On This Day

July 1945 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Baseball Record

Jul 1 First MLB superstar to return from WW II, Hank Greenberg homers in his 1st game (Detroit beats Philadelphia A's 9-5)

  • Jul 6 Washington Senator Rick Ferrell catches a record 1,722 games
  • Jul 12 Chicago Cubs beat Boston, 6-1 to halt Braves outfielder Tommy Holmes' modern-day record NL hitting streak at 37 games

PGA Championship

Jul 15 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Morraine CC: Byron Nelson wins 5th and final major title and 2nd PGA title; beats ex-MLB player Sam Byrd 4 & 3

  • Jul 16 Australian Services win 3rd Victory Test Cricket by 4 wickets
  • Jul 21 Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia A's play 24 inning 1-1 tie
  • Jul 27 Cubs purchase pitcher Hank Borowy from NY Yankees

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 3 Iain MacDonald-Smith, English yachtsman (Olympic gold Flying Dutchman 1968), born in Oxford, England
  • Jul 4 Steinar Amundsen, Norwegian sprint canoeist (Olympic gold K-4 1000m 1968; World C'ship gold 1970, 75), born in Bærum, Norway (d. 2022)
  • Jul 5 Ebbe Skovdahl, Danish soccer manager (Brøndby IF, Benfica, Aberdeen), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2020)
  • Jul 5 Jim Fuller, American college football coach and athletics administrator (coach 1977-83; AD 2003-08 Jacksonville State University), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2021)

Virginia Wade

Jul 10 Virginia Wade, English tennis player (US Open 1968, Australian Open 1972, Wimbledon 1977), born in Bournemouth, England

  • Jul 10 John Motson, British football broadcaster (BBC), born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • Jul 10 Toni Fritsch, Austrian soccer forward (9 caps; Rapid Vienna) and American football kicker (Super Bowl 1971 Dallas Cowboys; Pro Bowl 1979), born in Petronell-Carnuntum, Austria (d. 2005)
  • Jul 12 Dimitar Penev, Bulgarian soccer player and union coach (Lokomotiv/CSKA), born in Mirovyane, Bulgaria
  • Jul 13 Ashley Mallett, Australian cricket spin bowler (38 Tests, 132 wickets, best 8/59; South Australia), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2021)
  • Jul 16 Barry Dudleston, English cricketer and cricket umpire, born in Bebington, Cheshire
  • Jul 20 Betty Burfeindt, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1976), born in NYC, NY
  • Jul 20 Jake Scott, American College Football Hall of Fame safety (Uni of Georgia; 5×Pro Bowl; 2×First-team All-Pro; Super Bowl 1972 [MVP], 73; Miami Dolphins), born in Greenwood, South Carolina (d. 2020)
  • Jul 21 Barry Richards, South African extraordinary cricket batsman (4 Tests for South Africa), born in Durban, South Africa
  • Jul 21 Geoff Dymock, Australian cricket left-arm fast bowler (21 Tests, 78 wickets; 15 ODIs), born in Maryborough, Queensland
  • Jul 21 John Lowe, English darts player (BDO world champion 1979, 87, 93), born in New Tupton, Derbyshire

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 20 Arthur Seccull, South African cricketer (Test v England 1896), dies