On This Day in Sport for July 8

Events in Sport

  • 1898 Phillies' Red Donahue no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
  • 1900 1st night baseball, league game (Zanesville at Grand Rapids)
  • 1902 John McGraw, accused by Ban Johnson of trying to wreck Baltimore & Washington clubs, negotiates his release from the Orioles
  • 1905 22nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: May Bundy beats Dorothea Chambers (6-3 6-4)
  • 1905 29th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Laurence Doherty beats N Brookes (8-6 6-2 6-4)
  • 1909 1st pro baseball game (minor league) played under lights
  • 1911 35th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Anthony Wilding beats H Roper-Barrett (6-4 4-6 2-6 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

1912 29th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Ethel Larcombe beats Charlotte Cooper (6-3 6-1)

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • 1912 36th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Anthony Wilding beats A Gore (6-4 6-4 4-6 6-4)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1918 Babe Ruth's blast over the fence in Fenway scores Amos Strunk, the Red Sox win 1-0 over Cleve, prevailing rules reduce Babe's HR to a triple

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1922 35th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen beats M Mallory (6-2 6-0)
  • 1928 Phillies set record of errorless 25 inning doubleheader
  • 1933 46th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Moody beats D Round (6-4 6-8 6-3)

Sport awardGolf Major

1933 68th British Golf Open: Denny Shute shoots a 292 at Old Course at St Andrews

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Denny Shute
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Denny Shute
  • 1935 3rd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve
  • 1938 Would be start of England v Australia Test Cricket at Old Trafford Washout
  • 1938 73rd British Golf Open: Reg Whitcombe shoots a 295 at Royal St George's Golf Club

Sport awardTennis Open

1939 59th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bobby Riggs beats E Cooke (2-6 8-6 3-6 6-3 6-2)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • 1941 9th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
  • 1946 Baseball grants $5,000 minimum salary
  • 1947 14th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-1 at Wrigley Field, Chicago
  • 1949 Monte Irvin & Hank Thompson are 1st blacks to play for NY Giants
  • 1950 57th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Louise Brough beats M duPont (6-1 3-6 6-1)
  • 1952 19th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-2 in 5 at Shibe Park, Phila
  • 1955 84th British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 281 at St Andrews
  • 1956 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Syracuse Golf Open
  • 1957 Baseball Owners re-elect Commissioner Ford Frick
  • 1958 25th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Memorial Stadium, Balt

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1962 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Kelly Girls Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth

Sport awardTennis Open

1967 74th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Anne Jones (63 64)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1970 SF Giant Jim Ray Hart is 8th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (5th)
  • 1973 Mary Lou Crocker wins LPGA MARC Equity Golf Classic Crocker
  • 1973 NY Mets are 12½ games back in NL and go on to win pennant
  • 1974 Yank shortstop Jim Mason ties record with 4 doubles in 9 inn game

Sport awardTennis Open

1978 92nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Jimmy Connors (62 62 63)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • 1979 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • 1980 51st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-2 at Dodger Stadium, LA
  • 1980 All star MVP: Ken Griffey (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1983 Rudi Koopmans retains European middleweight title

Sport awardTennis Open

1984 98th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe beats Jimmy Connors (6-1 6-1 6-2)

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • 1984 Lauri Peterson wins LPGA Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic
  • 1985 Marge Schott becomes CEO of Cincinnati Red
  • 1990 Brewers beat Angels 20-7, including 13 in 5th inning
  • 1990 FIFA World Cup: Germany beats Argentina 1-0 for football's 14th World Cup in Rome
  • 1990 Tina Purtzer wins LPGA Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic
  • 1990 Trailing 7-0, Brewers tie Angels & then score 13 in 5th to win 20-7
  • 1991 Pitts Pirate Pres Carl Barger becomes 1st President of Fla Marlins
  • 1991 Major league umpire Steve Palermo & former NFL defensive lineman Terence Mann were shot trying to help 2 waitresses from being robbed
  • 1992 Florida Marlins unveil their uniform

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Preliminary trial rules there is enough evidence to try O.J. Simpson

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

Sport awardTennis Open

1995 102nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis Open: Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (4-6 6-1 7-5)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1997 68th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Jacobs Field, Cleveland

Sport awardTennis Open

2001 108th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Justine Henin (6-1 3-6 6-0)

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • 2006 113th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Amélie Mauresmo beats J Henin-Hardenne (2-6 6-3 6-4)
  • 2007 114th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Marion Bartoli (6-4 6-1)

Sport awardTennis Open

2007 121st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal (7-6 4-6 7-6 2-6 6-2)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal

Sport awardTennis Open

2012 119th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats A Radwańska (6-1 5-7 6-2)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2012 126th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Murray (4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4)
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup: Germany defeat Brazil by a record 7-1 in the semi-finals to make it to the final; Miroslav Klose of Germany breaks the World Cup goal scoring record with 16 goals
  • 2015 The NFL's Washington Redskins have their trademark vacated on the grounds it may cause offence to native Americans
  • 2017 British Lions tie 15-15 with New Zealand All Blacks in their 3rd rugby match to tie the series

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1878 Jimmy Quinn, Scottish footballer (d. 1945)
  • 1911 Ken Farnes, cricket bowler (fast England in pre-WW II years)
  • 1923 Harrison Dillard, 100m runner (Oly-4 gold-1948, 52), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1931 Roone Arledge, American President of ABC Sports (Monday Night Football), born in NYC, New York

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports
Roone Arledge
  • 1935 John David Crow, football player (Heisman Trophy 1957)
  • 1941 Dario Gradi, Italian-born football manager
  • 1949 Dale Hoganson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1952 Ulrich Wehling, German DR, cross country (Olympic-gold-1972, 76, 80)
  • 1952 Jack Lambert, American football player
  • 1956 Millard Frank Hampton, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1976), born in Fresno, California
  • 1957 Clyde Butts, cricketer (West Indies off-spinner late eighties)
  • 1960 Jeff Stork, Longview Wash, volleyball setter (Olympics-G-88, B-92, 96)
  • 1962 Martin Pavlu, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
  • 1963 Bob Ctvrtlik, volleyball outsider (Oly-G-88, B-92, 96), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1963 Mike Ridley, Canadian NHL center (Vancouver Canucks), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1963 Pablo Magallon, jockey
  • 1964 Alexei Gusarov, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1967 Mikhail Borodulin, hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan 1998)
  • 1968 C B Washington, NFLer (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1968 Glen Featherstone, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968 Michel Langerak, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • 1969 Bobby Ayala, Oxnard CA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1969 Dana Hall, NFL safety (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1969 Ernie Young, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Lisa Arce, Manhattan Beach CA, WPVA volleyballer (National-4th-1995)
  • 1970 Lisa Powell, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1970 Marlies Askamp, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1970 Todd Martin, American tennis star (1988 USTA Boys' 18), born in Hinsdale, Illinois

Tennis Player Todd Martin
Tennis Player
Todd Martin
  • 1971 Jeff Kopp, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1971 John Achterberg, soccer player (NAC)
  • 1972 Brandon Rock, 800m runner, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1972 Jay Bellamy, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 Karl Dykhuis, Sept-iles, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • 1972 Saurav Ganguly, Indian cricketer (centuries in 1st two Tests for India 1996), born in Behala, Kolkata
  • 1972 Tom Hutton, NFL punter/kicker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1974 Demetrius Allen, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1976 Michael Renfurm, Surinam/Dutch soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1976 Staci Wilson, soccer defender (Olympics-96), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • 1976 Talal El Karkouri, Moroccan footballer
  • 1977 Wang Zhizhi, Chinese basketball player
  • 1980 Robbie Keane, Irish footballer
  • 1981 Anastasia Myskina, Russian tennis player
  • 1982 Hakim Warrick, American basketball player
  • 1983 Jaroslav Janiš, Czech racing car driver
  • 1983 John Bowker, American baseball player
  • 1986 Renata Costa, Brazilian footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1968 MLB baseball player Reggie Jackson (22) weds his college sweetheart Jennie Campos

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson

HeartWedding of Interest

1977 NFL coach Mike Ditka (37) weds Diana Trantham in Dallas County, Texas

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • 2000 Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (28) weds Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey player Bret Hedican (29) at the Mauna Lani Resort in Kona, Hawaii

Deaths in Sport

  • 1948 Dave Nourse, cricketer (45 Tests for South Africa 1902-24), dies
  • 1973 Wilfred Rhodes, cricketer (4187 1st-class wickets, most ever), dies
  • 1986 Skeeter Webb, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • 1988 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (b. 1905)
  • 1990 Malcolm Hilton, English cricket slow left-arm (4 Tests), dies
  • 2015 Ken "The Snake" Stabler, NFL quarterback (Oak Raiders, Super Bowl XI), dies at 69