On This Day

On This Day in Sport for July 31

Events in Sport

  • 1910 8th Tour de France: Octave Lapize of France wins by just 4 points from Team Alcyon team mate François Faber of Luxembourg
  • 1928 Halina Konopacka of Poland hurls discus world record 39.62m to win first gold medal in women's Olympic athletics at the Amsterdam Games; American Lillian Copeland and Ruth Sveberg of Sweden take minor medals
  • 1928 American sprinter Elizabeth Robinson equals her own world record 12.2s to win 100m gold medal in Amsterdam, first women’s Olympic track event; Canadians Fanny Rosenfeld & Ethel Smith dead-heat (12.3s)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1930 NY Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig drives in 8 runs with a grand slam and 2 doubles in a 14-13 win over the rival Boston Red Sox

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1932 27th International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris: Jean Borotra beats American Wilmer Allison 1-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 to give France unassailable 3-1 lead; ends 3-2
  • 1932 Cleveland Indians christen their new home, Municipal Stadium before more than 76,000 fans; lose opener, 1-0 to the Philadelphia A's
  • 1932 26th Tour de France: French cyclist André Leducq wins after tallying 6 stage victories; his second Tour triumph (1930)
  • 1934 29th International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Fred Perry beats American Frank Shields 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 15-13 to give Great Britain unassailable 3-1 lead; ends 4-1
  • 1936 IOC awards Tokyo, Japan 1940 Summer Olympic Games (later cancelled, Second Sino-Japanese War)
  • 1938 32nd Tour de France: Italian cyclist Gino Bartali wins both general and mountain classifications
  • 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 American sprinter Harrison Dillard runs an Olympic record 10.3s to beat countryman Barney Ewell for the 100m gold medal at the London Olympics
  • 1954 Milwaukee first baseman Joe Adcock becomes only the 3rd player in 20th century to hit 4 HRs in 9-inning game (Lou Gehrig & Gil Hodges); 15-7 Braves' win over Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field; MLB record 18 total bases
  • 1956 England cricket spin bowler Jim Laker takes 10-53 in Australia's 2nd innings, 19-90 for 4th Test at Old Trafford; England win by innings and 170 runs
  • 1961 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: Jerry Barber wins his only major title in a Monday 18-hole playoff with Don January (67-68)
  • 1961 31st MLB All Star Game (2nd), Fenway Park, Boston: First tie in history; called due to rain after 9 innings with the score, 1–1

  • 1962 England fast bowler Brian Statham becomes Test cricket's leading wicket-taker with world-record tally of 237 as Australian wicketkeeper Barry Shepherd is caught by Fred Truman for 10 in drawn 4th Test in Adelaide
  • 1963 Cleveland Indians hit 4 consecutive home runs to beat Angels, 9-5; Woodie Held, Pedro Ramos, Tito Francona and Larry Brown all go deep off Paul Foytack in 6th inning
  • 1970 37th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Kansas City 24, All Stars 3 (69,940)
  • 1971 4-time Eredivisie soccer champions Go Ahead from Dutch city of Deventer add 'Eagles' to famous name
  • 1972 Chicago infielder Dick Allen becomes only 7th player in MLB history to hit 2 inside-the-park home runs in a game; both off Bert Blyleven in 8-1 White Sox win over Minnesota Twins
  • 1973 England cricket batsman Frank Hayes scores unbeaten 106 in Test debut in 1st Test v West Indies at The Oval, London; tourists win by 158 runs
  • 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 Cincinnati infielder Pete Rose singles off Phil Niekro to extend his hitting streak to 44 games as Reds edge Atlanta Braves, 3-2; ties Willie Keeler's 81-year-old NL record

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1981 Mid-season strike by MLB players ends after 42 days causing cancellation of 713 games; players and owners come to an agreement on free agent compensation

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
  • 1983 Brooks Robinson, Juan Marichal, George Kell and Walter Alston inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1984 US men's gymnastics team score emotional upset win over world champion Chinese team in the combined event to take the gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987 Baltimore first baseman Eddie Murray hits his 299th and 300th career home runs to lead Orioles to an 8-4 win over Texas Rangers

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1988 Miami Dolphins beat San Francisco 49ers, 27-21 in the American Bowl at London's Wembley Stadium
  • 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates 1st baseman/left fielder and 7-time All Star Willie Stargell becomes 200th man inducted in Baseball's Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan records his 300th career victory, an 11-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers; 20th MLB pitcher to reach the milestone

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1992 Three world record swims on final night session at the Barcelona Olympics; Australian Kieren Perkins 1,500m (14:43.4); Tamás Darnyi of Hungary 200m backstroke (1:59.36); China's Yang Wenyi women's 50m freestyle (24.79)
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Toronto Blue Jays obtain future Baseball Hall of Fame OF Rickey Henderson from Oakland in exchange for minor leaguers Steve Karsay and Jose Herrera

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1994 28th Curtis Cup Women's Golf, The Honors Course: US and GB & Ireland draw, 9-9

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1997 A's first baseman Mark McGwire becomes MLB's top home run hitter to be traded in the middle of a season when he moves from Oakland to St. Louis Cardinals (34 home runs and 81 RBI)

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1997 College Football's all-time winningest coach Eddie Robinson and his Grambling State University program are placed on 2-years' probation for rules violations, including recruiting and academic eligibility
  • 2005 US Senior Open Men's Golf, NCR CC: Allen Doyle wins by 1 stroke ahead of Loren Roberts and D. A. Weibring for his 3rd Champions Tour major title
  • 2005 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Jeong Jang of South Korea leads wire-to-wire to win her first LPGA event and lone major title, 4 strokes ahead of Sophie Gustafson
  • 2007 Boston Celtics obtain former MVP and 10-time All-Star Kevin Garnett in a 7-for-1 deal with Minnesota Timberwolves; then the NBA's biggest ever trade for one player
  • 2011 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Inverness Club: Olin Browne wins by 3 strokes ahead of Mark O'Meara; 5th player in history to win on Nationwide Tour, PGA Tour and Champions Tour
  • 2011 British Open Women's Golf, Carnoustie GL: Yani Tseng of Taiwan becomes first to successfully defend the Open as a major championship, 4 strokes ahead of Brittany Lang

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2012 Germany wins London Olympic equestrian eventing final; daughter of Princess Anne, Zara Phillips part of GB silver medal winning team

Daughter of Princess Anne Zara Phillips
Daughter of Princess Anne
Zara Phillips

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2012 Michael Phelps becomes the greatest medal winner in Olympic history as part of the winning American 4 x 200m freestyle relay team in London; Phelps' 19th career Olympic medal and 15th overall gold

  • 2016 PGA Championship Men's Golf, 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
  • 2017 England cricket spin bowler Moeen Ali takes a hat-trick in 239 run 3rd Test win over South Africa; 100th Test match played at The Oval, London

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1886 Larry Doyle, American baseball second baseman (NL MVP 1912, NL batting champion 1915; NY Giants), born in Caseyville, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1894 Fred Keenor, Welsh footballer, born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1972)
  • 1902 Sir G O "Gubby" Allen, English cricket all-rounder (25 Tests; refused to bowl 'Bodyline' tactics 1932), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1989)
  • 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 Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (NY Rangers; 3-time 1st team NHL All Star), born in Grenfell, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 1984)
  • 1914 Elmer Riddle, American baseball pitcher (NL wins leader 1943; Cincinnati Reds), born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1984)
  • 1916 Verdun Scott, New Zealand cricket batsman, rugby league utility back (10 Tests; 1 cap), born in Devonport, Auckland (d. 1980)
  • 1916 Billy Hitchcock, American baseball infielder, manager, official (Detroit Tigers; president Double-A Southern League 1971–80), born in Inverness, Alabama(d. 2006)
  • 1916 Louise Smith, American auto racer (tied for 2nd woman to race in top level NASCAR), born in Barnesville, Georgia (d. 2006)
  • 1916 Ignacio Trelles, Mexican soccer midfielder (Mexican Primera División: 1935, 37, 38; Club Necaxa) and coach (Mexico 1960-69), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • 1919 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (ABC), born in Green River, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Hemu Adhikari, Indian cricket batsman (21 Tests; HS 114 1st Test v WI 1948), born in Pune, Maharashtra (d. 2003)
  • 1922 Hank Bauer, American baseball infielder, manager (8-time World Series champion; NY Yankees, Baltimore Orioles), born in East St. Louis, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Jimmy Evert, American tennis coach (father of Chris Evert), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1929 José Santamaría, Uruguayan soccer defender (Uruguay 20, Spain 16 caps; Real Madrid), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1931 Nick Bollettieri, American tennis coach (Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles), born in Pelham, New York
  • 1931 Bill Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Arizona Cardinals 1962-2019), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 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
  • 1939 Vic Davalillo, Venezuelan baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1965; Gold Glove 1964), born in Cabimas, Venezuela
  • 1939 Norm Snead, American NFL quarterback (4-time Pro Bowl; Philadelphia Eagles), born in Halifax County, Virginia
  • 1941 Gerry Philbin, American NFL defensive end (All-time All-AFL Team; NY Jets), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • 1947 John Vukovich, American baseball infielder, manager (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2007)
  • 1951 Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Australian tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Barellan, NSW
  • 1952 Alan Autry, American NFLer (Green Bay Packers), actor (In the Heat of the Night) and politician (23rd Mayor of Fresno), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1952 Helmuts Balderis, Latvian International Hockey Hall of Fame right wing, coach (Latvia, Soviet Union, Minnesota North Stars), born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1953 Jimmy Cook, South African cricket opening batsman (3 Tests), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal
  • 1954 Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984), born in Inglewood, California (d. 1986)
  • 1954 Derek Smith, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1956 Bill Callahan, American football coach, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1956 Bill Callahan, American College, NFL coach (Nebraska; Oakland Raiders), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957 Irina Nazariva, USSR, 4 X 400m relay (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1957 Leon Durham, American baseball 1st baseman, outfielder (Chicago Cubs; MLB All Star 1982-83, 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, Canadian NHL center, coach, owner (Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals, London Knights [OHL]) born in Petrolia, Ontario
  • 1960 lva Budarova, Czechoslovakia tennis star
  • 1961 Chris Hinton, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1962 Kevin Greene, American Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, NFL coach (5-time Pro Bowl), born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1962 Sandra "Sweetness" Hodge, basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)
  • 1962 Troy Murray, Canadian NHL center, broadcaster (Chicago Black Hawks), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1963 Brian Skrudland, Canadian NHL center (fastest goal in playoff OT-0:09 seconds Game 2 1986), born in Peace River, Alberta
  • 1965 Scott Brooks, American basketball guard, coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2010, OKC Thunder; Washington Wizards 2016-19), born in French Camp, California
  • 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, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1989, U of Houston; Detroit Lions; Toronto Argonauts), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 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, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1996, Washington Redskins), born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Jason Gildon, American NFL linebacker (3-time Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Altus, Oklahoma
  • 1972 Chris Weinke, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2000, Florida State; Carolina Panthers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1973 Andy MacDonald, American skateboarder (8-time X Games Vert & Vert Doubles champion), born in Melrose, Massachusetts
  • 1974 Jonathan Ogden, American College, Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle (11-time Pro Bowl; Baltimore Ravens), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1975 Sergei Gusev, Nizhny Tagil Russia, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • 1975 Randy Flores, American baseball pitcher (World Series 2006, St. Louis Cardinals), executive (American director scouting SL Cardinals) and broadcaster (Pac-12 Network), born in Bellflower, California
  • 1975 Mike Lincoln, American baseball player
  • 1975 Andrew Hall, South African cricket batsman (21 Tests; HS 163 v India 1st Test 2004), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal
  • 1976 Paulo Wanchope, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1976 Marty Booker, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 2002, Chicago Bears), born in Jonesboro, Louisiana
  • 1977 Tim Couch, American NFL quarterback (#1 overall draft pick 1999, Cleveland Browns), born in Hyden, Kentucky
  • 1978 Justin Wilson, English auto racer (International Formula 3000 C'ship; Champ Car Series 4 wins), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire (d. 2015)
  • 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
  • 1982 DeMarcus Ware, American NFL outside linebacker and defensive end (9 x Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), born in Auburn, Alabama
  • 1984 Glenn Holt, American football player
  • 1986 Evgeni Malkin, Russian NHL center (World C'ship gold 2012, 14; Pittsburg Penguins), born in Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk Oblast
  • 1987 Michael Bradley, American soccer defender (USA 150 caps; Borussia Mönchengladbach), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • 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 Dick Barlow, English cricketer (591 runs/34 wickets/17 Tests for England), dies at 68
  • 1927 Walter Travis, Australian-American golfer, writer, course designer (US Amateur C'ship 1900-01, 03; British Amateur 1904), dies at 65
  • 1943 Hedley Verity, English cricket spin bowler (40 Tests, 144 wickets @ 24.37), dies in POW camp in Italy at 38
  • 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 57–17–7), dies at 77
  • 1970 Walter Briggs Jr, American sports executive (owner Detroit Tigers 1952-56), dies at 58
  • 1970 Jimmy Conzelman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach, team owner (Chicago Cardinals), dies at 72
  • 1972 Rollie Hemsley, American baseball catcher (5-time MLB All Star), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 1985 Murray Chapple, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman through the 1950's), dies at 55
  • 1990 Albert Leduc, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 87
  • 2006 Paul Eells, American sportscaster ("Voice of the Razorbacks"), dies at 70
  • 2009 Sir Bobby Robson, English soccer forward, coach (20 caps; England manager 1982-90), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • 2015 Billy Pierce, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star x 7; World Series 1945; AL wins leader 1957; MLB ERA leader 1955; AL strikeout leader; 1953; Chicago WS), dies from gallbladder cancer at 88
  • 2018 Tony Bullimore, British yachtsman (1997 solo around-the-world yacht race, dramatic rescue), dies of cancer at 79