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July 1985 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for her 6th Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jul 6 Mom's Command wins the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont to clinch American thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Boris Becker beats South African Kevin Curren 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 to become the youngest man (17) to win a Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • Jul 8 Marge Schott becomes CEO of Cincinnati Red

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 11 Astros' Nolan Ryan, 1st to strike out 4000 (Mets' Danny Heep)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 New York Yankees retire Roger Maris (9) and Elston Howard (32) uniforms

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Jul 14 US Open Women's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Kathy Baker (later Guadagnino) wins her first LPGA Tour event and only major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Judy Clark (later Dickinson)
  • Jul 16 56th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-1 at Humphrey Metrodome, Minn
  • Jul 16 All star MVP: LaMarr Hoyt (San Diego Padres)

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 21 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: Scotsman Sandy Lyle wins his only Open title by 1 stroke from runner-up Payne Stewart; last time event features double cut (after 36 and 54 holes), introduced in 1968

  • Jul 21 72nd Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • Jul 27 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway becomes first woman to run 10,000m in under 31 minutes; takes world record down to 30:59.42 in Oslo, Norway

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 28 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Beaconsfield GC: Pat Bradley wins by 1 from Jane Geddes

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • Jul 28 L Brock, Enos Slaughter, A Vaughan, & H Wilhelm inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Chris Perez, American MLB reliever (All Star 2011-12), born in Bradenton, Florida
  • Jul 2 Rhett Bomar, American football player
  • Jul 2 Chad Henne, American football player

Person of interestMegan Rapinoe

Jul 5 Megan Rapinoe, American pro soccer player (American co-captain), born in Redding, California

Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe
Soccer Star
Megan Rapinoe
  • Jul 9 Paweł Korzeniowski, Polish swimmer
  • Jul 9 Ashley Young, English footballer
  • Jul 9 BJ Watling, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (top Test score 205 2019), born in Durban, Natal Province, South Africa
  • Jul 10 Mario Gómez, German footballer
  • Jul 13 Guillermo Ochoa, Mexican footballer
  • Jul 17 Neil McGregor, Scottish footballer, born in Irvine, United Kingdom
  • Jul 21 Von Wafer, American basketball player, born in Homer, Louisiana
  • Jul 22 Takudzwa Ngwenya, Zimbabwean-American rugby player
  • Jul 23 Luis Ángel Landín, Mexican footballer, born in Zamora, Mexico
  • Jul 24 Patrice Bergeron, Canadian hockey player
  • Jul 25 Nelson Piquet Jr., Brazilian auto racer (Formula E champion 2014-15), born in Heidelberg, West Germany
  • Jul 26 Gaël Clichy, French footballer (İstanbul Başakşehir), born in Toulouse, France
  • Jul 30 Daniel Fredheim Holm, Norwegian footballer, born in Oslo, Norway

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 19 NBA player Isiah Thomas (24) weds Lynn Kendall in Chicago

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 2 David Purley, British Formula 1 driver (b. 1945)
  • Jul 3 Frank Selke, Canadian ice hockey manager, dies at 92
  • Jul 3 Cooney Weiland, Canadian NHL forward (Boston Bruins), dies at 80
  • Jul 5 Jack Robertson, South African cricket spinner (3 Tests v Aust 1935-36), dies
  • Jul 23 Johnny Wardle, English cricketer (b. 1923)
  • Jul 27 'Smoky' Joe Wood, American baseball pitcher/outfielder (World Series 12, 15, 20; MLB wins leader 34–5 1912; pitched no-hitter 1911; Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians), dies at 95
  • Jul 31 Murray Chapple, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman through the 1950's), dies at 55