On This Day

July 1996 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 1 Canadian NHL franchise Winnipeg Jets officially moves to Arizona, renamed the Phoenix Coyotes
  • Jul 1 In a tour match v India, Hampshire's Kevan James becomes the only 1st class cricketer to take 4 wickets in 4 balls - and then score a century (103)
  • Jul 5 Angels score 3 top 1st, Oakland A's respond with 13 bottom 1st, highest-scoring 1st inning by 2 teams in MLB history, A's win 16-8

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-3, 7-5 for her 20th Grand Slam title & 7th Wimbledon crown

  • Jul 6 In a 2-0 win v Brewers, New York Yankees closer John Wetteland sets MLB record 20 consecutive saves en route to 24
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Richard Krajicek becomes first Dutchman to win a Grand Slam singles title beating American MaliVai Washington 6-3, 6-4, 6-3

US Senior Golf Open

Jul 7 US Open Senior Golf, Canterbury GC: Dave Stockton wins by 2 strokes from Hale Irwin for his 3rd Champions Tour major title

  • Jul 9 67th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
  • Jul 9 All star MVP: Mike Piazza (LA Dodgers)

Sports History

Jul 12 Kirby Puckett, MLB centerfielder, retires after 12 seasons from Minnesota Twins, due to loss of vision in one eye

Contract of Interest

Jul 12 Michael Jordan signs a NBA contract with the Chicago Bulls, for 1 year for $30.1 million

Golf Tournament

Jul 14 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Raymond Floyd wins first of 2 event titles by 2 strokes from Hale Irwin

  • Jul 14 New York Yankees closer John Wetteland sets MLB record 24 consecutive saves
  • Jul 14 NY Yanks sweep complete season series in Baltimore for 1st time
  • Jul 15 After 2,216 consecutive games at shortstop, Cal Ripkin goes to 3rd
  • Jul 19 XXVI Summer Olympic Games open in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 21 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: American Tom Lehman wins his only major championship by 2 strokes from Mark McCumber and Ernie Els; first American to win at Lytham since Bobby Jones 70 years earlier

Sports History

Jul 21 Wayne Gretzky signs a 2 year deal with NY Rangers

  • Jul 21 83rd Tour de France won by Bjarne Riis of Denmark
  • Jul 27 Bomb explodes at Atlanta Olympic Park, 1 killed, 110 injured
  • Jul 27 David Sales makes 210 on 1st class cricket debut for Northants v Worcs
  • Jul 27 Brazilian pair Jackie Silva and Sandra Pires win inaugural women's beach volleyball gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics

Sports History

Jul 28 NY Yankee Darryl Strawberry hits his 300th HR

  • Jul 28 Americans Karch Kiraly & Kent Steffes win inaugural beach volleyball gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics; Kiraly first to win gold in both indoor and beach events
  • Jul 28 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Defending champion Brian Barnes of Scotland wins by 3 strokes from Bob Charles and David Oakley

Sports History

Jul 29 MLB Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda retires, with a record of 1599-1439, 4 National League Pennants, and 2 World Series championships.

  • Jul 30 Tommy Lasoda retires as LA Dodger manager

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Adelina Sotnikova, Russian figure skater (Olympic gold individual, 2014), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jul 20 Ben Simmons, Australian basketball point guard (2016 NBA Draft: #1 pick Philadelphia 76ers), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Weddings in Sport

  • Jul 14 "Green Bay Packer" quarterback Brett Favre (26) weds Deanna Tynes (27) at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 6 Kathy Ahern, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1972), dies of breast cancer at 47
  • Jul 12 Nazar Mohammad, Pakistani cricket batsman (5 Tests, 1 x 100 Pakistan's 1st centurion), dies at 75
  • Jul 14 Jeff Krosnoff, American CART driver, killed in a racing accident at 31
  • Jul 17 Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer (NSW 1933-37) and radio commentator (1935-85), dies at 85
  • Jul 23 Red Munger, American baseball (MLB All Star 1944, 47, 49; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 77
  • Jul 24 Jock Wallace, Scottish soccer manager (Berwick Rangers, Rangers, Leicester City, Motherwell, Sevilla), dies from Parkinson's disease at 60
  • Jul 31 Paul Crawford, American Dixieland jazz musician, arranger, (Olympic Brass Band), and music historian (Tulane University), dies of lung cancer at 71