On This Day in Sport for July 15

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 4th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John Hartley beats H 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 19th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Wilfred Baddeley beats W Eaves (4-6 2-6 8-6 6-2 6-3)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1909 Ty Cobb hits 2 inside-the-park HRs

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1922 26th US Golf Open: Gene Sarazen shoots a 288 at Skokie CC in Ill

Sport awardGolf Major

1923 27th US Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 296 at Inwood CC in NY

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones
  • 1927 62nd British Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 285 at St Andrews
  • 1928 22nd Tour de France won by Nicolas Frantz of Luxembourg
  • 1938 Arthur Fagg completes 244 & 202 in the same cricket game for Kent

Sport awardGolf Major

1945 27th PGA Championship: Byron Nelson at Morraine CC Dayton Ohio

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson
  • 1949 Czech tennis stars Jaroslav Drobny & Vladimir Cernik defect to US
  • 1956 Beverly Hanson/Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Hot Springs Golf Invitational
  • 1960 Balt Orioles' Brooks Robinson goes 5 for 5 including the cycle

Sport awardGolf Major

1961 90th British Golf Open: Arnold Palmer shoots a 284 at Royal Birkdale

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1962 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Milwaukee Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1962 49th Tour de France won by Jacques Anquetil of France
  • 1967 Roberto DeVicenzo of Argentina wins golf's British Open
  • 1967 96th British Golf Open: Robert De Vicenzo shoots a 278 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club
  • 1969 Cincinnati Red Lee May hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader
  • 1970 Denmark beats Italy 2-0 in 1st world female soccer championship
  • 1972 101st British Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots 278 at Muirfield Gullane
  • 1972 Sandra Palmer/Jane Blalock wins Angelo's Four-Ball Golf Championship

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
  • 1973 Carole Jo Skala wins LPGA George Washington Golf Classic
  • 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)

Sport awardGolf Major

1978 107th British Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at St Andrews

  • 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 39th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Hollis Stacy
  • 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 awardGolf Major

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 & 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 was held in Seattle, Washington.
  • 2003 74th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-6 at U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

Event of interestEvent 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 124th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Garbine Muguruza beats Venus Williams (7-5, 6-0)

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

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)
  • 1948 Enrique Basilio, hurler, 1st lady to light Olympic flame (Mexico-1968)
  • 1949 Kerry Short, Vineland Ont, Canad Tour golfer (Highland Amat-1981, 84)
  • 1950 Alan Hurst, cricketer (Australian pace bowler 1974-79)
  • 1951 Jesse Ventura, [James Janos], wrestler, actor and politician (Governor of Minnesota 1999-2003), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1952 David Bell, horse trainer
  • 1956 Kathy Kreiner, Canadian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1956 Toshihiko Seko, Japanese runner (world record 25/30 km)
  • 1958 Daniel Bruce Forsman, Rhinelander WI, PGA golfer (1992 Buick Open)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Supermodel Kim Alexis
Kim Alexis

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1961 Forest Whitaker, actor and director (The Last King of Scotland, Platoon), born in Longview, Texas

  • 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 (SD Padres, Det Tigers), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 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
  • 1969 Richard Fletcher Pride III, Tuscaloosa AL, PGA golfer (1994 Fed Exp)
  • 1970 Julian Paynter, Australian 5k runner (Olympics-96)
  • 1970 Stephen Howard, NBA forward (Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1971 Dean Panaro, diver (Olympics-96), 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, Southern Pines NC, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • 1972 Khalid Reeves, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, NJ Nets)
  • 1973 Donald Willis, WLAF corner (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1974 Janice Bremner, Burlington Ontario, synchronized swimmer (Olymp-silver-96)
  • 1975 Ben Pepper, Australian basketball player
  • 1976 Rebecca Snyder, Grand Junction Colo, air pistol (Olympics-1996)
  • 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-96), 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

HeartWedding 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 Smith, English cricketer (b. 1877)
  • 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/composer (Our Don Bradman), dies
  • 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 player, dies at 72