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July 1988 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Germany's Steffi Graf beats Martina Navratilova 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 for the 3rd leg of her Golden Slam

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

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 3 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Vancouver GC: Sally Little wins by 1 stroke from Laura Davies of England

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • Jul 3 Gene Nelson of the Oakland A's becomes first AL pitcher to steal a base since 1973 in 9-8 win over Toronto Blue Jays

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg of Sweden wins his first of 2 Wimbledon singles titles beating Boris Becker 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a rain-affected final

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • Jul 4 After a poor start to the season Kansas City Royals release Dan Quisenberry (record 5-time AL saves leader)
  • Jul 5 Wist Indies cricket paceman Malcolm Marshall takes career best 7-22, beat England by an innings & 156 at Old Trafford

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 9 Nolan Ryan is 7th to win 100 game on 2 teams, as Astro beat Mets 6-3

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 11 Mike Tyson hires Donald Trump as an advisor

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Jul 12 59th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-1 at Riverfront Stadium, Cin
  • Jul 12 All star MVP: Terry Steinbach (Oakland A's)
  • Jul 12 Margo Adams alleges Red Sox Wade Bogg's had an affair with her

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 Red Sox replace manager John McNamara with Joe Morgan

MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster Joe Morgan
MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster
Joe Morgan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 14 Mike Schmidt passes Mickey Mantle with his 537th HR into 7th place

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 16 Carl Lewis runs a wind-assisted 100m in 9.78 sec

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Jul 16 Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets women's heptathlete record of 7,215 pts

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 18 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Spaniard Seve Ballesteros wins his 3rd Open title by 2 shots from Nick Price of Zimbabwe

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
Golfer Nick Price
Golfer
Nick Price

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Jul 24 US Open Women's Golf, Baltimore CC: Liselotte Neumann of Sweden wins her only major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Patty Sheehan

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Jul 24 US and Jamaica play scoreless tie, in 2nd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • Jul 24 75th Tour de France won by Pedro Delgado of Spain
  • Jul 26 Mike Schmidt sets NL record appearing in 2,155 games at 3rd base, as Phillies & NY Mets end that game at 2:13 AM
  • Jul 27 Baseball star Tommy John commits record 3 errors on 1 play as Yanks rout Brewers 16-3
  • Jul 29 Baltimore trades Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling
  • Jul 29 Rick Sutcliffe swipes home, 1st pitcher since Pascual Perez in 1984 to steal home
  • Jul 30 Cincinnati Reds pitcher John Franco sets a record of 13 saves in 1 month

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 31 Oakland DH Jose Canseco smacks 2 home runs off Scott Bankhead in A's 6-2 win over Seattle Mariners; becomes first MLB player to hit 30 HRs in first 3 years

MLB Player José Canseco
MLB Player
José Canseco
  • Jul 31 Miami Dolphins beat San Francisco 49ers, 27-21 in the American Bowl at London's Wembley Stadium
  • Jul 31 Pittsburgh Pirates 1st baseman/left fielder and 7-time All Star Willie Stargell becomes 200th man inducted in Baseball's Hall of Fame

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Aleksander Lesun, Russian modern pentathlete (Olympic gold pentathlon 2016), born in Barysaw, Belarus
  • Jul 12 Inbee Park, South Korean golfer (7 major titles; US Open 2008, 13), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Jul 14 James Vaughan, English footballer, born in Birmingham
  • Jul 14 Conor McGregor, Irish professional boxer (UFC Lightweight and Featherweight Champion), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jul 18 César Villaluz, Mexican footballer
  • Jul 21 Chris Mitchell, Scottish footballer, born in Stirling, Scotland (d. 2016)
  • Jul 25 Anthony Stokes, Irish footballer, born in Dublin
  • Jul 27 Ryan Tannehill III, American football quarterback (Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans; NFL passer rating leader 2019), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Jul 27 Adam Biddle, Australian footballer (Sydney FC), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jul 28 Casper Johansen, Danish footballer

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 16 Canadian NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky (27) weds American 'Police Academy 5' / 'A League of Their Own' actress Janet Jones (27) in Edmonton, Alberta

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Jul 17 NHL ice hockey star player Wayne Gretzky (27) weds actress Janet Jones (27) at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton, Canada

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 30 American tennis player Chris Evert (33) weds American alpine skier Andy Mill (34) in Boca Raton, Florida (divorced 2006)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 8 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 400m relay 1928), dies at 83
  • Jul 23 Jahangir Khan, Indian cricket fast bowler (4 Tests India; Pakistan selector), dies at 78
  • Jul 24 Ilona Elek, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold 1936, 48), dies at 81
  • Jul 25 David Tobey, American Basketball Hall of Fame referee (1918-45; first game with a 3-man officiating crew), dies at 90