On This Day

On This Day in Sport for July 17

Events in Sport

  • 1882 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Defending champion William Renshaw beats twin brother Ernest Renshaw 6-1, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
  • 1885 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Defending champion Maud Watson defeats Blanche Bingley 6–1, 7–5
  • 1886 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Blanche Bingley defeats 2-time defending champion Maud Watson 6–3, 6-3
  • 1893 Arthur Shrewsbury is 1st to score 1,000 runs in Test Cricket
  • 1893 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Joshua Pim wins his first of 2 straight Wimbledon titles beating defending champion Wilfred Baddeley 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
  • 1894 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Blanche Bingley-Hillyard beats Edith Austin 6-1 6-1 for her 3rd of 6 Wimbledon singles titles
  • 1894 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Joshua Pim retains his title beating 2-time champion Wilfred Baddeley 10-8, 6-2, 8-6
  • 1902 Orioles forfeit to St Louis having only 5 players available to play they then forfeit their franchise back to the AL
  • 1914 Giants outfielder Red Murray is knocked unconscious by lightning after catching a flyball, ending 21 inning game, Giants win 3-1
  • 1918 Longest errorless game, Cubs beat Phillies 2-1 in 21 innings

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1922 Ty Cobb gets 5 hits in a game for record 4th time in a year

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1924 St Louis Card Jesse Haines no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1926 Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:11.4)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1927 21st Tour de France: Nicolas Frantz of Luxembourg claims first of 2 consecutive titles by 1h 48' 21" from Belgian Maurice De Waele

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934 Babe Ruth draws his 2,000th base on balls at Cleveland

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Sport awardPGA Championship

1939 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Pomonok CC: 1938 Masters champion Henry Picard wins his 2nd major title defeating Byron Nelson with a birdie at the 37th hole

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1941 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1954 1st major league game where majority of team is black (Dodgers)

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1955 1st LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Orchard Ridge CC: Beverly Hanson wins by 3 shots from Louise Suggs

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1960 47th Tour de France won by Gastone Nencini of Italy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Roger Maris loses a HR (of his 61) due to a rain-out in 5th

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1963 Telstar soccer team forms in Ijmuiden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Dave DeBusschere hits a single off Bennie Daniels, his 1st and only MLB hit

NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere
  • 1974 Bob Gibson becomes 2nd pitcher to strike-out 3,000 (Cesar Geronimo)
  • 1976 21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal: 25 African teams (later rising to 33 nations) boycott the games due to New Zealand playing rugby in apartheid South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 NY Yankee manager Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson fight in dug out after Jackson refuses to bunt, causing Martin to suspend him

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1979 50th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-6 at Kingdome, Seattle
  • 1979 All star MVP: Dave Parker (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1983 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Defending champion Tom Watson wins his 5th Open Championship, 1 stroke clear of Andy Bean and Hale Irwin; Watson's 2nd consecutive Open win and 3rd in last 4

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1990 NY Yankee Deion Sanders hits an inside park homer

NFL Legend Deion Sanders
NFL Legend
Deion Sanders
  • 1990 Minnesota Twins become 1st team to turn 2 triple plays in a game but lose to Boston Red Sox 1-0
  • 1993 Graeme Obree bicycles world record time, 51,596 km

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1994 British Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: Nick Price of Zimbabwe claims the second of his 3 major titles and only Claret Jug; wins by 1 stroke from Jesper Parnevik of Sweden

Golfer Nick Price
Golfer
Nick Price
  • 1994 FIFA World Cup Final, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Brazil beats Italy 3-2 on penalties; 0-0 after extra time

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

2005 British Open Golf, St. Andrews: Tiger Woods wins his 10th major title wire-to-wire by 5 shots from Scotsman Colin Montgomerie

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2005 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Glen Arbour GC: South Korean Meena Lee wins by 1 from Australian Katherine Hull

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

2011 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland claims his only major title; wins by 3 strokes from American pair Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.

  • 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany: Japan beats US, 3-1 on penalties; 2-2 after extra time

Sport awardSports Awards

2013 21st ESPY Awards: LeBron James, Serena Williams win

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2016 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon GC: Sweden's Henrik Stenson becomes first Scandinavian man to win a major title; shoots final round 63 for record 20-under par 264; wins by 3 from Phil Mickelson
  • 2018 Bloomberg estimates NFL made $14 billion in revenue in 2017, distributing a record $8.1 billion to the league's 32 teams, $255m each
  • 2018 Australian basketball center Liz Cambage scores 53 points as the Dallas Wings beat the NY Liberty 104-87 to set new WNBA single game scoring record
  • 2018 89th MLB All Star Game, Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.: AL beats NL 8-6, the teams combining for a record 10 home runs accounting for 13 of the 14 total runs

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1902 Arnold Pihlak, Estonian soccer forward (44 caps; FK Austria Wien), born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 1985)
  • 1911 Ted Anderson, English footballer (d. 1979)
  • 1915 Dorothy Poynton-Hill, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1917 Lou Bourdeau, baseball player and manager (1948 AP Athlete of Year)
  • 1919 Alex Moir, cricketer (New Zealand leg-spinner in 17 Tests 1950-59)
  • 1920 Juan Antonio Samaranch, chairman (International Olympic Committee)
  • 1920 Rudolf Karpati, Hungarian sabres (Olympic gold 1956, 60)

Person of interestToni Stone

1921 Toni Stone, American baseball second baseman (first woman to play in men's Negro League), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1996)

Baseball Player Toni Stone
Baseball Player
Toni Stone
  • 1929 Roy McMillan, American baseball infielder, coach and manager (MLB All Star 1956-57; Gold Glove 1957-59; Cincinnati Reds), born in Bonham, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1932 Johnny Kerr, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1956, 59, 63; Syracuse Nats/Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns) and broadcaster (Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1933 Tony Pithey, Rhodesian cricket batsman (17 Tests for South Africa; top score 154, 1965), born in Mutare, Zimbabwe (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Bruce Wells, English boxer (European amateur light middleweight champion 1953) & actor (Dr. Who 1965-73), born in Harlesden, Middlesex (d.2009)
  • 1941 Bob Taylor, cricketer wicket-keeper (too often in Knotty's shadow)
  • 1941 Daryle Lamonica, Oakland Raider QB (AFL leading passer 1967)
  • 1941 Morimichi Takagi, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (NPB All-Star 1966–67, 73, 79; Chunichi Dragons), born in Gifu, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Connie Hawkins, Harlem Globetrotter/NBA (Phoenix Suns, ABA MVP 1968)
  • 1942 Don Kessinger, American baseball player, born in Forrest City, Arkansas
  • 1944 Mark Burgess, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman of the 70's), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1944 Carlos Alberto Torres, Brazilian footballer, Captain of winning World Cup team (1970), born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2016)
  • 1948 Cathy Ferguson, 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1964), born in Stockton, California
  • 1949 Charlie Steiner, American sports broadcaster, born in Malverne, New York
  • 1954 Eduardo Romero, Argentine golfer (Tradition 2006, US Senior Open 2008), born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1955 Christopher Chappell, Canadian cricketer, born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestBryan Trottier

1956 Bryan Trottier, American NHL Center (NY Islanders), born in Val Marie, Saskatchewan

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • 1960 Jan Wouters, Dutch football player (Ajax, Bayern Munich, PSV), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1960 Kim Barnett, English cricketer (England batsman & occasional leggie 1988-89), born in Leek, United Kingdom
  • 1960 Scott Norwood, American NFL kicker (Buffalo Bills-Super Bowl XXV goat), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1962 Jay Barrs, American archer (Olympic gold 1988, 92, 96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1963 Matti Nykänen, Finnish ski jumper (4 Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 2019)
  • 1965 Ken Evraire, Canadian CFL slot back (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1966 Michael Bradley, American golfer (4 PGA Tour wins), born in Largo, Florida
  • 1967 Kevin Pritchard, American NBA guard and basketball executive (Washington Bullets), born in Bloomington, Indiana
  • 1969 Tommy Soderstrom, Swedish NHL goalie (Sweden, NY Islanders), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1971 Calbert Cheaney, American NBA player (Washington Bullets/Wizards), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 1971 Nico Mattan, Belgian cyclist, born in Izegem, Belgium
  • 1972 Donny Marshall, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1972 Eric Williams, American NBA forward (Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1972 Melissa "Missy" Schwen, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Bloomington, Indiana
  • 1972 Jaap Stam, Dutch footballer, born in Kampen, Netherlands
  • 1973 Horacio Llamas, Mexican NBA center (Phoenix Suns), born in Rosario, Mexico
  • 1975 Troy Amos Ross, Canadian boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Georgetown, Guyana
  • 1975 Andre Adams, New Zealand cricketer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1977 Marc Savard, Canadian hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1980 Javier Camuñas, Spanish footballer, born in Municipality of Parla, Spain
  • 1980 Ryan Miller, American hockey player, born in East Lansing, Michigan
  • 1981 Elpida Romantzi, Greek archer, born in Thessalonica, Greece
  • 1982 Omari Banks, West Indian cricketer, born in Anguilla
  • 1983 Ryan Guettler, Australian professional BMX rider, born in Beenleigh, Australia
  • 1983 Adam Lind, American baseball player, born in Muncie, Indiana
  • 1984 Sotiris Leontiou, Greek footballer, born in Ioannina, Greece
  • 1985 Neil McGregor, Scottish footballer, born in Irvine, United Kingdom
  • 1987 Darius Boyd, Australian rugby player, born in Gold Coast, Australia
  • 1987 Jan Charouz, Czech racing driver, born in Prague, Czechia
  • 1987 Moussa Dembélé, Belgian footballer, born in Pontoise, France
  • 1989 Marko Todorović, Swiss swimmer and water polo player, born in Zurich, Switzerland

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1988 NHL ice hockey star player Wayne Gretzky (27) weds actress Janet Jones (27) at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton, Canada

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

LoveWedding of Interest

1999 Cricketer Glenn McGrath (29) weds flight attendant Jane Louise Steele

Cricketer Glenn McGrath
Cricketer
Glenn McGrath
  • 2010 Actress Khadijah Haqq (29) weds New Orleans Saints defensive end Bobby McCray (29) at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles
  • 2010 Boston Celtics star player Paul Pierce (32) weds interior-designer Julie Landrum (27) at Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Coast, California

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestTy Cobb

1961 Ty Cobb, American baseball great (Detroit Tigers) who set 90 MLB records during his career, dies of cancer at 74

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1970 Juano Hernandez, actor (St Louis Blues, Two Loves), dies at 74
  • 1974 Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, pitcher (St Louis Cards), dies at 63
  • 1979 Doug Meintjes, South African cricket pace bowler (v England 1922-23), dies
  • 1994 Jean Borotra, French tennis player (Wimbledon 1924, 26), dies at 95
  • 1995 Herbert Hippauf, baseball player, dies at 56
  • 1996 Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer (NSW 1933-37) and radio commentator (1935-85), dies at 85
  • 2015 Jules Bianchi, French auto racer (Marussia Formula 1 Racing Team), dies from injuries during accident at 2014 Japanese F1 GP, at 25