On This Day

On This Day in Sport for July 11

Events in Sport

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1900 Charlotte Cooper beats Hélène Prévost to become the 1st female Olympic tennis champion and the 1st individual female Olympic champion in any sport

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • 1912 There are 6 medallists in the Stockholm Olympic pole vault; American Harry Babcock takes gold (3.95m); countrymen Frank Nelson and Marc Wright dead-heat for silver; 3-man dead-heat for bronze

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1914 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth makes his MLB debut as a pitcher for Boston Red Sox; earns 4-3 win against the Cleveland Naps at Fenway Park

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1923 Harry Frazee, sells Red Sox to Ohio businessmen for $1M

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1930 21 year old Australian cricket super-batsman Don Bradman is 105 at lunch, 220 at tea, and 309 at stumps on the first day in 3rd Test vs England at Leeds; goes on to 334

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1931 NY Giants beat Phillies 23-8
  • 1939 7th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Yankee Stadium, New York NY Yankee/AL maanager Joe McCarthy starts 6 Yankees
  • 1944 12th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950 17th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 in 14 at Comiskey Park, Chic Ted Williams breaks his elbow; 1st extra inning All Star Game

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1952 British Golf Men's Open, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: 3 titles in 4 years for Bobby Locke of South Africa beating Australian Peter Thomson by a stroke
  • 1960 28th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, KC
  • 1961 30th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 in 10 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco
  • 1967 38th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-1 in 15 at Anaheim Stadium, CA
  • 1967 All star MVP: Tony Perez (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1968 Earl Weaver replaces Hank Bauer as manager of Orioles
  • 1971 Phillies Deron Johnson 3 HRs caps his 4 in a row

  • 1976 1st US football club in Austria forms (FAAFC-1st Austrian American)
  • 1976 US Open Women's Golf, Rolling Green GC: JoAnne Carner wins in a playoff with Sandra Palmer
  • 1978 49th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at San Diego Stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 All star MVP: Steve Garvey (LA Dodgers) collects his second award

Baseball Player Steve Garvey
Baseball Player
Steve Garvey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Sebastian Coe of UK sets record for 1K (2:12.18)

1500m Runner Sebastian Coe
1500m Runner
Sebastian Coe
  • 1982 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Portland GC: Miller Barber wins by 4 strokes from Dan Sykes & Gene Littler; his first of 3 Senior Open titles
  • 1982 FIFA World Cup Final, Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain: Italy beats West Germany, 3-1 in front of 90,000
  • 1984 55th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco
  • 1984 All star MVP: Gary Carter (Mont Expos) awarded for 2nd time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Astros' Nolan Ryan, 1st to strike out 4000 (Mets' Danny Heep)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1986 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway runs 10,000m in world record 30:13.74
  • 1987 Orioles' Cal Ripkin becomes 1st to manage 2 sons, as Billy joins Cal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Mike Tyson hires Donald Trump as an advisor

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1989 60th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim All star MVP: Bo Jackson (KC Royals)
  • 1989 President Ronald Reagan sportscasts All Star Game
  • 1990 NYC police arrest "Dartman" (stabbed over 50 women with darts)
  • 1991 Calumet Farm, home to 8 Kentucky Derby winners, files bankruptcy

Sport awardUS Senior Golf Open

1993 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Jack Nicklaus wins by 1 stroke ahead of Tom Weiskopf for his second US Senior title

  • 1993 Mike Smith aboard Sky Beauty wins the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont to clinch thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies
  • 1995 66th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-2 at Ballpark at Arlington Tx
  • 1995 All star MVP: Jeff Conine (Florida Marlins)
  • 1999 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Des Moines G & CC: Dave Eichelberger wins by 3 strokes ahead of Ed Dougherty for his lone major title
  • 2000 71st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-3 at Turner Field, Atlanta

Sport awardGolf Tournament

2004 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Legends on the Niagara GC: Meg Mallon wins by 4 strokes from Beth Daniel

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 2004 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Englishman Mark James wins his lone career major title by 1 stroke from José Maria Cañizares of Spain
  • 2006 77th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-2 at PNC Park, Pittsburgh
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa: Andrés Iniesta scores an extra time winner as Spain beats the Netherlands, 1-0 for first World Cup title
  • 2010 US Open Women's Golf, Oakmont CC: Paula Creamer wins her first major championship, 4 shots ahead of runners-up Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen
  • 2011 US Open Women's Golf, The Boardmoor: Ryu So-yeon wins her first major in a playoff with fellow South Korean Hee Hung Seo

Sport awardSports Awards

2012 20th ESPY Awards: LeBron James, Brittney Griner win

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 Steve Nash is traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

2015 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams becomes oldest winner in Open era (33) beating Garbiñe Muguruza 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1893 Jack Durston, cricketer (England fast bowler against Australia 1921)
  • 1924 Charlie Tully, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1971)
  • 1928 Marcos Calderón, Peruvian soccer coach (Peru 1975-79; Copa América 1975), born in Lima, Peru (d. 1987)
  • 1930 Gregory C Bell, Terre Haute Ind, long jumper (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1930 John Alabaster, cricketer (NZ most prolific leg-spinner with 49 wkts)
  • 1939 Larry Laoretti, American golfer (US Senior Open 1992), born in Mahopac, New Jersey
  • 1941 Clive Puzey, Zimbabwean racing driver
  • 1942 Aarón Padilla Gutiérrez, Mexican soccer striker (55 caps; Pumas, Atlante, Veracruz), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Jaroslav Pollák, Slovak soccer midfielder (49 caps, Czechoslovakia; Sparta Prague, Austria Salzburg), born in Nižný Medzev, Slovakia (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Jim Higgs, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1978-81)
  • 1951 Sridharan Jeganathan, cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)

Person of interestLeon Spinks

1953 Leon Spinks, American boxer (WBC, WBA heavyweight champion 1978; Olympic gold light heavyweight 1976), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2021)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
  • 1955 Sergey Babinov, USSR, ice hockey star (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1958 Hugo Sánchez, Mexican footballer
  • 1962 Dale Hellestrae, NFLer (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1963 Al MacInnis, Inverness NS, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, St Louis)
  • 1964 Earl Jones, Inkster Mich, 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1984)
  • 1965 Tony Cottee, English footballer
  • 1965 Ernesto Hoost, Dutch kickboxer
  • 1966 Rod Strickland, NBA guard (Portland Trail Blazers, Wash Wizards)
  • 1967 Andy Ashby, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1967 Donne Wall, Potosi MO, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1968 Esera Tuaolo, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1970 Billy Ashley, Taylor MI, outfielder (LA Dodgers)
  • 1970 Pubudu Dissanayake, Sri Lanka cricket wicket-keeper (1993)
  • 1971 Brett Hauer, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers), born in Edina, Minnesota
  • 1972 Jerrott Willard, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1972 Joe Johnson, American NFL defensive end (Pro Bowl 1998, 2000; All-Pro 2000; New Orleans Saints), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1972 Ken Irvin, NFL cornerback (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Steven Richards, Australian racing driver
  • 1973 Christine Monge, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1973 Konstantinos Kenteris, Greek athlete
  • 1974 André Ooijer, Dutch soccer defender (55 caps; PSV, Blackburn Rovers), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1974 Hermann Hreiðarsson, Icelandic footballer
  • 1975 Willie Anderson, American football player
  • 1975 Rubén Baraja, Spanish footballer
  • 1976 Eduardo Nájera, Mexican-born basketball player
  • 1977 Brandon Short, American football player
  • 1979 Éric Abidal, French footballer
  • 1981 Mary Beth Arnold, gymnast (World-bronze-95), born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1981 Andre Johnson, American football player
  • 1982 Chris Cooley, American NFL tight end (2-time Pro Bowl; Washington Redskins), born in Powell, Wyoming
  • 1984 Yorman Bazardo, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1984 Tanith Belbin, Canadian ice dancer
  • 1986 Yoann Gourcuff, French footballer
  • 1986 Ryan Jarvis, English footballer
  • 1990 Caroline Wozniacki, Danish tennis player (Australian Open 2018), born in Odense, Denmark

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1954 Football coach Al Davis (25) weds Carol Segal

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis

Deaths in Sport

  • 1929 Billy Mosforth, English footballer (b. 1857)
  • 1932 Nathaniel Niles, American figure skater and tennis player, dies at 46
  • 1953 Oliver Campbell, American tennis player (US Open 1890-92), dies at 82
  • 1959 C W L Parker, cricketer (3,776 1st-class wickets, 2nd best ever), dies
  • 1959 Charlie Parker, English cricketer (legend Gloucs SLA, but 2-32 in only Test), dies at 76
  • 1971 Pedro Rodríguez, Mexican racing driver (b. 1940)
  • 1987 Thomas F Waddell, founder (Gay Olympics), dies of AIDS at 50
  • 1987 Avi Ran, Israeli footballer (b. 1963)
  • 1993 Denis Tomlinson, South African cricket leg-spinner, dies
  • 1998 Lilí Álvarez, Spanish tennis player (Wimbledon runner-up 1926-28), dies at 93
  • 2005 Jesús Iglesias, Argentine professional racing driver (b. 1922)
  • 2006 John Spencer, English snooker player (b. 1935)
  • 2009 Arturo Gatti, Italian-Canadian professional boxer (b. 1972)
  • 2010 Bob Sheppard, New York Yankees and New York Giants announcer, dies at 99
  • 2018 Lindy Remigino, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1952), dies of prostate cancer at 87
  • 2020 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