On This Day

On This Day in Sport for July 20

Events in Sport

  • 1858 Fee 1st charged to see a baseball game (50 cents) (NY beats Bkln 22-18)
  • 1896 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Harold Mahony beats 3-time champion Wilfred Baddeley 6-2, 6-8, 5-7, 8-6, 6-3
  • 1911 Boston Red Sox Smokey Joe Wood no-hits St Louis Browns, 5-0
  • 1912 Phillies Sherry Magee steals home twice in 1 game
  • 1916 Giants trade Christy Mathewson to Cincinnati Reds
  • 1920 Dutch soccer club Sportclub Heerenveen is formed; initially known as Athleta; KNVB Cup Champions 2008–09
  • 1920 Heerenveen soccer team forms
  • 1924 18th Tour de France won by Ottavio Bottecchia of Italy
  • 1938 IOC awards Helsinki, Finland 1940 Summer Olympic Games after Tokyo, Japan withdraws (Second Sino-Japanese War)
  • 1942 Barbados dismiss Trinidad for 16 in 69 minutes, Derek Sealy taking 8-8; West Indian cricket domestic first class record
  • 1944 Browns Nelson Potter is 1st pitcher suspended for throwing spitballs
  • 1947 34th Tour de France won by Jean Robic of France
  • 1952 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic Record 10K (29:17.0)
  • 1954 American tennis champion Maureen Connolly's right leg is crushed in a horse riding accident ending a brilliant career at just 19

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1956 Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford ties AL record of 6 straight strike-outs

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • 1957 44th Tour de France: French cyclist Jacques Anquetil wins first of 5 general classification titles

  • 1958 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Llanerch CC: Dow Finsterwald wins 1st PGA C'ship held in current stroke play format; wins by 2 from Billy Casper
  • 1958 Detroit Tigers pitcher Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1963 US Open Women's Golf, Kenwood CC: Mary Mills wins her first of 3 major titles by 3 strokes ahead of runners-up Louise Suggs and Sandra Haynie

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1965 NY Yankee pitcher Mel Stottlemyre hits an inside-the-park grand slam
  • 1969 56th Tour de France: Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx wins general, points, mountains, team classification titles
  • 1970 Dodgers Bill Singer no-hits the Phillies 5-0, giving up no walks
  • 1973 Chic's Wilbur Wood starts and loses both games of a doubleheader with NY Yankees, 12-2, & 7-0

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1975 US Open Women's Golf, Atlantic City CC: Sandra Palmer wins her second major title by 4 strokes from JoAnne Carner, Sandra Post and Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1975 62nd Tour de France won by Bernard Thevenet of France

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1976 Hank Aaron hits 755th and last home run off Angels Dick Drago

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1980 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Tom Watson wins his 3rd of 5 Open titles, by 4 strokes from fellow American Lee Trevino

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • 1980 67th Tour de France won by Joop Zoetemelk of Netherlands
  • 1984 Uwe Hohn of East Germany throws javelin a record 104.8 m

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1986 British Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: Australian Greg Norman wins his first major championship at even-par, 5 strokes clear of runner-up Gordon J. Brand

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Mike Tyson is accused of raping a Miss Black America contestant

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson offers $500,000 reward for evidence of ex-wife's klller

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1997 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: American Justin Leonard recovers from 5 strokes back after 3 rounds; wins by 3 from Darren Clarke and Jesper Parnevik
  • 2000 The leaders of Salt Lake City's bid to win the 2002 Winter Olympics are indicted by a federal grand jury for bribery, fraud, and racketeering
  • 2003 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: American Ben Curtis becomes first debut winner since Tom Watson in 1975; in his first major appearance at #396 in world rankings beats runners-up Thomas Bjørn and Vijay Singh by 1 stroke
  • 2008 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Irishman Pádraig Harrington successfully defends his Open title; shoots 4-under par over the final 9 to be 4 strokes clear of runner-up Ian Poulter

Sport awardSports Awards

2008 16th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Candace Parker win

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2014 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins wire-to-wire by 2 from Sergio Garcia & Rickie Fowler
  • 2015 British Open Men's Golf, St. Andrews: American Zach Johnson wins in a 4-hole play-off with Australian Marc Leishman & Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1900 Maurice Leyland, English cricket batsman (41 Tests, 2764 runs @ 46.06; Yorkshire 1920-46, 1,000+ runs in 17 consecutive seasons), born in Harrogate, England (d. 1967)
  • 1901 Heinie Manush, American baseball player (d. 1971)
  • 1909 Eric Rowan, South African cricketer (prolific batsman pre- & post-WWII)
  • 1920 Lev Aronin, USSR, International Chess Grandmaster (1950)
  • 1921 Ted Schroeder, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1942, Wimbledon 1949), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2006)

Person of interestMike Ilitch

1929 Mike Ilitch, American businessman (founded Little Caesars Pizza, owner Detroit Red Wings, Tigers), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2017)

Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza Mike Ilitch
Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza
Mike Ilitch
  • 1930 Chuck Daley, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (2-time NBA champion Detroit Pistons), born in Kane, PA (d. 2009)
  • 1931 Tony Marsh, English racing driver
  • 1933 Nelson Doubleday, publisher (Doubleday)/owner (NY Mets)
  • 1934 Doug Padgett, cricketer (England batsman twice in 1960)
  • 1936 Butch Baird, American golfer (US Open 1976 4th), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1938 Roger Hunt, English footballer
  • 1943 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, born in Bulls, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • 1944 Mel Daniels, professional basketball player (Hall of Fame 2012), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Betty Burfeindt, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1976), born in NYC, NY
  • 1947 James Harris, Monroe La, NFL quarterback (Buffalo, LA, San Diego)
  • 1951 Larry Black, 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1953 Dan Shaughnessy, American sports writer
  • 1956 Charlie Magri, world champ flyweight boxer (1983)

Person of interestMima Jausovec

1956 Mima Jausovec, Yugoslavian tennis player (French Open-1977), born in Maribor, Yugoslavia

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Mima Jausovec
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Mima Jausovec
  • 1960 Lauren Gregg, Rochester Minn, US women's soccer coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1962 Giovanna Amati, Italian racing driver
  • 1963 Jenny Spangler, American marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Monroe, Wisconsin
  • 1963 Paula Ivan, Romanian runner (world record mile), born in Herăști, Romania
  • 1964 Murray Craven, Medicine Hat, NHL left wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1966 Beth Coats, biathelete (Olympics 1994), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1966 Carlo L'Ami, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1966 Tracey Mcfarlane, US breaststroke swimmer (US record 100m)
  • 1967 Ian Beckles, NFL guard (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1967 Jon Normile, fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1968 Chris Tsangaris, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1968 Jimmy Carson, American NHL center (6 NHL hat tricks before age 21), born in Southfield, Michigan
  • 1969 Giovanni Lombardi, Italian cyclist
  • 1970 Shannon Baker, CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1971 Bernard Whittington, American NFL defensive end (Indianapolis Colts), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1971 Charles Johnson, Fort Pierce Fla, catcher (US Olympics 1992, Marlins)
  • 1971 Ed Giddins, cricketer (promising Sussex pace bowler, England A 1995)
  • 1971 Ron Stone, NFLer (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1971 William Deering Jr, South Bend Indiana, pole vaulter
  • 1972 Jay Barker, NFL quarterback (NE Patriots)
  • 1972 Jozef Stümpel, Slovak NHL forward (Boston Bruins, LA Kings), born Nitra, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973 Peter Forsberg, Ornskoldsvik Swe, NHL center (Colorado Avalanche)
  • 1973 Mads Rieper, Danish footballer
  • 1974 "Big Money" Bengie Molina [Benjamin José Molina], Puerto Rican baseball player (Texas Rangers), born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1975 Ray Allen, American basketball guard (10-time NBA All Star), born in Merced, California
  • 1975 Erik Hagen, Norwegian footballer
  • 1975 Aimee Mullins, American Paralympic athlete/official (US Olympic Chef de Mission 2012), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Debashish Mohanty, Indian cricketer
  • 1976 Alex Yoong, Malaysian racing driver
  • 1977 Kiki Musampa, Congolese footballer
  • 1977 Alessandro dos Santos, Brazilian-born Japanese footballer
  • 1978 Jen Grubb, Elk Hart Indiana, soccer defender (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978 Pavel Datsyuk, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1978 Tamsyn Lewis, Australian athlete
  • 1978 Will Solomon, American basketball player
  • 1979 Miklos Feher, Hungarian football player (d. 2004)
  • 1979 David Ortega, Spanish freestyle and backstroke swimmer
  • 1981 Damien Delaney, Irish footballer
  • 1984 Alexi Casilla, Dominican baseball player
  • 1984 Troy Smith, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2006, Ohio State; NFL: Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1995 Shaquem Griffin, American one-handed NFL player (Sea Hawks), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1996 Ben Simmons, Australian basketball point guard (2016 NBA Draft: #1 pick Philadelphia 76ers), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1975 "The Exorcist" writer William Peter Blatty (47) weds tennis player Linda Tuero (24) in Las Vegas

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty

Deaths in Sport

  • 1893 Tom Kelly, Australian cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1877-79, 64 runs), dies at 49
  • 1908 Demetrius Vikelas, Greek author, president of the International Olympic Committee (b. 1835)
  • 1944 Heinz Burns, German (Olympic gold 1936), dies in bombing
  • 1945 Arthur Seccull, South African cricketer (Test v England 1896), dies
  • 1956 Ken Burn, cricketer (Tasmanian rep on 1890 Ashes tour, 2 Tests), dies
  • 1976 Tom Lowry, cricketer (early New Zealand Test captain), dies
  • 1997 Clifford McWatt, West Indian cricket wicketkeeper (6 Tests, 10 dismissals), dies in a car crash at 75
  • 2002 Michalis Kritikopoulos, Greek soccer striker (28 caps; Olympiacos), dies from cardiac arrest at 56
  • 2007 Bill Flemming, American journalist and sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), dies at 80
  • 2012 Dorothy Germain Porter, American golfer (US Curtis Cup winning captain 1966), dies at 88
  • 2019 Peter McNamara, Australian tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1979, Wimbledon doubles 1980, 82), dies of prostate cancer at 64