August 1986 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 1 Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven becomes 10th to reach 3,000 MLB strikeout milestone, 2-hits A's, 10-1
  • Aug 2 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee beats her own world heptathlon record by 13 points (7,161) in Houston
  • Aug 2 Curtis Cup Women's Golf, Prairie Dunes CC: Great Britain & Ireland beats the US 13-5, the visitors first win on American soil
  • Aug 2 Lee Elder fires a record 11-under par 61 on his way to winning the Senior PGA Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative at Sleepy Hollow CC; mark stands for 11 years
  • Aug 3 First NFL 'American Bowl' exhibition game at London's Wembley Stadium, Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6

Hall of Fame

Aug 3 Willie McCovey, Bobby Doerr and Ernie Lombardi are inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

  • Aug 4 After winning only token damages in antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, USFL owners vote to suspend operations for 1986 season; folded before 4th season

Baseball Record

Aug 5 Giants left-handed pitcher Steve Carlton becomes 2nd to reach 4,000 strikeout milestone when he gets center-fielder Eric Davis in 11-5 loss v Reds

  • Aug 5 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway sets 5,000m world record (14:37.33) in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Aug 6 Baltimore's Jim Dwyer & Larry Sheets, and Rangers Toby Harrah hit MLB record 3 grand slams in Texas' 13-11 win
  • Aug 7 Daniel Buettner, Bret Anderson, Martin Engel and Anne Knabe begin cycling journey of 15,266 miles from Prudhoe Bay Alaska to Argentina

Sports History

Aug 10 Billy Martin Day, his uniform number 1 retired

Sports History

Aug 10 Pitcher Bob Forsch grand slams to lead Cardinals to a 5-4 win over Pittsburgh Pirates, in St. Louis

PGA Championship

Aug 11 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Inverness Club: Bob Tway holes a famous bunker shot on the 18th to beat Australian Greg Norman by 2 stokes

  • Aug 12 Don Baylor gets hits by a pitch for a record 25th time in a season
  • Aug 12 Red Sox pitcher Tim Lollar gets a pinch-hit single
  • Aug 14 Phillies & Pirates play a 6 game series in 4 days
  • Aug 17 Red Sox trade shortstop Rey Quinones & pitcher Mike Trujillo to Mariners for shortstop Spike Owen & outfielder Dave Henderson
  • Aug 18 Jim Kelly signs with NFL Buffalo Bills ($75 million for 5 years)

World Record

Aug 21 Ian Botham takes world-record 356th Test Cricket wkt (v NZ, The Oval)

  • Aug 21 Red Sox Spike Owens scores 6 runs in a 24-5 rout of Cleveland Indians
  • Aug 21 With 2 outs in 6th inning, Red Sox score 11 runs

Baseball Record

Aug 25 A's Mark McGwire hits his 1st major league home run

  • Aug 26 Rosa Mota wins Stuttgart female marathon (2:28:38)
  • Aug 30 Gelindo Bordin wins Stuttgart marathon (2:10:54)
  • Aug 30 Yuriy Sedykh of the Soviet Union sets new world hammer throw record 86.74m (284 ft 6 in) in Stuttgart, Germany

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Andrew Taylor, English footballer (Bolton Wanderers), born in Hartlepool, England
  • Aug 1 Anton Strålman, Swedish ice hockey player, born in Tibro, Sweden
  • Aug 1 Elena Vesnina, Russian tennis player, born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • Aug 5 Paula Creamer, American golfer (US Open 2010), born in Mountain View, California
  • Aug 13 Joseph Lapira, American soccer player, born in Rochester, New York
  • Aug 14 Terin Humphrey, American gymnast, born in Saint Joseph, Missouri
  • Aug 16 Yu Darvish [Farid Yu Darvishsefat], Iranian-Japanese NPB and MLB baseball pitcher, 10X All-Star (Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, 2005-11; Texas Rangers, 2012-17; San Diego Padres, and 2 other teams), born in Habikino, Osaka, Japan
  • Aug 17 Rudy Gay, American basketball player, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 17 Tyrus Thomas, American basketball player, born in Batton, Rouge, Louisiana
  • Aug 19 Saori Kimura, Japanese volleyball player, born in Yashio, Japan

Usain Bolt

Aug 21 Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter (Olympic gold 100m/200m 2008, 12, 16), born in Sherwood Content, Jamaica

  • Aug 23 Brett Morris, Australian rugby league player for St. George Illawarra Dragons, born in Kiama, Australia
  • Aug 23 Josh Morris, Australian rugby league player for St. George Illawarra Dragons, born in Kiama, Australia
  • Aug 24 Arian Foster, American football running back (Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Aug 24 Nick Adenhart, American baseball player, born in Silver Spring, Maryland (d. 2009)
  • Aug 31 Feng Tianwei, Singaporean table tennis player

Weddings in Sport

John McEnroe

Aug 1 Tennis ace John McEnroe marries actress Tatum O'Neal

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 3 Rupert de Smidt, cricketer (Western Province 1911-13), dies at 102
  • Aug 10 Don McRae, New Zealand cricket medium pace bowler (1 Test; Canterbury CA) and soccer goalkeeper (1 cap; Nomads United FC), dies at 71
  • Aug 30 Ellis Achong, West Indian cricket spin bowler (6 Tests, 8 wickets; Trinidad; 1st of Chinese descent to play a Test match), dies at 82