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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • Aug 19 Indianapolis 500 race track opens
  • Aug 26 Frank Tarrant scores cricket 145 & 13-67 for Middlesex v Gloucs
  • Aug 27 Jack Chesbro's final Highlander game
  • 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)

Person of interestMel Hein

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

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • Aug 23 Syd Buller, English first-class cricketer and cricket umpire, born in Wortley, Leeds, Yorkshire (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, baseball player (d. 1978)
  • Aug 27 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936, 39), born in Gistel, Belgium (d. 1966)