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Events in Sport in July 1978

  • Jul 2 MLB pitcher Ron Guidry beats Detroit 3-2 for a NY Yankee record 13-0 start to the season

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 7 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
  • Jul 7 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 awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 8 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Björn Borg of Sweden wins his 3rd straight Wimbledon singles crown; beats American Jimmy Connors 6-2, 6-2, 6-3

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Jul 11 49th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at San Diego Stadium
  • Jul 11 All star MVP: Steve Garvey (LA Dodgers) collects his second award
  • Jul 14 Umpire Doug Harvey ejects Don Sutton after discovering 3 scuffed balls

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 15 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Jack Nicklaus completes 3rd career grand slam; wins by 2 strokes from Ben Crenshaw & Ray Floyd

Golfer Jack Nicklaus
Golfer
Jack Nicklaus
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 NY Yankee manager Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson fight in dug out after Jackson refuses to bunt, causing Martin to suspend him

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Jul 19 New York Yankees start historic 14 game comeback with 2-0 win over the Minnesota Twins at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, MN
  • Jul 23 US Open Women's Golf, CC of Indianapolis: Hollis Stacy successfully defends title by 1 stroke from Sally Little and JoAnne Carner
  • Jul 23 Phillies Steve Carlton becomes 78th pitcher to win 200
  • Jul 23 Mayence returns to helps Yankees win their 5th straight game
  • Jul 23 65th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 24 Pete Rose ties NL hitting streak of 37 games

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Jul 24 Billy Martin resigns as Yankee manager after "one is a born liar the other a convicted one" comment about Steinbrenner and Jackson
  • Jul 25 Robert Granville "Bob" Lemon replaces Billy Martin as Yankee manager
  • Jul 25 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose sets NL record hitting in 38 consecutive games

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 26 Johnny Bench hits his 300th career home run

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • Jul 27 Indians Duane Kuiper is 3rd to hit 2 bases-loaded triples (vs Yanks)
  • Jul 28 At Old Timer's Game it's announced Martin will again manage Yankees
  • Jul 29 On Old Timer's Day, NY Yankees announce that Billy Martin will return as NY Yankee manager in 1980 and Bob Lemon will become GM
  • Jul 30 Expos crush Braves, 19-0, collecting 28 hits & NL-record-tying 8 HRs
  • Jul 31 Cincinnati infielder Pete Rose singles off Phil Niekro to extend his hitting streak to 44 games as Reds edge Atlanta Braves, 3-2; ties Willie Keeler's 81-year-old NL record