On This Day

August 1979 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 2 Washington, D.C. trial attorney Edward Bennett Williams buys MLB's Baltimore Orioles from Jerold Hoffberger for reported $12.3 million

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 3 Sam Snead, at 67 years, 2 months and 7 days sets the record for the oldest player to make the cut in a major - PGA Championship at Oakland Hills CC

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 5 Philadelphia Phillies 3rd baseman Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single in a 5-2 home loss vs Pirates

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 into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Aug 5 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Australian David Graham wins on the 3rd playoff hole against Ben Crenshaw
  • Aug 11 Phillies Tug McGraw gives up record 4th grand slam of year
  • Aug 13 Lou Brock, is 14th MLB player to get 3,000 hits
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Aug 30 In a wild encounter at the US Open, John McEnroe beats Ilie Năstase 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; Năstase is defaulted by the umpire then reinstated

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Aug 31 In the battle of American teenage tennis prodigies, 16 year old Tracy Austin beats 14 year old Andrea Jaeger 6-2, 6-2 in the 2nd round at US Open

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Junior Agogo, Ghanaian footballer, born in Accra, Ghana
  • Aug 2 Reuben Kosgei, Kenyan athlete, born in Kapsabet, Kenya
  • Aug 3 Kris Jenkins, American NFL defensive tackle (Pro Bowl (20-03, 06, 08; All-Pro 2002-03; Carolina Panthers, New York Jets), born in Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • 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 and manager (Linfield), born in Killyleagh, County Down
  • Aug 8 Rashard Lewis, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 2005, 09; NBA C'ship 2013; Miami Heat), born in Pineville, Louisiana
  • Aug 9 Alizah Allen, figure skater (1997 North Atlantic Sr champ), born in NYC, New York
  • 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, born in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 13 Corey Patterson, American baseball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 14 Paul Burgess, Australian athlete, born in Perth, Australia
  • Aug 15 Carl Edwards, American NASCAR driver
  • Aug 16 Monder Rizki, Belgian athlete, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Aug 17 Antwaan Randle El, American football player and coach, born in Riverdale, Illinois
  • Aug 19 Oumar Kondé, Swiss footballer
  • Aug 20 Cory Sullivan, American baseball player (Colorado Rockies), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Aug 21 Ashley Whitney, 800m freestyle relay (Olympics 1996), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Aug 23 Edgar Sosa, Mexican boxer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 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 NFL running back (Super Bowl 2000; NFL rushing yards leader 2003; Baltimore Ravens), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 27 Tian Liang, Chinese diver
  • Aug 28 Markus Pröll, German footballer, born in Rheinbach, Germany
  • Aug 28 Kristen Hughes, Australian netballer
  • Aug 28 Ruth Riley, American basketball player, born in Ransom, Kansas
  • Aug 29 Ryan Shealy, American baseball player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Aug 30 Juan Ignacio Chela, Argentine tennis player, born in Ciudad Evita, Argentina
  • Aug 31 Ramón Santiago, Dominican baseball infielder, coach (only player in history to hit walk-off, grand slam home run in last MLB at-bat), born in Las Matas de Farfán, DR

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 Thurman Munson, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1971, 73–78; World Series 1977, 78; AL MVP 1976; NY Yankees), dies in a plane crash 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, umpire (11 Tests), dies at 93