On This Day

July 1928 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-French final René Lacoste beats defending champion Henri Cochet 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Moody wins 2nd of 4 consecutive Wimbledon singles titles beating Lilí Álvarez 6-2, 6-3
  • Jul 7 American Edward Hamm sets then long jump world record at 25' 11" at Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jul 8 Phillies set record of errorless 25 inning doubleheader
  • Jul 12 1st televised tennis match
  • Jul 15 22nd Tour de France: Defending champion Nicolas Frantz of Luxembourg holds yellow jersey from start to finish; his Alcyon team has all 3 podium positions
  • Jul 26 In only his second and final defence of his world heavyweight boxing title, Gene Tunney scores an 11-round TKO win over Tom Heeney at Yankee Stadium, NYC
  • Jul 26 Yanks score 11 runs in 12th beating Tigers 12-1
  • Jul 27 Kent cricket leg-spinner Tich Freeman becomes only bowler ever to take 200 first-class wickets before end of July
  • Jul 28 IX Summer Olympic Games open in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jul 29 Cleveland Indians score 17 in 1st 2 inns to beat Yanks 24-6 at Dunn Field they also set a record with 24 singles in 1 game
  • Jul 29 23rd Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (4-1)
  • Jul 29 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Home team retains title as Henri Cochet beats American Bill Tilden 9-7, 8-6, 6-4 for 3-1 lead; ends 4-1
  • Jul 31 Halina Konopacka of Poland hurls discus world record 39.62m to win first gold medal in women's Olympic athletics at the Amsterdam Games; American Lillian Copeland and Ruth Sveberg of Sweden take minor medals
  • Jul 31 In the first women’s Olympic track event, American sprinter Elizabeth Robinson equals her own world record 12.2s to win 100m gold medal in Amsterdam; Canadians Fanny Rosenfeld & Ethel Smith dead-heat (12.3s)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 9 Federico Bahamontes, Spanish road racing cyclist, born in Santo Domingo-Caudilla, Spain
  • Jul 10 Jack Nel, South African cricketer (South African opening bat in 6 Tests 1949-57), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • Jul 10 Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentine-Italian racing driver and car manufacturer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2003)
  • Jul 11 Marcos Calderón, Peruvian soccer coach (Peru 1975-79; Copa América 1975), born in Lima, Peru (d. 1987)
  • Jul 15 Pál Benkő, Hungarian-American chess player, author (Grandmaster; record 8 US Open Championships), born in Amiens, France (d. 2019)
  • Jul 16 Jim Rathmann, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1960; Race of Two Worlds at Monza 1958), born in Alhambra, California (d. 2011)
  • Jul 21 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (d. 1998)
  • Jul 23 Cy Young, American athlete and only US male to win gold in javelin throwing (1952 Olympics), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)
  • Jul 26 Don Beauman, British Formula One racing driver, born in Farnborough, Hampshire, England (d. 1955)
  • Jul 30 Valentin Muratov, Russian gymnast (4 gold, 1 silver medals 1952, 1956 Olympics), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2006)
  • Jul 30 Joe Nuxhall, American baseball pitcher and sportscaster (youngest MLB player at 15 years, 316 days), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2007)