On This Day

July 1991 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 3 Gateway Board of Trustees approve a 20-year lease for the Cleveland Indians to play MLB at Jacobs Field
  • Jul 5 MLB owners approve Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins as new NL franchises to start play in 1993
  • Jul 5 American jockey Ray Sibille wins his 3,000th career race, aboard Sporting Surf at Pleasanton, California

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis Open: Steffi Graf beats Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina 6-4, 3-6, 8-6 for her 3rd Wimbledon crown

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In the first ever all-German final Michael Stich beats Boris Becker 6-4, 7-6, 6-4

  • Jul 8 Pitts Pirate President Carl Barger becomes 1st President of Florida Marlins
  • Jul 8 Major league umpire Steve Palermo and former NFL defensive lineman Terence Mann shot trying to help 2 waitresses from being robbed
  • Jul 9 62nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-2 at SkyDome, Toronto

Sports History

Jul 9 All star MVP: Cal Ripken Jr (Baltimore Orioles)

  • Jul 9 South Africa re-admitted to Olympics
  • Jul 11 Calumet Farm, home to 8 Kentucky Derby winners, files bankruptcy
  • Jul 13 Bob Milacki & 3 other Baltimore Oriole pitchers no-hit A's 2-0

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 14 US Open Women's Golf, Colonial CC: Meg Mallon shoots final round 67 (−4) to finish 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Pat Bradley

  • Jul 15 Sandhi Ortiz-DelValle is 1st woman to officiate a men's pro basketball (USBL) game, game between New Haven Skyhawks and Philadelphia Spirit
  • Jul 18 Florida Marlins' logo unveiled

Meeting of Interest

Jul 18 Mike Tyson meets Miss Black America contestants

  • Jul 19 Cal Ripken plays in his 1,500th consecutive game
  • Jul 19 Mike Tyson rapes a Miss Black America contestant (Desiree Washington)
  • Jul 19 With NY Yankee victory, 10 of 14 AL teams are at .500 or better
  • Jul 20 Mike Tyson is accused of raping a Miss Black America contestant
  • Jul 21 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Australian 1-2 with Ian Baker-Finch winning his only major championship, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Mike Harwood

Hall of Fame

Jul 21 Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry, Rod Carew, Tony Lazzeri, & Bill Veeck are elected into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

  • Jul 23 Rob Dibble back from 3-game suspension, is ejected for throwing at and hitting Cubs baserunner Doug Dascenzo Cubs win, 8-5
  • Jul 25 Seattle Jay Buhner hits a 479' HR in Yankee Stadium
  • Jul 25 Pittsburgh Steelers guard Terry Long treated for an apparent suicide attempt after he learned he tested positive for steroid use
  • Jul 26 CFL assumes ownership of Ottawa Rough Riders
  • Jul 26 Expo's Mark Gardner no hits Dodgers for 9 innings, but loses in 10th

US Senior Golf Open

Jul 28 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Jack Nicklaus matches course record of 65 to beat Chi Chi Rodriguez by 4 strokes in an 18-hole Monday playoff

  • Jul 28 29th Tennis Fed Cup: Spain beats USA in Nottingham England (2-1)
  • Jul 28 Buffalo Bills beat Philadelphia Eagles, 17-13 in American Bowl in Wembley

Baseball Record

Jul 28 Dennis Martínez pitches the 13th perfect game in baseball history

Sports History

Jul 28 Tour de France: Spanish rider Miguel Induráin beats Gianni Bugno of Italy by 3' 36" for 1st of 5 consecutive Tour wins; Djamolidine Abdoujaparov points winner

Federation Cup

Jul 28 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Nottingham, England: Spain wins first title with 2-1 victory over US; Conchita Martínez & Arantxa Sánchez Vicario clinch final 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 against Gigi Fernández & Zina Garrison-Jackson

  • Jul 29 1st Sunday Night game at Shea Stadium (Mets beat Cubs 6-0)

Sports History

Jul 29 Yankee Stadium fans throw cups and blowup dolls at Jose Canseco

  • Jul 30 Red Sox Carlos Quintana is 11th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (3rd)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Michael Wacha, American MLB pitcher (All Star 2015), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Jul 3 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russian tennis player (French Open 2021 runner-up), born in Samara, Russia
  • Jul 8 Virgil van Dijk, Dutch footballer (Liverpool FC, Netherlands national team captain), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • Jul 8 Devon Conway, New Zealand cricket batsman (7th batsman in history to score a double century on Test debut; 200 v England 2021), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jul 12 James Rodríguez, Colombian footballer (Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Colombia national team), born in Cúcuta, Colombia
  • Jul 12 Pablo Carreño Busta, Spanish tennis player (Davis Cup 2019; US Open doubles 2016 runner-up), born in Gijón, Spain

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 3 Jimmy [James Henry] Van Alen, American tennis official who created Simplified Scoring System for tennis, dies at 88
  • Jul 6 Muda Lawal, Nigerian footballer (b. 1954)
  • Jul 18 Harold Butler, English cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 12 wickets; Nottinghamshire), dies at 78
  • Jul 21 Paul Warwick, English racing driver (b. 1969)
  • Jul 24 Freddie Brown, cricketer (English Test captain 1950-51), dies
  • Jul 27 Pierre Brunet, French figure skater pair (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 89