On This Day

Events in Sport on July 26

  • 1914 12th Tour de France won by Philippe Thys of Belgium
  • 1928 In only his second and final defence of his world heavyweight boxing title, Gene Tunney scores an 11-round TKO win over Tom Heeney at Yankee Stadium, NYC
  • 1928 Yanks score 11 runs in 12th beating Tigers 12-1
  • 1931 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Midlothian CC: June Beebe beats Mrs. Melvin Jones, 3 & 2 for golf's only major title
  • 1931 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Henri Cochet beats Fred Perry 6-4, 1-6, 9-7, 6-3 to give France 3-2 win over Great Britain and 5th straight title
  • 1931 25th Tour de France won by Antonin Magne of France

Baseball Record

1933 Joe DiMaggio ends 61 game hitting streak in Pacific Coast League

  • 1939 Yankee catcher Bill Dickey hits 3 consecutive HRs
  • 1947 46th Men's French Championships: Jozsef Asboth beats Eric Sturgess (8-6, 7-5, 6-4)
  • 1947 46th Women's French Championships: Patricia Todd beats Doris Hart (6-3, 3-6, 6-4)

Sports History

1948 "Babe Ruth Story" premieres, Babe Ruth's last public appearance

Sports History

1948 Leo Durocher returns to Ebbets Field as manager of New York Giants

  • 1950 Dodgers' Jim Russell is 1st to switch-hits HRs twice in a game

Sports History

1952 Mickey Mantle hits his 1st grand-slammer

  • 1953 Tour de France: Louison Bobet of France wins first of 3 consecutive Tour general classification events
  • 1955 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Meadowbrook CC: Doug Ford scores a 4 & 3 win over Cary Middlecoff in the Tuesday final; first of 2 majors (Masters 1957)
  • 1955 Last day as Test Cricket umpire for Frank Chester
  • 1957 Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 200
  • 1959 Chicago White Sox Larry Doby plays final MLB game; retires in 1962 after playing for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan

Baseball Record

1962 Milwaukee Brave Warren Spahn sets HR record of 31 by a pitcher

  • 1967 Twins beat Yanks 3-2 in 18

Baseball Record

1970 Cincinnati Reds Johnny Bench hits 3 consecutive HRs off Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton

US Women's Golf Open

1981 US Open Women's Golf, La Grange CC: Pat Bradley shoots final round 66 (−6) to finish 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Beth Daniel; second of Bradley's 6 major titles

Sports History

1984 Expos Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with his 3,502nd single

Sports History

1984 Bowie Kuhn announces pitcher Vida Blue is suspended for the rest of 1984 due to cocaine conviction

  • 1987 Catfish Hunter Billy Williams and Ray Dandridge inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1987 74th Tour de France won by Stephen Roche of Ireland

Baseball Record

1988 Mike Schmidt sets NL record appearing in 2,155 games at 3rd base, as Phillies & NY Mets end that game at 2:13 AM

  • 1990 US beats Soviet Union 17-0 in baseball at Goodwill Games
  • 1991 CFL assumes ownership of Ottawa Rough Riders
  • 1991 Expo's Mark Gardner no hits Dodgers for 9 innings, but loses in 10th

US Women's Golf Open

1992 US Open Women's Golf, Oakmont CC: Patty Sheehan wins an 18-hole Monday playoff over runner-up Juli Inkster, 72 to 74

Baseball Record

1992 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter for 23rd consecutive seasons

Sports History

1992 Tour de France: Miguel Induráin of Spain defends his title by 4' 35" from Italian Claudio Chiappucci; Laurent Jalabert points winner

  • 1998 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Riviera CC: Hale Irwin wins by 1 stroke ahead of Vicente Fernández of Argentina
  • 2009 96th Tour de France won by Alberto Contador of Spain
  • 2009 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Sunningdale: American Loren Roberts wins his second Open Senior title in a playoff with Mark McNulty and Fred Funk
  • 2015 102nd Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain

Golf Tournament

2015 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Sunningdale: American Marco Dawson wins by 1 shot from Bernhard Langer of Germany

  • 2019 Australian cricket captain Meg Lanning records T20 International world record individual score of 133 off 63 balls in 93-run win against England at Chelmsford; Southern Stars clinch Women's Ashes

Sports History

2020 Italian football giants Juventus wins its 9th straight Serie A title with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschiin in a 2-0 win over Sampdoria

  • 2021 Dominant British breaststroke swimmer Adam Peaty successfully defends his 100m title at the Tokyo Olympics beating Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands and Italian Nicolò Martinenghi
  • 2021 Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz makes history becoming the first athlete from the Philippines to win gold at the Olympics in the 55kg class at the Tokyo Games