On This Day

July 2020 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 2 British Darts Organisation’s commercial arm – BDO Enterprises Ltd, goes into liquidation due to lack of sponsorship; oversaw original professional, semi-pro and amateur competitions in Britain
  • Jul 3 Major League Baseball All-Star Game planned to be hosted on July 14 by the LA Dodgers is cancelled due to government restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic

Contract of Interest

Jul 6 Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes agrees to the largest contract for an athlete in sports history, inking a 12-year deal that could end up being worth US$503 million

Sports History

Jul 19 World Formula 1 drivers champion Lewis Hamilton wins a record 8th Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest to equal Michael Schumacher's record of wins at a single circuit (French GP)

Sports History

Jul 20 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first man to score 50 goals in Serie A, La Liga and the Premier League with a double in Juventus' 2-1 win over Lazio

  • Jul 26 Italian football giants Juventus wins its 9th straight Serie A title with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschiin in a 2-0 win over Sampdoria

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 1 Everton Weekes, West Indian cricket batsman (48 Tests; 4,455 runs @ 58.61, 15 x 100s), dies at 95
  • Jul 3 Ardico Magnini, Italian soccer defender (20 caps; Fiorentina 225 games), dies at 91
  • Jul 5 Volodymyr Troshkin, Ukrainian soccer defender (31 caps, USSR; Dynamo Kiev 205 games), dies at 72
  • Jul 5 Willi Holdorf, German athlete (Olympic gold, United Team of Germany, decathlon 1964), dies at 80
  • Jul 5 Bob Reade, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (NCAA Div III C'ship 1983-86; AFCA Div III Coach of the Year 1983–86; Augustana Vikings), dies at 87
  • Jul 7 Dannes Coronel, Ecuadorian soccer defender (27 caps; El Nacional), dies from a heart attack at 47
  • Jul 8 Alex Pullin, Australian snowboarder (World C'ship gold snowboard cross 2011, 13), dies from drowning at 32
  • Jul 8 Abdelmajid Tlemçani, Tunisian soccer striker (54 caps; Espérance Sportive de Tunis), dies at 82
  • Jul 10 Corra Dirksen, South African rugby union winger (10 caps; Northern Transvaal), dies from COVID-19 complications at 82
  • Jul 10 Jack Charlton, English soccer defender (35 caps; World Cup 1966; Leeds United) and manager (Middlesborough, Sheffield Wed, Newcastle, Rep of Ireland), dies from lymphoma and dementia at 85
  • Jul 10 Lara van Ruijven, Dutch short track speed skater (World C'ship gold 500m 2019; Olympic bronze 3000m relay 2018), dies from an autoimmune disease at 27
  • Jul 10 Olga Tass, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold, team portable apparatus 1956), dies at 91
  • Jul 11 Frank Bolling, American baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1961–62²; Gold Glove Award 1958; Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves), dies from cancer at 88
  • Jul 12 Wim Suurbier, Dutch soccer right back (60 caps; Ajax 392 games) and manager (LA Heat, TB Rowdies), dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at 75
  • Jul 12 Lajos Szűcs, Hungarian soccer defender (37 caps; Ferencváros, Honvéd FC; Hungarian Footballer of the Year 1976; Olympic gold 1968), dies at 76
  • Jul 13 Pat Quinn, Scottish soccer forward (4 caps; Motherwell, Hibernian) and manager (East Fife, FH), dies at 84
  • Jul 13 Chuck Hulse, American auto racer (USAC Champ Car Series, 26 x top 10 finishes), dies at 92
  • Jul 15 Travell Mazion, American boxer (WBC-NABF super welterweight title 2020), dies in a car accident at 24
  • Jul 16 Vladimir Obukhov, Russian basketball coach (Soviet Union & Malta men's national teams; MBC Dynamo Moscow), dies at 84
  • Jul 16 Tony Taylor, Cuban baseball second baseman (MLB All Star 1960²; Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers), dies from stroke complications at 84
  • Jul 17 Silvio Marzolini, Argentine soccer defender (28 caps; Boca Juniors), dies from cancer at 79
  • Jul 17 Derek Ho, American surfer (World C'ship 1993; Hawaiian Triple Crown 1984, 86, 88, 90), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • Jul 18 Barry Jarman, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (19 Tests; 54 dismissals), dies at 84
  • Jul 21 Mike Sleman, English rugby union winger (31 caps, England; 1 cap British & Irish Lions 1980; Liverpool RUFC), dies at 69
  • Jul 21 Ralph Liguori, American auto racer (NASCAR Grand National Series 30 x Top 10; 5 x Top 5 finishes), dies at 93
  • Jul 22 Carlton Haselrig, American football guard (Pro Bowl 1992; Pittsburgh Steelers) and wrestler (6 x NCAA titles; Pitt-Johnstown), dies from liver disease at 54
  • Jul 23 Jean Brankart, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1955, Giro d'Italia 1958 runner-up; Belgium national track pursuit champion 1956, 58, 59), dies at 90
  • Jul 24 Naazim Richardson, American boxing trainer (Bernard Hopkins, "Sugar" Shane Mosley), dies of stroke complications at 55
  • Jul 25 Eddie Shack, Canadian ice hockey left wing (NHL All Star 1962, 63, 64; Stanley Cup 1962, 63, 64, 67; Toronto Maple Leafs), dies from throat cancer at 83
  • Jul 25 Maurice Petty, American auto racing crew chief, engine builder and team owner (Petty Enterprises, International Motorsports & NASCAR Hall of Fame), dies at 81
  • Jul 25 Jim Frick, Swedish harness racing driver (5,002 career race wins), dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • Jul 25 Lou Henson, American College Basketball Hall of Fame coach (all-time leader in victories University of Illinois and New Mexico State), dies of lymphoma at 88
  • Jul 28 John McNamara, American MLB manager (American League Manager of the Year 1986; Boston Red Sox), dies at 88
  • Jul 28 Aleksandr Aksinin, Russian athlete (Olympic gold, 4×100m relay 1980; bronze 1976), dies at 65
  • Jul 29 Andy Haden, New Zealand rugby union lock (41 Tests; 117 All Black games, 8 as captain; Auckland), dies from chronic lymphocytic leukaemia at 69
  • Jul 29 Mike Gillespie, American college baseball coach (College World Series 1998, Collegiate Coach of the Year 1998, USC), dies from a stroke at 80
  • Jul 31 Stephen Tataw, Cameroonian soccer right-back (63 caps; captain Cameroon national team FIFA World Cup 1990, 94), dies at 57