On This Day in Sport for July 26

Events in Sport

  • 1914 12th Tour de France won by Philippe Thys of Belgium
  • 1928 Gene Tunney TKOs Tom Heeney in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1931 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Midlothian CC: June Beebe beats Mrs. Melvin Jones, 3 & 2 for golf's only major title
  • 1931 26th Davis Cup: France beats Great Britain in Paris (3-2)
  • 1931 25th Tour de France won by Antonin Magne of France

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1933 Joe DiMaggio ends 61 game hitting streak in Pacific Coast League

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1939 Yankee catcher Bill Dickey hits 3 consecutive HRs
  • 1947 46th Men's French Championships: Jozsef Asboth beats Eric Sturgess (8-6, 7-5, 6-4)
  • 1947 46th Women's French Championships: Patricia Todd beats Doris Hart (6-3, 3-6, 6-4)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 "Babe Ruth Story" premieres, Babe Ruth's last public appearance

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 Leo Durocher returns to Ebbets Field as a NY Giant

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1950 Dodgers' Jim Russell is 1st to switch-hits HRs twice in a game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 Mickey Mantle hits his 1st grand-slammer

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1953 Tour de France: Louison Bobet of France wins first of 3 consecutive Tour general classification events
  • 1955 37th PGA Championship: Doug Ford at Meadowbrook CC Detroit
  • 1955 Last day as Test Cricket umpire for Frank Chester

  • 1957 Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 200
  • 1962 Milwaukee Brave Warren Spahn sets HR record of 31 by a pitcher

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1970 Cincinnati Reds Johnny Bench hits 3 consecutive HRs off Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1981 US Open Women's Golf, La Grange CC: Pat Bradley shoots final round 66 (−6) to finish 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Beth Daniel; second of Bradley's 6 major titles

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Expos Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with his 3,052nd single

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1984 Kuhn announces pitcher Vida Blue is suspended for the rest of 1984 due to cocaine conviction
  • 1987 Catfish Hunter Billy Williams and Ray Dandridge inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1987 74th Tour de France won by Stephen Roche of Ireland

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1988 Mike Schmidt sets NL record appearing in 2,155 games at 3rd base, as Phillies & NY Mets end that game at 2:13 AM

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1990 US beats Soviet Union 17-0 in baseball at Goodwill Games
  • 1991 CFL assumes ownership of Ottawa Rough Riders
  • 1991 Expo's Mark Gardner no hits Dodgers for 9 innings, but loses in 10th

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1992 US Open Women's Golf, Oakmont CC: Patty Sheehan wins an 18-hole Monday playoff over runner-up Juli Inkster, 72 to 74

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1992 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter for 23rd consecutive seasons

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1992 Tour de France: Miguel Induráin of Spain defends his title by 4' 35" from Italian Claudio Chiappucci; Laurent Jalabert points winner
  • 1998 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Riviera CC: Hale Irwin wins by 1 stroke ahead of Vicente Fernández of Argentina
  • 2009 96th Tour de France won by Alberto Contador of Spain
  • 2015 102nd Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain

Sport awardGolf Tournament

2015 British Open Senior Men's Golf, Sunningdale: American Marco Dawson wins by 1 shot from Bernhard Langer of Germany

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1858 Tommy Garrett, Australian cricketer (original Australian Test player), born in Wollongong, Australia (d. 1943)
  • 1881 James Cecil Parke, Irish tennis, rugby player (Australasian C'ship 1912, Ireland rugby 20 caps), born in Clones, Ireland (d. 1946)
  • 1892 Sam Jones, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Woodsfield, Ohio (d. 1966)
  • 1896 Henry Birkin, British racing driver (Bentley Boys), born in Nottingham (d. 1933)
  • 1907 István Pelle, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold 1932), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1986)
  • 1913 Louis Salica, American flyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1914 Ellis Kinder, American baseball player, born in Atkins, Arkansas (d. 1968)
  • 1917 Bertil Nordahl, Swedish soccer player (Olympic gold 1948), born in Hörnefors, Sweden (d. 1998)
  • 1917 Richard Burnell, British rower (Olympic gold 1948), born in Henley-on-Thames, England (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Bob Waterfield, American NFL quarterback (Rams), born in Elmira, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1922 Hoyt Wilhelm [James], American Major League Baseball player and knuckleball pitcher (New York Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers), born in Huntersville, North Carolina (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Gulabrai Ramchand, Indian cricketer (valuable all-rounder in 33 Tests for India), born in Karachi, Sind, British India (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Don Beauman, British Formula One racing driver, born in Farnborough, Hampshire, England (d. 1955)
  • 1931 Takashi Ono, Japanese gymnast (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, Japan
  • 1940 Michael Slive, American college sports executive (Commissioner SEC), born in Utica, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1942 Teddy Pilette, Belgian racing driver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1944 Micki J King, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1972), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1948 Allen Doyle, American golfer (4 PGA Seniors major titles; US Senior Open 2005-06), born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island
  • 1948 Norair Nurikian, Armenian-Bulgarian bantam weightlifter (Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Sliven, Bulgaria
  • 1950 Nelinho [Manoel Rezende de Mattos Cabral], Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1950 Rich Vogler, American race car driver, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1951 Bobby Wadkins, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 2006), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1952 Lyudmila Maslakova, Soviet relay runner (Olympic silver 1980), born in Astrakhan
  • 1954 Vitas Gerulaitis, Lithuanian/American tennis player (Australian Open 1977), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1956 Dorothy Hamill, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1976), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957 Jeff Blatnick, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2012)

Person of interestWayne Grady

1957 Wayne Grady, Australian golfer (PGA C'ship 1990), born in Brisbane, Queensland

Golfer and PGA Champion Wayne Grady
Golfer and PGA Champion
Wayne Grady
  • 1958 Ramona Neubert, German long jumper and pentathlete (Olympic 4th 80), born in Pirna, Germany
  • 1960 LaTaunya Pollard, American baseball player (Olympics 1980, 84), born in East Chiacgo, Indiana
  • 1960 Mitch Kahn, American kayak athlete (alt-Olympics 1996), born in San Clemente, California
  • 1961 Yolanda Chen, Russian triple jumper (indoor record), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1961 Dimitris Saravakos, Greek footballer (Panathinaikos F.C), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1962 Jody Reed, American infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1963 Marianne Berglund, Swedish cyclist (1983 Ruffles Tour of Texas), born in Skellefteå, Sweden
  • 1968 Mike Mohler, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1969 Greg Colbrunn, American MLB infielder (Florida Marlins), born in Fontana, California
  • 1969 Jonty Rhodes, South African cricket batsman (brilliant fielder), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • 1969 Marc Boutte, American NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1970 Kenny Wilhite, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1970 Phil Alley, Australian cricketer (NSW left-arm pace bowler), born in Orange, New South Wales
  • 1971 Neus Ávila, Spanish tennis star (Futures-Valencia-ESP 1995), born in Spain
  • 1971 Reggie Carthon, American CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Khaled Mahmud, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 1972 Ryan Christopherson, American NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • 1972 Sean Graham, CFL slot back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Richmond, British Columbia
  • 1972 Tydus Winans, American NFL and CFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins, Roughriders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1973 Jean-François Bergeron, Canadian boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec
  • 1973 Peter Heijstek, Dutch soccer player (DFC/Dordrecht '90)
  • 1974 Bubba Wells, American NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks), born in Russellville, Kentucky
  • 1974 Dean Sturridge, English football striker, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1975 Joe Smith, American NBA forward (Golden State Warriors), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1977 Martin Laursen, Danish footballer (A.C. Milan), born in Fårvang, Denmark
  • 1979 Peter Sarno, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1979 Erik Westrum, American ice hockey player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1983 Delonte West, American basketball player, born in Washington D.C.
  • 1984 Kyriakos Ioannou, Cypriot high jumper, born in Limassol, Cyprus
  • 1985 Gaël Clichy, French footballer (İstanbul Başakşehir), born in Toulouse, France

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1967 Cricketer Richie Benaud (35) weds second wife Daphne Surfleet in London

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • 2012 NBA guard Rafer Alston (36) weds "Basketball Wives" star Ashley Walker at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

Deaths in Sport

  • 1925 Antonio Ascari, Italian racing driver (b. 1888)
  • 1948 Charles Mills, South African cricketer (Test v England 1891-92), dies
  • 1964 Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and auto racer (1931 Le Mans), dies at 80
  • 1973 Mike Burke, President (NY Yankees)/dir (Madison Sq Garden), dies
  • 2005 Gilles Marotte, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1945)
  • 2007 Skip Prosser, American basketball coach (b. 1950)