On This Day

August 1917 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 13 Phillies steal 5 bases in an inning against Braves
  • Aug 19 Sunday benefit baseball game at NYC's Polo Grounds results in John McGraw & Christy Mathewson's arrest for violating Blue laws
  • Aug 22 Pittsburgh Pirates play 4th straight extra inning game; left fielder Carson Bigbee sets MLB record of 11 at-bats in 22 inning, 6-5 loss to Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field
  • Aug 25 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Robert Lindley Murray beats Nathaniel W. Niles 5-7, 8-6, 6-3, 6-3 for first of 2 straight US singles titles

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 13 Sid Gordon, American baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)
  • Aug 27 Peanuts Lowrey, American baseball player, born in Culver City, California (d. 1986)
  • Aug 30 William "Pop" Gates, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (Harlem Globetrotters "Legends" Ring 1995), born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 1999)