On This Day

July 1917 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 1 Reds' Fred Toney pitches 2 complete games in doubleheader victories over Pirates, allows 3 hits each game, fewest allowed by any pitcher winning 2 MLB games in one day
  • Jul 1 In contravention of state law, Robins (Dodgers) play their 1st Sunday MLB game in Brooklyn; owner and manager arrested but escape with a fine; Robins edge Philadelphia, 3-2

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 3 João Saldanha, Brazilian journalist and football manager, born in Alegrete, Brazil (d. 1990)
  • Jul 6 Hugo Yarnold, English cricketer (Worcestershire keeper & Test umpire), born in Worchester, England (d. 1974)
  • Jul 6 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • Jul 10 Hugh Alexander, American baseball player, born in Buffalo, Missouri (d. 2000)
  • Jul 17 Lou Bourdeau, baseball player and manager (1948 AP Athlete of Year)
  • Jul 23 Ray Scarborough, American MLB pitcher (All Star 1950), born in Mount Gilead, North Carolina (d. 1982)
  • Jul 24 Simon Slåttvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Valnesfjord, Norway (d. 2001)
  • Jul 24 Jack Moroney, Australian cricketer, born in Macksville, New South Wales (d. 1999)
  • Jul 26 Bertil Nordahl, Swedish soccer midfielder and manager (15 caps; Atalanta; Olympic gold 1948), born in Hörnefors, Sweden (d. 1998)
  • Jul 26 Richard Burnell, British rower (Olympic gold 1948), born in Henley-on-Thames, England (d. 1995)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 14 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (Tour de France 1910), dies when shot down as WWI fighter pilot at 29
  • Jul 31 Charlie Finlason, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies