This Day in Sports History: July 3

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 3 is a day in which Bjorn Borg gave one of the best performances of his career and the Los Angeles Dodgers lost one of their most beloved pitchers and broadcasters.

 

1927: Gerard de Courcelles was killed in an accident during an event for the French Grand Prix in Montlhery.

 

1976: Bjorn Borg overcame a strained stomach muscle to beat Ilie Nastase to win the Wimbledon men's singles title. Borg never lost a set during the tournament, and the victory marked the first of five straight Wimbledon championships.

 

1993: Don Drysdale died of a heart attack at Le Centre Sheraton in Montreal, Quebec, at 56. The Hall of Fame Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher was in town to the call the radio broadcast for the Dodgers game against the Montreal Expos. When he did not show up for the game, radio staff found him dead in his hotel room.

 

1997: After losing to Pete Sampras in four sets in the Wimbledon quarterfinal, Boris Becker announced that he would step away from playing in Grand Slam tournaments. He did actually play in one more, when he was eliminated in the fourth round of Wimbledon in 1999.

 

1999: Dale Jarrett won the Pepsi 400 at the Daytona International Speedway.

 

2004: Greg Maddux pitched through three rain delays and Sammy Sosa hit a home run as the Chicago Cubs beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 at Wrigley Field.

 

— 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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