On This Day in Sport for July 7

Events in Sport

  • 1887 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod becomes youngest ever Wimbledon champion (15 years, 285 days), beats Blanche Bingley 6-2, 6-0
  • 1887 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Herbert Lawford wins his only Wimbledon title beating Ernest Renshaw 1-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
  • 1890 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Irishman Willoughby Hamilton wins his only Wimbledon title beating William Renshaw 6-8, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
  • 1890 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lena Rice becomes the only Irish female to win at Wimbledon beating Blanche Bingley on a walkover
  • 1892 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley for a 4th time in a Wimbledon final 6-1, 6-1
  • 1892 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Wilfred Baddeley wins first of 3 Wimbledon singles titles beating Joshua Pim 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
  • 1900 Boston Beaneaters pitcher Kid Nichols notches his 300th career MLB victory with an 11-4 win over Chicago Orphans

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1912 American athlete Jim Thorpe wins 4 of 5 events to win the Pentathlon gold medal at the Stockholm Olympics, medal stripped 1913 (played pro baseball), reinstated 1982

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1914 Baltimore Orioles owner Jack Dunn offers Babe Ruth, Ernie Shore & Ben Egan for $10k to Connie Mack (Philadelphia A's), refuses pleading poverty

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1919 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen beats Dorothea Chambers 10-8, 4-6, 9-7 for the first of 6 Wimbledon singles titles
  • 1919 Philadelphia Phillies tie MLB record of 8 steals in an innings (9th) in a 10-5 loss vs NY Giants
  • 1919 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In the first all-Australian final Gerald Patterson beats Norman Brookes 6-3, 7-5, 6-2
  • 1923 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen beats Kitty McKane 6-2, 6-2 for her 5th straight Wimbledon singles title
  • 1923 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bill Johnston beats fellow American Frank Hunter 6-0, 6-3, 6-1 for his only Wimbledon title
  • 1923 Cleveland Indians set an AL record 27 runs including 13 in the 6th in 27-3 win v Boston Red Sox
  • 1924 American Robert LeGendre sets then long jump world record at 25' 5½" in Paris, France

  • 1928 American Edward Hamm sets then long jump world record at 25' 11" at Cambridge, Massachusetts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1932 Australian cricket batsman supreme Don Bradman scores a double century during a Goodwill Tour in Montreal, Canada

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Sport awardTennis Open

1933 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Helen Wills Moody successfully defends her title beating local favourite Dorothy Round 6-4, 6-8, 6-3

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • 1933 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Australian Jack Crawford wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating American Ellsworth Vines 4-6, 11-9, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
  • 1936 4th MLB All Star Game, Braves Field, Boston: After losing the first 3 AS Games, NL wins 4-3, 4 different Cubs players score the runs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1937 5th MLB All Star Game, Griffin Stadium, Washington: AL wins 8-3, Lou Gehrig drives in 4 runs with HR & double

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

Sport awardTennis Open

1939 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Alice Marble wins her only Wimbledon singles title beating Kay Stammers of England 6-2, 6-0

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble

Sport awardTennis Open

1939 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bobby Riggs beats fellow American Elwood Cooke 2-6, 8-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 for Wimbledon sweep, also won doubles & mixed doubles titles

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • 1939 British Open Golf, St Andrews: In the last Open played for 7 years, due to WWII, England's Dick Burton wins by 2 strokes from American Johnny Bulla
  • 1948 Cleveland Indians stun MLB by signing 42 year old veteran Negro Leagues pitcher Satchel Paige
  • 1950 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Budge Patty wins his lone Wimbledon singles title over 6-1, 8-10, 6-2, 6-3 over Australian Frank Sedgman
  • 1950 British Open Golf, Royal Troon: Bobby Locke of South Africa retains title by 2 strokes from Roberto De Vicenzo of Argentina
  • 1950 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Louise Brough beats fellow American Margaret duPont 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 for her 3rd straight Wimbledon singles title
  • 1953 PGA Championship, Birmingham CC: Walter Burkemo wins 2 & 1 from Felize Torza
  • 1958 England cricket batsman Arthur Milton scores an unbeaten 104 in his Test debut, drawn 3rd Test v NZ at Headingley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 26th MLB All Star Game, Forbes Field, Pittsburgh: Willy Mays triples to score Hank Aaron as NL wins 5-4

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1962 Bill Hartack becomes 8th jockey to win 3,000 American thoroughbred races
  • 1964 35th MLB All Star Game, Shea Stadium, New York: NL wins 7-4 on the back of Johnny Callison's 3-run 9th inning homer
  • 1967 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John Newcombe outclasses Wilhelm Bungert of Germany 6-3 ,6-1, 6-1 for his 1st of 3 Wimbledon singles titles

Sport awardTennis Open

1967 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats local favourite Anne Jones 6-3, 6-4 for the 2nd of 3 straight Wimbledon singles titles

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

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1968 US Open Women's Golf, Moselem Springs GC: Susie Maxwell Berning beats Mickey Wright by 3 strokes

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1971 MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces that Negro League players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame to be given full membership in the Museum
  • 1973 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Chris Evert 6-0, 7-5 for her 10th career Grand Slam singles title
  • 1974 Milwaukee's Don Money sets MLB record for consecutive errorless games at 3rd base (78) in Brewers 8-5 win v Twins
  • 1974 FIFA World Cup Final: Striker Gerd Müller scores 43rd minute winner as West Germany beat the Netherlands 2-1 in Munich, West Germany

  • 1974 New Zealand imposes a blanket ban on sports teams from South Africa

Sport awardTennis Open

1978 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins her first Grand Slam singles title beating Chris Evert 2-6, 6-4, 7-5

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1978 NBA approves franchise swap; Buffalo Braves owner John Y. Brown and Harry Mangurian acquire Boston Celtics, while the Celtics owner Irv Levin gets Braves, later moved to San Diego to become the Clippers

Sport awardTennis Open

1979 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Björn Borg beats American Roscoe Tanner 6-7, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 for his 4th consecutive Wimbledon title

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1980 American boxer Larry Holmes scores a 7th round TKO of Scott LeDoux in Bloomington, Minnesota in defence of his WBC heavyweight title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 England cricket captain Ian Botham resigned after no wins in 12 matches under his reign and a pair in the 2nd Test v Australia at Lord's

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • 1982 English athlete David Moorcroft beats Kenyan Henry Rono's 5000m world record by nearly 5 seconds, 13:00.41 in Oslo, Norway
  • 1984 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert 7-6, 6-2 for her 26th Grand Slam title

Sport awardTennis Open

1985 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Boris Becker beats South African Kevin Curren 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 to become the youngest man (17) to win a Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • 1986 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets world heptathlon record of 7,148 points in the inaugural Goodwill Games at Moscow
  • 1990 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins her record 9th Wimbledon singles title beating American Zina Garrison 6-4, 6-1
  • 1990 New Jersey Devils sign star Russian defensemen Viacheslav Fetisov & Sergei Starikov to NHL contracts despite criticism they are taking North American jobs
  • 1991 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In the first ever all-German final Michael Stich beats Boris Becker 6-4, 7-6, 6-4
  • 1992 South Africa beats Cameroon 1-0 in Durban in first FIFA sanctioned match after nearly 20 years international isolation, apartheid
  • 1993 Lenny Dykstra hits bases loaded 2-run double to end Phillies 7, LA Dodgers 6 in 20 innings in Philadelphia
  • 1996 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Richard Krajicek becomes first Dutchman to win a Grand Slam singles title beating American MaliVai Washington 6-3, 6-4, 6-3

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1996 US Open Senior Golf, Canterbury GC: Dave Stockton wins by 2 strokes from Hale Irwin

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
  • 1998 69th MLB All Star Game, Coors Field, Denver: In the highest scoring AS Game in history, AL wins 13-8
  • 2001 Australian cricketer Karen Rolton smashes an unbeaten 209 to set a new world record for highest score in a women's Test in Australia's 9 wicket win v England at Headingley
  • 2002 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating David Nalbandian of Argentina 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
  • 2003 Tour de France: After 2nd stage, Australians are in possession of both yellow & green jerseys for the first time, Brad McGee overall leader & Robbie McEwen sprint leader

Sport awardGolf Tournament

2003 US Open Women's Golf, Pumpkin Ridge GC: Hilary Lunke wins in a playoff with Kelly Robbins & Angela Stanford for her only career LPGA tournament victory

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • 2006 Cleveland Indians first baseman Travis Hafner becomes first player in MLB history to hit 5 grand slams before the All-Star break when he homers off Baltimore's Kris Benson

Sport awardTennis Open

2007 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lowest ever seeds contest final, Venus Williams (20) beats Marion Bartoli (18) 6-4, 6-1

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • 2007 Sprint-Nextel and NASCAR announce NASCAR Nextel Cup Series renamed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2008

Sport awardTennis Open

2012 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Agnieszka Radwańska of Poland 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 to win 5th Wimbledon singles crown, 5 hours later teams with sister Venus to win doubles title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

2013 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Andy Murray beats Novak Đoković 6-4. 7-5. 6-4 to become the first British man to win a Wimbledon singles title since 1936

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1856 George Hearne, cricketer (brother of Frank and Alec, Test for England)
  • 1902 Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1906 Satchel Paige, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (5-time Negro League, 2-time MLB All Star), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1982)

Person of interestEzzard Charles

1921 Ezzard Charles, American world heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), born in Lawrenceville, Georgia (d. 1975)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • 1933 Murray Halberg, New Zealand, 5K runner (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1939 Laurie Silvers, horse trainer
  • 1940 James Toner, horse trainer
  • 1944 Tony Jacklin, Scunthorpe England, PGA golfer (1970 US Open)
  • 1946 Jim Day, Canadian equestrian show jumper (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1948 Fred Brown, NBAer (Seattle SuperSonic)
  • 1955 Len Barker, American baseball player
  • 1958 Michael Marx, US fencer-epee (Olympic-84, 88, 92, 96), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1960 Barbara Bierman, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1994), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1960 Ralph Sampson, NBA center (Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets)
  • 1963 Lance Johnson, outfielder (NY Mets), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1963 Naved Anjum, cricketer (Pakistani all-rounder, two Tests 1989-90)
  • 1966 Hector Burba, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1966 Jeff Shaw, Washington Ohio, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1967 Alfred Jackson, CFL receiver (BC Lions)
  • 1967 Erik van der More, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1967 Tom Kristensen, Danish race car driver
  • 1968 Chuck Knoblauch, shortstop (NY Yankees, Minnesota Twins), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1968 Reggie Cobb, NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Person of interestJoe Sakic

1969 Joe Sakic, Canadian NHL center (Colorado Avalanche, Canada 1998-2002), born in Burnaby, British Columbia

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 1969 Sylke Otto, German luger
  • 1970 Michael McCrary, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1970 Min Patel, cricketer (in Mumbai England left-arm spinner v India 1996)
  • 1970 Wayne McCullough, Irish boxer
  • 1970 Erik Zabel, German cyclist
  • 1971 Darren Krein, WLAF defensive end (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1972 Aldi Henry, CFL defensive back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1972 Darnay Scott, NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals)
  • 1972 Lisa Leslie, California, WNBA center (LA Sparks)/forward (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1972 Michael Westbrook, NFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Stoney Case, NFL quarterback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1972 Manfred Stohl, Austrian rally driver
  • 1973 Matt Mantei, American baseball player
  • 1973 Kārlis Skrastiņš, Latvian ice hockey player
  • 1974 Patrick Lalime, St Bonaventure, NHL goalie (Pitts Penguins)
  • 1975 Tony Benshoof, American luger
  • 1976 Dominic Foley, Irish footballer, born in Cork
  • 1979 Anastasios Gousis, Greek sprinter
  • 1979 Carl Breeze, British racing driver
  • 1980 Michele Kwan, figure skater (Olympics 1994, Olympic silver 1998), born in Torrance, California
  • 1980 John Buck, American baseball player
  • 1981 MS [Mahendra Singh] Dhoni, Indian cricketer (Indian national team ODI captain 2007-2014, Test captain 2008-14), born in Ranchi, Bihar
  • 1982 George Owu, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1984 Minas Alozidis, Greek hurdler
  • 1984 Mohammad Ashraful, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1989 Giannoulis Fakinos, Greek footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1976 NFL running back Walter Payton (21) weds Connie Norwood in Los Angeles, California

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton

HeartWedding of Interest

1976 NBA guard George Gervin (24) weds Joyce King

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin

HeartWedding of Interest

2007 Actress and model Eva Longoria (37) weds NBA player Tony Parker (30) at The Church of Saint Germain l'Auxerrois in Paris, France

Actress Eva Longoria
Actress
Eva Longoria

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1943 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (48) divorces broadway singer Hannah Williams (32) after 10 years of marriage

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 2008 Cynthia Rodriguez (35) divorces New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (32) due to long period of infidelity and emotional abandonment after 6 years of marriage

Deaths in Sport

  • 1931 Johannes "Kodgee" Kotze, South African cricketer (South Africa 1902-07), dies at 51
  • 1934 Doodles Tapscott, cricketer (South African batsman 1922-23), dies
  • 1939 Deacon White, American baseball player and a star during the first two decades of the sport's professional era, dies at 91
  • 1965 Bill Hitch, England cricket fast-bowler (7 Tests 1911-21), dies
  • 1967 Jo Schlesser, French Formula One racing driver (b. 1928)
  • 1975 Ruffian, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 1972)
  • 1976 Walter Giesler, American soccer coach (b. 1910)
  • 1979 D P Conyngham, cricketer (one Test for South Africa), dies
  • 1982 Bep [Elisa H] Bakhuis, soccer star/writer, dies at 76
  • 1984 Carl Boenish, American father of BASE jumping, dies at 43
  • 1992 Josy Barthel, Luxembourgish 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 65
  • 1997 Jerry Doggett, American sportscaster (Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers), dies at 80
  • 2000 Kenny Irwin, Jr., American race car driver (b. 1969)
  • 2002 Bison Dele, American basketball player (b. 1969)
  • 2011 Dick Williams, American baseball player and manager (including Seattle 1986-87), dies at 82
  • 2014 Alfredo Di Stéfano, Argentine-Spanish footballer and coach, dies at 88