On This Day in Sport for August 11

Events in Sport

  • 1884 1st double-century stand in Test cricket, McDonnell/Murdoch 207 Aust
  • 1907 St Louis Card Ed Karger pitches perfect game vs Braves, 4-0 in 7 inn

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1919 Green Bay Packers football club founded by George Calhoun and Curly Lambeau - named after sponsor Indian Packing Company

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • 1928 Carl Hubbell's 1st major league victory is a 4-0 shutout of Phils
  • 1928 Georges Ronsse becomes world champion cyclists

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1929 Babe Ruth becomes 1st professional baseball player to hit 500 homers (off Willis Hudlin of Cleveland Indians)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1936 An American clean sweep of the 3m diving medals via Richard Degener, Marshall Wayne and Alan Greene at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1948 The weightlifting competition at the London Olympics concludes with the US (4) and Egypt (2) dominant, combining to win all of the 6 gold medals
  • 1950 17th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 17, Philadelphia 7 (88,885)

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1950 Hitting just .279, Yank great Joe DiMaggio is benched for 1st time

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1951 1st televised baseball game in color, on WCBS in New York City (Boston Braves beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-1)
  • 1951 NY Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 38-6 in Ottawa
  • 1951 NY Giants lose to go 13½ games behind Bkln Dodgers, later win the pennant
  • 1954 BC Lions plays its 1st CFL game, they lose to Montreal Alouettes, 22-0
  • 1957 Patty Berg wins LPGA All-American Golf Open
  • 1961 Warren Spahn records victory #300, beats Cubs 2-1

  • 1962 Dodgers protest wetting down of Candlestick to slow Maury Wills down
  • 1968 Satchel Paige (62) & needing 158 days on a major league payroll to qualify for a pension, is signed by Braves
  • 1969 Pittsburgh Steelers beat NY Giants 17-13 in Montreal (NFL expo)

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1974 PGA Championship, Tanglewood Park: Lee Trevino wins by 1 stroke from Jack Nicklaus

  • 1979 Phillies Tug McGraw gives up record 4th grand slam of year

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1980 Yanks Reggie Jackson hits his 400th HR off Chicago's Britt Burns

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1984 101,799 fans at soccer match Brazil vs France

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1984 Carl Lewis duplicates Jesse Owens' 1936 feat, winning his 4th Olympic gold medal as part of the US 4 x 100m relay team; world record (37.83)

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens

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1984 Cincinnati Reds retire Johnny Bench's #5 uniform

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • 1984 A British 1-2 in the 1,500m at the Los Angeles Olympics with Sebastian Coe edging team mate Steve Cram to become the only man to successfully defend his Olympic 1,500m title
  • 1984 Future 4-weight world boxing champion Pernell Whitaker wins the lightweight gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • 1984 Ian Ferguson of New Zealand wins his 3rd canoeing gold medal of the LA Olympics taking out the K-4 1000 a day after victories in the K-1 500 & K-2 500
  • 1985 PGA Championship, Cherry Hills CC: Hubert Green wins by 2 strokes from fellow American Lee Trevino
  • 1985 Rudolf Povarnitsin of USSR sets new high jump world record (7'10"12)

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1986 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

Sport awardGolf Major

1991 PGA Championship, Crooked Stick GC: John Daly wins by 3 strokes from fellow American Bruce Lietzke

Golfer and Two-Time Major Champion John Daly
Golfer and Two-Time Major Champion
John Daly
  • 1991 Melissa Mcnamara wins Stratton Mountain LPGA Golf Classic
  • 1992 Oakland A's rip Jose Canseco for leaving stadium before end of game
  • 1993 NY Islander Brian Mullen, 31, suffers a mild stroke

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1993 Red Sox Roger Clemens pitches 2,000th strike out (Danny Tartabul-NY)

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 1996 PGA Championship, Vallhalla GC: Mark Brooks wins his first major title in a playoff with fellow American Kenny Perry
  • 1996 Emilee Klein wins LPGA Ping Welch's Golf Championship
  • 2005 American Justin Gatlin becomes only the 2nd athlete to take sprint double, winning 200m in 20.04 at the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland
  • 2008 Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima repeats 1st leg of his Athens Olympics 100/200m breaststroke double at the Beijing Games winning the 100m in world record 58.91; goes on to win 200m event

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2008 The US 4 x 100m freestyle replay team of Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones & Jason Lezak beats France by 8 seconds to win gold and smash world record at the Beijing Olympics

  • 2008 Abhinav Bindra wins men's 10m air rifle at the Beijing Olympics, the first ever individual Olympic gold medal for India, and India's first gold medal in any Olympic event since 1980
  • 2013 PGA Championship, Oak Hill CC: Jason Dufner wins first major title by 2 shots from fellow American Jim Furyk

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2013 14th Athletics World Championships: Usain Bolt wins 100m

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 2016 Fiji wins inaugural men's rugby sevens gold medal with a comfortable 43-7 rout of Great Britain at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016 American super-swimmer Michael Phelps wins men's 200m individual medley in 1:54.66 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; 3rd athlete and 1st swimmer to win 4 consecutive Olympic gold medals in one event
  • 2016 American Simone Manuel and Penny Oleksiak of Canada dead heat for the gold medal in coveted 100m freestyle at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; tie in Olympic record 52.70; Sarah Sjöström (Sweden) takes bronze; her 3rd medal of the Games

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1778 Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, German educator and founder of the turnverein (gymnastics) movement, born in Lanz, Brandenburg, Prussia (d. 1852)
  • 1855 John Hodges, Australian cricketer (d. 1933)
  • 1870 Tom Richardson, England cricket fast bowler (88 Test wickets), born in Byfleet, England (d. 1912)
  • 1870 Walter Bowman, Canadian soccer player (d. ?)
  • 1892 Archie Wiles, West Indian cricketer (d. 1957)
  • 1900 Charles William Paddock, Texas, American athlete and 100m record breaker (Olympic-2 gold-1920) (d. 1943)
  • 1902 Alfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Ted a'Beckett, cricketer (Australian Test player)
  • 1910 Denis Moloney, NZ cricket all-rounder (1937 England tour)
  • 1913 Bob Scheffing, American professional baseball player and manager (d. 1985)
  • 1916 Johnny Claes, Belgian racing driver (d. 1956)
  • 1919 Luis Olmo, pioneering Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Arecibo (d. 2017)
  • 1932 Wilson "Papa" Godett, Curacaos worker's union leader/boxer
  • 1936 Bill Monbouquette, American MLB pitcher (3-time All Star, no-hitter 1962), born in Medford, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1947 Sergey Kovalneko, USSR, basketball (Olympic bronze 1968)

Person of interestHulk Hogan

1953 Hulk Hogan, [Terry Bollea], WWF heavyweight champion (1984-89), born in Augusta, Georgia

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 1954 M V Narasimha Rao, Indian cricketer (leg-spin all-rounder 1978-79), born in Secunderabad, India
  • 1954 Yashpal Sharma, cricketer (Indian right-handed batsman early 80')
  • 1958 Lori Garbacz, South Bend IN, LPGA golfer (1989 Circle K Tucson Open)
  • 1960 Leora "Sam" Jones, Mt Olive NC, US team handball player (Olympic-92)
  • 1961 Craig Ehlo, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1962 Jonathan Hayes, NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1962 Uvais Karnain, cricketer (Sri Lankan ODI bowler in mid 1980's)
  • 1963 Mike Huff, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1964 Grant Osten Waite, Palmerston NZ, PGA golfer (1993 Kemper Open)
  • 1965 Marc Bergevin, Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • 1966 Antonio Goss, NFL linebacker (SF 49ers)
  • 1966 Nigel Martyn, English footballer
  • 1967 Brad Dalgarno, NHL right wing (NY Islanders), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1967 Mike Lodish, NFL nose tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1967 Eric Maleson, Brazilian Bobsleigh 2002 Olympian
  • 1968 Alan Kelly, England-born Irish footballer
  • 1969 Dave Pashko, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 CPGA Winter Tour), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1969 Wilfried Elzinga, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1971 Aaron Miller, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1971 Tommy Mooney, English football player
  • 1972 Curtis Ceaser, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets)
  • 1973 Edgardo Alfonzo, Sta Teresa Venezuela, infielder (NY Mets)
  • 1973 Thomas Haskins, CFL running back (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1974 Audrey Mestre, French diver
  • 1974 Anju Jain, Indian cricketer(women's team)
  • 1976 Lubomir Visnovsky, Topolcany CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • 1976 Bubba Crosby, American baseball player
  • 1978 Jermain Taylor, American boxer
  • 1980 Lee Suggs, American football player. born in Roanoke, Virginia
  • 1984 Melky Cabrera, Dominican baseball player
  • 1984 Lucas Di Grassi, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1987 Nkem Ojougboh, American basketball player
  • 1988 Patrick Mills, Australian basketball player
  • 1992 Jose Ortiz Jr., Puerto Rican jockey (Belmont Stakes 2016), born in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico

Weddings in Sport

  • 2007 U.S. Women's Olympic ice hockey team member Krissy Wendell (25) weds NHL player John Pohl (28) at the Rose Hill Alliance Church in West Roseville, Minnesota

Deaths in Sport

  • 1965 Bill Woodfull, Australian cricketer (35 Tests for Australia), dies at 67
  • 1965 Ethel Larcombe, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1912), dies at 86
  • 1974 Jack Hill, Australian cricketer (3 Tests for Australia 1953-55, 8 wickets), dies at 51
  • 1984 Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian-German chess player, dies at 67

Person of interestChuck McKinley

1986 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
  • 1991 J. D. McDuffie, American NASCAR driver (b. 1939)
  • 2001 Percy Stallard, English racing cyclist (b. 1909)

Person of interestHerb Brooks

2003 Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach, dies in a car accident at 66

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks
  • 2009 Eunice Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and founder (Special Olympics), dies at 88
  • 2010 Markus Liebherr, German born Swiss owner of Southampton Football Club (b. 1948)
  • 2016 Hanif Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer "Little Master" (1952-69), played the longest test innings - 16 hours, dies at 81