On This Day

August 1940 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 5 St Louis Brown's pitcher John Whitehead no-hits Detroit Tigers, 4-0 in 6 innings (rain shortened)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 24 Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams pitches the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit Tigers, Williams allows 3 hits & 1 run

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Aug 26 RKC soccer team forms in Waalwijk
  • Aug 29 7th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 45, All-Stars 28 (84,567)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Mervyn Kitchen, English cricketer and umpire, born in Nailsea, Somerset
  • Aug 3 Lance Alworth, American NFL hall of famer (Charger, Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 8 Dilip Sardesai, cricketer (high scoring Indian batsman of 60's)
  • Aug 10 Sid Waddell, English darts commentator (the 'Voice of Darts'; Grenarda, BBC, Sky Sports), born in Alnwick, Northumberland, England (d. 2012)
  • Aug 12 Eddie Barlow, cricketer (Great South African all-rounder)
  • Aug 13 Tony Cloninger, American MLB pitcher and coach (2 Grand Slams in one game), born in Cherryville, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • Aug 14 Galen Hall, American Football Coach (University of Florida, Orlando Thunder, Rhein Fire), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 17 Thomas Williams, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Aug 18 Joan Joyce, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1983), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Aug 20 Rex Sellers, Australian cricketer leg-spinner (bowled 5 overs in Tests), born in Bulsar, Gujarat, India
  • Aug 21 Robert Camac, American horse trainer, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Aug 22 David R. Vance, American horse trainer, born in Logansport, Indiana
  • Aug 28 Roger Pingeon, French cylist (Tour de France 1967 champion), born in Hauteville-Lompnes, France (d. 2017)
  • Aug 29 Wim Ruska, Dutch judoka champion (Olympic gold 1972), born in Amsterdam
  • Aug 29 Earl Gros, American NFL running back (Green Bay), born in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • Aug 31 Alain Calmat, French figure skater (Olympic silver 1964)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 12 PGA golfer Sam Snead (28) weds high school sweetheart Audrey Karnes

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 31 Football player and coach Vince Lombardi (27) weds Marie Planitz at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Bronx, New York

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 3 Willard Hershberger, American baseball catcher (Cincinnati Reds), commits suicide at 30

Person of interestHenri Desgrange

Aug 16 Henri Desgrange, French cyclist, journalist and founder of the Tour de France, dies at 75

Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France Henri Desgrange
Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France
Henri Desgrange

Person of interestWalter Chrysler

Aug 18 Walter Chrysler, American automotive pioneer (Chrysler Corporation) and thoroughbred breeder, dies at 65

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler
  • Aug 21 Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", dies at 77