July 1972 in Sport

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 awardTennis Open

Jul 8 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 awardTennis Open

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 9 Kathy Ahern wins LPGA George Washington Golf Classic
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 15 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Lee Trevino successfully defends Open title, 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 won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • Jul 25 43rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stad
  • Jul 25 All star MVP: Joe Morgan (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Jul 28 39th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Dallas 20, All Stars 7 (54,162)
  • Jul 30 Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Lady Pepsi Golf Open

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Corey Hirsch, Canadian NHL goalie/coach/broadcaster (Olympic silver 1994), born in Medicine Hat, Canada
  • Jul 3 Leigh Andrew-Pearso, North 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jul 3 Ontiwaun Carter, WLAF running back (Rhein Fire)
  • Jul 4 Steve Giles, St Stephens New Brunswick, canoeist (Olympics-6-92, 96)
  • Jul 5 Robert Esmie, Jamaica, Canadian 4X100m runner (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Jul 6 Billy Davis, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jul 6 Greg Norton, American baseball player
  • Jul 7 Aldi Henry, CFL defensive back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jul 7 Darnay Scott, NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals)
  • Jul 7 Lisa Leslie, California, WNBA center (LA Sparks)/forward (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Jul 7 Michael Westbrook, NFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins)
  • Jul 7 Stoney Case, NFL quarterback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jul 7 Manfred Stohl, Austrian rally driver
  • Jul 8 Brandon Rock, 800m runner, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jul 8 Jay Bellamy, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 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, NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints)
  • 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 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, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Jul 17 Eric Williams, NBA forward (Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics)
  • Jul 17 Melissa "Missy" Schwen, Bloomington Ind, rower (Olympic silver 1996)
  • Jul 17 Michael Lampert, hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)
  • Jul 17 Jaap Stam, Dutch footballer
  • 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 John Paci, WLAF quarterback (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 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 Stumpel, NHL forward (Team Kazakhstan 1998, LA Kings)
  • Jul 21 Dennis Military man, soccer player (Sparta/Vitesse)
  • Jul 21 Joe Rudolph, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jul 21 Kimera Bartee, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jul 21 Lilach Parisky, Israel, Women's foil fencer (Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 21 Martin Miller, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • Jul 22 Keyshawn Johnson, American football player
  • 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 Craig Howard, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 Rolex), born in Redding, California
  • 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 Alph Browning, NLF/WLAF receiver (Redskins, Barcelona Dragons)
  • 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 Manley Woods, NFL/WLAF receiver (Seattle Seahawks, Rhein Fire)
  • Jul 28 Stacy Evans, WLAF defensive end (Rhein Fire)
  • Jul 28 Ed Templeton, American skateboarder
  • Jul 29 Steven Branscombe, WLAF WR (Scotland Claymores)
  • Jul 30 Clif Groce, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jul 30 Damon House, kayak (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 30 Jim McIlvaine, NBA center (Washington Bullets, Seattle Supersonics)
  • Jul 30 Olga Chernyak, US fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Jul 31 Antonio Langham, NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns)
  • Jul 31 Jason Gildon, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jul 31 Ray McElroy, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 6 Vincent Valentine, West Indian cricket pace bowler (England 1933), dies
  • Jul 21 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 83