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

Boxing 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

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

Sports History

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

Golf 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

  • 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 8 Chris Eubank, English boxer
  • Aug 8 John Hudek, American baseball player
  • Aug 9 Vinny Del Negro, American NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs) and coach (Chicago Bulls), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Aug 10 Gerald Williams, American baseball outfielder (NY Yankees), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Aug 11 Antonio Goss, American NFL linebacker, 1989-96, 2X Superbowl winner (San Francisco 49ers), born in Randleman, North Carolina
  • 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 13 Miguel Miranda, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (47 caps; Sporting Cristal) and coach (Alianza Atlético), born in Lima, Peru (d. 2021)
  • Aug 14 Karl Petter Løken, Norwegian footballer, born in Karlskoga, Sweden
  • Aug 14 Freddy Rincón, Colombian soccer midfielder (84 caps; Santa Fe, América de Cali, SC Corinthians), born in Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca, Colombia (d. 2022)
  • 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

Al Michaels

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

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