August 1920 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Aug 13 24th US Golf Open: Ted Ray shoots a 295 at Inverness Club in Ohio
  • Aug 14 Olympic Games open in Antwerp
  • Aug 16 Ray Chapman, of Indians is hit in head by Yankees pitcher Carl Mays; he dies the next day in only major league fatality
  • Aug 17 NY Yankees cancel game with Cleveland Indians in memory of Ray Chapman who died on the same day
  • Aug 18 1st class cricket debut of Walter Hammond
  • Aug 20 Red Sox-Indians game postponed in Boston to allow Indian players to attend Ray Chapman's funeral in Cleveland
  • Aug 21 3rd PGA Championship: Jock Hutchison at Flossmoor CC Flossmoor Ill
  • Aug 25 1st US woman to win in Olympics (Ethelda Bleibtrey)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Sammy Lee, American doctor and platform diver, 1st Asian American to win Olympic Gold (1948, 52), born in Fresno, California (d. 2016)
  • Aug 10 William "Red" Holzman, NBA coach (NY Knickerbockers, 754 wins)
  • Aug 12 Peter West, British sports commentator
  • Aug 18 Bob Kennedy, baseball player
  • Aug 18 [Thomas] Godfrey Evans, English cricket keeper (1950's)

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 17 Ray Chapman, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 29 after being hit in the head by a pitch from NY Yankees Carl Mays