On This Day

On This Day in Sport for August 16

Events in Sport

  • 1743 Champion of England titleholder Jack Broughton publishes 'Rules of the Ring' - earliest boxing code
  • 1883 Dutch soccer club Dordrecht is established (KNVB Cup 1914, 32)
  • 1903 Tigers play a home game in Toledo Ohio, Yanks win 12-8
  • 1920 Ray Chapman, of Indians is hit in head by Yankees pitcher Carl Mays; he dies the next day in only major league fatality

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1924 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Helen Wills Moody beats 7-time winner Molla Bjurstedt Mallory 6-1, 6-3

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

1927 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth tees off Tommy Thomas in the 5th inning to hit first HR hit out of Comiskey Park, Chicago; New York beats White Sox, 8-1

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1936 XI Summer Olympic Games close in Berlin
  • 1936 The Berlin Olympic equestrian competition concludes with Germany winning all 6 gold medals in an unprecedented team achievement
  • 1947 Ralph Kiner becomes 1st Pirate to hit 3 consecutive HRs
  • 1954 "Sports Illustrated" magazine begins publishing

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1959 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Ranier G&CC: Betsy Rawls wins her second WO by 6 strokes from JoAnne Gunderson and Patty Berg

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1964 Mildred Sampson of New Zealand runs female world marathon record 3:19:33 in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1964 St Louis Card Curt Flood gets 8 straight hits in a doubleheader
  • 1965 AFL awards its 1st expansion franchise (Miami Dolphins)

Sport awardPGA Championship

1970 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Southern Hills CC: Dave Stockton wins 1st of 2 PGA C'ships by 2 shots from Bob Murphy and Arnold Palmer

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
Golfer Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer
  • 1976 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Congressional CC: Dave Stockton wins 2nd PGA C'ship in a Monday bad weather finish; by 1 stroke from Ray Floyd & Don January

  • 1976 St. Louis Cardinals beat San Diego Chargers, 20-10 in Tokyo, Japan (NFL Expo)
  • 1977 Yanks blow 9-4 lead in 9th but beat Chicago 11-10 in bottom of 9th
  • 1981 Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
  • 1981 American swimmer Mary T. Meagher breaks her own world women's 100 m butterfly record (57.93) in Brown Deer, Wisconsin; holds 100/200m double WR
  • 1984 Largest harness racing purse ($2,161,000-Nihilator wins $1,080,500)
  • 1987 NY Mets beat Chicago Cubs, 23-9
  • 1992 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), St. Charles CC: American Sherri Steinhauer wins first of 2 majors (British Open 2006) by 3 from Judy Dickinson

Sport awardPGA Championship

1992 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Bellerive CC: Nick Price of Zimbabwe wins by 3 from John Cook, Nick Faldo, Jim Gallagher & Gene Sauers

Golfer Nick Price
Nick Price
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 British Williams driver Nigel Mansell finishes second in Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

Auto Racer Nigel Mansell
Auto Racer
Nigel Mansell
  • 1997 For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America (heads to Russia)
  • 1997 The South African soccer team, Bafana Bafana wins against the national team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at First National Bank stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1997 New Zealand beats Australia, 36-24 in Dunedin to retain the Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; All Blacks flyhalf Carlos Spencer lands 5 penalties and 3 conversions; halftime NZ, 36-0
  • 1998 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Sahalee CC: Vijay Singh of Fiji wins by 2 shots from American Steve Stricker

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Cristiano Ronaldo (18) makes his debut for Manchester United and the Premier League in a 4–0 home victory over Bolton Wanderers

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2003 New Zealand beats Australia, 21-17 at Eden Park, Auckland to win their 5th Tri Nations Rugby Series; All Blacks have undefeated 4-0 record and regain Bledisloe Cup from Wallabies
  • 2004 Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe wins the men's 200m freestyle in Olympic record 1:44.71, giving him the 200/400m freestyle double at the Athens Olympics

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2008 Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt sets new world record of 9.69 seconds to win the coveted 100m gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 2008 British swimmer Rebecca Adlington wraps up the 400/800m freestyle double at the Beijing Olympics with a world record 8:14.10 in the 800
  • 2008 British sailor Ben Ainslie convincingly wins the Finn class at the Beijing Olympics, his third gold medal in as many Games
  • 2008 British cyclist Bradley Wiggins becomes the first rider ever to successfully defend his Olympic title in the individual pursuit when he takes gold at the Beijing Olympics

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2008 American swimmer Michael Phelps wins his 7th of 8 gold medals at the Beijing Olympics when he takes the 100m butterfly in Olympic record 50.58; beats Milorad Čavić of Serbia by 0.01

  • 2008 Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe swims a world record 2:05.24 to beat American Margaret Hoelzer by 1.01 and win the 200m backstroke at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008 British team of Tom James, Steve Williams, Pete Reed & Andrew Triggs Hodge wins the men's rowing coxless fours in Beijing, the third straight Olympics that Great Britain wins gold in this event
  • 2008 New Zealand rowers Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell successfully defend their 2004 Olympic title in the women's double sculls by beating Germany by 0.01 seconds at the Beijing Games
  • 2008 Romanian rower Georgeta Andrunache wins the women's coxless pairs at the Beijing Olympics; her 5th career gold medal, and her 3rd consecutive Olympic gold in the event
  • 2008 César Cielo Filho wins the men's 50m freestyle in 21.30 in Beijing, Brazil's first ever swimming Olympic gold medal
  • 2008 South Korean weightlifter Jang Mi-Ran wins the women's unlimited (+75 kg) division at the Beijing Olympics by breaking world records 5 times: once in snatch, twice in clean-and-jerk, and twice in total

Sport awardPGA Championship

2009 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Hazeltine National GC: Yang Yong-eun of South Korea wins his first major title by 3 strokes from Tiger Woods

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • 2009 Usain Bolt of Jamaica edges American Tyson Gay to win 100m in world record 9.58s at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin

Sport awardPGA Championship

2015 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Whistling Straits GC: Australian Jason Day wins setting major championship record of 20-under-par; beats Jordan Spieth by 3 shots

Professional Golfer Jordan Spieth
Professional Golfer
Jordan Spieth
  • 2016 Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze sets a world record of 473 total kilograms to win the men's +105kg gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016 Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perković retains her Olympic title with a distance of 69.21m at the Rio de Janeiro Games
  • 2016 New Zealand canoeist Lisa Carrington retains her K-1 200m Olympic title with a time of 39.864 at the Rio de Janeiro Games
  • 2016 Russian pair Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina retain their Olympic synchronised swimming duet title at the Rio de Janeiro Games with final score 194.9910
  • 2018 Brandt Snedeker shoots 10th sub-60 round in PGA history with an 11-under par 59 in the opening round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 2018 International Tennis Federation votes to change format of the Davis Cup to a big prize money, season-ending, 18-team tournament at a neutral site; 24 team qualifying tournament to start in February 2019

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Englishman Ronnie O'Sullivan wins his 6th world title with an 18-8 win over countryman Kyren Wilson

Snooker Player Ronnie O'Sullivan
Snooker Player
Ronnie O'Sullivan

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1831 Ebenezer Cobb Morley, English sportsman (drafted first FA rules), born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 1924)
  • 1860 Lord Hawke [Martin Bladen Hawke], English cricketer (England batsman 1890's), born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England (d. 1938)
  • 1862 Amos Alonzo Stagg, American athlete and American football pioneer, born in West Orange, New Jersey (d. 1965)
  • 1912 Ted Drake [Edward Joseph Drake], English footballer, born in Southampton, England (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Tullio Pandolfini, Italian water polo (Olympic gold 1948), born in Florence (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Iggy Katona, American race car driver, born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Willie Jones, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1950, 51; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Dillon, South Carolina (d. 1983)
  • 1929 Helmut Rahn, German footballer (d. 2003)
  • 1930 Frank Gifford, American NFL halfback (NY Giants)/ABC sportscaster, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)

Person of interestTony Trabert

1930 Tony Trabert, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1955; US Open 1953, 55; French Open 1954, 55), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2021)

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
  • 1934 Sam Trimble, cricketer (Queensland batsman, 12th man for Aust, no Test)
  • 1934 Angela Buxton, English tennis player (French C'ships, Wimbledon women's doubles 1956 [with Althea Gibson]), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2020)
  • 1935 Andreas Stamatiadis, Greek footballer and coach
  • 1936 Anita Gillette, American actress (Quincy ME, Marathon, Moonstruck), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1942 Les Hunter, American basketball center (NCAA C'ship 1963, Loyola Ramblers; NBA: Baltimore Bullets; ABA All Star 1968, 69; Miami Floridians), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Mufasir-ul-Haq, cricketer (Pakistan left-arm quick, 1 Test)
  • 1947 John Howard, American Olympic cyclist (1985 land speed record 152.284 mph at Bonneville Flats, UT), born in Springfield, Missouri
  • 1948 Mike Jorgensen, American baseball player
  • 1950 Hasely Crawford, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1950 Jeff[rey R] Thomson, cricketer (great Aussie fast bowler 1972-85)
  • 1952 Mahes Goonatillake, cricketer (Sri Lankan keeper in their 1st 5 Tests)
  • 1953 Nick Leyva, baseball manager (Phillies 1988-91)
  • 1956 Colleen Walker, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1997), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1956 Dominic Erban, French rugby international player
  • 1956 Daniel Willems, Belgian cyclist
  • 1958 Jose Luis, Clerc Argentina, tennis star
  • 1959 Marc Sergeant, Belgian cyclist
  • 1961 Christian Okoye, American football player
  • 1964 Jimmy Arias, tennis player (US Davis Cup team), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1964 Nigel Redman, English rugby union lock (20 caps; Bath), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1965 Eric van der Luer, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1965 Todd McNair, NFL running back/kick returner (Houston Oilers)
  • 1965 Xavier Hernandez, Port Arthur TX, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1966 Ed Olczyk, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1966 Rosey Edeh, Canadian 400m hurdler (Olympics-4-92, 96), born in London, England
  • 1966 Terry Shumpert, infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • 1967 Bret Barberie, infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1967 Matt Vanderbeek, NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1969 Ben Coates, NFL tight end (NE Patriots)
  • 1969 Carl Henkel, beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Torrance, California
  • 1970 Fabio Casartelli, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1992), born in Como, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 1970 Adrian Hardy, NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals)
  • 1970 Dena Head, WNBA guard (Utah Starzz)
  • 1970 Eric Swann, NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1970 Lester Smith, CFL safety (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1970 Quinton McCracken, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1970 Wilco Hellinga, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1970 Bonnie Bernstein, American sportscaster
  • 1971 Troy Alexander, CFL defensive tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1971 Willie Jackson, NFL wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971 Stefan Klos, German footballer
  • 1972 Eddie Goines, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 Michael Reed, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers), born in Maplewood, Minnesota
  • 1972 Michael Thornberry, American team handball circle (Olympics 1996), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1972 Zach Wiegert, American college and professional football player (St Louis Rams), born in Fremont, Nebraska
  • 1972 Stan Lazaridis, Australian footballer, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1973 Damian Jackson, American baseball player
  • 1974 Bryan Chiu, CFL defensive tackle (Montreal Alouettes), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1974 Krizstina Egerszegi, Hungarian swimmer (5 x Olympic gold backstroke/medley 1988, 92, 96), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1974 Roger Cedeno, Venezuelan outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in Valencia, Venezuela
  • 1974 Ryan Longwell, NFL kicker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1974 Iván Hurtado, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • 1975 Felicia Zimmermann, American fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1975 Didier Agathe, French footballer, born in Saint-Pierre, Réunion
  • 1976 Jonatan Johansson, Finnish soccer striker, manager (106 caps; Rangers, Charlton), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1978 Eddie Gill, American basketball player, born in Aurora, Colorado
  • 1978 Fu Mingxia, Chinese diver (Olympic gold women's 10m platform 1992, 96; 3m springboard 1996, 2000), born in Wuhan, China
  • 1979 Monder Rizki, Belgian athlete, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1981 Roque Santa Cruz, Paraguayan footballer, born in Asunción, Paraguay
  • 1982 Joleon Lescott, English footballer, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 1983 Colton James "Colt" Brennan, NFL Quarterback (Washington Redskins), born in Laguna Beach, California
  • 1983 Nikos Zisis, Greek basketball player, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1996 Caleb Dressel, American swimmer (7 gold medals World Championships 2017; 6 gold 2019), born in Green Cove Springs, Florida
  • 1996 Will Zalatoris, American golfer (US Masters 2021 runner-up), born in San Francisco, California

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1919 NFL player Curly Lambeau (21) weds high school sweetheart Marguerite Van Kessel in Green Bay, Wisconsin

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau

Deaths in Sport

  • 1905 Jamie Anderson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1877-79), dies at 63
  • 1939 Ron Oxenham, cricketer (7 Tests for Australia, 14 wickets), dies

Person of interestHenri Desgrange

1940 Henri Desgrange, French cyclist, journalist and founder of the Tour de France, dies at 75

Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France Henri Desgrange
Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France
Henri Desgrange

Person of interestBabe Ruth

1948 Babe Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; 7 x World Series champion; 12 × AL home run leader 1918–21, 23-24, 1926–31), dies of Nasopharynx cancer at 53

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1960 Errol Holmes, cricketer (batted in 5 Tests for England 1935), dies
  • 1983 Earl Averill, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 81
  • 1997 Yanick Dupre, Canadian NHL left wing, dies of Leukemia at 24
  • 2002 John Roseboro, American baseball player and coach (b. 1933)
  • 2004 Ivan Hlinka, Czech ice hockey coach (b. 1950)
  • 2004 Robert Quiroga, American boxer (b. 1969)
  • 2008 Elena Leuṣtean, Romanian gymnast and Olympic medalist (b. 1935)
  • 2010 Bobby Thomson, Scottish-American baseball player, dies at 86
  • 2018 Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast (1988 Olympic Champion), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • 2019 Felice Gimondi, Italian road cyclist (Tour de France 1965; Giro d'Italia 1967, 69, 76; Vuelta a España 1968), dies of heart attack at 76
  • 2019 Jim Hardy, American NFL quarterback (LA Rams; Pro Bowl 1950), dies at 96
  • 2020 Chetan Chauhan, Indian cricket batsman (40 Tests @ 31.57), dies of COVID-19 at 73
  • 2020 Tommy Carroll, Irish soccer defender (17 caps, Republic of Ireland; Ipswich Town), dies at 77
  • 2020 Georg Volkert, German soccer striker (12 caps, FRG; 1. FC Nürnberg, Hamburger SV, VfB Stuttgart), dies from heart attack complications at 74