On This Day in Sport for August 5

Events in Sport

  • 1901 Peter O'Connor of Ireland, sets then long jump record at 24' 11 3/4"
  • 1921 1st radio baseball broadcast Pirates-8, Phillies-0 (KDKA, Pitts)
  • 1927 Phillies Cy Williams hits for cycle in just 4 at bats

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936 At Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his 3rd Olympic medal

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1937 Ranger (US) beats Endeavour II (England) in 17th America's Cup
  • 1938 33rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Philadelphia (3-2)
  • 1940 St Louis Brown John Whitehead no-hits Detroit Tigers, 4-0 in 6 innings
  • 1948 Cleveland Indians set club record for most double plays in a game (6)
  • 1954 Boxing Hall of Fame's 1st election selects 24 modern & 15 pioneers
  • 1954 Patty Berg wins LPGA World Golf Championship

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1956 Louise Suggs wins LPGA All American Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1956 WCYB TV channel 5 in Bristol-Kingsport, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 Bkln Sports Authority gets an engineering report on 50,000-seat stadium in downtown area for estimated $207 million
  • 1959 Chicago Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 55-26 in Toronto
  • 1961 Chicago Bears (NFL) beat Mont Alouettes (CFL) 34-16 in Montreal
  • 1962 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • 1964 Ford Frick says he will not run for another term as Commissioner of Baseball
  • 1965 Dave Marr wins PGA title
  • 1966 33rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 38, All-Stars 0 (72,000)
  • 1966 Jose Torres beats Eddie Cotton to retain light-heavyweight boxing title
  • 1967 1st time an AFL team beats an NFL team, Broncos beats Detroit 13-7
  • 1972 Detroit shortstop Ed Brinkman errors ends record streak of 72 games & 331 total chances without a miscue
  • 1973 Atlanta Braves Phil Niekro no-hits SD Padres, 9-0
  • 1973 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Pabst Ladies Golf Classic
  • 1975 Phillies 1st 8 batters get hits for a record, beat Cubs 13-5
  • 1978 New Orlean Saints beat Phil Eagles 14-7 in Mexico City (NFL expo)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1979 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate European Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1979 Phillies Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1979 Willie Mays, Warren Giles, & Hack Wilson inducted in Hall of Fame

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1980 NY Met Doug Flynn ties record of 3 triples in a game
  • 1984 Alice Miller wins West Virginia LPGA Golf Classic
  • 1984 Joan Benoit (US) wins 1st Olympic marathon for women (2:24:52)
  • 1985 Baseball players go on strike for 2 days
  • 1990 Barb Mucha wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • 1991 Sergei Bubka of USSR sets pole vault world record (6.10m) in Malmö Sweden
  • 1995 5th World Championships in Athletics open at Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1996 Dallas Cowboys play KC Chiefs in Monterrey Mexico
  • 2012 General Motors signs a record breaking $559 million marketing deal with Manchester United
  • 2013 Alex Rodriquez, New York Yankee MLB player, is banned for 211 games for using human growth hormones
  • 2016 31st Summer Olympics offically opens in Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1866 Harry Trott, Australian cricketer (d. 1917)
  • 1910 Nan Gindele, US javelin thrower (World Record 1932-38)
  • 1921 Nazar Mohammad, cricketer (Mudassar's pop, Pakistan's 1st centurion)
  • 1935 John McCartan, ice hockey player (Oly-gold-60), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1937 Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (Olympic Gold Medal 1980), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks
  • 1938 Hayes Wendell Jones, Sturksville Mich, 110m hurdler (Oly-gold-1964)
  • 1947 Bernie Carbo, American baseball player
  • 1948 Tony DiCicco, Wethersfield Ct, US women's soccer coach (Olympics-96)
  • 1948 Ray Clemence, English footballer
  • 1950 Rosi Mittermaier, German FR, slalom/downhill (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1961 Athula Samarasekera, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman)
  • 1962 Otis Thorpe, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies, Detroit Pistons)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1962 Patrick Ewing, NBA center (NY Knicks/Olympic gold 92), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • 1962 Richard De Groen, cricketer (NZ medium pacer 1993-)
  • 1962 William Roberts, NFL guard (NY Jets, NE Patriots)
  • 1965 M V Sridhar, cricketer (score 366 for Hyderabad v Andhra Pradesh 1994)
  • 1967 Mike Fox, NFL defensive end (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1968 Andreas Lupzig, Straubing GER, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • 1968 John Olerud, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968 Oleg Luzhny, Ukrainian footballer
  • 1968 Colin Steele McRae, British rally driver, born in Lanark, Scotland (d. 2007)
  • 1969 Halle Cioffi, tennis star, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1969 James Fuller, NFL/WLAF safety (N O Saints, Frankfurt Galaxy, Scotland)
  • 1969 Robert Scott, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Vasbert Conniel Drakes, cricketer (Barbados fast bowler, WI ODI 1995)
  • 1969 Venkatesh Prasad, cricketer (consistent Indian Test pace bowler 1996-)
  • 1970 Andy Antoine, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1970 Everett McIver, NFL guard (NY Jets, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970 Travis Moore, CFL receiver (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1971 Valeri Karpov, NHL left wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1972 Aaqib Javed, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler 1989- )
  • 1972 Arthur Reid, pairs skater (& Jennifer Darst), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1972 Darryl Yung, Victoria BC, badminton player (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 John Wasdin, Ft Belvoir WA, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1973 Brendan Todd, Australian mistral sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Ed Burman, WLAF linebacker (London Monarchs)
  • 1973 Sanwar Hossain, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1974 Frankie Hejduk, soccer defender (Olympics-gold-96), born in La Mesa, California
  • 1974 Jason Shelley, WLAF wide receiver (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1974 Antoine Sibierski, French footballer
  • 1976 Germain Wattamaleo, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1976 Marian Pahars, Latvian footballer
  • 1977 Eric Hinske, American baseball player
  • 1977 Michael Walsh, English footballer
  • 1977 Mark Mulder, American baseball player
  • 1978 Kristin Link, Fairfax Va, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1978 Lorrie Fair, Los Altos CA, soccer defender (Olympics-96)
  • 1978 Kim Gevaert, Belgian sprinter
  • 1979 David Healy, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1980 Wayne Bridge, English footballer
  • 1980 Ali Umar, Maldivian footballer
  • 1980 Jason Čulina, Australian soccer player
  • 1981 Carl Crawford, American baseball player
  • 1981 Alester Maregwede, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1982 LoLo Jones, American track and field athlete
  • 1982 Ryu Seung Min, Korean table tennis player
  • 1985 Laurent Ciman, Belgian footballer
  • 1985 Salomon Kalou, Ivorian footballer
  • 1986 Paula Creamer, American golfer
  • 1988 Federica Pellegrini, Italian swimmer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1911 Bob Caruthers, American baseball player (b. 1864)
  • 1927 Tom Groube, cricketer (Test for Australia 1880), dies
  • 1934 Neville Quinn, cricketer (12 Tests for South Africa), dies at 26
  • 1944 Maurice Turnbull, cricketer (England)/rugby (Wales), dies
  • 1964 Art Ross, Canadian hockey player and executive (b. 1886)
  • 1966 Austin Diamond, cricketer (Australian capt to America 1913), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1991 Paul Brown, NFL founder (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), dies at 82

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 1994 Amy Sacks, producer (ABC sports, Disney), dies of Lupus at 39
  • 1994 Terry Hibbitt, soccer star, dies at 47
  • 2005 Polina Astakhova, Russian gymnast (b. 1936)
  • 2005 Jim O'Hora, American football coach (b. 1915)
  • 2013 Shawn Burr, Canadian ice hockey player, dies from complications from a fall at 47