On This Day

July 1997 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Boxing Title Fight

Jul 1 Nevada Athletic Commission suspends Mike Tyson indefinitely & withholds $20m purse for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during their heavyweight title fight 28 June

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: 16 year old Swiss Martina Hingis beats Jana Novotná 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to become the youngest Wimbledon winner in 110 years

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Cédric Pioline of France 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 for his 10th Grand Slam title

Hall of Fame

Jul 6 Montreal Expos retire Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Andre Dawson's uniform #10

  • Jul 6 Australian cricket batsman Steve Waugh completes twin centuries (108 & 116) in 268 run 3rd Test win v England at Old Trafford
  • Jul 8 68th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Jacobs Field, Cleveland
  • Jul 9 Baseball's triple A American Association (formed in 1902) votes to disband
  • Jul 10 Hideki Irabu makes MLB debut as a NY Yankee, beats Tigers 10-3
  • Jul 12 Cubs play in their 5,000th consecutive game without being no-hit
  • Jul 12 Pirates Francisco Cordova & Ricardo Rincon no-hit Astros 3-0 in 10 inn

Sports History

Jul 13 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Larry Gilbert wins his lone career major title by 3 strokes from Isao Aoki, Bob Dickson, Jack Kiefer and Dave Stockton

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 13 US Open Women's Golf, Pumpkin Ridge GC: Alison Nicholas of England wins her lone major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Nancy Lopez

  • Jul 20 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: American Justin Leonard recovers from 5 strokes back after 3 rounds; wins by 3 from Darren Clarke and Jesper Parnevik
  • Jul 21 NY Yank Mike Whiton held in Milwaukee on charges of sexual assault

Sports History

Jul 22 Greg Maddux throws a complete game with just 76 pitches

  • Jul 23 Dallas TV Station KXAS settle with Dallas Cowboys Michael Irvin and Erik Williams for reporting false sex assault allegations against them
  • Jul 25 QB Brett Favre, re-signs with Green Bay Packers for $50M for 7 yrs
  • Jul 27 Detroit Tigers retire pitching great Hal Newhouser's #16
  • Jul 27 84th Tour de France won by Jan Ullrich of Germany

Sports History

Jul 27 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Gary Player of South Africa wins with birdie on 2nd playoff hole against countryman John Bland

Sports History

Jul 28 NY Ranger center Mark Messier signs with Vancouver for $20M for 3 yrs

Baseball Record

Jul 31 A's first baseman Mark McGwire becomes MLB's top home run hitter to be traded in the middle of a season when he moves from Oakland to St. Louis Cardinals (34 home runs and 81 RBI)

  • Jul 31 College Football's all-time winningest coach Eddie Robinson and his Grambling State University program are placed on 2-years' probation for rules violations, including recruiting and academic eligibility

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 9 Tatjana Schoenmaker, South African swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 2020), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 6 Brun Smith, New Zealand cricket batsman (4 Tests @ 47.40), dies at 75
  • Jul 7 Jerry Doggett, American sportscaster (Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers), dies at 80
  • Jul 20 Clifford McWatt, West Indian cricket wicketkeeper (6 Tests, 10 dismissals; British Guiana), dies in a car crash at 75
  • Jul 23 Chūhei Nambu, Japanese track and field athlete (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 93
  • Jul 24 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), dies of a brain tumour at 63
  • Jul 24 Frank Parker, American tennis player (4-time Grand Slam singles winner), dies at 81

Ben Hogan

Jul 25 Ben Hogan, American golfer (9-time major title winner; US masters 1951, 53), dies of a stroke at 84