On This Day

August 1945 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 1 NY Giants outfielder Mel Ott hits historic 500th MLB home run off Braves Johnny Hutchings, joins Babe Ruth & Jimmy Foxx as only players to reach milestone

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 4 American golfer Byron Nelson wins Canadian Open at Uplands & Thornhill CC for a record 11th consecutive PGA victory, on way to record season tally of 18

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • Aug 4 Red Sox outfielder Tom McBride drives in MLB record tying 6 runs in an inning (4th) during 15-4 win v Washington
  • Aug 6 Australian Test cricket all-rounder Keith Miller scores 110 not out for Australian Services on Day 1 of drawn 4th Victory Test against England at Lord's
  • Aug 15 Chandler sells World Series radio rights for $150,000 to Gillette, Ford had been World Series sponsor since 1934, pay $100,000 annually
  • Aug 18 Scheduled demonstrations at Polo Grounds & Ebbets Field to end segregation in organized baseball are called off

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 19 Phillies Jimmie Foxx, 37, pitches 1st 7 innings vs Reds & wins

MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx
  • Aug 20 17-year-old Dodgers utility Tommy Brown becomes youngest player to hit a MLB home run in Brooklyn's 11-1 rout of Pittsburgh Pirates at Ebbets Field
  • Aug 24 Cleveland ace Bob Feller returns from Navy & strike out 12
  • Aug 30 12th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 19, All-Stars 7 (92,753)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 2 Eric Simms, Australian rugby league fullback (8 Tests; NSWRL points record [1,841] stood until 1983; South Sydney), born in Karuah, Australia
  • Aug 3 Eamon Dunphy, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Aug 6 Andy Messersmith, American baseball player
  • Aug 7 Alan Page, American jurist and NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Aug 13 Robin Jackman, English cricket seam bowler (4 Tests, 14 wickets; 15 ODIs; Surrey), born in Simla, India (d. 2020)
  • Aug 15 Gene Upshaw, American NFL guard (Oakland Radiers) and NFLPA leader, born in Robstown, Texas (d. 2008)
  • Aug 21 Jerry DaVanon, American baseball player, born in Oceanside, California
  • Aug 23 Rayfield Wright, American football player, born in Griffin, Georgia
  • Aug 29 Wyomia Tyus, American 100m runner (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Griffin, Georgia

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 9 Harry Hillman, American athlete (3 Gold Olympic 1904), dies at 63