On This Day

August 1932 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 3 Official automatic timing & photo-finish camera for track events is used for the 1st time at Los Angeles Olympics, instrumental in changing 110m hurdles final, review gives Donald Finley bronze ahead of American Jack Keller
  • Aug 13 Yankee pitcher Red Ruffing homers & wins game 1-0 in 10 tying
  • Aug 14 X Summer Olympic Games close in Los Angeles, USA
  • Aug 14 Brooklyn Dodgers reliever John Quinn, 49, becomes oldest pitcher to win a MLB game in a 2-1, 10th inning victory over NY Giants at the Polo Grounds
  • Aug 19 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Jacobs beats Carolin Babcock Stark 6-2, 6-2 for her first of 4 straight US singles crowns
  • Aug 21 Wes Ferrell is 1st to win 20 games in each of his 1st 4 seasons

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 2 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive and NFL owner (KC Chiefs), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2006)

Person of interestAbebe Bikila

Aug 7 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian Olympic marathon champion (Olympic gold, marathon 1960, 64) and Africa's first world record breaking athlete in any sport, who won the 1960 Olympics marathon barefoot, born in Jato, Ethiopian Empire (d. 1973)

Marathon Runner Abebe Bikila
Marathon Runner
Abebe Bikila
  • Aug 11 Wilson "Papa" Godett, Curacaos worker's union leader/boxer
  • Aug 18 István Kausz, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold team, épée 1964), born in Budapest. Hungary (d. 2020)
  • Aug 20 Atholl Mckinnon, South African cricket spin bowler (8 Tests, 26 wickets), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province, South Africa (d. 1983)
  • Aug 28 Andy Bathgate, professional ice hockey player (New York Rangers, 1958 NHL MVP), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2016)

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 1 Arnold Fothergill, cricketer (8 wickets in 2 Tests for Eng 1889), dies
  • Aug 2 Dan Brouthers, American MLB baseball player known as the first great slugger in baseball history, dies at 74