On This Day in Sport for August 15

Events in Sport

  • 1903 New Zealand's All Blacks play their first Rugby Test Match against Australia's Wallabies at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney; New Zealand win 22-3
  • 1914 13th Davis Cup: Australasia beats USA in New York (3-2)
  • 1925 White Sox Dickie Kerr, 1st appearance since winning 2 world series games in 1919
  • 1931 Spakenburg soccer team forms
  • 1936 Marshall Wayne and Elbert Root make it an American 1-2 in the 10m platform diving at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1936 The Berlin Olympic fencing competition concludes with Italy winning 4 of the 7 gold medals and Hungary taking the other 3
  • 1936 Annibale Frossi scores twice as Italy beats Austria 2-1 in extra time in the soccer final at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1939 First night game at baseball's Comiskey Park, Sox beat Browns 5-2
  • 1945 Chandler sells World Series radio rights for $150,000 to Gillette, Ford had been World Series sponsor since 1934, pay $100,000 annually
  • 1948 US Open Women's Golf, Atlantic City CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by 8 strokes from Betty Hicks

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1950 Ezzard Charles TKOs Freddie Beshore in 14 to retain heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • 1952 19th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Los Angeles 10, All-Stars 7 (88,316)
  • 1958 25th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 35, Detroit 19 (70,000)
  • 1960 CFL's Calgary Stampeders move into McMahon Stadium
  • 1960 Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 16-7 in Toronto (NFL expo)
  • 1960 Mil Brave Lew Burdette no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0

  • 1964 Fred Trueman takes 300th Test Cricket wicket (Neil Hawke)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 Mayor Daley declares "Ernie Banks Day" in Chicago

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1964 Phillies triple-play NY Mets
  • 1964 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 3½"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 PGA Championship, Laurel Valley GC: Dave Marr wins his only major title, beating Billy Casper and Jack Nicklaus by 2 strokes

  • 1966 Puerto Rican champion José Torres beats Eddie Cotton on points in Las Vegas to retain the WBC/WBA light-heavyweight boxing title
  • 1970 Patricia Palinkas becomes 1st woman pro football player (Orlando)
  • 1971 Charles Lismont wins Helsinki marathon (2:13:09.0)
  • 1971 Despite crashing out on lap 36, Scotsman Jackie Stewart clinches his second World Formula 1 Drivers title at the Austrian Grand Prix at Österreichring; French Tyrrell driver François Cevert wins the race
  • 1974 Longest team (6) trampoline bouncing marathon (1,248 hours or 52 days)
  • 1977 England regain cricket Ashes by taking a 3-0 series lead over Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia at Old Trafford

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • 1981 Robin Leamy of US swims record 7.98 kph for 50 m
  • 1989 Giorgio Lamberti swims world record 200m free style (1:46.69)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 In 2nd start since after cancer treatment, Giants Dave Dravecky breaks his pitching arm while throwing to Tim Raines

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 51st PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1990 Mark McGwire is 1st to hit 30 HRs in each of his 1st 4 seasons

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1992 Striker Brian Deane scores both goals for Sheffield United in a season-opening 2-1 home win over Manchester United at Bramall Lane; first of Deane's goals is the first in EPL's inaugural season

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 75th PGA Championship, Inverness GC: Paul Azinger wins his first major title in a playoff with Greg Norman of Australia

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Nolan Ryan, 324th & final victory, Rangers 4, Indians 1

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1997 Dan Wilson hits Seattle Mariners 3,000th HR
  • 1997 LA Dodgers retire Tommy Lasorda's #2

Sport awardGolf Major

1999 PGA Championship, Medinah CC: Tiger Woods wins by 1 stroke from Spaniard Sergio Garcia

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2004 Bay of Plenty defeat Auckland 33-26 in Rugby Union to win NZ's Ranfurly shield for the first time in the shield's 102 year history and after 28 unsuccessful challenges
  • 2004 PGA Championship, Whistling Straits GC: Vijay Singh of Fiji wins his 2nd PGA C'ship in a playoff with Chris DiMarco & Justin Leonard
  • 2004 South African 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend & Ryk Neethling smash the world record with 3:13.17 at the Athens Olympics

Sport awardGolf Major

2005 PGA Championship, Baltusrol GC: American Phil Mickelson wins by 1 stroke from Australian Steve Elkington and Thomas Bjørn of Denmark

Golfer Phil Mickelson
Golfer
Phil Mickelson
Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington
  • 2008 German swimmer Britta Steffen beats Australian Libby Trickett by 0.04 to win the blue ribband 100m freestyle gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008 American breaststroker Rebecca Soni avenges her defeat to Leisel Jones of Australia in the 100m when she swims world record 2:20.22 to beat Jones in 200m at the Beijing Olympics

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2008 An American 1-2 in the 200m backstroke at the Beijing Olympics with Ryan Lochte swimming a world record 1:53.94 to beat team mate Aaron Peirsol

Swimmer Ryan Lochte
Swimmer
Ryan Lochte
  • 2008 Despite China winning the women's gymnastics team all-round gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, Americans Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson go 1-2 in the individual all-round
  • 2009 12th Athletics World Championships open at Berlin, Germany
  • 2010 PGA Championship, Whistling Straits GC: Martin Kaymer of Germany wins his first major title in a playoff with Bubba Watson
  • 2012 Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez becomes 23rd pitcher to throw a perfect game (1-0 vs Tampa Bay)
  • 2016 Anita Włodarczyk of Poland sets a world record 82.29m to win the women's hammer throw gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Zhang Wenxiu (China) silver, and Sophie Hitchon (Great Britain) bronze.
  • 2016 Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil sets an Olympic record 6.03m to win the men's pole vault gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
  • 2016 Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas dives at the line to win the women's 400m gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; beats American 6-time Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix by 0.07

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1886 Bill Whitty, Australian cricketer (left-arm bowler 1909-12), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1974)
  • 1927 Eddie Leadbeater, English cricketer (England leg-spinner with an avg of 109), born in Lockwood, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Wesley Mouzon, American boxer/trainer (Roy Jones Jr), born in Kingstree, South Carolina (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Reg Scarlett, West Indian cricket off-spinner (3 Tests 1960)
  • 1945 Gene Upshaw, NFL guard (Oakland Radiers), NFLPA leader
  • 1950 Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Windsor, England, Princess/olympic equestrian
  • 1950 Tom Kelly, American baseball manager
  • 1951 John Childs, cricketer (England left-arm spinner, two Tests v WI 1988)
  • 1955 Kenneth Carr, basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Clearwater, Florida
  • 1960 Maureen "Peanut" Louie Harper, tennis player (Denver-1985), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1960 Ron van de Berg, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1961 Joan Delk, LPGA golfer (1995 First Bank Edina Realty-66th), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1961 Gary Kubiak, American football coach
  • 1962 Bubby Brister, NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1963 Greg Adams, Nelson, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars)
  • 1963 Jack Russell, superb England cricket wicket-keeper (36 Tests 1988-94)
  • 1963 Lydia Czuckermann-Hatuel, Israel, Women's foil fencer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Fred Strickland, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1966 Leo Goeas, guard (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1967 Mike James, Ft Walton FL, pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1967 Moulay Brahim Boutaib, Morocco, 10k runner (Olympic gold 1988)
  • 1967 Neil Wilkinson, Selkirk, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins)
  • 1968 Luciana Bemvenuti, Brazilian golfer (1994 Jamie Farr-36th), born in Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • 1968 Vassili Pankov, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1969 Eric Bieniemy, NFL running back (Cin Bengals)
  • 1969 James Black, Regina, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1969 Mark Heese, beach volleyballer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1969 Yancey Thigpen, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1970 Dawn Ponte, Kent RI, dance skater (& Frey-1995 Eastern Jr champ)
  • 1971 Perry Carter, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs, Oakland Raiders), born in McComb, Mississippi
  • 1972 Freddie Solomon, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972 Jason Maniecki, defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1972 Ken Walter, punter (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1973 Marcus Jones, defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1974 Ramon Morel, Villa Gonzalez Dom Rep, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1975 Bert Berry, linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1975 Jurgen Dirkx, soccer player (PSV)
  • 1975 Bertrand Berry, American football player
  • 1975 Vijay Bharadwaj, Indian cricketer
  • 1976 Boudewijn Send, soccer player (PSV)
  • 1976 Ger Unterluggauer, hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1977 Martin Biron, Canadian American ice hockey goaltender, born in Lac-Saint-Charles, Quebec
  • 1977 Igor Cassina, Italian gymnast (Olympic gold 2004), born in Seregno, Italy
  • 1978 Stavros Tziortziopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1978 Lilia Podkopayeva, Ukrainian gymnast
  • 1978 Kerri Walsh, American beach volleyball player
  • 1979 Carl Edwards, American NASCAR driver
  • 1981 Brendan Hansen, American swimmer
  • 1981 Oliver Perez, American baseball player
  • 1982 Casey Burgener, American weightlifter

Deaths in Sport

  • 1946 Edward R. Bradley, American businessman and horse owner (1st to own 4 Kentucky Derby winners), dies at 86
  • 1961 Willie MacFarlane, Scottish professional golfer, dies at 72
  • 1994 Simon R Naoli, Tanzanian marathoner, dies in an accident at 28
  • 1994 Wout Wagtmans, cyclist (Rome-Naples-Rome 1957), dies at 64
  • 1996 Ernest Leslie Bouts, motor-racing driver, dies at 93
  • 2001 Richard Chelimo, Kenyan athlete (b. 1972)
  • 2002 Kyle Rote, NFL halfback (NY Giants 1951-61), dies at 74
  • 2006 Rick Bourke, Australian rugby league player
  • 2006 Faas Wilkes, Dutch international footballer
  • 2006 Faas Wilkes, Dutch soccer star (Xerxes/Fortuna/Inter Milan), dies at 82
  • 2007 Sam Pollock, Canadian sports executive (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Vic Toweel, South African boxer (undisputed world bantamweight champion), dies at 79
  • 2011 Rick Rypien, Canadian hockey player (b. 1984)
  • 2014 Jerry Lumpe, American baseball player, dies at 81