August 1986 in Sport

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 Seniors PGA Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative at Sleepy Hollow CC; mark stands for 11 years
  • Aug 3 Willie McCovey, Bobby Doerr and Ernie Lombardi are inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY
  • Aug 3 First NFL 'American Bowl' exhibition game at London's Wembley Stadium, Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Aug 10 Pitcher Bob Forsch grand slams to lead Cards to a 5-4 win over Pirates

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman
  • 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)

Sports record brokenWorld Record

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

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • 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
  • Aug 24 Juli Inkster wins Atlantic City LPGA Golf Classic

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Aug 26 Rosa Mota wins Stuttgart female marathon (2:28:38)
  • Aug 30 Gelindo Bordin wins Stuttgart marathon (2:10:54)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Andrew Taylor, English footballer (Bolton Wanderers), born in Hartlepool, England
  • Aug 1 Anton StrÃ¥lman, 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
  • Aug 13 Joseph Lapira, American soccer player
  • Aug 14 Terin Humphrey, American gymnast
  • Aug 17 Rudy Gay, American basketball player
  • Aug 17 Tyrus Thomas, American basketball player
  • Aug 19 Saori Kimura, Japanese volleyball player

Person of interestUsain Bolt

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

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

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 3 Rupert de Smidt, cricketer (Western Province 1911-13), dies at 102
  • Aug 9 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist, dies at 77

Person of interestChuck McKinley

Aug 11 Chuck McKinley, American tennis player (1963 Wimbledon), dies of a brain tumour at 45

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • Aug 29 Ellis Achong, cricketer (West Indies 1933-35, "chinaman"), dies