On This Day

July 1938 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 1 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Don Budge beats England's Henry Austin 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 for the 3rd leg of his Grand Slam

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Helen Jacobs 6-4, 6-0 in 4th final between the pair (Wills Moody won all 4)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Jul 4 Phillies complete move to Shribe Park in Philadelphia, lose 10-5 to Boston Bees
  • Jul 6 6th MLB All Star Game: NL wins 4-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati on 4 AL errors
  • Jul 8 Would be start of England v Australia Test Cricket at Old Trafford Washout
  • Jul 8 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC,: Englishman Reg Whitcombe wins his only major title by 2 strokes from Jimmy Adams of Scotland in treacherous, windy conditions
  • Jul 10 "Yankee Clipper" completes 1st passenger flight over Atlantic
  • Jul 15 Arthur Fagg becomes first batsman in first-class cricket history to score double centuries in both innings of a match; 244 and 202 for Kent v Essex at Colchester

Sport awardPGA Championship

Jul 16 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Shawnee CC: 1934 champion Paul Runyan dominates the heavily favoured Sam Snead, 8 & 7; largest victory margin ever in the event's match play format

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • Jul 20 IOC awards Helsinki, Finland 1940 Summer Olympic Games after Tokyo, Japan withdraws (Second Sino-Japanese War)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 23 Bradman scores 103 in 178 mins on a Headingley sticky, 3rd Test

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jul 28 Don Bradman scores 202 Australia v Somerset, 225 mins, 32 fours
  • Jul 29 Olympic National Park forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 31 MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis suspends New York Yankees outfielder Jake Powell after he said on Chicago radio he kept in shape by "cracking" African Americans over the head with his nightstick

1st MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis
1st MLB Commissioner
Kenesaw Mountain Landis
  • Jul 31 32nd Tour de France: Italian cyclist Gino Bartali wins both general and mountain classifications

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Chester Watson, West Indian cricket fast bowler (7 Tests, 19 wickets), born in Negril, Jamaica
  • Jul 3 Shin Geum Dan, North Korean 400m/800m runner (1962 world record), born in Riwon County, North Korea
  • Jul 4 Cyril Mitchley, South African cricket wicket-keeper (Transvaal, later Test umpire), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
  • Jul 6 Tony Lewis, Welsh cricket batsman and broadcaster (England 9 Tests, captain 1972-73; president MCC; BBC cricket coverage), born in Swansea, Wales
  • Jul 12 Mickey Stratton, Meriden Ct, softball catcher (Hall of Fame 1969)
  • Jul 12 Ron Fairly, American baseball utility and broadcaster (MLB All Star 1973, 77; LA Dodgers, Montreal Expos; Seattle Mariners), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • Jul 12 Wieger Mensonides, Dutch swimmer, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Jul 15 Enrique Figuerola Camue, Cuba, 100m runner (Olympic silver 1964)
  • Jul 18 John Connelly, English footballer (20 English caps), born in St Helens, Lancashire (d. 2012)
  • Jul 20 Roger Hunt, English footballer
  • Jul 24 John Sparling, NZ cricket all-rounder (11 Tests 1958-64)
  • Jul 28 Luis Aragonés, Spanish soccer forward (11 caps; Atlético Madrid) and manager (Spain 2004-08; Atlético Madrid, Barcelona), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2014)
  • Jul 29 Don Wert, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Strasburg, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 30 Vyachselav Ivanenko, Russian race walker (Olympic gold 50k 1988), born in Kemerovo, Russia
  • Jul 30 Vyacheslav Ivanov, Soviet rower (3 Olympic gold single sculls 1956, 60, 64), born in Moscow, Russia

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 4 Suzanne Lenglen, French tennis player (French C'ships 1925-26, Wimbledon 1919-23, 25), dies of anemia at 39
  • Jul 5 John McIlwraith, cricketer (Tests for Australia), dies
  • Jul 14 Robert Poore, cricket batsman (3 Tests for South Africa in 1895-96 series), dies at 72