On This Day in Sport for July 31

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Events in Sport

  • 1909 Bill Burns pitching for White Sox has 2nd no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th
  • 1910 8th Tour de France won by Octave Lapize of France
  • 1912 RBC soccer team forms in Roosendaal
  • 1928 1st woman to win a track and field olympic gold medal, Halina Konopacka of Poland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1930 Lou Gehrig grand slams as Yanks beat Red Sox 14-13

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1932 27th Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (3-2)
  • 1932 26th Tour de France won by Andre Leducq of France
  • 1934 29th Davis Cup: Great Britain beats USA in Wimbledon (4-1)
  • 1934 St Louis Cards defeat Cincinnati Reds 8-6 in 18 innings, pitchers Dizzy Dean and Tony Freitos go the distant
  • 1936 Tokyo, Japan is awarded the 1940 Olympics (later cancelled)
  • 1938 32nd Tour de France won by Gino Bartali of Italy
  • 1948 American swimmer Wally Ris wins the coveted 100m freestyle gold medal at the London Olympics beating team mate Alan Ford by 0.4 seconds
  • 1948 Harrison Dillard ran an Olympic record 10.3 seconds to beat fellow American Barney Ewell for the 100m gold medal at the London Olympics
  • 1949 Lightning strikes a baseball field in Baker, Florida, killing 2 players
  • 1954 Mil Braves' Joe Adcock sets record of 18 total bases (4 hrs, 1 double)
  • 1961 PGA Championship, Olympia Fields CC: Jerry Barber wins his only major title in a Monday 18-hole playoff with Don January (67-68)

  • 1961 31st All Star Baseball Game: 1-1 tie ends by rain at Fenway, Boston
  • 1962 Statham is Test cricket's leading wkt-taker (229), beating Lindwall
  • 1963 Indians' Woodie Held, Pedro Ramos, Tito Francona, and Larry Brown hit consecutive home runs in one inning (vs California Angels)
  • 1970 37th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Kansas City 24, All Stars 3 (69,940)
  • 1971 Deventer Soccer team Go Ahead Eagles forms
  • 1973 Frank Hayes scores 106 on Test Cricket debut v WI as England lose
  • 1976 East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski beats American Frank Shorter by 50 seconds to win the Olympic Games marathon in 2:09:55 in Montreal

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1978 Pete Rose ties NL record hitting streak at 44

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1980 Rangers snap Orioles pitcher Steve Stone's 14-game winning streak
  • 1981 42 day old, 2nd major league baseball strike ends

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1983 US Open Women's Golf, Cedar Ridge CC: Australian Jan Stephenson wins her 3rd major title; beats JoAnne Carner and Patty Sheehan by 1 stroke

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 1984 US men's gymnastics team win team gold medal at LA Summer Olympics

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987 Oriole Eddie Murray hits his 299th and 300th career home runs

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1988 Miami Dolphins beat SF 49ers 27-21 in London
  • 1988 Willie Stargell became 200th man inducted in Baseball's Hall of Fame

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1990 Nolan Ryan becomes 20th major league pitcher to win 300 games

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1992 Jeff Rouse swims world record/OR 100m backstroke (53.86 sec)
  • 1992 Kieren Perkins swims world 1,500m record (14:43.4) to beat Australian team mate Glen Housman at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992 Tamas Darnyi swims world record/Olympics 200m backstroke (1:59.36)
  • 1992 Yang Wenyi swims world record/OR 50m freestyle (24.79 sec)
  • 1992 Hungarian swimmer Krisztina Egerszegi earns her 3rd gold medal of the Barcelona Olympics winning 200m backstroke for the 100-200 double along with 400m I/M gold

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1993 A's trade Rickey Henderson to Blue Jays

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1994 28th Curtis Cup: Draw, 9-9

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1997 A's trade Mark McGwire to St Louis Cardinals

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire

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2012 Zara Phillips wins silver on her horse High Kingdom in Olympic equestrian eventing final

Daughter of Princess Anne Zara Phillips
Daughter of Princess Anne
Zara Phillips
  • 2016 PGA Championship, Baltusrol GC: American Jimmy Walker wins his first major by 1 shot from defending champion Jason Day of Australia
  • 2016 British Open Women's Golf, Woburn: Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand wins by 3 from Mo Martin & Mirim Lee

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1894 Fred Keenor, Welsh footballer, born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1972)
  • 1902 G O "Gubby" Allen, cricketer (in Sydney England non-bodyline quickie)
  • 1904 Arthur Daley, American sportswriter (NY Times-Pulitzer 1956), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1912 Bill Brown, Australian cricketer (Australian opener of the 30's & 40's), born in Toowoomba, Australia (d. 2008)
  • 1913 Bryan Hextall, Canadian ice hockey player (NHL - NY Rangers), born in Grenfell, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 1984)
  • 1916 Verdun Scott, NZ cricketer and rugby player, born in Devonport, Auckland (d. 1980)
  • 1919 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (ABC), born in Green River, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Hemu Ramchandra Adhikari, Indian cricketer (Indian righty batsman 1947-59), born in Pune, India (d. 2003)
  • 1923 Jimmy Evert, American tennis coach (father of Chris Evert), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1929 José Santamaria, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1931 Nick Bollettieri, American tennis coach, born in Pelham, New York
  • 1936 Vic Davalillo, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Cabimas, Venezuela
  • 1937 Isabelle F Daniels, Jakin Georgia, 4X100m relayer (Olympic bronze 56)
  • 1939 Roger Prideaux, English cricketer (England batsman in 3 Tests 1968-69), born in Chelsea, London
  • 1951 Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Australian tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Barellan, NSW
  • 1953 Jimmy Cook, South African cricketer (South African opening batsman 1992), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1954 Derek Smith, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1956 Bill Callahan, American football coach, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957 Irina Nazariva, USSR, 4 X 400m relay (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1957 Leon Durham, American baseball player, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1958 Mark Cuban, American businessman and basketball team owner (NBA's Dallas Mavericks), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Mike Bielecki, pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1959 Peter Senior, Australian golfer, (British Open 1993 4th, Presidents Cup 1994, 96), born in Singapore, Malaysia
  • 1960 Dale Hunter, Petrolia, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • 1960 lva Budarova, Czechoslovakia tennis star
  • 1961 Chris Hinton, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1962 Kevin Greene, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1962 Sandra "Sweetness" Hodge, basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)
  • 1962 Troy Murray, NHL center (Colorado Avalanche), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1963 Brian Skrudland, Peace River, NHL center (Florida Panthers)
  • 1965 Scott Brooks, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1967 Sean O'Neill, US Olympic table tennis player (Olympic-92), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1967 Tony Massenburg, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1968 Andre Ware, CFL quarterback (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1969 Richard Griffith, NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1970 David Sacco, NHL left wing (Olympics 1994, Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Knut Holmann, Norwegian rower (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1971 Gus Frerotte, NFL quarterback (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Antonio Langham, NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1972 Jason Gildon, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972 Ray McElroy, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1974 Jonathan Ogden, American football player
  • 1975 Sergei Gusev, Nizhny Tagil Russia, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • 1975 Randy Flores, American baseball player
  • 1975 Mike Lincoln, American baseball player
  • 1976 Paulo Wanchope, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1977 Tim Couch, American football player
  • 1978 Justin Wilson, English race car driver
  • 1979 Per Krøldrup, Danish footballer
  • 1979 Carlos Marchena, Spanish footballer and coach, born in Las Cabezas de San Juan, Spain
  • 1979 J. J. Furmaniak, American baseball player
  • 1980 Mils Muliaina, New Zealand and Waikato rugby player, born in Salesi, Samoa
  • 1982 Blessing Mahwire, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Bikita, Masvingo, Zimbabwe
  • 1984 Glenn Holt, American football player
  • 1986 Evgeni Malkin, Russian hockey player
  • 1987 Michael Bradley, American soccer player
  • 1989 Victoria Azarenka, Belarusian tennis player (Australian Open 2012-13), born in Minsk, Belarus

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1999 NHL player Phil Esposito (57) weds Bridget Leigh

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 2004 "Ed" actor Tom Cavanagh (35) weds "Sports Illustrated" photo editor Maureen Grise (33) at a 19th-century, cedar-shingled Roman Catholic church in Nantucket, Massachusetts

Divorces in Sport

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1980 Karolyn Englehardt divorces baseball manager Pete Rose (39) after 16 years of marriage

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Deaths in Sport

  • 1911 Jack Edwards, cricketer (1888 Ashes tourist), dies
  • 1917 Charlie Finlason, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies
  • 1919 R G Barlow, cricketer (591 runs/34 wickets/17 Tests for England), dies
  • 1943 Hedley Verity, cricketer (144 wickets in 40 Tests), dies in POW camp
  • 1952 N B F "Tufty" Mann, cricketer (South African slow lefty 1947-51), dies
  • 1954 Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver (b. 1923)
  • 1961 Jesse Harper, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Notre Dame), dies at 77
  • 1970 Walter Briggs, Jr., American sports executive (b. 1912)
  • 1985 Murray Chapple, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman through the 1950's), dies at 55
  • 1990 Albert Leduc, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • 2006 Paul Eells, American sportscaster (b. 1935)
  • 2009 Sir Bobby Robson, English professional football player and manager (b. 1933)
  • 2018 Tony Bullimore, British yachtsman (1997 solo around-the-world yacht race, dramatic rescue), dies of cancer at 79