On This Day

July 1952 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 1 The first NASCAR Grand National event is run outside of the US with Buddy Shuman winning the 200-lap race at Stamford Park, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Australian Frank Sedgman wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating Czech Jaroslav Drobný 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Louise Brough 7-5, 6-3 for the first of 3 straight Wimbledon crowns
  • Jul 8 19th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-2 in 5 at Shibe Park, Phila
  • Jul 11 British Golf Men's Open, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: 3 titles in 4 years for Bobby Locke of South Africa beating Australian Peter Thomson by a stroke
  • Jul 19 XV Summer Olympic Games open in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jul 19 39th Tour de France won by Fausto Coppi of Italy
  • Jul 20 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic Record 10K (29:17.0)
  • Jul 24 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record 5K (14:06.6)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 26 Mickey Mantle hits his 1st grand-slammer

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Jul 27 Swedish race walker John Mikaelsson makes it back-to-back gold medals in the 10k event at the Helsinki Olympics, having won the corresponding race in London in 1948

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Steve Shutt, Canadian NHL left wing (5-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Willowdale, Canada
  • Jul 3 Wasim Raja, British-Pakistani cricketer (bro of Rameez, Pakistani lefty bat & leggie), born in Multan, Punjab, Dominion of Pakistan
  • Jul 3 Peter Mathebula, South African boxer (WBA flyweight title 1980-81), born in Mohlakeng, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • Jul 8 Ulrich Wehling, German Nordic skier (3 Olympic golds 1972, 76, 80), born in Halle an der Saale, Germany
  • Jul 8 Jack Lambert, American football player
  • Jul 10 Ludmilla Tourischeva, Russian gymnast (nine-time Olympic medalist for the Soviet Union), born in Grozny, Russia
  • Jul 16 Phil Carrick, English cricketer (Yorkshire County Cricket Club), born in Armley, Yorkshire, England (d. 2000)
  • Jul 18 James Forbes, American basketball player (Olympic silver 1972), born in Fort Rucker, Alabama
  • Jul 22 Herbert Chang, West Indian cricket batsman (1979)
  • Jul 23 Paul Hibbert, Australian cricketer (one Test Aust v India 1977, scored 13 & 2), born in Brunswick, Australia (d. 2008)
  • Jul 26 Lyudmila Maslakova, Soviet relay runner (Olympic silver 1980), born in Astrakhan
  • Jul 27 Hannu-Pekka Hänninen, Finnish sports commentator, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jul 31 Alan Autry, American NFLer (Green Bay Packers), actor (In the Heat of the Night) and politician (23rd Mayor of Fresno), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Jul 31 Helmuts Balderis, Latvian International Hockey Hall of Fame right wing, coach (Latvia, Soviet Union, Minnesota North Stars), born in Riga, Latvia

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 21 Silvio Cator, Haitian athlete and long jumper (Olympic silver 1928), dies at 51
  • Jul 27 Roland Pope, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885), dies
  • Jul 31 N B F "Tufty" Mann, cricketer (South African slow lefty 1947-51), dies