August 1971 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Aug 1 Richard Petty wins the Dixie 500 in Atlanta, Georgia to become the first NASCAR driver to win $1m in career earnings
  • Aug 9 Satchel Paige inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Aug 10 16 baseball researchers form Society for American Baseball Research
  • 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)
  • Aug 2 Fernando Smith, NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Aug 2 Michael Hughes, Irish footballer
  • Aug 3 Forbes Johnston, Scottish footballer (Falkirk), born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 2007)
  • Aug 4 Greg Frers, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • Aug 4 Jeff Gordon, American race car driver
  • Aug 5 Valeri Karpov, NHL left wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Aug 6 Curtis Shearer, WLAF receiver (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 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, NFL tackle/wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 7 Dominic Cork, British cricketer (England all-rounder Hat-trick v WI 1995), born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire
  • Aug 7 Kevin Gaines, WLAF DB (London Monarchs)
  • 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 Alan Allen, NFL/WLAF wide receiver (NY Jets, London Monarchs)
  • Aug 9 David Merritt, WLAF linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • Aug 9 Mary Joe Fernandez, Dom Rep, tennis player (US National 16s)
  • 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 Jim Hanna, WLAF defensive tackle (Amsterdam Admirals), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 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, NFL safety (Carolina Panthers)
  • Aug 13 Marcus Ragnarsson, Ostervala SWE, NHL defenseman (SJ Sharks, Sweden)
  • Aug 13 Ron Dickerson, WLAF running back (Scottish Claymores, London Monarchs)
  • Aug 13 Patrick Carpentier, Quebec race car driver
  • Aug 14 Adam Timmerman, NFL guard (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Aug 14 Christopher R Nelloms, sprinter, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Aug 14 James Folston, NFL defensive end (Oakland Raiders)
  • Aug 14 Mark Loretta, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Aug 14 Pramodaya Wickremasinhghe, cricketer (Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler)
  • Aug 14 Sean Hill, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins)
  • Aug 14 Stan White, NFL/WLAF quarterback (NY Giants, London Monarchs)
  • Aug 15 Perry Carter, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs, Oakland Raiders), born in McComb, Mississippi
  • Aug 16 Nigel Williams, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 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 player
  • Aug 18 Jonathan David Winter, 100m backstroker (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Aug 18 Kevin Bouie, NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles, Ariz Cardinals)
  • Aug 18 Mindy Czuleger, WPVA volleyballer (Myrtle Bch-17th-1994), born in Inglewood, California
  • Aug 19 Mary Joe Fernandez, Dom Rep, US tennis star (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Aug 19 João Vieira Pinto, Portuguese football player
  • Aug 20 Bernard Whittington, defensive end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Aug 20 Brett Bech, wide receiver (New Orleans Saints)
  • Aug 20 Kevin Hickman, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • Aug 20 Oronde Gadsden, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Aug 20 Steve Stone, English footballer
  • 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 26 Sharon Tina Jenkins, badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Aug 27 Ernest Faber, soccer player (PSV)
  • Aug 27 Jim Flanigan, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • Aug 28 Janet Evans, American 400m/800m swimmer (Olympic 4 gold-88, 92, 96), born in Fullerton, California
  • Aug 28 Olaf Sheep, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, NAC)
  • 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 Dennis de Brown, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Aug 29 Henry Blanco, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Aug 30 Aubrey Beavers, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Miami Dolphins, Rhein Fire)
  • Aug 30 Joseph Fitzgerald, American team handball center back (Olympics 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 30 Tre Johnson, NFL guard (Washington Redskins)
  • 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 27 Jim Turnesa, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1952; Ryder Cup 1953), dies of lung cancer at 58