On This Day in Sport for August 12

Events in Sport

  • 1851 1st America's Cup - US schooner America beats British yacht Aurora after race around the Isle of Wight
  • 1876 Madeline (US) beats Countess Dufferin (Canada) in 4th America's Cup
  • 1879 1st National Archery Association tournament (Chicago)
  • 1884 Bill Murdoch scores 1st Test Cricket double-century, 211 at The Oval
  • 1886 W G Grace made his highest Test Cricket score, v Aust, The Oval
  • 1896 Willem II soccer team forms in Tilburg
  • 1928 9th Olympic Games close in Amsterdam

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1935 Babe Ruth's final game at Fenway Park, 41,766 on hand

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1935 49th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Jacobs beats Sarah Palfrey Cooke (6-2, 6-4)
  • 1936 Demo baseball game at 1936 Olympics in Berlin, world beats US, 6-5
  • 1936 Diver Marjorie Gestring is youngest Olympic gold medalist (13y 268d)
  • 1948 Cleveland Indians get 29 hits in a 9 inning game
  • 1949 16th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 38, All-Stars 0 (93,780)
  • 1950 NY Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 20-6 in Ottawa
  • 1951 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • 1955 22nd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 30, Cleveland 27 (75,000)
  • 1956 Marlene Bauer Hagge wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • 1960 27th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 32, All-Stars 7 (70,000)
  • 1960 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 8.21m

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1962 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Stan Musial announces he will retire at end of year

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1964 Mickey Mantle switch-hits HR record 10th & final time in a game

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1965 Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Inc applies for a NL franchise
  • 1967 New Orleans Saints 1st pre-season victory, beat St Louis 23-14
  • 1969 Boston Celtics sold for an NBA record $6 million
  • 1970 Curt Flood loses his $41 million antitrust suit against baseball
  • 1972 Ian & Greg Chappell both scores centuries in same Test Cricket innings

Sport awardGolf Major

1973 55th PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 277 at Canterbury Cleve

  • 1973 Betty Burfeindt wins LPGA Child & Family Service Golf Opens

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1974 Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 & walks only 2 as Angels top Red Sox, 4-2

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1974 Yankees Mickey Mantle & Whitey Ford become 1st team mates inducted to hall of fame on same day
  • 1979 Judy wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic Rankin
  • 1984 23rd Olympic games close at Los Angeles, California
  • 1984 Braves beat Padres 5-3, features 2 brawls & 19 ejections

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1984 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 1985 Balt Orioles W Gross & L Sheets are 6th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • 1986 Red Sox pitcher Tim Lollar gets a pinch-hit single
  • 1988 Boston Red Sox beat Tigers 9-4 for AL record 23rd consecutive win at home

Sport awardGolf Major

1990 72nd PGA Championship: Wayne Grady shoots a 282 at Shoal Creek Ala

Golfer and PGA Champion Wayne Grady
Golfer and PGA Champion
Wayne Grady
  • 1990 Cathy Gerring wins Stratton Mountain LPGA Golf Classic
  • 1991 Last day in Test Cricket for Viv Richards, Dujon & Marshall
  • 1994 1st NFL game on Fox network (exhibition - SF vs Denver)
  • 1994 Members of the Major League Baseball Players Association strike
  • 1995 Lara completes 6th Test Cricket century, 152 at Trent Bridge
  • 2001 8th World Championships in Athletics close at Edmonton, Canada

Sport awardGolf Major

2007 89th PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 272 at Southern Hills Country Club

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2012 94th PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy shoots a 275 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
  • 2012 30th Olympic Games closes at London, United Kingdom

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 American swimmer Katie Ledecky's medal tally of 4 golds, 1 silver make her the most decorated US female athlete at one Olympics, highest female of Rio games and 1st swimmer to win 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle at same Olympics since 1968

Swimmer Katie Ledecky
Swimmer
Katie Ledecky

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1880 Christy Mathewson, HOF baseball pitcher (Won 37 in 1908)
  • 1899 Ben Sealey, West Indian cricketer (d. 1963)
  • 1906 Harry Hopman, Australian-born tennis player and coach (d. 1985)
  • 1915 Alex Wojciechowicz, NFL center (Lions, Eagles)
  • 1920 Peter West, British sports commentator
  • 1923 John Holt Jr, cricketer (WI batsman in 17 Tests, 1066 runs at 36 75)
  • 1924 Derek Shackleton, England cricket pace bowler (50's)
  • 1928 Bob Buhl, American baseball player (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Charles Moore, Coatsville Pa, 400m hurdler (Oly-gold/silver-52)
  • 1939 Pam Ryan-Kilborn, Australia, hurdler (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1940 Eddie Barlow, cricketer (Great South African all-rounder)
  • 1947 Sam Rosen, American sportscaster
  • 1951 Hector Rodriguez, Cuba, lightweight judo (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1956 Sidath Wettimuny, Sri Lanka cricket opener (190 v England Lords 1984)
  • 1956 Terry Taylor, [Paul Klause], wrestler (WCW/WWF/NWA, Red Rooster)
  • 1959 Lynette Woodard, Wichita Ks, (Olympic gold 1984, Harlem Globetrotter)
  • 1960 Laurent Fignon, French cyclist (1983 & 1984 Tour de France), born in Paris (d. 2010)
  • 1961 Mark Priest, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1965 Angeliki Kanellopoulou, Greece, tennis star
  • 1965 Barry Manuel, Mamou LA, pitcher (Montreal Expos)
  • 1966 Bruce Covernton, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1966 Dean Hartgraves, Bakersfield CA, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1966 Gordy Morgan, 163 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Oly-96), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1966 Greg Manusky, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1966 Les Ferdinand, English footballer
  • 1967 Andrew Glover, NFL tight end (Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1967 Regilio Tuur, Dutch boxer
  • 1968 Viktor Karatchoun, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1969 Lincoln Coleman, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1969 Nate Gwynne, Davis California, kayak (alt-Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Stuart Williams, cricketer (West Indian opening batsman 1994- )
  • 1970 Alison Inverarity, Australian high jumper (Olympics-8th-92, 96)
  • 1970 Jim Schlossnagle, baseball coach
  • 1971 Jim Walker, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1971 Pete Sampras, tennis champ (14 grand slam titles), born in Washington, D.C.

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • 1972 Allison Cook, Australian basketballl player (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1972 John Jones, WLAF guard (Rhein Fire)
  • 1972 Mark Kinsella, Irish footballer
  • 1972 Gyanendra Pandey, Indian cricketer
  • 1973 Latasha Byears, WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • 1973 Moses Ware, NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973 Todd Marchant, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1973 Joseba Beloki, Spanish cyclist
  • 1974 Peter Pucher, hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • 1974 Wendy Palmer, WNBA forward (Utah Starzz)
  • 1975 Anders Myrvold, Lorenskog Nor, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche)
  • 1975 Paul Gaudoin, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics-96)
  • 1975 Raegan Scott, WNBA forward/center (Utah Starzz)
  • 1975 Regan Upshaw, defensive end (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1976 Antoine Walker, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • 1976 Henry Tuilagi, Samoan rugby player
  • 1976 Pedro Collins, West Indian cricketer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1977 Iva Majoli, Croatian tennis player (1996 Pan Pacific), born in Zagreb, Croatia

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Iva Majoli
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Iva Majoli
  • 1977 Jesper Grønkjær, Danish footballer
  • 1977 Plaxico Burress, American football player
  • 1978 Hayley Wickenheiser, ice hockey forward (Canada, Oly-98)
  • 1978 Chris Chambers, American football player, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1979 D.J. Houlton, American baseball player
  • 1979 Cindy Klassen, Canadian speed skater
  • 1981 Tony Capaldi, Northern Ireland footballer
  • 1981 Djibril Cissé, French footballer
  • 1982 Alexandros Tzorvas, Greek footballer
  • 1983 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Dutch footballer
  • 1988 Tyson Fury, British heavyweight professional boxer, born in Manchester
  • 1990 Mario Balotelli, Italian footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1940 PGA golfer Sam Snead (28) weds high school sweetheart Audrey Karnes

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead

Deaths in Sport

  • 1941 Bobby Peel, cricketer (took 102 wickets for England), dies
  • 1959 Mike O'Neill, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1877)
  • 1973 John Clay, cricketer (Glamorgan offie in only Test 1935), dies
  • 1982 Salvador Sanchez, Mexican boxer (b. 1959)
  • 1983 Henry Gifford Vivian, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ, 17 wkts), dies
  • 1985 Manfred Winkelhock, German race car driver (b. 1951)
  • 1989 Samuel Okwaraji, Nigerian footballer (b. 1964)
  • 2002 Enos Slaughter, American baseball player (b. 1916)