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This Day in Sports History — July 1

Virginia Wade
Mike Stephens, Hulton Archive

Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on July 1 :

1903 — The first Tour de France bicycle race began in Paris. (More info.)

1904 — The Summer Olympics commenced in St. Louis. (More info.)

1910 — White Sox Park, later renamed Comiskey Park, opened in Chicago, as the White Sox lost to the St. Louis Browns, 2-0. (More info.)

1916 — Honus Wagner, 42, became the oldest major league player to hit an inside-the-park home run. (More info.)

1920 — Washington Senators’ pitcher Walter Johnson no-hit the Boston Red Sox, 1-0. (More info.)

1951 — Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Bob Feller, pitched his then MLB-record third career no-hitter, beating Detroit, 2-1. (More info.)

1961 — Golfer Mickey Wright won the U.S. Women’s Open at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey. (More info.)

1977 — Virginia Wade of Britain beat Bette Stove of the Netherlands to win the women’s singles title at Wimbledon. Through 2011, it’s still the last time a Brit has won a singles title at the tournament. (More info.)

1980 — Steve Ovett of Britain set a world record in the mile in 3 minutes 48.8 seconds at Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway. (More info.)

1987 — WFAN-AM of New York City became the nation’s first 24-hour all sports radio station. (More info.)

1989 — NFL owners unanimously voted to form the World League of American Football. (More info.)

1990 — New York Yankees’ pitcher Andy Hawkins did not allow a hit to the Chicago White Sox, but his team lost 4-0 thanks to three errors in the eighth inning. (More info.)

1997 — The Nevada Athletic Commission suspended heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson for biting the ear of Evander Holyfield in their June 28 fight. (More info.)

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