On This Day in Sport for August 14

Events in Sport


Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1903 James J. Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1917 Leeuwen soccer team forms
  • 1919 White Sox Happy Felsch ties record of 4 outfield assists in a game
  • 1920 Olympic Games open in Antwerp
  • 1932 10th Olympic Games at Los Angeles closes
  • 1932 Dodger John Quinn, 49, is oldest pitcher to win a major league game
  • 1936 United States beats Canada 19-8 in poor conditions outdoors to win the gold medal in the inaugural men's basketball competition at the Olympics Games in Berlin
  • 1936 American swimmers Adolph Kiefer and Al Vande Veghe quinella the 100m backstroke at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1936 The Berlin Olympics rowing competition concludes with Germany winning 5 of 7 gold medals, although the United States wins the coveted eights gold
  • 1937 Detroit Tigers score 36 runs in double header vs St Louis Browns
  • 1939 1st night games at Comiskey Park (White Sox 5, Browns 2)
  • 1948 14th Olympic games close at London, Great Britain
  • 1948 England all out for 52 v Australia at Cricket Oval
  • 1953 20th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 24, All-Stars 10 (93,818)
  • 1959 26th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 29, All-Stars 0 (70,000)
  • 1959 AFL organized with NY, Dallas, LA, Minneapolis, Denver & Houston

  • 1960 Australian driver Jack Brabham clinches his second consecutive World Championship of Drivers title by winning the Portuguese Grand Prix at Boavista
  • 1961 Philadelphia Phillies lose 17th straight game
  • 1964 Bo Belinsky is suspended after attacking sportswriter Braven Dyer
  • 1969 NY Mets fall 9½ games back, later to win pennant

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Johnny Unitas files $725,000 suit against Balt Colts

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • 1977 PGA Championship, Pebble Beach: Lanny Wadkins wins his only major title in event's 1st sudden-death playoff with Gene Littler
  • 1977 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Long Island Charity Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Phils Mike Schmidt hits his 300th career HR off NY Met Mike Scott

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1982 Atlanta snaps an 11-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over Padres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Pete Rose (Phillies) 12,365 at bat sets record (passes Aaron)

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1983 Robert de Castella wins Helsinki marathon (2:10:03)
  • 1986 Phillies & Pirates play a 6 game series in 4 days

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987 Oakland's Mark McGwire sets rookie HR record at 39, en route to 49

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1988 PGA Championship, Oak Tree GC: Jeff Sluman wins his only major title by 3 shots from Paul Azinger
  • 1990 Denver vote for a 1% sales tax to pay for a baseball franchise

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Reggie Jackson Day - NY Yanks retire 13th # (#44)

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson

Sport awardGolf Major

1994 PGA Championship, Southern Hills CC: Nick Price of Zimbabwe wins his 2nd PGA C'ship by 6 strokes from American Corey Pavin

Golfer Nick Price
Golfer
Nick Price
  • 1994 Liselotte Neumann wins LPGA Weetabix Women's British Golf Open
  • 1994 Maggie Will wins Children's Medical Center LPGA Golf Classic
  • 1997 Karrie Webb wins LPGA Weetabix Women's British Open
  • 1999 New Zealand win their 3rd Tri Nations Rugby Series as South Africa edges Australia, 10-9 in Cape Town; All Blacks' only defeat comes in final round dead rubber, 28-7 against Wallabies in Sydney
  • 2004 The Australian women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Alice Mills, Lisbeth Lenton, Petria Thomas & Jodie Henry smash the world record to take gold in 3:35.94 at the Athens Olympics
  • 2008 Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima repeats his Athens Olympics 100/200m breaststroke double at the Beijing Games winning the 200m in Olympic record 2:07.64
  • 2008 Australian women's 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of Stephanie Rice, Bronte Barratt, Kylie Palmer & Linda Mackenzie swims world record 7:44.31 to beat China and take the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008 A popular Chinese 1-2 in the 200m butterfly at the Beijing Olympics with Liu Zige swimming world record 2:04.18 to beat team mate Jiao Liuyang
  • 2008 French swimmer Alain Bernard wins the coveted 100m freestyle gold medal at the Beijing Olympics beating Eamon O'Sullivan of Australia by 0.11
  • 2010 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games opens in Singapore
  • 2011 PGA Championship, Atlanta Athletic Club: Keegan Bradley wins first major title in a playoff with fellow American Jason Dufner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt wins coveted 100m Olympic 100m gold medal in 9.81 at Rio de Janeiro Olympics - first man to win the event 3 times

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 2016 South African athlete Wayde van Niekerk sets world record 43.03 to win the men's 400m gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Kirani James (Grenada) silver, American LaShawn Merritt bronze
  • 2016 Kenya's Jemima Sumgong wins women's marathon gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2:24:04; Eunice Kirwa (Bahrain) takes silver, and Mare Dibaba (Ethiopia) bronze
  • 2016 An all-British final in the men's cycling sprint with Jason Kenny beating team mate Callum Skinner at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016 Justin Rose of Great Britain finishes with a score of 16 under par to win the inaugural men's individual golf gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Rose is 2 strokes ahead of Henrik Stenson (Sweden) and 3 from American Matt Kuchar

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Great Britain's Andy Murray wins the men's tennis singles gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics 7–5, 4–6, 6–2, 7–5 over Juan Martín del Potro of Argentina

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1863 Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1940)
  • 1867 Cupid Childs, American baseball player, born in Calvert County, Maryland (d. 1912)
  • 1895 Jack Gregory, cricketer (Australian all-rounder of post-WWI years)
  • 1909 Len Darling, cricketer (South Australian & Test batsman of 30's)
  • 1913 Fred Davis, English world champ snooker player (1948-49, 51)
  • 1913 Paul Dean, American baseball player (d. 1981)
  • 1916 Wellington Mara, Co-Owner of the New York Giants (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Dick Tiger, Nigerian boxer (d. 1971)
  • 1930 Earl Weaver, manager (Balt Orioles 1968-82, 85-86), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Brian Curvis, Welsh boxer and British welterweight champion (1960-1964), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Betsy Cullen, LPGA golfer
  • 1940 Galen Hall, WLAF Head Coach (Orlando Thunder, Rhein Fire)
  • 1941 Peter Truscott, cricketer (one Test NZ v Pakistan 1965, 3 & 26)
  • 1943 Barrie Leadbeater, English cricketer and umpire, born in Harehills, Leeds
  • 1944 Robyn Smith Astaire [Melody Dawn Miller], American jockey, wife of Fred Astaire, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949 Bob Backlund, American wrestler
  • 1952 Debbie Meyer, 200m/400m/800m swimmer (Olympic 3 gold-68), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • 1954 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1956 Rusty Wallace, American race car driver
  • 1957 Gino Hernandez, American wrestler (d. 1986)

Person of interestMagic Johnson

1959 Earvin "Magic" Johnson, American NBA Forward (LA Lakers/Olympic gold 1992), born in Lansing, Michigan

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1959 Frank Brickowski, NBA forward/center (Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1960 Broderick Thompson, NFL tackle/guard (Denver Broncos)
  • 1960 Fred Roberts, NBA forward (LA Lakers)
  • 1961 "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler (d. 1995)
  • 1962 Jerry Foltz, American professional golfer and commentator, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1962 Mark Gubicza, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Rameez Raja, cricketer (prolific Pakistani batsman)
  • 1965 Paul Broadhurst, British golfer (British Open Seniors 2016), born in Walsall, England
  • 1966 Karl Petter Løken, Norwegian footballer
  • 1968 Glenn Leroy McLeay, Invercargill NZ, points race cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Praveen Amre, cricketer (Indian batsman, century on Test debut 1992)
  • 1969 Stig Tøfting, Danish footballer
  • 1970 Arno Doornernik, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1970 Slava Dosedel, Czech, tennis star
  • 1970 Susan Veasey, LPGA golfer (U of S Fla), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1970 Trise Jackson, WNBA guard (LA Sparks)
  • 1971 Adam Timmerman, NFL guard (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1971 Christopher R Nelloms, sprinter, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1971 James Folston, NFL defensive end (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1971 Mark Loretta, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1971 Pramodaya Wickremasinhghe, cricketer (Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler)
  • 1971 Sean Hill, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1971 Stan White, NFL/WLAF quarterback (NY Giants, London Monarchs)
  • 1972 Brian Gragert, WLAF punter (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1972 Ed O'Bannon, NBA forward (NJ Nets)
  • 1972 Evan Pilgrim, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1972 Katja Maaria Lehtd, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1972 Ross Schulte, NFL/WLAF kicker/punter (Buffalo Bills, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1973 Kieren Perkins, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 1,500m 1992, 96), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1973 Mike Mamula, NFL linebacker/defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Nancy Sweetnam, Lindsay Ontario, 400m swimmer (Olympics-7-92, 96)
  • 1973 Wayne Chrebet, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets)
  • 1973 Jay-Jay Okocha, Nigerian footballer
  • 1973 Jared Borgetti, Mexican footballer
  • 1974 Chucky Atkins, American basketball player
  • 1975 Mike Vrabel, defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1975 Viaceslav Ivanovski, Israel, Men's Weightlifting 99kg
  • 1977 Juan Pierre, American baseball player
  • 1978 Anastasios Kyriakos, Greek footballer
  • 1979 Paul Burgess, Australian athlete
  • 1980 Roy Williams, American football player, born in Redwood City, California
  • 1981 Matthew Etherington, English footballer
  • 1981 Julius Jones, American football player
  • 1983 Elena Baltacha, Ukrainian/British tennis player
  • 1983 Leo Núñez, Dominican baseball player
  • 1984 Clay Buchholz, American baseball player
  • 1984 Josh Gorges, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 Christian Gentner, German footballer
  • 1986 Terin Humphrey, American gymnast
  • 1987 Tim Tebow, American football player
  • 1989 Kyle Turris, Canadian ice hockey player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1964 World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali (22) weds cocktail waitress Sonja Roi

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

HeartWedding of Interest

2010 Actress and singer Hilary Duff (24) weds retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre Mike Comrie (31) at La Quinta Estate in Montecito, California

Actress/Singer Hilary Duff
Actress/Singer
Hilary Duff

Divorces in Sport

  • 2012 "Basketball Wives" TV personality Evelyn Lozada divorces NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (34) due to irretrievably broken marriage only 41 days after getting married

Deaths in Sport

  • 1891 Johnny Mullagh [Unaarrimin], Australian cricketer (Aboriginal tourist 1868), dies at 50
  • 1938 Hugh Trumble, cricketer (32 Tests for Australia, 141 wickets), dies
  • 1938 Jim Kelly, Australian cricketer (36 Tests for Aust 1896-1905, stumped 20), dies at 71
  • 1943 Joe Kelley, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles), dies at 71
  • 1966 S J "Tip" Snooke, South African cricket all-rounder (26 Tests 1905-23), dies
  • 1967 Bob Anderson, British racing driver (b. 1931)
  • 1981 Dudley Nourse, South African cricketer (34 Tests for South Africa, 2960 runs), dies at 70
  • 1984 Tigran Petroshan, Russian chess grand master, dies at 55
  • 1988 Enzo Ferrari, Italian sportscar manufacturer (Ferrari), dies at 90
  • 1991 Alberto Crespo, Argentine racing driver (b. 1920)
  • 1999 Pee Wee [Harold] Reese, American baseball player (Dodgers), dies at 81
  • 2000 Cuan McCarthy, South African cricketer (b. 1929)
  • 2003 Helmut Rahn, German footballer (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Coo Coo Marlin, American NASCAR race car driver, dies at 73