On This Day

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 awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

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
  • 1921 Indians (9) & Yankees (7) hit a record 16 doubles
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 1st black to win a major US tennis tournament (Althea Gibson)

Tennis Player Althea Gibson
Tennis Player
Althea Gibson
  • 1957 PGA Championship Men's Golf, 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 Men's Golf, Dallas Athletic Club: Jack Nicklaus wins first of 5 PGA C'ships by 2 shots from fellow American Dave Ragan

Sport awardPGA Championship

1968 PGA Championship Men's Golf, 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 Philadelphia Phillies Ken Brett's fastball for his 700th HR, in Atlanta

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: Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins 5th Tour that he enters; equals Jacques Anquetil record for Tour victories

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Billy Martin fired as Texas Rangers manager

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 1975 NY Met Félix Millán hits 4 singles; erased by Joe Torres 4 double plays

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1979 British Open Men's 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 Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
Golfer Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1985 British Open Men's 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 Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Australian 1-2 with Ian Baker-Finch winning his only major championship, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Mike Harwood

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1991 Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry, Rod Carew, Tony Lazzeri, & Bill Veeck are elected into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew
  • 1993 Angela Kennedy swims world record 50 m butterfly stroke (26.93)
  • 1995 Brian Lara completes a pair for West Indians v Kent
  • 1995 KC Royals set club-record of 22 singles in 15 innings
  • 1996 British Open Men's 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Wayne Gretzky signs a 2 year deal with NY Rangers

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1996 83rd Tour de France won by Bjarne Riis of Denmark
  • 1997 NY Yank Mike Whiton held in Milwaukee on charges of sexual assault

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

2002 British Open Men's 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
Golfer Ernie Els
Ernie Els

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 Men's 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, born in Hickory, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1934 Chandu Borde, Indian cricket batsman (55 Tests for India 1959-67), born in Pune, British India
  • 1935 Moe Drabowsky, American baseball player (1966 World Series), born in Ozanna, Poland (d. 2006)
  • 1940 Denis Menke, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1969, 70; Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds) born in Bancroft, Iowa (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Fred Hetzel, American NBA star (SF, Cincinnati, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 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 (d. 2021)
  • 1945 Barry Richards, South African extraordinary cricket batsman (4 Tests for South Africa), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1945 Geoff Dymock, Australian cricket left-arm fast bowler (21 Tests, 78 wickets; 15 ODIs), born in Maryborough, Queensland
  • 1945 John Lowe, English darts player (BDO world champion 1979, 87, 93), born in New Tupton, Derbyshire
  • 1946 Zbigniew Kaczmarek, Polish lightweight (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1947 Chetan Chauhan, Indian cricket batsman (40 Tests @ 31.57), born in Meerut, India (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Ed Hinton, American sportswriter, born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • 1948 John Hart, American Major League Baseball executive (Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1949 Ludmila Smirnova, Soviet pairs figure skater (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1949 Al Hrabosky, American NLB player, born in Oakland, California
  • 1950 Ubaldo Fillol, Argentinian footballer
  • 1953 Brian Talbot, British footballer
  • 1959 Stuart Young-Black, Canadian equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Cheshire, England
  • 1960 Fritz Walter, German footballer (VfB Stuttgart), 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, American pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1970 Steven "Scrappy" Segaloff, rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1972 Dennis Krijgsman, Dutch soccer player and manager (Sparta/Vitesse), born in Alphen aan de Rijn, Netherlands
  • 1972 Joe Rudolph, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972 Kimera Bartee, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1972 Lilach Parisky, Israeli Women's foil fencer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Martin Miller, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • 1973 Stephen Clarke, Canadian swimmer (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Sutton Coldfield, England
  • 1974 Geoff Jenkins, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 2003; World Series 2008; Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Olympia, Washington
  • 1975 Mike Sellers, CFL defensive end (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1975 Ravindra Pushpakumara, Sri Lankan cricketer (Test pace bowler)
  • 1977 Allison Wagner, American swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1977 Paul Casey, English golfer (Ryder Cup wins 2004, 06, 18; 3 PGA Tour titles, 13 European Tour titles; PGA C'ship 2020 runner-up), born in Cheltenham, England
  • 1978 Gary Teale, Scottish football player and coach, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1978 Kyoko Iwasaki, Japanese swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1992), born in Numazu, Japan
  • 1979 David Carr, American football player, born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1979 Tamika Catchings, American basketball player (Indiana Fever), born in Stratford, New Jersey
  • 1980 CC Sabathia, American baseball player, born in Vallejo, California
  • 1981 Stefan Schumacher, German cyclist, born in Ostfildern, West Germany
  • 1981 Joaquín Sánchez, Spanish footballer, born in El Puerto de Santa María, Spain
  • 1981 Titus Bramble, English footballer, born in Ipswich, Engalnd
  • 1983 Kellen Winslow II, American football player, convicted of rape, born in San Diego, California
  • 1984 Liam Ridgewell, English footballer, born in Bexleyheath, England
  • 1985 Von Wafer, American basketball player, born in Homer, Louisiana
  • 1988 Chris Mitchell, Scottish footballer, born in Stirling, Scotland (d. 2016)
  • 1989 Chris Gunter, Welsh footballer, most capped for Wales (2018), born in Newport, Wales
  • 1992 Rachael Flatt, American figure skater (2010 US Champion), born in Del Mar, California

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, Australian cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies at 64
  • 1932 Bill Gleason, American late 19th century baseball player, dies at 73
  • 1943 Charles Paddock, American 100m runner (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 42
  • 1952 Silvio Cator, Haitian athlete and long jumper (Olympic silver 1928), dies at 51
  • 1957 Rockley Wilson, cricketer (bro of Clem, Test for England 1921), dies

Person of interestJimmie Foxx

1967 Jimmie Foxx, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (9-time MLB All Star; World Series 1929, 30; AL MVP 1932, 33, 38; Triple Crown 1933), dies after choking on food at 59

MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx
  • 1970 Bob Kalsu, American football player, dies at 25
  • 1972 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 100/200m 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, American baseball catcher, coach, manager and executive (World Series champion 1947, 52-53, coach, 58; mgr 1961-62; NY Yankees), dies at 90
  • 2017 Peter Doohan, Australian professional tennis player, dies from motor neurone disease at 56
  • 2020 Mike Sleman, English rugby union winger (31 caps, England; 1 cap British & Irish Lions 1980; Liverpool RUFC), dies at 69
  • 2020 Ralph Liguori, American auto racer (NASCAR Grand National Series 30 x Top 10; 5 x Top 5 finishes), dies at 93