On This Day

Events in Sport on July 18

  • 1878 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Frank Hadow makes his lone Wimbledon appearance, and wins; beats defending champion Spencer Gore 7-5, 6-1, 9-7
  • 1893 Australian Harry Graham scores 107 on cricket debut Australia v England, Lord's
  • 1893 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley-Hillyard 6-8, 6-1, 6-4 for her 3rd consecutive and 5th overall Wimbledon singles title
  • 1896 US Open Men's Golf, Shinnecock Hills: American-based Scot James Foulis wins by 3 strokes ahead of Englishman Horace Rawlins
  • 1896 George Giffen is 1st to complete 1000/100 double, in 30th Test Cricket
  • 1896 Indian born K S Ranjitsinhji completes an unbeaten 154 on Test cricket debut for England in 2nd Test against Australia at Old Trafford
  • 1912 Chicago Cubs get 21 hits but lose to Philadelphia Phillies in 11 innings
  • 1915 Boston Braves start move from last place to become world series champs

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1921 Babe Ruth achieves 139 home runs and becomes the all-time home run leader in Major League Baseball, taking the title from Roger Connor

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1921 Babe Ruth smacks a home run a MLB record 575 feet in New York Yankees' 10-1 win over the Tigers at Detroit's Navin Field
  • 1926 20th Tour de France won by Lucien Buysse of Belgium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1927 Ty Cobb's 4,000th MLB career hit

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1930 SHO soccer team forms in Old Beijerland
  • 1942 1st legal New Jersey horse race in 50 years; Garden State Park track opens
  • 1943 Giants and Phillies strand record 30 baserunners, NY wins, 10-6
  • 1947 Tigers shut out Yanks 2-0, end 19 game winning streak

  • 1948 Pat Seerey of Chicago White Sox hits 4 HRs in an 11 inning game

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1951 Jersey Joe Walcott at 37 becomes oldest to win heavyweight champion

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1954 Cards losing 8-1 to Phillies begin stalling in 5th, they forfeit game
  • 1959 William 'Bill' Wright becomes the 1st African American to win a major golf tournament (U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships)
  • 1959 46th Tour de France won by Federico Bahamontes of Spain
  • 1960 Baseball's NL votes to add Houston and NY franchises

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 Minnesota Twins Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew hit grand slams in 1st inn & Harmon Killebrew connect in a club-record, 11-run 1st inning

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1969 Joe Namath agrees to sell interest in Bachelors 3, to stay in NFL

NFL Quarterback Joe Namath
NFL Quarterback
Joe Namath

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1970 Willie Mays becomes 10th baseball player to get 3,000 hits

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1971 58th Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins third straight Tour general classification as well as points and combination categories
  • 1975 Jury can't decide on trial of Dave Forbes of Boston Bruins (1st athlete indicted for excessive violence during play)
  • 1976 Nadia Comăneci becomes the first gymnast in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 score (total 7) at Montreal Games
  • 1976 63rd Tour de France won by Lucien Van Impe of Belgium

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1982 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: American Tom Watson wins his 4th Open Championship, 1 stroke clear of Peter Oosterhuis and Nick Price

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
Golfer Nick Price
Golfer
Nick Price
  • 1986 MLB Kansas City Royals announce that manager Dick Howser, 50, has a brain tumor

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987 NY Yanks Don Mattingly ties record of HRs in 8 cons games

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1988 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Spaniard Seve Ballesteros wins his 3rd Open title by 2 shots from Nick Price of Zimbabwe

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
Golfer Nick Price
Golfer
Nick Price
  • 1991 Florida Marlins' logo unveiled

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1991 Mike Tyson meets Miss Black America contestants

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1993 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: Australian Greg Norman fires final round 64 (–6) to win his 2nd Open title, 2 strokes ahead of Englishman Nick Faldo

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • 1994 Court upholds NBA salary cap and draft rights
  • 1994 Houston Astros tie NL comeback record, trailing 10-0, beat Cards 15-12
  • 1994 NY Jets sign USA soccer goalkeeper Tony Miola as a place kicker
  • 1999 British Open Men's Golf, Carnoustie: Scotsman Paul Lawrie wins his only major title by 3 strokes in 4-hole aggregate playoff with Jean van de Velde & Justin Leonard; recovers from 10 shots behind after 3rd round for biggest comeback in major championship history; van de Velde famously triple-bogies last hole
  • 1999 New York Yankees' David Cone becomes 15th pitcher to throw a perfect game (6-0 vs Montreal)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: American Todd Hamilton wins his only major title, defeating 2002 champion Ernie Els of South Africa by a stroke in a 4-hole playoff

Golfer Ernie Els
Golfer
Ernie Els

Sport awardSports Awards

2004 12th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Diana Taurasi win

Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • 2010 "150th Anniversary" British Open Golf, St Andrews: South African Louis Oosthuizen wins his only major title, 7 strokes clear of runner-up Lee Westwood of England