On This Day

August 1985 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 1 St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Vince Coleman steals 2 bases in 1st inning of 9-8 loss v Cubs to set a NL rookie record 74

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Aug 2 England captain David Gower scores his 5,000th run in Test cricket during the drawn 4th Test v Australia at Old Trafford

Cricket Batsman and Captain David Gower
Cricket Batsman and Captain
David Gower
  • Aug 4 Scott Verplank beats Jim Thorpe in Western Open playoff, first amateur to win a PGA Tour event since Gene Littler 1954

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Aug 4 New York Yankees retire champion Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Phil Rizzuto's #10

Sportscaster and MLB Shortstop Phil Rizzuto
Sportscaster and MLB Shortstop
Phil Rizzuto

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Aug 4 Future Hall of Fame infielder Rod Carew of the California Angels singles off Minnesota's Frank Viola to collect his MLB 3,000th career hit; Angels win, 6–5

Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew

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Aug 4 Tom Seaver of Chicago White Sox becomes 17th pitcher to win 300 MLB career games, beating New York, 4-1; 54,032 at Yankee Stadium

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • Aug 6 MLB Players' Association stages a midseason baseball strike (lasts 1 day)
  • Aug 8 Baseball's new agreement permits 2 new NL teams in 1993
  • Aug 10 Oakland A's Dave Kingman is 21st to hit 400 HRs (off Matt Young at Seattle)
  • Aug 10 Uno Lindstron of Sweden juggles a soccer ball 13.11 miles
  • Aug 11 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Hubert Green wins by 2 strokes from fellow American Lee Trevino
  • Aug 11 Rudolf Povarnitsin of USSR sets new high jump world record (7'10"12)
  • Aug 12 Baltimore Orioles W Gross & L Sheets are 6th to hit consecutive pinch HRs

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Aug 20 1st NL pitcher to strike out 200+ in 1st 2 seasons (Dwight Gooden)

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden
  • Aug 20 Met Dwight Gooden strikes out 16 on way to his 13th consecutive win
  • Aug 22 30th Walker Cup: US wins 13-11
  • Aug 23 Paul Hornung awarded $1,160,000 by a Louisville court against NCAA who barred him as a college football analyst for betting on games
  • Aug 25 Met Dwight Gooden becomes youngest pitcher to win 20 games (20y 9m 9d)

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Aug 26 Baltimore Oriole Eddie Murray knocks in 9 RBIs in a game vs California Angels

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • Aug 27 Mary Joe Fernández at 14 years 8 days old becomes youngest player to win at the US Tennis Open; beats England's Sara Gomer 6-1, 6-4 in a 1st round match
  • Aug 29 NY Yank Don Baylor is hit by a pitch for a record 190th time

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Aug 31 Ángel Cordero Jr. becomes 3rd jockey to ride horses earning over $100m


Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 3 Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand rugby league footballer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Aug 4 Mark Milligan, Australian footballer
  • Aug 4 Luis Antonio Valencia, Ecuadorean footballer
  • Aug 4 Ha Seung-Jin, Korean basketball player
  • Aug 5 Laurent Ciman, Belgian footballer, born in Farciennes, Belgium
  • Aug 5 Salomon Kalou, Ivorian footballer (Chelsea), born in Oumé, Ivory Coast
  • Aug 8 Brayan Ruiz, Costa Rican football player
  • Aug 9 Luca Filippi, Italian racing driver, born in Savigliano, Italy
  • Aug 9 Hayley Peirsol, American swimmer, born in Orange County, california
  • Aug 9 JaMarcus Russell, American football player, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Aug 14 Christian Gentner, German footballer, born in Nürtingen, Germany
  • Aug 22 Brittany Lang, American golfer (US Open 2016), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Aug 26 David Price, American MLB player (2012 Cy Young Award), born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Aug 30 Richard Duffy, Welsh footballer, born in Swansea, Wales
  • Aug 30 Leisel Jones, Australian swimmer (2 Olympic golds, 1 silver), born in Katherine, Australia
  • Aug 30 Eamon Sullivan, Australian swimmer (3 Olympic medals), born in Perth, Australia
  • Aug 30 Steven Smith, Scottish footballer (Rangers), born in Bellshill, Scotland

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 2 Sandy Bell, South African cricket pace bowler (16 Tests), dies at 79
  • Aug 9 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1927)
  • Aug 12 Manfred Winkelhock, German race car driver (b. 1951)
  • Aug 22 Ginty Lush, Australian cricketer (NSW quickie of 30's), dies at 71