On This Day

On This Day in Sport for July 9

Events in Sport

  • 1877 First ever Wimbledon tennis championship begins - first official lawn tennis tournament - men's singles only
  • 1891 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley-Hillyard 6-2, 6-1 in a repeat matchup and result of the 2 previous finals
  • 1904 US Open Men's Golf, Glen View GC: defending champion Willie Anderson of Scotland wins the 3rd of his 4 Open titles, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Gilbert Nicholls
  • 1914 Boston Red Sox purchase future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth's contract from minor league Baltimore Orioles
  • 1932 Washington Redskins (then Boston Braves) formed
  • 1932 Yanks' Ben Chapman hits 2 inside-the-park HRs, tying record
  • 1933 Philadelphia-based NFL team Frankford Yellow Jackets sold; rebranded Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1937 British Open Men's Golf, Carnoustie: Henry Cotton wins second of his 3 Open titles, 2 strokes ahead of fellow Englishman Reg Whitcombe
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Weddings in Sport

  • 1966 Major League Baseball pitcher Tom Seaver (21) weds Nancy Lynn McIntyre
  • 2011 NBA Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas (24) weds long-term girlfriend Jaime Collins at Louisiana
  • 2016 Fashion model Hannah Davis (26) weds former Yankees player Derek Jeter (42) at Meadowood Napa Valley Resort in St. Helena, California

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Deaths in Sport

  • 1893 William Scotton, English cricketer (wicket in 15 Tests for Eng), commits suicide at 37
  • 1895 Jack Simpson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1884), dies of typhoid fever at 35
  • 1932 Henry Howell, English cricket fast bowler (5 Tests 1920-24), dies
  • 1951 Harry Heilmann, American Baseball HOF outfielder (4 × AL batting champion, Detroit Tigers) and broadcaster (WXYZ), dies from lung cancer at 56
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