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)

Sports History

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

Wimbledon 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

Wimbledon 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

Baseball 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

Sports History

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

  • 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

US 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

  • 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

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

Baseball Record

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)

British 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

  • 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

US 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

Sports History

Jul 28 Ángel Cordero Jr.becomes 4th jockey to win 6,000 races

Baseball 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


Birthdays in Sport

Sebastian Vettel

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

  • 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