On This Day

Events in Sport on July 19

  • 1877 1st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: 27-year-old English rackets player Spencer Gore wins inaugural event; beats William Marshall 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
  • 1884 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maud Watson becomes inaugural female champion by beating her sister Lillian Watson 6–8, 6–3, 6–3
  • 1900 Luxembourg born Michel Théato representing France wins Paris Olympics marathon in 2:59:45 ahead of another French athlete Émile Champion
  • 1903 1st Tour de France: French rider Maurice Garin wins inaugural event
  • 1908 Dutch football club Feyenoord is established in Rotterdam as Wilhelmina; reverts to SC Feijenoord 1912; updated to SC Feyenoord 1974 and to Feyenoord Rotterdam 1978
  • 1909 Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball completes the first modern MLB unassisted triple play in the Indians' 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox

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1910 Cleveland Indians future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young registers his 500th career victory, 5-4 over the Washington Senators in 11 innings

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1914 Boston Braves begin drive from last to the NL pennant with a 3-2 win against the 2nd placed Cincinnati Reds
  • 1918 Washington Senators catcher Eddie Ainsmith applies for draft deferment; Secretary of War, Newton D Baker rules baseball players not draft exempt but later moves date to 1 September; both leagues end regular season 2 September

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1920 Babe Ruth hits his 30th home run of the 1920 baseball season, breaking his own single-season record. He would attain 54 throughout the season, before breaking that record the next year.

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

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1922 American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller first to break 1 minute barrier for 100m freestyle; swims 58.6s at Alameda, CA

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller
Swimmer and Actor
Johnny Weissmuller
  • 1925 19th Tour de France won by Ottavio Bottecchia of Italy
  • 1930 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Acacia CC: Lucia Mida beats June Beebe 6 & 5 to win the inaugural event and first women's major championship ever played
  • 1933 1st time in MLB 2 brothers on opposite teams hit homers in same game - Rick Ferrell (Red Sox) and Wes Ferrell (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1936 Indians' Bob Feller makes his major league debut in relief
  • 1942 German occupiers confiscate bicycles in Rotterdam and The Hague

  • 1950 NY Yankees sign their 1st Black players, Elston Howard and Frank Baines
  • 1952 XV Summer Olympic Games open in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1952 39th Tour de France won by Fausto Coppi of Italy
  • 1958 45th Tour de France won by Charly Gaul of Luxembourg

Sport awardPGA Championship

1964 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Columbus CC: Bobby Nichols wins his only major title by 3 strokes from 'Big-2' Jack Nicklaus & Arnold Palmer; leads wire-to-wire

  • 1970 57th Tour de France: Defending champion Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins general, mountains and combination categories

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1973 NY Mets future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays is named to NL All Star team for 24th time (ties Stan Musial)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1974 Cleveland Indians pitcher Dick Bosman no-hits Oakland A's, 4-0
  • 1975 New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson's 1st-inning single & RBI are nullified because tar on his bat handle exceeds 18" limit; Minnesota Twins win, 2-1
  • 1977 48th MLB All Star Game, Yankee Stadium, NYC, NY: NL wins, 7-5; MVP: Don Sutton, LA Dodgers, P
  • 1978 New York Yankees start historic 14 game comeback with 2-0 win over the Minnesota Twins at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, MN
  • 1980 XXII Summer Olympic Games open in Moscow, Russia; led by United States, 66 nations boycott event because of Soviet-Afghan war

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1981 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: American Bill Rogers wins his only major title, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Bernhard Langer of Germany

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • 1981 68th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • 1982 1st annual Cracker Jack Oldtimers Classic 75-year-old Luke Appling hits a 250-foot HR off Warren Spahn, AL beats NL 7-2

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1986 Tim Witherspoon KOs Frank Bruno in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1987 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Briton Nick Faldo wins his first major title, by 1 shot from Paul Azinger and Rodger Davis

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987 Don Mattingly sets AL record of extra base hits in 10 cons games

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly
  • 1989 NFL owners vote unanimously to form World League of American Football - operated 1991-2007

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1989 Cleveland Indians Joe Carter has his 4th 3 HR game

MLB Outfielder Joe Carter
MLB Outfielder
Joe Carter

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1990 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose is sentence to 5 months for tax evasion

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

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1990 Dave Righetti pitches in his 499th game as a NY Yankee, passing Whitey Ford in most appearances as a NY Yankee

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti

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1991 Cal Ripken plays in his 1,500th consecutive game

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr

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1991 Mike Tyson rapes a Miss Black America contestant (Desiree Washington)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1991 With NY Yankee victory, 10 of 14 AL teams are at .500 or better
  • 1992 30th Tennis Fed Cup: Germany beats Spain in Frankfurt Germany (2-1)
  • 1992 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Englishman Nick Faldo wins his 3rd Open title, by 1 stroke from American John Cook

Sport awardFederation Cup

1992 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Frankfurt, Germany: Germany wins 2nd title with 2-1 win over Spain; Steffi Graf clinches final 6-4, 6-2 against Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Tennis Player
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

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1993 Last day of 1st-class cricket for Ian Botham

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • 1996 XXVI Summer Olympic Games open in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1998 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Mark O'Meara wins his 2nd major championship of the year (Masters) and first Open title by 2 in a 4-hole aggregate playoff with fellow American Brian Watts

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

2009 British Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: American Stewart Cink wins his only major championship by 6 strokes in a 4-hole playoff with 5-time champion Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson

Sport awardSports Awards

2009 17th ESPY Awards: Michael Phelps, Nastia Liukin wins

  • 2018 Brazilian soccer international goalkeeper Alisson transfers from Roma to Liverpool for a world record shot blocker's fee of £66.8m

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2020 World Formula 1 drivers champion Lewis Hamilton wins a record 8th Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest to equal Michael Schumacher's record of wins at a single circuit (French GP)

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton