On This Day

August 1958 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 6 American athlete Glenn Davis breaks his own world record by 0.3 (49.2) in 400m hurdles in Budapest, Hungary
  • Aug 13 Indians' right fielder Rocky Colavito makes his pitching debut, hurling 3 hitless innings, Detroit 3, Cleveland 2
  • Aug 15 25th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 35, Detroit 19 (70,000)

Boxing Title Fight

Aug 18 Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Aug 20 Cubs use 1st baseman Dale Long as their 1st major league lefty catcher since 1906
  • Aug 24 Sergei Popov wins Stockholm marathon (2:15:17.0) (WR)
  • Aug 28 American baseball player Nellie Fox sets record for consecutive games without striking out (98)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Tor Håkon Holte, Norwegian cross country skier, born in Drammen, Norway
  • Aug 2 Arshad Ayub, Indian cricketer (Indian off-spinner of the late 1980's), born in Hyderabad, India
  • Aug 4 Greg Foster, American 110m hurdler (Olympic silver 1984), born in Maywood, Illinois
  • Aug 4 Mary Decker, American Olympic track star (mile record 4:16.71), born in Bunnvale, New Jersey
  • Aug 7 Alberto Salazar, American track coach and long distance runner (NYC Marathon 1980-82, Boston 1982), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Aug 7 Larisa Karlova, Ukrainian team handball player (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Aug 7 Russell Baze, Canadian Racing Hall of Fame jockey (10-time US champion, 12,844 wins), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Aug 10 Jack Richards, English cricket wicket-keeper (mid-80's)
  • Aug 13 David Feherty, Irish golfer, broadcaster (5 European Tour titles, CBS, NBC), born in Bangor, Northern Ireland
  • Aug 16 Jose Luis, Clerc Argentina, tennis star
  • Aug 19 Gary Gaetti, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1988, 89; World Series 1987; Gold Glove Award 1986–89; Minnesota Twins), born in Centralia Illinois
  • Aug 19 Gordon Brand Jnr., Scottish golfer (8 x European Tour wins; Ryder Cup 1987, 89), born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland (d. 2019)
  • Aug 19 Darryl Sutter, Canadian NHL center, 1979-87 (Chicago Black Hawks), and coach, since 1992 (Chicago Black Hawks, Los Angeles Kings, and 2 other teams), born in Viking, Alberta
  • Aug 23 Julio Franco, oldest regular position player in MLB history, born in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 26 Jan Nevens, Belgian cyclist, born in Ninove, Belgium

Scott Hamilton

Aug 28 Scott Hamilton, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1984), born in Bowling Green, Ohio

  • Aug 31 Serge Blanco, French rugby union footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 3 Peter Collins, English auto racer (British GP 1958), dies in race accident at German GP at 26
  • Aug 10 Frank Demaree, American MLB outfielder (2-time All Star), dies of internal haemorrhage at 48