On This Day

August 1980 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 1 Gerd Wessig of East Germany becomes the first male to set a high jump world record at the Olympics (2.36m [7' 9"] Moscow)
  • Aug 1 East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski wins his second consecutive Olympic Games marathon in 12:11:03 in Moscow
  • Aug 2 Cuban super-heavyweight Teofilo Stevenson becomes the 1st fighter to win 3 Olympic gold medals in the same division, scores 4-1 points decision over Pyotr Zayev (Soviet Union) in Moscow

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 3 Al Kaline, Duke Snider, Chuck Klein and Tom Yawkey are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Hall of Fame Right Fielder Chuck Klein
Baseball Hall of Fame Right Fielder
Chuck Klein
  • Aug 3 XXII Summer Olympic Games close in Moscow, Russia
  • Aug 4 7-time All Star Maury Wills becomes only the 3rd black manager in MLB history when Darrell Johnson is fired by Seattle Mariners after a 9 game losing streak
  • Aug 5 Montreal Expos Dick Williams wins his 1,000th career game as a manager in 11-5 win v Mets, for whom Doug Flynn hits MLB record tying 3 triples

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 10 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Oak Hill CC: Jack Nicklaus wins 5th and final PGA C'ship by a convincing 7 strokes from Andy Bean

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 10 Canadian Open Women's Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Richelieu Valley GC: Pat Bradley wins by 1 from JoAnn Carner for her first of 6 major titles

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 11 Yanks Reggie Jackson hits his 400th HR off Chicago's Britt Burns

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 17 George Brett goes 4-for-4, raising his batting average to .401

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • Aug 18 KC Royals' George Brett, batting avg reach .400
  • Aug 19 George Brett ends hitting streak at 30
  • Aug 20 NY Yankee Bob Watson hits Seattle Kingdome speaker, 2nd straight day
  • Aug 20 Cleve Dan Spillner, 545 ERA, is 2 outs from a no-hitter when White Sox rookie Leo Sutherland singles

AgreementAgreement of Interest

Aug 22 Bill Veeck agrees to sell Chicago White Sox to Eddie DeBartolo Sr for $20,000,000, AL owners block the sale

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • Aug 23 Charles O. Finley sells Oakland A's MLB franchise for $12.7m to Walter Haas Jr. (owner & CEO of Levi Strauss)
  • Aug 25 Rangers pitcher Ferguson Jenkins arrested for possession of drugs
  • Aug 31 80th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Hal Sutton

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Mancini [Alessandro Faiolhe Amantino], Brazilian footballer, born in Itapinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Aug 2 Ivica Banović, Croatian footballer, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Aug 3 Dominic Moore, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
  • Aug 5 Wayne Bridge, English premier league footballer, born in Southampton, England
  • Aug 5 Ali Umar, Maldivian footballer, born in Malé, Maldives
  • Aug 5 Jason Čulina, Australian soccer player
  • Aug 6 Danny Collins, Welsh soccer defender (12 caps; Sunderland, Stoke City, Nottingham Forest), born in Chester, England
  • Aug 8 Sabine Klaschka, German tennis player
  • Aug 11 Lee Suggs, American football player, born in Roanoke, Virginia
  • Aug 14 Roy Williams, American football player (Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Redwood City, California
  • Aug 17 Jan Kromkamp, Dutch footballer, born in Makkinga, Netherlands
  • Aug 17 Keith Dabengwa, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Aug 18 Esteban Cambiasso, Argentine footballer, born in San Fernando Partido, Argentina
  • Aug 18 Athina Papayianni, Greek race walker, born in Preveza, Greece
  • Aug 18 Rob Nguyen, Australian racing driver, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Aug 18 Jeremy Shockey, American football Tight End, born in Ada, Oklahoma
  • Aug 19 Paul Parry, Welsh footballer, born in Cheptow, wales
  • Aug 21 Paul Menard, American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver, born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Aug 21 Burney Lamar, American race car driver, born in West Sacramento, California
  • Aug 22 Roland Benschneider, German footballer, born in Neuruppin, Germany
  • Aug 22 Nicolas Macrozonaris, French-Canadian track-and-field athlete, born in Laval, Canada
  • Aug 23 Denny Bautista, Dominican baseball player, born in Sánchez, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 23 Rex Grossman, American football player, born in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Aug 25 Neal Musser, American baseball player
  • Aug 26 Brendan Harris, American baseball player, born in Queensbury, New York
  • Aug 28 T.J. Beam, American baseball player, born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Aug 29 Chris Simms, American NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • Aug 29 David West, American basketball player, born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Aug 29 Mohammad Sheikh, Kenyan cricketer, born in Nairobi, Kenya

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 1 Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)
  • Aug 2 Verdun Scott, New Zealand cricket batsman, rugby league utility back (10 Tests; 1 cap), dies at 64
  • Aug 6 Charles Urbanus, Dutch baseball player, dies at 66
  • Aug 9 P K "Perker" Lee, Australian cricketer (Australian bowler 1931-33, 2 Tests), dies at 75
  • Aug 21 Jack Cheetham, South African cricket batsman and captain (24 Tests; Western Province), dies at 60