On This Day in Sport for July 15

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Events in Sport

  • 1815 1st flat horse race held at English race track Cheltenham on Nottingham Hill
  • 1876 Baseball's 1st no-hitter, St Louis' George W Bradley no-hits Hartford
  • 1880 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John Hartley beats Herbert Lawford 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3

Sport awardTennis Open

1895 12th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Charlotte Cooper beats H Jackson (7-5 8-6)

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1909 Ty Cobb hits 2 inside-the-park HRs

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1912 American athlete Jim Thorpe is placed in top 4 in all 10 events, for an Olympic record 8,413 points to win the Decathlon gold medal at the Stockholm Olympics, medal stripped 1913 (played pro baseball), reinstated 1982

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1922 US Open Men's Golf, Skokie CC: Gene Sarazen wins the first of his 7 major titles, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up John Black and 20-year-old amateur Bobby Jones

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones
  • 1923 US Open Men's Golf, Inwood CC: Amateur legend Bobby Jones captures his first career major championship, defeating Bobby Cruickshank by 2 strokes in an 18-hole Sunday playoff
  • 1927 British Open Golf, St. Andrews: American Bobby Jones retains title; wins wire-to-wire by 6 shots from Fred Robson & Aubrey Boomer
  • 1928 22nd Tour de France won by Nicolas Frantz of Luxembourg
  • 1932 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Ozaukee CC: Jane Weiller beats June Beebe 5 & 4 for golf's only major title
  • 1938 Arthur Fagg completes 244 and 202 in the same cricket game for Kent

Sport awardPGA Championship

1945 PGA Championship, Morraine CC: Byron Nelson wins 5th and final major title and 2nd PGA title; beats ex-MLB player Sam Byrd 4 & 3

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson
  • 1949 Czech tennis stars Jaroslav Drobny & Vladimir Cernik defect to US
  • 1960 Baltimore Orioles' Brooks Robinson goes 5 for 5 including the cycle

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1961 British Open Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Arnold Palmer wins the first of 2 consecutive Open Championships, a stroke ahead of Welshman Dai Rees

  • 1962 49th Tour de France won by Jacques Anquetil of France

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1967 British Open Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: 44 year old Argentine Robert De Vicenzo wins his only major championship, 2 strokes clear of defending champion Jack Nicklaus

  • 1969 Cincinnati Red Lee May hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader
  • 1970 Denmark beats Italy 2-0 in 1st world female soccer championship
  • 1972 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Lee Trevino claims his second straight Claret Jug; first to successfully defend his title since Arnold Palmer in 1962; wins by 1 stroke from Jack Nicklaus

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 California Angel Nolan Ryan 2nd no-hitter beats Detroit Tigers, 6-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1975 46th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-3 at County Stadium, Milwaukee
  • 1975 All star MVP: Bill Madlock (Pittsburgh Pirates) & John Matlock (NY Mets)
  • 1978 British Open Golf, St Andrews: Jack Nicklaus completes 3rd career grand slam; wins by 2 strokes from Ben Crenshaw & Ray Floyd
  • 1979 34th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Jerilyn Britz

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1980 Johnny Bench hits his 314th HR as a catcher which breaks Yogi Berra's record

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 1984 US Open Women's Golf, Salem CC: Hollis Stacy wins her 3rd US title by 1 stroke from Rosie Jones
  • 1986 57th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-2 at Astrodome, Houston

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 All star MVP: Roger Clemens (Boston Red Sox)

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1990 45th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy King

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • 1991 Sandhi Ortiz-DelValle is 1st woman to officiate a men's pro basketball (USBL) game, game between New Haven Skyhawks and Philadelphia Spirit
  • 1994 NJ Nets Derrek Coleman accused of rape in Detroit
  • 1996 After 2,216 consecutive games at shortstop, Cal Ripkin goes to 3rd
  • 1999 The inaugural game at the Seattle Mariners' Safeco Field held in Seattle, Washington
  • 2000 World record Rugby attendance of 108,874 see New Zealand beat Australia, 39-35 in Tri Nations match at Stadium Australia, Sydney; 5 tries each with Andrew Mehrtens' goal kicking (6) the difference
  • 2003 74th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-6 at U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

2005 After declining an offer to remain with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Detroit Red Wings

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • 2013 18 people are killed and 47 are injured in a riot following a boxing match in Indonesia
  • 2014 85th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Target Field, Minnesota

Sport awardTennis Open

2017 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain beats Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 for her 2nd Grand Slam title

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao stops WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse in 7 in Kuala Lumpur for his first knockout in 9 years and 60th career victory

Sport awardFIFA World Cup

2018 FIFA World Cup Final, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia: Former captain Didier Deschamps becomes only the 3rd man to win the event as a player and coach as France beats Croatia, 4-2

Football Player and Coach Didier Deschamps
Football Player and Coach
Didier Deschamps

Sport awardTennis Open

2018 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins his 4th Wimbledon title beating South African Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1856 Owen Dunell, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test captain)
  • 1875 Frank "Pop" Morgenweck, basketball hall of famer (elected 1962)
  • 1906 Rudolf "Rudi" Uhlenhaut, German automotive engineer and test driver (Mercedes Benz) (d. 1989)
  • 1909 John Cochrane, South African cricket pace bowler (one Test 1931)
  • 1935 Alex Karras, NFLer (Detroit Lions)/actor (George-Webster), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Donn Clendenon, baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1938 Enrique Figuerola Camue, Cuba, 100m runner (Olympic silver 1964)
  • 1939 Haseeb Ahsan, Pakistani cricket off-spinner (12 Tests 1958-62)
  • 1939 Tony Bullimore, British yachtsman (1997 solo around-the-world yacht race, dramatic rescue), born in Southend-on-Sea, England (d. 2018)
  • 1948 Enrique Basilio, hurler, 1st lady to light Olympic flame (Mexico-1968)
  • 1950 Alan Hurst, cricketer (Australian pace bowler 1974-79)
  • 1951 Jesse Ventura [James Janos], American professional wrestler, actor and politician (Governor of Minnesota 1999-2003), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1952 David Bell, horse trainer
  • 1954 Boris Polak, Israel, Men's 50M Free Rifle 3 Positions (Olympic 20-1996)
  • 1956 Kathy Kreiner, Canadian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1956 Toshihiko Seko, Japanese runner (world record 25/30 km)
  • 1958 Dan Forsman, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Person of interestKim Alexis

1960 Kim Alexis, American supermodel (Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover) and actress, born in Lockport, New York

Supermodel Kim Alexis
Kim Alexis
  • 1963 Joe Phillips, NFL defensive tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • 1963 Steve Thomas, Stockport England, NHL left wing (NJ Devils)
  • 1965 Kirt Manwaring, Elmira NY, catcher (SF Giants)
  • 1965 Scott Livingstone, infielder (San Diego Padres, Det Tigers), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1965 Tom Dvorak, Canadian equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996), born in Braunschwieg, Germany
  • 1966 Rickey Foggie, CFL quarterback (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1967 Carnell Lake, NFL strong safety (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1969 John Crotty, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trailblazers)
  • 1969 Johnny Scott, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions)
  • 1969 Lorenzo Williams, NBA center (Wash Wizards, Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1969 Peter Ciavaglia, US hockey forward (Olympics 1994), born in Albany, New York
  • 1970 Julian Paynter, Australian 5k runner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Stephen Howard, NBA forward (Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1971 Dean Panaro, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1971 Eric Lacroix, NHL left wing (LA Kings), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1971 Ernest Dye, NFL tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1971 James Baldwin Jr, American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Southern Pines, North Carolina
  • 1972 Khalid Reeves, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, NJ Nets)
  • 1974 Janice Bremner, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Burlington, Ontario
  • 1975 Ben Pepper, Australian basketball player
  • 1976 Rebecca Snyder, air pistol (Olympics 1996), born in Grand Junction, Colorado
  • 1977 Andre Nel, South African Cricketer
  • 1978 Miguel Olivo, Dominican baseball player
  • 1979 Alexander Frei, Swiss footballer
  • 1980 Jonathan Cheechoo, professional ice hockey player
  • 1980 Reggie Abercrombie, professional baseball player
  • 1981 Alecia Ingram, gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1983 Nelson Merlo, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1990 Damian Lillard, American basketball player (Portland Trail Blazers), born in Oakland, Californai

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

2005 Heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis (39) weds former Miss Jamaica runner-up Violet Chang at William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church in Falmouth, Jamaica

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • 2006 Soccer star player Ashley Cole (25) weds "Girls Aloud" member Cheryl Tweedy (23) at Holy Trinity Church in Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire

Deaths in Sport

  • 1910 Daniel Kinet, auto racer/1st Belgian flyer, dies
  • 1912 Francisco Lazaro, Portuguese marathon runner (Olympics), dies at 21
  • 1935 Alfred Archer, cricketer (England batsman in one Test 1899), dies
  • 1942 Denis Moloney, cricketer (during WW II 3 Tests for NZ 1937), dies
  • 1946 Razor [William Charles] Smith, English cricketer, dies at 68
  • 1982 Donald Beard, cricketer (4 Tests for NZ 1952-56), dies
  • 1986 Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (b. 1923)
  • 1987 Jack O'Hagan, cricketer and composer (Our Don Bradman), dies at 88
  • 1989 Laurie Cunningham, English footballer (b. 1956)
  • 1995 Eddie J Bush, golf professional, dies at 83
  • 2003 Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (b. 1920)
  • 2008 Gyorgy Kolonics, Hungarian canoeist, Olympics medalist. (b. 1972)
  • 2013 Earl Gros, American NFL running back (Green Bay), dies at 72
  • 2017 Babe Parilli, American football player, dies at 87