On This Day

July 1977 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 1 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Hometown favourite Virginia Wade beats Betty Stove of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

  • Jul 1 East German sprinter Marlies Göhr sets world record for 100m (10.88) in Dresden, Germany

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Sweden's Björn Borg beats American Jimmy Connors 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 for the second of 5 consecutive Wimbledon singles titles

  • Jul 3 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Lachute GC: Judy Rankin wins by 3 strokes from Pat Meyers and Sandra Palmer
  • Jul 4 Red Sox end 9-game losing streak by smashing a MLB-record 8 HRs in a 9-6 win vs Toronto at Fenway Park

British Golf Open

Jul 9 British Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: Tom Watson wins second of 5 Open titles by a stroke from Jack Nicklaus; pair play together in final 2 rounds; separate themselves from field under rare clear skies, remembered as the "Duel in the Sun"

  • Jul 19 48th MLB All Star Game, Yankee Stadium, NYC, NY: NL wins, 7-5; MVP: Don Sutton, LA Dodgers, P

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 24 US Open Women's Golf, Hazeltine National GC: Hollis Stacy wins wire-to-wire by 2 strokes from Nancy Lopez

Sports History

Jul 24 Pete Rose passes Frankie Frisch as switch-hit leader with 2,881

  • Jul 24 64th Tour de France won by Bernard Thevenet of France

Sports History

Jul 28 Legendary England cricket all-rounder Ian Botham on debut takes 5 for 74 in the Australian 1st innings in a 7 wicket 3rd Test win at Trent Bridge

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Jerome Iginla, Canadian NHL right wing (Olympic gold 2002, 10), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • Jul 5 Nicolas Kiefer, German tennis player, born in Holzminden, West Germany
  • Jul 5 Javier López, Puerto Rican MLB baseball pitcher, 2003-16 (Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants, and 3 other teams), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Jul 6 Con Blatsis, Australian footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jul 6 Makhaya Ntini, South African cricketer, born in Mdingi, Cape Province, South Africa
  • Jul 8 Wang Zhizhi, Chinese basketball player
  • Jul 9 Ben McAdoo, American football coach (New York Giants, 2016-7), born in Homer City, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 11 Brandon Short, American football player (NY Giants, Carolina Panthers), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 12 Francesca Lubiani, Italian tennis star (Futures-Amadora-POR), born in Bologna, Italy
  • Jul 12 Neil Harris, English footballer
  • Jul 15 André Nel, South African cricket fast bowler (36 Tests, 123 wickets, BB 6/32; Highveld Lions, Northamptonshire CCC, Essex CCC, Surrey CCC), born in Germiston, South Africa
  • Jul 17 Marc Savard, Canadian hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • Jul 19 Haitham Mustafa, Sudanese footballer
  • Jul 19 Ed Smith, English cricketer
  • Jul 19 Jean-Sébastien Aubin, Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • Jul 20 Kiki Musampa, Congolese footballer
  • Jul 20 Alessandro dos Santos, Brazilian-born Japanese footballer
  • Jul 21 Allison Wagner, American swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Jul 21 Paul Casey, English golfer (Ryder Cup wins 2004, 06, 18; 3 PGA Tour titles, 13 European Tour titles; PGA C'ship 2020 runner-up), born in Cheltenham, England
  • Jul 22 Gustavo Nery, Brazilian footballer
  • Jul 23 Néicer Reasco, Ecuadorian footballer, born in San Lorenzo, Ecuador
  • Jul 23 Scott Clemmensen, American ice hockey player, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Jul 24 Arnold Bruggink, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Jul 24 Mehdi Mahdavikia, Iranian football player
  • Jul 25 Kenny Thomas, American basketball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 26 Martin Laursen, Danish footballer (A.C. Milan), born in Fårvang, Denmark
  • Jul 28 Aki Berg, Finnish NHL defenseman (LA Kings), born in Raisio, Finland
  • Jul 28 Manu Ginóbili, Argentine basketball player, born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina
  • Jul 29 Greg Burgess, American 200m individual medley (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • Jul 30 Jayme Dickman, American 3x20 rifle shooter (Olympics 1996), born in South Bend, Indiana
  • Jul 31 Tim Couch, American NFL quarterback (#1 overall draft pick 1999, Cleveland Browns), born in Hyden, Kentucky

Weddings in Sport

Mike Ditka

Jul 8 NFL coach Mike Ditka (37) weds Diana Trantham in Dallas County, Texas

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 29 Austin Matthews, cricketer (Test Eng v NZ 1937), dies