July 1970 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 1 Dutch soccer club FC Utrecht is established (KNVB Cup 1985, 2003-04)
  • Jul 3 California Angels pitcher Clyde Wright no-hits Oakland A's, 4-0

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Billie Jean King 14-12, 11-9 for her third and final Wimbledon singles title, and 3rd leg of her successful Grand Slam

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 5 US Open Women's Golf, Muskogee CC: Donna Caponi successfully defends her title by 1 from Sandra Haynie and Sandra Spuzich

  • Jul 8 SF Giant Jim Ray Hart is 8th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (5th)

British Golf Open

Jul 12 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Jack Nicklaus beats Doug Sanders by 1 stroke in event's first 18-hole playoff to win the 2nd of his 3 Open Championships

Sports History

Jul 14 41st MLB All Star Game, Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, OH: NL beats AL, 5-4; MVP: Carl Yastrzemski, Boston Red Sox, LF

  • Jul 15 Denmark beats Italy 2-0 in 1st world female soccer championship

Baseball Record

Jul 18 Willie Mays becomes 10th baseball player to get 3,000 hits

Tour de France

Jul 19 57th Tour de France: Defending champion Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins general, mountains and combination categories

  • Jul 20 Dodgers Bill Singer no-hits the Phillies 5-0, giving up no walks
  • Jul 21 Clay Kirby has a no-hitter going for 8 inn, but is lifted for a pinch hitter, Reliever Jack Baldschun gives up 3 hits & Padres lose, 3-0
  • Jul 24 International Lawn Tennis Association institutes 9 point tie break rule

Baseball Record

Jul 26 Reds catcher Johnny Bench, playing for the day in the outfield, goes 4 for 5 with 7 RBIs including 3 consecutive HRs off St. Louis Cardinals Steve Carlton in 12-5 win at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati

  • Jul 27 Expos beat White Sox 10-6 in the annual Hall of Fame game
  • Jul 27 Lou Boudreau, Earle Combs, Ford Frick, and Jesse Haines are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York
  • Jul 31 37th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Kansas City 24, All Stars 3 (69,940)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 2 Derrick Adkins, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1996; World C'ship gold 1995), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 2 Scotty 2 Hotty, American wrestler
  • Jul 2 Steve Morrow, Irish footballer
  • Jul 3 Serhiy Gonchar, Ukrainian road cyclist (UCI World C'ships gold Time Trial 2000), born in Rivne, Ukraine
  • Jul 3 Teemu Selänne, Finnish Hockey HOF right wing (NHL rookie points record [132] 1992-93; 6 x Olympian: 3 x bronze, 1 x silver; Winnipeg Jets, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jul 4 Andrei Cherkasov, Russian tennis player, born in Ufa, Russia
  • Jul 4 Doddie Weir, Scottish rugby union lock (61 Tests; Newcastle Falcons RFC, Border Reivers RFC), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2022)
  • Jul 4 Louise Van Voorhis, American 470 sailor (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jul 4 Tony Vidmar, Australian former footballer, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jul 5 Doug Bochtler, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Jul 6 Antonio Harvey, American NBA center/forward (LA Clippers), born in Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • Jul 7 Erik Zabel, German cyclist, born in East Berlin
  • Jul 7 Michael McCrary, American NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Vienna, Virginia
  • Jul 7 Min Patel, English cricket all-rounder (2 Tests, 1 wicket; Kent CCC, Central Districts CA), born in Mumbai, India
  • Jul 7 Wayne McCullough, Irish boxer, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Jul 8 Lisa Powell, Australian field hockey forward (Olympic gold 1996, 2000; World Cup gold 1994, 98; Champions Trophy gold x 5), born in Sydney, Australia

Todd Martin (53 years old)

Jul 8 American tennis player (Australian Open 1994 & US Open 1999 runner-up; World #4 1999), born in Hinsdale, Illinois

  • Jul 9 Steve Dubinsky, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 9 Trent Green, NFL quarterback (Washington Redskins)
  • Jul 11 Billy Ashley, Taylor MI, outfielder (LA Dodgers)
  • Jul 11 Pubudu Dissanayake, Sri Lanka cricket wicket-keeper (1993)
  • Jul 12 Chad Brown, American football linebacker (First-team All-Pro 1996, 98; Pro Bowl 1996, 98, 99; Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks), born in Altadena, California
  • Jul 14 Mark Brandenburg, American baseball pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jul 14 Mark Strickland, American NBA forward (Miami Heat), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 15 Julian Paynter, Australian 5k runner (Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 16 Phil Graham, Canadian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Jul 16 William Van Landingham, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Columbia, Tennessee
  • Jul 18 Bronwyn Roye, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jul 18 John Kalin, CFL safety (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jul 18 Margaret Langford, canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jul 19 Rhona Susan Robertson, badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jul 21 Bryce Florie, American pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Jul 21 Steven "Scrappy" Segaloff, American rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Jul 22 Craig Baird, New Zealander racing driver
  • Jul 22 Dan Jones, NFL tackle (Cin Bengals)
  • Jul 22 Sergei Zubov, Russian NHL defenseman (Team Russia, Pittsburgh), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jul 22 W R Tillman, NFLer (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jul 24 Blaine Bishop, American NFL safety (Houston Oilers), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jul 24 Philip Sykes, American field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Jul 26 Kenny Wilhite, American CFL defensive back, 1994-97 (Hamilton Tiger Cats and 3 other teams), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jul 26 Phil Alley, Australian cricketer (NSW left-arm pace bowler), born in Orange, New South Wales
  • Jul 27 Tom Europe, Canadian football defensive back (Montreal Alouettes), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 28 Paul Strang, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe's 1st Test match leg-spinner), born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia
  • Jul 29 John Rennie, Zimbabwean cricketer (pace bowler 1993)
  • Jul 29 Steve Wojciechowski, American MLB pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Blue Island, Illinois
  • Jul 30 Joe Montford, American CFL linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Beaufort, North Carolina
  • Jul 30 Tom McManus, American NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Buffalo Grove, Illinois
  • Jul 31 David Sacco, American NHL left wing (Olympics 1994, Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • Jul 31 Knut Holmann, Norwegian rower (Olympic gold 1996)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 4 Harold Vanderbilt, American yachtsman and America's Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), dies at 85
  • Jul 17 Juano Hernandez, Puerto Rican stage and film actor (St Louis Blues; Stars In My Crown), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 73
  • Jul 21 Bob Kalsu, American NFL football player, 1968 (Buffalo Bills), and US Army officer, killed in action in Vietnam at 25
  • Jul 31 Jimmy Conzelman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach, team owner (Chicago Cardinals), dies at 72
  • Jul 31 Walter Briggs Jr, American sports executive (owner Detroit Tigers 1952-56), dies at 58