July 1939 in Sport

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 3 Lou Gehrig day; Gehrig makes "luckiest man" speech

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Jul 4 Red Sox Jim Tabor hits 2 grand slams in 1 game
  • Jul 4 Yankees retire 1st uniform (Lou Gehrig #4), 1st Old Timers Day

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 52nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Alice Marble beats Kay Stammers (62 60)

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • Jul 7 74th British Golf Open: Dick Burton shoots a 290 at St Andrews

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 8 59th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bobby Riggs beats E Cooke (2-6 8-6 3-6 6-3 6-2)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • Jul 9 A meeting of 6,000 Indians, held at the Indian Sports Ground in Johannesburg South Africa, launch the Passive Resistance Campaign against apartheid and racial policy in South Africa
  • Jul 11 7th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Yankee Stadium, New York NY Yankee/AL maanager Joe McCarthy starts 6 Yankees
  • Jul 17 22nd PGA Championship: Henry Picard at Pomonok CC Flushing NY
  • Jul 25 NY Yankee Atley Donald sets AL rookie record with 12 consecutive win
  • Jul 26 Yankee catcher Bill Dickey hits 3 consecutive HRs
  • Jul 30 33rd Tour de France won by Sylvere Maes of Belgium

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 5 Booker Edgerson, American football player
  • Jul 6 Helena Dupont, American equestrian 3-day even (Olympic-33rd place-1964)
  • Jul 6 Man Mohan Sood, cricketer (scored 0 & 3 in his only Test for India)
  • Jul 6 Mary Peters, England, pentathlete (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Jul 7 Laurie Silvers, horse trainer
  • Jul 11 Larry Laoretti, Mahopac NJ, PGA golfer (US Seniors Open 1992)
  • Jul 15 Haseeb Ahsan, Pakistani cricket off-spinner (12 Tests 1958-62)
  • Jul 18 Jerry Moore, American football coach
  • Jul 24 Bob Lilly, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jul 24 Walter Bellamy, New Bern NC, NBA center (Knicks/Olympic gold 1960), (d. 2013)
  • Jul 27 Irv Cross, NFL sportscaster (CBS-TV)
  • Jul 31 Roger Prideaux, English cricketer (England batsman in 3 Tests 1968-69), born in Chelsea, London

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 7 Deacon White, American baseball player and a star during the first two decades of the sport's professional era, dies at 91
  • Jul 19 Tom Hayward, cricketer (35 Tests for England, 1999 runs), dies