On This Day

On This Day in Sport for July 18

Events in Sport

  • 1878 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Frank Hadow makes his lone Wimbledon appearance, and wins; beats defending champion Spencer Gore 7-5, 6-1, 9-7
  • 1893 Australian Harry Graham scores 107 on cricket debut Australia v England, Lord's
  • 1893 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley-Hillyard 6-8, 6-1, 6-4 for her 3rd consecutive and 5th overall Wimbledon singles title
  • 1896 US Open Men's Golf, Shinnecock Hills: American-based Scot James Foulis wins by 3 strokes ahead of Englishman Horace Rawlins
  • 1896 George Giffen is 1st to complete 1000/100 double, in 30th Test Cricket
  • 1896 Indian born K S Ranjitsinhji completes an unbeaten 154 on Test cricket debut for England in 2nd Test against Australia at Old Trafford
  • 1912 Chicago Cubs get 21 hits but lose to Philadelphia Phillies in 11 innings
  • 1915 Boston Braves start move from last place to become world series champs

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1921 Babe Ruth achieves 139 home runs and becomes the all-time home run leader in Major League Baseball, taking the title from Roger Connor

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1921 Babe Ruth smacks a home run a MLB record 575 feet in New York Yankees' 10-1 win over the Tigers at Detroit's Navin Field
  • 1926 20th Tour de France won by Lucien Buysse of Belgium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1927 Ty Cobb's 4,000th MLB career hit

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1930 SHO soccer team forms in Old Beijerland
  • 1942 1st legal New Jersey horse race in 50 years; Garden State Park track opens
  • 1943 Giants and Phillies strand record 30 baserunners, NY wins, 10-6
  • 1947 Tigers shut out Yanks 2-0, end 19 game winning streak

  • 1948 Pat Seerey of Chicago White Sox hits 4 HRs in an 11 inning game

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1951 Jersey Joe Walcott at 37 becomes oldest to win heavyweight champion

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1954 Cards losing 8-1 to Phillies begin stalling in 5th, they forfeit game
  • 1959 William 'Bill' Wright becomes the 1st African American to win a major golf tournament (U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships)
  • 1959 46th Tour de France won by Federico Bahamontes of Spain
  • 1960 Baseball's NL votes to add Houston and NY franchises

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 Minnesota Twins Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew hit grand slams in 1st inn & Harmon Killebrew connect in a club-record, 11-run 1st inning

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1969 Joe Namath agrees to sell interest in Bachelors 3, to stay in NFL

NFL Quarterback Joe Namath
NFL Quarterback
Joe Namath

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1970 Willie Mays becomes 10th baseball player to get 3,000 hits

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1971 58th Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins third straight Tour general classification as well as points and combination categories
  • 1975 Jury can't decide on trial of Dave Forbes of Boston Bruins (1st athlete indicted for excessive violence during play)
  • 1976 Nadia Comăneci becomes the first gymnast in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 score (total 7) at Montreal Games
  • 1976 63rd Tour de France won by Lucien Van Impe of Belgium

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1982 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: American Tom Watson wins his 4th Open Championship, 1 stroke clear of Peter Oosterhuis and Nick Price

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
Golfer Nick Price
Nick Price

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987 NY Yanks Don Mattingly ties record of HRs in 8 cons games

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1988 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Spaniard Seve Ballesteros wins his 3rd Open title by 2 shots from Nick Price of Zimbabwe

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
Golfer Nick Price
Nick Price
  • 1991 Florida Marlins' logo unveiled

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1991 Mike Tyson meets Miss Black America contestants

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1993 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: Australian Greg Norman fires final round 64 (–6) to win his 2nd Open title, 2 strokes ahead of Englishman Nick Faldo

Golfer Greg Norman
Greg Norman
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • 1994 Court upholds NBA salary cap and draft rights
  • 1994 Houston Astros tie NL comeback record, trailing 10-0, beat Cards 15-12
  • 1994 NY Jets sign USA soccer goalkeeper Tony Miola as a place kicker
  • 1999 British Open Men's Golf, Carnoustie: Scotsman Paul Lawrie wins his only major title by 3 strokes in 4-hole aggregate playoff with Jean van de Velde & Justin Leonard; recovers from 10 shots behind after 3rd round for biggest comeback in major championship history; van de Velde famously triple-bogies last hole
  • 1999 New York Yankees' David Cone becomes 15th pitcher to throw a perfect game (6-0 vs Montreal)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: American Todd Hamilton wins his only major title, defeating 2002 champion Ernie Els of South Africa by a stroke in a 4-hole playoff

Golfer Ernie Els
Ernie Els

Sport awardSports Awards

2004 12th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Diana Taurasi win

Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • 2010 "150th Anniversary" British Open Golf, St Andrews: South African Louis Oosthuizen wins his only major title, 7 strokes clear of runner-up Lee Westwood of England

Birthdays in Sport

Person of interestW. G. Grace

1848 W. G. Grace, English cricket all-rounder and captain (22 Tests; 54,896 runs over record 44 first class seasons; Gloucestershire), born in Bristol, England (d. 1915)

Cricketer W. G. Grace
W. G. Grace
  • 1890 Chick Evans, American golfer (US Open 1916), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1979)
  • 1892 Arthur Friedenreich, Brazilian football player, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1969)
  • 1897 E. A. D. [Ernest Arthur Douglas] Eldridge, British racing driver, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1935)
  • 1912 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer, born in Marmande, Lot-et-Garonne, France (d. 1959)
  • 1914 Mack Robinson, American 200m dash (Olympic silver 1932), born in Cairo, Georgia (d. 2000)
  • 1914 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1938, 48; Giro d'Italia 1936-7, 46), born in Ponte a Ema, Florence, Italy (d. 2000)
  • 1916 Johnny Hopp, American baseball outfielder, first baseman (MLB All-Star 1946; World Series 1942, 44, 50, 51; St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Hastings, Nebraska (d. 2003)
  • 1920 Eric Brandon, British racing driver, born in East Ham, Essex (d. 1982)
  • 1922 Jean de Gribaldy, French road cyclist and team director (Frimatic - Viva, Miko, Sem - France Loire), born in Besançon, France (d. 1987)
  • 1924 Inge Sørensen, Danish swimmer (youngest known female Olympic Games medalist in an individual event-Olympic 1936 bronze), born in Skovshoved, Gentofte, Denmark (d. 2011)
  • 1925 Hubert Doggart, English cricketer (2 Tests for England 1950), born in Earl's Court, London (d. 2018)
  • 1925 Shirley Strickland, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 80m hurdles 1952, 56; 4 x 100m relay 1956), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1925 Glen Wood, American auto racer, team owner (Wood Bros Racing), born in Stuart, Virginia (d. 2019)
  • 1927 Zin [Parke Gerald Zinzan] Harris, New Zealand cricketer (father of Chris NZ batsman in 50's & 60's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1991)
  • 1929 Dick Button, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1935 Tenley Albright, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1936 Ted Harris, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1938 John Connelly, English footballer (20 English caps), born in St Helens, Lancashire (d. 2012)
  • 1939 Jerry Moore, American football player and coach, born in Bonham, Texas
  • 1940 Joe Torre, American baseball outfield and manager (Braves, Mets, 1971 NL MVP), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 Giacinto Facchetti, Italian footballer, born in Treviglio, Italy (d. 2006)
  • 1943 Calvin Peete, American golfer (12 PGA Tour titles), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1944 David Hemery, English 400m-hurdler (Olympic gold 1968), born in Cirencester, England
  • 1949 Dennis Lillee, Australian cricket fast bowler (1971-84), born in Subiaco, Western Australia
  • 1950 Kostas Eleftherakis, Greek footballer (Panathinaikos), born in Greece
  • 1951 Bruce Lietzke, American golfer (13 PGA Tour wins; US Senior Open 2003), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1952 James Forbes, American basketball player (Olympic silver 1972), born in Fort Rucker, Alabama
  • 1954 Imtiaz Ali, West Indian cricketer (brother of Inshan One Test WI v India 1976), born in Maraval, Trinidad
  • 1954 Robert Cameron, CFL punter (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1956 Razor Shines, American baseball player (Montreal Expos), born in Durham, North Carolina

Person of interestNick Faldo

1957 Nick Faldo, English golfer (US Masters 1989, 90, 96; British Open 1987, 90, 92), born in Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • 1963 Lonnie Young, NFL safety/cornerback (NY Jets)
  • 1965 Robert Holland, CFL defensive back (BC Lions)
  • 1966 Dan[iel Dion] O'Brien, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1967 Jeff Lageman, NFL defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1970 Bronwyn Roye, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1970 John Kalin, CFL safety (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1970 Margaret Langford, canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972 Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, NBA guard (Orlando, Olympic gold 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1972 Bernard Williams, NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972 Bruce Walker, NFL nose tackle (NE Patriots)
  • 1974 Derek Anderson, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1975 Torii Hunter, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2002, 07, 09, 10, 13; Gold Glove Award 2001–09; Minnesota Twins, LA Angels of Anaheim, Detroit Tigers), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • 1978 Shane Horgan, Irish rugby player
  • 1978 Ben Sheets, American baseball player
  • 1979 Deion Branch, American football player
  • 1982 Panagiotis Lagos, Greek footballer
  • 1983 Carlos Diogo, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1988 César Villaluz, Mexican footballer

Person of interestCanelo Álvarez

1990 Canelo Álvarez, Mexican boxer (multiple weight division world champion), born in Guadalajara, Mexico

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1933 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (38) weds broadway singer Hannah Williams (22)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

LoveWedding of Interest

1999 Miami Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson (56) weds longtime girlfriend Rhonda Rookmaaker (45) in the Florida Keys

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson

Deaths in Sport

  • 1907 Ted Pooley, English cricket wicket-keeper (1st class records: 8 stumpings in a match 1878; 12 dismissals in a match 1868), dies at 65
  • 1963 A H C Cooper, South African cricketer (Test v England 1914), dies
  • 1980 Naoomal Jeoomal, Indian cricketer (3 Tests for India 1932-34, 108 runs), dies at 76
  • 1986 Stanley Rous, British soccer official, 6th President of FIFA (1961-74) dies at 91
  • 1989 Donnie Moore, pitcher (Angels), shoots himself at 35
  • 1991 Harold Butler, English cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 12 wickets; Nottinghamshire), dies at 78
  • 1995 Fabio Casartelli, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1992), dies at 24
  • 2001 Roy Gilchrist, West Indian cricket fast bowler (13 Tests, 57 wickets), dies at 67
  • 2020 Barry Jarman, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (19 Tests; 54 dismissals), dies at 84