On This Day

August 1983 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 Despite brave 112no by David Gower, New Zealand wins 2nd Test at Headingley by 5 wickets, first ever NZ Test cricket victory in England

Cricket Batsman and Captain David Gower
Cricket Batsman and Captain
David Gower
  • Aug 6 First NFL exhibition game in Europe; Minnesota Vikings beat St Louis Cardinals 28-10 at London's Wembley Stadium

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 7 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Riviera CC: Hal Sutton wins his only major title by 1 stroke from Jack Nicklaus

  • Aug 7 Grete Waitz of Norway wins inaugural women's marathon at the 1st world athletics championships in Helsinki, Finland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 8 1st Athletics World Championships: Carl Lewis wins gold in 100m

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Aug 10 1st World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in Men's Long Jump
  • Aug 14 Robert de Castella wins Helsinki marathon (2:10:03)
  • Aug 18 Royals defeat Yanks, 5-4, completing "pine-tar" game (12 minutes). Hal McRae strikes out & Dan Quisenberry retires Yankees in order
  • Aug 19 LSU footballer Billy Cannon sentenced to 5 yrs for counterfeiting
  • Aug 19 Dodgers trade Dave Stewart & Ricky Wright to Texas for Rick Honeycut

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 24 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose ends consecutive games played streak at 745

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Aug 25 Triple A baseball's Louisville Redbirds breaks 1 million fan mark

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 6 Robin van Persie, Dutch footballer
  • Aug 9 Shane O'Brien, Canadian hockey player
  • Aug 10 Alexander Perezhogin, Russian ice hockey player
  • Aug 10 Mathieu Roy, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Aug 12 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Dutch footballer
  • Aug 13 Ľubomír Michalík, Slovakian soccer defender (8 caps; Bolton Wanderers, Leeds United, Carlisle United, Portsmouth), born in Čadca, Slovakia
  • Aug 13 Aleš Hemský, Czech ice hockey player, born in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 14 Elena Baltacha, Ukrainian-British tennis player, born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 2014)
  • Aug 14 Leo Núñez, Dominican baseball player, born in Bonao, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 16 Colton James "Colt" Brennan, NFL Quarterback (Washington Redskins), born in Laguna Beach, California
  • Aug 16 Nikos Zisis, Greek basketball player, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Aug 17 Dustin Pedroia, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox), born in Woodland, California
  • Aug 18 Kris Boyd, Scottish footballer, born in Irvine, Scotland
  • Aug 18 Michael Montgomery, American football defensive end, born in Carthage, Texas
  • Aug 19 John McCargo, American football player
  • Aug 19 Mike Conway, British racing driver
  • Aug 21 Josh Harrington, American professional BMX rider, born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • Aug 21 Scott McDonald, Australian footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Aug 22 Theo Bos, Dutch cyclist, five time world champion, born in Hierden, Netherlands
  • Aug 23 Sun Mingming, Chinese basketball player, World's tallest player at 7ft 9in, born in Bayan County, China
  • Aug 24 Marcel Goc, German ice hockey player, born in Calw, Germany
  • Aug 25 James Rossiter, British racing driver
  • Aug 26 Félix Porteiro, Spanish racing driver
  • Aug 28 Lasith Malinga, Sri Lankan cricket fast bowler (4 wickets in 4 balls x 2; 4 x ODI, T20 hat tricks; 30 Tests), born in Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Aug 30 Gustavo Eberto, Argentine footballer, born in Paso de los Libres, Argentina (d. 2007)
  • Aug 31 Larry Fitzgerald, American football player

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 12 Henry Gifford Vivian, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ, 17 wkts), dies
  • Aug 12 Giff Vivian, New Zealand cricket batsman (7 Tests @ 42.1, top score 100), dies at 70
  • Aug 16 Earl Averill, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 81