On This Day in Sport for July 21

Events in Sport

  • 1884 1st Test Cricket match played at Lord's
  • 1888 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod retains her title beating Blanche Bingley-Hillyard 6-3, 6-3

Sport awardTennis Open

1896 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Defending champion Charlotte Cooper beats Alice Simpson Pickering 6-2, 6-3

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • 1923 Phillies score 12 in 6th and beat Cubs 17-4
  • 1945 Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia A's play 24 inning 1-1 tie
  • 1956 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brooks Lawrence loses after 13 straight wins
  • 1957 1st black to win a major US tennis tournament (Althea Gibson)
  • 1957 PGA Championship, Miami Valley GC: Lionel Hebert wins 2 & 1 from Dow Finsterwald; last time event played under match-play format
  • 1959 Red Sox are last team to use a black player (Pumpsie Green)

Sport awardPGA Championship

1963 PGA Championship, Dallas Athletic Club: Jack Nicklaus wins first of 5 PGA C'ships by 2 shots from fellow American Dave Ragan

  • 1964 Mildred Simpson runs female world record marathon (3:19:33)

Sport awardPGA Championship

1968 PGA Championship, Pecan Valley GC: Julius Boros (48) becomes oldest winner of a major; wins by 1 from Bob Charles & Arnold Palmer

  • 1968 55th Tour de France won by Jan Janssen of Netherlands
  • 1970 Clay Kirby has a no-hitter going for 8 inn, but is lifted for a pinch hitter, Reliever Jack Baldschun gives up 3 hits & Padres lose, 3-0
  • 1972 Los Angeles Dodgers release and end career of knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Braves Hank Aaron hits Ken Brett's fastball for his 700th HR

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

  • 1974 US Open Women's Golf, La Grange CC: Sandra Haynie wins by 1 shot from Beth Stone and Carol Mann
  • 1974 61st Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • 1975 Billy Martin fired as Texas Rangers manager
  • 1975 NY Met Félix Millán hits 4 singles; erased by Joe Torres 4 double plays

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1979 British Open Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Spaniard Seve Ballesteros wins by 3 from Jack Nicklaus & Ben Crenshaw; Nicklaus runner-up for record 7th time

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
Golfer Jack Nicklaus
Golfer
Jack Nicklaus

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1985 British Open Golf, Royal St George's GC: Scotsman Sandy Lyle wins his only Open title by 1 stroke from runner-up Payne Stewart; last time event features double cut (after 36 and 54 holes), introduced in 1968

  • 1985 72nd Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1989 Mike Tyson KOs Carl Williams in 1:33 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1991 British Open Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Australian 1-2 with Ian Baker-Finch winning his only major championship, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Mike Harwood
  • 1993 Angela Kennedy swims world record 50 m butterfly stroke (26.93)
  • 1995 KC Royals set club-record of 22 singles in 15 innings
  • 1996 British Open Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: American Tom Lehman wins his only major championship by 2 strokes from Mark McCumber and Ernie Els; first American to win at Lytham since Bobby Jones 70 years earlier
  • 1996 Wayne Gretzky signs a 2 year deal with NY Rangers
  • 1996 83rd Tour de France won by Bjarne Riis of Denmark

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

2002 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Ernie Els of South Africa wins first of 2 Open titles in a playoff from Australians Stuart Appleby & Steve Elkington, and Frenchman Thomas Levet

Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 With a record 6 races remaining, German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher clinches his 5th F1 World Drivers Championship with victory in the French Grand Prix at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours; 3rd straight title win

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • 2007 New Zealand beats Australia, 26-12 at Eden Park, Auckland to win their 3rd consecutive Tri Nations Rugby Series; flyhalf Dan Carter lands 7 penalties for the All Blacks

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

2013 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Phil Mickelson wins his 5th major, by 3 strokes from Henrik Stenson of Sweden

  • 2013 100th Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1895 H G "Nummy" Deane, South African cricket Test captain (1927-31)
  • 1908 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American golfer, course designer (17 PGA Tour wins), born in Monticello, Kansas (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Bob Orton, American wrestler (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Gene Littler, American golfer (1961 US Open, 29 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California (d.2019)
  • 1931 Gene Fullmer, American boxer (world middleweight champion), born in West Jordan, Utah (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Ernie Warlick, American football player
  • 1934 Chandu Borde, cricket batsman (55 Tests for India 1959-67)
  • 1935 Moe Drabowsky, baseball player (d. 2006)
  • 1942 Fred Hetzel, NBA star (SF, Cincinnati, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1942 Mike Hegan, MLB player (NY Yankees), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1943 Jerry McGee, American golfer (US Ryder Cup 1977, 4 PGA Tour titles), born in New Lexingon, Ohio
  • 1945 Barry Richards, extraordinary cricket batsman (4 Tests for South Africa)
  • 1945 Geoff Dymock, Australian cricket left-arm pace bowler (1974-80)
  • 1945 John Lowe, English darts player
  • 1946 Zbigniew Kaczmarek, Polish lightweight (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1947 Chetan Chauhan, Indian cricket opener (Gavaskar's partner for a while)
  • 1948 Ed Hinton, American sportswriter
  • 1948 John Hart, American Major League Baseball executive (Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1949 Ludmila Smirnova, USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1949 Al Hrabosky, baseball player
  • 1950 Ubaldo Fillol, Argentinian footballer
  • 1951 Doug Collins, American basketball player (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1951 Slick Watts, NBA (Seattle SuperSonic)
  • 1953 Brian Talbot, British footballer
  • 1959 Stuart Young-Black, Cheshire England, Canadian equestrian (Olympics 1996)
  • 1960 Fritz Walter, German footballer, born in Mannheim, Germany
  • 1961 Don Wilson, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1961 Henry Ellard, NFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins)
  • 1963 Kevin Poole, English footballer
  • 1965 Mike Bordick, Marquette MI, infielder (Oakland A's)
  • 1965 Gudni Bergsson, Icelandic footballer
  • 1965 Jovy Marcelo, Filipino racing driver (d. 1992)
  • 1966 Larisa Neiland, Lvov Ukraine, tennis star (1996 Essen winner)
  • 1967 Lance Painter, Bedford England, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1967 Tore Meinecke, West Germany, tennis star
  • 1968 Brandi Chastain, soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • 1968 Johnnie Barnes, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1968 Lyle Odelein, Quill Lake Sask, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, Montreal)
  • 1970 Bryce Florie, Charleston FLA, pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • 1970 Steven "Scrappy" Segaloff, rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1972 Dennis Military man, soccer player (Sparta/Vitesse)
  • 1972 Joe Rudolph, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972 Kimera Bartee, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1972 Lilach Parisky, Israel, Women's foil fencer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Martin Miller, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • 1973 Stephen Clarke, Sutton Coldfield England, Canada swimmer (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1974 Geoff Jenkins, American baseball player
  • 1975 Mike Sellers, CFL defensive end (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1975 Ravindra Pushpakumara, Sri Lankan cricketer (Test pace bowler)
  • 1977 Allison Wagner, 200m/400m medley swimmer (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1977 Paul Casey, English golfer (Ryder Cup wins 2004, 06, 18; 3 PGA Tour titles, 13 European Tour titles), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
  • 1978 Kyoko Iwosoki, Japan, 100m breaststroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1992, 96)
  • 1978 Gary Teale, Scottish football player
  • 1978 Kyoko Iwasaki, Japanese swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1992), born in Numazu, Japan
  • 1979 David Carr, American football player
  • 1979 Tamika Catchings, American basketball player
  • 1980 CC Sabathia, American baseball player
  • 1981 Stefan Schumacher, German cyclist
  • 1981 Joaquín Sánchez, Spanish footballer
  • 1981 Titus Bramble, English footballer
  • 1983 Kellen Winslow II, American football player
  • 1984 Liam Ridgewell, English footballer
  • 1984 Paul Davis, American basketball player
  • 1985 Von Wafer, American basketball player
  • 1988 Chris Mitchell, Scottish footballer
  • 1989 Chris Gunter, Welsh footballer
  • 1992 Rachael Flatt, American figure skater

Weddings in Sport

  • 2005 Tennis star player Lleyton Hewitt (24) weds "Home and Away" TV actress Bec Cartwright (22) at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia

Deaths in Sport

  • 1927 J J Lyons, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies
  • 1932 Bill Gleason, late 19th century baseball player
  • 1943 Charles William Paddock, 100m runner (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 42
  • 1952 Silvio Cator, Haitian athlete long jumper (Olympic silver 1928), dies at 51
  • 1957 Rockley Wilson, cricketer (bro of Clem, Test for England 1921), dies
  • 1967 Jimmie Foxx, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (9-time MLB All Star), dies at 59
  • 1970 Bob Kalsu, American football player, dies at 25
  • 1972 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 83
  • 1991 Paul Warwick, English racing driver (b. 1969)
  • 1995 Jon Boulle, motorcyclist, dies at 59
  • 2003 John Davies, New Zealand Olympic Committee president (b. 1938)
  • 2010 Ralph Houk, MLB catcher, coach, manager (6-time World Series champion), dies at 90
  • 2017 Peter Doohan, Australian professional tennis player, dies from motor neurone disease at 56