On This Day

August 1960 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 3 For the only time in MLB history teams exchange managers as Detroit trades Jimmy Dykes (44-52) for Cleveland's Joe Gordon (49-46)
  • Aug 3 Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 43-16 in exhibition game at CNE Stadium in Toronto

Golf Tournament

Aug 7 Arnold Palmer's 20th PGA Tour win; rallies from a 5-stroke deficit to enter a playoff, then beats Jack Fleck and Bill Collins to win the Insurance City Open

  • Aug 12 27th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 32, All-Stars 7 (70,000)
  • Aug 12 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 8.21m
  • Aug 14 Australian driver Jack Brabham clinches his second consecutive F1 World Drivers Championship by winning the Portuguese Grand Prix at Boavista
  • Aug 15 CFL's Calgary Stampeders move into McMahon Stadium
  • Aug 15 Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 16-7 in Toronto (NFL expo)
  • Aug 15 Mil Brave Lew Burdette no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0
  • Aug 18 Lew Burdette pitches to just 27 for a 1-0 no-hitter against Phillies

Baseball Record

Aug 22 Gil Hodges set NL right handed HR record with #352

  • Aug 25 XVII Summer Olympic Games open in Rome, Italy
  • Aug 25 AFL begins placing players names on back of their jerseys
  • Aug 27 Anita Lonsbrough swims world/olympic record 200m (2:49.5)
  • Aug 27 Australian swimmer John Devitt controversially wins the 100m freestyle gold medal at the Rome Olympics; recorded same time 55.2 as silver medallist American Lance Larson
  • Aug 27 British swimmer Anita Lonsbrough sets 200m breaststroke world record 2:49.5 to beat German pair Wiltrud Urselmann & Barbara Göbel for the gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • Aug 28 White Sox Ted Kluzewski's 3-run HR is disallowed as umpire called time
  • Aug 29 Swedish canoeists Gert Fredriksson and Sven-Olov Sjödelius win the K2-1,000m in 3:34.73 at the Rome Olympics; Fredriksson's 6th gold medal in 4 Olympic Games
  • Aug 29 Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser wins blue ribband 100m freestyle gold medal at the Rome Olympics; retains title won in Melbourne 1956; will win unprecedented 3rd consecutive 100m gold in Tokyo 1964
  • Aug 29 Italy wins cycling team pursuit and Sante Gaiardoni takes the sprint gold medal at the Rome Olympics; Italy wins all 4 track events and road team time trial to thoroughly dominate sport
  • Aug 30 Boston 2nd baseman Pete Runnels goes 6-for-7
  • Aug 30 US women's 4 x 100m medley relay team swims world record 4:41.1 to beat Australia and win the gold medal at the Rome Olympics; Lynn Burke, Patty Kempner, Carolyn Schuler & Chris von Saltza
  • Aug 31 US sweeps the medals in the shot put at the Rome Olympics; Bill Nieder wins gold with 19.68m ahead of countrymen Parry O'Brien and Dallas Long

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 2 Linda Fratianne, American figure skater (Olympic silver 1980), born in Northridge, Los Angeles
  • Aug 3 Gopal Sharma, Indian cricket off-spin bowler (5 Tests, 10 wickets; 11 ODIs), born in Kanpur, India
  • Aug 3 Tim Mayotte, American tennis player (Olympic silver 1988), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Aug 6 Dale Ellis, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets)
  • Aug 8 Cheyne Horan, Australian surfer (World C'ship runner-up 1978, 79, 81, 82), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Aug 9 Viorel Turcu, Romanian soccer midfielder (7 caps; FC Argeș Pitești, Steaua București, FC Olt Scornicești), born in Popești, Romania (d. 2020)
  • Aug 10 Kenny Perry, American golfer (4 Champions Tour major titles; US Senior Open 2013, 17; 14 PGA Tour titles), born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky
  • Aug 11 Leora "Sam" Jones, American US team handball player (Olympic-92), born in Mt. Olive, North Carolina
  • Aug 12 Laurent Fignon, French cyclist (1983 & 1984 Tour de France), born in Paris (d. 2010)
  • Aug 13 Phil Taylor, English darts player (BDO World Champion 1990, 92; PDC World Champion 1995-2002, 04-06, 09-10, 13), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • Aug 14 Broderick Thompson, American NFL offensive lineman (Denver Broncos), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Aug 14 Fred Roberts, American NBA forward (LA Lakers), born in Provo, Utah
  • Aug 15 Maureen "Peanut" Louie Harper, tennis player (Denver-1985), born in San Francisco, California
  • Aug 15 Ron van de Berg, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Aug 17 Johnny Bumphus, American boxer (WBA super lightweight title 1984), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2020)
  • Aug 19 Bobby Hebert, American sportscaster and NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Cut Off, Louisiana
  • Aug 19 Morten Andersen 'Great Dane', Danish NFL kicker (Atlanta Falcons), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Aug 19 Ron Darling, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Aug 20 Mark Langston, American MLB pitcher (California Angels), born in San Diego, California

Cal Ripken Jr

Aug 24 Cal Ripken Jr, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (MLB record consecutive game streak, Baltimore Orioles), born in Havre de Grace, Maryland

  • Aug 24 Kim Christofte, Danish footballer (Denmark national team 1984-92), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Aug 27 Damon Keeve, heavyweight (209+ lbs) judoka (Olympics 1992, 96), born in San Francisco, California
  • Aug 31 Vali Ionescu, Romanian long jumper

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 14 Fred Clarke, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder and manager (Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates; World Series 1909 [PP]), dies at 87
  • Aug 16 Errol Holmes, cricketer (batted in 5 Tests for England 1935), dies
  • Aug 22 Eduard Pütsep, Estonian wrestler (b. 1898)