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

Baseball Event

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

PGA 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

Hall 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

  • 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

Sports History

Aug 17 Phillies Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game

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

Baseball Record

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

Hall of Fame

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

  • Aug 26 XX Summer Olympic Games open in Munich, West Germany

Sports History

Aug 26 Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Houston Astros

World 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

  • 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

Olympic 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

  • 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 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 baseball pitcher, 1997-2009 (Oakland A's, Boston Red Sox, 5 other MLB and 2 Japanese teams), 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 Robert Peal, American dance skater (with Margot Contois), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 9 Silvia Ramon-Cortes, Spanish tennis star (1994 Futures-Vigo), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Aug 10 Lawrence Dallaglio, 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, American football wide receiver (NFL Philadelphia Eagles, 1993-98: Arena League, 2003-07), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Aug 15 (Zbigniew) "Jason" Maniecki, Polish-American NFL defensive tackle, 1996-98 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Rabka-Zdrój, Poland
  • Aug 15 Ken Walter, NFL punter, 1997-2006 (Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, and 2 other teams), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 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, Canadian 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 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 Weiss, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (NY Yankees GM 1947-60; NY Mets President 1961-66), dies at 78