On This Day

July 1987 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 1 New York City radio station WFAN-AM commences first 24 hour all sports radio format
  • Jul 2 KC Royals outfielder Jim Eisenreich hits 1st HR since 1982, in MLB comeback process, retired 1984 (Tourette syndrome)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 3 Controversial NY Mets MLB star Darryl Strawberry threatens teammates for criticising his play; he is now an ordained minister

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova earns 8th Wimbledon singles title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Steffi Graf

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pat Cash of Australia scores his only Grand Slam singles success 7-6, 6-2, 7-5 over Ivan Lendl

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 5 A's 1st baseman Mark McGwire becomes first rookie to hit 30 HRs before the MLB All-Star Game as Oakland beats Red Sox, 6-2

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 6 Pakistan cricket all-rounder Imran Khan reaches 300th Test wicket milestone, during 3rd Test vs England at Leeds

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan
  • Jul 11 Orioles' Cal Ripkin becomes 1st to manage 2 sons, as Billy joins Cal
  • Jul 12 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Islesmere GC: Jody Rosenthal wins by 2 from Ayako Okamoto of Japan

Sport awardUS Senior Golf Open

Jul 12 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Brooklawn CC: South African Gary Player wins by a record 6 strokes ahead of Doug Sanders

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Jul 12 Phillies Kent Tekulve pitches his 900th game in relief
  • Jul 14 58th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-0 in 13 at Oakland-Alameda Stad

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 14 All star MVP: Tim Raines (Montreal Expos)

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 14 Rookie of the Year Award is renamed to honor Jackie Robinson

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Jul 16 Don Mattingly hits his 4th grand slam of season & ties AL record of homers in 6 straight games (on way to tie major league record of 8)
  • Jul 18 NY Yanks Don Mattingly ties record of HRs in 8 cons games

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 19 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Briton Nick Faldo wins his first major title, by 1 shot from Paul Azinger and Rodger Davis

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • Jul 23 Petra Felke (E Ger) throws javelin 78.89 m (women's record)
  • Jul 23 Red Sox waive Bill Buckner, the goat of last year's World Series
  • Jul 26 Catfish Hunter Billy Williams and Ray Dandridge inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jul 26 74th Tour de France won by Stephen Roche of Ireland

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Jul 28 US Open Women's Golf, Plainfield CC: England's Laura Davies won the first of her 4 major titles in an 18-hole Tuesday playoff over runners-up Ayako Okamoto and JoAnne Carner

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • Jul 28 Ángel Cordero Jr becomes 4th jockey to win 6,000 races

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 31 Baltimore first baseman Eddie Murray hits his 299th and 300th career home runs to lead Orioles to an 8-4 win over Texas Rangers

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestSebastian Vettel

Jul 3 Sebastian Vettel, German auto racer (World Formula 1 Drivers Champion 2010-13), born in Heppenheim, Hesse, Germany

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel
  • Jul 14 Adam Johnson, English footballer (Sunderland), born in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
  • Jul 17 Darius Boyd, Australian rugby player, born in Gold Coast, Australia
  • Jul 17 Jan Charouz, Czech racing driver, born in Prague, Czechia
  • Jul 17 Moussa Dembélé, Belgian footballer, born in Pontoise, France
  • Jul 31 Michael Bradley, American soccer defender (USA 150 caps; Borussia Mönchengladbach), born in Princeton, New Jersey

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 11 Thomas F Waddell, founder (Gay Olympics), dies of AIDS at 50
  • Jul 11 Avi Ran, Israeli footballer (b. 1963)
  • Jul 15 Jack O'Hagan, cricketer and composer (Our Don Bradman), dies at 88
  • Jul 22 A G Kripal Singh, cricketer (14 Tests for India), dies
  • Jul 27 Travis Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (World Series 1933; MLB All Star 1934; NY Giants), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • Jul 29 Arthur Chipperfield, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies