July 1976 in Sport

Events in Sport

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Chris Evert beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley of Australia 6-3, 4-6, 8-6 for second of 3 Wimbledon singles titles

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Sweden's Björn Borg beats Ilie Năstase of Romania 6-4, 6-2, 9-7 for the first of 5 straight Wimbledon titles

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 10 British Open Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: American Johnny Miller wins his only Open championship, 6 strokes clear of Seve Ballesteros and Jack Nicklaus; Miller's second and last major title

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
Golfer Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus
  • Jul 11 1st US football club in Austria forms (FAAFC-1st Austrian American)
  • Jul 11 US Open Women's Golf, Rolling Green GC: JoAnne Carner wins in a playoff with Sandra Palmer
  • Jul 13 47th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Veterans Stadium, Phila
  • Jul 13 All star MVP: George Foster (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Jul 13 Last day of Test Cricket for English all-rounder Brian Close, aged 45
  • Jul 17 21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal: 25 African teams (later rising to 33 nations) boycott the games due to New Zealand playing rugby in apartheid South Africa
  • Jul 18 Nadia Comăneci becomes the first gymnast in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 score (total 7) at Montreal Games
  • Jul 18 63rd Tour de France won by Lucien Van Impe of Belgium

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 20 Hank Aaron hits 755th and last home run off Angels Dick Drago

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Jul 23 42nd NFL Chicago All Star Game: Pittsburgh 24, All Stars 0 (52,895)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 23 Baltimore Oriole Reggie Jackson homers in 6th straight game

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Jul 28 White Sox John Odom (5 inn) & Francisco Barrios (4 inn) no-hits A's
  • Jul 30 Japanese beat Russian for Olympic gold in woman's volleyball
  • Jul 31 East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski beats American Frank Shorter by 50 seconds to win the Olympic Games marathon in 2:09:55 in Montreal

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Patrick Kluivert, Dutch soccer striker (Netherlands 79 caps)), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jul 1 Hannu Tihinen, Finnish soccer defender (Finland 76 caps), born in Keminmaa, Finland
  • Jul 1 Ruud van Nistelrooy, Dutch soccer striker (Netherlands 70 caps, Man U), born in Oss, Netherlands
  • Jul 1 Szymon Ziółkowski, Polish hammer thrower (Olympic gold 2000), born in Poznań, Poland
  • Jul 2 Krisztián Lisztes, Hungarian footballer
  • Jul 2 Tomáš Vokoun, Czech hockey player
  • Jul 3 Henry Olonga, cricketer (1st black Zimbabwe Test cricketer v Pak 1995)
  • Jul 3 Robert Brian (Bobby) Skinstad, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, youngest ever Springbok rugby captain
  • Jul 4 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer, born in Saitama, Japan (d. 2003)
  • Jul 5 Nuno Gomes, Portuguese footballer, born in Amarante, Portugal
  • Jul 6 Nikki Mott, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 7 Dominic Foley, Irish footballer, born in Cork, Ireland
  • Jul 8 Michael Renfurm, Surinam/Dutch soccer player (Sparta)
  • Jul 8 Staci Wilson, soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • Jul 8 Talal El Karkouri, Moroccan footballer
  • Jul 10 Ludovic Giuly, French footballer
  • Jul 10 Edmílson Gomes, Brazilian footballer
  • Jul 11 Eduardo Nájera, Mexican-born basketball player
  • Jul 13 Sheldon Souray, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jul 14 Geraint Jones, English cricketer
  • Jul 15 Rebecca Snyder, air pistol (Olympics 1996), born in Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Jul 16 Anna Smashnova, Russian tennis star (1993 Futures-Erlangen GER), born in Minsk, Russia
  • Jul 16 Michael Petkovic, Australian soccer goalie (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Fremantle, Australia
  • Jul 16 Tomasz Kuchar, Polish rally driver, born in Wrocław, Poland
  • Jul 16 Carlos Humberto Paredes, Paraguyan footballer and coach, born in Asunción, Paraguay
  • Jul 19 Gonzalo de los Santos, Uruguayan footballer
  • Jul 20 Debashish Mohanty, Indian cricketer
  • Jul 20 Alex Yoong, Malaysian racing driver
  • Jul 23 Judit Polgár, Hungarian chess player
  • Jul 24 Anita Nall, American breaststroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1992)
  • Jul 24 Chris[tian] Patrick Raymond Ahrens, Whitefish Bay Wis, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 24 Scott Logan, Brisbane QLD Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 24 Tiago Monteiro, Portuguese Formula One driver
  • Jul 24 Nate Bump, American baseball player
  • Jul 25 Javier Vázquez, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Jul 27 Mwadi Mabika, WNBA guard and forward (LA Sparks), born in Kinshasa, Zaire
  • Jul 27 Scott Mason, Australian cricketer, born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia (d. 2005)
  • Jul 30 Julio Gonzalez, Mexican light heavyweight boxer (WBO Champion 2003-2004), born in Baja California, Mexico (d. 2012)
  • Jul 31 Paulo Wanchope, Costa Rican footballer

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 7 NFL running back Walter Payton (21) weds Connie Norwood in Los Angeles, California

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 7 NBA guard George Gervin (24) weds Joyce King

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 7 Walter Giesler, American soccer coach (b. 1910)
  • Jul 20 Tom Lowry, cricketer (early New Zealand Test captain), dies
  • Jul 23 Wilhelmina Von Bremen, American 4X100 relay sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 64