Events in Sport on July 9

  • 1877 First ever Wimbledon tennis championship begins - first official lawn tennis tournament - men's singles only
  • 1891 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley-Hillyard 6-2, 6-1 in a repeat matchup and result of the 2 previous finals
  • 1904 US Open Men's Golf, Glen View GC: defending champion Willie Anderson of Scotland wins the 3rd of his 4 Open titles, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Gilbert Nicholls

Contract of Interest

1914 Boston Red Sox purchase future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth's contract from minor league Baltimore Orioles

  • 1932 Washington Redskins (then Boston Braves) formed
  • 1932 Yanks' Ben Chapman hits 2 inside-the-park HRs, tying record
  • 1933 Philadelphia-based NFL team Frankford Yellow Jackets sold; rebranded Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1937 British Open Men's Golf, Carnoustie: Henry Cotton wins second of his 3 Open titles, 2 strokes ahead of fellow Englishman Reg Whitcombe
  • 1939 A meeting of 6,000 Indians, held at the Indian Sports Ground in Johannesburg South Africa, launch the Passive Resistance Campaign against apartheid and racial policy in South Africa
  • 1940 8th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-0 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis
  • 1946 13th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 12-0 at Fenway Park, Boston

Sports History

1948 Satchel Paige, 42, debuts in majors pitching 2 scoreless innings for Cleveland in St. Louis

  • 1949 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St.George's GC: South African Bobby Locke wins a 36-hole playoff by 12 strokes from Irishman Harry Bradshaw
  • 1953 Phillies Robin Roberts ends streak of 28 consecutive complete games
  • 1954 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: 23 year old Australian Peter Thomson wins first of his 5 Open titles by a stroke from Bobby Locke, Dai Rees, and Syd Scott
  • 1957 24th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-6 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis

British Golf Open

1960 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Australian Kel Nagle wins his only major title by 1 stroke from Arnold Palmer in the centenary year of the Open Championship

  • 1963 34th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland

Sports History

1963 All star MVP: Willie Mays (SF Giants)

  • 1965 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Australian Peter Thomson Peter Thomson wins his 5th Claret Jug, 2 strokes clear of runners-up Brian Huggett and Christy O'Connor Snr

British Golf Open

1966 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Jack Nicklaus beats Doug Sanders & Dave Thomas by 1 stroke to become only 4th in history to win all 4 majors

  • 1968 39th MLB All Star Game, Astrodome, Houston, TX: NL beats AL, 1-0; MVP: Willie Mays, SF Giants, CF

Sports History

1968 Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first reigning NBA MVP to be traded the next season when he moves from Philadelphia 76'ers to LA Lakers

Sports History

1969 Tom Seaver's no-hit bid against Cubs ends with 1 out in 9th

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

1972 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Stan Smith beats Ilie Năstase of Romania 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 for his only Wimbledon title

British Golf Open

1977 British Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: Tom Watson wins second of 5 Open titles by a stroke from Jack Nicklaus; pair play together in final 2 rounds; separate themselves from field under rare clear skies, remembered as the "Duel in the Sun"

  • 1986 Padres trade pitcher Tim Stoddard to Yankees for pitcher Ed Whitson

Sports History

1988 Nolan Ryan is 7th to win 100 game on 2 teams, as Astro beat Mets 6-3

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

1989 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany beats Sweden's Stefan Edberg 6-0, 7-6, 6-4 for his 3rd and last Wimbledon title

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

1989 Wimbledon Women's Tennis Open: Steffi Graf successfully defends her title beating Martina Navratilova 6-2, 6-7, 6-1

Sports History

1990 New Zealand cricket legend Richard Hadlee takes 5-53 in 3rd Test v England at Edgbaston to end Test career with 431 wickets

  • 1991 62nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-2 at SkyDome, Toronto

Sports History

1991 All star MVP: Cal Ripken Jr (Baltimore Orioles)

  • 1991 South Africa re-admitted to Olympics
  • 1994 11,000th HR in NY Yankees history (Matt Nokes)

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

1995 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Pete Sampras wins his 3rd straight Wimbledon title; beats Boris Becker of Germany 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2

  • 1996 67th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
  • 1996 All star MVP: Mike Piazza (LA Dodgers)
  • 1997 Baseball's triple A American Association (formed in 1902) votes to disband
  • 2000 Police fired tear gas at fans during a World Cup qualifying soccer game between Zimbabwe and South Africa, setting off a stampede that killed twelve people in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 2000 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Pete Sampras wins 4th straight Wimbledon singles title; beats Patrick Rafter of Australia 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 for his 13th Grand Slams title

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

2001 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: 3-time runner-up Goran Ivanišević wins his lone major title beating Patrick Rafter of Australia 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7

  • 2002 73rd All Star Baseball Game: 7-7 tie when both teams ran out of available pitchers at Miller Park, Milwaukee
  • 2006 FIFA World Cup Final, Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany: Italy beats France, 5-3 on penalties; 1-1 after extra time
  • 2006 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Prairie Dunes GC: Defending champion Allen Doyle wins by 2 strokes ahead of Tom Watson for his 4th Champions Tour major title

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

2006 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins 4th straight Wimbledon title beating Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-0, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3

Sports History

2009 Joe Sakic retires after 21 NHL seasons with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise, finishing with 625 goals and 1,641 points

  • 2011 Super Rugby Final, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane: Queensland Reds beat Canterbury Crusaders 18-13 at home for their first SR title

Sports History

2017 English international footballer Wayne Rooney announces he will leave Manchester United after 13 years to rejoin his original club, Everton

  • 2017 Thai amateur Atthaya Thitikul becomes youngest winner in a female professional golf event at 14 years, 4 months & 19 days at Ladies European Thailand Championship
  • 2018 Hedge fund billionaire David Tepper buys Carolina Panthers for an NFL record $2.275 billion
  • 2021 British road cyclist Mark Cavendish wins Nîmes to Carcassonne stage 13 of the Tour de France for his record equalling 34th career stage victory; equals Eddy Merckx's mark
  • 2022 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan claims her first Grand Slam title with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Tunisia's Ons Jabeur; first Kazakhstani player to win a major title