July 1980 in Sports History

Events in Sport

World Record

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 Biggest MLB crowd in 7 years, 73,096 watch Indians beat NY Yankees, 7-0 at Cleveland Stadium

Baseball Record

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

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Chris Evert 6-1, 7-6 for her 3rd Wimbledon singles crown

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 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 with famous 22-minute, 34-point, fourth-set tiebreak

Baseball Record

Jul 6 MLB Philadelphia Phillies starter Steve Carlton fans 7 Cardinals to reach 2,836 strikeouts, the most by a left-handed pitcher in MLB history

Boxing Title Fight

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

  • Jul 8 51st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-2 at Dodger Stadium, LA
  • Jul 8 All star MVP: Ken Griffey (Cincinnati Reds)

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 13 US Open Women's Golf, Richland CC: Amy Alcott scores convincing 9 stroke win over runner-up Hollis Stacy

Baseball Record

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

  • Jul 19 XXII Summer Olympic Games open in Moscow, Russia; led by United States, 66 nations boycott event because of Soviet-Afghan war
  • Jul 20 67th Tour de France won by Joop Zoetemelk of Netherlands

British Golf Open

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

  • 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 30 Houston Astros pitcher J. R. Richard suffers a stroke and collapses while playing a game of catch before an Astros game, ending his career

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Nelson Cruz, Dominican baseball designated hitter, right fielder (7 x MLB All Star; ALCS MVP 2011 Texas Rangers), born in Las Matas de Santa Cruz, Dominican Republic
  • Jul 2 Nicole Manske, American beauty queen and motorsports television commentator
  • Jul 3 Harbhajan Singh, Indian cricket spin bowler (103 Tests, 417 wickets, BB 8/84; Punjab, Surrey CCC, Mumbai Indians, Essex CCC, Chennai SKs, Kolkata KRs), born in Jalandhar, India
  • Jul 3 Roland Schoeman, South African swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m freestyle relay 2004; 3 x World C'ship gold), born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • Jul 5 David Rozehnal, Czech soccer defender (Czech Rep. 60 caps; PSG, Lille), born in Šternberk, Czech Republic
  • Jul 6 Pau Gasol, Spanish Basketball HOF forward (NBA C'ship 2009, 10 LA Lakers; 6 × NBA All-Star; NBA Rookie of the Year 2002 Memphis Grizzlies), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Jul 7 John Buck, American MLB baseball catchrr, 2004-14 (Kansas City Royals, and six other teams), born in Kemmerer, Wyoming
  • Jul 7 Michelle Kwan, American figure skater (World C'ship gold women's singles 1996, 98, 2000, 01, 03; Olympic silver 1998; bronze 2002), born in Torrance, California
  • Jul 8 Robbie Keane, Irish soccer striker (146 caps Republic of Ireland; Tottenham Hotspur 197 games, LA Galaxy 125 games), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jul 10 Adam Petty, American auto racer (son of Kyle Petty; death leads to NASCAR mandate of steering wheel kill switch), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • Jul 14 George Smith, Australian Rugby player, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jul 15 Jonathan Cheechoo, Canadian CHL player, born in Moose Factory, Ontario
  • Jul 15 Reggie Abercrombie, American MLB player (Florida Marlins), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • Jul 16 Adam Scott, Australian golfer (US Masters 2013), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Jul 17 Javier Camuñas, Spanish footballer, born in Municipality of Parla, Spain
  • Jul 17 Ryan Miller, American hockey player, born in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Jul 19 Giorgio Mondini, Italian racing driver
  • Jul 19 Xavier Malisse, Belgian tennis player
  • Jul 21 CC Sabathia, American baseball player, born in Vallejo, California
  • Jul 22 Dirk Kuyt, Dutch footballer, 1998-2017 (Liverpool and 4 other teams), and manager, born in Katwijk, Netherlands
  • Jul 22 Scott Dixon, New Zealand auto racer (IndyCar Drivers' champion 2003, 08, 13, 15, 18), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Jul 24 Wilfred Bungei, Kenyan middle-distance runner
  • Jul 25 Shawn Riggans, American baseball player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Jul 25 Toni Vilander, Finnish auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans LMGTE Pro class 2012, 14; FIA World Endurance Cup for GT Drivers 2014; FIA GT C'ship GT2 class 2007, 08), born in Kankaanpää, Finland
  • Jul 27 Allan Davis, Australian cyclist, born in Ipswich, Queensland
  • Jul 27 Jessi Combs, American auto racer, television personality (women’s land speed class record [4 wheels] 2013, 16), born in Rockerville, South Dakota (d. 2019)
  • Jul 29 Fernando González, Chilean tennis player
  • Jul 29 Ryan Braun, Canadian baseball player (Los Angeles Angels), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Jul 30 Justin Rose, English golfer (US Open 2013), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jul 30 Sara Anzanello, Italian volleyball player, born in San Donà di Piave, Italy
  • Jul 31 Mils Muliaina, New Zealand and Waikato rugby player, born in Salesi, Samoa

Weddings in Sport

Björn Borg

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

Divorces in Sport

Pete Rose

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

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 18 Naoomal Jeoomal, Indian cricket batsman (3 Tests, Sind), dies at 76