On This Day

On This Day in Sport for July 13

Events in Sport

  • 1881 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats defending champion John Hartley 6-0, 6-1, 6-1 for first of his 7 Wimbledon singles titles
  • 1885 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: 5 straight Wimbledon titles for William Renshaw; for second consecutive year he beats Herbert Lawford 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
  • 1886 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats Herbert Lawford for the 3rd straight year 6-0, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 for his 6th consecutive Wimbledon championship
  • 1895 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Wilfred Baddeley beats Wilberforce Eaves 4-6, 2-6, 8-6, 6-2, 6-3 for his third Wimbledon singles title
  • 1896 Ed Delahanty becomes 2nd major leaguer to hit 4 HRs in a game as Phillies lose 9-8 to Chicago Colts
  • 1900 Phillies beat Pittsburgh 23-8
  • 1919 Chicago White Sox pitcher Carl Mays walks off mound blaming teammates for lack of support afield
  • 1924 Albin Stenroos wins Olympic marathon (2:41:22.6)

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1926 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000m (8:20.4)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1930 1st-ever football World Cup competition begins in Uruguay

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1934 Babe Ruth hits 700th career home run against Detroit

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Sport awardPGA Championship

1941 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Vic Ghezzi wins his only major title over defending champion Byron Nelson in 38 holes

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson
  • 1941 Eddie Mayo (LA-Pacific Coast League), spits in face of umpire Ray Snyder
  • 1943 11th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Shibe Park, Philadelphia
  • 1948 15th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-2 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950 Doctors remove 7 bone fragments from Ted Williams' elbow

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

  • 1954 21st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-9 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve
  • 1960 29th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Yankee Stadium, New York

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1962 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: Arnold Palmer wins his 2nd consecutive Open, 6 strokes clear of runner-up Kel Nagle of Australia

  • 1963 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn, wins his 300th and last MLB game at 43
  • 1963 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Bob Charles of New Zealand wins his only major championship in a 36-hole playoff, 8 strokes ahead of runner-up Phil Rodgers; becomes first left-hander to win a major title
  • 1965 36th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-5 at Metropolitan Stadium, Minnesota
  • 1965 All star MVP: Juan Marichal (SF Giant)

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1968 British Open Men's Golf, Carnoustie: South African Gary Player wins second of his 3 Open titles, 2 strokes clear of Bob Charles and Jack Nicklaus; 5th of Player's 9 major titles

  • 1971 42nd MLB All Star Game, Tiger Stadium, Detroit, MI: AL beats NL, 6-4; MVP: Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles, OF
  • 1972 LA Rams (Irsay) & Baltimore Colts (Rosenbloom) swap owners
  • 1974 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: South African Gary Player wins his 3rd Open Championship, 4 strokes clear of runner-up Peter Oosterhuis of England
  • 1976 47th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Veterans Stadium, Phila
  • 1976 All star MVP: George Foster (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1976 Last day of Test Cricket for English all-rounder Brian Close, aged 45

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Calif's Nolan Ryan and Boston's Steve Renko each lose no-hitters in 9th

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1980 US Open Women's Golf, Richland CC: Amy Alcott scores convincing 9 stroke win over runner-up Hollis Stacy
  • 1982 53rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-1 at Olympic Stadium, Montreal
  • 1982 All star MVP: Dave Conception (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1984 Sergei Bubka of USSR pole vaults a record 5.89 m

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 NY Yankees retire Roger Maris (9) and Elston Howard (32) uniforms

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris

  • 1988 Red Sox replace manager John McNamara with Joe Morgan
  • 1991 Bob Milacki & 3 other Baltimore Oriole pitchers no-hit A's 2-0
  • 1993 64th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-3 at Camden Yards, Baltimore

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 All star MVP: Kirby Puckett (Minnesota Twins)

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett

MurderMurder of Interest

1994 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson (charged with murder) gives hair samples for testing

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 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

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1997 US Open Women's Golf, Pumkin Ridge GC: Alison Nicholas of England wins her lone major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1999 70th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Fenway Park, Boston
  • 2001 International Olympic Committee votes to award Beijing the 2008 Summer Olympic Games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Craig Stadler wins his first of 2 Champions Tour major titles by 3 strokes from Tom Kite, Jim Thorpe and Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • 2004 75th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-4 at Minute Maid Park, Houston
  • 2010 81st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at Angel Stadium, Anaheim
  • 2012 Financially troubled Scottish football club, Rangers, is voted into the third division
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup Final, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Mario Götze scores an extra time winner as Germany beats Argentina, 1-0

Sport awardFootball Awards

2014 FIFA World Cup Awards: Lionel Messi (golden ball), James Rodriguez (golden boot) and Manuel Neuer (Golden gloves)

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • 2014 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Oak Tree National: Scotsman Colin Montgomerie wins by 1 stroke after a 3-hole playoff with Gene Sauers
  • 2014 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: American Mo Martin wins her first major title, 1 shot ahead of runners-up Shanshan Feng and Suzann Pettersen
  • 2018 Chelsea FC sacks high profile manager Antonio Conte despite winning 2016-17 EPL and 2018 FA Cup, replaced by ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri
  • 2018 Kevin Anderson of South Africa beats American John Isner 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 26-24 in the longest (6 hours 36 mins) semi final in Wimbledon history

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

2019 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Simona Halep beats Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in just 55 minutes; first Romanian to win a Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2019 After Atlantic League-MLB partnership rule changes, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs' outfielder Tony Thomas becomes first player in professional baseball history to steal first base in 7-2 win v Lancaster Barnstormers

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1852 George Bradley, American baseball pitcher (first no-hitter in MLB history 1876; NL ERA leader 1876), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1931)
  • 1901 Mickey Walker, American boxer (World Welterweight Champion 1922-26; World Middleweight Champion 1926-29), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • 1910 Hines Johnson, West Indian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; first WI fast bowler to take 10 wickets in a Test), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1987)
  • 1913 Carolina Gisolf, Holland, high jumper (Olympic silver 1928)
  • 1918 Alberto Ascari, Italian auto racer (World F1 champion 1952, 53), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1955)
  • 1920 Bill Towers, English footballer (d. 2000)
  • 1922 Ken Mosdell, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Antonio Roma, football goalkeeper (42 caps), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Ivor Mendonca, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests 1962)
  • 1937 Charles Coody, American golfer (US Masters 1971), born in Stamford, Texas
  • 1937 Cal Ramsey, American basketball broadcaster, small forward (NY Knicks), born in Selma, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 1941 Graeme Corling, Australian cricket fast bowler (1964 England tour)
  • 1944 Eric Freeman, Australian cricket pace bowler (late 60's)
  • 1945 Ashley "Rowdy" Mallett, Australian cricket off-spinner (1968-80)
  • 1946 Bob Kauffman, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Alf Hansen, Norwegian double sculls (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1948 Don Sweet, CFL, NFL place kicker (Montreal, Green Bay), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1948 Tony Kornheiser, American sports journalist
  • 1949 Helena Fibingerova, Czech, shot putter (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • 1953 Larry Gomes, dependable West Indian cricket left-handed batsman (1976-87)
  • 1954 David Thompson, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1954 Ray "Candles" Bright, Australian cricket slow-left armer (1977-86)
  • 1954 Rick Chartraw, American ice hockey player
  • 1956 Bill Caudill, American MLB reliever (All Star 1984), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1956 Michael Spinks, American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1976), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1958 Joy Scott, American jockey, born in California
  • 1961 Anders Jarryd, Lidkoping Sweden, tennis star
  • 1961 Stelios Manolas, Greek footballer and manager
  • 1963 Anthony "Spud" Webb, NBA guard (5f 7inch slam dunk champion), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1963 Bob Carpenter, Beverly, NHL left wing (NJ Devils)
  • 1964 Utpal Chatterjee, cricketer (Bengal slow left-arm bowler)
  • 1966 Myong Hui Choe, North Korea, gymnast (Olympic-1980)
  • 1967 Pat Rapp, Jennings LA, pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1967 Tony Massenburg, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1968 Kai Bjorn, CFL offensive linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1968 Silke Meier, Wiesbaden Germany, tennis star (1994 Futures-Bad Gogging)
  • 1969 Ewan Beaton, 60 kg judoka (Olympics-9-92, 96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1969 Kim Braatz, female outfielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1969 Kakhi Kakhiashvili, Georgian-born Greek weightlifter
  • 1972 Clint Sodowsky, Ponca City OK, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1972 Sean Waltman, American wrestler
  • 1973 Gavin Hassett, Saint John New Brunswick, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Ariel Silvio Zárate, Argentine footballer
  • 1974 Jarno Trulli, Italian race car driver
  • 1976 Sheldon Souray, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978 Ryan Ludwick, American baseball player
  • 1979 Craig Bellamy, Welsh soccer forward (78 caps; Newcastle United, Norwich City, Manchester City), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1982 Shin-Soo Choo, South Korean baseball player
  • 1982 Simon Clist, English footballer
  • 1982 "Yadi" Yadier Molina, Puerto Rican baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico
  • 1983 Liu Xiang, Chinese athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 2004), born in Shanghai, China
  • 1983 Kristof Beyens, Belgian athlete
  • 1985 Guillermo Ochoa, Mexican footballer
  • 1992 Elise Matthysen, Belgian swimmer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1947 Warwick Armstrong, cricketer (50 Tests 1901-21, 2863 runs), dies at 68
  • 1967 Tom Simpson, English road cyclist (World Road Race Champion 1965), dies of diuretic combination of alcohol and mixed amphetamines at 29
  • 1975 Owen Wynne, cricketer (6 Tests for South Africa 1948-50), lost at sea
  • 1992 Alex Wojciechowicz, NFLer (Philadelphia Eagles), dies at 76
  • 1993 Davey Allison, American auto racer (Daytona 500 1992), dies in a plane crash at 32
  • 1994 Jimmie Reese, American baseball infielder and coach (LA Angels Hall of Fame), dies of aspiration pneumonia and respiratory failure at 92
  • 1998 Red Badgro, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end and coach (NY Giants) and baseball outfielder (NY Yankees), dies after a fall at 95

Person of interestGeorge Steinbrenner

2010 George Steinbrenner, American businessman and MLB team owner (New York Yankees), dies from a heart attack at 80

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • 2011 Allan Jeans, Australian football player and coach (b. 1933)
  • 2012 Jerzy Kulej, Polish light welterweight boxer and politician, dies from a heart attack at 71