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July 1970 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 1 Dutch soccer club FC Utrecht is established (KNVB Cup 1985, 2003-04)

Sport awardWimbledon 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

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jul 3 California Angels pitcher Clyde Wright no-hits Oakland A's, 4-0

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian thriller, John Newcombe beats Ken Rosewall 5,7 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

Sport awardUS 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

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

Sport awardBritish 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Road Cyclist Eddy Merckx
Road Cyclist
Eddy Merckx
  • 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 Law Tennis Association institutes 9 point tie break rule

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 26 Cincinnati Reds Johnny Bench hits 3 consecutive HRs off Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • Jul 27 Expos beat White Sox 10-6 in the annual Hall of Fame game
  • Jul 27 L Boudreau, Earle Combs, Ford Frick, and Jesse Haines enter Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 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 Teemu Selanne, Finnish NHL right wing (1992-93 NHL rookie points record, 132), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jul 3 Victor Bailey, American NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jul 3 Serhiy Honchar, Ukrainian cyclist, born in Rivne, Ukrainian SSR
  • Jul 4 Andrei Cherkasov, Russian tennis player, born in Ufa, Russia
  • 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 Michael McCrary, American NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Vienna, Virginia
  • Jul 7 Min Patel, Indian-born English cricketer (in Mumbai England left-arm spinner v India 1996), born in Mumbai, India
  • Jul 7 Wayne McCullough, Irish boxer, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Jul 7 Erik Zabel, German cyclist, born in East Berlin
  • Jul 8 Lisa Powell, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jul 8 Marlies Askamp, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)

Person of interestTodd Martin

Jul 8 Todd Martin, American Tennis Star (1988 USTA Boys' 18), born in Hinsdale, Illinois

Tennis Player Todd Martin
Tennis Player
Todd Martin
  • 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, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jul 12 Jerry Ostroski, NFL guard (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jul 12 Marsha Guialdo, San Juan Trinidad, 100m hurdler
  • 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 14 Todd Rucci, American NFL guard (NE Patriots), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 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 20 Shannon Baker, CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Jul 21 Bryce Florie, American pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Jul 21 Steven "Scrappy" Segaloff, rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Jul 22 Dan Jones, NFL tackle (Cin Bengals)
  • Jul 22 Melvin Aldridge, CFL linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Jul 22 Sergei Zubov, Russian NHL defenseman (Team Russia, Pittsburgh), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jul 22 W R Tillman, NFLer (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jul 22 Craig Baird, New Zealander racing driver
  • Jul 24 Blaine Bishop, NFL safety (Houston Oilers)
  • Jul 24 Philip Sykes, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Jul 26 Kenny Wilhite, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 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, cricketer (Zimbabwe pace bowler 1993)
  • Jul 29 Steve Wojciechowski, Blue Island IL, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • Jul 30 Ed Hawthorne, American NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 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, 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 football player, dies at 25
  • Jul 31 Walter Briggs Jr, American sports executive (owner Detroit Tigers 1952-56), dies at 58
  • Jul 31 Jimmy Conzelman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach, team owner (Chicago Cardinals), dies at 72