On This Day

On This Day in Sport for July 24

Events in Sport

  • 1893 For only time in history of US Tennis championships, an event is held off the Eastern seaboard. Men's double championship in Chicago
  • 1902 Victor Trumper scores a century for Australia before lunch 4th Test Cricket v England
  • 1904 2nd Tour de France won by Henri Cornet of France
  • 1905 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Laurence Doherty & Reggie Doherty beat Holcombe Ward & Beals Wright 8-10, 6-2, 6-2, 4-6, 8-6 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-0 lead over US (ends 5-0)
  • 1908 American Johnny Hayes wins London Olympic marathon in Games record 2:55:18.4 after Dorando Pietri of Italy disqualified for receiving assistance before the finish line
  • 1909 Bkln Dodger Nap Rucker strikes out 16 Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1921 15th Tour de France won by Leon Scieur of Belgium

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1931 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 2 mile (8:59.6)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1946 9 Spokane baseball players (Western League) die in a bus crash
  • 1949 Indian pitcher Bob Lemon hits 2 HRs to beat Senators, 7-5
  • 1949 36th Tour de France won by Fausto Coppi of Italy
  • 1952 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record 5K (14:06.6)
  • 1956 Dodgers lose to the Reds, 2-1, playing in Jersey City's Roosevelt Stadium
  • 1956 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Blue Hill CC: Masters champion Jack Burke Jr. wins his second major championship of the season, 3 & 2 over Ted Kroll

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 Ted Williams is fined $250 for spitting at Boston fans again

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1958 Test Cricket debuts against NZ for Dexter, Illingworth & Subba Row

  • 1960 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Firestone CC: Jay Hebert wins his only major title by 1 stroke from Australian Jim Ferrier

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961 Roger Maris hits 4 home runs, in a doubleheader

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 Casey Stengel resigns as manager of NY Mets

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel
  • 1966 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Firestone CC: American Al Geiberger wins his only major title by 4 shots from Dudley Wysong
  • 1967 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Columbine CC: Don January wins his only major title in 18-hole playoff with Don Messengale (69-71)
  • 1967 Race riots in Detroit force postponement of Tigers-Orioles game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in a record 907th major league game breaking Cy Young's record for pitching appearances

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1970 International Law Tennis Association institutes 9 point tie break rule
  • 1973 44th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Royals Stadium, Kansas City
  • 1973 All Star MVP: Bobby Bonds (SF Giants)

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1977 US Open Women's Golf, Hazeltine National GC: Hollis Stacy wins wire-to-wire by 2 strokes from Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Pete Rose passes Frankie Frisch as switch-hit leader with 2,881

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1977 64th Tour de France won by Bernard Thevenet of France
  • 1978 Pete Rose ties NL hitting streak of 37 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 Billy Martin resigns as Yankee manager after "one is a born liar the other a convicted one" comment about Steinbrenner and Jackson

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski hits his 400th HR

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • 1983 21st Tennis Fed Cup: Czech beats Germany in Zurich Switzerland (2-1)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Pine Tar Game: George Brett's HR disallowed against Yanks (overturned)

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1983 70th Tour de France won by Laurent Fignon of France

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1988 US Open Women's Golf, Baltimore CC: Liselotte Neumann of Sweden wins her only major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Patty Sheehan

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan

  • 1988 US and Jamaica play scoreless tie, in 2nd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1988 75th Tour de France won by Pedro Delgado of Spain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Faye Vincent reinstates Yankee owner George Steinbrenner (eff 3/1/93)

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • 1993 Met Vince Coleman injures 3 when he throws cherry bomb at Dodger fans
  • 1993 NY Met Anthony Young loses record 27th straight
  • 1994 32nd Tennis Fed Cup: Spain beats USA in Frankfurt Germany (3-0)
  • 1994 US Open Women's Golf, Indianwood G & CC: Patty Sheehan wins her second title in 3 years, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Tammie Green; 5th of her 6 major titles
  • 1994 Tour de France: Miguel Induráin of Spain wins 4th consecutive Tour, 5' 39" ahead of Piotr Ugrumov; Djamolidine Abdoujaparov points winner
  • 1994 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Frankfurt, Germany: Spain retains title with 3-0 win over US; Arantxa Sánchez Vicario clinches victory with 6-2, 6-1 win over Lindsay Davenport

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 92nd Tour de France: no winner; Lance Armstrong retires after winning a record seventh consecutive victory but disqualified in 2012 for doping

Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong

Sport awardGolf Tournament

2005 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Aberdeen: Tom Watson wins his second Open Senior title in a playoff with Ireland's Des Smyth

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • 2011 98th Tour de France won by Cadel Evans of Australia; first and only Australian to win the event
  • 2011 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Walton Heath: Russ Cochran wins by 2 shots from fellow American Mark Calcavecchia
  • 2011 Copa América Final, River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires: Diego Forlán scores twice as Uruguay beats Paraguay, 3–0 to earn their 15th title
  • 2016 103rd Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2019 19-year-old Hungarian swimmer Kristóf Milák breaks Michael Phelps' 10 year old 200m butterfly world record at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea; swims 1:50.73, 0.78s faster than Phelps

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1867 Fred Tate, English cricketer (father of Maurice, 1 Test, Eng v Aus 1902), born in Brighton, England (d. 1943)
  • 1880 Kristian Hellström, Swedish athlete, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1946)
  • 1888 Arthur Richardson, Australian cricket batsman (20's), born in Sevenhill, Clare, Australia (d. 1973)
  • 1917 Simon Slåttvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Valnesfjord, Norway (d. 2001)
  • 1917 Jack Moroney, Australian cricketer, born in Macksville, New South Wales (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), born in Marthalen (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Hans Günter Winkler, German equestrian (5 x Olympic gold 1956 [2], 60, 64, 72), born in Barmen, Germany (d. 2018)
  • 1929 Alfred Binns, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (1953-56), born in KIngston, Jamaica (d. 2017)
  • 1931 Éric Tabarly, French Navy officer and yachtsman, born in Nantes, France (d. 1998)
  • 1933 Doug Sanders, American golfer (4 x runner-up in major C'ships; 20 PGA Tour titles), born in Cedartown, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Willie Davis, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Super Bowl 1967, 68; Pro Bowl 1963-67; First-team All-Pro 1962, 64–67; Green Bay Packers), born in Lisbon, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1935 George Varnals, South African cricket batsman (England 1964-65)
  • 1938 John Sparling, NZ cricket all-rounder (11 Tests 1958-64)
  • 1939 Bob Lilly, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1939 Walt Bellamy, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All-Star 1962–65; NBA Rookie of Year 1962; Olympic gold 1960), born in New Bern, North Carolina (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Tony Dunne, Irish soccer left-back (33 caps, Republic of Ireland; Manchester United; Bolton Wanderers; Irish Footballer of the Year 1969), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Lyudmila Bragina, USSR, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1947 M Jacques Fouroux, rugby player
  • 1947 Zaheer Abbas, Pakistani cricketer (probably Pakistan's finest batsman ever), born in Sialkot, Punjab
  • 1953 Steve Grogan, NFL quarterback (New England Patriots)
  • 1954 Philippe Alliot, race driver (grand prix)
  • 1955 Lubov Odinokova, USSR, team handball (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • 1959 Edward Liddie, Union Ga, Judo fighter (Olympic bronze 1984)
  • 1961 Kerry Dixon, English footballer
  • 1962 Kevin Butler, NFL kicker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1963 Julie Krone, Benton Harbor Mich, jockey (1st female to win Belmont-93)
  • 1963 Karl Malone, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Utah Jazz, Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Summeerfield, Louisiana

Person of interestBarry Bonds

1964 Barry Bonds, American baseball left fielder (MLB home-run record [762], 7 x NL MVP), born in Riverside, California

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 1964 Erminia Russo, Kelowna BC, volleyball player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1964 Teri Schroeder, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13-1993), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1965 Andrew Gaze, Australian basketball player (Olympics 1984, 88, 92, 96)
  • 1965 Brian Blades, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1965 Joe Oliver, catcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1966 Martin Keown, English soccer defender (43 caps; Arsenal, Aston Villa), born in Oxford, Oxfordshire
  • 1967 Nick Nurse, American basketball head coach (NBA C'ship 2019, Toronto Raptors; Canadian men's national team), born in Carroll, Iowa
  • 1968 Mark Gunn, NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1969 Chris King, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1969 Rick Fox, NBA guard/forward (LA Lakers, Boston Celtics)
  • 1969 Steve Jennings, field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970 Blaine Bishop, NFL safety (Houston Oilers)
  • 1970 Philip Sykes, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1971 Dino Baggio, Italian footballer
  • 1972 Kaiō Hiroyuki, Japanese sumo wrestler
  • 1975 Gloria Pizzichini, Italian tennis star
  • 1975 Torrie Wilson, American wrestler
  • 1976 Anita Nall, American breaststroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1992)
  • 1976 Chris[tian] Patrick Raymond Ahrens, Whitefish Bay Wis, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976 Scott Logan, Brisbane QLD Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976 Tiago Monteiro, Portuguese Formula One driver
  • 1976 Nate Bump, American baseball player
  • 1977 Arnold Bruggink, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1977 Mehdi Mahdavikia, Iranian football player
  • 1978 Andy Irons, American surfer (ASP World Champion 2002-04), born in Kauai, Hawaii (d. 2010)
  • 1979 Valerio Scassellati, Italian racing driver
  • 1979 Anne-Gaëlle Sidot, French tennis player
  • 1979 José Valverde, American baseball player
  • 1980 Wilfred Bungei, Kenyan middle-distance runner
  • 1982 Thiago Medeiros, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1983 Daniele De Rossi, Italian footballer
  • 1985 Patrice Bergeron, Canadian hockey player
  • 1986 Andrei Lutai, Russian figure skater
  • 1989 Carley Ann McCord, American sports reporter (Cox Sports TV; in-game host New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Saints), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1995 Travell Mazion, American boxer (WBC-NABF super welterweight title 2020), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2020)

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1980 Tennis star Björn Borg (24) weds tennis player Mariana Simionescu (23) in Bucharest, Romania

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Deaths in Sport

Person of interestMatthew Webb

1883 Matthew Webb, English long distance swimmer who was first to swim unassisted across the English Channel, drowns in the Niagara Falls whirlpool at 35

Long Distance Swimmer Matthew Webb
Long Distance Swimmer
Matthew Webb
  • 1966 Tony Lema, American golfer (British Open 1964), dies in a plane crash at 32
  • 1986 Laurie Nash, Australian cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1932-36), dies at 76
  • 1988 Ilona Elek, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold 1936, 48), dies at 81
  • 1991 Freddie Brown, cricketer (English Test captain 1950-51), dies
  • 1994 Wangila Napunyi, welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1988), dies at 26
  • 1996 Jock Wallace, Scottish football player and manager, dies at 60
  • 1997 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), dies of a brain tumour at 63
  • 1997 Frank Parker, American tennis player (4-time Grand Slam singles winner), dies at 81
  • 2000 Anatoli Firsov, Russian ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72; 8 x World C'ship gold), dies at 59
  • 2002 Gus Tinsley, American College Football Hall of Fame end and coach (All-American 1935, 36; coach LSU 1948-55; NFL: Chicago Cardinals), dies at 87
  • 2004 Cotton Fitzsimmons, American basketball coach (NJCAA C'ship 1966, 67; Moberly Area CC; Kansas State; NBA: Phoenix Suns; Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs), dies of lung cancer and stroke at 72
  • 2010 Alex Higgins, Northern Irish snooker player (b. 1949)
  • 2018 Tony Cloninger, American MLB pitcher and coach (2 Grand Slams in one game), dies at 77
  • 2018 John Murray, England cricket wicketkeeper (21 Tests; 55 dismissals), dies at 83
  • 2020 Naazim Richardson, American boxing trainer (Bernard Hopkins, "Sugar" Shane Mosley), dies of stroke complications at 55