On This Day

August 1947 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 4 American boxer Ike Williams knocks out Bob Montgomery in 6 rounds in Philadelphia to unify the world lightweight title
  • Aug 14 Babe Didrikson Zaharias gives up amateur status for $300,000
  • Aug 16 Ralph Kiner becomes 1st Pirate to hit 3 consecutive HRs
  • Aug 20 Boston Braves hit a million attendance for 1st time
  • Aug 22 14th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Chicago Bears 0 (105,840)
  • Aug 23 1st Baseball Little League World Series, Williamsport, Pennsylvania: Maynard Midgets beat Lock Haven All Stars, 16-7
  • Aug 26 1st black baseball pitcher Don Bankhead (Hit a HR on 1st at bat)
  • Aug 31 NY Giants set season record for HRs by a club 183 (en route to 221)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Chris Barnard, Welsh footballer, born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Aug 5 Bernie Carbo, American baseball player
  • Aug 6 Tony Dell, cricketer (Australian left-arm quick, 2 Tests 1971 & 74)
  • Aug 6 Ken Riley, American NFL cornerback (All-Pro 1975, 76, 83; Cincinnati Bengals) and coach (Florida A&M), born in Bartow, Florida (d. 2020)
  • Aug 7 Kerry Melville Reid, Australian tennis player (Australian Open 1977), born in Mosman, New South Wales

Person of interestKen Dryden

Aug 8 Ken Dryden, Canadian politician and hockey player (Montreal Canadiens, 6 Stanley Cups), born in Hamilton, Ontario

NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician Ken Dryden
NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician
Ken Dryden
  • Aug 8 José Cruz, Puerto Rican-American baseball left fielder (St Louis Cards, Houston Astros), born in Arroyo, Puerto Rico
  • Aug 10 Alan Ward, England cricket pace bowler (5 Tests, 14 wickets; Derbyshire), born in Dronfield, England
  • Aug 11 Sergey Kovalneko, USSR, basketball (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • Aug 12 Sam Rosen, American sportscaster
  • Aug 16 John Howard, American Olympic cyclist (1985 land speed record 152.284 mph at Bonneville Flats, UT), born in Springfield, Missouri
  • Aug 19 Terry Hoeppner, American football coach (d. 2007)
  • Aug 24 Roger De Vlaeminck, Belgian racing cyclist, born in Eeklo, East Flanders, Belgium
  • Aug 27 John Morrison, cricketer ("Mystery" NZ batsman 1973-82)
  • Aug 27 Ed Herrmann, MLB catcher (White Sox), born in San Diego, California (d. 2013)
  • Aug 29 James Hunt, English auto racer (Formula 1 World Drivers Champion 1976), born in Belmont, Surrey (d. 1993)