July 1975 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King outclasses Evonne Goolagong 6-0, 6-1 for her 6th Wimbledon singles title

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Arthur Ashe becomes first African-American to win Wimbledon, beats countryman Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4

  • Jul 6 Art Wall Jr. at 51 years, 7 months, 10 days becomes the second oldest to win a PGA Tour event, beating Gary McCord by 1 at the Greater Milwaukee Open (oldest Sam Snead)

Sports History

Jul 10 Test Cricket debut of Graham Gooch, v Australia, out for a pair

British Golf Open

Jul 12 British Open Men's Golf, Carnoustie: American Tom Watson wins 18-hole playoff by 1 stroke over Jack Newton of Australia; first of 8 major titles; first of 5 Open Championships

  • Jul 15 46th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-3 at County Stadium, Milwaukee
  • Jul 15 All star MVP: Bill Madlock (Pittsburgh Pirates) & John Matlock (NY Mets)

Election of Interest

Jul 16 Major League Baseball owners re-elect Commissioner Bowie Kuhn to a 7-year term

  • Jul 18 Jury can't decide on trial of Dave Forbes of Boston Bruins (1st athlete indicted for excessive violence during play)
  • Jul 19 New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson's 1st-inning single & RBI are nullified because tar on his bat handle exceeds 18" limit; Minnesota Twins win, 2-1
  • Jul 20 62nd Tour de France won by Bernard Thevenet of France

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 20 US Open Women's Golf, Atlantic City CC: Sandra Palmer wins her second major title by 4 strokes from JoAnne Carner, Sandra Post and Nancy Lopez

Sports History

Jul 21 Billy Martin fired as Texas Rangers manager

  • Jul 21 NY Met Félix Millán hits 4 singles; erased by Joe Torres 4 double plays
  • Jul 23 LA Dodgers W Crawford and Lee Lacy are 5th to hit consecutive pinch HRs

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 2 Daniel Kowalski, Australian swimmer (Olympics-bronze/silver-96), born in Singapore
  • Jul 2 Éric Dazé, Canadian NHL left wing (Chicago Blackhawks; NHL All Star MVP 2002), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 3 John Hargis, American swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m medley relay 1996), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jul 5 Ai Sugiyama, Japanese tennis player (4-time Grand Slam doubles winner), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jul 5 Chris Gratton, Canadian NHL center (Canada World C'ships gold 1997; Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Brantford, Ontario
  • Jul 5 Hernán Crespo, Argentine soccer striker, coach (Argentina 64 caps, 35 goals; Parma, Chelsea, Banfield), born in Florida Este, Argentina
  • Jul 7 Tony Benshoof, American luger, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Jul 11 Rubén Baraja, Spanish footballer
  • Jul 11 Willie Anderson, American football player
  • Jul 14 Matthew Kessinger, American figure skater (1995 Gt Lakes Jr champ), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jul 14 Tim Hudson, American baseball player (San Francisco Giants), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • Jul 15 Ben Pepper, Australian basketball player
  • Jul 16 Bas Leinders, Belgian racing car driver, born in Bree, Belgium
  • Jul 17 Andre Adams, New Zealand cricketer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jul 17 Troy Amos Ross, Canadian boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Georgetown, Guyana
  • Jul 18 Torii Hunter, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2002, 07, 09, 10, 13; Gold Glove Award 2001–09; Minnesota Twins, LA Angels of Anaheim, Detroit Tigers), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • Jul 20 Aimee Mullins, American Paralympic athlete/official (US Olympic Chef de Mission 2012), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 20 Erik Hagen, Norwegian footballer
  • Jul 20 Ray Allen, American basketball guard (10-time NBA All Star), born in Merced, California
  • Jul 21 Mike Sellers, CFL defensive end (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Jul 21 Ravindra Pushpakumara, Sri Lankan cricketer (Test pace bowler)
  • Jul 24 Gloria Pizzichini, Italian tennis star
  • Jul 24 Torrie Wilson, American wrestler
  • Jul 25 Jean-Claude Darcheville, French footballer, born in Sinnamary, French Guiana, France
  • Jul 26 Joe Smith, American NBA forward (Golden State Warriors), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Jul 27 Alessandro Pistone, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy

Alex Rodriguez

Jul 27 Alex Rodriguez, American MLB shortstop (14-time All Star), born in NYC, New York

  • Jul 27 Shea Hillenbrand, American baseball player, born in Mesa, Arizona
  • Jul 29 Corrado Grabbi, Italian footballer
  • Jul 29 Seth Greisinger, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Jul 31 Andrew Hall, South African cricket batsman (21 Tests; HS 163 v India 1st Test 2004), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal
  • Jul 31 Mike Lincoln, American MLB baseball relief pitcher, 1999-2010 (Pittsburgh Pirates, and 3 other teams), born in Carmichael, California
  • Jul 31 Randy Flores, American baseball pitcher (World Series 2006, St. Louis Cardinals), executive (American director scouting SL Cardinals) and broadcaster (Pac-12 Network), born in Bellflower, California
  • Jul 31 Sergei Gusev, Russian NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars), born in Nizhny Tagil, USSR

Weddings in Sport

William Peter Blatty

Jul 20 "The Exorcist" writer William Peter Blatty (47) weds tennis player Linda Tuero (24) in Las Vegas

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 6 Ruffian, American racehorse (b. 1972)
  • Jul 7 Ruffian, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 1972)
  • Jul 12 Carl Snavely, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Bucknell, North Carolina, Cornell 180–96–16), dies at 80
  • Jul 13 Owen Wynne, cricketer (6 Tests for South Africa 1948-50), lost at sea