On This Day in Sport for July 5

Events in Sport

  • 1902 Australia won the one & only Test Cricket played at Sheffield
  • 1904 Giants 18-game winning streak ends as Phillies win 6-5 in 10 inn
  • 1904 4th Davis Cup: British Isles beats Belgium in Wimbledon (5-0)
  • 1906 23rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dorothea Chambers beats M Bundy (6-3 9-7)
  • 1906 30th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Laurence Doherty beats Frank Riseley (6-4 4-6 6-2 6-3)
  • 1907 24th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: May Bundy beats Dorothea Chambers (6-1 6-4)
  • 1907 31st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Norman Brookes beats Arthur Gore (6-4 6-2 6-2)
  • 1914 Boston Braves are 15 games back in NL, & win World Series
  • 1919 32nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: S Lenglen beats Chambers (10-8 4-6 9-7)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1919 Red Sox Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs in a game for his 1st of 72 times

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1924 44th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jean Borotra beats R Lacoste (6-1 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-4)
  • 1929 42nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Moody beats Helen Jacobs (6-1 6-2)
  • 1930 50th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bill Tilden beats W Allison (6-3 9-7 6-4)
  • 1935 Chicago Cubs are 10½ games back in NL, & go on to win the pennant
  • 1935 55th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Fred Perry beats G von Cramm (6-2 6-4 6-4)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1937 Joe DiMaggio's 1st grand slammer

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio

Sport awardGolf Major

1946 75th British Golf Open: Sam Snead shoots a 290 at St Andrews

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 1947 54th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Margaret Osborne beat Doris Hart (6-2 6-4)
  • 1947 Larry Doby signs with Cleveland Indians-1st black player in AL
  • 1949 NY Giants purchase Monty Irvin & Henry Thompson, their 1st African American players
  • 1951 Dodgers sweep the Giants & lead by 7½ games (Giants will win pennant)
  • 1952 59th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats L Brough (7-5 6-3)
  • 1953 Jackie Pung wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • 1954 Last day of Test Cricket for Khalid Hassan aged 16 yrs, 356 days

Sport awardTennis Open

1957 71st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Lew Hoad beats Ashley Cooper (6-2 6-1 6-2)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • 1957 85th British Golf Open: Bobby Locke shoots a 279 at St Andrews
  • 1958 65th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Althea Gibson beats A Mortimer (8-6 6-2)
  • 1961 St Louis Cardinal Bill White hits 3 HRs & a double

Sport awardTennis Open

1968 82nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats Tony Roche (6-3 6-4 6-2)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Philadelphia 76'ers trade Wilt Chamberlain to LA Lakers

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1969 83rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats John Newcombe (64 57 64 64)

Sport awardGolf Major

1970 25th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Donna Caponi Young

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • 1973 Test Cricket umpiring debut of H D "Dickie" Bird v NZ at Leeds

Sport awardTennis Open

1974 81st Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats Olga Morzova (60 64)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardTennis Open

1975 89th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Arthur Ashe beats Jimmy Connors (61 61 57 64)

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • 1980 87th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Evonne Goolagong beats Chris Evert (61 76)

Sport awardTennis Open

1980 94th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats John McEnroe (16 75 63 67 86)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • 1981 9th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Jan Stephenson
  • 1983 NJ Devils purchase AHL Maine Mariners as their farm team

Sport awardTennis Open

1986 93rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Hannah Mandlikova (76 63)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Sport awardTennis Open

1987 101st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pat Cash beats Ivan Lendl (7-6 6-2 7-5)

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987 As' Mark McGwire is 1st rookie to hit 30 home runs before All Star break

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1987 Jane Geddes wins LPGA Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • 1989 Mark McGwire's gets 100th HR, 2nd fastest (1400 at bats) (to Kiner)
  • 1989 Toronto Blue Jays are 10 games back in AL, & go on to win AL East

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Zina Garrison upsets Steffi Graf in Wimbledon semi-finals

Tennis Player Zina Garrison
Tennis Player
Zina Garrison
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1991 Colorado Rockies & Florida Marlins given final approval by owners
  • 1991 Lillian Cucuzza wins name Florida baseball team contest (Marlins)
  • 1992 106th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Agassi beats Ivanisevic (67 64 64 16 64)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1992 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1993 As' Rickey Henderson is 2nd to hit leadoff homers in doubleheader

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1994 Boxer Buster Douglas comes out of a diabetic coma
  • 1997 104th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Hingis beats Jana Novotna

Sport awardTennis Open

1998 112th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats G Ivanišević (6-7 7-6 6-4 3-6 6-2)

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras

Sport awardTennis Open

2009 116th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (7-6 6-2)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

2009 123rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick (5-7 7-6 7-6 3-6 16-14), winning a record 15th Grand Slam titles

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
  • 2014 121st Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Petra Kvitová beats Eugenie Bouchard (6-3 6-0)
  • 2017 Arsenal Football Club break their transfer record, paying 52.7 million pounds for Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1879 Dwight Filley Davis, US Sect of War/donated tennis' Davis Cup
  • 1886 Nathaniel Niles, American figure skater and tennis player, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1932)
  • 1905 Jock "Herbie" Cameron [Horace Brakenridge Cameron], South African cricket keeper (captain), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province (d. 1935)
  • 1915 John Woodruff, American athlete (d. 2007)
  • 1923 John McKay, WV, football coach (USC, Tampa Bay, 5X Rose Bowl champ)
  • 1929 Tony Lock, English cricketer and left-arm spinner who took 174 wickets for England, born in Limpsfield, Surrey (d. 1995)
  • 1939 Booker Edgerson, American football player
  • 1942 Johannes Löhr, German footballer and trainer
  • 1943 Curt Blefary [Curtis Le Roy], American baseball player (1965 AL rookie of year, The Sporting News Rookie of the Year), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1950 Gary Matthews, baseball player (1973 NL rookie of year)
  • 1951 Richard "Goose" Gossage, relief pitcher (Yankees, Padres, A's)
  • 1954 John Wright, NZ cricketer (opening batsman 1978-92)
  • 1956 James Lofton, NFL wide receiver (Bills, Packers, Raiders)
  • 1957 David Pinkney, British Touring Car Racer
  • 1957 Doug Wilson, Canadian hockey player
  • 1959 Tim Shaw, cricketer (South African ODI slow lefty 1991)
  • 1964 Salim Raza, UAE cricket all-rounder (1996 World Cup)
  • 1965 Lucy Han, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-7th-1994), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1966 Gianfranco Zola, Italian footballer
  • 1967 Tim Worrell, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1968 Molly Brock, rower (Olympics-96), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1968 Nate Singleton, NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers)
  • 1968 Shahid Anwar, cricketer (Pakistani all-rounder 1996 England tour)
  • 1968 Alex Zülle, Swiss cyclist
  • 1969 Haylea Petrie, Australian softball outfielder (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1969 John Leclair, St Albans VT, NHL forward (Team USA, Philadelphia)
  • 1969 John Oostendorp, 220 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Oly-96), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1969 Joshua Crayton, Redondo Beach California, kayak (alt-Olympics-96)
  • 1970 Doug Bochtler, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1970 Maureen Lee, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971 Donna Faber, tennis star, born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1971 Derek McInnes, Scottish footballer
  • 1972 Robert Esmie, Jamaica, Canadian 4X100m runner (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1972 Tatsuhito Takaiwa, wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1973 Christy Rowe, soccer defender (Olympics-96), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1973 Michael Sykora, Pardubice CZE, NHL defenseman (Sharks, Oly-gold-98)
  • 1973 Marcus Allbäck, Swedish footballer
  • 1973 René Spies, German bobsledder
  • 1974 Márcio Amoroso, Brazilian footballer
  • 1975 Ai Sugiyama, tennis star, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1975 Chris Gratton, Brantford, NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1975 Christoph Brandner, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1975 Todd Macdonald, Charlestown, NHL goalie (Florida Panthers)
  • 1975 Hernán Crespo, Argentinian footballer
  • 1976 Nuno Gomes, Portuguese footballer
  • 1977 Nicolas Kiefer, German tennis player.
  • 1979 Stiliyan Petrov, Bulgarian footballer
  • 1979 Amélie Mauresmo, French tennis player
  • 1980 David Rozehnal, Czech footballer
  • 1981 Jesse Crain, Canadian baseball player
  • 1982 Alberto Gilardino, Italian footballer
  • 1982 Philippe Gilbert, Belgian cyclist
  • 1983 Zheng Jie, Chinese tennis player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

2003 Actress Elizabeth Banks (29) weds sportswriter and producer Max Handelman (30) at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills


Deaths in Sport

  • 1913 Alfred Lyttelton, cricketer (Eng wk 1880-84 demon lob bowler), dies
  • 1920 John Shuter, cricketer (scored 28 in only Test for England 1888), dies
  • 1938 John McIlwraith, cricketer (Tests for Australia), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1979 Elizabeth Ryan, tennis ace (won 19 Wimbledon titles), dies at 87

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • 1985 Jack Robertson, South African cricket spinner (3 Tests v Aust 1935-36), dies
  • 1998 Sid Luckman, American football player (b. 1916)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2002 Ted Williams, baseball hall of famer and last player to bat over.400 in a single season (Boston Red Sox) dies at 84

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 2003 Roman Lyashenko, Russian ice hockey player (b. 1979)
  • 2004 Rodger Ward, American race car driver (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Bob Probert, Canadian professional ice hockey forward. (b. 1965)