On This Day

August 1971 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty
  • Aug 10 16 baseball researchers form Society for American Baseball Research

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew
  • Aug 11 Harmon Killebrew hits HRs #500 & 501
  • Aug 15 Charles Lismont wins Helsinki marathon (2:13:09.0)
  • 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; French Tyrrell driver François Cevert wins the race
  • Aug 26 Orioles' Don Buford struck out 5 times in a game

AgreementContract 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

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Aug 31 Adrienne Beames runs female world record marathon (2:46:30)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Fred Lester, American football player (Atlanta Falcons), born in Miami, Florida
  • 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, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets), 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, NHL left wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), 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 Scott Karl, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Fontana, California
  • Aug 9 Davide Rebellin, Italian cyclist
  • Aug 10 Craig Newsome, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 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 10 Mario César Kindelán Mesa, Cuban boxer
  • 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

Person of interestPete Sampras

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

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • Aug 13 Camille Thompson, Salmon Arm BC, basketball center (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 13 Chad Cota, American NFL safety (Carolina Panthers), born in Ashland, Oregon
  • Aug 13 Marcus Ragnarsson, Swedish NHL defenseman (SJ Sharks, Sweden), 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 14 Sean Hill, American NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins), born in Dowagiac, Michigan
  • Aug 15 Perry Carter, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs, Oakland Raiders), born in McComb, Mississippi
  • Aug 16 Troy Alexander, CFL defensive tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Aug 16 Willie Jackson, NFL wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Aug 16 Stefan Klos, German footballer
  • 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 18 Mindy Czuleger, American WPVA volleyballer (Myrtle Bch-17th-1994), born in Inglewood, California
  • Aug 19 Mary Joe Fernández, American tennis player, broadcaster (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 19 João Vieira Pinto, Portuguese football player
  • Aug 20 Brett Bech, American football wide receiver (New Orleans Saints), born in Slidell, Louisiana
  • Aug 20 Kevin Hickman, American NFL tight end (Detroit Lions), born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
  • 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 Hugh Douglas, NFL defensive end (NY Jets), born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • Aug 23 Demetrio Albertini, Italian footballer, born in Besana in Brianza, Italy
  • Aug 26 Jocelyn Borgella, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • Aug 27 Ernest Faber, soccer player (PSV)
  • 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 Greg Jefferson, NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 31 Mike Caldwell, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 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 mental illness at 79
  • 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