July 1963 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Baseball Record

Jul 2 SF Giants legend Willie Mays breaks up classic Juan Marichal vs Warren Spahn pitching dual, homering in 16th inning off Spahn for 1-0 win vs Milwaukee Braves

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Chuck McKinley wins his only Grand Slam singles title beating Fred Stolle of Australia 9-7, 6-1, 6-4

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 8 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Australian Margaret Smith wins her first of 3 Wimbledon titles beating Billie Jean Moffitt 6-3, 6-4

  • Jul 9 34th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
  • Jul 9 All star MVP: Willie Mays (SF Giants)
  • Jul 13 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Bob Charles of New Zealand wins his only major championship in a 36-hole playoff, 8 strokes ahead of runner-up Phil Rodgers; becomes first left-hander to win a major title
  • Jul 13 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn, wins his 300th and last MLB game at 43

Sports History

Jul 14 50th Tour de France: French cyclist Jacques Anquetil wins his 3rd consecutive general classification event; first rider to win Tour 4 times

Sports History

Jul 17 Dave DeBusschere hits a single off Bennie Daniels, his 1st and only MLB hit

  • Jul 17 Telstar soccer team forms in Ijmuiden

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 20 US Open Women's Golf, Kenwood CC: Mary Mills wins her first of 3 major titles by 3 strokes ahead of runners-up Louise Suggs and Sandra Haynie

PGA Championship

Jul 21 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Dallas Athletic Club: Jack Nicklaus wins first of 5 PGA C'ships by 2 shots from fellow American Dave Ragan

Boxing Title Fight

Jul 22 In their second clash Sonny Liston once again KOs Floyd Patterson in round 1 at the Convention Center, Las Vegas to retain the world heavyweight boxing title

  • Jul 31 MLB Cleveland Indians ties record of 4 consecutive home runs to beat California Angels, 9-5; Woodie Held, Pedro Ramos, Tito Francona and Larry Brown all go deep off Paul Foytack in 6th inning

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Igor Zhelezovski, Belarusian speed skater (record 6 x World Sprint Champion; Olympic silver 1994; bronze 1988), born in Orša, Byelorussia (d. 2021)

Henri Leconte

Jul 4 Henri Leconte, French tennis player (French open finalist 1988), born in Lillers, France

  • Jul 4 José Oquendo, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • Jul 6 Edwin Gorter, Dutch soccer player (Lommel/FC Utrecht), born in Den Haag, Netherlands
  • Jul 7 Lance Johnson, American baseball outfielder (NY Mets), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jul 7 Naved Anjum, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani all-rounder, two Tests 1989-90), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Jul 8 Bob Ctvrtlik, volleyball outsider (Olympic gold 1988, bronze 1992, 96), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jul 8 Mike Ridley, Canadian NHL center (Vancouver Canucks), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Jul 11 Al MacInnis, Inverness NS, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, St Louis)
  • Jul 12 Norman Alvis, Fair Oaks California, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 12 Thierry Tulasne, French tennis star
  • Jul 13 Anthony "Spud" Webb, NBA guard (5f 7inch slam dunk champion), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 13 Bob Carpenter, Beverly, NHL left wing (NJ Devils)
  • Jul 15 Joe Phillips, NFL defensive tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • Jul 15 Steve Thomas, Stockport England, NHL left wing (NJ Devils)

Mikael Pernfors

Jul 16 Mikael Pernfors, Swedish Tennis Star (1986 French Open finalist), born in Malmö, Sweden

  • Jul 16 Srečko Katanec, Slovenian footballer and coach, born in Ljubljana, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Jul 17 Matti Nykänen, Finnish ski jumper (4 Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 2019)
  • Jul 18 Lonnie Young, NFL safety/cornerback (NY Jets)
  • Jul 19 Mark Carreon, American baseball outfielder (SF Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 19 Sandor Wladar, Hungarian 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1980), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jul 20 Jenny Spangler, American marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Monroe, Wisconsin
  • Jul 20 Paula Ivan, Romanian runner (world record mile), born in Herăști, Romania
  • Jul 21 Kevin Poole, English footballer
  • Jul 22 Eddie Anderson, NFL safety (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jul 22 Emilio Butragueno, Spanish footballer
  • Jul 23 Slobodan Živojinović, Serbian tennis player (US Open doubles 1986), born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Jul 24 Julie Krone, American jockey (only female to ride Triple Crown race winner; Colonial Affair Belmont Stakes 1993), born in Benton Harbor, Michigan

Karl Malone

Jul 24 Karl Malone, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA MVP 1997, 99; 14 x NBA All Star; Utah Jazz; Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Summeerfield, Louisiana

  • Jul 25 Julian Hodgson, English chess player, born in London
  • Jul 26 Marianne Berglund, Swedish cyclist (1983 Ruffles Tour of Texas), born in Skellefteå, Sweden
  • Jul 27 Jason Buck, American NFL defensive end (Scottish Claymores), born in Moses lake, Washington
  • Jul 29 Azeem Hafeez, Pakistani cricketer (fingerless lefty quick)
  • Jul 29 Damon Allen, American born CFL quarterback (BC Lions), born in San Diego, California
  • Jul 29 Michel Boerebach, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Jul 29 Patty Dodd, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-2nd-1988), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • Jul 29 Steve Frey, American pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 30 Chris Mullin, American NBA forward (Warriors, Pacers, Olympic gold 1992), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 30 Ingrid Butts, American cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jul 31 Brian Skrudland, Canadian NHL center (fastest goal in playoff OT-0:09 seconds Game 2 1986), born in Peace River, Alberta

Weddings in Sport

Jimmy Johnson

Jul 12 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (19) weds Linda Kay Cooper

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 10 Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster (BBC) and rugby union player (captain Harlequin RFC), dies at 70
  • Jul 18 A H C Cooper, South African cricketer (Test v England 1914), dies
  • Jul 29 Dave Smith, Australian cricketer (2 Tests in 1912 Australian side), dies at 78