On This Day

August 1981 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 2 England cricket all-rounder Ian Botham takes 5 for 11 to end Australia's chase of 151 target, all out 121 for 29 run defeat in 4th Test at Edgbaston

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • Aug 9 52nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 9 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Atlanta Athletic Club: Larry Nelson wins by 4 strokes from Fuzzy Zoeller

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • Aug 9 All star MVP: Gary Carter (Mont Expos)

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Aug 10 Pete Rose, 3,631 career hit, breaks Stan Musial's NL hit record

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Aug 13 American swimmer Mary T. Meagher breaks her own world women's 200 m butterfly record (2:05.96) in Brown Deer, Wisconsin

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Aug 14 Phils Mike Schmidt hits his 300th career HR off NY Met Mike Scott

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Aug 15 Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia at Old Trafford
  • Aug 15 Robin Leamy of US swims record 7.98 kph for 50 m
  • Aug 16 Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
  • Aug 16 American swimmer Mary T. Meagher breaks her own world women's 100 m butterfly record (57.93) in Brown Deer, Wisconsin; holds 100/200m double WR
  • Aug 18 Football running back, Herschel Walker, of U of Georgia, takes out a Lloyd's of London insurance policy for $1 million

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Aug 28 Sebastian Coe of UK sets 1-mi record of 3:47.33 (since broken)

1500m Runner Sebastian Coe
1500m Runner
Sebastian Coe
  • Aug 29 28th Walker Cup: US wins 15-9
  • Aug 29 Phillies minor leaguer Jeff Stone steals pro baseball record 121st base en route to 122 (Spartanburg (South Atlantic League))
  • Aug 30 Bill Shoemaker becomes the first jockey to win a $1 million thoroughbred horse race when John Henry takes the inaugural Arlington Million by a nose over The Bart
  • Aug 31 Dirk Wellham scores 103 on Test Cricket debut, v England at Lord's

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Stephen Hunt, Irish footballer, born in Port Laoise, Ireland
  • Aug 4 Frédérick Bousquet, French swimmer
  • Aug 4 Ben Scott, English cricketer
  • Aug 5 Carl Crawford, American baseball player, born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 5 Alester Maregwede, Zimbabwean cricketer

Person of interestRoger Federer

Aug 8 Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player (20 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Bottmingen, Switzerland

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Aug 8 Candie Kung, American golfer (US Open 2009 runner-up), born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Aug 9 Li Jiawei, Singaporean Olympic table tennis player
  • Aug 10 Taufik Hidayat, Indonesian Badminton Player
  • Aug 12 Tony Capaldi, Northern Ireland footballer
  • Aug 12 Djibril Cissé, French footballer
  • Aug 14 Matthew Etherington, English footballer, born in Truro, United Kingdom
  • Aug 14 Julius Jones, American football player, born in Big Stone Gap, Virginia
  • Aug 15 Brendan Hansen, American swimmer (Olympic gold, 4x100m medley relay 2004, 08, 12; 6 x World C'ship gold), born in Havertown, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 15 Oliver Perez, American baseball player
  • Aug 16 Roque Santa Cruz, Paraguayan footballer, born in Asunción, Paraguay
  • Aug 18 César Delgado, Argentine footballer, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • Aug 18 Dimitris Salpingidis, Greek footballer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Aug 20 Lauri Illy, Virginia Beach Va, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 20 Bernard Mendy, French footballer (Paris Saint-Germain), born in Évreux, France
  • Aug 21 Andreas Glyniadakis, Greek basketball player, born in Chania, Greece
  • Aug 22 Alex Holmes, American football player, born in San Diego, California
  • Aug 23 Stephan Loboué, Ivorian footballer, born in Pforzheim, Germany
  • Aug 23 Carlos Cuéllar, Spanish footballer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Aug 26 Jesse Martin, Australian yachtsman
  • Aug 26 Tino Best, West Indian cricketer
  • Aug 26 Birdie Kim, South Korean golfer (US Open 2005), born in Iksan, South Korea
  • Aug 28 Daniel Gygax, Swiss footballer, born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • Aug 28 Vaggelis Moras, Greek footballer, born in Larissa, Greece
  • Aug 28 Agata Wróbel, Polish weightlifter, born in Żywiec, Poland
  • Aug 28 Raphael Matos, Brazilian racing driver, born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Aug 28 Martin Erat, Czech hockey player, born in Třebíč, Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 29 Geneviève Jeanson, French Canadian cyclist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 31 Dwayne Peel, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • Aug 31 Steve Saviano, American ice hockey player

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 2 Stefanie Clausen, Danish diver (Olympic gold 10m platform 1920), dies at 81
  • Aug 14 Dudley Nourse, South African cricketer (34 Tests for South Africa, 2960 runs), dies at 70
  • Aug 15 Pappy Waldorf, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle and coach (Northwestern, California), dies at 78
  • Aug 27 Valery Kharlamov, Soviet ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • Aug 28 Béla Guttmann, Hungarian footballer and coach (Benfica, 100 year curse), dies at 82
  • Aug 28 Paul Anspach, Belgian fencer (Olympic gold individual epée, team epée 1912), dies at 99
  • Aug 31 Victor Trumper Jr, Australian cricketer (7 games for NSW, 74 runs 12 wkts), dies at 67