On This Day

July 1958 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Ashley Cooper wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating Neale Fraser 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 13-11

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Althea Gibson beats Angela Mortimer of England 8-6, 6-2 to successfully defend her title

Tennis Player Althea Gibson
Tennis Player
Althea Gibson
  • Jul 5 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Australian Peter Thomson wins by 4 strokes in a 36-hole playoff with Welshman Dave Thomas, for his 4th Open title
  • Jul 7 England cricket batsman Arthur Milton scores an unbeaten 104 in his Test debut, drawn 3rd Test v NZ at Headingley
  • Jul 8 25th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Memorial Stadium, Balt
  • Jul 19 45th Tour de France won by Charly Gaul of Luxembourg
  • Jul 20 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Llanerch CC: Dow Finsterwald wins 1st PGA C'ship held in current stroke play format; wins by 2 from Billy Casper
  • Jul 20 Detroit Tigers pitcher Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24 Ted Williams is fined $250 for spitting at Boston fans again

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Jul 24 Test Cricket debuts against NZ for Dexter, Illingworth & Subba Row

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Nancy Lieberman, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard and coach (Olympic silver 76), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 1 Dave Waymer, American NFL safety (NO Saints), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1993)
  • Jul 3 Robert Foth, American sport shooter (Olympics silver 1992), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Jul 6 Mark Benson, English cricketer (played Test England v India 1986, 30 & 21), born in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England
  • Jul 7 Michael Marx, American foil and epee fencer (Olympic-84, 88, 92, 96), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jul 9 Bob Crudgington, Australian softball head coach (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Jul 11 Hugo Sánchez, Mexican footballer
  • Jul 12 Michael Robinson, Irish soccer striker (24 caps, Republic of Ireland; Brighton & Hove Albion) and Spanish TV host (Canal+, El día después), born in Leicester, England (d. 2020)
  • Jul 13 Joy Scott, American jockey, born in California
  • Jul 15 Dan Forsman, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin
  • Jul 23 Ken Green, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Danburry, Connecticut
  • Jul 26 Ramona Neubert, German long jumper and pentathlete (Olympic 4th 80), born in Pirna, Germany

Person of interestChristopher Dean

Jul 27 Christopher Dean, English ice dancer (Torvill & Dean; Olympic gold 1984), born in Calverton, Nottinghamshire, England

Ice Dancer Christopher Dean
Ice Dancer
Christopher Dean
  • Jul 28 Terry Fox, Canadian one-legged distance runner (Marathon of Hope 1980), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1981)
  • Jul 30 Daley Thompson, British decathlete (Olympic gold 1980, 84), born in London, England
  • Jul 31 Mark Cuban, American businessman and basketball team owner (NBA's Dallas Mavericks), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 19 NFL coach Don Shula (28) weds first wife Dorothy Bartish

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 2 Joe Jeannette, American boxer (world coloured champion 1909), dies at 78
  • Jul 22 Karl Nunes, cricketer (1st WI Test captain 1928), dies