On This Day

July 1968 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 1 Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson's streak of 47 2/3 scoreless innings (3rd most live era) ends on wild pitch but earns 8-1 win v LA Dodgers
  • Jul 3 Cleveland pitcher Luis Tiant strikes out MLB record 19 Minnesota Twins in 1-0 win; record for 10 inning game; also record 32 Ks in consecutive games

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats Tony Roche 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to earn first ever prize money (£2,000) offered at Wimbledon

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Judy Tegart 9-7, 7-5 to earn first ever prize money (£750) offered at Wimbledon

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 7 US Open Women's Golf, Moselem Springs GC: Susie Maxwell Berning beats Mickey Wright by 3 strokes

Sports History

Jul 9 Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first reigning NBA MVP to be traded the next season when he moves from Philadelphia 76'ers to LA Lakers

Sports History

Jul 9 39th MLB All Star Game, Astrodome, Houston, TX: NL beats AL, 1-0; MVP: Willie Mays, SF Giants, CF

  • Jul 10 US Major League baseball announces it will split into 2 divisions for 1969

Sports History

Jul 11 Earl Weaver replaces Hank Bauer as manager of Orioles

British Golf Open

Jul 13 British Open Men's Golf, Carnoustie: South African Gary Player wins second of his 3 Open titles, 2 strokes clear of Bob Charles and Jack Nicklaus; 5th of Player's 9 major titles

Baseball Event

Jul 14 Brave Hank Aaron hits his 500th HR off SF Giant Mike McCormick

PGA Championship

Jul 21 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Pecan Valley GC: Julius Boros (48) becomes oldest winner of a major; wins by 1 from Bob Charles & Arnold Palmer

  • Jul 21 55th Tour de France won by Jan Janssen of Netherlands

Sports History

Jul 24 Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in a record 907th major league game breaking Cy Young's record for pitching appearances

  • Jul 29 Cincinnati Red George Culver no hits Phillies, 6-1
  • Jul 30 Washington shortstop Ron Hansen makes 8th unassisted triple-play in MLB history and first in 41 years as Senators lose, 10-1 to Cleveland Indians

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 2 Mark Tewksbury, Canadian swimmer (Olympic gold 100m backstroke 1992), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jul 3 Teppo Numminen, Finnish NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets, Coyotes), born in Tampere, Finland
  • Jul 4 Derek Kevin Loville, American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 4 Mark Lenzi, American 3m spring diver (Olympic gold 1992), born in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • Jul 5 Molly Brock, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Berkeley, California
  • Jul 5 Nate Singleton, American NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jul 5 Shahid Anwar, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani all-rounder 1996 England tour), born in Multan, Pakistan
  • Jul 5 Alex Zülle, Swiss road racing cyclist, born in Wil, Switzerland
  • Jul 6 Alvin Harper, American NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Lake Wales, Florida
  • Jul 6 Anthony Kershler, Australian cricketer (NSW left-arm spinner 1994-95), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jul 7 Chuck Knoblauch, American baseball shortstop (NY Yankees, Minnesota Twins), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jul 7 Reggie Cobb, American NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jul 8 C B Washington, NFLer (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jul 8 Glen Featherstone, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 8 Michel Langerak, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • Jul 9 Shawn Harper, NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jul 9 Paolo Di Canio, Italian football player
  • Jul 10 Hassisba Boulmerka, Algeria, 1500m (Olympic gold 1992)
  • Jul 11 Esera Tuaolo, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jul 12 Catherine Plewinski, French swimmer
  • Jul 13 Kai Bjorn, CFL offensive linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Jul 13 Silke Meier, Wiesbaden Germany, tennis star (1994 Futures-Bad Gogging)
  • Jul 16 Ariel Solomon, American NFL center and guard (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 16 Barry Sanders, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1988, Oklahoma State; 10 x Pro Bowl; NFL MVP 1997, Detroit Lions), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • Jul 19 Leroy Butler, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers - Super Bowl 31)
  • Jul 20 Chris Tsangaris, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • Jul 20 Jimmy Carson, American NHL center (6 NHL hat tricks before age 21), born in Southfield, Michigan
  • Jul 21 Brandi Chastain, soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • Jul 21 Johnnie Barnes, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jul 21 Lyle Odelein, Quill Lake Sask, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, Montreal)
  • Jul 22 Sean Vanhorse, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • Jul 23 Amy Fruwirth, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 1997 3rd), born in Cypress, California
  • Jul 23 Chris Kerber, American lightweight rower (Olympics 1996), born in Collingswood, New Jersey
  • Jul 23 Elden Campbell, American NBA forward and center (LA Lakers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 23 Gary Payton, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1996, 2000; NBA All-Star 1994–98, 2000–03; Seattle SuperSonics), born in Oakland, California
  • Jul 23 Stephanie Seymour, American model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover-1988), born in San Diego, California
  • Jul 24 Mark Gunn, NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jul 26 Mike Mohler, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jul 27 Christina Singer, German tennis star (1991 Futures GBR), born in Goppingen, Germany
  • Jul 27 Tom Goodwin [Thomas Jones], American MLB player (1994-1997 KC Royals), born in Fresno, California
  • Jul 27 Ricardo Rosset, Brazilian Formula One driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jul 29 Kristen Babb-Sprague, California, US synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1992)
  • Jul 29 Mike Williams, Radford VA, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Jul 30 Charles Gordon, CFL defensive back (Montreal Alouettes), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Jul 30 Michael Brandon, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Jul 30 Terry Crews, American NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins) and actor (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Jul 30 Robert Korzeniowski, Polish athlete (won 4 Olympic gold 1996, 2000, 2004), born in Lubaczów, Poland[
  • Jul 31 Andre Ware, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1989, U of Houston; Detroit Lions; Toronto Argonauts), born in Galveston, Texas

Weddings in Sport

Reggie Jackson

Jul 8 Major League Baseball player Reggie Jackson (22) weds his college sweetheart Jennie Campos

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 23 Don Lillis, NFL president (NY Jets)
  • Jul 27 Babe Adams, baseball player (b. 1882)