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 9 is a day in which the oldest player to make his MLB debut took the field and Derek Jeter reached a hitting milestone with an epic performance.
1877: The first Wimbledon tennis tournament began in London. It was then a men-only contest, Spencer Gore defeated William Marshall in straight sets to win the championship 10 days later.
1922: Johnny Weissmuller became the first person to swim the 100-meter freestyle in less than a minute, completing it in 58.6 seconds. He later played Tarzan in more than 10 movies.
1946: Ted Williams hit two home runs, including the only one ever recorded off of Rip Sewell's "Eephus Pitch" in a 12-0 American League victory in the MLB All-Star Game at Fenway Park. The "Eephus" was a junk pitch Sewell used to catch batters off guard.
1948: After more than 20 years in the Negro Leagues, pitcher Satchel Paige became the oldest player to debut in the major leagues when he relieved Cleveland Indians starter Bob Lemon in the fourth inning of a 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Browns at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Paige was 42 years and two days old.
2001: Goran Ivanisevic beat Pat Rafter in five sets to win the Wimbledon Men's Singles title. Ivanisevic did not qualify for an automatic bid and became the first wild card (entry awarded at the discretion of event organizers) to win a Grand Slam. The Croatian dedicated his victory to fellow countryman and New Jersey Nets guard Drazen Petrovic, who was killed in a car accident in 1993.
2011: New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter recorded his 3,000th hit, a home run off of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price in a 5-4 win at Yankee Stadium.
— 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.