July 1969 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 2 Ireland cricketers dismiss West Indies for just 25 (Dougie Goodwin 5 for 6, Alec O'Riordan 4 for 18) to set up a huge upset in Londonderry

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Home favourite Ann Jones upsets 3-time defending champion Billie Jean King 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Rod Laver beats John Newcombe 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 for the 3rd leg of his Grand Slam

Sports History

Jul 9 Tom Seaver's no-hit bid against Cubs ends with 1 out in 9th

British Golf Open

Jul 12 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Tony Jacklin wins the first of his 2 major titles, 2 strokes ahead of Bob Charles of New Zealand; first Briton to win The Open since 1951

  • Jul 15 Cincinnati Red Lee May hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader

Baseball Record

Jul 16 Minnesota Twins' Rod Carew steals home for his career best 7th time of the season, against Chicago

Agreement of Interest

Jul 18 Joe Namath agrees to sell interest in Bachelors 3, to stay in NFL

Tour de France

Jul 20 56th Tour de France: Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx wins general, points, mountains, team classification titles

Sports History

Jul 23 40th MLB All Star Game, RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.: NL beats AL, 9-3; MVP: Willie McCovey, SF Giants, 1B

LPGA Championship

Jul 27 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Concord GC: Betsy Rawls wins her second LPGA C'ship, 4 strokes ahead of runners-up Carol Mann and Susie Maxwell Berning

  • Jul 30 Astros Denis Menke and Jim Wynn hit grandslams in 9th inn vs Mets

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 5 John LeClair, American NHL left wing (first American-born player to score 50 goals in 3 straight NHL seasons; Philadelphia Flyers), born in St Albans, Vermont
  • Jul 6 Sophia Witherspoon, American WNBA guard (NY Liberty), born in Fort Pierce, Florida

Joe Sakic (54 years old)

Jul 7 Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Colorado Avalanche, Canada 1998-2002) and executive (GM Colorado Avalanche), born in Burnaby, British Columbia

  • Jul 7 Sylke Otto, German luger, born in Chemnitz, Germany
  • Jul 9 Jerry Drake, NFL defensive linesman (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jul 9 Robert Gordon, American CFL and Arena football receiver, 1991-2005 (Edmonton Eskimos, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and 7 other teams), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 9 Venkatapathy Raju, cricketer (Indian slow left-armer)
  • Jul 12 Alan Mullally, English cricket fast bowler (19 Tests, 58 wickets; 50 ODIs, 63 wickets; Western Australia, Hampshire CCC, Leicestershire CCC), born in Southend-on-Sea, England
  • Jul 13 Ewan Beaton, 60 kg judoka (Olympics-9-92, 96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Jul 13 Kakhi Kakhiashvili, Georgian-born Greek weightlifter
  • Jul 13 Kim Braatz, female outfielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Jul 13 Shaun Greatbatch, English darts player (first player to hit perfect 9-dart finish on live television 2002), born in Newmarket, England (d. 2022)
  • Jul 14 Jose Hernandez, Puerto Rican infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
  • Jul 15 John Crotty, American NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trailblazers), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Jul 15 Johnny Scott, American CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jul 15 Peter Ciavaglia, US hockey forward (Olympics 1994), born in Albany, New York
  • Jul 16 Kathryn Harby-Williams, Australian netball GD, WD (95 caps; World C'ship gold 1995, 99; C'wealth Games gold 1998, 2002; Adelaide Thunderbirds, Auckland Diamonds), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jul 17 Tommy Soderstrom, Swedish NHL goalie (Sweden, NY Islanders), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jul 20 Giovanni Lombardi, Italian cyclist (Gold Medal 1992 Olympics), born in Pavia, Italy
  • Jul 23 Andrew Cassels, Canadian NHL center (Hartford Whalers), born in Bramalea, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 23 Dmitri Khristich, Ukrainian NHL left wing (LA Kings), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Jul 23 Fernanda Ribeiro, Portuguese 10k runner (Olympic gold 1996), born in Penafiel, Portugal
  • Jul 24 Chris King, American NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies),born in Newton Grove, North Carolina
  • Jul 24 Rick Fox, Canadian actor and NBA player (LA Lakers, Boston Celtics), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 24 Steve Jennings, American field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 25 Andrea Wieland, American field hockey goaltender (Olympics 1996), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 25 Jon Barry, American NBA guard (LA Lakers, Golden State Warriors), born in Oakland, California
  • Jul 26 Greg Colbrunn, American MLB infielder (Florida Marlins), born in Fontana, California
  • Jul 26 Jonty Rhodes, South African cricket batsman (brilliant fielder), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • Jul 26 Marc Boutte, American NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Jul 27 Linda Burgess, American basketball forward (L.A. Sparks), born in Madison, Alabama
  • Jul 28 Dana White, American Ultimate Fighting Championship President, born in Manchester, Connecticut
  • Jul 28 Garth Snow, American hockey goalie (Olympics 1994, Flyers), born in Wrentham Massachusetts
  • Jul 28 Jarrod Hanks, American gymnast (Olympic-92, 96), born in Lafayette Louisiana
  • Jul 29 Alison Dunlap, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jul 30 Errol Stewart, South African cricket wicket-keeper (limited-over 1993)
  • Jul 30 Robert Porcher, NFL defensive end (Detroit Lions)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 2 Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • Jul 4 Georges Ronsse, Belgian road cyclist (UCI Road World C'ship 1928, 29), dies at 63
  • Jul 22 Hammy Love, cricketer (NSW wicket-keeper, played for Australia), dies