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

Sports History

1910 Cy Young wins the 500th game of his Baseball HOF career as the Cleveland Naps beat Washington Senators, 5 - 2, in 11 innings; only pitcher in MLB history to reach milestone

  • 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

Baseball 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.

Sports History

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

  • 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)

Sports History

1936 17 year old Cleveland Indians future Baseball HOF pitcher Bob Feller makes his MLB debut in relief in 9-5 loss to Senators at Griffith Stadium, Washington

  • 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

PGA 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

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

  • 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

British 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

  • 1981 68th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France

Sports History

1982 1st annual Cracker Jack Old-Timers Baseball Classic: 75-year-old Luke Appling hits a 275-foot HR off Warren Spahn, as AL beats NL 7-2; participants included Hank Aaron, Lou Brock, Bert Campaneris, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Don Newcombe, and Early Wynn (RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.)

Boxing Title Fight

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

British 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

  • 1989 NFL owners vote unanimously to form World League of American Football - operated 1991-2007

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

  • 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

Federation 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

Sports History

1993 Last day of 1st-class cricket for 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

British 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

ESPY 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

Sports History

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)

  • 2022 92nd MLB All Star Game, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA: AL beats NL, 3-2 for their ninth straight victory