August 1979 in Sport

Events in Sport


Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 5 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate European Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 5 Phillies Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 5 Willie Mays, Warren Giles, & Hack Wilson inducted in Hall of Fame

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Aug 6 61st PGA Championship: David Graham shoots a 272 at Oakland Hills, Michigan
  • Aug 11 Phillies Tug McGraw gives up record 4th grand slam of year
  • Aug 12 Judy wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic Rankin
  • Aug 19 Sally wins LPGA Barth Golf Classic Little
  • Aug 21 Mets win a protested game against Astros, 5-0
  • Aug 24 NFL fans (60,916) choose old Patriots logo over new
  • Aug 25 California Angels trounce Toronto Blue Jays, 24-2

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 26 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 Ian Botham makes 1000 runs/100 wkts in Tests in his 21st match

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • Aug 30 Kathy Horvath (14y5d) is youngest to play in US Tennis Open, she loses

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 30 Wildest US Tennis Open match, McEnroe defeats Ilie Năstase 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Năstase was defaulted by the umpire then reinstated

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Aug 31 16 yr old Tracy Austin defeats 14 yr old Andrea Jaeger at US Open Tennis
  • Aug 31 Phillies replaces manager Danny Ozark with Dallas Green

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Junior Agogo, Accra, Ghanaian footballer
  • Aug 3 Kris Jenkins, American football player
  • Aug 4 Brandi Siegel, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 4 Robin Peterson, South African cricketer
  • Aug 5 David Healy, Northern Irish footballer
  • Aug 8 Rashard Lewis, American basketball player
  • Aug 9 Alizah Allen, figure skater (1997 North Atlantic Sr champ), born in New York City
  • Aug 10 Yannick Schroeder, French racing driver
  • Aug 10 Dinusha Fernando, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • Aug 12 D.J. Houlton, American baseball player
  • Aug 12 Cindy Klassen, Canadian speed skater
  • Aug 13 Román Colón, Dominican baseball player
  • Aug 13 Corey Patterson, American baseball player
  • Aug 14 Paul Burgess, Australian athlete
  • Aug 15 Carl Edwards, American NASCAR driver
  • Aug 16 Monder Rizki, Belgian athlete
  • Aug 17 Antwaan Randle El, American football player
  • Aug 19 Oumar Kondé, Swiss footballer
  • Aug 20 Cory Sullivan, American baseball player
  • Aug 21 Ashley Whitney, 800m freestyle relay (Olympics 1996), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Aug 23 Edgar Sosa, Mexican boxer
  • Aug 24 Orlando Engelaar, Dutch international footballer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Aug 24 Michael Redd, American basketball player, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Aug 25 Marlon Harewood, English footballer
  • Aug 26 Cristian Mora, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Aug 26 Rubén Pazos, Spanish footballer
  • Aug 26 Jamal Lewis, American football player
  • Aug 27 Tian Liang, Chinese diver
  • Aug 28 Markus Pröll, German footballer
  • Aug 28 Kristen Hughes, Australian netballer
  • Aug 28 Ruth Riley, American basketball player
  • Aug 29 Ryan Shealy, American baseball player
  • Aug 30 Juan Ignacio Chela, Argentine tennis player
  • Aug 31 Clay Hensley, American baseball player
  • Aug 31 Mark Johnston, Canadian swimmer
  • Aug 31 Ramón Santiago, Dominican baseball player

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 3 Professional boxer George Foreman (30) divorces Cynthia Lewis after more than a year of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 2 Thurmon Munson, NY Yankee, killed in a plane crash at Akron Oh at 32
  • Aug 9 Walter O'Malley, American baseball team owner (Dodgers), dies at 75
  • Aug 21 Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer, dies at 68
  • Aug 23 Mian Mohammad Saeed, cricketer (1st Pakistan capt 1948-49), dies
  • Aug 31 E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper 1911-14), dies