On This Day

On This Day in Sport for August 18

Events in Sport

  • 1886 Carr Baker Neel & Samuel Neel win US Lawn Tennis Association doubles
  • 1914 Oscar Egg sets new cycling hour record (44,247 km)
  • 1915 Braves Field opens in Boston to see Braves beat Cards 3-1
  • 1920 1st class cricket debut of Walter Hammond
  • 1922 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: 20-year old US Open champion Gene Sarazen defeats Emmet French, 4 & 3 in the final

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1923 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Germantown CC, PA: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla Bjurstedt Mallory 6-2, 6-1 for her first of 7 US singles crowns

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • 1923 Australasian Championships Women's Tennis, Brisbane: Margaret Molesworth retains title; beats Esna Boyd 6-1, 7-5
  • 1923 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Brisbane: Pat O'Hara Wood wins his 2nd Australasian title; beats fellow Australian Bert St John 6-1, 6-1, 6-3
  • 1926 England regain Ashes with 5th Test Cricket win, to take series 1-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1931 Lou Gehrig hitless in Detroit, his 1,000th consecutively played game

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1934 Don Bradman (244) and Bill Ponsford (205 no) put on 451 in world record partnership for Australia on Day 1 of 5th Test win against England at the Oval; Ponsford out for 266

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1934 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Jacobs beats fellow American Sarah Palfrey Cooke 6-1, 6-3 for her third straight US singles title
  • 1941 Phillies commit 8 errors in a baseball game
  • 1945 Scheduled demonstrations at Polo Grounds & Ebbets Field to end segregation in organized baseball are called off
  • 1946 Golf Writers Associaton of America forms
  • 1951 Cricket 1st-class debut of Raymond Illingworth

  • 1956 Cincinnati Reds (8) & Cubs (2) combine to hit 10 HRs in a 9 inning game
  • 1957 Amelia Wershoven sets record of female throwing a baseball (252'4½")

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1958 Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1960 Lew Burdette pitches to just 27 for a 1-0 no-hitter against Phillies
  • 1964 South Africa banned from Olympic Games because of apartheid policies

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 Hank Aaron loses a HR, because he hit it out of batter's box

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1965 Orioles' Brooks Robinson hits into his record tying (George Sisler)
  • 1967 Red Sox Tony Conigliaro is beaned by Angels Jack Hamilton
  • 1973 Hank Aaron's record 1,378 extra base hit surpasses Stan Musial record
  • 1977 Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton throws his NL record tying 5th one-hitter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 KC Royals' George Brett, batting avg reach .400

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1981 Football running back, Herschel Walker, of U of Georgia, takes out a Lloyd's of London insurance policy for $1 million

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Pete Rose sets record with his 13,941st plate appearance

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1982 Longest baseball game at Wrigley Field in Chicago IL, ends after 22 innings - before LA Dodgers beat Cubs 2-1 (game started Aug 17th)
  • 1986 Jim Kelly signs with NFL Buffalo Bills ($75 million for 5 years)
  • 1987 Houston Oiler Earl Campbell, retires from NFL
  • 1989 Bucky Dent replaces Dallas Green as NY Yankee manager
  • 1996 British Open Women's Golf, Woburn, Duke's Course: Emilee Klein wins by 7 strokes ahead of fellow Americans Amy Alcott and Penny Hammel

Sport awardPGA Championship

2002 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Hazeltine National GC: American Rich Beem wins his first major title by 1 stroke from Tiger Woods

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods

Sport awardGolf Tournament

2002 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Summerlea GC: Meg Mallon wins by 3 from Michelle Ellis, Rosie Jones, Catriona Matthew & Michele Redman

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon

  • 2004 Shot put event at the Athens Olympics held in Ancient Olympia, site of the ancient Olympic Games; first time women ever compete in venue; Yumileidi Cumbá of Cuba wins women's gold; American Adam Nelson men's gold
  • 2004 US women's 4 × 200m freestyle relay team of Natalie Coughlin, Carly Piper, Dana Vollmer & Kaitlin Sandeno smash long-standing world record set by GDR in 1987 to win gold at the Athens Olympics (7:53.42)
  • 2004 Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima wraps up the 100/200m breaststroke double at the Athens Olympics when he wins the 200m in 2:09.44, an Olympic record
  • 2004 Dutch swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband wins the coveted 100m freestyle gold medal in 48.17 ahead of Roland Schoeman of South Africa at the Athens Olympics
  • 2008 Russian pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva sets a new world record of 5.05m to win the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics; her 24th world record
  • 2008 An American 1-2-3 in the 400m hurdles at the Beijing Olympics; Angelo Taylor wins gold in 47.25 ahead of Kerron Clement and Bershawn Jackson
  • 2008 Emulating the Chinese women, the men win the team table tennis gold medal at the Beijing Olympics without losing a match; win all 10 singles and all 5 doubles matches
  • 2008 Belarus weightlifter Andrei Aramnau breaks 3 world records, for the snatch, clean & jerk, and total, on the way to winning the men's 105kg gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2013 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Colorado GC: Europe retain Cup for the first time in record winning margin 18-12; Sweden's Caroline Hedwall becomes first player to win 5 matches in a single competition

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2016 Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the gold medal in the men's 200m for the 3rd successive Summer Olympics, recording a time of 19.78 in Rio de Janeiro

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 2016 Ukranine canoeist Yuriy Cheban sets an Olympic record 39.279 to win the men's C-1 200m gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; retains title he won in London 2012
  • 2016 New Zealand's 2017 America's Cup winning helmsman Peter Burling teams with Blair Tuke to win the gold medal in the 49er class sailing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016 Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee records time of 1:45.01 to retain his Olympic men's triathlon title at the Rio de Janeiro Games; 0:06 in front of second-place finisher, brother Jonathan Brownlee

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2018 Imran Khan becomes the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan after gaining the support of independent members after his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won the most votes but not a majority in the general election

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan
  • 2018 Australian mare Winx wins her Australasian record 26th consecutive race, the re-named Winx Stakes at Royal Randwick in Sydney; 19th Group One win for thoroughbreds

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1870 Hugh Bromley-Davenport, England cricketer, born in Chelford, Cheshire, England (d. 1954)
  • 1893 Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player, born in Emerald, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • 1908 Bill Merritt, cricketer (early NZ Test leg-spinner, also Northants)
  • 1915 Max Lanier, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1943-44; World Series 1942, 44; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Denton, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Bob Kennedy, baseball player
  • 1920 [Thomas] Godfrey Evans, English cricket wicket-keeper (1950's)
  • 1923 Jahangir Khan Irani, cricket wicket-keeper for India (1947-8 Aust tour)
  • 1923 Sadu Shinde, cricketer (Indian leg-spinner late 1940's/early 1950's)
  • 1923 Jenni Irani, Indian cricketer, born in Karachi (d. 1982)
  • 1928 Marge Schott, American MLB owner (Cincinnati Reds), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1930 Carl Barger, Lewistown Pa, baseball pres (Pittsburgh Pirates, Fla Marlins)
  • 1930 Gene Bartow, American College Basketball Hall of Fame coach (US National Team 1974; Valparaiso, Memphis State, Illinois, UCLA), born in Browning, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Dick White, English footballer, born in Scunthorpe, United Kingdom (d. 2002)
  • 1933 Just Fontaine, French footballer, born in Marrakesh, Morocco

Person of interestRoberto Clemente

1934 Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican baseball outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Carolina, Puerto Rico (d. 1972)

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 1935 Rafer Johnson, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1960), born in Hillsboro, Texas
  • 1939 Joe Azcue, Cuban baseball player, born in Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • 1940 Joan Joyce, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1983), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1941 Matt Snell, American football running back (NY Jets, Super Bowl III), born in Garfield, Georgia
  • 1941 Dennis Claridge, American football quarterback (NFL C'ship 1965, Green Bay Packers; Atlantic Falcons), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2018)
  • 1943 Gianni Rivera, Italian footballer and politician, born in Alessandria, Italy
  • 1948 Rudy Hartono Kurniawan, Indonesian badminton star (All-England tennis champ), born in Surabaya, Indonesia
  • 1949 John O'Leary, Irish golfer (Irish Open 1982; Ryder Cup 1975; director European Tour 1985-2019), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2020)
  • 1951 Greg Pruitt, American football running back (LA Raiders, Super Bowl XVIII), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1952 Ricky Villa, Argentine former footballer, born in Roque Pérez, Argentina
  • 1956 Sandeep Patil, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman Great 174 v Adelaide 1981), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1959 Tom Prichard, American wrestler, born in Pasadena, Texas
  • 1962 Sandra Farmer-Patrick, Jamaican-born American 400m hurdler, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1963 Luiz Mattar, Brazilian tennis player, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1964 Kenny Walker, American basketball player, born in Roberta, Georgia
  • 1966 Steve Avery, American football running back (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1967 John Jurkovic, American football defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Friedrichshafen, Germany
  • 1968 Brian Mitchell, American football running back (Washington Redskins), born in Leesville, Louisiana
  • 1968 Carolyn Crudgington, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1968 John Coyle, American short track skater (Olympics 1994), born in West Bloomfield, Michigan
  • 1968 Justin Strzelczyk, American football offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in West Seneca, New York
  • 1969 Isaac Austin, American basketball center (Miami Heat), born in Gridley, California
  • 1970 Richie Cunningham, American football kicker (Dallas Cowboys), born in Houma, Louisiana
  • 1970 Robert Higginson, American baseball outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Jonathan David Winter, New Zealand 100m backstroker (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1971 Kevin Bouie, American football running back (Philadelphia Eagles, Ariz Cardinals), born in Pahokee, Florida
  • 1971 Mindy Czuleger, American WPVA volleyballer (Myrtle Bch-17th-1994), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1972 Derrick Harris, American football running back (St Louis Rams), born in Angleton, Texas
  • 1972 Nate Jones, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Ray Jacobs, American football linebacker (Denver Broncos), born in Corsicana, Texas
  • 1973 Clarence Benford, American football tight end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Windsor Forest, Georgia
  • 1973 Luke Fickell, American football defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1974 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Guyanese cricketer (WI left-handed batsman 1994-), born in Unity Village, Guyana
  • 1976 Tom Malchow, American 200m swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1980 Esteban Cambiasso, Argentine footballer, born in San Fernando Partido, Argentina
  • 1980 Athina Papayianni, Greek race walker, born in Preveza, Greece
  • 1980 Rob Nguyen, Australian racing driver, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1980 Jeremy Shockey, American football Tight End, born in Ada, Oklahoma
  • 1981 César Delgado, Argentine footballer, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1981 Dimitris Salpingidis, Greek footballer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1983 Kris Boyd, Scottish footballer, born in Irvine, Scotland
  • 1983 Michael Montgomery, American football defensive end, born in Carthage, Texas
  • 1984 Robert Huth, German footballer, born in Biesdorf, Berlin, Germany
  • 1991 Liz Cambage, Australian basketball center (WNBA single game record 53), born in London, England

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

2013 Pro surfer Bethany Hamilton (23) weds boyfriend Adam Dirks in Kauai, Hawaii

Professional Surfer Bethany Hamilton
Professional Surfer
Bethany Hamilton

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestWalter Chrysler

1940 Walter Chrysler, American automotive pioneer (Chrysler Corporation) and thoroughbred breeder, dies at 65

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler
  • 2005 Christopher Bauman, American wrestler (b. 1982)
  • 2010 Hal Connolly, American Athlete and hammer thrower (b.1931)
  • 2013 Dezső Gyarmati, Hungarian water polo player, dies at 85