On This Day: June 2
They say we should use this time to learn something new – so we thought we’d offer up a history lesson free of charge!
We’re going to be recapping all the important sporting moments each and every day as we look to fill the void our beloved sports have left behind.
So if it’s AFL, NRL, Basketball, Cricket, Golf or even Wrestling, be sure to return each morning as we take a trip back through the history books to relive some of the great sporting moments On This Day.
1935 – The Babe Retires
The ‘Great Bambino’ laced em’ up for the final time on this day in 1935 when he took the field as a member of the Boston Braves in game number 2,503.
With his body falling apart and his play declining and his appearances limited to only a part-time role, Ruth knew the end was coming at the beginning of the season, but he still possessed a desire to earn a managerial role.
Unfortunately, an argument with Braves owner Edwin Fuchs tarnished his chance as a potential candidate for a future job at the Yankees, sending Ruth into a state of depression.
He retired with 714 home runs and 2,873 hits next to his name, and died 11-years later.
1973 – Margaret Court Wins Her Fifth French Open Title
Margaret Court became a five-time winner at Roland Garros on this day in 1973 when she defeated Chris Evert in three sets to claim the singles crown.
Court retired with 24 Grand Slam singles titles to her name, which remains the most in women’s tennis history.
In 1973 she also became the first mother of the Open Era to win the Australian, French and US Open championships.