On This Day

July 1986 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 2 Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens (14-0) suffers his 1st loss (4-2 v Toronto), one win short of AL record for consecutive wins to start season

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • Jul 4 England cricket captain Mike Gatting smashes 183 not out in the drawn 3rd Test vs India at Birmingham

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Hana Mandlíková 7-6, 6-3 for her 7th Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 6 100th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Germany's Boris Becker successfully defends his title beating Ivan Lendl 6-4, 6-3, 7-5

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • Jul 6 Atlanta infielder Bob Horner becomes 11th player to hit 4 home runs in a MLB game during Braves 11-8 loss v Montreal
  • Jul 7 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets world heptathlon record of 7,148 points in the inaugural Goodwill Games at Moscow
  • Jul 9 Padres trade pitcher Tim Stoddard to Yankees for pitcher Ed Whitson
  • Jul 11 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway runs 10,000m in world record 30:13.74

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Jul 14 US Open Women's Golf, NCR CC: Jane Geddes wins by 2 strokes in an 18-hole Monday playoff with South African born Sally Little

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • Jul 15 57th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-2 at Astrodome, Houston
  • Jul 15 All star MVP: Roger Clemens (Boston Red Sox)
  • Jul 18 MLB Kansas City Royals announce that manager Dick Howser, 50, has a brain tumor

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 19 Tim Witherspoon KOs Frank Bruno in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 20 British Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: Australian Greg Norman wins his first major championship at even-par, 5 strokes clear of runner-up Gordon J. Brand

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 27 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Board of Trade CC: Pat Bradley wins in a playoff with Ayako Okamoto of Japan

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Jul 27 24th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Czechoslovakia in Prague Czech (3-0)
  • Jul 27 73rd Tour de France won by Greg LeMond of USA
  • Jul 29 NY jury rules NFL violated antitrust laws, awards USFL $1 in damages

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Charlie Blackmon, American MLB outfielder (NL Batting champion 2017), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 4 Terrance Knighton, American NFL Player, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jul 6 Derrick Williams, American football player
  • Jul 8 Renata Costa, Brazilian footballer
  • Jul 8 Kevin Chappell, American golfer (US Open 2011 3rd), born in Fresno, California
  • Jul 11 Yoann Gourcuff, French footballer
  • Jul 11 Ryan Jarvis, English footballer
  • Jul 12 JP Pietersen, South African rugby union footballer
  • Jul 23 Nelson Philippe, French racing driver, born in Valence, France
  • Jul 24 Andrei Lutai, Russian figure skater
  • Jul 27 Courtney Kupets, American gymnast (World Championships champion 2002, 2003), born in Bedford, Texas
  • Jul 31 Evgeni Malkin, Russian NHL center (World C'ship gold 2012, 14; Pittsburg Penguins), born in Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk Oblast

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 25 Four-time Grand Slam winning tennis player Hana Mandlíková (24) weds restaurateur Jan Sedlak at Prague's old town hall

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 2 Peanuts Lowrey, American baseball player, dies at 68
  • Jul 8 Skeeter Webb, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • Jul 15 Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (Hambletonian x 4; Little Brown Jug x 5; Messenger Stakes x 7), dies from head injuries in fall at Yonkers Raceway at 62
  • Jul 18 Stanley Rous, British soccer official, 6th President of FIFA (1961-74) dies at 91
  • Jul 24 Laurie Nash, Australian cricket fast-bowler (2 Tests, 10 wickets) and VFL player & coach (South Melbourne), dies at 76
  • Jul 25 Theodore H "Ted" Lyons, pitcher (Chicago White Sox), dies at 85
  • Jul 28 Syd Curnow, South African cricketer (168 runs in 7 Tests), dies
  • Jul 28 Cliff Melton, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1942; NL saves leader 1937; NY Giants), dies at 74