On This Day

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

Baseball Left fielder / First baseman Willie Stargell
Baseball Left fielder / First baseman
Willie Stargell
  • 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

Sports History

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

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel

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

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher and Senator Jim Bunning
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher and Senator
Jim Bunning
  • 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

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
Golfer Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer

Baseball Record

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

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 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 Quentin Coryatt, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Aug 1 David James, English footballer, born in Welwyn Garden City, England
  • 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 Owen McMahon, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 4 Steven Jack, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1994-95)
  • Aug 5 Andy Antoine, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Aug 5 Everett McIver, NFL guard (NY Jets, Miami Dolphins)
  • Aug 5 Travis Moore, CFL receiver (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Aug 6 Mike Strange, Canadian boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • Aug 6 Erwin Thijs, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 7 Eric Namesnik, American 400m medley swimmer (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Butler, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • Aug 7 Joe Cocozzo, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Mechanicville, New York
  • Aug 8 Catriona Fallon, Burlingame California, rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96)
  • Aug 8 Trev Alberts, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 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 NHL center, 1989-2010 (St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes, Team Canada 98), and coach (Carolina Hurricanes, since 2018), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Aug 10 Brendon Julian, cricketer (in NZ Australian left-arm quickie 1993-)
  • Aug 10 Bret Hedican, St-paul, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 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, baseball coach
  • Aug 13 Elvis Grbac, American NFL quarterback (SF 49ers, KC Chiefs), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 13 Alan Shearer, English footballer (Newcastle United, the Premier Leagues' record goal scorer), born in Gosforth, England
  • 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 Fabio Casartelli, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1992), born in Como, Italy (d. 1995)
  • Aug 16 Adrian Hardy, NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals)
  • Aug 16 Dena Head, WNBA guard (Utah Starzz)
  • Aug 16 Eric Swann, NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 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 16 Bonnie Bernstein, American sportscaster
  • Aug 17 Bernard Wilson, American NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals), born in Nasville, Tennessee
  • Aug 17 Jim Courier, 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 kicker (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 Mark Hatfield, CFL guard (BC Lions)
  • Aug 21 Paulo Barrancos Guerra, Portuguese athlete, 10k runner, born in Barrancos, Portugal
  • Aug 21 Steve Everitt, 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 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 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 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 Greg Woodcroft, 52 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Aug 27 Jim Thome, infielder (Cleveland Indians), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • Aug 27 Mark Ilott, cricketer (England left-arm pace bowler 1993-)
  • Aug 27 Reggie Slater, NBA forward (Toronto Raptors)
  • Aug 27 Peter Ebdon, English snooker player
  • Aug 27 Jeff Kenna, Irish footballer
  • Aug 28 Gavin Maxwell, Canadian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • 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 James Robinson, NBA guard (LA Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Aug 31 Steve Nikataras, cricketer (left-arm pace bowler for NSW 1996-97)
  • Aug 31 Arie van Lent, Dutch-German footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 6 Ingolf Dahl [Marcus], German-American pianist and composer (Allegro and Arioso), dies at 56
  • 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