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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

Sport awardWimbledon 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

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

Sport awardWimbledon 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

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • Jul 9 South Africa readmitted 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

Sport awardUS 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

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
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

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jul 18 Mike Tyson meets Miss Black America contestants

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

  • 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 fameHall of Fame

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

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew
  • 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

Sport awardUS 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB Pitcher Dennis Martínez
MLB Pitcher
Dennis Martínez
  • 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

Sport awardFederation 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

Tennis Player Zina Garrison
Tennis Player
Zina Garrison
Tennis Player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Tennis Player
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  • Jul 29 1st Sunday Night game at Shea Stadium (Mets beat Cubs 6-0)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Player José Canseco
MLB Player
José 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 8 Virgil van Dijk, Dutch footballer (Liverpool FC, Netherlands national team captain), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 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