July 1920 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 1 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Cinque Ports GC: Scotsman George Duncan erases 13 stroke deficit after 36 holes to win his only major title; first Open played since WWII
  • Jul 1 St Louis Cardinals become tenants of their AL rival St Louis Browns, as they abandon Robison Field midway through the MLB season and return to Sportsman's Park

Sports History

Jul 1 Washington Senators pitching legend Walter Johnson no-hits Boston Red Sox 1-0 at Fenway Park, the only no-hitter of his illustrious career

  • Jul 1 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: French superstar Suzanne Lenglen beats Dorothea Chambers 6-3, 6-0 to complete a sweep after taking the women's & mixed doubles titles
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bill Tilden, becomes first American male to win Wimbledon beating defending champion Gerald Patterson of Australia 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
  • Jul 6 New York Yankees score MLB record 14 runs in 5th inning of a 17-0 rout of Washington Senators

Baseball Record

Jul 10 Cleveland's future Baseball HOF outfielder Tris Speaker has his then record hitting streak of 11 stopped by Tom Zachary; Indians beat Washington Senators, 8-4 at Griffith Stadium

  • Jul 16 15th Davis Cup: USA beats Australasia in Auckland (5-0)

Baseball Record

Jul 19 Babe Ruth hits his 30th home run of the 1920 baseball season, breaking his own single-season record. He would attain 54 throughout the season, before breaking that record the next year.

  • Jul 20 Dutch soccer club Sportclub Heerenveen is formed; initially known as Athleta; KNVB Cup Champions 2008–09
  • Jul 27 14th Tour de France: Belgian rider Philippe Thys becomes first to win the race 3 times
  • Jul 27 Resolute beats Shamrock IV (England) in 14th running of America's Cup

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 4 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee (NBA Supervisor of Officials 1977–81; ABA Supervisor of the Officials 1969–73), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • Jul 6 César Rodríguez Álvarez, Spanish soccer forward (12 caps; Barcelona) and manager (Zaragoza, Barcelona), born in León, Spain (d. 1995)
  • Jul 13 Bill Towers, English footballer (d. 2000)
  • Jul 16 Anwar Hussain, Pakistani cricketer (four Tests for Pakistan v India 1952-53), born in Lahore, British India (d. 2002)
  • Jul 17 Juan Antonio Samaranch, Spanish sports administrator (7th President International Olympic Committee 1980-2001), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2010)
  • Jul 17 Rudolf Karpati, Hungarian sabres (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • Jul 18 Eric Brandon, British racing driver, born in East Ham, Essex (d. 1982)
  • Jul 19 Robert Christiani, West Indian cricketer (brother of Cyril WI batsman in 22 Tests), born in Georgetown, British Guiana (d. 2005)
  • Jul 26 Bob Waterfield, American football quarterback (NFL MVP 1945; First-team All-Pro 1945, 46, 49; Pro Bowl 1950, 51; Cleveland/LA Rams), born in Elmira, New York (d. 1983)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 5 John Shuter, cricketer (scored 28 in only Test for England 1888), dies