On This Day

July 1889 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Boxing Title Fight

Jul 8 John L. Sullivan successfully defends last officially sanctioned, bare-knuckle world heavyweight prizefighting championship; Jake Kilrain's trainer throws in towel after 75 x 1-minute rounds near Hattiesburg, Mississippi

  • Jul 8 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw wins his 7th Wimbledon singles title; beats twin brother Ernest Renshaw 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 12 Marty Friedman, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (tied World C'ship series, New York Whirlwinds 1921), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • Jul 17 Joe Dawson, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1912), born in Odon, Indiana (d. 1946)
  • Jul 29 Lajos Asztalos, Hungarian chess player (International Chess Master 1950), born in Pécs, Hungary (d. 1956)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 30 Charles Absolom, cricketer (Test for Eng), dies in an accident