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 Michel Théato wins 2nd olympics marathon (2:59:45.0-40,260k)
  • 1902 NY Giants lose their 1st game under new manager John McGraw
  • 1903 1st Tour de France: French rider Maurice Garin wins inaugural event
  • 1908 Feyenoord soccer team forms in Rotterdam
  • 1909 Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball executes an unassisted triple play

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1910 Cleveland Indian baseball player Cy Young registers 500th career victory against Washington 5-4 in 11 innings

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1914 Boston Braves begin drive from last to 1st place in NL
  • 1918 Wash catcher Eddie Ainsmith applies for deferment from the draft Secretary of War Newton D Baker rules baseball players are not draft exempt
  • 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)
  • 1936 Indians' Bob Feller makes his major league debut in relief
  • 1942 German occupiers confiscate bicycles in Rotterdam and The Hague

  • 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
  • 1960 SF Giants Juan Marichal debuts, with a 1 hitter against Phillies
  • 1963 Philadelphia Phillies Roy Siever hits HR # 300

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 Willie Mays named to NL all star team for 24th time (ties Musial)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1974 Cleveland Indian Dick Bosman no-hits Oakland A's, 4-0
  • 1975 NY Yankee catcher Thurman Munson's 1st-inning single & RBI are nullified because tar on his bat handle exceeds 18" limit
  • 1977 48th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-5 at Yankee Stadium, NY
  • 1977 All star MVP: Don Sutton (LA Dodgers)
  • 1980 22nd modern Olympic games opens in Moscow; US and others boycott

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
  • 1986 Indian pitcher Phil Niekro wins his 307th game tying him with

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
  • 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 Raghetti pitches in his 499th game as a NY Yankee, passing Whitey Ford in most appearances as a NY Yankee

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford

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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

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

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • 1996 26th 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
  • 2018 Brazilian soccer international goalkeeper Alisson transfers from Roma to Liverpool for a world record shot blocker's fee of £66.8m