On This Day

August 1968 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 2 Ron Hansen (Washington Senators) & Tim Cullen (Chicago WS) become the first MLB players to be traded for each other twice in the same season; they had been traded in February in opposite directions
  • Aug 11 Satchel Paige (62) & needing 158 days on a major league payroll to qualify for a pension, is signed by Braves
  • Aug 23 Yanks & Tigers play 3-3 tie in 19 due to 1 AM curfew

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 25 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st African American to win the US singles championship

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Aug 25 NY Yankee outfield Rocky Colavito pitches second 2/3 innings and beats Tigers 6-5; he played right field in second game and homered

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 29 First match in the US Open tennis era; on her way to the final, Billie Jean King beats fellow American Dr Vija Vuskains 6-1, 6-0

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Aug 31 68th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bruce Fleisher
  • Aug 31 Gary Sobers becomes the first cricketer to hit 6 sixes in one over

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Rob Carpenter, American NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Amityville, New York
  • Aug 1 Stacey Augmon, American NBA guard (Portland Trailblazers, Hawks), born in Pasadena, California
  • Aug 2 Sean Groom, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Northford, Connecticut
  • Aug 2 Stefan Effenberg, German footballer, born in Niendorf, Hamburg
  • Aug 3 Rod Beck, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1993, 94, 97; San Francisco Giants), born in Burbank, California (d. 2007)
  • Aug 4 Darcy Arreola, 1.5k runner, born in La Mesa, California
  • Aug 4 James Francis, linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Aug 5 John Olerud, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Aug 5 Oleg Luzhny, Ukrainian footballer
  • Aug 5 Colin Steele McRae, British rally driver, born in Lanark, Scotland (d. 2007)
  • Aug 6 Celena Mondie-Milner, Milledgeville Ga, 100m/200m runner
  • Aug 6 Jack de Gier, soccer player (Cambuur L, Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Aug 6 Patricia Tarabini, La Plata Argentina, tennis star (1985 Futures ITA)
  • Aug 7 Tomas Carbonell, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Aug 8 Abey Kuruvila, cricketer (promising Bombay fast bowler)
  • Aug 8 Suzy Hamilton, US olympic 1500m runner
  • Aug 9 Jay Stacy, Aust field hockey midfielder (Olympic 4th/silver-88, 92, 96)
  • Aug 10 Alex Andrievski, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Aug 10 Jennifer Horton, Dover NJ, team handball goalie (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • Aug 10 Michel Doesburg, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Aug 10 Moe Gardner, NFL nose tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Aug 11 Alan Kelly, England-born Irish footballer
  • Aug 12 Viktor Karatchoun, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Aug 13 William Thomas, American NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Aug 14 Glenn Leroy McLeay, New Zealand points race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • Aug 14 Praveen Amre, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman, century on Test debut 1992), born in Mumbai, India
  • Aug 15 Vassili Pankov, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Aug 17 Ed McCaffrey, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 18 Brian Mitchell, American football running back (Washington Redskins), born in Leesville, Louisiana
  • Aug 18 Carolyn Crudgington, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Aug 18 John Coyle, American short track skater (Olympics 1994), born in West Bloomfield, Michigan
  • Aug 18 Justin Strzelczyk, American football offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in West Seneca, New York
  • Aug 19 Nikolaos Kaklamanakis, Greek windsurfer
  • Aug 20 Sandy Brondello, Australian basketball guard (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Mackay, Queensland
  • Aug 20 Klas Ingesson, Swedish footballer and manager, born in Ödeshög, Sweden (d. 2014)
  • Aug 22 Henrik Holm, Swedish tennis star, born in Täby, Sweden
  • Aug 22 Horst Skoff, Austrian tennis star, born in Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Aug 22 Michael Curry, American basketball forward and coach (Detroit Pistons), born in Anniston, Alabama
  • Aug 22 Paul Ereng, Kenyan athlete, 800m runner (Olympic gold 1988), born in Kitale, Kenya
  • Aug 22 Alexander Mostovoi, Russian footballer, born in Leningrad Oblast, Russia
  • Aug 23 Chris DiMarco, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2004 runner-up), born in Huntington, New York
  • Aug 23 Cortez Kennedy, American NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks), born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 2017)
  • Aug 23 Scott Kowalkowski, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Aug 24 Benoît Brunet, Canadian NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada
  • Aug 24 Tim Salmon, American MLB outfielder (California Angels), born in Long Beach, California
  • Aug 25 Dave Thomas, NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Aug 26 Chris Boardman, British cyclist (world 1 hour record), born in Merseyside, England
  • Aug 26 Courtney Hall, NFL center (San Diego Chargers)
  • Aug 27 Christine Schaefer, Florence Ky, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-5th-1994)
  • Aug 27 Emanual Davis, NBA guard (Houston Rockets)
  • Aug 28 Tom Fitzgerald, American NHL right wing (Florida Panthers), born in Billerica, Massachusetts
  • Aug 29 Darren Joseph, Canadian football fullback (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • Aug 30 Vladimir Malakhov, Russian NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Sverdlovsk, Soviet Union
  • Aug 31 Glenroy Gilbert, Trinidad, Canadian 4X100m sprinter (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Aug 31 Hideo Nomo, pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Osaka, Japan
  • Aug 31 Jennifer Azzi, Oak Ridge Tenn, basketball guard (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Aug 31 Jolene Watanabe, tennis star (1994 Futures-Evansville), born in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 20 Earl Sande, American jockey (Kentucky Derby), dies at 69
  • Aug 24 Cyril Vincent, cricketer (84 wkts slow lefty for S Af 1927-35), dies
  • Aug 25 Stan McCabe, Australian cricket batsman (39 Tests, batting av. 48.21, top score 232), dies of a fractured skull at 58