On This Day

August 1949 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 3 Basketball Association of America (BAA) & National Basketball League (NBL) merge to form National Basketball Association (NBA), Maurice Podoloff elected head of new league
  • Aug 6 Future Hall of Famer Luke Appling appears in a MLB record 2,154th (en route to 2,218) game at shortstop for the Chicago White Sox

Boxing Title Fight

Aug 10 Ezzard Charles TKOs Gus Lesnevich in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Aug 12 16th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 38, All-Stars 0 (93,780)
  • Aug 20 78,382 watch White Sox play Indians at Cleveland
  • Aug 28 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: US takes trophy for third straight year with last day singles wins to Ted Schroeder and Pancho Gonzales; beat Australia, 4-1

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Keto Losaberidze, Georgian archer (Olympic gold USSR women's individual 1980; World C'ship gold team 1973, 81), born in Tqibuli, Georgia (d. 2022)
  • Aug 3 Valeri Vasiliev, Soviet ice hockey defenceman (2x Olympic gold), born in Gorky, Soviet Union (d. 2012)
  • Aug 4 John Riggins, NFL running back (NY Jets, Wash Redskins)
  • Aug 8 Ricardo Londoño, Colombian racing driver
  • Aug 9 Brie Howard-Darling, American musician (Boxing Gandhis; Fanny), artist and cake designer, born in Stockton, California
  • Aug 13 Bobby Clarke, Canadian NHL player and coach (Philadelphia Flyer), born in Flin Flon, Manitoba
  • Aug 14 Bob Backlund, American wrestler, born in Princeton, Minnesota
  • Aug 18 John O'Leary, Irish golfer (Irish Open 1982; Ryder Cup 1975; director European Tour 1985-2019), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2020)
  • Aug 20 Norman Featherstone, South African cricketer, born in Que, Que, Southern Rhodesia
  • Aug 22 Diana Nyad, American journalist and long-distance swimmer (1st to swim Bahamas to Fla-1979), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 22 Doug Bair, American baseball player, born in Defiance, Ohio
  • Aug 23 Geoff Capes, British shot putter, born in Holbeach, England
  • Aug 26 John Baldwin, American light middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 27 Doug Tewell, American golfer (PGA Senior C'ship 2000, The Tradition 2001), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Aug 31 Jim Fassel, American football coach (University of Utah 1985–89; New York Giants 1997-2003), born in Anaheim, California (d. 2021)

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 30 Arthur Fielder, English cricket fast bowler (6 Tests 1903-08), dies at 72