On This Day

On This Day in Sport for August 10

Events in Sport


Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1888 NY Giant pitcher Tim Keefe sets a 19 game winning streak record

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • 1901 Chicago White Sox Frank Isbell strands record 11 teammate base runners

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1933 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Helen Jacobs beats Helen Wills Moody 8-6, 3-6, 3-0, ret

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934 Babe Ruth announces this is his final season as full time player

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1936 First time the Olympic cycling road race is conducted as a mass start event with Frenchmen Robert Charpentier and Guy Lapébie taking gold and silver, and France winning the teams gold medal
  • 1944 Braves Red Barrett throws only 58 pitches to shut out Cincinnati Reds 2-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 Bradman scores 133* Aust v Lancashire, 216 mins, 17 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1949 Ezzard Charles TKOs Gus Lesnevich in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • 1954 Sir Gordon Richards retires as a jockey with record 4,870 wins
  • 1969 Don Sutton breaks his 13-game losing streak to Cubs with a 4-2 win
  • 1971 16 baseball researchers form Society for American Baseball Research
  • 1972 Finnish runner Lasse Virén wraps up the 5,000/10,000m double at the Munich Olympics; runs Olympic record 13:26.42 for the 5k gold medal

Sport awardPGA Championship

1975 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Firestone CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his 4th PGA crown by 2 shots from Australian Bruce Crampton

  • 1977 Phillies & Expos play a doubleheader that ends at 3:23 AM
  • 1980 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Oak Hill CC: Jack Nicklaus wins 5th and final PGA C'ship by a convincing 7 strokes from Andy Bean

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1980 Canadian Open Women's Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Richelieu Valley GC: Pat Bradley wins by 1 from JoAnn Carner for her first of 6 major titles

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Pete Rose, 3,631 career hit, breaks Stan Musial's NL hit record

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 1st World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in Men's Long Jump

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1984 Famous Mary Decker-Zola Budd collision during 3,000m at the LA Olympics; Decker falls, Budd finishes 7th; Maricica Puică of Romania wins

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1984 The US beats Spain 96-65 to win the men's basketball gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics; future 'dream team' members Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin feature

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • 1984 Ian Ferguson of New Zealand wins 2 canoeing gold medals in the one day taking the K-1 500 and K-2 500 (with Paul MacDonald) at the LA Olympics; wins K-4 1000 the next day
  • 1984 Sweden's Agneta Andersson takes out the women's canoeing 500m double at the Los Angeles Olympics with wins in the K-1 and K-2 (with Anna Olsson) events
  • 1985 Oakland A's Dave Kingman is 21st to hit 400 HRs (off Matt Young at Seattle)
  • 1985 Uno Lindstron of Sweden juggles a soccer ball 13.11 miles
  • 1986 Pitcher Bob Forsch grand slams to lead Cards to a 5-4 win over Pirates
  • 1987 Kevin Gross is 2nd pitcher in 8 days to be ejected for scuffing ball
  • 1988 Matt Biondi swims world record 100m free style (48.42 sec)
  • 1989 A's bat out of order against White Sox in 3rd inning
  • 1989 Australia 0-301 at end of day one, 5th Test Cricket at Trent Bridge
  • 1991 NFL sportscaster Paul Maquire suffers a heart attack at 53
  • 1995 Dodgers leading 2-1 in 9th forfeit game to Cards, fans become unruly
  • 1996 New Zealand beats South Africa, 29-18 in Cape Town to win the inaugural Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; All Blacks flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens lands 5 penalties and 2 conversions
  • 1997 36th Walker Cup: US, 18-6
  • 1997 Anaheim Angels Tony Phillips arrested for purchasing cocaine

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Atlanta Braves sign Greg Maddux to record 5 year, $575 Million deal

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • 2002 New Zealand beats South Africa, 30-23 in Durban to win their fourth Tri Nations Rugby Series; All Blacks score 4 tries to 2
  • 2008 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Irishman Pádraig Harrington wins his second straight major by 2 shots from Sergio Garcia and Ben Curtis
  • 2008 British cyclist Nicole Cooke wins the road race at the Beijing Olympics; Great Britain's 200th gold in the modern Olympics

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2008 American super-star swimmer Michael Phelps wins the 400m individual medley at the Beijing Olympics in world record 4:03.84

  • 2013 14th Athletics World Championships open at Moscow, Russia

Sport awardPGA Championship

2014 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Valhalla GC: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins his second PGA C'ship by 1 shot from Phil Mickelson

  • 2016 South Korean shooter Jin Jong-oh recovers from 7th place during the final to record an Olympic record 193.7 and win gold in men's 50m pistol at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; first shooter to win 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals in one event
  • 2016 18 year old Australian Kyle Chalmers creates huge upset when he swims a junior world record 47.58 to win the blue ribband men's 100m freestyle gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016 Weightlifter Nijat Rahimov of Kazakhstan sets a world record 214kg in the clean & jerk, and finishes with 379kg overall, to win the gold medal in the men's 77kg at the Ro de Janeiro Olympics

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1874 James (Tod) Sloan, jockey, created monkey crouch riding style
  • 1877 Frank Marshall, American chess player (d. 1944)
  • 1889 Irene Steer, England, 4 X 100m relay swimmers (Olympic gold 1912)
  • 1895 Hammy Love, Former Australian cricketer (d. 1969)
  • 1897 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1966)
  • 1900 Arthur Porritt, New Zealand 100m sprinter (Olympic bronze 1924)
  • 1908 Adelino ("Billy") Gonsalves, American soccer player (d. 1977)
  • 1912 Romain Maes, Belgian bicylist (Tour de France 1935)
  • 1914 Carlos Menditeguy, Argentine racing driver (d. 1973)
  • 1920 William "Red" Holzman, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (New York Knicks 14 seasons), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1998)
  • 1923 Fred Ridgway, England cricket pace bowler (1951-52 Indian tour)
  • 1933 Bill Nieder, shot putter, (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1933 Rocky Colavito, baseball player (Hit 4 HRs in a game), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1937 Lucinda Williams, US sprinter (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1940 Sid Waddell, English darts commentator (the 'Voice of Darts'; Grenarda, BBC, Sky Sports), born in Alnwick, Northumberland, England (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Anita Lonsbrough, England, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1943 Shafqat Rana, Pakistan cricket batsman (5 Tests, top score 95), born in Simla, British Punjab
  • 1946 Jimmy Conway, Irish soccer midfielder (20 caps Republic of Ireland; Fulham), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Alan Ward, England cricket pace bowler (1969-76)
  • 1948 Pal Gerevich, Hungarian fencer (Olympic bronze 1972, 80)
  • 1956 Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat, Australian tennis player (1977 Australian Open doubles winner and single finalist), born in Albury, New South Wales
  • 1958 Jack Richards, English cricket wicket-keeper (mid-80's)
  • 1960 Kenny Perry, American golfer (4 Champions Tour major titles; US Senior Open 2013, 17; 14 PGA Tour titles), born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky
  • 1964 Andy Stankiewicz, infielder (NY Yankees, Montreal Expos), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1965 Carolyn Schuwalow, Australian distance runner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1965 John Starks, NBA guard (NY Knicks)
  • 1965 Patricia Spurgin, US scherpschutser (Olympic gold 1984)
  • 1965 Mike E. Smith, American jockey
  • 1965 Mike Smith, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (9 American Classics), born in Dexter, New Mexico
  • 1966 Gerald Williams, American baseball outfielder (NY Yankees), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1967 Carlos Briceno, Fountain Valley, CA, beach volleyball (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1967 Peter Murphy, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)

Person of interestRiddick Bowe

1967 Riddick Bowe, Heavyweight boxing champion (Olympic silver 1988), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1967 Philippe Albert, Belgian former footballer
  • 1968 Alex Andrievski, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1968 Jennifer Horton, Dover NJ, team handball goalie (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • 1968 Michel Doesburg, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1968 Moe Gardner, NFL nose tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1969 Iain Fraser, Scarborough, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1970 Brendon Julian, cricketer (in NZ Australian left-arm quickie 1993-)
  • 1970 Bret Hedican, St-paul, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1970 Gino Torretta, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1992; National C'ship 1989, 91; U of Miami; Seattle Seahawks), born in Pinole, California
  • 1971 Craig Newsome, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1971 Mike Morreale, CFL slot back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1971 Paul Newlove, rugby league player
  • 1971 Roy Keane, soccer player
  • 1971 Sal Fasano, catcher (KC Royals), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1971 Mario César Kindelán Mesa, Cuban boxer
  • 1972 Lawrence Dallaglio, English rugby union footballer
  • 1973 Jessica Grieco, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1973 Lisa Raymond, American tennis star (11 Grand Slam double titles), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Mark Doubleday, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Sherriden May, NFL fullback (NY Jets)
  • 1973 Javier Zanetti, Argentinian footballer
  • 1974 Dave Fiore, tackle (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1974 Walt Harris, cornerback (Chicago Bears)
  • 1974 David Sommeil, French footballer
  • 1974 Luis Marín, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1975 Lise Mackie, Te Kuiti NZ, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976 Michael Depoli, American wrestler
  • 1977 Danny Griffin, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1978 Daniel Allsopp, Australian footballer
  • 1978 Chris Read, English cricketer and captain of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, born in Paignton, England
  • 1979 Yannick Schroeder, French racing driver
  • 1979 Dinusha Fernando, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1981 Taufik Hidayat, Indonesian Badminton Player
  • 1983 Alexander Perezhogin, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1983 Mathieu Roy, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 Roy O'Donovan, Irish footballer
  • 1989 Ben Sahar, Israeli footballer
  • 1989 Sam Gagner, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1994 Chun In-gee, South Korean golfer (US Open 2015, Evian C'ship 2016), born in Gunsan, South Korea
  • 2005 Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, Indian chess prodigy, born in Chennai, India

Weddings in Sport

  • 2002 "Baywatch" actress Angelica Bridges (28) weds Canadian hockey player Sheldon Souray (26) at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Deaths in Sport

  • 1902 George Vernon, cricketer (scored 11* & 3 in only England Test), dies
  • 1910 Joe Gans, American boxer (world lightweight champion), dies of tuberculosis at 35
  • 1958 Frank Demaree, American MLB outfielder (2-time All Star), dies of internal haemorrhage at 48
  • 1962 Ted Husing, sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), dies at 60
  • 1965 Rayford Robinson, cricketer (Test Aust v England 1937), dies
  • 1976 Bert Oldfield, cricketer (54 Tests, 52 stumpings), dies
  • 1990 Cookie Lavagetto, American baseball third baseman, manager and coach (MLB All Star 1938-41; Brooklyn Dodgers; Washington Senators), dies at 77
  • 1994 Kay Petre, early racing driver, dies at 91
  • 1994 Marie Dollinger, German track and field athlete (dropped baton in 1936 Olympic sprint), dies at 83
  • 2000 Gilbert Parkhouse, Welsh cricketer (England batsman in 7 Tests 1950-59), dies at 74
  • 2001 Lou Boudreau, American baseball player and manager (b. 1917)
  • 2010 Antonio Pettigrew, American athlete (World C'ship gold 400m 1991), dies by overdose medication containing diphenhydramine at 42
  • 2014 Graham Gedye, New Zealand cricket batsman (4 Tests 1964), dies at 85
  • 2015 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, dies at 74