August 1969 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 1 36th Chicago Charities College All-Star Game: NY Jets 26, All-Stars 24 (74,208)
  • Aug 3 Cincinnati Reds with 25 hits & 10 runs in 5th edge Philadelphia Phillies 19-17 at Connie Mack Stadium

Baseball Record

Aug 5 Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell smashes first and longest home run ever hit out of Dodger Stadium; the incomparable shot off Alan Foster, measures 506 feet

Sports History

Aug 11 Future Baseball HOF'er Don Drysdale, the last LA Dodger to play in Brooklyn, retires because of damage to his right pitching shoulder

  • Aug 12 Boston Celtics sold for an NBA record $6 million

Sports History

Aug 13 Baltimore Oriole Jim Palmer no-hits Oakland A's, 8-0

Election of Interest

Aug 13 Temp Commissioner Bowie Kuhn elected for 7-year term by unanimous vote

  • Aug 14 NY Mets fall 9½ games back, later to win pennant
  • Aug 17 NY Jets beat NY Giants, 37-14 in their first meeting (pre-season)

PGA Championship

Aug 17 PGA Championship Men's Golf, NCR CC: Ray Floyd wins first of his 4 major titles by 1 stroke from South African Gary Player

  • Aug 19 Chicago Cub Ken Holtzman no-hits Atlanta Braves, 3-0
  • Aug 23 Audrey McElmory (US) wins World Cycling Championships, Brno Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 23 France's Une De Mai wins International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway Czechoslovakia (1st American to win cycling race title since 1912)
  • Aug 25 Det Lions beat Boston Patriots 22-9 in Montreal (NFL expo)

Sports History

Aug 29 Joe Pepitone quits Yanks after being fined $500 for leaving the bench

  • Aug 30 69th US Golf Amateur Championship won by American Steve Melnyk

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Graham Thorpe, English cricketer (England LHB Century on Test debut 1993), born in Farnham, Surrey, England
  • Aug 2 Cedric Ceballos, American NBA forward (LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns), born in Maui, Hawaii,
  • Aug 2 Erik Meijer, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Uerdingen), born in Curaçao
  • Aug 2 Fernando Couto, Portuguese footballer, born in Espinho, Portugal
  • Aug 3 Doug Overton, American NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 4 Lee O'Leary, Compton CA, outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • Aug 4 Norm Casola, CFL slot back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Aug 5 Kenny Irwin Jr., American auto racer (USAC National Midget Champion 1996; NASCAR 87 starts), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2000)
  • Aug 5 Robert Scott, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 5 Vasbert Conniel Drakes, cricketer (fast bowler, WI ODI 1995)
  • Aug 5 Venkatesh Prasad, Indian cricketer (consistent Indian Test pace bowler), born in Bangalore, India
  • Aug 6 Mike Budenholzer, American basketball head coach (Milwaukee Bucks 2018-19; Atlanta Hawks 2013-18; NBA Coach of the Year 2015, 19), born in Holbrook, Arizona
  • Aug 6 Roberto Lanckohr, soccer player (MVV)
  • Aug 6 Simon Doull, cricket medium pacer (NZ)
  • Aug 8 Jerome Henderson, American NFL cornerback (NY Jets) and coach/executive (NY Jets), born in Statesville, North Carolina
  • Aug 9 Troy Percival, American baseball pitcher (California Angels), born in Fontana, California
  • Aug 10 Iain Fraser, Scarborough, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Aug 12 Lincoln Coleman, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Aug 12 Stuart Williams, cricket batsman (31 Tests, 1 x 100, HS 128; Leeward Islands, Nevis), born in Charlestown, Nevis
  • Aug 13 Alex Fernandez, Cuban-American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 13 Midori Ito, Japanese ice skater (Olympic silver 1992), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Aug 14 Keitaro Hoshino, Japanese boxer (WBA minimumweight title 2000-01, 02), born in Yokohama, Japan (d. 2021)
  • Aug 14 Stig Tøfting, Danish footballer, born in Aarhus, Denmark
  • Aug 15 Eric Bieniemy, American NFL running back (Cincinnati Bengals) and coach, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Aug 15 James Black, Canadian NHL center, 1989-2001 (Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals, and 4 other teams), born in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Aug 15 Mark Heese, Canadian beach volleyballer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 15 Yancey Thigpen, American NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Tarboro, North Carolina
  • Aug 16 Ben Coates, NFL tight end (NE Patriots)
  • Aug 17 Christian Laettner, American NBA forward/center (Atlanta Hawks, Olympic gold 1992), born in Angola, New York
  • Aug 17 Ed Cunningham, NFL center (Arizona Cardinals) and sports announcer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 17 Maria Strandlund, Swedish tennis star (1987 Futures NOR), born in Akersberga Sweden
  • Aug 18 Isaac Austin, American basketball center (Miami Heat), born in Gridley, California
  • Aug 19 Kazuyoshi Tatsunami, Japanese baseball player, born in Settsu, Japan
  • Aug 19 Kirk Herbstreit, American football analyst (College GameDay), born in Centerville, Ohio
  • Aug 20 Bart Spark, soccer player (Veendam, SC Heerenveen)
  • Aug 20 Francisco Torres, Mexican actor (Los diez pasos), born in Mexico
  • Aug 21 Andújar Cedeño, Dominican baseball infielder (Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers), born in La Romana, Dominican Republic (d. 2000)
  • Aug 21 Josee Chouinard, Canadian figure skater (Olympic-9th-1994), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 22 Hipolito Pichardo, Dominican MLB pitcher. 1902-2002 (Kansas City Royals, and 2 other teams), born in Jicomé, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 22 Maurice Graef, Dutch soccer player (VVW, Roda JC), born in Horn, Netherlands
  • Aug 23 Jeremy Schaap, American Emmy Award-winning sportscaster, and author (Cinderella Man; Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics), born in NYC, New York

Catriona Matthew

Aug 25 Catriona Matthew, Scottish golfer (British Open 2009), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Aug 25 Elly Hakami, tennis star, born in San Francisco, California
  • Aug 25 Mike Gisler, corner (New England Patriots)
  • Aug 25 Mike Jones, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)
  • Aug 25 Vivek Razdan, cricket pace bowler (Indian Test 1989-90)
  • Aug 26 Nicole Arendt, American tennis player (1996 Aust doubles finalist), born in Somerville New Jersey
  • Aug 26 Ricky Bottalico, American MLB, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in New Britain, Connecticut
  • Aug 27 Kipp Vickers, NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Aug 27 Mark Ealham, cricketer (Kent & England Test all-rounder 1996)
  • Aug 27 Steven Van Randwijck, field hockey player (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.

Pierre Turgeon

Aug 28 Pierre Turgeon, Canadian NHL center (NY Islanders, Montreal Canadiens), born in Rouyn, Quebec

  • Aug 29 Joe Swail, Northern Irish snooker player, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Aug 31 Andrei Trefilov, Russian NHL goalie (Buffalo Sabres, Olympic silver 1998), born in Kirovo-Chepetsk, Russia
  • Aug 31 Javagal Srinath, Indian cricketer (right-arm pace bowler since 1991)
  • Aug 31 Victor Alexander, American NBA forward/center (NY Knicks), born in Detroit, Michigan

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 9 George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), dies at 72

Rocky Marciano

Aug 31 Rocky Marciano, American boxer (undefeated world heavyweight champion 1952-56), dies in a plane crash at 45


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