On This Day

August 1966 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 5 33rd NFL Chicago College All-Star Game: Green Bay 38, All-Stars 0; 72,000 at Soldier Field
  • Aug 5 West Indies cricket captain Gary Sobers scores 174 including a century between lunch & tea to set up a 4th Test win v England at Headingley

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 6 Muhammad Ali knocks out English boxer Brian London in round 3 at Earl's Court in London to retain his undisputed world heavyweight title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Aug 15 Puerto Rican champion José Torres beats Eddie Cotton on points in Las Vegas to retain the WBC/WBA light-heavyweight boxing title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 17 Willie Mays takes 2nd place on all-time HR list

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 21 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Rainbow Springs CC; Mickey Wright wins her 13th and final major title by 1 from Margie Masters & Jo Ann Prentice

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Aug 26 Baltimore Orioles Roznovsky & B Powell are 4th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Aug 27 Oakland Pitcher Paul Lindblad begins a 385 cons errorless streak
  • Aug 31 Referee Leo Horn whistles his last soccer match (Ajax-Bulgaria)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Darryl Hall, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders), born in Oscoda, Michigan
  • Aug 1 Horacio de la Peña, Argentinian tennis star and coach, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Aug 2 Joseph Wanag, American judoka (Olympic-92), born in Wilton, Connecticut
  • Aug 2 Tim Wakefield [Timothy Stephen], American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox-1995 AL Comeback Player of the Year), born in Melbourne, Florida
  • Aug 3 Eric Esch, American boxer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 6 Billy Mayfair, American golfer (Tour Championship 1995), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Aug 7 Tony Stargell, American NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Chicago Bears), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • Aug 8 Chris Eubank, English boxer
  • Aug 8 John Hudek, American baseball player
  • Aug 9 Vinny Del Negro, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Aug 10 Gerald Williams, American baseball outfielder (NY Yankees), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Aug 11 Antonio Goss, NFL linebacker (SF 49ers)
  • Aug 11 Nigel Martyn, English soccer goalkeeper (23 caps; Crystal Palace, Leeds, Everton), born in St Austell, Cornwall
  • Aug 12 Bruce Covernton, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Aug 12 Dean Hartgraves, Bakersfield CA, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • Aug 12 Gordy Morgan, 163 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Aug 12 Greg Manusky, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • Aug 13 Glenn Donald Hamilton, New Zealand beach volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Aug 13 Shayne Corson, Canadian NHL forward (Team Canada Olympics 1998, Montreal), born in Midland, Ontario, Canada
  • Aug 14 Karl Petter Løken, Norwegian footballer, born in Karlskoga, Sweden
  • Aug 15 Fred Strickland, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Aug 15 Leo Goeas, guard (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Aug 16 Ed Olczyk, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 16 Rosey Edeh, Canadian 400m hurdler (Olympics-4-92, 96), born in London, England
  • Aug 16 Terry Shumpert, infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • Aug 17 Cedric Figaro, American football linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Aug 17 Zefross Moss, American NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, NE Patriots), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Aug 17 Rodney Mullen, American professional skateboarder, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Aug 17 Don Sweeney, Canadian ice hockey player, born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick
  • Aug 18 Steve Avery, American football running back (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Aug 20 Greg Jackson, American NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers), born in Hialeah, Florida
  • Aug 20 Steven Finn, Canadian NHL defenseman (LA Kings), born in Laval, Quebec, Canada
  • Aug 21 John Wetteland, American pitcher (NY Yanks, Rangers, Expos), born in San Mateo, California
  • Aug 22 Rob Witschge, Dutch soccer star (Ajax/Feyenoord), born in Amsterdam
  • Aug 23 Rhonda Cator, Australian badminton player (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 23 Rik Smits, NBA center (Indiana Pacers), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Aug 24 Jon Sieben, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly 1984), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • Aug 25 Albert Belle, American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians; 5-time MLB All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Aug 26 Jacques Brinkman, Dutch field hockey player
  • Aug 27 Deena Wigger, US shooter (Olympic-92), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Aug 28 Teresa Zarzeczny Bell, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 30 John Terry, Canadian CFL tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Greenwood, North Carolina
  • Aug 31 Jeff Frye, infielder (Boston Red Sox), born in Oakland, California

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 27 American sportscaster Al Michaels (21) weds Linda Stamaton

Television Sportscaster Al Michaels
Television Sportscaster
Al Michaels

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 5 Austin Diamond, Australian cricketer (Australian capt to America 1913), dies at 92
  • Aug 8 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer, dies at 63
  • Aug 14 Tip Snooke, South African cricket all-rounder and captain (26 Tests 1905-23, 35 wickets), dies at 85
  • Aug 17 Archibald Palm, South African cricketer (Test South Africa v England 1927-28), dies at 65
  • Aug 17 Ken Miles, British-American auto racer and engineer (USAC Road Racing C'ship 1961; 24 Hours of Daytona 1966), dies in practice accident at 47