On This Day in Sport for August 15

Events in Sport

  • 1903 New Zealand's All Blacks play their first Rugby Test Match against Australia's Wallabies at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney; New Zealand win 22-3
  • 1914 13th Davis Cup: Australasia beats USA in New York (3-2)
  • 1925 White Sox Dickie Kerr, 1st appearance since winning 2 world series games in 1919
  • 1931 Spakenburg soccer team forms
  • 1939 First night game at baseball's Comiskey Park, Sox beat Browns 5-2
  • 1945 Chandler sells World Series radio rights for $150,000 to Gillette, Ford had been World Series sponsor since 1934, pay $100,000 annually
  • 1948 3rd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Babe Didrikson-Zaharias

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1950 Ezzard Charles TKOs Freddie Beshore in 14 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • 1952 19th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Los Angeles 10, All-Stars 7 (88,316)
  • 1958 25th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 35, Detroit 19 (70,000)
  • 1960 CFL's Calgary Stampeders move into McMahon Stadium
  • 1960 Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 16-7 in Toronto (NFL expo)
  • 1960 Mil Brave Lew Burdette no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0
  • 1964 Fred Trueman takes 300th Test Cricket wicket (Neil Hawke)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 Mayor Daley declares "Ernie Banks Day" in Chicago

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1964 Phillies triple-play NY Mets
  • 1964 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 3½"
  • 1965 47th PGA Championship: Dave Marr shoots a 280 at Laurel Valley GC PA

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1965 Mary Mills wins LPGA St Louis Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • 1970 Patricia Palinkas becomes 1st woman pro football player (Orlando)
  • 1971 Charles Lismont wins Helsinki marathon (2:13:09.0)
  • 1971 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Len Immke Buick Golf Open
  • 1974 Longest team (6) trampoline bouncing marathon (1,248 hours or 52 days)
  • 1976 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic
  • 1977 England regain cricket Ashes by taking a 3-0 series lead over Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia at Old Trafford

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • 1981 Robin Leamy of US swims record 7.98 kph for 50 m

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1982 Beth Daniel wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1989 Giorgio Lamberti swims world record 200m free style (1:46.69)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 In 2nd start since after cancer treatment, Giants Dave Dravecky breaks his pitching arm while throwing to Tim Raines

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 51st PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1990 Mark McGwire is 1st to hit 30 HRs in each of his 1st 4 seasons

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1993 75th PGA Championship: Paul Azinger shoots a 272 at Inverness Club Oh
  • 1993 Cindy Schreyer wins LPGA Sun-Time Challenge Golf Tournament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Nolan Ryan, 324th & final victory, Rangers 4, Indians 1

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1997 Dan Wilson hits Seattle Mariners 3,000th HR
  • 1997 LA Dodgers retire Tommy Lasorda's #2

Sport awardGolf Major

1999 81st PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 277 at Medinah Country Club

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2004 Bay of Plenty defeat Auckland 33-26 in Rugby Union to win NZ's Ranfurly shield for the first time in the shield's 102 year history and after 28 unsuccessful challenges
  • 2004 86th PGA Championship: Vijay Singh shoots a 280 at Whistling Straits

Sport awardGolf Major

2005 87th PGA Championship: Phil Mickelson shoots a 276 at Baltusrol Golf Club

  • 2009 12th World Championships in Athletics open at Berlin, Germany
  • 2010 92nd PGA Championship: Martin Kaymer shoots a 277 at Whistling Straits
  • 2012 Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez becomes 23rd pitcher to throw a perfect game (1-0 vs Tampa Bay)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1886 Bill Whitty, Australian cricketer (left-arm bowler 1909-12), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1974)
  • 1927 Eddie Leadbeater, English cricketer (England leg-spinner with an avg of 109), born in Lockwood, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2011)
  • 1934 Reg Scarlett, WI cricket off-spinner (3 Tests 1960)
  • 1945 Gene Upshaw, NFL guard (Oakland Radiers), NFLPA leader
  • 1950 Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Windsor, England, Princess/olympic equestrian
  • 1950 Tom Kelly, American baseball manager
  • 1951 John Childs, cricketer (England left-arm spinner, two Tests v WI 1988)
  • 1955 Kenneth Carr, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1976), born in Clearwater, Florida
  • 1960 Maureen "Peanut" Louie Harper, SF, tennis player (Denver-1985)
  • 1960 Ron van de Berg, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1961 Joan Delk, LPGA golfer (1995 First Bank Edina Realty-66th), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1961 Gary Kubiak, American football coach
  • 1962 Bubby Brister, NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1962 Igor Dorokhin, hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • 1963 Greg Adams, Nelson, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars)
  • 1963 Jack Russell, superb England cricket wicket-keeper (36 Tests 1988-94)
  • 1966 Fred Strickland, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1966 Leo Goeas, guard (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1967 Mike James, Ft Walton FL, pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1967 Moulay Brahim Boutaib, Morocco, 10k runner (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • 1967 Neil Wilkinson, Selkirk, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins)
  • 1968 Luciana Bemvenuti, Porto Alegre Brazil, golfer (1994 Jamie Farr-36th)
  • 1968 Vassili Pankov, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1969 Eric Bieniemy, NFL running back (Cin Bengals)
  • 1969 James Black, Regina, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1969 Mark Heese, beach volleyballer (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1969 Pavel Kamentsev, hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • 1969 Yancey Thigpen, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1970 Dawn Ponte, Kent RI, dance skater (& Frey-1995 Eastern Jr champ)
  • 1971 Perry Carter, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs, Oakland Raiders), born in McComb, Mississippi
  • 1972 Freddie Solomon, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972 Jason Maniecki, defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1972 Ken Walter, punter (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1973 Marcus Jones, defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1974 Ramon Morel, Villa Gonzalez Dom Rep, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1975 Bert Berry, linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1975 Jurgen Dirkx, soccer player (PSV)
  • 1975 Bertrand Berry, American football player
  • 1975 Vijay Bharadwaj, Indian cricketer
  • 1976 Boudewijn Send, soccer player (PSV)
  • 1976 Ger Unterluggauer, hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1977 Martin Biron, Canadian American ice hockey goaltender, born in Lac-Saint-Charles, Quebec
  • 1977 Igor Cassina, Italian gymnast (Olympic gold 2004), born in Seregno, Italy
  • 1978 Stavros Tziortziopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1978 Lilia Podkopayeva, Ukrainian gymnast
  • 1978 Kerri Walsh, American beach volleyball player
  • 1979 Carl Edwards, American NASCAR driver
  • 1981 Brendan Hansen, American swimmer
  • 1981 Oliver Perez, American baseball player
  • 1982 Casey Burgener, American weightlifter

Deaths in Sport

  • 1994 Simon R Naoli, Tanzanian marathoner, dies in an accident at 28
  • 1994 Wout Wagtmans, cyclist (Rome-Naples-Rome 1957), dies at 64
  • 1996 Ernest Leslie Bouts, motor-racing driver, dies at 93
  • 2006 Rick Bourke, Australian rugby league player
  • 2006 Faas Wilkes, Dutch international footballer
  • 2007 Sam Pollock, Canadian sports executive (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Vic Toweel, South African boxer, bantamweight world champion
  • 2011 Rick Rypien, Canadian hockey player (b. 1984)
  • 2014 Jerry Lumpe, American baseball player, dies at 81