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

Wimbledon 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

  • 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)

British 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 inninngs, at Busch Memorial Stadium, St Louis

Sports History

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: American Al Geiberger wins his only major title by 4 shots from Dudley Wysong

Hall of Fame

Jul 25 Yankee manager Casey Stengel elected to Hall of Fame

  • 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, Ukraine
  • Jul 1 Patrick McEnroe, American tennis player, coach and broadcaster (coach US Davis Cup win 2007), born in Manhasset, New York

Moises Alou

Jul 3 Moisés Alou, American baseball outfielder (6 x MLB All Star; Silver Slugger Award 1994, 98; World Series 1997 Florida Marlins; Montreal Expos), born in Atlanta, Georgia

  • Jul 3 Neil O'Donnell, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers) and broadcaster (WTVF, Nashville), 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 Johnny Grunge, American pro wrestler (4 x ECW World Tag Team C'ship, WCW World Tag Team C'ship [with Rocco Rock], born in Sulphur, Louisiana (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, American NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jul 15 Rickey Foggie, CFL quarterback (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Jul 15 Stephen Dodd, Welsh golfer (British Senior Open 2021), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 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, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jul 29 Sally Gunnell, British 400m hurdler, (Olympic gold 1992), born in Chigwell, England

Weddings in Sport

Tom Seaver

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

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 6 "Sad" Sam Jones, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter 1923; World Series 1918, 23; Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees), 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