July 1941 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Baseball Record

Jul 1 NY outfielder Joe DiMaggio, on way to a record 56, ties Willie Keeler's 44 game MLB hit streak in a 9-2 win over Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium

  • Jul 2 Joe DiMaggio hits a 3-run homer off Boston's Dick Newsome to pass Willie Keeler's MLB record 44 game hitting streak

Sports History

Jul 6 New York Yankees team unveils a monument to former captain Lou Gehrig in center field at Yankee Stadium; the future Hall of Famer died the previous month

  • Jul 8 9th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
  • Jul 13 Eddie Mayo (LA-Pacific Coast League), spits in face of umpire Ray Snyder

PGA Championship

Jul 13 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Vic Ghezzi wins his only major title over defending champion Byron Nelson in 38 holes

  • Jul 16 Joe DiMaggio goes 3 for 4, hitting in his 56th straight game
  • Jul 17 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland
  • Jul 20 Yanks beat Tigers 12-6 in 17
  • Jul 25 41-year-old Lefty Grove wins his 300th and final MLB career game as the Boston Red Sox defeat Cleveland Indians, 10-6 at Fenway Park

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Rod Gilbert, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right-wing, 1960-78 (NY Rangers; first NYR to have # retired), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2021)
  • Jul 7 Lennart Söderberg, Swedish soccer manager (Gefle IF, Västerås SK, IFK Eskilstuna) and defender (2 caps; AIK), born in Torpshammar, Sweden (d. 2022)
  • Jul 7 Marco Bollesan, Italian rugby union number 8 (47 caps; CUS Genova, Partenope) and coach (Italy 1985-88), born in Venice, Italy (d. 2021)
  • Jul 8 Dario Gradi, Italian-born football manager
  • Jul 9 Takehide Nakatani, Japanese lightweight judoka (Olympic gold 1964), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Jul 11 Clive Puzey, Zimbabwean racing driver
  • Jul 13 Grahame Corling, Australian cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 12 wickets, BB 4/60; NSW CA), born in Newcastle, Australia
  • Jul 16 Kálmán Mészöly, Hungarian soccer defender (61 caps; Vasas SC 279 games) and manager (Hungary, Turkey, Fenerbahçe SK), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2022)
  • Jul 17 Bob Taylor, English cricket wicketkeeper (57 Tests, 174 dismissals, 3 x 50s; Derbyshire CCC), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • Jul 17 Daryle Lamonica, American football quarterback (Pro Bowl 1970, 72; AFL MVP 1967, 69; Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills), born in Fresno, California (d. 2022)
  • Jul 17 Morimichi Takagi, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (NPB All-Star 1966–67, 73, 79; Chunichi Dragons), born in Gifu, Japan (d. 2020)
  • Jul 22 Ron Turcotte, Canadian jockey
  • Jul 22 Susie Berning, American golfer (US Women's Open 1968, 72-73, Western Open 1965), born in Pasadena, California
  • Jul 23 Richie Evans, American auto racer (9 x NASCAR Modified Champion 1973, 78-85), born in Westernville, New York (d. 1985)
  • Jul 24 Tony Dunne, Irish soccer left-back (33 caps, Republic of Ireland; Manchester United; Bolton Wanderers; Irish Footballer of the Year 1969), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2020)

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Jul 25 American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (7-time NBA All Star), born in Akron, Ohio

  • Jul 31 Gerry Philbin, American NFL defensive end (All-time All-AFL Team; NY Jets), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 30 Mickey Welch, American Baseball HOF pitcher (third to 300 career wins; Troy Trojans, New York Giants), dies from complications of gangrene of the foot at 82