August 1970 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Baseball Record

Aug 1 Future Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Stargell smacks 3 doubles and 2 homers in a 20-10 Pirates win v Braves at Atlanta Stadium

  • Aug 3 The second ever NFL work stoppage ends with NFL and Players' Association agreeing to a 4-year, $19.1 million deal
  • Aug 7 First all-computer chess championship is conducted in New York and won by CHESS 3.0 (CDC 6400), a program written by Slate, Atkin & Gorlen at Northwestern University

Baseball History

Aug 8 NY Yankees honor Casey Stengel, retiring his number 37 (BTG was there)

Sports History

Aug 11 Future Baseball HOF pitcher Jim Bunning becomes 2nd Cy Young Award winner to win 100 games in both NL and AL; Phillies beat Houston 6-5 at Astrodome

Sports History

Aug 12 Curt Flood loses his $41 million antitrust suit against baseball [1]

  • Aug 15 Patricia Palinkas becomes 1st woman pro football player (Orlando)

PGA Championship

Aug 16 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Southern Hills CC: Dave Stockton wins 1st of 2 PGA C'ships by 2 shots from Bob Murphy and Arnold Palmer

Baseball Record

Aug 23 Roberto Clemente compiles his record 2nd straight 5-hit game

  • Aug 28 Phillies Larry Bowa steals home for 2nd time in 1970
  • Aug 31 59th Davis Cup: USA beats Germany in Cleveland (5-0)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 David James, English footballer, born in Welwyn Garden City, England
  • Aug 1 Quentin Coryatt, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Aug 2 Chainey Umphrey, American gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Aug 2 Elijah Alexander, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2010)
  • Aug 2 Philo Wallace, Barbadian cricketer (WI ODI opening batsman 1991-92), born in Haynesville, Barbados
  • Aug 2 Tony Amonte, American NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks, USA), born in Hingham, Massachusetts
  • Aug 2 Wesley "wes" Bender, American WLAF/NFL running back (Frankfurt Galaxy, New Orleans Saints), born in Van Nuys, California
  • Aug 3 Darren Mickell, American NFL defensive end (KC Chiefs, New Orleans Saints), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 4 Orlando Trustfull, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Aug 4 Steven Jack, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1994-95)
  • Aug 5 Travis Moore, American CFL receiver (Grey Cup 1998 2001; 3 x CFL All Star; Calgary Stampeders), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Aug 6 Erwin Thijs, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 7 Joe Cocozzo, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Mechanicville, New York
  • Aug 8 Catriona Fallon, American rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Burlingame, California
  • Aug 8 José Francisco Molina, Spanish soccer goalkeeper (9 caps; Atlético Madrid, Deportivo La Coruña) and manager (Villarreal CF), born in Valencia, Spain
  • Aug 8 Trev Alberts, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Cedar Fall, Iowa
  • Aug 9 Chris Gedney, American NFL tight end, 1993-2000 (Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2018)
  • Aug 9 Rod Brind'Amour, Canadian ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 2006 Carolina Hurricanes captain; NHL All Star 1992; Selke Trophy 2006, 07) and coach (Jack Adams Award 2021; Carolina Hurricanes), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Aug 10 Brendon Julian, Australian cricketer (Australian left-arm quickie), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Aug 10 Bret Hedican, American NHL defenseman, 1991-2009 (Vancouver Canucks, Carolina Hurricanes, and 3 other teams), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Aug 10 Gino Torretta, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1992; National C'ship 1989, 91; U of Miami; Seattle Seahawks), born in Pinole, California
  • Aug 12 Alison Inverarity, Australian high jumper (Olympic 8th 1992, 96)
  • Aug 12 Jim Schlossnagle, American baseball coach ( Texas A&M Aggies), born in Hagerstown, Maryland

Alan Shearer (53 years old)

Aug 13 English soccer striker (63 caps; Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United) and broadcaster (BBC), born in Gosforth, England

  • Aug 13 Elvis Grbac, American NFL quarterback (SF 49ers, KC Chiefs), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 14 Slava Dosedel, Czech tennis star, born in Přerov, Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 15 Chris Byrd, American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 2000; IBF heavyweight tile 2002; Olympic silver middleweight 1992), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Aug 16 Adrian Hardy, NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals)
  • Aug 16 Bonnie Bernstein, American sportscaster
  • Aug 16 Dena Head, WNBA guard (Utah Starzz)
  • Aug 16 Eric Swann, American NFL defensive tackle, 1991-2000 (Arizona Cardinals; Carolina Panthers), born in Sanford, North Carolina
  • Aug 16 Fabio Casartelli, Italian road cyclist (Olympic gold Individual road race 1992), born in Como, Italy (d. 1995)
  • Aug 16 Lester Smith, CFL safety (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Aug 16 Quinton McCracken, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Aug 16 Wilco Hellinga, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Aug 17 Bernard Wilson, American NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals), born in Nasville, Tennessee

Jim Courier (53 years old)

Aug 17 American tennis player, analyst (4-time Grand Slam singles winner), born in Sanford, Florida

  • Aug 17 Øyvind Leonhardsen, Norwegian footballer, born in Kristiansund, Norway
  • Aug 18 Richie Cunningham, American football placekicker (First-team All-Pro 1997 Dallas Cowboys), born in Houma, Louisiana
  • Aug 18 Robert Higginson, American baseball outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 19 Scott Brumfield, American NFL guard (Cin Bengals)m born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Aug 20 Els Callens, Belgian tennis star (1996 quarterfinalist Essen), born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Aug 20 Jay McNeil, CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Aug 21 Paulo Barrancos Guerra, Portuguese athlete, 10k runner, born in Barrancos, Portugal
  • Aug 21 Steve Everitt, American NFL center (Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 22 Jean-Michel Bombardier, Canadian pair skater (1995, 96 Can), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 23 Andrew Henry, CFL safety (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Aug 23 Fabian Wilnis, Dutch soccer player (NAC, De Graafschap), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Aug 23 Joseph Chebet, Kenyan athlete (Boston Marathon 1999, New York Marathon 1999, Amsterdam Marathon 1998, Vienna Marathon 2003), born in Eldoret, Kenya (d. 2023)
  • Aug 24 Dan Henderson, American mixed martial artist (UFC 17 Middleweight Tournament 1998; Rings: King of Kings Tournament 1999), born in Downey, California
  • Aug 24 Rich Beem, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2002), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Aug 24 Sandra Whyte-Sweeney, American ice hockey forward (Olympics gold 1998), born in Saugus, Massachusetts
  • Aug 24 Tugay Kerimoğlu, Turkish footballer, born in Trabzon, Turkey
  • Aug 25 Debbie Graham, tennis star (1993 Taranto doubles), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • Aug 25 Doug Glanville, outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Hackensack, New York
  • Aug 25 Robert Horry, NBA forward (LA Lakers, Houston Rockets)
  • Aug 25 Ronald Waterreus, soccer player (Roda JC, PSV)
  • Aug 26 Brett Schultz, South African cricket pace bowler (South African Test), born in East London, South Africa
  • Aug 26 Olimpiada Ivanova, Russian race walker, born in Munsjuty, Soviet Union
  • Aug 27 Andy Bichel, Australian cricketer and pace bowler, born in Laidley, Queensland, Australia
  • Aug 27 Dene Hills, cricketer (prolific Tasmanian batsman)
  • Aug 27 Jeff Kenna, Irish footballer
  • Aug 27 Jim Thome, American Baseball HOF infielder (5 x MLB All Star; Roberto Clemente Award 2002; NL HR leader 2003; Cleveland Indians, Chicago WS), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • Aug 27 Mark Ilott, cricketer (England left-arm pace bowler 1993-)
  • Aug 27 Peter Ebdon, English snooker player
  • Aug 28 Jaime Fields, NFL/WLAF linebacker (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores), born in Compton, California (d. 1999)
  • Aug 29 Jacco Eltingh, Dutch tennis player (1993 ATP World Doubles), born in Heerde, Netherlands
  • Aug 31 Arie van Lent, Dutch-German footballer
  • Aug 31 James Robinson, American NBA guard (LA Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Aug 31 Steve Nikataras, cricketer (left-arm pace bowler for NSW 1996-97)

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 6 Ingolf Dahl [Marcus], German-American pianist and composer (Allegro and Arioso), dies at 56
  • Aug 7 Syd Buller, English cricket umpire (33 Tests 1956-69), dies at 60
  • Aug 8 Johnny Goodman, American golfer (US Open 1933), dies at 60
  • Aug 12 Glenn Hartranft, American athlete (discus WR 47.89m 1925; Olympic silver shot putt 1924), dies at 68