August 1963 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Davis Cup

Aug 1 Arthur Ashe becomes first African-American tennis player to be named in the US Davis Cup team

  • Aug 5 Craig Breedlove sets world land speed record of 407.477 mph in Spirit of America at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
  • Aug 6 Philadelphia NBA franchise changes name from 'Nationals' to the '76ers', based on US Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1776
  • Aug 8 LA Dodgers F Howard & B Skowron are 3rd to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Aug 9 NY Met Roger Craig's NL record-tying 18-game losing streak ends

Sports History

Aug 12 Stan Musial announces he will retire at end of year

Sports History

Aug 13 Dave DeBusschere pitches a shutout against the Cleveland Indians

Sports History

Aug 13 Warren Spahn sets left-hander strike out mark at 2,382

  • Aug 17 Jim Hickman becomes 1st NY Met to hit for cycle
  • Aug 24 John Pennel is first person to pole-vault 17'
  • Aug 26 West Indies beat England 2-1 in series, 1st holders of Wisden Cricket Trophy

Baseball Record

Aug 29 Harmon Killebrew (Twins) HRs off Pete Burnside (Senators) in DH


Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 3 Libor Pimek, tennis star, born in Most, Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 6 Thomas Bohrer, US West Islip NY, rower (Olympic-92)
  • Aug 6 [Michael] Tony Dees, Pascagoula Miss, hurdler
  • Aug 8 Ron Karkovice, Union NJ, catcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • Aug 8 Stephen Walkom, Canadian ice hockey official and executive
  • Aug 11 Mike Huff, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Aug 13 Elizabeth Bourland, Costa Rican sharp shooter, US 3x20 rifle (Olympic 7th 1996)
  • Aug 15 Greg Adams, Nelson, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars)
  • Aug 15 Jack Russell, superb England cricket wicket-keeper (36 Tests 1988-94)
  • Aug 15 Lydia Czuckermann-Hatuel, Israel, Women's foil fencer (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 17 Jon Gruden, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2002, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Oakland/LV Raiders) and broadcaster (ESPN MNF), born in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Aug 18 Luiz Mattar, Brazilian tennis player, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Aug 20 Bruce Hick, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 21 Melvin Douglas, American 198 lbs/90 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • Aug 22 Lily Yip, Chinese-American table tennis player (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Guangzhou, China
  • Aug 22 Terry Catledge, American NBA star (Orlando Magic), born in Houston, Mississippi
  • Aug 22 Tom Ansberry, American long-distance runner
  • Aug 23 Richard Illingworth, English cricket spin bowler (9 Tests, 19 wickets; Worcestershire CCC) and international umpire, born in Bradford, England
  • Aug 26 David Byas, English cricketer (left-handed Yorkshire batsman), born in Middledale, England
  • Aug 28 Regina Marie Jacobs, 800m/1500m runner (Olympics 10th 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 28 Reyna Thompson, American NFL cornerback (NY Giants), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Aug 29 Greg Holmes, American tennis player, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Aug 31 Sonny Silooy, Dutch soccer player (Ajax) and manager, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 21 John Gunn, English cricket medium pace bowler (6 Tests, 18 wickets, BB 5/76; Nottinghamshire CCC), dies at 87