TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1969 Rod Laver wins his fourth Wimbledon championship.
1975 Arthur Ashe wins men’s single championship at Wimbledon. 1983 New Jersey Devils purchase AHL Maine Mariners as their farm team.
1986 (to July 20) Goodwill Games are held in Moscow.
1987 Australian Pat Cash wins Wimbledon, upsets No. 1 seed Ivan Lendl. 1989 Barry Bonds’ home run sets father-son (with Bobby) home-run record at 408.
1989 Mark McGwire gets 100th home run, second fastest (1,400 at bats) (to Kiner).
1990 Zina Garrison upsets Steffi Graf in Wimbledon semifinals.
1991 In a unanimous vote, final approval is given by baseball owners for the Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins to join the National League in 1993.
2004 Pitcher Eric Gagne of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sets a record streak of 84 consecutive saves, as he gives up a win on his 85th game.
2005 Boston Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez hits his 20th career grand slam, the second-most in major league history.
2008 Venus Williams beats her sister Serena, 7-5, 6-4, capturing her fifth Wimbledon tennis title. 2008 Daniel Nestor of Canada and teammate Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia win the Wimbledon doubles tennis match, defeating Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3.
2009 Roger Federer defeats Andy Roddick in the Wimbledon men’s tennis final, winning a five-set match, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14, for a record 15th Grand Slam championship.
Arthur Ashe won the men’s title at Wimbledon 42 years ago today.