On This Day in Sport for July 4

Events in Sport


Sport awardTennis Open

1900 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Blanche Bingley beats rival and fellow Briton Charlotte Cooper 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • 1900 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: R.F. Doherty beats Sydney Smith 6-8, 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 for his 4th of 8 Wimbledon singles titles

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1905 Baseball Hall of Fame pitchers Rube Waddell (A's) and Cy Young (Boston) matchup in 20-inning classic, A's win 4-2

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1907 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires of Australia in round 1 in Colma, California, his 6th title defence

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1908 New York Giants pitcher George "Hooks" Wiltse no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0 in 10 inn

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1910 "Fight of the Century": Jack Johnson beats James J. Jeffries by TKO in 15 in Reno, Nevada to retain his world heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1911 Chicago White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh halts Ty Cobb's 40-game hitting streak as Cobb goes 0 for 4

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1912 Jack Johnson beats "Fireman" Jim Flynn by disqualification in 9 in Las Vegas to retain world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1913 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: New Zealander Anthony Wilding wins 4th straight Wimbledon title beating American Maurice McLoughlin 8-6, 6-3, 10-8
  • 1913 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: In an all-British final Dorothea Chambers beats Winifred McNair 6-0, 6-4
  • 1914 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dorothea Chambers wins her 7th and last Wimbledon singles title beating Ethel Larcombe 7-5, 6-4
  • 1914 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Australian Norman Brookes beats 4-time defending champion Anthony Wilding of New Zealand 6-4, 6-4, 7-5

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1919 Jack Dempsey beats champion Jess Willard, retired in 3rd round in Toledo, Ohio for world heavyweight championship

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1923 Jack Dempsey beats Tommy Gibbons on points over 15 hard fought rounds in Shelby, Montana to retain world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1925 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen of France takes her 6th Wimbledon singles title with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Briton Joan Fry
  • 1925 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-French final Rene Lacoste beats Jean Borotra 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 8-6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1932 Australian cricket batsman Don Bradman scores 260, a North American record, v Western Ontario in Guelph

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1938 Phillies complete move to Shribe Park in Philadelphia, lose 10-5 to Boston Bees
  • 1939 Red Sox 3rd baseman Jim Tabor hits record-tying 2 grand slams in one MLB game, 18-12 win v Phillies

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 Lou Gehrig is first MLB player to have his number (4) retired on his "Appreciation Day" at Yankee Stadium, makes iconic "luckiest man" speech

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1947 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jack Kramer wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating fellow American Tom Brown 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
  • 1947 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Margaret Osborne beats Doris Hart 6-2, 6-4 for her only Wimbledon singles title
  • 1947 British Open Golf, Royal Liverpool: Irishman Fred Daly wins his only Open, 1 stroke ahead of Reg Horne and Frank Stranahan
  • 1950 Boston Braves slugger Sid Gordon ties MLB season grand slam record (4) with a bases loaded hit vs Phillies
  • 1952 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Australian Frank Sedgman wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating Czech Jaroslav Drobný 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
  • 1952 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Louise Brough 7-5, 6-3 for the first of 3 straight Wimbledon crowns
  • 1954 FIFA World Cup Final: Helmut Rahn scores twice as West Germany beats Hungary 3-2 in Bern, Switzerland

Sport awardTennis Open

1958 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Ashley Cooper wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating Neale Fraser 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 13-11

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • 1958 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Althea Gibson beats Angela Mortimer 8-6, 6-2 to successfully defend her title

Sport awardGolf Major

1960 LPGA Championship, Sheraton Hotel CC: Mickey Wright wins by 3 from Louise Suggs

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1960 Yankees outfielder Mickey Mantle hits 3-run homer vs Washington, 18th MLB player to hit 300 HRs

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1965 US Open Women's Golf, Atlantic City CC: Carol Mann wins by 2 shots from fellow American Kathy Cornelius

Sport awardTennis Open

1969 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Home favourite Ann Jones upsets 3-time defending champion Billie Jean King 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

Sport awardTennis Open

1970 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian thriller, John Newcombe beats Ken Rosewall 5,7 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • 1975 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King outclasses Evonne Goolagong 6-0, 6-1 for her 6th Wimbledon singles title
  • 1977 Red Sox end 9-game losing streak by smashing a MLB-record 8 HRs in a 9-6 win vs Toronto at Fenway Park

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1980 Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) fans Reds' Cesar Geronimo to become 4th pitcher to 3,000 MLB strikeouts

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Sport awardTennis Open

1981 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe ends Björn Borg's streak of 5 straight Wimbledon titles with a 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 win

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), St George's CC: Sandra Haynie wins by 1 shot from Beth Daniel

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel

Sport awardTennis Open

1982 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-American classic, Jimmy Connors beats John McEnroe 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 for his second and final Wimbledon title

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 New York pitcher Dave Righetti no-hits the Boston Red Sox, 4-0 at Yankee Stadium

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti
  • 1984 New York Yankees pitcher Phil Niekro strikes out Larry Parish (Texas Rangers) to become the 9th player to reach the 3,000 MLB strikeout milestone
  • 1986 England cricket captain Mike Gatting smashes 183 not out in the drawn 3rd Test vs India at Birmingham

Sport awardTennis Open

1987 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova earns 8th Wimbledon singles title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Steffi Graf

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

Sport awardTennis Open

1988 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg of Sweden wins his first of 2 Wimbledon singles titles beating Boris Becker 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • 1988 After a poor start to the season Kansas City Royals release Dan Quisenberry (record 5-time AL saves leader)

Sport awardTennis Open

1992 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf wins her 4th of 7 Wimbledon singles titles outclassing Monica Seles 6-2, 6-1

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles

Sport awardTennis Open

1993 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats fellow American Jim Courier 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 for his first of 7 Wimbledon titles

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • 1994 FIFA World Cup: A Bebeto strike saves Brazil from embarrassment, beat USA 1-0 at Stanford
  • 1995 Birmingham Barracudas (based in Alabama) play 1st CFL game beating Winnipeg 38-10 but failed experiment only lasts one season

Sport awardTennis Open

1998 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Czech Jana Novotná beats Nathalie Tauziat of France 6-4, 7-6 for her first and only Grand Slam singles title

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
  • 1999 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 for his third straight Wimbledon title
  • 1999 South Korean defending champion Se-ri Pak wins the most crowded playoff in LPGA history (6) in the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic
  • 2000 American jockey Russell Baze scores his 7,000th career victory aboard This Is the Moment at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, California
  • 2001 In a world record fee for a soccer goalkeeper, Juventus signed Parma's Gianluigi Buffon in a £32.5m deal including midfielder Jonathan Bachini

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 LA Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant is arrested in Eagle, Colorado for sexual assault, charges eventually dismissed

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant

Sport awardTennis Open

2004 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins the second of 5 straight Wimbledon singles titles beating Andy Roddick 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-4

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • 2004 UEFA European Championship Final: In a huge upset Greece beats host nation Portugal 1-0 in Lisbon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 Sri Lanka sets new ODI cricket record score 443-9 in a World Cup win over Netherlands in Amstelveen (Jayasuriya 157, Dilshan 117no)

Sport awardTennis Open

2009 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats older sister Venus 7-6, 6-2 for her 3rd Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

2010 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Spaniard Rafael Nadal beats Tomáš Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 for his second Wimbledon title

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 2015 20th Super Rugby Final: Otago Highlanders beat Wellington Hurricanes 21-14 in Wellington for their first title
  • 2015 Chile wins football's Copa América for the first time beating Argentina 4-1 on penalties, 0-0 a.e.t. in Santiago

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1880 George Mullin, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers-no-hitter on 7/4/1912), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1944)
  • 1894 Henry Carlson, basketball coach (originated figure 8 play)
  • 1895 Walderman Marx, cricketer (S Af, 240 on FC debut (then world record))
  • 1910 Champion Jack [William Thomas] Dupree, American boxer and pianist, born in Irish Channel, New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1992)
  • 1918 Alec Bedser, English cricketer (mighty post-war England medium-pacer), born in Reading, Berkshire, England (d. 2010)
  • 1918 Eric Bedser, English cricketer (bro of Alec, Surrey bowler but not England), born in Reading, Berkshire, England (d. 2006)
  • 1918 Johnnie Parsons, American race car driver (won the Indianapolis 500 in 1950) (d. 1984)
  • 1920 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee, born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Ghulam Ahmed, Indian cricketer (off-spinner in 22 Tests for India in 1950's), born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India (d. 1998)
  • 1926 Alfredo Di Stéfano, Argentine-Spanish footballer and coach, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2014)

Person of interestAl Davis

1929 Al Davis, American businessman and NFL team owner (Oakland Raiders), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2011)

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • 1929 Bill Tuttle, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Cramer, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Chuck Tanner, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)

Person of interestGeorge Steinbrenner

1930 George Steinbrenner, American businessman and owner of the NY Yankees, born in Rocky River, Ohio (d. 2010)

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • 1930 Yury Tyukalov, Soviet rower (Olympic 1952,56 Gold), born in Leningrad, Russia (d. 2018)
  • 1931 Peter Richardson, British cricketer (England batsman mid-50's), born in Hereford, England (d. 2017)
  • 1931 Rick Casares, NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Aurèle Vandendriessche, Belgian marathon runner, born in Anzegem, Belgium
  • 1938 Cyril Mitchley, South African cricket wicket-keeper (Transvaal, later Test umpire), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1940 Walter Greenman, horse trainer
  • 1942 Hal Lanier, American baseball player (San Francisco Giants), born in Denton, North Carolina
  • 1943 Emerson Boozer, College Hall of Fame and NFL running back (NY Jets 1966-75), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1947 Morganna Roberts, Baseball's kissing bandit, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1948 Ed Armbrister, baseball player, born in Nassau, Bahamas
  • 1948 René Arnoux, French formula-1 racer (6th place-1980), born in Pontcharra, Isère, France
  • 1954 Jim Beattie, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1961 Connie Paraskevin-Young, American sprint cyclist (Olymp-br-88, 92, 96), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1962 Pam Shriver, American tennis star (1991 US Open doubles/Olympic gold 1988), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1962 Roland Ratzenberger, Austrian race car driver, born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1994)

Person of interestHenri Leconte

1963 Henri Leconte, French tennis player (French open finalist 1988), born in Lillers, France

Tennis Player Henri Leconte
Tennis Player
Henri Leconte
  • 1963 José Oquendo, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1964 Kevin Sutherland, American professional golfer, born in Sacramento, California
  • 1964 Cle Kooiman, American soccer player, born in Ontario, California
  • 1965 Eva Dahllöf, Swedish golfer (1995 McCall's Classic-18th), born in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
  • 1965 Harvey Grant, American NBA forward (Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Wizards), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1965 John Frawley, Australian tennis star, born in Redcliffe, Australia
  • 1965 Shelley Oates, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1965 Suzanne Peta Strudwick, Knutsford England, golfer (1995 British Open-7th)
  • 1966 Adrian Caldwell, NBA forward/center (Indiana Pacers)
  • 1967 Vinny Castilla, infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 1968 Derek Kevin Loville, NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968 Mark Lenzi, American 3m spring diver (Olympic gold 1992), born in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1969 David Wittman 1.5k runner, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1969 Tim Jackson, Australian 100m/200m (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Andrei Cherkasov, USSR, tennis star
  • 1970 Louise Van Voorhis, 470 sailor (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1970 Tony Vidmar, Australian former footballer
  • 1971 Steve Rucchin, Thunder Bay, NHL center (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1971 Brendan Donnelly, American baseball player
  • 1972 Steve Giles, St Stephens New Brunswick, canoeist (Olympics-6-92, 96)
  • 1973 Justin Ring, CFL linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1973 Keiko Ihara, Japanese racing driver
  • 1973 Michael Johnson, English-born Jamaican footballer
  • 1973 Jan Magnussen, Danish racing driver
  • 1974 La'Roi Glover, American football player, born in San Diego, California
  • 1975 Reinhard Davis, hockey goaltender (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1976 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (d. 2003)
  • 1978 Tatyana Jecmenica, Novi Sad Yugo, tennis star (1995 Futures-Novi Sad)
  • 1978 Emile Mpenza, Belgian footballer
  • 1981 Francisco Cruceta, Dominican baseball player
  • 1986 Terrance Knighton, American NFL Player, born in Hartford, Connecticut

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1999 Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star player David Beckham (24) weds Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham (25) at the 560-acre Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin, Ireland

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
  • 2012 NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (34) weds "Basketball Wives" TV personality Evelyn Lozada in Saint Martin

HeartWedding of Interest

2015 Music legend Billy Joel (66) weds equestrian Alexis Roderick (33) in Long Island

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel

Deaths in Sport

  • 1971 Joe Cox, South African cricketer (4 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa), dies at 85
  • 1973 Leonid Stein, Russian chess player, dies at about 39
  • 1979 Lee Wai Tong, Chinese footballer (b. 1905)
  • 1995 Richard "Pancho" Gonzalez, tennis great, dies of stomach cancer at 67
  • 2001 Keenan Milton, Professional Skater (b. 1974)
  • 2005 Hank Stram, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (KC Chiefs Super Bowl 1970), dies of diabetes complications at 82
  • 2008 Terrence Kiel, American Football Player (b. 1980)
  • 2009 Steve McNair, American NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Titans), dies of gunshot woulds at 36
  • 2012 Jimmy Bivins [James], American Hall of Fame boxer, dies from pneumonia at 92