August 1987 in Sport

Events in Sport


Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 1 Mike Tyson outpoints Tony Tucker in 12 in a heavyweight boxing unification matchup in Las Vegas, first to own all 3 major belts WBA, WBC and IBF at the same time

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Sport awardFederation Cup

Aug 2 Federation Cup Tennis Final: Steffi Graf & Claudia Kohde-Kilsch beat Chris Evert & Pam Shriver in the doubles as Germany beats US 2-1 in Vancouver, Canada

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Aug 2 Cincinnati outfielder Eric Davis is 7th to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases in one season as he homers in Reds 5-4 win v Giants
  • Aug 2 Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49mph) in winning the Marlboro 500 at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan
  • Aug 3 Detroit Tigers ace Jack Morris ties AL record with 5 wild pitches in a 4-2, 10 innings loss v Kansas City Royals
  • Aug 3 Twins pitcher Joe Niekro is caught with a file on the mound in 11-3 win v Angels, ejected and suspended for 10 games
  • Aug 8 Brewers' Rob Deer struck-out 5 times in a game

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 9 PGA Championship, PGA National Palm Beach: Larry Nelson wins 2nd PGA C'ship in a playoff with fellow American Lanny Wadkins

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • Aug 9 LA Rams beat Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • Aug 10 Kevin Gross is 2nd pitcher in 8 days to be ejected for scuffing ball

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 14 Oakland's Mark McGwire sets rookie HR record at 39, en route to 49

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Aug 16 NY Mets beat Chicago Cubs, 23-9
  • Aug 16 Val Skinner wins LPGA MasterCard International Golf Pro-Am
  • Aug 17 Mohammad Ali elected to "Ring" magazine's Boxing Hall of Fame
  • Aug 18 Houston Oiler Earl Campbell, retires from NFL

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 23 Betsy King wins Atlantic City LPGA Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 28 Mike Schmidt passes Ted Williams & Willie McCovey with 522 HRs

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Aug 28 2nd Athletics World Championships open at Rome, Italy

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 29 Nolan Ryan passes the 200-strikeout barrier for record 11th time

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Aug 29 Portuguese athlete Rosa Mota wins Women's Marathon at World Chapionships in Rome in 2hr 25:17mins
  • Aug 30 87th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Billy Mayfair
  • Aug 30 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 30 Kirby Puckett goes 6-for-6 with 2 HRs in Minn 10-6 win over Milwaukee

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • Aug 30 Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria sets high jump woman's record (6'10½")
  • Aug 30 Yves Pol of France runs complete marathon backwards (3:57:57)
  • Aug 30 Knuckleballer Charlie Hough on the mound, Rangers catcher Geno Petralli ties the major league record by allowing 6 passed balls

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 2nd World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in 100m after Ben Johnson is disqualified

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Aug 31 Curtis Strange sets golf's earning for year record ($697,385)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Sébastien Pocognoli, Belgian footballer, born in Seraing, Belgium
  • Aug 7 Sidney Crosby, Canadian hockey player, born in Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Aug 11 Nkem Ojougboh, American basketball player
  • Aug 14 Tim Tebow, American football player
  • Aug 19 Richard Stearman, English footballer
  • Aug 20 Cătălina Ponor, Romanian gymnast
  • Aug 24 Anže Kopitar, Slovenian ice hockey player, born in Jesenice, Slovenia
  • Aug 24 Jon Scheyer, American-Israeli basketball player, born in Northbrook, Illinois
  • Aug 25 James Wesolowski, Australian footballer
  • Aug 25 Justin Upton, American baseball player
  • Aug 27 Darren McFadden, American football player
  • Aug 29 Tony Kane, Irish footballer
  • Aug 31 Petros Kravaritis, Greek footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 23 Didier Pironi, French racing car driver (b. 1952)
  • Aug 24 Malcolm Kirk, English wrestler (b. 1936)
  • Aug 26 John Goddard, cricketer (West Indian captain 1948-53), dies