On This Day – 2 July
1951 – A memorable day for Worcestershire wicketkeeper Hugo Yarnold in Dundee. He made six stumpings in the second innings against Scotland, a first-class record that still stands
1964 – Glenn “Fireball” Roberts, the biggest NASCAR (the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, an American auto racing sanctioning and operating company) money winner, dies in a crash. The race in 1964, on lap seven, Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett collided in front of Roberts; seeking to avoid hitting either driver, Roberts spun his own car, which struck an infield safety barrier, rupturing the Ford’s gas tank
1966 – Billie Jean King wins her first (of six) Wimbeldon single titles. She won it by defeating Maria Bueno in the Ladies Singles Championship, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
1969 – The day David slew Goliath. The match was a one-day, two-innings affair, which in the event of a draw would be won by the team that led on first innings.
West Indies were demolished by Ireland for just 25. Ireland’s Captain, Dougie Goodwin, took 5/6, and Alec O’Riordan 4/18. West Indies set out for a jolly thrash, but were soon 12/9, before a sterling last-wicket stand of 13. Then, after Ireland made 125/8
1985 – Birth of Katherine Brunt, England women’s all-time leading wicket taker. She made her England debut in 2004 against New Zealand. She played a key role in England winning their first Women’s Ashes in 42 years, in 2005, taking 14 wickets in the two Tests and making her maiden Test fifty. She also took 3/6 against New Zealand in the 2009 World T20 final, England’s first win in the tournament. In October 2019, Brunt announced her engagement to team-mate Nat Sciver, though their wedding in September 2020 had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic
1989 – Alex Morgan, American soccer player (from Orlando Pride) and Co-Captain of the US women’s national soccer team, born in San Dimas, California