On This Day

July 1968 in Sport

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

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

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jul 10 US Major League baseball announces it will split into 2 divisions for 1969
  • Jul 11 Earl Weaver replaces Hank Bauer as manager of Orioles

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 13 British Open 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Sport awardPGA 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
  • Jul 24 Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in a record 907th major league game
  • Jul 29 Cincinnati Red George Culver no hits Phillies, 6-1

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 NFL running back (Detroit Lions, 1988 Heisman Trophy), 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 Douglas Craft, CFL defensive back (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Jul 23 Elden Campbell, American NBA forward and center (LA Lakers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 23 Gary Payton, American NBA guard (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, NFL, CFL quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1989, Houston), born in Galveston, Texas

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 8 MLB baseball player Reggie Jackson (22) weds his college sweetheart Jennie Campos

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson

Deaths in Sport

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