August 1955 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 3 Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing, Le Mans disaster and 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

Baseball Record

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)

Baseball Record

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

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Arun Lal, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman mid-80's), born in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh
  • 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

Betsy KingBetsy King (67 years old)

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

  • Aug 13 Hideo Fukuyama, Japanese racing driver (first Japanese to compete in NASCAR's top series), born in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, Japan
  • Aug 13 Keith Ahlers, British racing driver, born in Cambridge, England
  • Aug 15 Kenneth Carr, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1976; LA Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Portland TBs), 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 (Tour de France, 1984), born in Ghent, Belgium
  • Aug 30 Butch [Richard] Johnson, American archer (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Aug 30 Marvin Powell Jr., American College Football HOF offensive tackle (USC; First-team All-Pro 1979, 82; 5 x Pro Bowl; NY Jets, TB Buccaneers), born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina (d. 2022)
  • Aug 31 Edwin Moses, American 400m hurdler (2 Olympic golds), born in Dayton, Ohio

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 2 Alfred Lépine, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at 54
  • Aug 26 Sol White, American Baseball HOF executive (Philadelphia Giants 4 x consecutive black C'ships 1904–1907), dies at 87