On This Day

Events in Sport on July 21

  • 1884 1st Test Cricket match played at Lord's
  • 1888 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod retains her title beating Blanche Bingley-Hillyard 6-3, 6-3

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

1896 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Defending champion Charlotte Cooper beats Alice Simpson Pickering 6-2, 6-3

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • 1923 Phillies score 12 in 6th and beat Cubs 17-4
  • 1945 Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia A's play 24 inning 1-1 tie
  • 1956 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brooks Lawrence loses after 13 straight wins
  • 1957 1st black to win a major US tennis tournament (Althea Gibson)
  • 1957 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Miami Valley GC: Lionel Hebert wins 2 & 1 from Dow Finsterwald; last time event played under match-play format
  • 1959 Red Sox are last team to use a black player (Pumpsie Green)

Sport awardPGA Championship

1963 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Dallas Athletic Club: Jack Nicklaus wins first of 5 PGA C'ships by 2 shots from fellow American Dave Ragan

Sport awardPGA Championship

1968 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Pecan Valley GC: Julius Boros (48) becomes oldest winner of a major; wins by 1 from Bob Charles & Arnold Palmer

  • 1968 55th Tour de France won by Jan Janssen of Netherlands
  • 1970 Clay Kirby has a no-hitter going for 8 inn, but is lifted for a pinch hitter, Reliever Jack Baldschun gives up 3 hits & Padres lose, 3-0
  • 1972 Los Angeles Dodgers release and end career of knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Braves Hank Aaron hits Ken Brett's fastball for his 700th HR

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1974 US Open Women's Golf, La Grange CC: Sandra Haynie wins by 1 shot from Beth Stone and Carol Mann

  • 1974 61st Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins 5th Tour that he enters; equals Jacques Anquetil record for Tour victories
  • 1975 Billy Martin fired as Texas Rangers manager
  • 1975 NY Met Félix Millán hits 4 singles; erased by Joe Torres 4 double plays

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1979 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Spaniard Seve Ballesteros wins by 3 from Jack Nicklaus & Ben Crenshaw; Nicklaus runner-up for record 7th time

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
Golfer Jack Nicklaus
Golfer
Jack Nicklaus

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1985 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: Scotsman Sandy Lyle wins his only Open title by 1 stroke from runner-up Payne Stewart; last time event features double cut (after 36 and 54 holes), introduced in 1968

  • 1985 72nd Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1989 Mike Tyson KOs Carl Williams in 1:33 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1991 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Australian 1-2 with Ian Baker-Finch winning his only major championship, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Mike Harwood
  • 1993 Angela Kennedy swims world record 50 m butterfly stroke (26.93)
  • 1995 KC Royals set club-record of 22 singles in 15 innings
  • 1996 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: American Tom Lehman wins his only major championship by 2 strokes from Mark McCumber and Ernie Els; first American to win at Lytham since Bobby Jones 70 years earlier

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1996 Wayne Gretzky signs a 2 year deal with NY Rangers

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1996 83rd Tour de France won by Bjarne Riis of Denmark

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

2002 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Ernie Els of South Africa wins first of 2 Open titles in a playoff from Australians Stuart Appleby & Steve Elkington, and Frenchman Thomas Levet

Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington

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2002 With a record 6 races remaining, German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher clinches his 5th F1 World Drivers Championship with victory in the French Grand Prix at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours; 3rd straight title win

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • 2007 New Zealand beats Australia, 26-12 at Eden Park, Auckland to win their 3rd consecutive Tri Nations Rugby Series; flyhalf Dan Carter lands 7 penalties for the All Blacks

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

2013 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Phil Mickelson wins his 5th major, by 3 strokes from Henrik Stenson of Sweden

  • 2013 100th Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain