On This Day

Events in Sport on July 20

  • 1858 Fee 1st charged to see a baseball game (50 cents) (NY beats Bkln 22-18)
  • 1896 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Harold Mahony beats 3-time champion Wilfred Baddeley 6-2, 6-8, 5-7, 8-6, 6-3
  • 1906 Brooklyn Dodger Mal Eason no-hits St Louis Cards, 2-0
  • 1911 Boston Red Sox Smokey Joe Wood no-hits St Louis Browns, 5-0
  • 1912 Phillies Sherry Magee steals home twice in 1 game
  • 1916 Giants trade Christy Mathewson to Cincinnati Reds
  • 1920 Dutch soccer club Sportclub Heerenveen is formed; initially known as Athleta; KNVB Cup Champions 2008–09
  • 1923 Yanks hit into a triple-play but beat A's 9-2
  • 1924 18th Tour de France won by Ottavio Bottecchia of Italy

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1932 An injured Babe Ruth entertains the touring Australian cricketers in his private box at Yankee Stadium as his NY Yankees beat Chicago WS, 7-2; 'The Babe' meets 'The Don' (Don Bradman)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1938 IOC awards Helsinki, Finland 1940 Summer Olympic Games after Tokyo, Japan withdraws (Second Sino-Japanese War)
  • 1941 Yanks beat Tigers 12-6 in 17
  • 1942 Barbados dismiss Trinidad for 16 in 69 minutes, Derek Sealy taking 8-8; West Indian cricket domestic first class record
  • 1944 Browns Nelson Potter is 1st pitcher suspended for throwing spitballs
  • 1947 34th Tour de France won by Jean Robic of France
  • 1952 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic Record 10K (29:17.0)

  • 1954 American tennis champion Maureen Connolly's right leg is crushed in a horse riding accident ending a brilliant career at just 19

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1956 Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford ties AL record of 6 straight strike-outs

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • 1957 44th Tour de France: French cyclist Jacques Anquetil wins first of 5 general classification titles
  • 1958 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Llanerch CC: Dow Finsterwald wins 1st PGA C'ship held in current stroke play format; wins by 2 from Billy Casper
  • 1958 Detroit Tigers pitcher Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1963 US Open Women's Golf, Kenwood CC: Mary Mills wins her first of 3 major titles by 3 strokes ahead of runners-up Louise Suggs and Sandra Haynie

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1965 NY Yankee pitcher Mel Stottlemyre hits an inside-the-park grand slam
  • 1969 56th Tour de France: Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx wins general, points, mountains, team classification titles
  • 1970 Dodgers Bill Singer no-hits the Phillies 5-0, giving up no walks
  • 1973 Chic's Wilbur Wood starts and loses both games of a doubleheader with NY Yankees, 12-2, & 7-0

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1975 US Open Women's Golf, Atlantic City CC: Sandra Palmer wins her second major title by 4 strokes from JoAnne Carner, Sandra Post and Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1975 62nd Tour de France won by Bernard Thevenet of France

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1976 Hank Aaron hits 755th and last home run off Angels Dick Drago

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1980 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Tom Watson wins his 3rd of 5 Open titles, by 4 strokes from fellow American Lee Trevino

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • 1980 67th Tour de France won by Joop Zoetemelk of Netherlands
  • 1984 Uwe Hohn of East Germany throws javelin a record 104.8 m

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1986 British Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: Australian Greg Norman wins his first major championship at even-par, 5 strokes clear of runner-up Gordon J. Brand

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Don Mattingly ties 1st base fielding record with 22 put-outs

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Mike Tyson is accused of raping a Miss Black America contestant

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson offers $500,000 reward for evidence of ex-wife's klller

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1997 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: American Justin Leonard recovers from 5 strokes back after 3 rounds; wins by 3 from Darren Clarke and Jesper Parnevik
  • 2000 The leaders of Salt Lake City's bid to win the 2002 Winter Olympics are indicted by a federal grand jury for bribery, fraud, and racketeering
  • 2003 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: American Ben Curtis becomes first debut winner since Tom Watson in 1975; in his first major appearance at #396 in world rankings beats runners-up Thomas Bjørn and Vijay Singh by 1 stroke
  • 2008 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Irishman Pádraig Harrington successfully defends his Open title; shoots 4-under par over the final 9 to be 4 strokes clear of runner-up Ian Poulter

Sport awardSports Awards

2008 16th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Candace Parker win

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2014 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins wire-to-wire by 2 from Sergio Garcia & Rickie Fowler
  • 2015 British Open Men's Golf, St. Andrews: American Zach Johnson wins in a 4-hole play-off with Australian Marc Leishman & Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first man to score 50 goals in Serie A, La Liga and the Premier League with a double in Juventus' 2-1 win over Lazio

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo