July 1980 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jul 1 British runner Steve Ovett breaks countryman Sebastian Coe's world record for the mile in 3:48.8 in Oslo, Norway
  • Jul 3 US Open Senior Golf, Winged Foot: Roberto De Vicenzo of Argentina wins inaugural event by 4 shots from William C. Campbell
  • Jul 3 Biggest MLB crowd in 7 years, 73,096 watch Indians beat Yankees, 7-0 at Cleveland Stadium

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 4 Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) fans Reds' Cesar Geronimo to become 4th pitcher to 3,000 MLB strikeouts

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Chris Evert 6-1, 7-6 for her 3rd Wimbledon single crown

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Björn Borg beats John McEnroe 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6 for his 5th straight Wimbledon crown

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Jul 6 Phillies starter Steve Carlton fans 7 Cardinals to reach 2,836 strikeouts, the most by a left-handed pitcher in MLB history

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 7 American boxer Larry Holmes scores a 7th round TKO of Scott LeDoux in Bloomington, Minnesota in defence of his WBC heavyweight title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Jul 8 51st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-2 at Dodger Stadium, LA
  • Jul 8 All star MVP: Ken Griffey (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Jul 13 35th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 15 Johnny Bench hits his 314th HR as a catcher which breaks Yogi Berra's record

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Jul 19 22nd modern Olympic games opens in Moscow; US and others boycott

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 20 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Tom Watson wins his 3rd of 5 Open titles, by 4 strokes from Lee Trevino

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Jul 20 67th Tour de France won by Joop Zoetemelk of Netherlands
  • Jul 27 Sally Little wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic
  • Jul 30 Houston Astro pitcher J R Richard suffers a stroke
  • Jul 30 American swimmers Mary T Meagher (2.06.37) and Craig Beardsley (1.58.21) both set 200m butterfly world records at the US National Swimming Championships at Irvine, California
  • Jul 31 Rangers snap Orioles pitcher Steve Stone's 14-game winning streak

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 2 Nicole Manske, American beauty queen and motorsports television commentator
  • Jul 3 Roland Mark Schoeman, South African swimmer
  • Jul 3 Kevin Boyle, American basketballer
  • Jul 3 Harbhajan Singh, Indian cricket spin bowler (103 Tests, 417 wickets), born in Jalandhar, India
  • Jul 5 David Rozehnal, Czech footballer, born in Šternberk, Czechoslovakia
  • Jul 6 Pau Gasol, Spanish basketball player
  • Jul 7 Michele Kwan, figure skater (Olympics 1994, Olympic silver 1998), born in Torrance, California
  • Jul 7 John Buck, American baseball player
  • Jul 8 Robbie Keane, Irish footballer
  • Jul 10 Adam Petty, American race car driver (d. 2000)
  • Jul 12 Tina Tharp, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jul 13 Lori Fredrickson, Aurora Ill, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96)
  • Jul 14 George Smith, Australian Rugby player
  • Jul 15 Jonathan Cheechoo, professional ice hockey player
  • Jul 15 Reggie Abercrombie, professional baseball player
  • Jul 16 Adam Scott, Australian golfer (29 professional tournament wins), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jul 17 Javier Camuñas, Spanish footballer
  • Jul 17 Ryan Miller, American hockey player
  • Jul 19 Giorgio Mondini, Italian racing driver
  • Jul 19 Xavier Malisse, Belgian tennis player
  • Jul 21 CC Sabathia, American baseball player
  • Jul 22 Scott Dixon, New Zealand auto racer (IndyCar Drivers' champion 2003, 08, 13, 15, 18), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Jul 22 Dirk Kuyt, Dutch footballer
  • Jul 24 Wilfred Bungei, Kenyan middle-distance runner
  • Jul 25 Toni Vilander, Finnish racing driver, born in Kankaanpää, Finland
  • Jul 25 Shawn Riggans, American baseball player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Jul 27 Allan Davis, Australian cyclist, born in Ipswich, Queensland
  • Jul 29 Ryan Braun, Canadian baseball player (Los Angeles Angels), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Jul 29 Fernando González, Chilean tennis player
  • Jul 30 Sara Anzanello, Italian volleyball player
  • Jul 30 James Anderson, English cricketer
  • Jul 30 Justin Rose, English golfer (2013 U.S. Open), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jul 31 Mils Muliaina, New Zealand and Waikato rugby player, born in Salesi, Samoa

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 24 Tennis star Björn Borg (24) weds tennis player Mariana Simionescu (23) in Bucharest, Romania

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 31 Karolyn Englehardt divorces baseball manager Pete Rose (39) after 16 years of marriage

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 18 Naoomal Jeoomal, Indian cricketer (3 Tests for India 1932-34, 108 runs), dies at 76