On This Day in Sport for July 6

Events in Sport

  • 1887 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod becomes youngest ever Wimbledon champion (15 years, 285 days); defending champion beats Blanche Bingley 6-2, 6-0
  • 1889 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Blanche Bingley-Hillyard beats Lena Rice 4-6, 8-6, 6-4
  • 1907 Tom Reece takes 5 weeks to compile the highest recorded billiards break in a match (499,135) in London, his 'cradle' cannon method is soon banned
  • 1912 V Summer (Modern) Olympic Games officially open Stockholm, Sweden; events conducted prior to the ceremony dating back to 5 May
  • 1920 New York Yankees score MLB record 14 runs in 5th inning of a 17-0 rout of Washington Senators
  • 1923 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen of France beats Kitty McKane 6-2, 6-2 for her 5th straight Wimbledon singles title
  • 1928 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-French final René Lacoste beats defending champion Henri Cochet 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
  • 1929 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Henri Cochet beats fellow Frenchman Jean Borotra 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 for his 2nd Wimbledon singles crown
  • 1929 St. Louis Cardinals set MLB run record with 28 runs on 28 hits (28-6 v Phillies)
  • 1931 US Open Golf, Inverness Club, Ohio: Billy Burke wins by 1 stroke from George Von Elm in a second 36-hole playoff; longest playoff in tournament history
  • 1932 Cubs' future All Star shortstop Billy Jurges is shot twice in Chicago hotel room by a spurned girlfriend, Violet Popovich Valli; no charges laid

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1933 1st MLB All Star Game: AL wins 4-2 at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Babe Ruth hits first All Star home run

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934 American doubles specialist Elizabeth Ryan wins her 12th Wimbledon doubles title as she and Simone Mathieu of France defend their crown 6-3, 6-3 vs Dorothy Andrus & Sylvie Henrotin

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • 1934 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Home favourite Fred Perry beats Australian Jack Crawford 6-3, 6-0, 7-5 for the first of 3 straight Wimbledon titles

Sport awardTennis Open

1935 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Wills Moody wins her 7th of 8 Wimbledon singles titles beating Helen Jacobs 6-3, 3-6, 7-5

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • 1938 6th MLB All Star Game: NL wins 4-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati on 4 AL errors

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 New York Yankees team unveils a monument to former captain Lou Gehrig in center field at Yankee Stadium; the future Hall of Famer died the previous month

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1942 10th MLB All Star Game: AL wins 3-1 at Polo Grounds, New York, AL runs are homers
  • 1946 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: In an all-American matchup Pauline Betz beats Louise Brough 6-2, 6-4 for her only Wimbledon crown
  • 1949 Cincinnati Reds catcher Walker Cooper goes 6 for 7, (3 HRs, 3 singles, 5 runs scored, 10 RBI) in 23-4 win v Cubs
  • 1951 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Dick Savitt wins his only Wimbledon title beating Ken McGregor of Australia 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
  • 1951 British Open Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Englishman Max Faulkner wins by 2 strokes from Antonio Cerdá of Argentina

Sport awardTennis Open

1956 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian matchup Lew Hoad wins his first of 2 Wimbledon singles crowns beating Ken Rosewall 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • 1956 British Open Golf, Royal Liverpool: Australian Peter Thomson wins by 3 shots from Flory Van Donck of Belgium for his 3rd consecutive Open victory
  • 1956 MLB Commissioner Ford Frick inaugurates Cy Young Award, to honour baseball's outstanding pitcher of the season
  • 1956 Cleveland outfielder Jim Busby hits a second grand slam on consecutive days during Indians 4-2 win v Kansas City A's

Sport awardTennis Open

1957 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Althea Gibson becomes the first black female athlete to win Wimbledon beating Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1959 LPGA Championship, Sheraton Hotel CC: Betsy Rawls wins her second title in the event by 1 stroke from Patty Berg

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Sport awardTennis Open

1962 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats fellow Australian Martin Mulligan 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 for the 3rd leg of his first Grand Slam

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1962 NY Yankees 'M&M boys' Roger Maris & Mickey Mantle hit 2 HRs each in 7-5 win v Twins, Mantle his 4th consecutive homer

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Sport awardTennis Open

1968 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Judy Tegart 9-7, 7-5 to earn first ever prize money (£750) offered at Wimbledon

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

Sport awardTennis Open

1974 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jimmy Connors wins his first of 2 Wimbledon singles titles beating Ken Rosewall of Australia 6-1, 6-1, 6-4

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • 1975 Art Wall Jr. at 51 years, 7 months, 10 days becomes the second oldest to win a PGA Tour event, beating Gary McCord by 1 at the Greater Milwaukee Open (oldest Sam Snead)

Sport awardTennis Open

1979 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova successfully defends her title beating Chris Evert Lloyd 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1980 Phillies starter Steve Carlton fans 7 Cardinals to reach 2,836 strikeouts, the most by a left-handed pitcher in MLB history
  • 1983 50th MLB All Star Game, Comiskey Park, Chicago: Angels outfielder Fred Lynn hits first AS grand slam, AL wins 13-3
  • 1984 New Zealand sisters Liz and Rose Signal become the first twins to play in the same cricket Test match, v England at Headingley
  • 1985 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for her 6th Wimbledon singles title
  • 1985 Mom's Command wins the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont to clinch American thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies

Sport awardTennis Open

1986 100th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Germany's Boris Becker successfully defends his title beating Ivan Lendl 6-4, 6-3, 7-5

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • 1986 Atlanta infielder Bob Horner becomes 11th player to hit 4 home runs in a MLB game during Braves 11-8 loss v Montreal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Pakistan cricket all-rounder Imran Khan reaches 300th Test wicket milestone, during 3rd Test vs England at Leeds

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Ex-Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt becomes the first retired MLB player to be named to start the All Star game; he elects not to play

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

Sport awardTennis Open

1991 Wimbledon Women's Tennis Open: Steffi Graf beats Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina 6-4, 3-6, 8-6 for her 3rd Wimbledon crown

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1993 England cricket batsman Graham Thorpe scores 114 on Test debut, in drawn 3rd Test v Australia at Trent Bridge
  • 1994 CFL American expansion Shreveport Pirates lose game, 40-10 at the Ottawa Rough Riders; fold 1995
  • 1996 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-3, 7-5 for her 20th Grand Slam title & 7th Wimbledon crown
  • 1996 In a 2-0 win v Brewers, New York Yankees closer John Wetteland sets MLB record 20 consecutive saves en route to 24

Sport awardTennis Open

1997 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Cédric Pioline of France 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 for his 10th Grand Slam title

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Player Cedric Pioline
Tennis Player
Cedric Pioline

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1997 Montreal Expos retire Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Andre Dawson's uniform #10

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • 1997 Australian cricket batsman Steve Waugh completes twin centuries (108 & 116) in 268 run 3rd Test win v England at Old Trafford
  • 1998 US Open Women's Golf, Blackwolf Run: Se Ri Pak of South Korea wins a 20-hole Monday playoff over American amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn
  • 1998 England cricket spin bowler Robert Croft saves England from defeat with a famous unbeaten 37 in 190 minutes on day 5 of 2nd Test v South Africa at Old Trafford, Manchester
  • 2000 West Ham United FC pays a record £1.8 million for the late Bobby Moore's collection of memorabilia; 79 items including his 1966 World Cup winner's medal
  • 2000 Real estate developer Stan Kroenke announces the acquisition of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and the Pepsi Centre for $450m from the Ascent Entertainment Group

Sport awardTennis Open

2002 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats older sister Venus 7-6, 6-3 for her first Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

2003 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Australian Mark Philippoussis 7-6, 6-2, 7-6 for his first Grand Slam title

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2003 Martina Navratilova claims her 20th all-time Wimbledon title as she and Leander Paes beat Andy Ram & Anastassia Rodionova 6-3, 6-3 in the mixed doubles final

Sport awardTennis Open

2008 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal of Spain ends Roger Federer's 5 year reign at Wimbledon 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2013 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bob & Mike Bryan beat Ivan Dogic & Marcelo Melo to be the only doubles pair to hold all 4 major titles and Olympic gold medal at same time
  • 2013 British & Irish Lions Rugby Union team thrash Australia, 41-16 in Sydney for a 2-1 series win, their first against the Wallabies since 1997
  • 2013 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: In her last appearance at a major championship, Marion Bartoli of France beats German Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 for her only Grand Slam title

Sport awardTennis Open

2014 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković beats Roger Federer 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 to regain his world #1 ranking

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Floyd Mayweather Jr. is stripped of his WBO welterweight boxing title after failing to pay $200k sanctioning fee and vacate his 2 junior middleweight titles


Birthdays in Sport

  • 1818 Adolf Anderssen, German world chess champion (1851-66), born in Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1879)
  • 1884 Harold Vanderbilt, American yachtsman and America's Cup winner (1930,34,37), born in Oakdale, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1888 Annette Kellerman, Australian swimmer (Million Dollar Mermaid), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1890 Andy Sandham, English cricketer (Test cricket's 1st triple centurion), born in Streatham, London (d. 1982)
  • 1893 Wilton St Hill, West Indian cricketer (3 Tests 1928-30), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1957)
  • 1917 Hugo Yarnold, English cricketer (Worcestershire keeper & Test umpire), born in Worchester, England (d. 1974)
  • 1917 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 1920 William Worthington, horse trainer
  • 1927 Jan Hein Donner, Dutch chess grand master, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • 1931 László Tábori, Hungarian middle/long distance runner (1,500m world record 1955), born in Košice, Slovakia (d. 2018)
  • 1933 Frank Austin, English footballer, born in Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • 1937 Tony Lewis, Welsh cricketer (England batsman, captain 1972-73), born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1939 Helena Dupont, American equestrian 3-day even (Olympic-33rd place-1964), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1939 Man Mohan Sood, Indian cricketer (scored 0 & 3 in his only Test for India), born in Lahore, Punjab
  • 1939 Mary Peters, English pentathlete (Olympic gold 1972), born in Halewood, Lancashire
  • 1940 Viktor Kuzkin, Soviet ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), born in Moscow (d. 2008)
  • 1944 Gunhild Hoffmeister, East German 800m/1500m runner (Olympic silver 1972), born in Forst, Germany
  • 1944 Donald Ritchie, Scottish ultrarunner who set a world record, running 100 miles in 11:51:11 in 1979, born in Lossiemouth, Moray (d. 2018)
  • 1946 Fred Dryer, American NFLer (NY Giants, LA Rams) and actor (Hunter), born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1947 Lance Clemons, American baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Brad Park, Canadian NHL defenseman (NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1950 Sultan Rakhmanov, Russian super heavyweight (Olympic gold 1980), born in Turtkul, Karakalpak ASSR

Person of interestWillie Randolph

1954 Willie Randolph, MLB second baseman and manager (NY Mets), born in Holly Hill, South Carolina

MLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie Randolph
MLB Second Baseman and Manager
Willie Randolph
  • 1956 Matt Bahr, American NFL placekicker (NE Patriots, NY Giants), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Mario Martinez, US Olympic weightlifter (Olympic-4th-1988), born in Salinas, California
  • 1957 Ron Duguay, Canadian hockey player (NY Rangers, Detroit Red Wings), born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  • 1958 Mark Benson, English cricketer (played Test England v India 1986, 30 & 21), born in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England
  • 1959 Tahir Naqqash, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani pace-bowler in 15 Tests 1982-85), born in Lahore, Punjab
  • 1960 Caroll-Ann Alie, Canadian sailor (Olympics-14-92, 96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1960 Lauri Merten, American golfer (US Open 1993), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • 1960 Valerie Brisco-Hooks, American athlete (Olympic gold 200m, 400m, 400m relay 1984), born in Greenwood Mississippi
  • 1961 Benita Fitzgerald-Brown, American 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1984), born in Warrenton, Virginia
  • 1963 Edwin Gorter, Dutch soccer player (Lommel/FC Utrecht), born in Den Haag, Netherlands
  • 1964 Lillie Leatherwood, American 4X400m relayer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 1965 Tim Camargo, American jockey, born in Kennewick, Washington
  • 1967 David Whitmore, American NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Daingerfield, Texas
  • 1967 Omar Olivares, MLB pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
  • 1968 Alvin Harper, American NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Lake Wales, Florida
  • 1968 Anthony Kershler, Australian cricketer (NSW left-arm spinner 1994-95), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1969 Sophia Witherspoon, American WNBA guard (NY Liberty), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • 1970 Antonio Harvey, American NBA center/forward (LA Clippers), born in Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • 1971 Adam Laurent, Santa Cruz California, pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Owen Lance Bill Hughes, Palmerston North NZ, kayaker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Billy Davis, American NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1972 Greg Norton, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), born in San Leandro, California
  • 1974 Steve Sullivan, Canadian NHL center (NJ Devils), born in Timmins, Ontario, Canada
  • 1974 Zé Roberto, Brazilian footballer (Palmeiras), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1976 Nikki Mott, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Con Blatsis, Australian footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1977 Makhaya Ntini, South African cricketer, born in Mdingi, Cape Province, South Africa
  • 1978 Rachel Rochelli, American gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1978 Kevin Senio, New Zealand rugby player, born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 1980 Pau Gasol, Spanish basketball player (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Barcelona
  • 1981 Nicole Kantek, NSW Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1981 Nnamdi Asomugha, American football player, born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 1986 Derrick Williams, American football player
  • 2000 Zion Williamson, American basketball power forward (2019 NBA Draft: #1 pick New Orleans Pelicans), born in Salisbury, North Carolina

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

2007 NBA Finals MVP Tony Parker (25) weds Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria (32) at a civil ceremony in Paris, France

Actress Eva Longoria
Actress
Eva Longoria
  • 2013 Actress Elisha Cuthbert (30) weds ice hockey player Dion Phaneuf at St James Catholic Church in Summerfield, Canada
  • 2016 NFL quarterback Russell Wilson (27) weds singer-songwriter Ciara (30) at the Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England

Deaths in Sport

  • 1966 Sad Sam Jones, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 73
  • 1972 Vincent Valentine, West Indian cricket pace bowler (England 1933), dies
  • 1975 Ruffian, American racehorse (b. 1972)
  • 1982 Bob Johnson, American baseball player, dies at 76
  • 1991 Muda Lawal, Nigerian footballer (b. 1954)
  • 1996 Kathy Ahern, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1972), dies of breast cancer at 47
  • 2017 Heinz Schneiter, Swiss football player and manager, dies at 82