On This Day

On This Day in Sport for July 19

Events in Sport

  • 1877 1st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: 27-year-old English rackets player Spencer Gore wins inaugural event; beats William Marshall 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
  • 1884 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maud Watson becomes inaugural female champion by beating her sister Lillian Watson 6–8, 6–3, 6–3
  • 1900 Luxembourg born Michel Théato representing France wins Paris Olympics marathon in 2:59:45 ahead of another French athlete Émile Champion
  • 1903 1st Tour de France: French rider Maurice Garin wins inaugural event
  • 1908 Dutch football club Feyenoord is established in Rotterdam as Wilhelmina; reverts to SC Feijenoord 1912; updated to SC Feyenoord 1974 and to Feyenoord Rotterdam 1978
  • 1909 Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball completes the first modern MLB unassisted triple play in the Indians' 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1910 Cleveland Indians future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young registers his 500th career victory, 5-4 over the Washington Senators in 11 innings

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1914 Boston Braves begin drive from last to the NL pennant with a 3-2 win against the 2nd placed Cincinnati Reds
  • 1918 Washington Senators catcher Eddie Ainsmith applies for draft deferment; Secretary of War, Newton D Baker rules baseball players not draft exempt but later moves date to 1 September; both leagues end regular season 2 September

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1920 Babe Ruth hits his 30th home run of the 1920 baseball season, breaking his own single-season record. He would attain 54 throughout the season, before breaking that record the next year.

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

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1922 American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller first to break 1 minute barrier for 100m freestyle; swims 58.6s at Alameda, CA

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller
Swimmer and Actor
Johnny Weissmuller
  • 1925 19th Tour de France won by Ottavio Bottecchia of Italy
  • 1930 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Acacia CC: Lucia Mida beats June Beebe 6 & 5 to win the inaugural event and first women's major championship ever played
  • 1933 1st time in MLB 2 brothers on opposite teams hit homers in same game - Rick Ferrell (Red Sox) and Wes Ferrell (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1936 Indians' Bob Feller makes his major league debut in relief
  • 1942 German occupiers confiscate bicycles in Rotterdam and The Hague

  • 1950 NY Yankees sign their 1st Black players, Elston Howard and Frank Baines
  • 1952 XV Summer Olympic Games open in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1952 39th Tour de France won by Fausto Coppi of Italy
  • 1958 45th Tour de France won by Charly Gaul of Luxembourg

Sport awardPGA Championship

1964 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Columbus CC: Bobby Nichols wins his only major title by 3 strokes from 'Big-2' Jack Nicklaus & Arnold Palmer; leads wire-to-wire

  • 1970 57th Tour de France: Defending champion Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins general, mountains and combination categories

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1973 NY Mets future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays is named to NL All Star team for 24th time (ties Stan Musial)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1974 Cleveland Indians pitcher Dick Bosman no-hits Oakland A's, 4-0
  • 1975 New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson's 1st-inning single & RBI are nullified because tar on his bat handle exceeds 18" limit; Minnesota Twins win, 2-1
  • 1977 48th MLB All Star Game, Yankee Stadium, NYC, NY: NL wins, 7-5; MVP: Don Sutton, LA Dodgers, P
  • 1978 New York Yankees start historic 14 game comeback with 2-0 win over the Minnesota Twins at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, MN
  • 1980 XXII Summer Olympic Games open in Moscow, Russia; led by United States, 66 nations boycott event because of Soviet-Afghan war

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1981 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: American Bill Rogers wins his only major title, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Bernhard Langer of Germany

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • 1981 68th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • 1982 1st annual Cracker Jack Oldtimers Classic 75-year-old Luke Appling hits a 250-foot HR off Warren Spahn, AL beats NL 7-2

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1986 Tim Witherspoon KOs Frank Bruno in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1987 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Briton Nick Faldo wins his first major title, by 1 shot from Paul Azinger and Rodger Davis

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987 Don Mattingly sets AL record of extra base hits in 10 cons games

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly
  • 1989 NFL owners vote unanimously to form World League of American Football - operated 1991-2007

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1989 Cleveland Indians Joe Carter has his 4th 3 HR game

MLB Outfielder Joe Carter
MLB Outfielder
Joe Carter

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1990 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose is sentence to 5 months for tax evasion

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

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1990 Dave Righetti pitches in his 499th game as a NY Yankee, passing Whitey Ford in most appearances as a NY Yankee

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti

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1991 Cal Ripken plays in his 1,500th consecutive game

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr

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1991 Mike Tyson rapes a Miss Black America contestant (Desiree Washington)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1991 With NY Yankee victory, 10 of 14 AL teams are at .500 or better
  • 1992 30th Tennis Fed Cup: Germany beats Spain in Frankfurt Germany (2-1)
  • 1992 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Englishman Nick Faldo wins his 3rd Open title, by 1 stroke from American John Cook

Sport awardFederation Cup

1992 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Frankfurt, Germany: Germany wins 2nd title with 2-1 win over Spain; Steffi Graf clinches final 6-4, 6-2 against Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Tennis Player
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

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1993 Last day of 1st-class cricket for Ian Botham

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham
  • 1996 XXVI Summer Olympic Games open in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1998 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Mark O'Meara wins his 2nd major championship of the year (Masters) and first Open title by 2 in a 4-hole aggregate playoff with fellow American Brian Watts

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

2009 British Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: American Stewart Cink wins his only major championship by 6 strokes in a 4-hole playoff with 5-time champion Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson

Sport awardSports Awards

2009 17th ESPY Awards: Michael Phelps, Nastia Liukin wins

  • 2018 Brazilian soccer international goalkeeper Alisson transfers from Roma to Liverpool for a world record shot blocker's fee of £66.8m

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2020 World Formula 1 drivers champion Lewis Hamilton wins a record 8th Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest to equal Michael Schumacher's record of wins at a single circuit (French GP)

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1876 John Gunn, English cricketer (England all-rounder in 6 Tests 1901-05), born in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1963)
  • 1877 Arthur Fielder, English cricket fast bowler (6 Tests 1903-08), born in Plaxtol, Tonbridge, Kent (d. 1949)
  • 1892 Dick Irvin, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (Chicago Black Hawks), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (d. 1957)
  • 1914 Marius Russo, American baseball player (New York Yankees), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1916 Phil Cavarretta, American baseball player (NL MVP 1945), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1920 Robert Christiani, West Indian cricketer (brother of Cyril WI batsman in 22 Tests), born in Georgetown, British Guiana (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Alex Hannum, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (1st ABA, NBA winning coach), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2002)

Person of interestSofia Muratova

1929 Sofia Muratova, Russian gymnast (1952-60 Olympics: 6 gold, 3 silver & 4 bronze), born in Leningrad, Russia (d. 2006)

Person of interestIlie Năstase

1946 Ilie Năstase, Romanian tennis player (US Open 1972), born in Bucharest, Romania

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • 1947 Hans-Jürgen Kreische, East German footballer, born in Dresden, Germany
  • 1951 Jayson Stark, American sportswriter (The Athletic), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Roger Binny, Indian cricket medium-pace all-rounder (early 80's), born in Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • 1961 Maria Filatova, Soviet gymnast (Olympic 1976, 80 Gold), born in Leninsk-Kuznetsky, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia
  • 1962 Craig Muni, NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1963 Mark Carreon, American baseball outfielder (SF Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963 Sandor Wladar, Hungarian 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1980), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1964 Gina Procaccio, American long and middle distance runner, born in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Teresa Edwards, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1984, 88,92,96), born in Cairo, Georgia
  • 1965 Kathleen Raine, equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996)
  • 1965 Stuart Scott, American sportscaster (ESPN), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1966 David Segui, infielder (Montreal Expos), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1967 Christian Bergstrom, Swedish tennis player, born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1967 Dale Hurley Jr, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Leroy Butler, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers - Super Bowl 31)
  • 1970 Kengy Gardiner, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-5th-1994), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1970 Rhona Susan Robertson, badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971 Rick Walters, CFL slot back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1971 Vitali Klitschko, Ukrainian boxer (3-time world heavyweight champion; only heavyweight to reign as world champion in 3 different decades), born in Belovodskoye, Kyrgyzstan
  • 1972 Tamarie Ivie, Ananheim CA, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • 1972 Ebbe Sand, Danish footballer
  • 1974 Vincent Spadea, tennis star, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1974 Preston Wilson, baseball player
  • 1976 Gonzalo de los Santos, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1977 Haitham Mustafa, Sudanese footballer
  • 1977 Ed Smith, English cricketer
  • 1977 Jean-Sébastien Aubin, Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • 1979 Luke Young, English footballer
  • 1979 Rick Ankiel, Baseball pitcher/ outfielder
  • 1979 Dilhara Fernando, Sri Lankan cricketer, born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1980 Giorgio Mondini, Italian racing driver
  • 1980 Xavier Malisse, Belgian tennis player
  • 1981 Naomi Grabow, American pairs skater (with partner Benjamin Oberman), born in lLke Arrowhead California
  • 1981 Nené [Anderson Luiz de Carvalho], Brazilian footballer (La Liga), born in Jundiaí, Brazil
  • 1981 Jimmy Gobble, American baseball player
  • 1981 David Bernard, West Indian cricketer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1982 Jess Vanstrattan, Australian footballer
  • 1982 Stuart Parnaby, English footballer
  • 1984 Lewis Price, Welsh soccer goalkeeper (11 caps; Ipswich Town), born in Bournemouth, England

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1958 NFL coach Don Shula (28) weds first wife Dorothy Bartish

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula

LoveWedding of Interest

1985 NBA player Isiah Thomas (24) weds Lynn Kendall in Chicago

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas

Deaths in Sport

  • 1939 Tom Hayward, English cricketer (35 Tests for England, 1999 runs), dies at 68
  • 1974 Erno Schwarz, Hungarian-American soccer player, dies at 69
  • 1994 Ray Flaherty, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end, coach (3 x NFL Championships; Washington Redskins 1937, 42 coach), dies at 90
  • 1995 James Smiddy, high school basketball coach (1,216 wins), dies at 71
  • 1998 Elmer Valo, baseball player (b. 1921)
  • 2002 Spec Shea, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star, World Series 1947; NY Yankees, Washington Sens), dies after heart surgery at 81
  • 2008 Eddie Fuller, South African cricketer (South African fast bowler in 7 Tests 1952-58), dies at 76
  • 2009 Henry Surtees, British racing driver. (b. 1991)
  • 2010 Lorenzen Wright, American basketball player (b. 1975)
  • 2013 Phil Woosnam, Welsh soccer striker, manager (Wales 17 caps, USA manager 1968), dies from prostate cancer and Alzheimer's disease at 90
  • 2013 Bert Trautmann, German footballer, dies from heart failure at 89