On This Day

August 1927 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 5 Phillies outfielder Cy Williams hits for cycle in just 4 at bats in 9-7 win v Pirates

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

Aug 16 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth tees off Tommy Thomas in the 5th inning to hit first HR hit out of Comiskey Park, Chicago; New York beats White Sox, 8-1

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Aug 22 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits 40th home run during his MLB record 60 HR season in New York's 9-4 loss to Cleveland Indians at Dunn Field

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Aug 30 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Wills Moody beats England's Betty Nuthall Shoemaker 6-1, 6-4 for her 4th of 7 US singles titles

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 7 Art Houtteman, American baseball player, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2003)
  • Aug 8 Johnny Temple, American baseball player (d. 1994)
  • Aug 8 Melvin F. Stute, American thoroughbred racehorse trainer (Preakness Stakes 1986, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies 1986, Breeders' Cup Sprint 1987), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • Aug 15 Eddie Leadbeater, English cricketer (England leg-spinner with an avg of 109), born in Lockwood, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2011)
  • Aug 15 Wesley Mouzon, American boxer / trainer (Roy Jones Jr), born in Kingstree, South Carolina (d. 2003)

Person of interestAlthea Gibson

Aug 25 Althea Gibson, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Clarendon Country, South Carolina (d. 2003)

Tennis Player Althea Gibson
Tennis Player
Althea Gibson
  • Aug 27 Liselott Linsenhoff, German equestrian rider (Olympic gold 1968, 72), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1999)

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 5 Tom Groube, Australian cricketer (Test for Australia 1880), dies at 69