On This Day in Sport for August 16

Events in Sport

  • 1743 Earliest boxing code of rules formulated in England (Jack Broughton)
  • 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 awardTennis Open

1924 38th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla Bjurstedt Mallory (6-1, 6-3)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1927 1st HR hit out of Comiskey Park Chicago (NY Yankee Babe Ruth)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1936 11th Olympic games closes in Berlin
  • 1954 "Sports Illustrated" magazine begins publishing

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1959 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Seattle Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1964 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Omaha Jaycee Golf Open Invitational
  • 1965 AFL awards its 1st expansion franchise (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1967 Cincinnati Red Jim Maloney retires 19 Pirates, then gets injured & leaves

Sport awardGolf Major

1970 52nd PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots 279 at Southern Hills OK

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton

Sport awardGolf Major

1972 54th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • 1976 58th PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots a 281 at Congressional MD
  • 1976 St Louis Cards beat San Diego Chargers 20-10 in Tokyo (NFL expo)
  • 1981 Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
  • 1981 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic
  • 1981 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims world record 100m butterfly (57.93)
  • 1987 NY Mets beat Chicago Cubs, 23-9
  • 1987 Val Skinner wins LPGA MasterCard International Golf Pro-Am
  • 1992 20th du Maurier Golf Classic: Sherri Steinhaur

Sport awardGolf Major

1992 74th PGA Championship: Nick Price shoots a 278 at Bellerive St Louis

Golfer Nick Price
Nick Price
  • 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
  • 1998 80th PGA Championship: Vijay Singh shoots a 271 at Sahalee Country Club
  • 2003 U.S. Representative from South Dakota Bill Janklow hits and kills a motorcyclist with his car at a rural intersection near Trent, South Dakota; he will eventually be convicted of manslaughter and will resign from Congress.

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2008 Usain Bolt sets a new 100 metres world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 2009 91st PGA Championship: Yang Yong-eun shoots a 280 at Hazeltine National Golf Club
  • 2009 12th World Championships in Athletics: Usain Bolt wins 100m
  • 2015 97th PGA Championship: Jason Day wins setting major championship record of 20-under-par at Whistling Straits in Kohler

Birthdays in Sport

  • 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)
  • 1916 Iggy Katona, American race car driver, born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Willie Jones, American baseball player (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)
  • 1930 Marion A Trabert, tennis champ (US Open-1953)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1930 Tony Trabert, tennis pro (1955 Wimbledon), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
  • 1934 Sam Trimble, cricketer (Queensland bat, 12th man for Aust, no Test)
  • 1935 Andreas Stamatiadis, Greek footballer and coach
  • 1936 Anita Gillette, American actress (Quincy ME, Marathon, Moonstruck), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1944 Mufasir-ul-Haq, cricketer (Pakistan left-arm quick, 1 Test)
  • 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, LPGA golfer (1988 Mazda Champions), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 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
  • 1963 Scott Dunlap, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 South African Masters), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Jimmy Arias, tennis player (US Davis Cup team), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1964 Nigel Redman, English rugby international player
  • 1965 Brian McDonough, points cyclist (Olympics-19th-96), born in Long Beach, California
  • 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)
  • 1968 Eric Jonassen, offensive linesman (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1969 Ben Coates, NFL tight end (NE Patriots)
  • 1969 Carl Henkel, Torrance California, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)
  • 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 Nigel Williams, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 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)
  • 1972 Michael Thornberry, Virginia Beach Va, team handball circle (Oly-1996)
  • 1972 Zach Wiegert, tackle (St Louis Rams)
  • 1972 Stan Lazaridis, Australian footballer
  • 1973 Damian Jackson, American baseball player
  • 1974 Bryan Chiu, CFL defensive tackle (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1974 Krizstina Egerszegi, Hungarian backstroke swimmer (100/200m WR)
  • 1974 Roger Cedeno, Valencia Edo Venezuela, outfielder (LA Dodgers)
  • 1974 Ryan Longwell, NFL kicker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1974 Iván Hurtado, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1975 Felicia Zimmermann, fencer-foil (Olympics-96), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1975 Didier Agathe, French footballer
  • 1976 Jonatan Johansson, Finnish footballer
  • 1978 Eddie Gill, American basketball player
  • 1978 Fu Mingxia, Chinese female diver
  • 1979 Monder Rizki, Belgian athlete
  • 1981 Roque Santa Cruz, Paraguayan footballer
  • 1982 Joleon Lescott, English footballer
  • 1983 Colt Brennan, NFL Quarterback, Washington Redskins
  • 1983 Nikos Zisis, Greek basketball player

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding 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

  • 1939 Ron Oxenham, cricketer (7 Tests for Australia, 14 wickets), dies
  • 1940 Henri Desgrange, French cyclist/founder (Tour de France), dies at 75

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1948 Babe Ruth, Baseball legend (NY Yankees), dies in NY 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 (b. 1902)
  • 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