On This Day in Sport for August 17

Events in Sport

  • 1904 Boston's Jesse Tannehell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 6-0
  • 1920 NY Yankees cancel game with Cleveland Indians in memory of Ray Chapman who died on the same day

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933 Lou Gehrig plays record 1,308th consecutive game

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1938 Henry Armstrong wins his 3rd concurrent boxing championship
  • 1948 Phillies commit 8 errors in a baseball game for the 2nd time
  • 1950 Pee Wee Reese (Dodgers) & Sam Calderone (Giants) hit inside park HRs
  • 1951 18th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 33, All-Stars 0 (92,180)
  • 1952 Betty Jameson wins LPGA World Golf Championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 Baseball player Richie Ashburn fouls and hits fan Alice Roth twice in the same game at bat playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, 1st hit breaks her nose, 2nd one hits her while she is on the stretcher

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • 1958 Bonnie Hoffman wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
  • 1963 Jim Hickman becomes 1st NY Met to hit for cycle
  • 1964 Boycott scores his 1st Test Cricket century, 113 v Aust at the Oval

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Willie Mays takes 2nd place on all-time HR list

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1969 PGA Championship, NCR GC: Ray Floyd wins by 1 stroke from South African Gary Player
  • 1969 NY Jets beat NY Giants 37-14 in their 1st meeting (pre season)
  • 1972 Phillies Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game

  • 1973 Willie Mays hits 660th & last HR (off Don Gullett of Cincinnati)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1980 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 George Brett goes 4-for-4, raising his batting average to .401

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1982 LA Dodgers beat Chicago Cubs, 6-5, in 21 innings (game completed 8/18)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Pete Rose returns to Cincinnati Reds as player-manager (gets 2 hits)

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1986 Red Sox trade shortstop Rey Quinones & pitcher Mike Trujillo to Mariners for shortstop Spike Owen & outfielder Dave Henderson
  • 1987 Mohammad Ali elected to "Ring" magazine's Boxing Hall of Fame
  • 1989 32nd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 12½-11½

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken moves into 3rd place (1,208th cons game)

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • 1990 Carlton Fisk hits White Sox record 187th HR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Phyllis Polander sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1991 Royals Warren Cromartie's 1st major league HR since 1983
  • 1992 Kevin Gross of Dodgers tosses only 9-inning no-hitter of season, a 2-0
  • 1997 PGA Championship, Winged Foot GC: Davis Love III wins his only major title by 5 strokes from Justin Leonard
  • 2003 PGA Championship, Oak Hill CC: Shaun Micheel wins by 2 strokes from Chad Campbell
  • 2004 Yana Klochkova of the Ukraine wins the 200m individual medley in 2:11.14 at the Athens Olympics to wrap up the 200/400m medley double
  • 2008 China wins its 33rd gold medal of the Beijing Olympics by beating Singapore in the table tennis women's team event; most successful Olympiad ever for China; wins all 10 singles and all 5 doubles matches

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Ottawa Hunt GC: Australian Katherine Hull wins by 1 from Se Ri Pak

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
  • 2008 Four years after winning Olympic silver in the rowing quad sculls in Athens, Briton Rebecca Romero becomes only 2nd woman to earn medals in 2 different sports at the summer Games when she wins the pursuit track cycling gold in Beijing
  • 2008 Jamaica dominates the 100m at the Beijing Olympics with Shelly-Ann Fraser taking the gold medal in 10.78; her team mates Sherone Simpson & Kerron Stewart dead-heat for silver in 10.98
  • 2008 Gulnara Samitova-Galkina of Russia wins the 3,000m steeplechase gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in world record 8:58.81

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2008 US team Michael Phelps, Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen & Jason Lezak wins 4 x 100m medley relay at the Beijing Olympics in world record 3:29.34; Phelps' 8th gold medal of Games breaks Mark Spitz's 1972 record (7)

  • 2008 German swimmer Britta Steffen beats American Dara Torres by 0.01 in the 50m to wrap up the 50/100m double at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008 Australian women's 4 x 100m medley relay team of Emily Seebohm, Leisel Jones, Jessicah Schipper & Libby Trickett upset the United States to win the gold medal in world record 3:52.69 at the Beijing Olympics

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 Rafael Nadal of Spain beats Chile's Fernando González 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 to win the men's tennis singles at the Beijing Olympics; Spain's first ever Olympic gold medal in tennis

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 14th Athletics World Championships: Usain Bolt wins 200m

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 2015 2012 Olympic 1500m champion from Turkey Asli Cakir Alptekin is stripped of her gold medal for doping by the IAAF
  • 2016 American sweep in 100m women's hurdles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with Brianna Rollins taking gold ahead of Nia Ali & Kristi Castlin; 1st time US has swept medals in an Olympic women's track & field event
  • 2016 Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson wins 200m gold medal in 21.78; wraps up 100/200m Rio de Janeiro Olympics double
  • 2016 Kenyan runner Conseslus Kipruto records an Olympic record 8:03.28 to win the men's 3,000m steeplechase gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games
  • 2016 German pair Laura Ludwig & Kira Walkenhorst upsets Brazilian hometown favourites Ágatha Bednarczuk & Bárbara Seixas 21–18, 21–14 to win the Olympic women's beach volleyball gold in Rio de Janeiro

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1878 Reg Duff, cricketer (Australian batsman, century on debut 1902)
  • 1880 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (great South African batsman-keeper-captain)
  • 1913 Rudy York, American baseball player (d. 1970)
  • 1913 Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentine racing driver (d. 1989)
  • 1922 Roy Tattersall, cricketer (brilliant England off-spinner early 50's)
  • 1926 Haakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52), (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), born in Watsonville, California (d. 2017)
  • 1934 Maureen Connally, champion tennis player (Wimbledon)
  • 1940 Thomas Williams, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1941 Boog Powell, baseball player (AL MVP 1970)
  • 1943 Yukio Kasaya, Japan, 70m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1946 Hans Vandenburg, Dutch singer/guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo)
  • 1951 Alan Minter, England, light-middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1972)

Person of interestGuillermo Vilas

1952 Guillermo Vilas, Argentinian tennis champion (US Open-1977), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • 1952 Nelson Piquet, auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ (1981, '83, '87), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1953 Kevin Rowlands, rock vocalist (Dexy's Midnight Runners-Come on Eileen)
  • 1956 Álvaro Pino, Spanish cyclist
  • 1957 Robin Cousins, English figure skater (Olympic gold 1980), born in Bristol
  • 1961 Jamie Macoun, Newmarket, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1963 Jon Gruden, American NFL coach/broadcaster (Super Bowl XXXVII Tampa Bay 2002), born in Sandusky, Ohio
  • 1964 Pete McCutcheon, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Quebec Open), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1965 Dottie Mochrie Pepper, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 1992, 99), born in Saratoga Springs, New York
  • 1965 Fred Grim, soccer player (Cambuur L, Ajax)
  • 1966 Cedric Figaro, American WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 1966 Zefross Moss, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, NE Patriots)
  • 1966 Rodney Mullen, American skateboarder
  • 1966 Don Sweeney, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1967 James Jenkins, NFL tight end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1967 Kenny Davidson, NFL defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • 1967 Nelson Emerson, Hamilton, NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers)
  • 1968 Ed McCaffrey, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1968 Vince Marrow, WLAF TE (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1969 Christian Laettner, NBA forward/center (Atlanta Hawks, Olympic gold 1992)
  • 1969 Ed Cunningham, NFL center (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1969 Maria Strandlund, Akersberga Sweden, tennis star (1987 Futures NOR)
  • 1970 Bernard Wilson, NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1970 Brad Bretz, WLAF quarterback (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1970 Jim Courier, Sanford Florida, tennis champ (1990, 91 French)
  • 1970 Oyvind Leonhardsen, Norwegian footballer
  • 1971 Jorge Posada, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1972 Ernie Conwell, tight end (St Louis Rams)
  • 1972 Habibul Bashar, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1973 A J Wood, soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Kerry Mock, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1973 Paul Wiggins, offensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973 Tim Forsyth, Australian high jumper (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1975 İlhan Mansız, Turkish footballer
  • 1977 William Gallas, French footballer
  • 1977 Nathan Deakes, Australian race walker
  • 1977 Thierry Henry, French footballer
  • 1979 Antwaan Randle El, American football player
  • 1980 Jan Kromkamp, Dutch footballer
  • 1980 Keith Dabengwa, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1982 Phil Jagielka, English footballer
  • 1983 Dustin Pedroia, American baseball player
  • 1984 Dee Brown, American basketball player
  • 1986 Rudy Gay, American basketball player
  • 1986 Tyrus Thomas, American basketball player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1920 Ray Chapman, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 29 after being hit in the head by a pitch from NY Yankees Carl Mays
  • 1924 Tom Kendall, Australian cricketer (14 wickets in Australia's 1st two Tests), dies at 72
  • 1944 John Trumble, cricketer (brother of Hugh 7 Tests 1885-86), dies
  • 1966 Archibald Palm, cricketer (Test South Africa v England 1927-28), dies
  • 1975 Vladimir Kutz, Russian distance runner (Olympic gold 1956) dies at 48
  • 1994 Jack Sharkey [Joseph Paul Zukauskas], American boxer and world heavyweight boxing champion, dies at 91
  • 1998 Wladyslaw Komar, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1940)
  • 1998 Tadeusz Slusarski, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1950)
  • 2007 Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (b. 1982)