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 100m 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, born in Montville, Connecticut (d. 1937)
  • 1882 Harry Makepeace, English cricketer (4 Tests for England v Australia 1920-21), born in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire (d. 1952)
  • 1892 Percy Fender, English cricketer (legendary Surrey & England all-rounder), born in Balham, London (d. 1985)
  • 1897 Bill Woodfull, Australian cricketer (Australian captain in the Bodyline series), born in Maldon, Australia (d. 1965)

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, born in Santos, São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2013)
  • 1935 Richard W Howard, 400m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1960), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1938 Paul Maguire, American football commentator, born in Youngstown, Ohio

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 R. Vance, American horse trainer, born in Logansport, Indiana

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, American journalist and long-distance swimmer (1st to swim Bahamas to Fla-1979), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Doug Bair, baseball player, born in Defiance, Ohio
  • 1950 Ray Burris, baseball player, born in Idabel, Oklahoma
  • 1954 John Colwell, Canadian Tour golfer (1978 Simon Fraser), born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 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, Australian cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1987-92), born in North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 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, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in Fort Benton, Montana
  • 1961 John Kidd, American NFL punter (Miami Dolphins), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 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, American NBA star (Orlando Magic), born in Houston, Mississippi
  • 1963 Thomas Ansberry, American long-distance runner
  • 1964 Dean Evason, Canadian NHL player (Calgary Flames), born in Thompson, Manitoba, Canada

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, tennis star (1994 Auckland doubles), born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • 1966 Rob Witschge, Dutch soccer star (Ajax/Feyenoord), born in Amsterdam
  • 1967 Curt Bourque, American jockey, born in Erath, Louisiana
  • 1968 Henrik Holm, tennis star, born in Täby, Sweden
  • 1968 Horst Skoff, tennis star, born in Klagenfurt, Austria
  • 1968 Michael Curry, American basketball player and coach (Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Anniston, Alabama
  • 1968 Paul Ereng, Kenyan athlete, 800m runner (Olympic gold 1988), born in Kitale, Kenya
  • 1968 Alexander Mostovoi, Russian footballer, born in Leningrad Oblast, Russia
  • 1969 Hipolito Pichardo, Dominican pitcher (KC Royals), born in Jicomé, Dominican Republic
  • 1969 Maurice Graef, Dutch soccer player (VVW, Roda JC), born in Horn, Netherlands
  • 1970 Jean-Michel Bombardier, Canadian pair skater (1995, 96 Can), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1971 Bernard Carter, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Jaguars, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1972 Stephen Boyd, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Valley Stream, NY
  • 1972 Max Wilson, Brazilian racing driver, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1974 Agustín Pichot, Argentine rugby player, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1975 Charles C. Smith, American baseball player, NBA guard (Miami Heat), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1975 Robert Enes, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • 1975 Clint Bolton, Australian former football goalkeeper, born in Bundaberg, Australia
  • 1976 Jim Weaver, American baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1977 Heiðar Helguson, Icelandic footballer, born in Dalvík, Iceland
  • 1980 Roland Benschneider, German footballer, born in Neuruppin, Germany
  • 1980 Nicolas Macrozonaris, French-Canadian track-and-field athlete, born in Laval, Canada
  • 1981 Alex Holmes, American football player, born in San Diego, California
  • 1983 Theo Bos, Dutch cyclist, five time world champion, born in Hierden, Netherlands
  • 1984 Lee M. J. Camp, English footballer, born in Derby, England

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
  • 2017 Rafael "Felo" Ramírez, Cuban-American Spanish language sports announcer (Miami Marlins), dies at 94