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This Day in Sports History: July 5

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 5 is a day in which a color line was broken in both baseball and tennis and one of the greatest tennis matches in history took place.

 

1912: New York Giants pitcher Christy Mathewson won his 300th game with a 9-7 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at National League Park.

 

1946: Sam Snead won the British Open by four strokes at the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland. It was the first Open held since 1939 because of World War II and Snead's only British Open title.

 

1947: Cleveland Indians center fielder Larry Doby became the first Black player to play in the American League when he took the field against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the National League three months earlier.

 

1975: Arthur Ashe beat Jimmy Connors in four sets to become the first Black man to win the Wimbledon Men’s Singles title.

 

1980: Bjorn Borg defeated John McEnroe in five sets in one of the greatest tennis matches ever played to win his fifth straight Wimbledon Men's Singles championship. Facing elimination in the fourth-set tiebreaker, McEnroe saved five championship points and forced a fifth set.

 

1992: Andre Agassi beat Goran Ivanisevic in five sets to take Wimbledon Men's Singles title. It was Agassi's first Grand Slam tournament win.

 

2002: Serena Williams defeated her sister, Venus, in straight sets to win the Wimbledon Women's Singles championship. She did not lose a set during the entire tournament.

 

— 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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