park wins her 3rd major title in a sudden-death playoff, defeating runner-up Catriona Matthew of Scotland on the 3rd extra hole

French Open Men's Tennis

2013 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3; first man to win same Grand Slam title 8 times

Sports History

2013 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Shoal Creek G&CC: David Frost of South Africa wins his lone career major title by 1 stroke from Fred Couples

  • 2015 Chris Heston of the San Francisco Giants becomes first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the 2015 MLB season; blanks New York Mets, 5-0
  • 2016 MLB Draft: Philadelphia Phillies select La Costa Canyon HS (CA) shortstop Mickey Moniak at #1

Sports History

2017 Tennis player Venus Williams is involved in a car accident that leads to death of another passenger in Palm Beach, Florida; police later clear her of fault

  • 2018 French Open Women's Tennis: Romanian Simona Halep wins her first Grand Slam singles title beating American Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
  • 2018 150th Belmont Stakes: Justify wins with Mike Smith aboard to become 13th Triple Crown winner
  • 2019 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1; 3rd straight French singles title; 12th overall; first to win 12 singles titles at same Grand Slam; 18th major
  • 2019 Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz shot while visiting in his native Dominican Republic
  • 2022 The controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series gets underway at the Centurion Club, Hertfordshire; PGA suspends 17 participating players