On This Day in Sport for August 7

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1907 Walter Johnson wins 1st of his 416 wins, 7-2 over Cleveland

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1921 Cyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world champ sprinter

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1938 Leo Durocher, hits 2,000th Dodger home run

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1948 Delfo Cabrera wins 11th Olympic marathon (2:34:51.6)
  • 1950 37th Tour de France won by Ferdi Kübler of Switzerland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 Boston Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1960 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • 1964 31st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago 28, All-Stars 17 (65,000)
  • 1976 Chako Higuchi wins LPGA Colgate-European Golf Open
  • 1983 65th PGA Championship: Hal Sutton shoots a 274 at Riviera CC LA
  • 1983 Grete Waitz of Norway wins 1st all-women Marathon (Helsinki, Finland)
  • 1983 Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • 1983 1st World Championships in Athletics open at Helsinki, Finland
  • 1984 Japan beats US for olympic gold medal in baseball
  • 1985 Baseball players end a 2 day strike
  • 1986 Daniel Buettner, Bret Anderson, Martin Engel & Anne Knabe begin cycling journey of 15,266 miles from Prudhoe Bay Alaska to Argentina
  • 1988 Martha Nause wins Planters Pat Bradley International Golf Tournament
  • 1990 NY Yankee Kevin Mass sets record with 12th HR in 1st 92 at bats & becomes 21st to hit a ball into 3rd deck of Seattle's Kingdome
  • 1991 Charles Austin breaks US high jump record at 7'10½"
  • 1991 Darrin Lewis hits his 1st major league HR
  • 1992 Cleveland Indians turn a triple play
  • 1992 Tampa Bay group purchases SF Giants
  • 1994 Carolyn Hill wins McCall's LPGA Golf Classic at Stratton Mountain
  • 2005 10th World Championships in Athletics: Justin Gatlin wins 100m

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2007 Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run.

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2010 Jerry Rice is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1877 Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (d. 1949)
  • 1879 J J Kotze, South African cricket fast bowler (1902-07)
  • 1895 Edward Gill, baseball player
  • 1927 Art Houtteman, American baseball player (d. 2003)
  • 1929 Don Larsen, American MLB pitcher (NY Yankees), born on what must have been a perfect day in Michigan City, Indiana
  • 1932 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian marathon runner (Olympic-gold-1960, 64)
  • 1937 Don Wilson, cricketer (England slow left-armer between 1963-71)
  • 1938 Dewi Lorwerth Ellis Bebb, rugby international/journalist
  • 1942 Masa Saito, wrestler (AWA/WWF/NJPW/CWFI)
  • 1942 Carlos Monzón, Argentine boxer
  • 1943 Giorgio Alverà, Italy, bobsledder (WC 1975 gold), (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Alan Page, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1948 Greg Chappell, cricketer (bro of Ian Elegant Aussie batsman 1970-84)
  • 1950 David James Wottle, American 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1972), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1951 Gary Hall, US swimmer (Olympics-bronze/2 silver-1968, 72)
  • 1957 Alexander Dityatin, Leningrad, Russia, Soviet gymnast (3-time Olympic Champion)
  • 1958 Alberto Salazar, marathoner (NYC Marathon Winner)
  • 1958 Larisa Karlova, USSR, team handball player (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • 1959 Ali Shah, cricketer (Zimbabwe all-rounder in two Tests 1992)
  • 1961 Walter Swimburn, Irish jockey (Derby 1981)
  • 1961 Yelena Davydova, USSR, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1963 Patrick Newman, St Catharines Ontario, rower (Olympics-10-88, 96)
  • 1964 Patti Liscio, Santa Maria CA, golfer (1994 Chicago Challenge-49th)
  • 1965 Caroline S Keggi, LPGA golfer (1994 Dinah Shore-19th), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1965 Elizabeth Manley, Canada, figure skater (Olympics-Silver-88)
  • 1966 Tony Stargell, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Chicago Bears)
  • 1967 Jason Grimsley, Cleveland TX, pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1968 Leslie Lyness, Paoli PA, field hockey midfielder (Olympics-96)
  • 1968 Tomas Carbonell, tennis star, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1969 Dave Smits, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1969 Jodi Figley, LPGA golfer
  • 1969 Keith Cash, NFL tight end (KC Chiefs, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969 Ludovit Tatos, Lynnwood Wash, kayak (alt-Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Travis Brown, Durango Colo, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1970 Eric Namesnik, US, 400m medley swimmer (Olympics-silver-1992, 96)
  • 1970 Joe Cocozzo, NFL guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Chris T Jones, NFL tackle/wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1971 Dominic Cork, cricketer (England all-rounder Hat-trick v WI 1995)
  • 1971 Kevin Gaines, WLAF DB (London Monarchs)
  • 1972 Oscar Gray, NFL fullback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 Tony Bouie, NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1972 Willy Tate, NFL/WLAF tight end (KC Chiefs, Scottish Claymores)
  • 1973 Bo Hanson, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Kevin Muscat, Australian soccer defender (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Kimmo Rinatnen, hockey forward (Team Finland Oly-Bronze-1998)
  • 1973 Danny Graves, American baseball player
  • 1974 Jeff Buckey, tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1974 Philippe De Rouville, Victoriaville, NHL goalie (Pitts Penguins)
  • 1975 Alshermond Singleton, linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1975 Edgar Renteria, Barranquilla Colombia, infielder (Florida Marlins)
  • 1975 Jimmy van Fessem, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1976 Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1976 Shane Lechler, American football player
  • 1982 Yana Klochkova, Ukrainian swimmer
  • 1982 Vasileios Spanoulis, Greek basketball player
  • 1987 Sidney Crosby, Canadian hockey player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1914 B B (Bransby) Cooper, cricketer (Test for Australia), dies
  • 1973 Jack Gregory, cricketer (scorer of fastest ton Australia 1921), dies
  • 1974 Sylvio Mantha, professional ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • 1991 Shotzie, Cincinnati Red dog mascot, dies at 9
  • 1996 Gerald Etheridge Gomez, cricketer, dies at 76
  • 2003 Mickey McDermott, baseball player (b. 1929)