August 1979 in Sport

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 in Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Aug 5 PGA Championship, Oakland Hills CC: Australian David Graham wins on the third playoff hole against Ben Crenshaw
  • Aug 11 Phillies Tug McGraw gives up record 4th grand slam of year
  • 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
Ian Botham
  • Aug 30 Kathy Horvath (14y5d) is youngest to play in US Tennis Open, she loses

Sport awardTennis 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 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, Ghanaian footballer, born in Accra, Ghana
  • Aug 2 Reuben Kosgei, Kenyan athlete
  • Aug 3 Kris Jenkins, American football player, 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 player
  • 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
  • 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, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 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, 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 football player
  • 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
  • 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