Monthly Archives: July 2013

The World Cup Begins

On July 30, 1930, the final game to the first World Cup was held in Montevideo, the capitol of Uruguay. Fédération Internationale de Football Association President Jules Rimet had the idea to have the counties of the world compete annually to see which team was the best. The idea for the tournament was not new to the sports […]

Patterson- Boxing World Champion

On July 29, 1957, defending champion, “The Gentleman of Boxing,” Floyd Patterson stepped into the boxing ring for the World Championship match with his manager Lippe Breidbart. The challenger Tommy “The Hurricane” Jackson was accompanied by his manager Cus D’Amato. Jackson was ready to take the title from Patterson after being defeated in the same match up the […]

Jack Nicklaus wins U.S. Senior Golf Open

On July 28, 1991, pro golfer Jack Nicklaus won the U.S. Senior Open. Throughout his career Nicklaus won the Amature Open, U.S, Open, and the Sr. Open. The great Arnold Palmer is the only other golfer to have held all three titles at some point in his career. Nicklaus’ experience at the Senior Open brought him […]

Welcome to Shea Stadium

On July 27, 1959, New York lawyer William Shea announced his decision to bring another professional baseball team to New York. Since the Yankees were already getting attention as the city’s American League team, Shea thought there was a need for a National League team. A new stadium had to be built. It would be named […]

Switch hitting home runs

On July 26, 1950, James “Jim” Russell became the first to switch-hit home runs twice in one game. He also batted three runners in to score. The infielder helped the Brooklyn Dodgers defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5. Russell was never a big time home run hitter like Babe Ruth or Micky Mantle with a name […]

Birth of a Legend

On July 25, 1954, legendary Chicago Bear’s running back Walter Payton was born in Columbia, Mississippi. Peyton attended Jackson State University where he played half back as a starter his freshman year, 1971. He had an extraordinary college career. He started all four years and broke nine school records. He scored 464 points in his four […]

Hoyt Wilhelm breaks a Cy Young record

On July, 2, 1968, pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm broke Cy Young’s record after he made his 907th pitching appearance. The record breaking appearance  Chicago White Sox home game with the Oakland Athletics winning 1-0. He was the closing pitcher, playing only in the ninth inning of the game. The losing pitcher was Tommy John and Jim Nash […]