On This Day in Sport for July 21

Events in Sport

  • 1884 1st Test Cricket match played at Lord's

Sport awardTennis Open

1896 13th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Charlotte Cooper beats A Pickering (6-2 6-3)

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • 1896 20th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Harold Mahony beats W Baddeley (6-2 6-8 5-7 8-6 6-3)
  • 1923 Phillies score 12 in 6th & beat Cubs 17-4
  • 1945 Detroit Tigers & Philadelphia A's play 24 inning 1-1 tie
  • 1956 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brooks Lawrence loses after 13 straight wins
  • 1957 1st black to win a major US tennis tournament (Althea Gibson)
  • 1957 39th PGA Championship: Lionel Hebert at Miami Valley GC Dayton Ohio
  • 1957 Marilynn Smith/Fay Crocker wins Hot Springs 4-Ball Golf Tournament
  • 1959 Red Sox are last team to use a black player (Pumpsie Green)

Sport awardGolf Major

1963 45th PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 279 at Dallas AC Dallas

  • 1964 Mildred Simpson runs female world record marathon (3:19:33)
  • 1968 50th PGA Championship: Julius Boros shoots a 281 at Pecan Valley TX
  • 1968 Carol Mann wins LPGA Buckeye Savings Golf Invitational
  • 1968 55th Tour de France won by Jan Janssen of Netherlands
  • 1970 Clay Kirby has a no-hitter going for 8 inn, but is lifted for a pinch hitter, Reliever Jack Baldschun gives up 3 hits & Padres lose, 3-0
  • 1972 Dodgers release & end career of pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Braves Hank Aaron hits Ken Brett's fastball for his 700th HR

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1974 29th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Sandra Haynie
  • 1974 61st Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • 1975 Billy Martin fired as Texas Rangers manager
  • 1975 NY Met Félix Millán hits 4 singles; erased by Joe Torres 4 double plays

Sport awardGolf Major

1979 108th British Golf Open: Seve Ballesteros shoots a 283 at Royal Lytham

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • 1985 114th British Golf Open: Sandy Lyle shoots a 282 at Royal St George
  • 1985 Judy Clark wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • 1985 72nd Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1989 Mike Tyson KOs Carl Williams in 1:33 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1991 120th British Golf Open: Ian Baker-Finch shoots 272 at Royal Birkdale

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1991 Betsy King wins LPGA JAL Big Apple Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • 1993 Angela Kennedy swims world record 50 m butterfly stroke (26.93)
  • 1995 KC Royals set club-record of 22 singles in 15 innings
  • 1996 125th British Golf Open: Tom Lehman shoots a 271 at Royal Lytham
  • 1996 Dottie Pepper wins LPGA Friendly's Golf Classic
  • 1996 Wayne Gretzky signs a 2 year deal with NY Rangers
  • 1996 83rd Tour de France won by Bjarne Riis of Denmark
  • 2002 131st British Golf Open: Ernie Els shoots a 278 at Muirfield Golf Links

Sport awardGolf Major

2013 142nd British Golf Open: Phil Mickelson shoots a 281 at Muirfield Golf Links

  • 2013 100th Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1895 H G "Nummy" Deane, South African cricket Test captain (1927-31)
  • 1908 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American professional golfer (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Bob Orton, American wrestler (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Gene Alec Littler, PGA golfer (1961 US Open), born in San Diego, California
  • 1932 Ernie Warlick, American football player
  • 1934 Chandu Borde, cricket batsman (55 Tests for India 1959-67)
  • 1935 Moe Drabowsky, baseball player (d. 2006)
  • 1942 Fred Hetzel, NBA star (SF, Cincinnati, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1942 Mike Hegan, MLB player (NY Yankees), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1943 Jerry McGee, New Lexingon OH, PGA golfer (1975 Pensacola Open)
  • 1945 Barry Richards, extraordinary cricket batsman (4 Tests for South Africa)
  • 1945 Geoff Dymock, Australian cricket left-arm pace bowler (1974-80)
  • 1946 Zbigniew Kaczmarek, Poland, lightweight (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1947 Chetan Chauhan, Indian cricket opener (Gavaskar's partner for a while)
  • 1948 Ed Hinton, American sportswriter
  • 1949 Ludmila Smirnova, USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • 1949 Al Hrabosky, baseball player
  • 1950 Ubaldo Fillol, Argentinian footballer
  • 1951 Doug Collins, US, basketball player (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • 1951 Slick Watts, NBA (Seattle SuperSonic)
  • 1953 Brian Talbot, British footballer
  • 1959 Stuart Young-Black, Cheshire England, Canadian equestrian (Oly-96)
  • 1960 Fritz Walter, German footballer
  • 1961 Don Wilson, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1961 Henry Ellard, NFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins)
  • 1963 Kevin Poole, English footballer
  • 1965 Gudni Bergsson, Icelandic footballer
  • 1965 Jovy Marcelo, Filipino racing driver (d. 1992)
  • 1966 Larisa Neiland, Lvov Ukraine, tennis star (1996 Essen winner)
  • 1967 Lance Painter, Bedford England, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1967 Tore Meinecke, West Germany, tennis star
  • 1968 Brandi Chastain, soccer forward (Olympics-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1968 Christian Perthaler, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1968 Dina Ammaccapane, Bayport NY, LPGA golfer (1994 Sara Lee Classic-4th)
  • 1968 Johnnie Barnes, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1968 Lyle Odelein, Quill Lake Sask, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, Montreal)
  • 1968 Robert Anthony Gamez, PGA golfer (1990 Nestle), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1970 Bryce Florie, Charleston FLA, pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • 1970 Steven "Scrappy" Segaloff, rower (Olympics-5th-1996), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1972 Dennis Military man, soccer player (Sparta/Vitesse)
  • 1972 Joe Rudolph, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972 Kimera Bartee, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1972 Martin Miller, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • 1972 Shinjiro Otani, wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1973 Stephen Clarke, Sutton Coldfield England, Canada swimmer (Oly-br-92, 96)
  • 1973 Steve Taneyhill, WLAF QB (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1974 Geoff Jenkins, American baseball player
  • 1975 Mike Sellers, CFL defensive end (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1975 Ravindra Pushpakumara, Sri Lankan cricketer (Test pace bowler)
  • 1977 Allison Wagner, 200m/400m medley swimmer (Olympics-silver-96)
  • 1977 Paul Casey, English golfer
  • 1978 Kyoko Iwosoki, Japan, 100m breaststroke swimmer (Oly-gold-92, 96)
  • 1978 Gary Teale, Scottish football player
  • 1979 David Carr, American football player
  • 1979 Tamika Catchings, American basketball player
  • 1980 CC Sabathia, American baseball player
  • 1981 Stefan Schumacher, German cyclist
  • 1981 Joaquín Sánchez, Spanish footballer
  • 1981 Titus Bramble, English footballer
  • 1983 Kellen Winslow II, American football player
  • 1984 Liam Ridgewell, English footballer
  • 1984 Paul Davis, American basketball player
  • 1985 Von Wafer, American basketball player
  • 1988 Chris Mitchell, Scottish footballer
  • 1989 Chris Gunter, Welsh footballer
  • 1992 Rachael Flatt, American figure skater

Weddings in Sport

  • 2005 Tennis star player Lleyton Hewitt (24) weds "Home and Away" TV actress Bec Cartwright (22) at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia

Deaths in Sport

  • 1927 J J Lyons, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies
  • 1932 Bill Gleason, late 19th century baseball player
  • 1943 Charles William Paddock, 100m runner (Olympic-gold-1920), dies at 42
  • 1957 Rockley Wilson, cricketer (bro of Clem, Test for England 1921), dies
  • 1967 Jimmy Foxx, baseball hall of famer (Det Tigers/534 HRs), dies at 59
  • 1970 Bob Kalsu, American football player (b. 1945)
  • 1972 Ralph Craig, American athlete (b. 1889)
  • 1991 Paul Warwick, English racing driver (b. 1969)
  • 1995 Jon Boulle, motorcyclist, dies at 59
  • 2003 John Davies, New Zealand Olympic Committee president (b. 1938)
  • 2017 Peter Doohan, Australian professional tennis player, dies from motor neurone disease at 56