August 1968 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Aug 2 Ron Hansen (Washington) & 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

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 1st US Open tennis match (Billie Jean King beats Dr Vija Vuskains)

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, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Northford, Connecticut
  • Aug 2 Stefan Effenberg, German footballer
  • Aug 3 Rod Beck [Rodney Roy], American MLB relief pitcher (SF Giants-1994 NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year), born in Burbank, California
  • 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 Leslie Lyness, Paoli PA, field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 7 Tomas Carbonell, tennis star, 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, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 14 Glenn Leroy McLeay, Invercargill NZ, points race cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 14 Praveen Amre, cricketer (Indian batsman, century on Test debut 1992)
  • Aug 15 Vassili Pankov, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Aug 17 Ed McCaffrey, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Aug 18 Brian Mitchell, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
  • Aug 18 Carolyn Crudgington, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Aug 18 John Coyle, West Bloomfield Mich, short track skater (Olympics 1994)
  • Aug 18 Justin Strzelczyk, NFL guard/offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Aug 19 Nikolaos Kaklamanakis, Greek windsurfer
  • Aug 20 Sandy Brondello, Australian basketball guard (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Aug 20 Klas Ingesson, Swedish footballer
  • Aug 22 Henrik Holm, tennis star, born in Täby, Sweden
  • Aug 22 Horst Skoff, tennis star, born in Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Aug 22 Michael Curry, American basketball player and coach (Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks), 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 Benoit Brunet, Pointe Claire, NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens)
  • Aug 24 Tim Salmon, 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 27 Martin Lowenfish, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 28 Tom Fitzgerald, American NHL right wing (Florida Panthers), born in Billerica, Massachusetts
  • Aug 29 Darren Joseph, CFL fullback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Aug 30 Vladimir Malakhov, Sverdlovsk Russia, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 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