On This Day in Sport for July 9

Events in Sport

  • 1877 First ever Wimbledon tennis championship begins - first offical lawn tennis tournament - men's singles only
  • 1891 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley 6-2, 6-1 in a repeat matchup and result of the 2 previous finals
  • 1891 15th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Wilfred Baddeley beats Joshua Pim (6-4 1-6 7-5 6-0)
  • 1904 10th US Golf Open: Willie Anderson shoots a 303 at Glen View Club IL
  • 1932 Washington Redskins (then Boston Braves) formed
  • 1933 Frankford Yellowjackets sold, rechristened Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1937 72nd British Golf Open: Henry Cotton shoots a 290 at Carnoustie Golf Links
  • 1939 A meeting of 6,000 Indians, held at the Indian Sports Ground in Johannesburg South Africa, launch the Passive Resistance Campaign against apartheid and racial policy in South Africa
  • 1940 8th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-0 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis
  • 1946 13th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 12-0 at Fenway Park, Boston
  • 1949 British Open Golf, Royal St.George's GC: South African Bobby Locke wins a 36-hole playoff by 12 strokes from Irishman Harry Bradshaw
  • 1953 Phillies Robin Roberts ends streak of 28 consecutive complete games
  • 1954 British Open Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: 23 year old Australian Peter Thomson wins first of his 5 Open titles by a stroke from Bobby Locke, Dai Rees, and Syd Scott
  • 1957 24th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-6 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis
  • 1960 British Open Golf, St Andrews: Australian Kel Nagle wins his only major title by 1 stroke from Arnold Palmer in the centenary year of the Open Championship
  • 1963 34th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 All star MVP: Willie Mays (SF Giants)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1965 British Open Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Australian Peter Thomson Peter Thomson wins his 5th Claret Jug, 2 strokes clear of runners-up Brian Huggett and Christy O'Connor Snr

Sport awardGolf Major

1966 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Jack Nicklaus beats Doug Sanders & Dave Thomas by 1 stroke to become only 4th in history to win all 4 majors

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first reigning NBA MVP to be traded the next season when he moves from Philadelphia 76'ers to LA Lakers

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1968 39th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 1-0 at Astrodome, Houston
  • 1968 All star MVP: Willie Mays (SF Giants), 1st player to win a second times
  • 1969 Tom Seaver's no-hit bid against Cubs ends with 1 out in 9th

Sport awardTennis Open

1972 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Stan Smith beats Ilie Năstase of Romania 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 for his only Wimbledon title

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase

Sport awardGolf Major

1977 British Open Golf, Turnberry: Tom Watson wins second of 5 Open titles by a stroke from Jack Nicklaus; pair play together in final 2 rounds; separate themselves from field under rare clear skies, remembered as the "Duel in the Sun"

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • 1986 Padres trade pitcher Tim Stoddard to Yankees for pitcher Ed Whitson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Nolan Ryan is 7th to win 100 game on 2 teams, as Astro beat Mets 6-3

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Sport awardTennis Open

1989 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany beats Sweden's Stefan Edberg 6-0, 7-6, 6-4 for his 3rd and last Wimbledon title

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 New Zealand cricket legend Richard Hadlee takes 5-53 in 3rd Test v England at Edgbaston to end Test career with 431 wickets

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • 1991 62nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-2 at SkyDome, Toronto

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1991 All star MVP: Cal Ripken Jr (Balt Orioles)

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • 1991 South Africa readmitted to Olympics
  • 1994 11,000th HR in NY Yankees history (Matt Nokes)

Sport awardTennis Open

1995 109th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Boris Becker (67 62 64 62)

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • 1996 67th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Veterans Stadium, Phila
  • 1996 All star MVP: Mike Piazza (LA Dodgers)
  • 1997 Baseball's triple A American Association (formed in 1902) votes to disband

Sport awardTennis Open

2000 107th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats L Davenport (6-3 7-6)

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • 2000 114th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Pat Rafter (6-7 7-6 6-4 6-2) winning his 13th Grand Slam tennis title
  • 2000 Police fired tear gas at fans during a World Cup qualifying soccer game between Zimbabwe and South Africa, setting off a stampede that killed twelve people in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 2001 115th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Goran Ivanišević beats Pat Rafter (6-3 3-6 6-3 2-6 9-7)
  • 2002 73rd All Star Baseball Game: 7-7 tie when both teams ran out of available pitchers at Miller Park, Milwaukee
  • 2006 FIFA World Cup Final: 1-1 a.e.t. but Italy beats France 5-3 on penalties in Berlin, Germany

Sport awardTennis Open

2006 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins 4th straight Wimbledon title beating Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-0, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal

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2009 Joe Sakic retires after 21 NHL seasons with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise, finishing with 625 goals and 1,641 points

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 2011 Super Rugby Final, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane: Queensland Reds beat Canterbury Crusaders 18-13 at home for their first SR title

Sport awardTennis Open

2016 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3, equalling Steffi Graf's 22 Grand Slam singles tiles

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

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2017 English international footballer Wayne Rooney announces he will leave Manchester United after 13 years to rejoin his original club, Everton

English Footballer Wayne Rooney
English Footballer
Wayne Rooney
  • 2017 Atthaya Thitikul,14-year old Thai amateur becomes youngest winner on Ladies's European Golf Tour at 14 years, 4 months at Ladies European Thailand Championship
  • 2018 Hedge fund billionaire David Tepper buys Carolina Panthers for an NFL record $2.275 billion

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1893 George Geary, English cricketer (sturdy pace bowler for England 1924-34), born in Barwell, Leicestershire, England (d. 1981)

Person of interestClarence Campbell

1905 Clarence Campbell, Canadian 3rd president of the NHL (1946-77), born in Fleming, Saskatchewan (d. 1984)

3rd President of the NHL Clarence Campbell
3rd President of the NHL
Clarence Campbell
  • 1914 Bill Tallon, Australian cricketer (brother of Don, Queensland leggie), born in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia (d. 1972)
  • 1927 Leonard Patrick "Red" Kelly, Canadian retired player, coach, and NHL hall of fame member (1969), born in Simcoe, Ontario
  • 1928 Federico Bahamontes, Spanish road racing cyclist, born in Santo Domingo-Caudilla, Spain
  • 1930 Roy McLean, South African cricketer (prolific South African batsman played 40 Tests), born in Pietermaritzberg, Natal, South Africa
  • 1937 Clemon Daniels, American football halfback and AFL player of year 1963 (Oak, Dallas, San Francisco), born in McKinney, Texas
  • 1937 Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, born in Nyack, New York
  • 1941 Takehide Nakatani, Japanese lightweight judoka (Olympic gold 1964), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1942 Robert J. Frankel, American thoroughbred race horse trainer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)

Person of interestO.J. Simpson

1947 O.J. Simpson [Orenthal James], NFL Running Back (Buf Bills), born in San Francisco, California

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1950 Adriano Panatta, Italian tennis star (French 1976, Italian 1976), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1952 Rod Boll, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Fillmore, Saskatchwan
  • 1955 Willie Wilson, American baseball player, born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1958 Bob Crudgington, Australian softball head coach (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1964 Ronnie Grandison, American NBA forward (NY Knicks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Scott Verplank, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1965 Bob Hess Jr, horse trainer
  • 1968 Shawn Harper, NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1968 Paolo Di Canio, Italian football player
  • 1969 Jerry Drake, NFL defensive linesman (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1969 Robert Gordon, CFL receiver (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1969 Venkatapathy Raju, cricketer (Indian slow left-armer)
  • 1970 Steve Dubinsky, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1970 Trent Green, NFL quarterback (Washington Redskins)
  • 1971 Anthony Fieldings, WLAF linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • 1971 Chadrick Brown, NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1971 Danalee Bragado, WPVA volleyballer (Best of Beach-9th-1995), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971 Ger Senden, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1972 Derek Mills, 400m runner, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972 Pete Kendall, NFL guard (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1973 Katasha Artis, WNBA forward (Charlotte Sting)
  • 1973 Kelly Holcomb, NFL/WLAF quarterback (Buccaneers, Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1977 Ben McAdoo, American football coach (New York Giants, 2016-7), born in Homer City, Pennsylvania
  • 1981 Kimveer Gill, Canadian spree shooter (Dawson College shooting) (d. 2006)
  • 1982 Sakon Yamamoto, Japanese race-car driver
  • 1985 Paweł Korzeniowski, Polish swimmer
  • 1985 Ashley Young, English footballer
  • 1990 Fábio and Rafael da Silva, Brazilian footballers

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

Deaths in Sport

  • 1893 William Scotton, cricketer (wicket in 15 Tests for Eng), suicide
  • 1932 Henry Howell, English cricket fast bowler (5 Tests 1920-24), dies
  • 1951 Harry Heilmann, American baseball hall of famer outfielder (Detroit), dies at 56
  • 1955 Don Beauman, British Formula One racing driver, dies at 26
  • 1957 Manfred Julius Susskind, South African cricketer (1924 Test series), dies
  • 1960 Vallance Jupp, cricketer (28 wkts in 8 Tests for England 1921-28), dies
  • 1974 Ted Bowley, cricketer (England batsman in 5 Tests 1929-30), dies
  • 1979 Betty Evans Grayson, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1959), dies at 53
  • 1979 Janardhan Gnanoba Navle, cricketer (2 Tests for India), dies
  • 1994 Bill Mosienko, Ukrainian-Canadian National Hockey League player, dies at 72
  • 2005 Yevgenij Grishin, Russian speed skater (b. 1931)
  • 2005 Alex Shibicky, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1914)
  • 2011 Don Ackerman, American basketball player (b. 1930)
  • 2018 Hans Günter Winkler, German equestrian (5 x Olympic gold 1956 [2], 60, 64, 72), dies at 91