On This Day

August 1919 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Aug 11 Green Bay Packers football club founded by George Calhoun and Curly Lambeau - named after sponsor Indian Packing Company

  • Aug 13 American thoroughbred racehorse Man o' War's only defeat in 21 start career; Upset wins Sanford Memorial Stakes at Saratoga Race Course
  • Aug 14 Chicago White Sox outfielder Happy Felsch ties MLB record of 4 outfield assists in a game in 15-6 loss to Boston Red Sox
  • Aug 20 Wichita outfielder Joe Wilhoit (Western League) fails to get a hit, ending a 69-game streak (155 hits in 299 at bats for .505 average)
  • Aug 24 Having pitched into the 9th inning Cleveland's Ray Caldwell is flattened by a bolt of lightning; goes on to record final out for Indians' 2-1 win over Philadelphia A's

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 6 Pauline Betz Addie, American tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • Aug 9 Ralph Houk, American baseball catcher, coach, manager and executive (World Series champion 1947, 52-53, coach, 58; mgr 1961-62; NY Yankees), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 2010)
  • Aug 11 Luis Olmo, pioneering Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Arecibo (d. 2017)

Weddings in Sport

Curly Lambeau

Aug 16 NFL player Curly Lambeau (21) weds high school sweetheart Marguerite Van Kessel in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 4 Dave Gregory, Australian cricket batsman (Australia's 1st Test captain; 3 Tests; NSW CA), dies at 74
  • Aug 20 Gregor MacGregor, English cricket wicket-keeper (8 Tests 1890-93) and Scottish rugby union player, dies at 49
  • Aug 21 Laurence Doherty, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1902-06, US Nationals 1903), dies of toxemia at 43