On This Day

On This Day in Sport for August 12

Events in Sport

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1886 W. G. Grace makes his highest Test Cricket score, scoring 170 vs Australia at The Oval

Cricketer W. G. Grace
W. G. Grace
  • 1896 Willem II soccer team forms in Tilburg
  • 1928 IX Summer Olympic Games close in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1936 After 24 year absence a baseball demonstration game is played between 2 American teams at Berlin Olympics, World Champions beat US Olympics, 6-5
  • 1936 American diver Marjorie Gestring wins 3m springboard gold at the Berlin Olympics, youngest Olympic gold medalist (13 years 268 days)
  • 1936 The gymnastics competition at the Berlin Olympics concludes with Germany dominating, winning 6 of 9 gold medals including the men’s & women’s teams events
  • 1948 Cleveland Indians get 29 hits in a 9 inning game
  • 1948 The canoeing program at the London Olympics concludes with Sweden (4) and Czechoslovakia (3) dominant, combining for 7 of the 9 gold medals
  • 1948 Indian maestro Balbir Singh Dosanjh scores twice as India beats Great Britain 4-0 for the field hockey gold medal at the London Olympics; India's 4th consecutive Olympic hockey title
  • 1949 16th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 38, All-Stars 0 (93,780)
  • 1950 First international game by an NFL team, New York Giants beat CFL's Ottawa Roughriders, 20-6 at Ottawa's Lansdowne Stadium
  • 1953 Ann Davison arrives in Miami in her 23 foot boat Felicity Ann, becoming the 1st woman to sail solo across the Atlantic
  • 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

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 [1]
  • 1972 Ian & Greg Chappell both scores centuries in same Test Cricket innings

Sport awardPGA Championship

1973 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: Jack Nicklaus wins 3rd of 5 PGA C'ships by 4 from Bruce Crampton of Australia

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 teammates inducted to hall of fame on same day
  • 1984 Braves beat Padres 5-3, features 2 brawls & 19 ejections

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1984 Harmon Killebrew, Rick Ferrell, Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese, & Luis Aparicio are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew
  • 1984 Carlos Lopes of Portugal wins the men's marathon at the Los Angeles Olympics in 2:09:21, an Olympic record that stands for 24 years
  • 1985 Baltimore Orioles W Gross & L Sheets are 6th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • 1986 Don Baylor gets hits by a pitch for a record 25th time in a season
  • 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 awardPGA Championship

1990 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Shoal Creek: Wayne Grady of Australia wins his only major title by 3 strokes from American Fred Couples

Golfer and PGA Champion Wayne Grady
Golfer and PGA Champion
Wayne Grady
Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • 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 go on strike leading to cancellation of World Series for only the second time in MLB history (1904); labour dispute
  • 1995 Lara completes 6th Test Cricket century, 152 at Trent Bridge

Sport awardPGA Championship

2007 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Southern Hills CC: Defending champion Tiger Woods wins his 4th PGA C'ship by 2 shots from Woody Austin

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2008 American super-swimmer Michael Phelps wins his 3rd of 8 gold medals at the Beijing Olympics when he takes the 200m freestyle in world record 1:42.96

  • 2008 An American 1-2 in the 100m backstroke at the Beijing Olympics with Aaron Peirsol swimming a world record 52.54 to beat teammate Matt Grevers
  • 2008 American swimmer Natalie Coughlin becomes the first to successfully defend the gold medal in the women's 100 m backstroke when she wins event at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2012 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Kiawah Island Golf Resort: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins by 8 strokes from Englishman David Lynn
  • 2012 XXX Summer Olympic Games close in London, England
  • 2016 Italian jockey Frankie Dettori aboard Predilection rides his 3,000th British winner at Newmarket
  • 2016 Joseph Schooling of Singapore sets Olympic record 50.39 to win men's 100m butterfly gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; rare 3-way tie for silver at 51.14, Michael Phelps (USA), Chad le Clos (South Africa) & László Cseh (Hungary)

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2016 American star swimmer Katie Ledecky sets world record 8:04.79 to dominate the women's 800m field at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; medal tally of 4 gold, 1 silver make her most decorated US female athlete at one Olympics

Swimmer Katie Ledecky
Katie Ledecky
  • 2016 Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú wins her 4th medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics finishing 2nd in the women's 200m backstroke; gold to American Maya DiRado in 2:05:99

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Usain Bolt injures himself in his very last race, the men's 4x100m relay, Jamaica misses gold at world championships

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 2018 100th PGA Championship Men's Golf, Bellerive CC: Brooks Koepka becomes only the 5th player to win 2 major titles in a calendar year (US Open 2018) when he beats Tiger Woods by 2 strokes
  • 2019 Baltimore Orioles concede 7 home runs in doubleheader defeats against NY Yankees to break the American League single season HRs allowed record with 248 and counting

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1880 Christy Mathewson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (World Series 1905, 21; Triple Crown 1905, 08; NL wins leader 1905, 07, 08, 10; 2 x no-hitters; NY Giants), born in Factoryville, Pennsylvania (d. 1925)
  • 1891 John McDermott, American golfer (US Open 1911, 12), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1971)
  • 1892 Ray Schalk, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (World Series 1917; Chicago White Sox) and manager (Chicago WS), born in Harvel, Illinois (d. 1970)
  • 1899 Ben Sealey, West Indian cricketer (d. 1963)
  • 1906 Harry Hopman, Australian tennis player, coach (Davis Cup captain 1939-67, won 16), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1985)
  • 1912 Margaret Scriven, English tennis player (French C'ships 1933-34), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Alex Wojciechowicz, NFL center (Lions, Eagles)
  • 1920 Peter West, British sports commentator
  • 1923 John Holt, West Indian cricket batsman (17 Tests, 1066 runs at 36.75; 2 x 100s), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Derek Shackleton, England cricket pace bowler (50's)
  • 1928 Bob Buhl, American baseball player (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Charles Moore, Coatsville Pa, 400m hurdler (Olympic gold/silver-52)
  • 1930 Jack Scarbath, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Uni of Maryland; Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Parnelli Jones, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1963) and team owner (Indy 500 1970–71; USAC National Championships 1970, 71, 72), born in Texarkana, Arkansas
  • 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)
  • 1952 Charles Whiting, English Formula 1 Race Director (Safety Delegate, Starter, head F1 Technical Dep't), born in Sevenoaks, Kent (d. 2019)
  • 1956 Sidath Wettimuny, Sri Lanka cricket opener (190 v England Lords 1984)
  • 1959 Lynette Woodard, (Olympic gold 1984, Harlem Globetrotter), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1960 Laurent Fignon, French cyclist (1983 & 1984 Tour de France), born in Paris (d. 2010)
  • 1961 Mark Priest, New Zealand cricketer
  • 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 (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1966 Greg Manusky, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1967 Andrew Glover, American NFL tight end (Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings), born in Gonzales, Louisiana
  • 1967 Regilio Tuur, Dutch boxer
  • 1967 Andrey Plotnikov, Russian race walker
  • 1968 Viktor Karatchoun, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1969 Lincoln Coleman, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1969 Stuart Williams, cricketer (West Indian opening batsman 1994- )
  • 1970 Alison Inverarity, Australian high jumper (Olympic 8th 1992, 96)
  • 1970 Jim Schlossnagle, baseball coach
  • 1971 Jim Walker, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales

Person of interestPete Sampras

1971 Pete Sampras, American tennis player (14 Grand Slam titles), born in Washington, D.C.

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • 1972 Allison Cook, Australian basketballl player (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1972 Mark Kinsella, Irish footballer
  • 1972 Gyanendra Pandey, Indian cricketer
  • 1973 Latasha Byears, WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • 1973 Todd Marchant, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1973 Joseba Beloki, Spanish cyclist
  • 1974 Wendy Palmer, American basketball player, WNBA forward (Utah Starzz), born in Timberlake, North Carolina
  • 1975 Anders Myrvold, Lorenskog Nor, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche)
  • 1975 Paul Gaudoin, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics 1996)
  • 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 cricket fast bowler (29 Tests, 106 wickets; 30 ODIs, 39 wickets; Barbados, Middlesex), born in St. Peter, Barbados

Person of interestIva Majoli

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, Olympics 1998)
  • 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 soccer striker (36 caps; Nice, Inter, Man City), born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1998 Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greek tennis player (ATP Finals 2019), born in Athens, Greece

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead

Deaths in Sport

  • 1900 Wilhelm Steinitz, Austrian world chess champion (1866-94), dies at 64
  • 1904 William Renshaw, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1881-6, 89), dies of epileptic convulsions at 43
  • 1941 Bobby Peel, cricketer (took 102 wickets for England), dies
  • 1959 Mike O'Neill, Irish-American baseball player, dies at 81 (b. 1877)
  • 1970 Glenn Hartranft, American athlete (discus WR 47.89m 1925; Olympic silver shot putt 1924), dies at 68
  • 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
  • 1983 Giff Vivian, New Zealand cricket batsman (7 Tests @ 42.1, top score 100), dies at 70
  • 1985 Manfred Winkelhock, German race car driver (b. 1951)
  • 1989 Samuel Okwaraji, Nigerian footballer (b. 1964)
  • 2002 Enos Slaughter, American baseball player, dies at 86
  • 2004 George Yardley III, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (6 × NBA All-Star 1955–60; first player to score 2,000 points in a season; Fort Wayne Pistons), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 75
  • 2020 Bill Yeoman, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Houston 1962-86; record 160–108–8), dies from kidney failure and pneumonia at 92
  • 2020 Howard Mudd, American football OL (Pro Bowl 1966–68; All-Pro 1967-68; SF 49ers, Chicago Bears) and coach (Super Bowl 2006; OL Indianapolis Colts), dies after a motorcycle accident at 78
  • 2020 Melvin F. Stute, American thoroughbred racehorse trainer (Preakness Stakes 1986, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies 1986, Breeders' Cup Sprint 1987), dies at 93
  • 2020 Pavol Biroš, Slovak soccer defender (9 caps, Czechoslovakia; Slavia Prague), dies from heart disease at 67
  • 2020 Don Edmunds, American auto racer and car builder (National Sprint Car HOF; built Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon Sky cycle), dies at 89