On This Day in Sport for July 4

Events in Sport


Sport awardTennis Open

1900 17th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Blanche Bingley beats Charlotte Cooper (4-6 6-4 6-4)

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • 1900 24th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Reginald Doherty beats Stan Smith (6-8 6-3 6-1 6-2)
  • 1905 Philadelphia A's beat Boston Red Sox 4-2 in 20 inning game

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1907 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1908 NY Giant George "Hooks" Witse no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0 in 10 inn

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1910 Jack Johnson KOs James J Jeffries in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1911 White Sox Ed Walsh stops Ty Cobb's 40-game hitting streak as Cobb goes 0 for 4

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1912 Jack Johnson TKOs Jim Flynn in 9 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1913 37th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Anthony Wilding beats Maurice E. McLoughlin (8-6 6-3 10-8)
  • 1913 30th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dorothea Chambers beats W McNair (6-0 6-4)
  • 1914 31st Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dorothea Chambers beats E Larcombe (7-5 6-4)
  • 1914 38th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Norman Brookes beats A Wilding (6-4 6-4 7-5)
  • 1919 Cincinnati Reds are 10½ games back in NL, & win World Series

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1919 Jack Dempsey KOs Jess Willard in Cuba for heavyweight championship

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1923 Jack Dempsey beats Tommy Gibbon in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1925 45th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rene Lacoste beats J Borotra (6-3 6-3 4-6 8-6)
  • 1926 Baronie soccer team forms in Breda Neth

Sport awardTennis Open

1930 43rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Moody beats Elizabeth Ryan (6-2 6-2)

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1932 Bradman scores 260, a North American record, v Western Ontario

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1936 49th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Hull Jacobs beats H Sperling (6-2 4-6 7-5)
  • 1938 1st game at Shribe Park, Phila; Braves beat Phillies 10-5
  • 1939 Red Sox Jim Tabor hits 2 grand slams in 1 game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 Yankees retire 1st uniform (Lou Gehrig #4), 1st Old Timers Day

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1947 61st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jack Kramer beats Tom P Brown (6-1 6-3 6-2)
  • 1947 76th British Golf Open: Fred Daly shoots a 293 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club
  • 1950 Braves Sid Gordon ties season grand slam record with 4
  • 1952 66th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Frank Sedgman beats Jaroslav Drobný (4-6 6-2 6-3 6-2)
  • 1953 60th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (8-6 7-5)
  • 1954 FIFA World Cup: West Germany defeats Hungary 3-2 for footballs 5th World Cup in Bern

Sport awardTennis Open

1958 72nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Ashley Cooper beats N Fraser (3-6 6-3 6-4 13-11)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper

Sport awardTennis Open

1959 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

Sport awardGolf Major

1960 6th LPGA Championship won by Mickey Wright

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1960 Mickey Mantle is 18th to hit 300 HRs

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1964 71st Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maria Bueno beats Margaret Court (64 79 63)
  • 1965 20th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Carol Mann
  • 1967 Phillies Clay Dairymple ties NL record of 6 walks in doubleheader

Sport awardTennis Open

1969 76th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Ann Jones beats Billie Jean King (3-6 6-3 6-2)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

Sport awardTennis Open

1970 84th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John Newcombe beats Ken Rosewall (57 63 62 36 61)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • 1973 In audience with Italian cyclists, Pope Paul VI praises athletes who "offer the magnificent show of a healthy, strong, generous youth"
  • 1975 82nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong (60 61)
  • 1976 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Bloomington Golf Classic Bicentennial
  • 1977 Cubs use fielder Larry Bittner as a pitcher
  • 1977 Red Sox wallop a major league-record 8 HRs beating Toronto 9-6

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1980 Nolan Ryan is 4th to strikeout 3,000

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Sport awardTennis Open

1981 95th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe beats Bjorn Borg (4-6 7-6 7-6 6-4)

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1982 10th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Sandra Haynie

Sport awardTennis Open

1982 96th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jimmy Connors beats John McEnroe (3-6 6-3 6-7 7-6 6-4)

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 NY Yankee Dave Righetti no-hits the Red Sox

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti
  • 1984 NY Yankee Phil Niekro is 9th to strikeout 3,000

Sport awardTennis Open

1987 94th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Steffi Graf (7-5 6-3)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1987 Imran Khan takes 300th Test Cricket wicket, only Pakistani to do so

Sport awardTennis Open

1988 102nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg beats Boris Becker (46 76 64 62)

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • 1988 KC releases pitcher Dan Quisenberry, whose 238 saves are the 4th most
  • 1989 Red's Tom Browning is 3 outs away from his 2nd career perfect game when Phillie Dickie Thon doubles
  • 1990 Wrestler Brutus Beefcake injured during para-sailing

Sport awardTennis Open

1992 99th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Monica Seles (6-2 6-1)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles

Sport awardTennis Open

1993 107th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Courier (76 76 36 63)

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • 1993 Brandie Burton wins LPGA Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic
  • 1994 FIFA World Cup: USA loses to Brazil 1-0 in 1994 World Cup quarter finals
  • 1995 Birmingham Barracudas play 1st CFL game (vs Winnipeg)

Sport awardTennis Open

1998 105th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Jana Novotná beats Nathalie Tauziat (6-4 7-6)

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
  • 1999 106th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lindsay Davenport beats Steffi Graf (6-4 7-5)
  • 1999 113th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi (6-3 6-4 7-5)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is arrested for sexual assault

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant

Sport awardTennis Open

2004 111th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maria Sharapova beats Serena Williams (6-1 6-4)

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

2004 118th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick (4-6 7-5 7-6 6-4)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • 2004 UEFA European Championship: Greece defeat Portugal 1-0 in Lisbon

Sport awardTennis Open

2010 117th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Vera Zvonareva (6-3 6-2)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

2010 124th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Tomáš Berdych (6-3 7-5 6-4)

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 2015 US golfer Bubba Watson announces he will paint over Confederate flag on Dukes of Hazard car General Lee
  • 2015 20th Super Rugby Championship: Otago Highlanders beat Wellington Hurricanes 21-14
  • 2015 Chile win football's Copa America for the first time
  • 2017 World champion Peter Sagan disqualified from Tour de France for a dangerous act while cycling during stage four

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1880 George Mullin, pitcher (Detroit Tigers-no-hitter on 7/4/1912)
  • 1894 Henry Carlson, basketball coach (originated figure 8 play)
  • 1895 Walderman Marx, cricketer (S Af, 240 on FC debut (then world record))
  • 1910 William T "Champion Jack" Dupree, US boxer/slaughterhouse pianist
  • 1918 Alec Bedser, cricketer (mighty post-war England medium-pacer)
  • 1918 Eric Bedser, cricketer (bro of Alec, Surrey bowler but not England)
  • 1918 Johnnie Parsons, American race car driver (d. 1984)
  • 1920 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee
  • 1922 Ghulam Ahmed, cricketer (off-spinner in 22 Tests for India in 1950's)
  • 1926 Alfredo Di Stéfano, Argentine-Spanish footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1929 Al Davis, American businessman and NFL team owner (Oakland Raiders), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2011)

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • 1929 Bill Tuttle, baseball player
  • 1929 Chuck Tanner, baseball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1930 George Steinbrenner, American businessman and owner of the NY Yankees, born in Rocky River, Ohio (d. 2010)

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • 1930 Yuri Tyukalov, Soviet Olympic rower
  • 1931 Peter Richardson, cricketer (England batsman mid-50's)
  • 1931 Rick Casares, NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Aurèle Vandendriessche, Belgian athlete
  • 1937 Hector Palma, horse trainer
  • 1938 Cyril Mitchley, cricket wicket-keeper (Transvaal, later Test umpire)
  • 1940 Walter Greenman, horse trainer
  • 1942 Hal Lanier, baseball player
  • 1943 Emerson Boozer, NFL running back (NY Jet)/sportscaster
  • 1947 Morganna Roberts, (Baseball's kissing bandit), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1948 Ed Armbrister, baseball player
  • 1948 René Arnoux, France, formula-1 racer (6th place-1980)
  • 1954 Jim Beattie, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1961 Connie Paraskevin-Young, sprint cyclist (Olymp-br-88, 92, 96), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1962 Pam Shriver, Balt MD, tennis star (1991 US Open doubles/Oly-gold-88)
  • 1962 Roland Ratzenberger, driver

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1963 Henri Leconte, French tennis player (French open finalist 1988), born in Lillers, France

Tennis Player Henri Leconte
Tennis Player
Henri Leconte
  • 1963 Jose Oquendo, baseball player
  • 1964 Kevin Sutherland, Nike golfer (1992 Hawkeye Open-2nd), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1964 Cle Kooiman, American soccer player
  • 1965 Eva Dahllof, Ornskoldsvik Sweden, golfer (1995 McCall's Classic-18th)
  • 1965 Harvey Grant, NBA forward (Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Wizards)
  • 1965 John Frawley, Australia, tennis star
  • 1965 Shelley Oates, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1965 Suzanne Peta Strudwick, Knutsford England, golfer (1995 British Open-7th)
  • 1966 Adrian Caldwell, NBA forward/center (Indiana Pacers)
  • 1967 Vinny Castilla, infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 1968 Derek Kevin Loville, NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968 Mark Lenzi, American 3m spring diver (Olympic-gold-1992), born in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1969 David Wittman 1.5k runner, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1969 Tim Jackson, Australian 100m/200m (Olympics-96)
  • 1970 Andrei Cherkasov, USSR, tennis star
  • 1970 Louise Van Voorhis, 470 sailor (Olympics-4th-1992, 96), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1970 Tony Vidmar, Australian former footballer
  • 1971 Steve Rucchin, Thunder Bay, NHL center (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1971 Brendan Donnelly, American baseball player
  • 1972 Steve Giles, St Stephens New Brunswick, canoeist (Olympics-6-92, 96)
  • 1973 Justin Ring, CFL linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1973 Keiko Ihara, Japanese racing driver
  • 1973 Michael Johnson, English-born Jamaican footballer
  • 1973 Jan Magnussen, Danish racing driver
  • 1974 La'Roi Glover, American football player
  • 1975 Reinhard Davis, hockey goaltender (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1976 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (d. 2003)
  • 1978 Tatyana Jecmenica, Novi Sad Yugo, tennis star (1995 Futures-Novi Sad)
  • 1978 Emile Mpenza, Belgian footballer
  • 1981 Francisco Cruceta, Dominican baseball player
  • 1986 Terrance Knighton, American NFL Player, born in Hartford, Connecticut

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1999 Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star player David Beckham (24) weds Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham (25) at the 560-acre Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin, Ireland

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
  • 2012 NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (34) weds "Basketball Wives" TV personality Evelyn Lozada in Saint Martin

HeartWedding of Interest

2015 Music legend Billy Joel (66) weds equestrian Alexis Roderick (33) in Long Island

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel

Deaths in Sport

  • 1971 Joe Cox, cricketer (4 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1979 Lee Wai Tong, Chinese footballer (b. 1905)
  • 1988 Adrian Adonis, [Keith Franke], WWF wrestler, killed in auto accident
  • 1995 Richard "Pancho" Gonzalez, tennis great, dies of stomach cancer at 67
  • 2001 Keenan Milton, Professional Skater (b. 1974)
  • 2005 Hank Stram, American football coach (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Terrence Kiel, American Football Player (b. 1980)
  • 2009 Steve McNair, American football player (b. 1973)
  • 2012 Jimmy Bivins [James], American Hall of Fame boxer, dies from pneumonia at 92