July 1979 in Sport

Events in Sport

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova successfully defends her title beating Chris Evert Lloyd 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Björn Borg beats American Roscoe Tanner 6-7, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 for his 4th consecutive Wimbledon title

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner

Music RecordingDown With Disco!

Jul 12 "Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park: fans go wild destroying disco records and cause the White Sox to forfeit second game of a doubleheader to the Detroit Tigers
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 Calif's Nolan Ryan and Boston's Steve Renko each lose no-hitters in 9th

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Jul 15 34th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Jerilyn Britz
  • Jul 17 50th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-6 at Kingdome, Seattle
  • Jul 17 All star MVP: Dave Parker (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 21 British Open Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Spaniard Seve Ballesteros wins by 3 from Jack Nicklaus & Ben Crenshaw; Nicklaus runner-up for record 7th time

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
Golfer Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus
  • Jul 22 Pat Meyers wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • Jul 22 66th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 23 George Brett gets his 1,000th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24 Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski hits his 400th HR

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), St. George's CC: Amy Alcott wins by 3 from Nancy Lopez for her first major title

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 2 Sam Hornish, Jr., American race car driver

Person of interestJoe Thornton

Jul 2 Joe Thornton, Canadian hockey player, born in London, Ontario

NHL Star Joe Thornton
NHL Star
Joe Thornton
  • Jul 3 Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Greek footballer
  • Jul 3 David Bacani, American baseball player
  • Jul 5 Stiliyan Petrov, Bulgarian footballer
  • Jul 5 Amélie Mauresmo, French tennis player (Australian Open, Wimbledon 2006), born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
  • Jul 7 Anastasios Gousis, Greek sprinter
  • Jul 7 Carl Breeze, British racing driver
  • Jul 10 Mvondo Atangana, Cameroon footballer
  • Jul 11 Éric Abidal, French footballer
  • Jul 12 Nikos Barlos, Greek basketball player
  • Jul 13 Craig Bellamy, Welsh footballer
  • Jul 14 Bernie Castro, Dominican baseball player
  • Jul 15 Alexander Frei, Swiss footballer

Person of interestKim Rhode

Jul 16 Kim Rhode, American double trap and skeet shooter (Olympic Gold: 1996, 2004 & 2012), born in Whittier, California

Olympic Gold Shooter Kim Rhode
Olympic Gold Shooter
Kim Rhode
  • Jul 16 Chris Mihm, American basketball player (Chicago Bulls), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jul 18 Deion Branch, American football player
  • Jul 19 Luke Young, English footballer
  • Jul 19 Rick Ankiel, Baseball pitcher/ outfielder
  • Jul 19 Dilhara Fernando, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • Jul 20 Miklos Feher, Hungarian football player (d. 2004)
  • Jul 20 David Ortega, Spanish freestyle and backstroke swimmer
  • Jul 21 David Carr, American football player
  • Jul 21 Tamika Catchings, American basketball player
  • Jul 22 Lucas Luhr, German racing driver
  • Jul 22 Yadel Martí, Cuban baseball player
  • Jul 23 Ricardo Sperafico, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jul 23 Richard Sims, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Jul 24 Valerio Scassellati, Italian racing driver
  • Jul 24 Anne-Gaëlle Sidot, French tennis player
  • Jul 24 José Valverde, American baseball player
  • Jul 25 Ali Carter, English professional snooker player, born in Colchester, Essex
  • Jul 26 Peter Sarno, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 26 Erik Westrum, American ice hockey player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jul 27 Jorge Arce, Mexican professional boxer, born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
  • Jul 27 Shannon Moore, American professional wrestler, born in Cameron, North Carolina
  • Jul 28 Henrik Hansen, Danish footballer
  • Jul 29 Karim Essediri, Tunisian footballer
  • Jul 29 Ronald Murray, American basketball player
  • Jul 30 Graeme McDowell, Northern Irish golfer
  • Jul 30 Carlos Arroyo, Puerto Rican basketball player
  • Jul 31 Per Krøldrup, Danish footballer
  • Jul 31 Carlos Marchena, Spanish footballer and coach, born in Las Cabezas de San Juan, Spain
  • Jul 31 J. J. Furmaniak, American baseball player

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 4 Lee Wai Tong, Chinese footballer (b. 1905)

Person of interestElizabeth Ryan

Jul 5 Elizabeth Ryan, tennis ace (won 19 Wimbledon titles), dies at 87

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • Jul 7 D P Conyngham, cricketer (one Test for South Africa), dies
  • Jul 9 Betty Evans Grayson, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1959), dies at 53
  • Jul 17 Doug Meintjes, South African cricket pace bowler (v England 1922-23), dies
  • Jul 22 Tony "Two-Ton" Galento, American heavyweight boxer and actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 69
  • Jul 22 Sándor Kocsis, Hungarian footballer (Budapest Honvéd), dies at 49