On This Day

July 1953 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Vic Seixas wins his only Wimbledon singles title with a 9-7, 6-3, 6-4 over Dane Kurt Nielsen

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly wins 3rd leg of her Grand Slam beating fellow American Doris Hart 8-6, 7-5

  • Jul 5 Phillies pitcher Robin Roberts hurls his 28th consecutive MLB complete game in a 2-0 win over Pittsburgh
  • Jul 7 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Birmingham CC: Walter Burkemo wins 2 & 1 from Felize Torza in the Tuesday final; his lone major title
  • Jul 9 Phillies Robin Roberts ends streak of 28 consecutive complete games

British Golf Open

Jul 10 British Open Men's Golf, Carnoustie: In his only Open Championship appearance, Ben Hogan prevails by 4 strokes over Dai Rees, Antonio Cerdá, Peter Thomson, Frank Stranahan

  • Jul 14 20th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati
  • Jul 26 Tour de France: Louison Bobet of France wins first of 3 consecutive Tour general classification events
  • Jul 27 Dizzy Dean, Al Simmons "Chief" Bender, Bobby Wallace, Harry Wright, Ed Barrow, Bill Klem and Tom Connolly inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Pat Donovan, American NFL offensive lineman (4-time Pro Bowl, Dallas Cowboys), born in Helena, Montana
  • Jul 1 Mike Haynes, American NFL cornerback, College/Pro Football Halls of Fame, 9X Pro Bowl (New England Patriots; Los Angeles Raiders), born in Denison, Texas
  • Jul 2 Tony Armas, baseball player
  • Jul 3 Frank Tanana, American MLB pitcher (California Angels), born in Detroit, Michigan

Leon Spinks

Jul 11 Leon Spinks, American boxer (WBC, WBA heavyweight champion 1978; Olympic gold light heavyweight 1976), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2021)

  • Jul 13 Larry Gomes, dependable West Indian cricket left-handed batsman (1976-87)
  • Jul 20 Dan Shaughnessy, American sports writer
  • Jul 21 Brian Talbot, British soccer midfielder (6 caps; Ipswich, Arsenal) and manager (WBA, Hibernian, Rushden & Diamonds, Oldham), born in Ipswich, England

Graham Gooch

Jul 23 Graham Gooch, English cricketer, captain of England, opening batsman and prolific run scorer, born in London

  • Jul 24 Steve Grogan, NFL quarterback (New England Patriots)
  • Jul 29 Ken Burns [Kenneth Lauren], American director and documentary film producer (The Civil War, Baseball), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 31 Jimmy Cook, South African cricket opening batsman (3 Tests), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 11 Oliver Campbell, American tennis player (US Open 1890-92), dies at 82