TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1911 Ty Cobb goes 0 for 4 and ends a 40 game hit streak. 1914 First U.S. motorcycle race (300 miles, Dodge City, Kan.). 1919 Jack Dempsey beats Jess Willard in Cuba for heavyweight championship. 1939 Boston Red Sox’ Jim Tabor hits two grand slams in one game. 1939 New York Yankees retire first uniform (Lou Gehrig No. 4), first Old Timers Day. 1960 Mickey Mantle hits career homer number 300. 1967 Philadelphia Phillies’ Clay Dairymple ties National League record of six walks in doubleheader. 1980 Nolan Ryan strikes out Ceasar Geronimo to record his 3,000th career strike out. 1982 Jimmy Connors beats John McEnroe for his last Wimbledon championship. 1984 Richard Petty wins his 200th career NASCAR victory at the Firecracker 400 in Daytona, Fla. 1985 In a 19-inning game (6 hours 10 minutes), which goes until just before 4 a.m. the next day, the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, 16-13. 1987 Martina Navratilova wins sixth-straight Wimbledon, defeating Steffi Graf. 2009 Serena Williams defeats sister Venus at Wimbledon with a straightsets victory 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 giving her a third Wimbledon title. 2010 Big Red Mike wins the 151st running of the Queen’s Plate in Toronto. 2010 Rafael Nadal wins his second Wimbledon men’s tennis title and his eighth career Grand Slam singles title, defeating Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.
Jimmy Connors won his final Wimbledon title by beating John McEnroe, 35 years ago today.