On This Day

July 1940 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 9 8th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-0 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis
  • Jul 25 American John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hours, 46 minutes from St. Louis to Caruthersville, Missouri in the Mississippi River; 292 miles, longest solo swim of all time
  • Jul 28 Yankee Charlie Keller hits 3 HRs to beat White Sox 10-9
  • Jul 29 SV. Urk Dutch soccer team forms

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Craig Brown, Scottish soccer wing half, coach and administrator (Scotland manager 1993-2001), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jul 3 César Tovar, Venezuelan MLB baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1994)
  • Jul 3 Lance Larson, American 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic silver 1960), born in Monterey Park, California
  • Jul 6 Viktor Kuzkin, Soviet ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), born in Moscow (d. 2008)
  • Jul 9 Jair da Costa, Brazilian soccer winger (1 cap; Internazionale), born in Santo André, Brazil
  • Jul 10 Keith Stackpole, Australian cricketer (aggressive Australian opener 1966-74), born in Collingwood, Australia
  • Jul 10 Tommy Troelsen, Danish soccer striker (16 caps; Vejle Boldklub) and broadcaster (Danmarks Radio, dk4), born in Nykøbing Mors, Denmark (d. 2021)
  • Jul 18 Joe Torre, American baseball outfield and manager (Braves, Mets, 1971 NL MVP), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 21 Denis Menke, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1969, 70; Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds) born in Bancroft, Iowa (d. 2020)
  • Jul 22 Yuriy Klimov, USSR, team handball (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jul 25 John Pennel, American pole vaulter (James E Sullivan Award-1963), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1993)
  • Jul 26 Michael Slive, American college sports executive (Commissioner SEC), born in Utica, New York (d. 2018)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 3 George Shepstone, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1896-99), dies
  • Jul 14 Bill Howell, cricketer (18 Tests for Aust 1898-1905), dies