On This Day

July 1972 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 2 US Open Women's Golf, Winged Foot GC: American Susie Maxwell Berning wins by 1 from Judy Rankin, Kathy Ahern & Pam Barnett
  • Jul 2 American pole vaulter Bob Seagren breaks world record for the 4th and final time with 5.63m in Eugene, Oregon

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King earns her 8th Grand Slam singles title beating Evonne Goolagong of Australia 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 9 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Stan Smith beats Ilie Năstase of Romania 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 for his only Wimbledon title

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Jul 13 LA Rams (Irsay) & Baltimore Colts (Rosenbloom) swap owners
  • Jul 14 Plate umpire and catcher in a game are brothers. Bill Haller is umpire & Tom Haller is Tigers catcher, KC Royals win 1-0

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 15 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Lee Trevino claims his second straight Claret Jug; first to successfully defend his title since Arnold Palmer in 1962; wins by 1 stroke from Jack Nicklaus

  • Jul 21 Los Angeles Dodgers release and end career of knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm
  • Jul 22 59th Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium takes 4th consecutive general classification title as well as points and combination events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 25 43rd MLB All Star Game, Atlanta Stadium, Atlanta, GA: NL beats AL, 4-3; MVP: Joe Morgan, Cincinnati Reds, 2B

MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster Joe Morgan
MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster
Joe Morgan
  • Jul 28 39th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Dallas 20, All Stars 7 (54,162)
  • Jul 31 Chicago infielder Dick Allen becomes only 7th player in MLB history to hit 2 inside-the-park home runs in a game; both off Bert Blyleven in 8-1 White Sox win over Minnesota Twins

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Corey Hirsch, Canadian NHL goalie (Olympic silver 1994), coach and broadcaster, born in Medicine Hat, Canada
  • Jul 3 Leigh Andrew-Pearso, North 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jul 4 Steve Giles, English canoeist (Olympics-6-92, 96), born in Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Jul 5 Robert Esmie, Canadian 4X100m runner (Olympic gold 1996), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jul 6 Billy Davis, American NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Jul 6 Greg Norton, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), born in San Leandro, California
  • Jul 7 Aldi Henry, Canadian CFL defensive back (Calgary Stampeders), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 7 Darnay Scott, American NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jul 7 Lisa Leslie, American WNBA center (LA Sparks)/forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Gardena, California
  • Jul 7 Michael Westbrook, American NFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 7 Stoney Case, American NFL quarterback (Arizona Cardinals), born in Odessa, Texas
  • Jul 7 Manfred Stohl, Austrian rally driver, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Jul 8 Brandon Rock, 800m runner, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jul 8 Jay Bellamy, American NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • Jul 8 Karl Dykhuis, Sept-iles, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • Jul 8 Saurav Ganguly, Indian cricketer (centuries in 1st two Tests for India 1996), born in Behala, Kolkata
  • Jul 8 Tom Hutton, NFL punter/kicker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jul 9 Derek Mills, 400m runner, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 9 Pete Kendall, NFL guard (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jul 11 Jerrott Willard, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • Jul 11 Joe Johnson, American NFL defensive end (Pro Bowl 1998, 2000; All-Pro 2000; New Orleans Saints), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 11 Ken Irvin, NFL cornerback (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jul 11 Steven Richards, Australian racing driver
  • Jul 12 Colin Quiney, CFL tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Jul 12 Travis Best, American basketball player (1995-2002 Indiana Pacers), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Jul 12 Tibor Benedek, Hungarian water polo player (Olympic gold 2000, 04, 08; World C'ship gold 2003) and coach (Hungary 2013-16), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • Jul 13 Clint Sodowsky, Ponca City OK, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • Jul 13 Sean Waltman, American wrestler
  • Jul 14 Ben Talley, NFL linebacker (NY Giants), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • Jul 14 Joe Aska, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jul 14 Lou Roe, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons)
  • Jul 14 Matthew Campbell, NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers)
  • Jul 15 Khalid Reeves, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, NJ Nets)
  • Jul 16 Aaron Glenn, American NFL cornerback and kick returner (NY Jets), born in Humble, Texas
  • Jul 17 Donny Marshall, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 17 Eric Williams, American NBA forward (Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jul 17 Melissa "Missy" Schwen, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Jul 17 Jaap Stam, Dutch footballer, born in Kampen, Netherlands
  • Jul 18 Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, NBA guard (Orlando, Olympic gold 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jul 18 Bernard Williams, NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jul 18 Bruce Walker, NFL nose tackle (NE Patriots)
  • Jul 19 Tamarie Ivie, Ananheim CA, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • Jul 19 Ebbe Sand, Danish footballer
  • Jul 20 Jay Barker, NFL quarterback (NE Patriots)
  • Jul 20 Jozef Stümpel, Slovak NHL forward (Boston Bruins, LA Kings), born in Nitra, Czechoslovakia
  • Jul 21 Dennis Krijgsman, Dutch soccer player and manager (Sparta/Vitesse), born in Alphen aan de Rijn, Netherlands
  • Jul 21 Joe Rudolph, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jul 21 Kimera Bartee, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jul 21 Lilach Parisky, Israeli Women's foil fencer (Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 21 Martin Miller, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • Jul 22 Keyshawn Johnson, American NFL wide receiver (Super Bowl 2002; Pro Bowl 1998-99, 2001; ESPN), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 23 Oscar McBride, NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jul 23 Seth Dittman, NFL offensive tackle (Indianapolis Colt, London Monarchs)
  • Jul 23 Trisha Fallon, Australian basketball forward (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Jul 24 Kaiō Hiroyuki, Japanese sumo wrestler
  • Jul 25 Kevin Roberts, Australian cricketer (NSW middle-order batsman since 1994-95), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jul 26 Ryan Christopherson, American NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Jul 26 Sean Graham, CFL slot back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Richmond, British Columbia
  • Jul 26 Tydus Winans, American NFL and CFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins, Roughriders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 27 Bryce Bevill, CFL defensive back (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Hyattsville, Maryland
  • Jul 27 Clint Robinson, Australian K-1 1k canoeist (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • Jul 27 Jill Arrington, American sports reporter, born in Conyers, Georgia
  • Jul 28 Ed Templeton, American skateboarder (Toy Machine), born in Garden Grove, California
  • Jul 30 Clif Groce, American NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts), born in College Station, Texas
  • Jul 30 Jim McIlvaine, American NBA center (Washington Bullets, Seattle Supersonics), born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • Jul 30 Olga Chernyak, US fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Jul 31 Jason Gildon, American NFL linebacker (3-time Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Altus, Oklahoma
  • Jul 31 Chris Weinke, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2000, Florida State; Carolina Panthers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 6 Vincent Valentine, West Indian cricket pace bowler (England 1933), dies
  • Jul 21 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 100/200m 1912), dies at 83
  • Jul 31 Rollie Hemsley, American baseball catcher (5-time MLB All Star), dies of a heart attack at 65