On This Day

August 1903 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 7 Tommy Corcoran sets MLB record for shortstops when he records 14 assists in Cincinnati's 4 - 2 win v St. Louis Cardinals
  • Aug 8 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Boston, MA: Laurence Doherty beats William Larned 6-3, 6-8, 6-0, 2-6, 7-5 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-1 lead over US (ends 4-1)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 14 Champion James J. Jeffries scores a 10th round TKO win over former champion James J Corbett in San Francisco; his 6th heavyweight boxing title defence

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • Aug 15 New Zealand's All Blacks play their first Rugby Test Match against Australia's Wallabies at the Sydney Cricket Ground; New Zealand win 22-3
  • Aug 16 Tigers play a home game in Toledo Ohio, Yanks win 12-8
  • Aug 19 Philadelphia Phillies suffer record 9th straight postponed game
  • Aug 26 Phillies walk 17 Dodgers in a game
  • Aug 26 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Englishman Laurence Doherty beats American defending champion William Larned 6-0, 6-3, 10-8; first non-American champion
  • Aug 31 New York Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Joe McGinnity wins his 3rd doubleheader of month, beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-1 and 9-2 at the Polo Grounds

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 4 Tony Gulotta, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1927 3rd), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1981)
  • Aug 25 Arpad Elo, American chess writer and creator of the Elo rating system for two-player games such as chess, born in Egyházaskesző, Hungary (d. 1992)