On This Day in Sport for August 22

Events in Sport

  • 1851 Yacht "America" wins 1st Royal Yacht Squadron Cup (America's Cup)
  • 1885 5th U.S. Men's National Championship: Richard Sears beats Godfrey M. Brinley (6-3, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3)
  • 1898 18th U.S. Men's National Championship: Malcolm Whitman beats Dwight F. Davis (3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1)
  • 1917 Pittsburgh Pirates play 4th straight extra inning game, Carson Bigbee sets record of 11 at-bats, they lose in 22 innings to Dodgers

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1927 Babe Ruth hits 40th of 60 homers

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1930 Australia regain Ashes on 6th day of 5th Cricket Test
  • 1934 Australia beat England by 562 runs to regain Cricket Ashes
  • 1934 Red Sox pitcher Wes Ferrell hits 2 HRs to beat White Sox 3-2 in 12
  • 1946 Baseball approves a 168-game schedule, but later rescinds it
  • 1946 Mikko Hietanen wins Oslo marathon (2:24:55)
  • 1947 14th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Chicago Bears 0 (105,840)
  • 1950 Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competitor in a US national tennis competition
  • 1951 Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin before 75,052

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1957 Floyd Patterson KOs Pete Rademacher in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1959 Cincinnati Red Frank Robinson hits 3 consecutive HRs

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1960 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Asheville Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1960 Gil Hodges set NL righty HR record with #352

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • 1965 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Omaha Jaycee Golf Open
  • 1965 San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marachal hits LA Dodger catcher John Roseboro on the head with his bat causing a 14 minute brawl
  • 1971 Pam Barnett wins LPGA Southgate Golf Open
  • 1972 Rhodesia is expelled by the International Olympic Committee for its racist policies.
  • 1975 McNichols Sports Arena in Denver opens

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1976 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1980 Bill Veeck agrees to sell Chicago White Sox to Eddie DeBartolo Sr for $20,000,000, AL owners block the sale
  • 1982 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf
  • 1984 Met pitcher Dwight Gooden becomes 11th rookie to strikeout 200
  • 1985 30th Walker Cup: US wins 13-11

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 5,000th batter (Rickey Henderson)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1991 Krizstina Egerszegi swims world record 100 m backstroke (1:00.31)
  • 1993 Hiromi Kobayash wins Minnesota LPGA Golf Classic
  • 1993 4th World Championships in Athletics close at Stuttgart, Germany

MurderMurder of Interest

1994 DNA testing links O.J. Simpson to murder of Nicole Simpson & Ron Goldman

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 2007 The Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.
  • 2015 15th World Championships in Athletics open at Beijing, China

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1857 Ned Hanlon, American baseball player and manager (d. 1937)
  • 1882 Harry Makepeace, cricketer (4 Tests for England v Australia 1920-21)
  • 1892 Percy Fender, cricketer (legendary Surrey & England all-rounder)
  • 1897 Bill Woodfull, cricketer (Australian captain in the Bodyline series)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1909 Mel Hein, American NFL center (NY Giants), born in Redding, California (d. 1992)

NFL Offensive Lineman Mel Hein
NFL Offensive Lineman
Mel Hein
  • 1930 Gilmar, Brazilian football player, (d. 2013)
  • 1935 Richard W Howard, 400m hurdler (Olympic-bronze-1960), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1938 Paul Maguire, American football commentator

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1939 Carl Yastrzemski, American Boston Red Sox great (1967 AL MVP, Hall of Fame), born in Southampton, New York

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • 1940 David Vance, horse trainer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1941 Bill Parcells, NFL coach (NY Giants, NY Jets, NE Patriots), born in Englewood, New Jersey

NFL Coaching Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coaching Legend
Bill Parcells
  • 1949 Diana Nyad, swimmer (1st to swim Bahamas to Fla-1979)
  • 1949 Doug Bair, baseball player
  • 1950 Ray Burris, baseball player
  • 1954 John Colwell, Kingston Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1978 Simon Fraser)
  • 1956 Jeffrey Lloyd, South African jockey based in Australia, born in Durban
  • 1956 Paul Molitor, infielder (Mn Twins, 1993 World Series MVP), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1956 Peter Taylor, cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1987-92)
  • 1957 Randy Romero, jockey (Breeder's Cup 1987-89), born in Garden City, New York
  • 1958 Elhadjdia Ba, Dakar Senegal, hurdler (Olympic-silver-1988)
  • 1959 Denise Curry, Daivs California, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • 1961 John Kidd, NFL punter (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1962 Gene Craig Sauers, PGA golfer (1986 Bank of Boston), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1963 Lily Yip, US table tennis player (Olympics-92, 96), born in Guangzhou, China
  • 1963 Terry Catledge, NBA star (Orlando Magic)
  • 1963 Thomas Ansberry, Okinawa Japan, US 10K runner
  • 1964 Dean Evason, Flin Flon, NHL center (Calgary Flames)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1964 Mats Wilander, Swedish tennis star (1988-US, Aust, French), born in Vaxjo, Sweden

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
  • 1965 Patricia Hy-Boulais, Cambodia, tennis star (1994 Auckland doubles)
  • 1966 Rob Witschge, Dutch soccer star (Ajax/Feyenoord)
  • 1967 Curt Bourque, American jockey, born in Erath, Louisiana
  • 1968 Henrik Holm, Sweden, tennis star
  • 1968 Horst Skoff, Austria, tennis star
  • 1968 Michael Curry, NBA guard (Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1968 Paul Ereng, Kenya, 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • 1968 Alexander Mostovoi, Russian footballer
  • 1969 Hipolito Pichardo, Esperanza Dom Rep, pitcher (KC Royals)
  • 1969 Maurice Graef, soccer player (VVW, Roda JC)
  • 1971 Bernard Carter, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Jaguars, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1972 Stephen Boyd, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Max Wilson, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1974 Agustín Pichot, Argentine rugby player
  • 1975 Charles C Smith, NBA guard (Miami Heat)
  • 1975 Robert Enes, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • 1975 Clint Bolton, Australian footballer
  • 1976 Jim Weaver, Northridge California, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1977 Heiðar Helguson, Icelandic footballer
  • 1980 Roland Benschneider, German footballer
  • 1980 Nicolas Macrozonaris, French-Canadian track-and-field athlete
  • 1981 Alex Holmes, American football player
  • 1983 Theo Bos, Dutch cyclist
  • 1984 Lee Camp, English footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1910 George Palmer, cricketer (17 Tests for Aust 1880-86, 78 wickets), dies
  • 1951 J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (b. 1884)
  • 1953 Jim Tabor, American baseball player (b. 1916)
  • 1960 Eduard Pütsep, Estonian wrestler (b. 1898)
  • 1985 Ginty Lush, cricketer (NSW quickie of 30's), dies
  • 1989 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (b. 1933)
  • 2010 Stjepan Bobek, Yugoslav football player (b. 1923)
  • 2015 Arthur Morris, Australian cricketer (great lefty opening batsman), dies at 93