August 1997 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Aug 1 6th Athletics World Championships open at Athens, Greece
  • Aug 3 Canadian Open Golf (du Maurier Classic), Glen Abbey GC: Colleen Walker wins by 2 from Liselotte Neumann of Sweden
  • Aug 3 Manchester United beats Chelsea 4-2 on penalties to win the Charity Shield, after a bad-tempered 1-all draw at Wembley

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 6 Sri Lanka slams world record 952 for 6 in the 1st cricket Test against India in Colombo; Sanath Jayasuriya 340, Roshan Mahanama 225 - record partnership 576

  • Aug 6 Newly established NHL franchise Nashville Predators name Barry Trotz as inaugural coach; lasts 15 seasons and 1,196 regular season games
  • Aug 8 Mariners Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Chicago White Sox
  • Aug 9 Yanks break Minnesota Twins Brad Radke's string of 12 straight wins
  • Aug 10 36th Walker Cup: US, 18-6
  • Aug 10 Anaheim Angels Tony Phillips arrested for purchasing cocaine

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Aug 10 Atlanta Braves sign Greg Maddux to record 5 year, $575 Million deal

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Aug 10 Deb Richard wins LPGA Friendly's Classic
  • Aug 13 Boston Red Sox trade Mike Stanley back to the NY Yankees

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Aug 13 San Diego Padres trade Rickey Henderson to Anaheim Angels

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Aug 14 Karrie Webb wins LPGA Weetabix Women's British Open
  • Aug 15 Dan Wilson hits Seattle Mariners 3,000th HR
  • Aug 15 LA Dodgers retire Tommy Lasorda's #2
  • Aug 16 For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America (heads to Russia)
  • Aug 16 The South African soccer team, Bafana Bafana wins against the national team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at First National Bank stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 17 PGA Championship, Winged Foot GC: Davis Love III wins his only major title by 5 strokes from Justin Leonard
  • Aug 19 NY Yank 3rd baseman Wade Boggs pitches a scoreless inning vs Anaheim
  • Aug 24 97th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Joel Kribel
  • Aug 24 Colleen Wakjer wins Star Bank LPGA Classic

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Aug 24 Greg Norman wins World Series of Golf shooting 273

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman
  • Aug 24 Mark Calcavecchia wins Greater Vancouver Golf Open shooting 265
  • Aug 30 1st WNBA Championship: Houston Comets beat NY Liberty
  • Aug 30 Greg Rudaski is 1st to serve (2) 141 MPH serves in a match (US Open)
  • Aug 31 Don Mattingly's #23 is retired by NY Yankees
  • Aug 31 Scott Hoch wins Greater Milwaukee Golf Open with a 268
  • Aug 31 Eddie George runs for 216 yards on 35 carries and scores a touchdown as the Oilers, playing their first NFL game in Tennessee, beat Oakland 24-21 in overtime at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 22 Eddie Williams, American pastor and former fullback (Cleveland Browns), born in San Mateo, California