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July 1955 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 1 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Tony Trabert beats Kurt Nielsen of Denmark 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 for his only Wimbledon success

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
Tennis Player Kurt Nielsen
Tennis Player
Kurt Nielsen

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Jul 2 US Open Women's Golf, Wichita GC: Uruguayan Fay Crocker beats Louise Suggs & Mary Lena Faulk by 4 to become the tournament's first overseas winner

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Louise Brough beats fellow American Beverly Fleitz 7-5, 8-6 for her 4th Wimbledon singles title
  • Jul 8 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Peter Thomson of Australia wins the 2nd of 3 consecutive Open titles, 2 strokes clear of runner-up John Fallon
  • Jul 12 22nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-5 in 12 at County Stad, Milw
  • Jul 16 Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina clinches his third Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by finishing 2nd to fellow Mercedes driver Sterling Moss in the British Grand Prix at Aintree
  • Jul 17 1st LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Orchard Ridge CC: Beverly Hanson wins by 3 shots from Louise Suggs
  • Jul 22 Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-3 to complete a team record 11-game winning streak; longest win-streak since 1892
  • Jul 23 NY Yankees Bob Cerv and E Howard are 1st to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Jul 26 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Meadowbrook CC: Doug Ford scores a 4 & 3 win over Cary Middlecoff in the Tuesday final; first of 2 majors (Masters 1957)
  • Jul 26 Last day as Test Cricket umpire for Frank Chester
  • Jul 30 42nd Tour de France: French cyclist Louison Bobet claims last of his 3 straight general classification victories

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Mike Rossman, American boxer (world light-heavyweight champion 1978-79) born in Turnersville, New Jersey
  • Jul 3 Matt Keough, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1978; Oakland A's), born in Pomona, California (d. 2020)
  • Jul 5 Peter McNamara, Australian tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1979, Wimbledon doubles 1980, 82), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2019)
  • Jul 7 Len Barker, American baseball player, born in Fort Knox, Kentucky
  • Jul 9 Willie Wilson, American baseball player, born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jul 11 Sergey Babinov, USSR, ice hockey star (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Jul 17 Christopher Chappell, Canadian cricketer, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 19 Roger Binny, Indian cricket medium-pace all-rounder (early 80's), born in Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Jul 24 Lubov Odinokova, USSR, team handball (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Jul 27 Allan Border, Australian cricketer (captain of Australia team), born in Cremorne, New South Wales, Australia

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 2 NFL placekicker Pat Summerall (25) weds Kathy Jacobs

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 9 Don Beauman, British Formula One racing driver, dies at 26