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

Sport awardTennis Open

1923 37th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla Bjurstedt Mallory (6-2, 6-1)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • 1923 16th Women's Australasian Championships: Margaret Molesworth beats Esna Boyd (6-1, 7-5)
  • 1923 16th Men's Australasian Championships: Pat O'Hara Wood beats 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934 Donald Bradman (244) and Ponsford score 451 in partnership in 316 minutes for Australia against England

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1934 48th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Jacobs beats Sarah Palfrey Cooke (6-1, 6-3)
  • 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)
  • 1985 Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins MasterCard International Pro-Am Golf Tourn
  • 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 Emilee Klein wins LPGA Weetabix Women's British Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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, baseball player
  • 1920 Bob Kennedy, baseball player
  • 1920 [Thomas] Godfrey Evans, English cricket keeper (1950's)
  • 1923 Jahangir Khan Irani, cricket wicketkeeper 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, CEO (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1930 Carl Barger, Lewistown Pa, baseball pres (Pittsburgh Pirates, Fla Marlins)
  • 1931 Dick White, English footballer
  • 1933 Just Fontaine, French footballer

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, baseball player
  • 1940 Joan Joyce, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1983), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1941 Matt Snell, NFL running back (NY Jets, Super Bowl III)
  • 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
  • 1950 Lynn Adams, Kingsville TX, LPGA golfer
  • 1951 Greg Pruitt, NFL running back (LA Raiders, Super Bowl XVIII), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1952 Ricky Villa, Argentine former footballer
  • 1956 Sandeep Patil, cricketer (Indian batsman Great 174 v Adelaide 1981)
  • 1959 Tom Prichard, American wrestler
  • 1960 Sonny Skinner, American professional golfer, born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 1962 Sandra Marie Miller Farmer-Patrick, 400m hurdler, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1963 Luiz Mattar, Brazil, tennis star
  • 1964 Kenny Walker, American basketball player
  • 1966 Cees Lock of hair, soccer player (NEC)
  • 1966 Steve Avery, NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1967 John Jurkovic, defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1968 Brian Mitchell, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
  • 1968 Carolyn Crudgington, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1968 John Coyle, West Bloomfield Mich, short track skater (Olympics 1994)
  • 1968 Justin Strzelczyk, NFL guard/offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1969 Isaac Austin, NBA center (Miami Heat)
  • 1970 Richie Cunningham, American NFL kicker (Dallas Cowboys), born in Houma, Louisiana
  • 1970 Robert Higginson, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Jonathan David Winter, 100m backstroker (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1971 Kevin Bouie, NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles, Ariz Cardinals)
  • 1971 Mindy Czuleger, WPVA volleyballer (Myrtle Bch-17th-1994), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1972 Derrick Harris, running back (St Louis Rams)
  • 1972 Loraine Lambert, Ipswich Queensland, golfer (NZ champ 1991, 92)
  • 1972 Nate Jones, heavyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Ray Jacobs, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos)
  • 1973 Alex Pijper, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1973 Clarence Benford, NFL tight end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1973 Luke Fickell, defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1974 Sekou Soumah, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1974 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, cricketer (WI left-handed batsman 1994-)
  • 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 player
  • 1984 Robert Huth, German footballer, born in Biesdorf, Berlin, Germany
  • 1991 Liz Cambage, Australian basketball player (WNBA single game record 53), born in London, England

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding 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

  • 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