On This Day

August 1908 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 6 St Louis Cardinals Johnny Lush pitches 2nd career no-hitter vs Brooklyn Superbas; wins, 2-0 (1st no-hitter 1906)
  • Aug 9 Tour de France: French road cyclist Lucien Petit-Breton successfully defends his title beating François Faber of Luxembourg

Sports History

Aug 13 Future Baseball HOF pitcher Cy Young's career is celebrated with special day in his name in Boston; he pitches briefly for Red Sox against an All-Star team

Boxing Title Fight

Aug 24 Canadian champion Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 13th round at the Sydney Stadium, Australia to retain world heavyweight boxing title; Burns' 3rd KO of Squires

  • Aug 24 NY Giants scores shown on electric diamonds known as "Compton's Baseball Bulletin" at Madison Square Garden
  • Aug 27 Calgary City Rugby Football Club re-organizes as the Tigers
  • Aug 29 US Open Men's Golf, Myopia Hunt GC: Fred McLeod defeats fellow Scot Willie Smith by 6 strokes in an 18-hole playoff to win his only major title
  • Aug 29 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Defending champion William Larned beats Beals Wright 6-1, 6-2, 8-6 for his 4th of 7 US singles titles

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 5 Harold Holt, Australian politician, Prime Minister of Australia (1966-67); supported US in Vietnam, disappeared swimming, presumed drowned while PM, born in Stanmore, New South Wales (d. 1967)
  • Aug 6 Helen Jacobs, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles, US Open 1932-35), born in Globe, Arizona (d. 1997)
  • Aug 10 Adelino ("Billy") Gonsalves, American soccer player (d. 1977)
  • Aug 18 Bill Merritt, cricketer (early NZ Test leg-spinner, also Northants)
  • Aug 20 Al López, Spanish-American baseball player (AL Manager of the year 1959), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2005)
  • Aug 26 Bill Hunt, Australian cricketer (NSW slow left-armer, Test for Australia 1933), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1983)

Donald Bradman

Aug 27 Sir Donald Bradman AC, Australian Cricket Batsman and captain (52 Tests; 6,996 runs @ WR 99.94 average; HS 334; 29 x 100s), born in Cootamundra, Australia (d. 2001)

  • Aug 27 Frank Leahy, American football coach (Notre Dame), born in O'Neill, Nebraska (d. 1973)