August 1959 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Aug 1 New Continental baseball league formed
  • Aug 2 41st PGA Championship: Bob Rosburg shoots a 277 at Minneapolis GC
  • Aug 2 SF Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits 1st of his 521 HRs
  • Aug 3 27th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Memorial Coliseum, LA
  • Aug 5 Chicago Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 55-26 in Toronto
  • Aug 14 26th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 29, All-Stars 0 (70,000)
  • Aug 14 AFL organized with NY, Dallas, LA, Minneapolis, Denver & Houston

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 16 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Seattle Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Aug 22 Cincinnati Red Frank Robinson hits 3 consecutive HRs
  • Aug 23 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Spokane Golf Open
  • Aug 31 48th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (3-2)
  • Aug 31 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 4 Deedee Lasker, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 7 Ali Shah, cricketer (Zimbabwe all-rounder in two Tests 1992)
  • Aug 12 Lynette Woodard, Wichita Ks, (Olympic-gold-1984, Harlem Globetrotter)
  • Aug 13 Bruce French, cricketer (England wicketkeeper in 16 Tests 1986-88)
  • Aug 13 Tom Niedenfuer, American baseball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 14 Earvin "Magic" Johnson, American NBA Forward (LA Lakers/Olympic-gold-92), born in Lansing, Michigan

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Aug 14 Frank Brickowski, NBA forward/center (Seattle Supersonics)
  • Aug 16 Marc Sergeant, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 18 Tom Prichard, American wrestler
  • Aug 19 Ricky Pierce, NBA guard/forward (Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Aug 20 Missie McGeorge, Pueblo CO, LPGA golfer (1994 PING-Cellular One)
  • Aug 20 Richard DeStasio, horse trainer
  • Aug 21 Anne Hobbs, England, tennis star
  • Aug 21 Bud Schultz, Meriden Conn, tennis star
  • Aug 21 Jim McMahon, NFL QB (Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 21 Richard Zokol, Kitimat BC, Canadian Tour golfer (1982 BC Open)
  • Aug 22 Denise Curry, Daivs California, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • Aug 23 George Kalovelonis, Greek tennis player
  • Aug 24 Adrian Kuiper, cricketer (South African all-rounder)
  • Aug 24 Michel Valke, Dutch soccer player (Sparta, Dordrecht '90)
  • Aug 26 Jim Rutledge, Canadian golfer (1995 Indian Open), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Aug 27 Gerhard Berger, formula-1 racer (Italian Grand Prix-1988)
  • Aug 28 Mary Murphy, LPGA golfer (1990 US Women's Open-5th), born in Birmingham, Michigan

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 12 Mike O'Neill, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1877)