On This Day

August 1950 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 7 Tour de France: Ferdi Kübler becomes first Swiss rider to win Tour; Louison Bobet of France wins mountain classification

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 8 Florence Chadwick swims English Channel (13:23)

Swimmer Florence Chadwick
Swimmer
Florence Chadwick
Long Distance Swimmer Matthew Webb
Long Distance Swimmer
Matthew Webb

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 8 Florence Chadwick swims English Channel (13:23)

Long Distance Swimmer Matthew Webb
Long Distance Swimmer
Matthew Webb
Swimmer Florence Chadwick
Swimmer
Florence Chadwick
  • Aug 11 17th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 17, Philadelphia 7 (88,885)
  • Aug 11 Boston Brave Vern Bickford no-hits Bkln Dodger, 7-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 11 Hitting just .279, Yank great Joe DiMaggio is benched for 1st time

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Aug 12 First international game by an NFL team, New York Giants beat CFL's Ottawa Roughriders, 20-6 at Ottawa's Lansdowne Stadium

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 15 Ezzard Charles TKOs Freddie Beshore in 14 to retain heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Aug 17 Pee Wee Reese (Dodgers) & Sam Calderone (Giants) hit inside park HRs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 22 Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competitor in a US national tennis competition

Tennis Player Althea Gibson
Tennis Player
Althea Gibson

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 25 Sugar Ray Robinson KOs Jose Basora to win middleweight boxing title

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Aug 26 39th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (4-1)
  • Aug 29 International Olympic Committee votes to admit West Germany & Japan in 1952

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 31 Dodger Gil Hodges hits 4 HRs & a single in a game vs Braves

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 3 Waldemar Cierpinski, East German runner (Olympic marathon gold 1976, 80), born in Neugattersleben, Germany
  • Aug 5 Rosi Mittermaier, German skier (Olympic gold 1976), born in Reit im Winkl, West Germany
  • Aug 7 David James Wottle, American 800m runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Aug 15 Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Windsor, second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, born in Clarence House, London
  • Aug 15 Tom Kelly, American baseball manager (Minnesota Twins), born in Graceville, Minnesota
  • Aug 16 Hasely Crawford, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Aug 16 Jeff[rey R] Thomson, cricketer (great Aussie fast bowler 1972-85)
  • Aug 19 Graeme Beard, Australian cricket all-rounder (3 Tests; 2 ODIs; NSW), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Aug 19 Dan Yochum, American football offensive lineman (CFL All-Star 1975, 76, 77, 78; Grey Cup 1974, 77; Montreal Alouettes; CFHOF), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • Aug 22 Ray Burris, American baseball player, born in Idabel, Oklahoma
  • Aug 24 Frank Murray, Australian field hockey national coach (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • Aug 27 Cynthia Potter, American springboard diver (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • Aug 28 Ron Guidry, Yankee pitcher (Cy Young 1978), born in Lafayette, Louisiana