July 1957 in Sports History

Events in Sport

British Golf Open

Jul 5 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: South African Bobby Locke wins his 4th Open by 3 strokes from defending champion Peter Thomson of Australia

  • Jul 5 England cricket batsman Tom Graveney scores a brilliant 258 in the drawn 3rd Test v West Indies at Trent Bridge

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Althea Gibson becomes the first black female athlete to win Wimbledon beating Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2

  • Jul 8 Baseball Owners re-elect Commissioner Ford Frick
  • Jul 9 24th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-6 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis

44th Tour de France

Jul 20 44th Tour de France: French cyclist Jacques Anquetil wins first of 5 general classification titles

Sports History

Jul 21 1st black to win a major US tennis tournament (Althea Gibson)

  • Jul 21 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Miami Valley GC: Lionel Hebert wins 2 & 1 from Dow Finsterwald; last time event played under match-play format
  • Jul 25 Peter Loader takes a cricket hat-trick for England v WI at Headingley

Sports History

Jul 26 Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 200

  • Jul 28 MLB Chicago White Sox outfielder Jim Landis strikes out 5 times in a loss to the Orioles in Baltimore

Boxing Title Fight

Jul 29 Floyd Patterson TKOs Tommy Jackson in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Grant Dalton, New Zealand sailor (Whitbread Round the World Race) and head of Team New Zealand in the America's Cup, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jul 1 Hannu Kamppuri, Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (NHL NJ Devils), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jul 1 Sean O'Driscoll, Irish soccer midfielder and manager (Rep Ireland 3 caps, Bournemouth FC), born in Wolverhampton, England
  • Jul 5 David Pinkney, British Touring car racer, born in Bridlington, England
  • Jul 5 Doug Wilson, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottaw, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 6 Mario Martinez, US Olympic weightlifter (Olympic-4th-1988), born in Salinas, California
  • Jul 6 Ron Duguay, Canadian hockey player (NY Rangers, Detroit Red Wings), born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 8 Clyde Butts, West Indian cricket spin bowler (7 Tests, 10 wickets; Guyana), born in Perseverance, Guyana
  • Jul 12 Manabu Kitabeppu, Japanese Baseball HOF pitcher (Hiroshima Toyo Carp; 7 x NPB All-Star; Central League MVP 1986), born in Soo, Kagoshima, Japan (d. 2023)
  • Jul 14 Peter Webb, NZ cricketer (batsman against West Indies 1980)
  • Jul 16 Włodzimierz Smolarek, Polish soccer wing/midfield (60 caps; RTS Widzew Łódź, FC Utrecht, Eintracht Frankfurt, Feyenoord), born in Aleksandrów Łódzki, Poland (d. 2012)

Nick Faldo (66 years old)

Jul 18 English golfer (US Masters 1989, 90, 96; British Open 1987, 90, 92), born in Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire

  • Jul 22 Dave Stieb, American MLB pitcher (7-time All Star, Blue Jays), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Jul 23 Larry Stefanki, American tennis star, born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Jul 25 Bogdan Musioł, German bobsledder (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Świętochłowice, Silesia, Poland
  • Jul 26 Jeff Blatnick, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2012)

Wayne Grady (66 years old)

Jul 26 Australian golfer (PGA C'ship 1990), born in Brisbane, Queensland

  • Jul 29 Nellie Kim, Soviet gymnast (Olympic-3 golds-1976), born in Shurab, Tajik SSR
  • Jul 30 Bert Oosterbosch, Dutch cyclist, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • Jul 30 Bill Cartwright, American basketball center, coach (3-time NBA champion, Chicago Bulls), born in Lodi, California
  • Jul 30 Clint Hurdle, American baseball player and manager, born in Big Rapids, Michigan
  • Jul 31 Irina Nazariva, Sovet sprinter (USSR 4 X 400m relay Olympic gold 1980)
  • Jul 31 Leon Durham, American baseball 1st baseman, outfielder (Chicago Cubs; MLB All Star 1982-83, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 3 Dolf Luque, Cuban Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1919, 33; MLB wins leader & MLB ERA leader 1923; Cincinnati Reds, NY Giants), dies at 66
  • Jul 9 Manfred Julius Susskind, South African cricketer (1924 Test series), dies
  • Jul 21 Rockley Wilson, English cricketer (brother of Clem, Test for England 1921), dies at 78