On This Day in Sport for July 8

Events in Sport

  • 1898 Phillies' Red Donahue no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
  • 1900 1st night baseball, league game (Zanesville at Grand Rapids)
  • 1902 John McGraw, accused by Ban Johnson of trying to wreck Baltimore & Washington clubs, negotiates his release from the Orioles
  • 1905 22nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: May Sutton beats Dorothea Chambers 6-3, 6-4
  • 1905 29th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Laurence Doherty beats N Brookes (8-6 6-2 6-4)
  • 1909 1st pro baseball game (minor league) played under lights
  • 1911 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dorothea Chambers becomes first player not to concede a game in a final beating Dora Boothby 6-0, 6-0
  • 1911 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Anthony Wilding of New Zealand wins 2nd of 4 consecutive Wimbledon singles titles beating Herbert Roper-Barrett 6-4, 4-6, 2-6 ,6-2 ret

Sport awardTennis Open

1912 29th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Ethel Larcombe wins her first and only title beating Charlotte Cooper 6-3, 6-1

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • 1912 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Anthony Wilding makes it 3 straight Wimbledon singles crowns beating Arthur Gore 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1918 Babe Ruth's blast over the fence in Fenway scores Amos Strunk, the Red Sox win 1-0 over Cleve, prevailing rules reduce Babe's HR to a triple

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1922 35th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen beats M Mallory (6-2 6-0)
  • 1928 Phillies set record of errorless 25 inning doubleheader

Sport awardGolf Major

1933 British Open Golf, St Andrews: Denny Shute beats fellow American Craig Wood by 5 strokes in a 36-hole Saturday playoff to win his only Open title

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Denny Shute
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Denny Shute
  • 1935 3rd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve
  • 1938 Would be start of England v Australia Test Cricket at Old Trafford Washout

  • 1938 73rd British Golf Open: Reg Whitcombe shoots a 295 at Royal St George's Golf Club
  • 1941 9th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
  • 1946 Baseball grants $5,000 minimum salary
  • 1947 14th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-1 at Wrigley Field, Chicago
  • 1949 Monte Irvin & Hank Thompson, 1st black players for New York Giants, 4-3 loss to Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field
  • 1952 19th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-2 in 5 at Shibe Park, Phila
  • 1955 British Open Golf, St Andrews: Peter Thomson of Australia wins the 2nd of 3 consecutive Open titles, 2 strokes clear of runner-up John Fallon
  • 1957 Baseball Owners re-elect Commissioner Ford Frick
  • 1958 25th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Memorial Stadium, Balt
  • 1960 Fidel Castro ends Havana's International League team, Sugar Kings move to New Jersey

Sport awardTennis Open

1961 75th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver of Australia beats American Chuck McKinley 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 for his 1st of 4 Wimbledon singles titles

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • 1961 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: In an all-British final Angela Mortimer beats Christine Truman 4–6, 6–4, 7–5
  • 1970 SF Giant Jim Ray Hart is 8th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (5th)

Sport awardTennis Open

1972 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King earns her 8th Grand Slam singles title beating Evonne Goolagong of Australia 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1973 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Czech Jan Kodeš beats Alex Metreveli of Russia 6-1, 9-8, 6-3 for his 3rd Grand Slam singles success
  • 1973 NY Mets are 12½ games back in NL and go on to win pennant
  • 1974 Yank shortstop Jim Mason ties record with 4 doubles in 9 inn game

Sport awardTennis Open

1978 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Björn Borg beats Jimmy Connors 6-2, 6-2, 6-3

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • 1980 51st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-2 at Dodger Stadium, LA
  • 1980 All star MVP: Ken Griffey (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1983 Rudi Koopmans retains European middleweight title

Sport awardTennis Open

1984 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe defends his crown thrashing fellow American Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 6-2

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • 1985 Marge Schott becomes CEO of Cincinnati Red

Sport awardTennis Open

1989 Wimbledon Women's Tennis Open: Steffi Graf successfully defends her title beating Martina Navratilova 6-2, 6-7, 6-1

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1990 Brewers beat Angels 20-7, including 13 in 5th inning
  • 1990 FIFA World Cup Final: 85th minute penalty by Andreas Brehme gives West Germany 1-0 win over Argentina in Rome, Italy
  • 1990 Trailing 7-0, Brewers tie Angels & then score 13 in 5th to win 20-7

Sport awardTennis Open

1990 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg beats Boris Becker 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 for his 2nd Wimbledon singles crown

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • 1991 Pitts Pirate President Carl Barger becomes 1st President of Florida Marlins
  • 1991 Major league umpire Steve Palermo and former NFL defensive lineman Terence Mann shot trying to help 2 waitresses from being robbed
  • 1992 Florida Marlins unveil their uniform

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Preliminary trial rules there is enough evidence to try O.J. Simpson

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1995 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 in a classic contest
  • 1997 68th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Jacobs Field, Cleveland

Sport awardTennis Open

2001 108th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Justine Henin (6-1 3-6 6-0)

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • 2006 113th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Amélie Mauresmo beats J Henin-Hardenne (2-6 6-3 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

2007 121st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal (7-6 4-6 7-6 2-6 6-2)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 2010 During 1st round of the John Deere Classic, Paul Goydos becomes the 4th, and oldest player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59; round included 12 birdies and 6 pars
  • 2012 126th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Murray (4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4)
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup: Germany defeat Brazil by a record 7-1 in the semi-finals to make it to the final; Miroslav Klose of Germany breaks the World Cup goal scoring record with 16 goals
  • 2015 The NFL's Washington Redskins have their trademark vacated on the grounds it may cause offence to native Americans
  • 2017 British Lions tie 15-15 with New Zealand All Blacks in their 3rd rugby match to tie the series
  • 2018 South Korean golfer Sei Young Ki breaks LPGA 72-hole scoring record with 31 under-par 257, also first to better -30, in winning Thornberry Creek Classic

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1859 Hank O'Day, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher/umpire/manager (umpire 10 World Series), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1935)
  • 1878 Jimmy Quinn, Scottish footballer (d. 1945)
  • 1911 Ken Farnes, cricket bowler (fast England in pre-WW II years)
  • 1923 Harrison Dillard, 100m runner (Olympic 4 gold-1948, 52), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Person of interestRoone Arledge

1931 Roone Arledge, American President of ABC Sports (Monday Night Football), born in NYC, New York

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports
Roone Arledge
  • 1935 John David Crow, football player (Heisman Trophy 1957)
  • 1941 Dario Gradi, Italian-born football manager
  • 1949 Dale Hoganson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1952 Ulrich Wehling, German DR, cross country (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80)
  • 1952 Jack Lambert, American football player
  • 1956 Millard Frank Hampton, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Fresno, California
  • 1957 Clyde Butts, Guyanan cricketer (West Indies off-spinner late eighties), born in Perseverance, Guyana
  • 1960 Jeff Stork, Longview Wash, volleyball setter (Olympic gold 88, bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1962 Martin Pavlu, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
  • 1963 Bob Ctvrtlik, volleyball outsider (Olympic gold 1988, bronze 1992, 96), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1963 Mike Ridley, Canadian NHL center (Vancouver Canucks), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1963 Pablo Magallon, jockey
  • 1964 Alexei Gusarov, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1968 C B Washington, NFLer (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1968 Glen Featherstone, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968 Michel Langerak, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • 1969 Bobby Ayala, Oxnard CA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1969 Dana Hall, NFL safety (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1969 Ernie Young, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Lisa Arce, Manhattan Beach CA, WPVA volleyballer (National-4th-1995)
  • 1970 Lisa Powell, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1970 Marlies Askamp, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)

Person of interestTodd Martin

1970 Todd Martin, American tennis star (1988 USTA Boys' 18), born in Hinsdale, Illinois

Tennis Player Todd Martin
Tennis Player
Todd Martin
  • 1971 Jeff Kopp, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1971 John Achterberg, soccer player (NAC)
  • 1972 Brandon Rock, 800m runner, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1972 Jay Bellamy, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 Karl Dykhuis, Sept-iles, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • 1972 Saurav Ganguly, Indian cricketer (centuries in 1st two Tests for India 1996), born in Behala, Kolkata
  • 1972 Tom Hutton, NFL punter/kicker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1974 Demetrius Allen, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1976 Michael Renfurm, Surinam/Dutch soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1976 Staci Wilson, soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • 1976 Talal El Karkouri, Moroccan footballer
  • 1977 Wang Zhizhi, Chinese basketball player
  • 1980 Robbie Keane, Irish footballer
  • 1981 Anastasia Myskina, Russian tennis player (2004 French Open), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1982 Hakim Warrick, American basketball player (Leones de Ponce, Memphis Grizzlies), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1983 Jaroslav Janiš, Czech racing car driver
  • 1983 John Bowker, American baseball player
  • 1986 Renata Costa, Brazilian footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1968 MLB baseball player Reggie Jackson (22) weds his college sweetheart Jennie Campos

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson

HeartWedding of Interest

1977 NFL coach Mike Ditka (37) weds Diana Trantham in Dallas County, Texas

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • 2000 Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (28) weds Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey player Bret Hedican (29) at the Mauna Lani Resort in Kona, Hawaii

Deaths in Sport

  • 1948 Dave Nourse, cricketer (45 Tests for South Africa 1902-24), dies
  • 1973 Wilfred Rhodes, cricketer (4187 1st-class wickets, most ever), dies
  • 1986 Skeeter Webb, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • 1988 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 400m relay 1928), dies at 83
  • 1990 Malcolm Hilton, English cricket slow left-arm (4 Tests), dies at 61
  • 1993 Charles Adkins, American light welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 61
  • 2001 Christl Haas, Austrian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 57
  • 2001 Ernst Baier, German figure skater (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 95
  • 2015 Ken "The Snake" Stabler, NFL quarterback (Oak Raiders, Super Bowl XI), dies at 69