August 1949 in Sport

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • 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 38th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (4-1)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 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 LondoƱo, Colombian racing driver
  • Aug 13 Bobby Clarke, Manitoba, NHL player/coach (Philadelphia Flyer)
  • Aug 14 Bob Backlund, American wrestler
  • Aug 20 Norman Featherstone, South African cricketer
  • 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, baseball player, born in Defiance, Ohio
  • Aug 23 Geoff Capes, shot putter
  • Aug 26 John Baldwin, light middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 27 Douglas Fred Tewell, Baton Rouge LA, PGA golfer (1980 Sea Pines)

Deaths in Sport

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