August 1971 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Aug 1 Richard Petty wins the Dixie 500 in Atlanta, Georgia to become the first NASCAR driver to win $1m in career earnings

Hall of Fame

Aug 9 Satchel Paige inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame

  • Aug 10 16 baseball researchers form Society for American Baseball Research

Baseball Record

Aug 10 Twins' Harmon Killebrew is 10th to amass 500 HRs, & adds his 501st

Sports History

Aug 15 Despite crashing out on lap 36, Scotsman Jackie Stewart clinches his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship at the Austrian Grand Prix at Österreichring; Swiss driver Jo Siffert of the BRM team wins the race

Contract of Interest

Aug 26 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Boston Bruins worth one million dollars, the first million dollar contract in NHL history

  • Aug 26 MLB Baltimore Orioles' Don Buford struck out 5 times in a game
  • Aug 31 Adrienne Beames runs female world record marathon (2:46:30)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Julia Chilicki, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Somers, Connecticut
  • Aug 1 Lisa Flood, Canadian 100m breaststroker (Olympics 1996), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Aug 1 Shae Sloan, American women,s baseball pitcher (Colorado Silver Bullets, 1994-96), born in Huntsville, Texas
  • Aug 2 Dick Schreuder, Dutch soccer player (PSV/FC Groningen/RKC), born in Barneveld, Netherlands
  • Aug 2 Fernando Smith, American NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Aug 2 Michael Hughes, Irish footballer, born in Larne, Northern Ireland
  • Aug 4 Greg Frers, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • Aug 4 Jeff Gordon, American auto racer (Winston Cup Series 1995, 97, 98, 2001; Daytona 500 1997, 99, 2005) and broadcaster (Fox NASCAR), born in Vallejo, California
  • Aug 5 Valeri Karpov, Russian RSL and NHL hockey left wing, 1992-2005 (Anaheim Mighty Ducks, 1994-97), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Aug 6 Mike Bales, Saskatoon, NHL goalie (Ottawa Senators)
  • Aug 6 Piyal Wijetunge, cricketer (Sri Lanka slow left-armer 1993)
  • Aug 6 Scott Minto, English footballer
  • Aug 7 Chris T. Jones, American NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Aug 7 Dominic Cork, British cricketer (England all-rounder Hat-trick v WI 1995), born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire
  • Aug 8 John Raposo, CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Aug 8 Marcello Simmons, CFL defensive back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Aug 8 Steve Hinton, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 9 Davide Rebellin, Italian road cyclist, born in San Bonifacio, Italy
  • Aug 9 Scott Karl, American pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Fontana, California
  • Aug 10 Craig Newsome, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Aug 10 Mario César Kindelán Mesa, Cuban boxer
  • Aug 10 Mike Morreale, CFL slot back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Aug 10 Paul Newlove, rugby league player
  • Aug 10 Roy Keane, soccer player
  • Aug 10 Sal Fasano, catcher (KC Royals), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 11 Aaron Miller, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Aug 11 Tommy Mooney, English football player
  • Aug 12 Jim Walker, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales

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Aug 12 American tennis player (14 Grand Slam titles), born in Washington, D.C.

  • Aug 13 Camille Thompson, Canadian basketball center (Olympics, 1996), born in Salmon Arm, British Columbia
  • Aug 13 Chad Cota, American NFL safety, 1995-2002 (Carolina Panthers, and three other teams), born in Ashland, Oregon
  • Aug 13 Marcus Ragnarsson, Swedish professional ice hockey defenseman, 1990-2020 (NHL, 1995-2004: San Jose Sharks; Philadelphia Flyers; Swedish League, 1990-95, 2004-10), born in Östervåla, Sweden
  • Aug 13 Patrick Carpentier, Canadian race car driver, born in LaSalle, Quebec, Canada
  • Aug 14 Adam Timmerman, American NFL guard (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Cherokee, Iowa
  • Aug 14 Christopher R. Nelloms, American sprinter, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Aug 14 James Folston, American NFL defensive end (Oakland Raiders), born in Cocoa, Florida
  • Aug 14 Mark Loretta, American baseball infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Aug 14 Pramodaya Wickremasinhghe, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler), born in Matara, Sri Lanka
  • Aug 15 Perry Carter, American NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs, Oakland Raiders), born in McComb, Mississippi
  • Aug 16 Stefan Klos, German footballer
  • Aug 16 Troy Alexander, CFL defensive tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Aug 16 Willie Jackson, NFL wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Aug 17 Jorge Posada, Puerto Rican baseball catcher (5-time MLB All Star and Silver Slugger Award; NY Yankees), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Aug 18 Jonathan David Winter, New Zealand 100m backstroker (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Aug 18 Kevin Bouie, American football running back (Philadelphia Eagles, Ariz Cardinals), born in Pahokee, Florida
  • Aug 19 João Pinto, Portuguese football player, born in Porto, Portugal
  • Aug 19 Mary Joe Fernández, American tennis player, broadcaster (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 20 Brett Bech, American football wide receiver (New Orleans Saints), born in Slidell, Louisiana
  • Aug 20 Oronde Gadsden, American NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Aug 20 Steve Stone, English footballer, born in Gateshead, England
  • Aug 21 Shayne Edge, American NFL/WLAF punter (Steelers, Barcelona Dragons), born in Lake City, Florida
  • Aug 22 Bernard Carter, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Jaguars, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 23 Demetrio Albertini, Italian footballer, born in Besana in Brianza, Italy
  • Aug 23 Hugh Douglas, NFL defensive end (NY Jets), born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • Aug 26 Jocelyn Borgella, first person of Haitian descent to play in the NHL (Detroit Lions), born in Nassau, Bahamas
  • Aug 27 Ernest Faber, Dutch soccer defender (1 cap; PSV) and manager (NEC, Groningen, PSV), born in Geldrop, Netherlands
  • Aug 27 Jim Flanigan, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • Aug 28 Janet Evans, American swimmer (Olympic gold 400m, 800m, 400m medley 1988; 800m 1992; WR 400m, 800m, 1,500m), born in Fullerton, California
  • Aug 28 Raul Marquez, Mexican-American boxer (Olympic-92), born in Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, Mexico
  • Aug 28 Shane Andrews, infielder (Montreal Expos), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Aug 28 Todd Eldredge, American figure skater (1996 World champion and a six-time U.S. national champion), born in Chatham, Massachusetts
  • Aug 29 Henry Blanco, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Aug 30 Joseph Fitzgerald, American team handball center back (Olympics 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 31 Mike Caldwell, American NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals) and coach, born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • Aug 31 Pádraig Harrington, Irish golfer (British Open 2007-08, PGA C'ship 2008, Ryder Cup wins 2002, 04, 06, 10), born in Dublin, Ireland

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 1 John McDermott, American golfer (US Open, 1911-12), dies of heart failure at 79 [1]
  • Aug 19 Mary Browne, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1912-14), dies at 80
  • Aug 27 Jim Turnesa, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1952; Ryder Cup 1953), dies of lung cancer at 58