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

Sport awardGolf Major

1969 51st PGA Championship: Ray Floyd shoots a 276 at NCR GC Dayton Ohio

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • 1969 Carol Mann wins LPGA Southgate Ladies' Golf Open
  • 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)
  • 1975 Jo Ann Washam wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

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 Cindy Mackey wins LPGA MasterCard International Golf Pro-Am

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1986 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 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 79th PGA Championship: Davis Love III shoots a 269 at Winged Foot GC
  • 2003 85th PGA Championship: Shaun Micheel shoots a 276 at Oak Hill Country Club

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 14th World Championships in Athletics: 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1878 Reg Duff, cricketer (Australian bat, 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 interestPerson of Interest

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)
  • 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)
  • 1964 Pete McCutcheon, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Quebec Open), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1965 Dottie Mochrie Pepper, golfer (1992 Dinah Shore), born in Saratoga Springs, New York
  • 1965 Fred Grim, soccer player (Cambuur L, Ajax)
  • 1966 Cedric Figaro, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 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, Oly-gold-92)
  • 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 (Olympics-gold-96), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Kerry Mock, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1973 Paul Wiggins, offensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973 Tim Forsyth, Australian high jumper (Olympics-bronze-92, 96)
  • 1975 İlhan Mansız, Turkish footballer
  • 1977 William Gallas, French footballer
  • 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 56) dies at 48
  • 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)