July 1959 in Sport

Events in Sport

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3rd 73rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Alex Olmedo beats Rod Laver (6-4 6-3 6-4)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

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3rd 88th British Golf Open: Gary Player shoots a 284 at Muirfield Gullane

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player

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4th 66th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maria Bueno beats Darlene Hard (6-4 6-3)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard

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6th 5th LPGA Championship won by Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 7th 26th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
  • 9th Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Open

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9th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Hoosier Celebrity Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 12th NBC uses cameras to show catchers signals during ankee-Red Sox game
  • 18th African American William 'Bill' Wright is the 1st coloured person to win a major golf tournament (U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships)
  • 18th 46th Tour de France won by Federico Bahamontes of Spain
  • 19th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Machine International Golf Open Alliance
  • 21st Red Sox are last team to use a black player (Pumpsie Green)
  • 26th Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 27th William Shea announces plans to have a baseball team in NYC in 1961
  • 30th In his major league debut, SF Giant Willie McCovey goes 4-for-4

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1st Anne Smith, tennis star, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 2nd Eduardo Bengoechea, Argentina, tennis star
  • 2nd Hoogie Drexler, jockey
  • 3rd Stoyan Deltchev, Bulgaria, horizontal bar gymnist (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 5th Tim Shaw, cricketer (South African ODI slow lefty 1991)
  • 6th Tahir Naqqash, cricketer (Pakistani pace-bowler in 15 Tests 1982-85)
  • 12th Judi Adams, Phoenix Az, archer (Olympics-1980, 96)
  • 14th Rodney Rash, horse trainer
  • 16th Gary Anderson, NFL kickerk (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 21st Stuart Young-Black, Cheshire England, Canadian equestrian (Oly-96)
  • 24th Brian Fogt, Dayton OH, Nike golfer (1992 Ft Wayne Open-7th)
  • 24th Edward Liddie, Union Ga, Judo fighter (Olympic-bronze-1984)
  • 27th David East, cricketer
  • 29th Brian James Claar, PGA golfer (1991 AT&T-2nd), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 30th Petra Felke, German DR, javelin thrower (world record 1988)
  • 31st Mike Bielecki, pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 31st Peter Senior, Australian golfer, born in Singapore

Divorces in Sport

Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

2nd MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (28) divorces Mollye Louise after 6 years of marriage

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

Deaths in Sport

  • 11th C W L Parker, cricketer (3,776 1st-class wickets, 2nd best ever), dies