On This Day

August 1934 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 1 US Amateur Golf Championship format is changed to a 6-day event with no 36-hole stroke-play qualifying, and 36-hole matches for semi-finals and final
  • Aug 4 Giants outfielder Mel Ott becomes first player in MLB history to score 6 runs in a game as New York beats Phillies, 21-4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 Babe Ruth announces this is his final season as full time player

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 18 Don Bradman (244) and Bill Ponsford (205 no) put on 451 in world record partnership for Australia on Day 1 of 5th cricket Test win against England at the Oval

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Aug 18 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Jacobs beats fellow American Sarah Palfrey Cooke 6-1, 6-3 for her third straight US singles title
  • Aug 20 Australian cricket opening batsman Bill Ponsford is dismissed for 266 in his final Test match against England at The Oval; out for 22 in 2nd innings
  • Aug 22 Australian cricket spin bowler Clarrie Grimmett takes 5-64 as England dismissed for 145 in 5th Test at The Oval; Australia wins by 562 runs to regain Ashes, 2-1
  • Aug 22 Red Sox pitcher Wes Ferrell hits 2 HRs to beat White Sox 3-2 in 12
  • Aug 31 1st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 0, All-Stars 0 (79,432)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 John Beck, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests; 3 x 50; top score 99; Wellington), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2000)
  • Aug 2 Albert Hall, American hammer throw athlete, born in Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (d. 2008)
  • Aug 2 Carl Cecil Cain, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1956), born in Freeport, Illinois
  • Aug 4 Dallas Green, baseball manager (Phillies, Yankees), born in Newport, Delaware (d. 2017)
  • Aug 6 Billy Boston, Welsh rugby league footballer
  • Aug 13 Gary Davidson, American sports league founder (ABA, WHA, WFL)
  • Aug 15 Reg Scarlett, West Indian cricket off-spinner (3 Tests 1960), born in Port Maria, St Mary, Jamaica (d. 2019)
  • Aug 16 Sam Trimble, cricketer (Queensland batsman, 12th man for Aust, no Test)
  • Aug 16 Angela Buxton, English tennis player (French C'ships, Wimbledon women's doubles 1956 [with Althea Gibson]), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2020)

Person of interestRoberto Clemente

Aug 18 Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (15 x MLB All Star; World Series 1960, 71 [MVP]; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Carolina, Puerto Rico (d. 1972)

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • Aug 18 Rafer Johnson, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1960), born in Hillsboro, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Aug 19 Bill Cleary, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Aug 19 Renee Richards [Richard Rankind], trans-sexual tennis player
  • Aug 19 William Cleary, hockey center, (Olympic gold/silver 56, 60), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Aug 23 Christian "Sonny" Jurgensen, American NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins) and sportscaster, born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Aug 25 Eddie Ilarde, Filipino disk jockey, television host and Senator, born in Iriga, Philippines
  • Aug 29 John Guy, New Zealand cricketer (solid left-handed batsman for NZ in late 1950's), born in Nelson, New Zealand
  • Aug 30 Baloo Gupte, Indian cricketer (brother of Fergie, Indian leggie), born in Bombay, India

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 3 Carl F baron von Langen-Parow, German equestrian (Olympic gold 1928)
  • Aug 5 Neville Quinn, South African cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 35 wickets), dies of heart failure at 26
  • Aug 8 Wilbert Robinson, baseball manager (Bkln Dodgers), dies