On This Day

August 1976 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 1 XXI Summer Olympic Games, Montreal, Canada: Officially close
  • Aug 1 Seattle Seahawks take the field for the first time in pre-season game v SF 49ers at the newly constructed Kingdome in Seattle

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 Reigning world F1 champion Niki Lauda of Austria suffers a near fatal crash during the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim

Auto Racer Niki Lauda
Auto Racer
Niki Lauda
  • Aug 4 England beats Australia by 8 wickets in the limited overs cricket international at Lord's; first time women are permitted to play on the main square at 'the home of cricket'
  • Aug 8 Chicago White Sox suit up in shorts
  • Aug 9 Pitt Pirate John Candelaria no-hits LA Dodgers, 2-0

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 16 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Congressional CC: Dave Stockton wins 2nd PGA C'ship in a Monday bad weather finish; by 1 stroke from Ray Floyd & Don January

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Aug 16 St. Louis Cardinals beat San Diego Chargers, 20-10 in Tokyo, Japan (NFL Expo)
  • Aug 25 Yanks beat Twins 5-4 in 19 innings
  • Aug 27 Transsexual Renee Richards barred from competing in US Tennis Open
  • Aug 28 Toronto Metros-Croatia beat the Minnesota Kicks to the win the 1976 North American Soccer League championship

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 David Nemirovsky, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 1 Eryn Bulmer, Canadian diver (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Aug 1 Nwankwo Kanu, Nigerian soccer player (Ajax), born in Owerri, Imo, Nigeria
  • Aug 1 Hasan Şaş, Turkish footballer and manager (Galatasaray), born in Karataş, Turkey
  • Aug 1 Søren Jochumsen, Danish footballer, born in Horsens, Denmark
  • Aug 1 Kevin Joseph, American baseball player, born in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 2 Reyes Estévez, Spanish athlete, born in Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain
  • Aug 3 Troy Glaus, American baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Tarzana, Los Angeles
  • Aug 4 Andrew McLeod, Australian footballer
  • Aug 5 Marians Pahars, Latvian footballer, born in Chornobai, Ukraine
  • Aug 7 Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos, Greek footballer, born in Piraeus, Greece
  • Aug 7 Shane Lechler, American football player, born in East Bernard, Texas
  • Aug 8 Seung-Yeop Lee, Korean baseball player
  • Aug 8 Jeff Simmons, American race car driver
  • Aug 10 Michael Depoli, American wrestler
  • Aug 11 Ľubomír Višňovský, Slovak ice hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers), born in Topoľčany, Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 12 Antoine Walker, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • Aug 12 Henry Tuilagi, Samoan rugby player
  • Aug 12 Pedro Collins, West Indian cricket fast bowler (29 Tests, 106 wickets; 30 ODIs, 39 wickets; Barbados, Middlesex), born in St. Peter, Barbados
  • Aug 15 Boudewijn Send, soccer player (PSV)
  • Aug 16 Jonatan Johansson, Finnish soccer striker, manager (106 caps; Rangers, Charlton), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Aug 18 Tom Malchow, American 200m swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Aug 20 Chris Drury, American ice hockey player (NY Rangers), born in Trumbull, Connecticut
  • Aug 21 Jeff Cunningham, Jamaican American soccer player, born in Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Aug 22 Jim Weaver, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Aug 23 Kate Sobrero, American soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • Aug 24 Bjorn van der Doelen, Dutch soccer player (PSV), born in Goirle, Netherlands
  • Aug 24 Nordin Wooter, Dutch soccer player (Ajax), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • Aug 25 Philippe Comtois, Canadian 3m springboard diver (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 25 Sam Mackinnon, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Aug 26 Carey Tally, American soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Aug 27 Carlos Moyá, Spanish professional tennis player, 1995-2010 (French Open, 1998; Davis Cup, 2006), born in Palma, Spain
  • Aug 28 Federico Magallanes, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Aug 29 Chris Renaud, Canadian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Fredericton, Canada
  • Aug 29 Kasia Kulesza, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Aug 29 Jon Dahl Tomasson, Danish footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Aug 29 Kevin Kaesviharn, American football player, born in Paramount, California
  • Aug 29 Pablo Mastroeni, American soccer player, born in Mendoza, Argentina
  • Aug 30 Mike Koplove, American baseball player (Team USA 2008), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 31 Roque Júnior, Brazilian footballer (World Cup 2002), born in Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Brazil

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 10 Bert Oldfield, cricketer (54 Tests, 52 stumpings), dies
  • Aug 19 Ken Wadsworth, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper and dashing batsman, dies of cancer at 29
  • Aug 21 Ken James, cricketer (kept wicket for NZ in 11 Tests), dies
  • Aug 25 Perc Hornibrook, Australian cricket slow-medium bowler (6 Tests; 17 wickets; best 7-92 1930), dies at 77