On This Day

July 1959 in Sport

Events in Sport


Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American-based Peruvian Alex Olmedo wins his only Wimbledon title beating Rod Laver of Australia 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 3 British Open Golf, Muirfield: 23 year old South African Gary Player wins the first of his 9 major titles, 2 strokes clear of runners-up Fred Bullock and Flory Van Donck

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maria Bueno of Brazil wins her first of 3 Wimbledon singles titles beating Darlene Hard 6-4, 6-3

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard

Sport awardLPGA Championship

Jul 6 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Sheraton Hotel CC: Betsy Rawls wins her second title in the event by 1 stroke from Patty Berg

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 7 26th MLB All Star Game, Forbes Field, Pittsburgh: Willy Mays triples to score Hank Aaron as NL wins 5-4

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Jul 12 NBC uses cameras to show catchers signals during Yankee-Red Sox game
  • Jul 18 William 'Bill' Wright becomes the 1st African American to win a major golf tournament (U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships)
  • Jul 18 46th Tour de France won by Federico Bahamontes of Spain
  • Jul 21 Red Sox are last team to use a black player (Pumpsie Green)
  • Jul 27 William Shea announces plans to have a baseball team in NYC in 1961
  • Jul 30 In his major league debut, SF Giant Willie McCovey goes 4-for-4

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Anne Smith, American tennis player (10 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 2 Eduardo Bengoechea, Argentina, tennis star
  • Jul 2 Hoogie Drexler, jockey
  • Jul 3 Stoyan Deltchev, Bulgarian horizontal bar gymnast (Olympic gold 1980), born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Jul 5 Tim Shaw, South African cricketer (South African ODI slow lefty 1991), born in Empangeni, South Africa
  • Jul 6 Tahir Naqqash, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani pace-bowler in 15 Tests 1982-85), born in Lahore, Punjab
  • Jul 12 Judi Adams, archer (Olympics 1980, 96), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jul 16 Gerd Wessig, East German high jumper (1st male to set high jump world record at Olympics (2.36m [7' 9"] Moscow), born in Lübz, Germany
  • Jul 16 Gary Anderson, NFL placekicker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Parys, Orange Free State, South Africa
  • Jul 21 Stuart Young-Black, Cheshire England, Canadian equestrian (Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 24 Edward Liddie, Union Ga, Judo fighter (Olympic bronze 1984)
  • Jul 27 David East, English cricketer, born in London
  • Jul 30 Petra Felke, German javelin thrower (world record 1988), born in Saalfeld, East Germany
  • Jul 31 Mike Bielecki, pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 31 Peter Senior, Australian golfer, (British Open 1993 4th, Presidents Cup 1994, 96), born in Singapore, Malaysia

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 2 MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (28) divorces Mollye Louise after 6 years of marriage

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 11 C W L Parker, cricketer (3,776 1st-class wickets, 2nd best ever), dies
  • Jul 11 Charlie Parker, English cricketer (legend Gloucs SLA, but 2-32 in only Test), dies at 76