On This Day in Sport for July 2

Events in Sport

  • 1902 John McGraw becomes manager of MLB New York Giants, 30 year tenure (1902-32)

Sport awardTennis Open

1902 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Muriel Robb wins her only major title with a 7-5, 6-1 defeat of fellow Briton Charlotte Cooper

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • 1902 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Laurence Doherty wins his first title beating Arthur Gore 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
  • 1903 National League MLB batting champion Ed Delahanty, disappears after being removed from a train by force, found dead at bottom of Niagara Falls 2 weeks later
  • 1903 Pitcher Jack Doscher, debuts for the Chicago Cubs, the first son of a major leaguer to play MLB, father Herm 1882-92
  • 1907 US National Women's Tennis Championship: Evelyn Sears beats fellow American Carrie Neely 6-3, 6-2 for her only major singles title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1911 Detroit Tigers legend Ty Cobb hits in his 40th straight game in 14-6 rout of Cleveland. Streak ends next game

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1921 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bill Tilden beats South African Brian Norton 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 for the third of 10 Grand Slam singles titles

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1921 Jack Dempsey KOs French boxer Georges Carpentier in 4 in 3rd heavyweight title defence, crowd of 91,000 brings in 1st million dollar gate ($1.7m)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

Sport awardTennis Open

1927 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Spaniard Lilí Álvarez 6-2, 6-4 for her first of 8 Wimbledon titles

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • 1927 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-French final Henri Cochet beats Jean Borotra 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5
  • 1930 Carl Reynolds becomes only the 2nd player in MLB history to hit home runs in 3 consecutive innings in 15-4 White Sox victory at Yankee Stadium
  • 1932 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats fellow American Helen Jacobs 6-3, 6-1 for her 5th of 8 titles
  • 1932 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Ellsworth Vines beats hometown favourite Bunny Austin 6-4, 6-2, 6-0 for his only Wimbledon title
  • 1932 American golfer Walter Hagan wins his 5th and last Western Open in Cleveland, 16 years after he won his first
  • 1933 NY Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell works 18 innings of shutout ball without a walk to beat St Louis Cardinals 1-0
  • 1935 Great Britain amateur boxing team beats United States in the first International Golden Gloves tournament
  • 1937 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Don Budge beats Germany's Gottfried von Cramm 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 for first of back-to-back titles
  • 1937 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dorothy Round of England beats Poland's Jadwiga Jędrzejowska 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 for her second Wimbledon title

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1941 Joe DiMaggio hits a 3-run homer off Boston's Dick Newsome to pass Willie Keeler's MLB record 44 game hitting streak

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1948 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Bob Falkenburg beats John Bromwich of Australia 7-5, 0-6, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 for his only Grand Slam singles title
  • 1948 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Louise Brough beats fellow American Doris Hart 6-3, 8-6 for the first of 3-straight Wimbledon singles titles
  • 1948 British Open Golf, Muirfield: England's Henry Cotton wins by 5 from Irishman Fred Daly for his third Open victory
  • 1949 "Red Barber's Clubhouse" sports show premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
  • 1950 Cleveland Indians' pitcher Bob Feller wins his 200th MLB game, 5-3 v Detroit Tigers
  • 1951 Bill Veeck buys St Louis Browns from Bill & Charlie DeWitt; after 1953 season sells franchise to Clarence Miles, team moves to Baltimore (Orioles)
  • 1951 Worcestershire cricket wicketkeeper Hugo Yarnold makes a record 6 stumpings in an innings in a 1st-class match vs Scotland at Dundee

Sport awardTennis Open

1954 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Czech Jaroslav Drobný beats Ken Rosewall of Australia 13-11, 4-6, 6-2, 9-7 for his only Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • 1954 England cricket batsman Denis Compton scores career best 278 in 287 mins in 2nd Test win over Pakistan at Nottingham
  • 1954 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly wins her 3rd consecutive Wimbledon singles title beating fellow American Louise Brough 6-2, 7-5

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 US Open Women's Golf, Wichita GC: Uruguayan Fay Crocker beats Louise Suggs & Mary Lena Faulk by 4 to become the tournament's first overseas winner

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961 Amidst 5 NY Yankee homers v Washington, Roger Maris hits 29th and 30th en route to 61 for the season

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1963 Giants legend Willie Mays breaks up classic Juan Marichal vs Warren Spahn pitching dual, homering in 16th inning off Spahn for 1-0 win vs Braves

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Sport awardTennis Open

1965 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson scores second consecutive title win over fellow Australian Fred Stolle 6-2, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson

Sport awardTennis Open

1965 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Australian Margaret Smith beats Maria Bueno of Brazil 6-4, 7-5, her second of 3 Wimbledon singles titles

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • 1966 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Spaniard Manuel Santana wins last of 4 major titles beating American Dennis Ralston 6-4, 11-9, 6-4

Sport awardTennis Open

1966 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Billie Jean King beats Maria Bueno of Brazil 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 for the first of her 12 Grand Slam singles titles

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • 1966 West Indian cricket batsman Basil Butcher scores career best 209 not out to guide tourists to a 139-run 3rd Test win over England at Trent Bridge
  • 1967 US Open Women's Golf, The Homestead: Catherine Lacoste wins by 2 strokes from Susie Maxwell & Beth Stone (youngest [22], 1st amateur winner)
  • 1969 Ireland cricketers dismiss West Indies for just 25 (Dougie Goodwin 5 for 6, Alec O'Riordan 4 for 18) to set up a huge upset in Londonderry
  • 1970 NY Yankees infielder Horace Clarke breaks up a potential no-hitter in the 9th inning for 3rd time in 28 days
  • 1971 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Evonne Goolagong beats Margaret Court 6-4, 6-1 for the first of 2 Wimbledon singles titles
  • 1972 US Open Women's Golf, Winged Foot GC: American Susie Maxwell Berning wins by 1 from Judy Rankin, Kathy Ahern & Pam Barnett
  • 1972 American pole vaulter Bob Seagren breaks world record for the 4th and final time with 5.63m in Eugene, Oregon

Sport awardTennis Open

1976 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Chris Evert beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley of Australia 6-3, 4-6, 8-6 for second of 3 Wimbledon singles titles

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1977 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Sweden's Björn Borg beats American Jimmy Connors 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 for the second of 5 consecutive Wimbledon singles titles
  • 1978 MLB pitcher Ron Guidry beats Detroit 3-2 for a NY Yankee record 13-0 start to the season

Sport awardTennis Open

1983 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Andrea Jaeger 6-0, 6-3 for the 4th of 9 Wimbledon singles titles

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1986 Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens (14-0) suffers his 1st loss (4-2 v Toronto), one win short of AL record for consecutive wins to start season

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 1987 KC Royals outfielder Jim Eisenreich hits 1st HR since 1982, in MLB comeback process, retired 1984 (Tourette syndrome)

Sport awardTennis Open

1988 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Germany's Steffi Graf beats Martina Navratilova 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 for the third leg of her Golden Slam

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1989 US Open Senior Golf, Laurel Valley GC: Orville Moody wins by 2 from Frank Beard, 20 years after his US Open triumph in 1969

Sport awardGolf Major

1989 Canadian Open Golf (du Maurier Classic), Beaconsfield GC: Tammie Green wins her only LPGA major title with a 1 shot victory over fellow Americans Pat Bradley & Betsy King

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 1989 American jockey Steve Cauthen wins Irish Derby on Old Vic to become the first rider in history to sweep the world's 4 major Derbies (Kentucky, Epsom, French, Irish)
  • 1993 Royals Stadium is renamed Kauffman Stadium shortly before the death of Kansas City Royals owner Ewing Kauffman
  • 1994 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Conchita Martínez of Spain upsets Martina Navratilova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 for her only Grand Slam title
  • 1994 Middlesex cricket seam bowler Richard Johnson takes all 10 Derbyshire wickets for 45 runs at the County Ground in Derby

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 US Open Senior Golf, Congressional GC: Tom Weiskopf wins by 4 strokes from Jack Nicklaus for his only Senior Tour major victory

  • 1995 LA Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo is first Japanese player to be selected for a MLB All Star game when he is named in the NL squad
  • 2000 UEFA European Championship Final: David Trezeguet scores in extra time to give France a 2-1 win over Italy in Rotterdam

Sport awardTennis Open

2005 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats fellow American Lindsay Davenport 4-6, 7-6, 9-7 for the 3rd of her 5 Wimbledon singles titles

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 Michael Schumacher wins US F1 Grand Prix for the 5th time, 1st driver in any series to win 5 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2006 Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya (152) and Upul Tharanga (109) compile world record cricket ODI opening stand of 286 vs England at Headingley

  • 2008 A settlement was reached allowing former NBA franchise the Seattle SuperSonics to move to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup: Ghana, only African team remaining in last 8, are beaten 4-2 on penalties by Uruguay; Netherlands upset Brazil 2-1

Sport awardTennis Open

2011 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Czech left hander Petra Kvitová wins her first Grand Slam title beating Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • 2011 American twin brothers Bob & Mike Bryan earn their record equalling 11th Grand Slam doubles title with a straight sets win over Robert Lindstedt & Horia Tecău at Wimbledon
  • 2013 Reds pitcher Homer Bailey no-hits SF Giants 3-0 in Cincinnati, his second no-hitter in 10 months

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Home town underdog Jeff Horn upsets Manny Pacquiao of the Phillipines on points in a highly controversial WBO welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia


Birthdays in Sport

  • 1882 Edgar Mayne, cricketer (Australian batsman, prolific for Victoria)
  • 1901 Arthur Rex Alston, sports commentator
  • 1904 René Lacoste, French tennis player (7 Grand Slam titles, Lacoste clothing), born in Paris, France (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Leo O'Brien, cricketer (Australian batsman in 5 Tests 1932-36)
  • 1927 Jerome Meyer, horse trainer
  • 1934 Ivan Madray, West Indian cricket leg-spin all rounder, 2 Tests 3 runs 0-108)
  • 1937 Dick Berardino, baseball player
  • 1937 Richard Petty "The King", American NASCAR Driver (7x NASCAR Championship, 7x Daytona 500), born in Level Cross, North Carolina
  • 1943 Walter Godefroot, Belgian cyclist
  • 1947 Ervin Hall, 100m hurdler (Olympic silver 1968), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Tony Armas, baseball player
  • 1956 Leslie Reid, equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1959 Eduardo Bengoechea, Argentina, tennis star
  • 1959 Hoogie Drexler, jockey
  • 1961 Pat Dufficy, Westerly RI, female catcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • 1962 Brandel Eugene Chamblee, PGA golfer (1994 Honda-3rd), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1964 DeAnne Hemmens, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1964 Joe Magrane, baseball player
  • 1964 Jose Canseco, outfielder (Oak A's, Red Sox, 1988 AL MVP), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1964 Shannon Ritter, jockey
  • 1964 Ozzie Canseco, Cuban-born American baseball player
  • 1966 Blaise Rhodes, Berwyn Heights MD, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Tim Spehr, Excelsior Springs MO, catcher (Montreal Expos)
  • 1968 Mark Tewsksbury, Canada swimmer (world record backstroke)
  • 1968 Mike Lee, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Tommy Armour Tour), born in Neptune Township, New Jersey
  • 1970 Derrick Ralph Adkins, 400m hurdler (Olympic gold 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1970 Scotty 2 Hotty, American wrestler
  • 1970 Steve Morrow, Irish footballer
  • 1971 Jared Palmer, American tennis star, born in NYC, New York
  • 1971 Troy Brown, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • 1974 Sean Casey, American baseball player
  • 1975 Catalina Cristea, Bucharest Rom, tennis star (1995 quarter Jakarta)
  • 1975 Daniel Kowalski, Australian swimmer (Olympics-bronze/silver-96), born in Singapore
  • 1975 Eric Daze, NHL left wing (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1976 Krisztián Lisztes, Hungarian footballer
  • 1976 Tomáš Vokoun, Czech hockey player
  • 1979 Sam Hornish, Jr., American race car driver

Person of interestJoe Thornton

1979 Joe Thornton, Canadian hockey player, born in London, Ontario

NHL Star Joe Thornton
NHL Star
Joe Thornton
  • 1980 Nicole Manske, American beauty queen and motorsports television commentator
  • 1981 Angel Pagán, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1981 Aaron Voros, Canadian hockey player
  • 1984 Thomas Kortegaard, Danish footballer
  • 1984 Maarten Martens, Belgian footballer
  • 1984 Johnny Weir, American figure skater
  • 1985 Rhett Bomar, American football player
  • 1985 Chad Henne, American football player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1955 NFL placekicker Pat Summerall (25) weds Kathy Jacobs

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • 2010 Miss California USA 2009 Carrie Prejean (23) weds Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller (29) in San Diego

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1959 MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (28) divorces Mollye Louise after 6 years of marriage

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

Deaths in Sport

  • 1903 Ed Delahanty, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL batting champion 1899, 1902), dies at Niagara Falls at 35
  • 1912 Tom Richardson, England cricket fast bowler (88 Test wickets), dies of a heart attack at 41
  • 1921 Edwin Evans, Australian cricket spin bowler (6 Tests), dies at 72
  • 1935 Hank O'Day, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, umpire, manager (umpire 10 World Series), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 75
  • 1958 Joe Jeannette, American boxer (world coloured champion 1909), dies at 78
  • 1964 Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, American auto racer (Daytona 500 1962), dies from injuries in May 24 crash at 35
  • 1969 Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • 1973 Swede Savage, dies of injuries at Indianapolis 500
  • 1973 Chick Hafey, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (2 World Series 1926, 31), dies at 70
  • 1973 George McBride, American MLB shortstop/manager (AL fielding leader 1912-15), dies at 92
  • 1985 David Purley, British Formula 1 driver (b. 1945)
  • 1986 Peanuts Lowrey, baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 1994 Andrés Escobar, Colombian soccer defender (51 caps, World Cup own goal vs US), dies of gunshot wound at 27
  • 2000 Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (b. 1952)
  • 2012 Ben Davidson, American professional footballer and actor, dies from prostate cancer at 72
  • 2015 Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), dies at 68