Historic Moments in Sports: June 15 Highlights

On June 15, sports history has seen numerous monumental events. Here are some of the most significant:

  • In 1901, Willie Anderson claimed the U.S. Open title, edging out Alex Smith by one stroke in a thrilling playoff.
  • Johnny Vander Meer of the Cincinnati Reds pitched his second consecutive no-hit game in 1938, a feat celebrated during the first night game at Ebbets Field against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • The 1947 U.S. Open saw Lew Worsham secure victory over Sam Snead by just one stroke in a nail-biting final hole of their playoff.
  • 1951 marked Joe Louis’s final knockout victory, adding to his legendary boxing career.
  • Dick Mayer triumphed over Cary Middlecoff in the 1957 U.S. Open playoff by a commanding seven strokes.
  • Orville Moody narrowly clinched the 1969 U.S. Open, surpassing competitors by a single stroke.
  • Shirley Englehorn won the 1970 LPGA Championship, outplaying Kathy Whitworth by four strokes in the playoff.
  • In 1980, Jack Nicklaus set a record at the U.S. Open, scoring 272 over 72 holes—his fourth U.S. Open win.
  • Thomas Hearns retained his WBC light middleweight title in 1984, knocking out Roberto Durán in just two rounds at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas.
  • Pinklon Thomas defended his WBC heavyweight title in 1985 by knocking out Mike Weaver during the eighth round in Las Vegas.
  • Ray Floyd became the oldest golfer to win the U.S. Open in 1986 at age 43, marking his final major victory.
  • Michael Spinks defeated Gerry Cooney in 1987 for The Ring heavyweight boxing title at Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  • Carl Lewis maintained his long jump winning streak at the 1991 U.S. Championships in New York with a dramatic final jump.
  • Roy Jones Jr. defended his IBF super middleweight title in 1996 after playing in a USBL basketball game earlier that day.
  • Ernie Els secured his second U.S. Open championship in 1997 with a standout performance.
  • The LA Lakers set an NBA record in 2001 by finishing the playoffs with a 15-1 record, marking the best playoff run in NBA history.
  • In 2003, the San Antonio Spurs captured their second NBA title with Tim Duncan named MVP.
  • Jim Furyk won the 2003 U.S. Open, tying the lowest 72-hole score in the tournament’s history.
  • The Detroit Pistons claimed the NBA championship in 2004, overcoming the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Tiger Woods forced an 18-hole playoff at the 2008 U.S. Open with a dramatic last-stroke birdie.
  • The Boston Bruins clinched the Stanley Cup in 2011, their first since 1972.
  • Germany’s Martin Kaymer dominated the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
  • The San Antonio Spurs won their fifth NBA championship in 2014.
  • Duncan Keith led the Chicago Blackhawks to an NHL title in 2015.
  • Christiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the 2018 World Cup match between Portugal and Spain.
  • In a major 2019 NBA trade, Anthony Davis was traded to the LA Lakers from the New Orleans Pelicans.