On This Day

August 1972 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 1 Nate Colbert hits MLB record tying 5 HRs and record 13 RBI as Padres beat Atlanta 9-0, 11-7 in a doubleheader
  • Aug 5 Detroit Tigers shortstop Ed Brinkman commits an error ending record streak of 72 games & 331 total chances without a misplay

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

Aug 6 Hank Aaron hits 660th & 661st HRs for the Atlanta Braves, breaking Babe Ruth's MLB record of homers for one team

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 6 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Gary Player of South Africa wins by 2 shots from Americans Tommy Aaron & Jim Jamieson

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 7 Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez, Early Wynn, Josh Gibson, Will Harridge, Buck Leonard & Ross Youngs are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax
  • Aug 8 NY Yanks sign 30-year lease to play in remodeled Yankee Stadium
  • Aug 10 Finnish runner Lasse Virén wraps up the 5,000/10,000m double at the Munich Olympics; runs Olympic record 13:26.42 for the 5k gold medal
  • Aug 12 Ian & Greg Chappell both scores centuries in same Test Cricket innings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 17 Phillies Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • Aug 22 Rhodesia is expelled by the International Olympic Committee for its racist policies.

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 23 Chicago's Dick Allen is 4th (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, & Alex Johnson) to homer into Comiskey Park's center field bleachers

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Aug 24 8th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 2-1

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 24 Gordie Howe and Jean Béliveau inducted into the Ice Hockey Hall of Fame

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau
  • Aug 26 XX Summer Olympic Games open in Munich, West Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 26 Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Astros

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 28 American 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of David Edgar, John Murphy, John Heidenreich & Mark Spitz swim a world record 3:26.42 to beat Soviet Union for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics

Swimmer Mark Spitz
Swimmer
Mark Spitz

  • Aug 28 Australian teenage swimmer Shane Gould sets a world record 2:23.07 to beat German Kornelia Ender in the 200m individual medley at the Munich Olympics; her first of 3 gold medals at the Games

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Aug 28 Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut becomes media darling at the Munich Olympics; wins gold in the teams all-round ; follows with 2 gold and a silver

Gymnast Olga Korbut
Gymnast
Olga Korbut
  • Aug 28 North Korean shooter Ri Ho-jun wins the 50m rifle prone event at the Munich Olympics; his nation's first ever Olympic gold medal
  • Aug 29 SF Giant Jim Barr retires 1st 20 batters he faces added to last 21 he retired 6 days earlier for record 41 in a row
  • Aug 29 Sandy Neilson wins the blue ribband women's 100m freestyle gold medal in 58.59 at the Munich Olympics beating fellow American Shirley Babashoff and Shane Gould of Australia
  • Aug 30 Japanese breaststroker Nobutaka Taguchi beats American pair Tom Bruce & John Hencken to win the 100m gold medal in world record 1:04.94 at the Munich Olympic Games
  • Aug 30 Australian teenage swimmer Shane Gould with a world record 4:19.04 for the 400m, wins her second of 3 gold medals at the Munich Olympics
  • Aug 30 American women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Shirley Babashoff, Jane Barkman, Jenny Kemp & Sandy Neilson beats East Germany by just 0.36 to win gold at the Munich Olympics; world record 3:55.19
  • Aug 30 Amidst Olga Korbut mania at the Munich Olympics, Soviet teammate Ludmilla Tourischeva wins the gymnastics individual all-round competition, her 2nd gold medal of the Games
  • Aug 30 Slalom canoeing is introduced at the Munich Olympics with East Germany winning all 4 events
  • Aug 31 Lasse Viren runs Olympic/world record 10,000m (27:38.4)
  • Aug 31 Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut wins balance beam & floor exercise gold medals at the Munich Olympics; follows gold in the teams all-round
  • Aug 31 American super swimmer Mark Spitz wraps up the Olympic butterfly double with a world record 54.27 in the 100m in Munich, having already won the 200m in world record time 2:00.70
  • Aug 31 American 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of John Kinsella, Fred Tyler, Steve Genter & Mark Spitz swim a world record 7:35.78 to beat West Germany for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Aug 31 Australian swimmer Gail Neall with a world record 5:02.97 wins the 400m individual medley gold medal at the Munich Olympics

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Karen Dalton, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Mt View, California
  • Aug 1 Martin Damm, Czech tennis star, born in Liberec, Czech Republic
  • Aug 1 Matt Dyson, American NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders), born in La Plata, Maryland
  • Aug 2 Nathan Thomas, Australian water polo player (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 2 Mohamed Al-Deayea, Saudi Arabian footballer, born in Hail, Saudi Arabia
  • Aug 3 Alain Bolduc, Canadian sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 3 Jeff Nygaard, American volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Aug 3 John Lilley, American hockey forward (Olympics 1994), born in Wakefield, Massachusetts
  • Aug 3 Sandis Ozolinsh, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Riga, Latvia
  • Aug 3 Travis Hall, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons), born in Sodoltna, Alaska
  • Aug 5 Aaqib Javed, Pakistani cricketer and pace bowler (1989-98), born in Sheikhupura, Pakistan
  • Aug 5 Darryl Yung, badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Aug 5 John Wasdin, American pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Ft Belvoir, Virginia
  • Aug 6 Mike Frederick, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • Aug 7 Tony Bouie, American NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Aug 9 Eric Zomalt, NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 9 Robert Peal, American dance skater (with Margot Contois), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 9 Silvia Ramon-Cortes, tennis star (1994 Futures-Vigo), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Aug 10 Lawrence Dallaglio OBE, English rugby union flanker and captain (85 caps England, 3 British & Irish Lions; Was[s), born in London, England
  • Aug 11 Curtis Ceaser, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets)
  • Aug 12 Allison Cook, Australian basketballl player (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Aug 12 Mark Kinsella, Irish footballer
  • Aug 12 Gyanendra Pandey, Indian cricketer
  • Aug 14 Ed O'Bannon, American NBA forward (NJ Nets), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 14 Evan Pilgrim, American NFL guard (Chicago Bears), born in Pittsburg, California
  • Aug 15 Freddie Solomon, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 15 Jason Maniecki, defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Aug 15 Ken Walter, punter (Carolina Panthers)
  • Aug 16 Eddie Goines, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Aug 16 Michael Reed, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers), born in Maplewood, Minnesota
  • Aug 16 Michael Thornberry, American team handball circle (Olympics 1996), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Aug 16 Zach Wiegert, American college and professional football player (St Louis Rams), born in Fremont, Nebraska
  • Aug 16 Stan Lazaridis, Australian footballer, born in Perth, Australia
  • Aug 17 Habibul Bashar, Bangladeshi cricketer (Captain of national side), born in Nagakanda, Bangladesh
  • Aug 18 Derrick Harris, American football running back (St Louis Rams), born in Angleton, Texas
  • Aug 18 Nate Jones, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 18 Ray Jacobs, American football linebacker (Denver Broncos), born in Corsicana, Texas
  • Aug 19 Colleen Thornburn, softball catcher (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 19 Roberto Abbondanzieri, Argentine footballer, born in Bouquet, Argentina
  • Aug 21 Johnnie Harris, CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 22 Stephen Boyd, American NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Valley Stream, New York
  • Aug 22 Max Wilson, Brazilian racing driver, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Aug 23 Anthony Calvillo, CFL quarterback (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Aug 23 Sheldon Benoit, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • Aug 23 Tony Carter, American NFL running back (Chicago Bears), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Aug 23 Martin Grainger, English footballer, born in London Borough of Enfield, United Kingdom
  • Aug 23 Raul Casanova, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Humacao, Puerto Rico
  • Aug 24 Chris Right, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Aug 24 Christian Ruud, Norwegian tennis star (1989 Norwegian), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Aug 24 Ian Moran, American hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994, Pitts), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 24 Kurt Miller, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Aug 25 Bryan Stoltenberg, corner (NY Giants)
  • Aug 25 Marlo Perry, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • Aug 25 Marvin Harrison, wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Aug 25 Tony Dumas, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Aug 26 Sherell Ford, NBA forward (Seattle Supersonics)
  • Aug 27 Chris Imes, South Paris Maine, US hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994)
  • Aug 27 Donta Jones, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Aug 27 Denise Lewis, English heptathlete
  • Aug 28 Darby Hendrickson, American hockey forward (Olympics 1994), born in Richfield, Minnasota
  • Aug 28 Mike Cawley, American CFL quarterback (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 28 Jay Witasick, American baseball player, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 29 Michael Roan, American football tight end (Houston/Tennessee Oilers), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Aug 30 Jose Herrera, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 30 Pavel Nedvěd, Czech football player (Lazio, Juventus), born in Cheb, Czechoslovakia

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 13 George Wiess, General Manager (NY Yankees), dies at 78