On This Day

July 1926 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Frenchman Jean Borotra wins his second Wimbledon singles title 8-6, 6-1, 6-3 over American Howard Kinsey
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Briton Kitty Godfree wins her second Wimbledon singles title with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Spaniard Lilí Álvarez

US Golf Open

Jul 10 US Open Men's Golf, Scioto CC: Amateur Bobby Jones, winner of the British Open 2 weeks earlier, claims the second of his 4 US Opens, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Joe Turnesa

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones

World Record

Jul 12 Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:26.2)

Runner nicknamed the Flying Finn Paavo Nurmi
Runner nicknamed the Flying Finn
Paavo Nurmi
  • Jul 13 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000m (8:20.4)
  • Jul 17 Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:11.4)
  • Jul 18 20th Tour de France won by Lucien Buysse of Belgium
  • Jul 22 Cincinnati Reds right fielder Curt Walker ties National League record of 2 triples in an inning in a 13-1 rout of the Boston Braves

Birthdays in Sport

Alfredo Di Stéfano

Jul 4 Alfredo Di Stéfano, Argentine soccer forward (Spain 31 caps, Argentina 6, Colombia 4; European Cup 1956-60; Real Madrid) and manager (European Cup Winners' Cup: 1980 Valencia), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2014)

Soccer forward and coach Alfredo Di Stéfano
Soccer forward and coach
Alfredo Di Stéfano
  • Jul 24 Hans Günter Winkler, German equestrian (5 x Olympic gold 1956 [2], 60, 64, 72), born in Barmen, Germany (d. 2018)
  • Jul 25 Whitey Lockman, American baseball player, born in Lowell, North Carolina (d. 2009)
  • Jul 29 Don Carter, American pro bowler (6 x Bowler of the Year; first athlete to earn $1m in single endorsement deal [Ebonite International]), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)