On This Day

July 1921 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 1 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen of France beats doubles specialist Elizabeth Ryan 6-2, 6-0 for her 3rd straight Wimbledon singles title

  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bill Tilden beats South African Brian Norton 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 for the third of 10 Grand Slam singles titles

Boxing Title Fight

Jul 2 In boxing's first million dollar gate ($1.7m), world heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey KOs Frenchman Georges Carpentier in round 4 of his 3rd title defence; crowd 91,000 at Boyle's Thirty Acres in Jersey City, New Jersey

Baseball Record

Jul 12 Babe Ruth sets record of 137 career home runs

  • Jul 12 Indians (9) & Yankees (7) combine for an AL record 16 doubles
  • Jul 18 Babe Ruth achieves 139 home runs and becomes the all-time home run leader in Major League Baseball, taking the title from Roger Connor
  • Jul 18 Babe Ruth smacks a home run a MLB record 575 feet in New York Yankees' 10-1 win over the Tigers at Detroit's Navin Field
  • Jul 21 Indians (9) & Yankees (7) hit a record 16 doubles

US Golf Open

Jul 22 US Open Men's Golf, Columbia CC: Englishman Jim Barnes wins the 3rd of his 4 major titles by 9 strokes ahead of runners-up Walter Hagen and Fred McLeod

  • Jul 23 Edward Gourdin of US sets long jump record at 25' 2 3/4"
  • Jul 24 15th Tour de France won by Leon Scieur of Belgium

Sports History

Jul 29 Cleveland's 125th anniversary celebration: Cy Young, 54, pitches 2 inn


Birthdays in Sport

Ezzard Charles

Jul 7 Ezzard Charles, American world heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), born in Lawrenceville, Georgia (d. 1975)

  • Jul 10 Eunice Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and founder (Special Olympics), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 2009)
  • Jul 12 Bob Fillion, French Canadian ice hockey player, born in Thetford Mines, Quebec, Canada (d. 2015)

Toni Stone

Jul 17 Toni Stone, American baseball second baseman (first woman to play in men's Negro League), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1996)

  • Jul 20 Ted Schroeder, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1942, Wimbledon 1949), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2006)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 2 Edwin Evans, Australian cricket spin bowler (6 Tests; 7 wickets), dies at 72