ON THIS Date
1868: General Duke, ridden by Bobby Swim, wins the second Belmont Stakes by two lengths ahead of Northumberland. General Duke covers the 15⁄8 miles in 3:02. 1904: The British Open is scheduled for three days for the first time. The first two rounds are held over two days and the final day remains at 36 holes. Jack White shoots a 296 total at Royal St. George’s Golf Club to finish one stroke ahead of former champions James Braid and J.H. Taylor. 1932: Gene Sarazen leads wire-to-wire to win the British Open by five strokes ahead of Macdonald Smith in Sandwich, England. Sarazen finishes with a tournament record of 283.
1933: Johnny Goodman captures golf’s U.S. Open, the last amateur to win this event.
1934: Italy beats Czechoslovakia 2-1 in extra time in Rome to win the second World Cup.
1944: A rare triple dead heat occurs in the Carter Handicap at Aqueduct with Bossuet, Brownie and Wait a Bit crossing the finish line together.
1950: Sixteen months after near-fatal car accident, Ben Hogan wins the U.S. Open. Hogan beats Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio in an 18-hole playoff at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.
1973: Mary Mills shoots a 63 in the final round of the LPGA Championship to beat Betty Burfeindt by one stroke.
1977: Al Geiberger sets a PGA Championship 18-hole record with a 59 in the Danny Thomas Classic.
1978: Affirmed, ridden by Steve Cauthen, wins the Belmont Stakes to capture the Triple Crown in one of the horse racing’s greatest battles. Affirmed edges Alydar for the third time.
1989: Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings is the NHL’S MVP, winning the Hart Trophy for a record ninth time. 1989: Arantxa Sanchez, 17, becomes the youngest French Open champion and the first Spanish woman to win a Grand Slam event by dethroning Steffi Graf 7-6, 3-6, 7-5. 1989: Easy Goer, the beaten favorite in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, foils Sunday Silence’s bid for the Triple Crown with an eight-length victory in the Belmont Stakes.
2006: Justine Henin-hardenne wins her fifth Grand Slam title and her third at Roland Garros, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4.
2006: Bernard Hopkins wins a unanimous decision over light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver in Atlantic
City, N.J., to cap his 18-year career.
Sports editor: Leif Skodnick, 518-454-5425, email@example.com