This Day in Sports History: July 26

Recapping events that took place in the sports world on this day

The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different ones and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, Athlon Sports wanted to offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on a specific date.

 

With that in mind, July 26 is a day in which Formula One racing claimed another victim and beloved baseball player was released from the hospital after being shot.

 

1745: The first recorded women's cricket match was held near Guildford, England.

 

1925: Antonio Ascari died of injuries from a crash during the French Grand Prix at the Autodrome de Montlhery, which is south of Paris. He was 36.

 

1965: New York Giants head coach Allie Sherman signed a 10-year, $500,000 contract extension. He was actually fired after the 1968 season, but remained on the payroll until 1974.

 

1979: New York Yankees pitcher Ron Guidry held the California Angels to three hits in a 2-0 win at Yankee Stadium.

 

1998: Jeff Gordon won the Pennsylvania 500 at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

 

2019: David Ortiz was discharged from Massachusetts General Hospital after a six-week stay. Ortiz was taken there after being shot in the back in a nightclub in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, on June 9. A number of suspects have been arrested in the investigation, but none have been convicted to date.

 

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.

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