On This Day

August 1955 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 3 Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing, Le Mans disaster & Bill Vukovich death at Indianapolis contributing factors
  • Aug 3 Belgian middle distance runner Roger Moens breaks Rudolph Harbig's long standing 800m world record (1:45.7) in Oslo, Norway
  • Aug 13 Larry Doby's ends AL record of 167 errorless games in outfield
  • Aug 19 US raises import duty on bicycles 50%
  • Aug 26 1st color telecast (NBC) of a tennis match (Davis Cup)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 27 Sandy Koufax fans 14 Reds, both teams combine for record 23 strikeouts

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Arun Lal, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman mid-80's), born in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh
  • Aug 1 Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (WBC heavyweight champion 1986), born in Norwich, Port Antonio, Jamaica (d. 2006)
  • Aug 6 Gordon J. Brand, English golfer (British Open 1986 runner-up), born in Cambridge, England (d. 2020)
  • Aug 8 Herbert Prohaska, Austrian footballer
  • Aug 9 Doug Williams, American NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins), born in Zachary, Louisiana

Person of interestBetsy King

Aug 13 Betsy King, American golfer (6-time major winner; US Open 1989-90), born in Reading, Pennsylvania

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Aug 13 Keith Ahlers, British racing driver, born in Cambridge, England
  • Aug 13 Hideo Fukuyama, Japanese racing driver (first Japanese to compete in NASCAR's top series), born in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, Japan
  • Aug 15 Kenneth Carr, basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Clearwater, Florida
  • Aug 19 (Edgar) "Ned" Yost, American MLB baseball catcher, 1980-85 and manager, 2003-2019 (Minnesota Twins; Kansas City Royals - World Series win, 2015), born in Eureka, California
  • Aug 20 Ned Overend, Taipei Taiwan, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 27 Roderick Hopkins Davis, yachting Star class (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Aug 29 Frank Hoste, Belgian cyclist, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • Aug 30 Butch [Richard Andrew] Johnson, American archer (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Aug 31 Edwin Corley Moses, Dayton, 400m hurdler (Olympic 2 gold/br-76, 84, 88)

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 2 Alfred Lépine, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at 54