On This Day

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 VII Summer Olympic Games open in Antwerp, Belgium; first time Olympic Oath voiced, doves released to symbolise peace, and Olympic Flag flown
  • 1932 X Summer Olympic Games close in Los Angeles, USA
  • 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 XIV 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 F1 World Drivers Championship 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 Men's Golf, Pebble Beach: Lanny Wadkins wins his only major title in event's 1st sudden-death playoff with Gene Littler

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 Men's Golf, 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 awardPGA Championship

1994 PGA Championship Men's Golf, 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 British Open Women's Golf, Woburn, Duke's Course: Liselotte Neumann wins by 3 strokes from fellow Swede Annika Sörenstam; first LPGA sanctioned 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 Men's Golf, Atlanta Athletic Club: Keegan Bradley wins first major title by 1 stroke in 3-hole aggregate playoff with fellow American Jason Dufner

OlympicsOlympic Gold

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

OlympicsOlympic Gold

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
  • 2016 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Scioto CC: Gene Sauers wins by 1 stroke ahead of Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Billy Mayfair
  • 2019 French woman Stephanie Frappart is the first woman to referee a major match in a European men's tournament - UEFA Super Cup Chelsea vs Liverpool in Istanbul

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Pakistan PM Imran Khan strongly criticizes India for revoking Kashmir's special status and putting it under lockdown in address in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1835 Tom King, English boxer, rower and bookmaker (English heavyweight champion), born in London, England (d. 1888)
  • 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)
  • 1880 Fred Alexander, American tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1908, 5-time US Indoor winner), born in Sea Bright, New Jersey (d. 1969)
  • 1895 Jack Gregory, Australian cricketer (Australian all-rounder of post-WWI years), born in North Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1973)
  • 1909 Len Darling, Australian cricketer (South Australian & Test batsman of 30's), born in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Fred Davis, English 8-time World Snooker Champion (1948-49, 51), born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Paul Dean, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Lucas, Arkansas (d. 1981)
  • 1916 Wellington Mara, Co-Owner of the New York Giants, born in Rochester, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Dick Tiger, Nigerian professional boxer, born in Amaigbo, Nigeria (d. 1971)
  • 1930 Earl Weaver, manager (Baltimore 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)
  • 1940 Galen Hall, American Football Coach (University of Florida, Orlando Thunder, Rhein Fire), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • 1941 Peter Truscott, New Zealand cricketer (one Test NZ v Pakistan 1965, 3 & 26), born in Pahiatua, Manawatu, New Zealand
  • 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, born in Princeton, Minnesota
  • 1952 Debbie Meyer, American 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, born in Arnold, Missouri

Person of interestMagic Johnson

1959 Earvin "Magic" Johnson, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard, executive (5-time NBA champion, 3-time NBA Finals MVP, Olympic gold 1992), born in Lansing, Michigan

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1959 Frank Brickowski, American NBA player (Seattle Supersonics), born in Bayville, New York
  • 1960 Broderick Thompson, American NFL offensive lineman (Denver Broncos), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1960 Fred Roberts, American NBA forward (LA Lakers), born in Provo, Utah
  • 1961 Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler, born in Lexington, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • 1962 Jerry Foltz, American golfer and commentator (Golf Channel), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1962 Mark Gubicza, American baseball pitcher (KC Royals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Rameez Raja, Pakistani cricketer (prolific Pakistani batsman), born in Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • 1965 Paul Broadhurst, British golfer (British Senior Open 2016), born in Walsall, England
  • 1966 Karl Petter Løken, Norwegian footballer, born in Karlskoga, Sweden
  • 1968 Glenn Leroy McLeay, New Zealand points race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 1968 Praveen Amre, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman, century on Test debut 1992), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1969 Stig Tøfting, Danish footballer, born in Aarhus, Denmark
  • 1970 Slava Dosedel, Czech tennis star, born in Přerov, Czechoslovakia
  • 1971 Adam Timmerman, American NFL guard (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Cherokee, Iowa
  • 1971 Christopher R. Nelloms, American sprinter, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1971 James Folston, American NFL defensive end (Oakland Raiders), born in Cocoa, Florida
  • 1971 Mark Loretta, American baseball infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1971 Pramodaya Wickremasinhghe, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler), born in Matara, Sri Lanka
  • 1971 Sean Hill, American NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins), born in Dowagiac, Michigan
  • 1972 Ed O'Bannon, American NBA forward (NJ Nets), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Evan Pilgrim, American NFL guard (Chicago Bears), born in Pittsburg, California
  • 1973 Kieren Perkins, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 1,500m 1992, 96), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1973 Mike Mamula, American NFL player (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Lackawanna, New York
  • 1973 Nancy Sweetnam, Canadian 400m swimmer (Olympics-7-92, 96), born in Lindsay, Canada
  • 1973 Wayne Chrebet, American NFL wide receiver (NY Jets), born in Garfield, New Jersey
  • 1973 Jay-Jay Okocha, Nigerian footballer, born in Enugu, Nigeria
  • 1973 Jared Borgetti, Mexican footballer, born in Culiacancito, Mexico
  • 1974 Chucky Atkins, American basketball player, born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1975 Mike Vrabel, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 2001, 03, 04, New England Patriots) and coach (Tennessee Titans 2018-20), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1975 Viaceslav Ivanovski, Israeli weightlifter, born in Novosibirsk, Russia
  • 1977 Juan Pierre, American baseball player, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1978 Anastasios Kyriakos, Greek footballer, born in Giannouli, Greece
  • 1979 Paul Burgess, Australian athlete, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1980 Roy Williams, American football player, born in Redwood City, California
  • 1981 Matthew Etherington, English footballer, born in Truro, United Kingdom
  • 1981 Julius Jones, American football player, born in Big Stone Gap, Virginia
  • 1983 Elena Baltacha, Ukrainian-British tennis player, born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 2014)
  • 1983 Leo Núñez, Dominican baseball player, born in Bonao, Dominican Republic
  • 1984 Clay Buchholz, American baseball player, born in Nederland, Texas
  • 1984 Josh Gorges, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Kelowna, Canada
  • 1985 Christian Gentner, German footballer, born in Nürtingen, Germany
  • 1986 Terin Humphrey, American gymnast, born in Saint Joseph, Missouri
  • 1987 Tim Tebow, American NFL quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2007, BCS National C'ship 2006, 08; U of Florida; Denver Broncos), born in Makati, Philippines
  • 1989 Kyle Turris, Canadian ice hockey player, born in New Westminster, Canada

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

LoveWedding 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, Australian cricket spin bowler and captain (32 Tests, 141 wickets; 2 x Test hat-tricks), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 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
  • 1960 Fred Clarke, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder and manager (Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates; .312 BA), dies at 87
  • 1966 S J "Tip" Snooke, South African cricket all-rounder (26 Tests 1905-23), dies
  • 1966 Tip Snooke, South African cricket all-rounder and captain (26 Tests, 35 wickets), dies at 85
  • 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 Petrosian, Soviet Armenian world chess champion (1963-69), 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
  • 1999 Pat Mullin, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1947-48; Detroit Tigers), dies at 81
  • 2000 Cuan McCarthy, South African cricketer (b. 1929)
  • 2003 Helmut Rahn, German footballer (b. 1929)
  • 2004 Eric Petrie, New Zealand cricketer (NZ wicketkeeper of the late 1950's), dies at 77
  • 2005 Coo Coo Marlin, American NASCAR race car driver, dies at 73
  • 2015 Karen Stives, American equestrian rider (Olympic gold team, silver individual 1984), dies at 64
  • 2019 Reg Scarlett, West Indian cricket off-spinner (3 Tests 1960), dies at 84