August 1959 in Sport

Events in Sport

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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

16th Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Seattle Golf Open

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

Birthdays in Sport

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Deaths in Sport

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