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This Day in Sports History — July 9

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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on July 9 :

1877 — Play began at the first Wimbledon championships at the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club near London. (More info.)

1922 — American Johnny Weissmuller swam the 100 meter freestyle in 58.6 seconds to break the world swimming record and the ‘minute barrier’. (More info.)

1932 — The Boston Braves, who will become the Washington Redskins in 1937, were granted an NFL franchise. (More info.)

1933 — The Philadelphia Eagles were granted an NFL franchise and the remains of the Frankford Yellow Jackets. (More info.)

1940 — Max West of the Boston Bees hit a three-run homer in the first inning to lead the National League to a 4-0 win over the American League in the MLB All-Star Game at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. (More info.)

1946 — Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams homered on an Eephus pitch from Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitcher Rip Sewell, as the American League routed the National League, 12-0, in the MLB All-Star Game at Fenway Park in Boston. (More info.)

1953 — Philadelphia Phillies’ pitcher Robin Roberts gave up 11 hits and five earned runs to the Brooklyn Dodgers, as his streak of 28 consecutive complete games came to an end. (More info.)

1968 — San Francisco Giants’ star Willie Mays was the Most Valuable Player, as the National League beat the American League, 1-0, at the Astrodome in Houston in the first-ever MLB All-Star Game played indoors. (More info.)

1977 — In what is now known as ‘The Duel in the Sun,’ Tom Watson beat Jack Nicklaus by one stroke to win the British Open at Turnberry in Scotland. (More info.)

1991 — After a 21-year ban because of their oppressive apartheid policy, South Africa was readmitted to the Olympics. (More info.)

1994 — With all five goals coming inside of 30 minutes of the second half, Brazil defeated the Netherlands, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of soccer’s World Cup at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. (More info.)

2000 — Pete Sampras beat Patrick Rafter of Australia to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon and pass Roy Emerson as the all-time leader in Grand Slam victories with 13. (More info.)

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