July 1976 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

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

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

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

British Golf Open

Jul 10 British Open Men's 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

  • 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, Philadelphia
  • 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 63rd Tour de France won by Lucien Van Impe of Belgium

Olympic Games

Jul 18 Nadia Comăneci (14) becomes the first gymnast in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 score (doing so 7 times) at Montreal Games

Baseball Record

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

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

Baseball Record

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

  • Jul 28 White Sox John Odom (5 inn) & Francisco Barrios (4 inn) no-hits A's

Olympic Gold

Jul 30 Future TV personality ('Keeping Up with the Kardashians') and transgender figure, Bruce Jenner (now Caitlin Jenner) sets WR 8,618 points to win decathlon gold at Montreal Olympics

  • 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 Hannu Tihinen, Finnish soccer defender (Finland 76 caps), born in Keminmaa, Finland
  • Jul 1 Patrick Kluivert, Dutch soccer striker (Netherlands 79 caps)), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jul 1 Ruud van Nistelrooy, Dutch soccer striker (Netherlands 70 caps, PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid), 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 Bobby Skinstad, South African rugby union flanker (42 Tests, 12 as captain; Stormers, Cats, Sharks), born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Jul 3 Henry Olonga, Zimbabwean cricket fast bowler (30 Tests, 68 wickets, BB 5/70; 50 ODIs, 58 wickets; Matabeleland), born in Lusaka, Zambia
  • 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, American soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • Jul 8 Talal El Karkouri, Moroccan footballer
  • Jul 10 Edmílson, Brazilian soccer defensive midfielder, central defender (39 caps World Cup 2002; São Paulo FC, Lyon, FC Barcelona), born in Taquaritinga, Brazil
  • Jul 10 Ludovic Giuly, French soccer winger (17 caps; Lyon, Monaco, Barcelona, PSG), born in Lyon, France
  • Jul 11 Eduardo Nájera, Mexican-born basketball player
  • Jul 13 Sheldon Souray, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jul 14 Geraint Jones, English Papua New Guinean cricketer (played for England and Papua New Guinea), born in Kundiawa, Papua New Guinea
  • Jul 16 Anna Smashnova, Russian tennis star (1993 Futures-Erlangen GER), born in Minsk, Russia
  • Jul 16 Carlos Humberto Paredes, Paraguyan footballer and coach, born in Asunción, Paraguay
  • Jul 16 Tomasz Kuchar, Polish rally driver, born in Wrocław, Poland
  • Jul 19 Gonzalo de los Santos, Uruguayan footballer
  • Jul 20 Alex Yoong, Malaysian racing driver
  • Jul 20 Debashish Mohanty, Indian cricketer
  • Jul 23 Judit Polgár, Hungarian chess player (only female chess player to make world's top 10), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 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 Nate Bump, American baseball player
  • Jul 24 Scott Logan, Brisbane QLD Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 24 Tiago Monteiro, Portuguese Formula One driver
  • Jul 25 Javier Vázquez, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Jul 27 Fernando Ricksen, Dutch soccer midfielder (12 caps; Glasgow Rangers), born in Hoensbroek, Limburg (d. 2019)
  • 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 Marty Booker, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 2002, Chicago Bears), born in Jonesboro, Louisiana
  • Jul 31 Paulo Wanchope, Costa Rican footballer

Weddings in Sport

Walter Payton

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


Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 7 Walter Giesler, American soccer coach (b. 1910)
  • Jul 9 Tom Yawkey, American Baseball HOF executive (owner Boston Red Sox 1933-76), dies from leukemia at 73
  • Jul 20 Tom Lowry, New Zealand cricket batsman (7 Tests, 2 x 50s; first NZ Test captain), President NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Association 1951-65, dies at 78
  • Jul 21 Earle Combs, American Baseball HOF center fielder (9 × World Series 1927, 28, 32, 36–39, 41, 43; New York Yankees), dies at 77
  • Jul 23 Wilhelmina Von Bremen, American 4X100 relay sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 64