On This Day

August 1964 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 1 Dan 'Big Daddy' Garlits becomes first drag racer to run the 1/4 mile at over 200mph (201.34mph at Island Dragway, New Jersey)
  • Aug 7 31st NFL Chicago College All-Star Game: Chicago 28, All-Stars 17 - 65,000 at Soldier Field
  • Aug 9 Bunning continues pitching perfectly to NY Mets until 2 outs in 5th, when Joe Christopher beats out a bunt. He totals 15 innings

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 12 Mickey Mantle switch-hits HR record 10th & final time in a game

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Aug 14 LA Angels pitcher Bo Belinsky is suspended after hotel room fight with elderly Los Angeles Times sportswriter Braven Dyer
  • Aug 15 Fred Trueman takes 300th Test Cricket wicket (Neil Hawke)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 15 Mayor Daley declares "Ernie Banks Day" in Chicago

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Aug 15 Phillies triple-play NY Mets
  • Aug 15 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 3½"
  • Aug 16 Mildred Sampson of New Zealand runs female world marathon record 3:19:33 in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Aug 16 St Louis Card Curt Flood gets 8 straight hits in a doubleheader
  • Aug 17 Boycott scores his 1st Test Cricket century, 113 v Aust at the Oval
  • Aug 18 South Africa banned from Olympic Games because of apartheid policies
  • Aug 20 Rex Sellers bowls 5-1-17-0 v India in only Test Cricket innings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 20 Yankee Phil Linz plays harmonica on bus despite Yogi Berra's orders

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Aug 23 St Louis Cards are 11 games back in NL, & win World Series
  • Aug 29 On Elston Howard Night, Mickey Mantle ties Babe Ruth's career strikeout record (1,330)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Traci Phillips, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Aug 1 Andrew Wilson, Australian canoeist (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Aug 2 John Cullen, Canadian NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Puslinch, Canada
  • Aug 3 Johnny Thomas, American NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 3 Kevin Elster, American baseball infielder (Texas Rangers), born in San Pedro, California
  • Aug 3 Nate McMillan, American NBA guard and head coach (Indiana Pacers 2016-19; Portland, Seattle; NBA steals leader 1994), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Aug 4 B J Surhoff, infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 4 Clyde Simmons, NFL defensive end (Az Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Aug 6 John Mooney, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Aug 6 Robert Mimbs, CFL running back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Aug 8 Harry Lee "Butch" Reynolds, American 400m runner (world record)
  • Aug 8 Paul Taylor, cricketer (England left-arm pace bowler in one Test 1993)

Person of interestBrett Hull

Aug 9 Brett Hull, Canadian-American NHL right wing (8-time All Star, 2-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Belleville, Ontario

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • Aug 9 Yuri Khmylev, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Aug 10 Andy Stankiewicz, infielder (NY Yankees, Montreal Expos), born in Inglewood, California
  • Aug 13 Jay Buhner, American MLB outfielder (Seattle Mariners, NY Yankees), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Aug 13 Tom Prince, American MLB catcher (LA Dodgers), born in Kankakee, Illinois
  • Aug 16 Jimmy Arias, tennis player (US Davis Cup team), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Aug 16 Nigel Redman, English rugby union lock (20 caps; Bath), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Aug 18 Kenny Walker, American basketball player, born in Roberta, Georgia
  • Aug 20 Giuseppe Giannini, Italian soccer player (Rome A Team), born in Rome, Italy
  • Aug 22 Dean Evason, Canadian NHL player (Calgary Flames), born in Thompson, Manitoba

Person of interestMats Wilander

Aug 22 Mats Wilander, Swedish tennis player (7-time Grand Slam winner), born in Växjö, Sweden

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
  • Aug 23 Johan Bruyneel, Belgian road racing cyclist, born in Izegem, Belgium
  • Aug 23 Ray Ferraro, Canadian ice hockey center (Hartford Whalers, New York Islanders) and broadcaster (TSN Radio, TSN, NBCSN), born in Trail, British Columbia
  • Aug 25 Vassilios Kotronias, Greek chess grandmaster, born in Athens, Greece
  • Aug 26 Bobby Jurasin, CFL defensive end (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Aug 26 Chad Kreuter, Marin County CA, catcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • Aug 26 Dave Boyes, St Catharines Ontario, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 26 Karla Karch-Gailus, basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Aug 28 Lee Janzen, American golfer (US Open 1993, 98), born in Austin, Minnesota
  • Aug 29 Jordi Arrese, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Aug 30 Stephen Baker, American NFL receiver (NY Giants), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Aug 30 Steve Smith, American NFL fullback (Seattle Seahawks), born in Wshington, D.C.
  • Aug 30 Gavin Fisher, British engineer (Williams Formula One)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 14 World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali (22) weds cocktail waitress Sonja Roi

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 5 Art Ross, Canadian hockey player and executive (b. 1886)