On This Day

July 1966 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 1 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Spaniard Manuel Santana wins last of 4 major titles beating American Dennis Ralston 6-4, 11-9, 6-4

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Billie Jean King beats Maria Bueno of Brazil 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 for the first of her 12 Grand Slam singles titles

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • Jul 2 West Indian cricket batsman Basil Butcher scores career best 209 not out to guide tourists to a 139-run 3rd Test win over England at Trent Bridge
  • Jul 3 US Open Women's Golf, Hazeltine National GC: American Sandra Spuzich wins by 1 from Carol Mann for her only LPGA major title
  • Jul 3 Atlanta Braves Tony Cloninger, 1st NL player and only pitcher to hit 2 grand slams in a MLB game (17-3 v SF Giants)

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 9 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Jack Nicklaus beats Doug Sanders & Dave Thomas by 1 stroke to become only 4th in history to win all 4 majors

  • Jul 12 37th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-1 in 10 at Busch Stad, St Louis
  • Jul 12 Baltimore Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson voted MLB All Star game MVP
  • Jul 14 53rd Tour de France won by Lucien Aimar of France
  • Jul 23 John Pennel pole vaults record (5.34 m)
  • Jul 24 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Firestone CC: Al Geiberger wins his only major title by 4 shots from Dudley Wysong

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jul 25 Yankee manager Casey Stengel elected to Hall of Fame

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel
  • Jul 30 FIFA World Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London, England: Striker Geoff Hurst scores a hat trick as England beats West Germany, 4-2 after extra time

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Larisa Savchenko-Neiland, Latvian tennis player (6 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Lviv, Ukrain
  • Jul 1 Patrick McEnroe, American tennis player, coach and broadcaster (coach US Davis Cup win 2007), born in Manhasset, New York
  • Jul 2 Tim Spehr, Excelsior Springs MO, catcher (Montreal Expos)

Person of interestMoises Alou

Jul 3 Moises Alou, MLB outfielder (Montreal Expos), born in Atlanta, Georgia,

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou
  • Jul 3 Neil O'Donnell, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • Jul 4 Adrian Caldwell, American NBA forward/center (Indiana Pacers), born in Falls County, Texas
  • Jul 5 Gianfranco Zola, Italian footballer and coach (Chelsea), born in Oliena, Italy
  • Jul 7 Hector Burba, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jul 7 Jeff Shaw, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Washington Court House, Ohio
  • Jul 10 Alvoid Mays, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jul 10 Johnny Grunge, wrestler (d. 2006)
  • Jul 11 Rod Strickland, NBA guard (Portland Trail Blazers, Wash Wizards)
  • Jul 12 Annabel Croft, English tennis player, broadcaster (Eurosport, Sky Sport, BBC), born in Farnborough, Kent
  • Jul 12 Peter Shorts, CFL tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Jul 13 Myong Hui Choe, North Korea, gymnast (Olympic-1980)
  • Jul 14 D J Johnson, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jul 15 Rickey Foggie, CFL quarterback (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Jul 16 Chip Lohmiller, NFL kicker (New Orleans Saints), born in Woodbury, Minnesota
  • Jul 16 Jyrki Lumme, Finnish NHL defenseman (Canucks, Finland Olympic bronze 1998), born in Tampere, Finland
  • Jul 16 Warren Sallenback, Canadian cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in South Surrey, British Columbia
  • Jul 17 Michael Bradley, American golfer (4 PGA Tour wins), born in Largo, Florida
  • Jul 18 Dan[iel Dion] O'Brien, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jul 19 David Segui, infielder (Montreal Expos), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Jul 20 Beth Coats, biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Jul 20 Carlo L'Ami, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Jul 20 Tracey Mcfarlane, US breaststroke swimmer (US record 100m)
  • Jul 21 Larisa Neiland, Lvov Ukraine, tennis star (1996 Essen winner)
  • Jul 22 Anna Wood, Roeumond Neth, Dutch/Australian canoeist (Olympics 1988, 96)
  • Jul 22 Tim Brown, American Pro and College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (Heisman Trophy 1987, Notre Dame; 9 x Pro Bowl, LA/Oakland Raiders), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 23 Micheal Williams, American basketball point guard (NBA record consecutive free throws during regular season [97] 1993), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 24 Martin Keown, English soccer defender (43 caps; Arsenal, Aston Villa), born in Oxford, Oxfordshire
  • Jul 27 Al Charron, Canadian rugby union forward, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Jul 29 Jeff Herrod, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jul 29 Sally Gunnell, 400m hurdler, (Olympic gold 1992)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 9 Major League Baseball pitcher Tom Seaver (21) weds Nancy Lynn McIntyre

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 6 Sad Sam Jones, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 73
  • Jul 9 Mule Suttles, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (5-time Negro Leagues All Star), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jul 22 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, dies at 68
  • Jul 24 Tony Lema, American golfer (British Open 1964), dies in a plane crash at 32
  • Jul 26 Howard Kinsey, American tennis player (French Open doubles 1924, US Open doubles 1926; Wimbledon singles 1926 runner-up), dies at 66