On This Day in Sport for 31st July

Events in Sport

  • 1909 Bill Burns pitching for White Sox has 2nd no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th
  • 1910 8th Tour de France won by Octave Lapize of France
  • 1912 RBC soccer team forms in Roosendaal
  • 1928 1st woman to win a track and field olympic gold medal, Halina Konopacka of Poland

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1930 Lou Gehrig grand slams as Yanks beat Red Sox 14-13

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1932 27th Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (3-2)
  • 1932 26th Tour de France won by Andre Leducq of France
  • 1934 29th Davis Cup: Great Britain beats USA in Wimbledon (4-1)
  • 1934 St Louis Cards defeat Cin Reds 8-6 in 18 innings, pitchers Dizzy Dean & Tony Freitos go the distant
  • 1936 Tokyo Japan is awarded the 1940 Olympics (later cancelled)
  • 1938 32nd Tour de France won by Gino Bartali of Italy
  • 1949 Lightning strikes a baseball field in Fla, kills SS & 3rd baseman
  • 1954 Mil Braves' Joe Adcock sets record of 18 total bases (4 hrs, 1 double)
  • 1955 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Battle Creek Golf Open
  • 1960 Patty Berg wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open
  • 1961 31st All Star Baseball Game: 1-1 tie ends by rain at Fenway, Boston
  • 1962 Statham is Test cricket's leading wkt-taker (229), beating Lindwall
  • 1963 Indians' Woodie Held, Pedro Ramos, Tito Francona, & Larry Brown hit consecutive home runs in one inning (vs California Angels)
  • 1970 37th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Kansas City 24, All Stars 3 (69,940)
  • 1971 Deventer Soccer team Go Ahead Eagles forms

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1973 ABA Virginia Squires trade Julius Erving to NY Nets

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • 1973 Frank Hayes scores 106 on Test Cricket debut v WI as England lose
  • 1976 Waldemar Cierpinski runs Olympic marathon (2:09:55.0)
  • 1977 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Pocono Northeast Golf Classic

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1978 Pete Rose ties NL record hitting streak at 44

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1980 Rangers snap Orioles pitcher Steve Stone's 14-game winning streak
  • 1981 42 day old, 2nd major league baseball strike ends
  • 1983 38th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Jan Stephenson
  • 1984 US men's gymnastics team won team gold medal at LA Summer Olympics

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1987 Oriole Eddie Murray hits his 299th & 300th career home runs

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1988 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Greater Washington Golf Open
  • 1988 Miami Dolphins beat SF 49ers 27-21 in London
  • 1988 Willie Stargell became 200th man inducted in Baseball's Hall of Fame

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1990 Nolan Ryan becomes 20th major league pitcher to win 300 games

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1992 Jeff Rouse swims world record/OR 100m backstroke (53.86 sec)
  • 1992 Kieren John Perkins swims world record/OR 1500m free style (14:43.4)
  • 1992 Tamas Darnyi swims world record/Olympics 200m backstroke (1:59.36)
  • 1992 Yang Wenyi swims world record/OR 50m freestyle (24.79 sec)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1993 A's trade Rickey Henderson to Blue Jays

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1994 28th Curtis Cup: Draw, 9-9
  • 1994 Helen Alfredss wins LPGA Ping Welch's Golf Championship

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1997 A's trade Mark McGwire to St Louis Cardinals

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1894 Fred Keenor, Welsh footballer (d. 1972)
  • 1902 G O "Gubby" Allen, cricketer (in Sydney England non-bodyline quickie)
  • 1904 Arthur Daley, sportswriter (NY Times-Pulitzer 1956)
  • 1912 Bill Brown, cricketer (Australian opener of the 30's & 40's)
  • 1913 Bryan Hextall, NHL hall of famer (NY Rangers)
  • 1916 Verdun Scott, NZ cricketer/rugby player
  • 1919 Curt Gowdy, Green River Wyo, sportscaster (ABC)
  • 1919 Hemu Ramchandra Adhikari, cricketer (Indian righty batsman 1947-59)
  • 1923 Jimmy Evert, American tennis coach and father of Chris Evert, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1929 José Santamaria, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1931 Nick Bollettieri, American tennis coach
  • 1936 Vic Davalillo, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1937 Isabelle F Daniels, Jakin Georgia, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-bronze-56)
  • 1939 Roger Prideaux, cricketer (England batsman in 3 Tests 1968-69)
  • 1943 Carla LPGA golfer, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1951 Evonne Goolagong Cawley, NSW Aust, tennis player (Wimbledon 1971)
  • 1953 Jimmy Cook, cricketer (South African opening batsman 1992)
  • 1954 Derek Smith, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1956 Bill Callahan, American football coach
  • 1957 Irina Nazariva, USSR, 4 X 400m relay (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1957 Leon Durham, American baseball player
  • 1958 Mark Cuban, American businessman and basketball team owner
  • 1959 Mike Bielecki, pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1959 Peter Senior, Australian golfer, born in Singapore
  • 1960 Dale Hunter, Petrolia, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • 1960 lva Budarova, Czechoslovakia tennis star
  • 1961 Chris Hinton, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1961 Susan Sanders, LPGA golfer
  • 1962 Kevin Greene, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1962 Rhonda Reilly,LPGA golfer (1992 Oldsmobile-48th), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1962 Sandra "Sweetness" Hodge, basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)
  • 1962 Troy Murray, Calgary, NHL center (Colorado Avalanche)
  • 1963 Brian Skrudland, Peace River, NHL center (Florida Panthers)
  • 1965 Scott Brooks, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1965 Tom Stankowski, Paris France, Nike golfer
  • 1966 Julie Forbes, Torphins Scotland, golfer (Aberdeenshire champ 1989)
  • 1967 Sean O'Neill, Toledo OH, US Olympic table tennis player (Olympic-92)
  • 1967 Tony Massenburg, NBA forward (Phila 76ers)
  • 1968 Andre Ware, CFL quarterback (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1968 David Bradley Stockton Jr, Redlands CA, PGA golfer (1994 Canon-3rd)
  • 1968 Saeed Al-Saffar, cricketer (UAE batsman 1996 World Cup, later captain)
  • 1969 Richard Griffith, NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1970 David Sacco, Malden MA, NHL left wing (Oly-94, Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1970 Knut Holmann, Norway, rower (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1971 Gus Frerotte, NFL quarterback (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Antonio Langham, NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1972 Jason Gildon, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972 Ray McElroy, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1974 Jonathan Ogden, American football player
  • 1975 Sergei Gusev, Nizhny Tagil Russia, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • 1975 Randy Flores, American baseball player
  • 1975 Mike Lincoln, American baseball player
  • 1976 Paulo Wanchope, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1977 Tim Couch, American football player
  • 1978 Justin Wilson, English race car driver
  • 1979 Per Krøldrup, Danish footballer
  • 1979 Carlos Marchena, Spanish footballer
  • 1979 J. J. Furmaniak, American baseball player
  • 1980 Mils Muliaina, New Zealand and Waikato rugby player
  • 1982 Blessing Mahwire, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1984 Glenn Holt, American football player
  • 1986 Evgeni Malkin, Russian hockey player
  • 1987 Michael Bradley, American soccer player
  • 1989 Victoria Azarenka, Belarusian tennis player, born in Minsk

Weddings & Divorces in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1999 NHL player Phil Esposito (57) weds Bridget Leigh

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 2004 "Ed" actor Tom Cavanagh (35) weds "Sports Illustrated" photo editor Maureen Grise (33) at a 19th-century, cedar-shingled Roman Catholic church in Nantucket, Massachusetts

Divorces in Sport


Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

1980 Karolyn Englehardt divorces baseball manager Pete Rose (39) after 16 years of marriage

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Deaths in Sport

  • 1911 Jack Edwards, cricketer (1888 Ashes tourist), dies
  • 1917 Charlie Finlason, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies
  • 1919 R G Barlow, cricketer (591 runs/34 wickets/17 Tests for England), dies
  • 1943 Hedley Verity, cricketer (144 wickets in 40 Tests), dies in POW camp
  • 1952 N B F "Tufty" Mann, cricketer (South African slow lefty 1947-51), dies
  • 1954 Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver (b. 1923)
  • 1970 Walter Briggs, Jr., American sports executive (b. 1912)
  • 1985 Murray Chapple, cricketer (14 Tests for NZ, 497 runs), dies
  • 1990 Albert Leduc, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • 2006 Paul Eells, American sportscaster (b. 1935)
  • 2009 Sir Bobby Robson, English professional football player and manager (b. 1933)