On This Day

August 1909 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 1 Tour de France: François Faber of Luxembourg becomes the first foreigner to win the cycling classic

Sports History

Aug 3 MLB umpire Tim Hurst instigates a riot by spitting in the face of A's 2nd baseman Eddie Collins who had questioned a call; 2 weeks later Hurst banned for life

  • Aug 19 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of automobile race Indianapolis 500, opens in Speedway, Indiana
  • Aug 26 Frank Tarrant scores cricket 145 & 13-67 for Middlesex v Gloucester
  • Aug 26 Middlesex beat Gloucester (Bristol) at cricket by an innings & 31 runs in a single day
  • Aug 27 Future Baseball HOF pitcher Jack Chesbro's final game for NY Highlanders; 17-6 loss to the Tigers at Bennett Park, Detroit
  • Aug 27 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: William Larned beats William Clothier 6-1, 6-2, 5-7, 1-6, 6-1 for his 3rd straight & 5th overall US singles title
  • Aug 31 A J Reach Co patents cork-centered baseball
  • Aug 31 Swedish runner Thure Johansson runs world record marathon (2:40:34.2) in Stockholm

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 2 Ace Gutowsky, Russian/American football fullback (Portsmouth Spartans, Brooklyn Dodgers; NFL C'ship 1935, Detroit Lions), born in Komolty, Russian Empire (d. 1976)
  • Aug 4 Glenn Cunningham, American middle distance runner (1930's), born in Atlanta, Kansas (d. 1988)
  • Aug 8 Bill Voce, cricketer (England left-arm bodyline bowler)
  • Aug 13 Wilhelmina Von Bremen, American 4X100 relay sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1976)
  • Aug 14 Len Darling, Australian cricketer (South Australian & Test batsman of 30's), born in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia (d. 1992)
  • Aug 20 Alby Roberts, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 7 wickets; Canterbury, Otago), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1978)

Mel Hein

Aug 22 Mel Hein, American NFL center (NY Giants), born in Redding, California (d. 1992)

  • Aug 23 Syd Buller, English cricket umpire (33 Tests 1956-69), born in Leeds, England (d. 1970)
  • Aug 24 Ronnie Grieveson, South African cricket wicket-keeper/batsman (2 Tests v Eng 1939), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 1998)
  • Aug 26 Eric Davies, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 7 wickets; East Province, Transvaal), born in King William's Town, South Africa (d. 1976)
  • Aug 26 Gene Moore, American MLB player, born in Lancaster, Texas (d. 1978)
  • Aug 27 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936, 39), born in Gistel, Belgium (d. 1966)