On This Day in Sport for August 19

Events in Sport

  • 1900 Start of the one and only Olympic cricket match, in Paris
  • 1903 Philadelphia Phillies suffer record 9th straight postponed game
  • 1909 Indianapolis 500 race track opens
  • 1917 Sunday benefit baseball game at Polo Grounds results in John McGraw & Christy Mathewson's arrest for violating Blue laws

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1921 Ty Cobb, is 4th to get 3,000 hits

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

Sport awardTennis Open

1922 36th U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats Helen Wills Moody (6-3, 6-1)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • 1932 46th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Jacobs beats Carolin Babcock Stark (6-2, 6-2)
  • 1934 Paul Runyan wins PGA golf tournament
  • 1945 Phillies Jimmie Foxx, 37, pitches 1st 7 innings vs Reds & wins
  • 1951 Bill Veeck (Cleveland Indians) sends Eddie Gaedel, a 3'7" little person, to pinch-hit
  • 1953 England regained cricket Ashes after winning series 1-0
  • 1955 US raises import duty on bicycles 50%
  • 1957 NY Giants vote 8-1 to move their franchise to SF in 1958
  • 1962 Homer Blancos plays finest round in golf, shooting a 55
  • 1965 Cincinnati Red Jim Maloney 2nd no-hitter of year beats Chicago Cubs, 1-0
  • 1969 Chicago Cub Ken Holtzman no-hits Atlanta Braves, 3-0

  • 1975 Astros hire Bill Virdon to replace Preston Gomez as manager
  • 1979 Sally wins LPGA Barth Golf Classic Little

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1980 George Brett ends hitting streak at 30

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1982 Renaldo Nehemiah of US sets record for 110 m hurdles, 12.93 sec
  • 1983 LSU footballer Billy Cannon sentenced to 5 yrs for counterfeiting
  • 1983 Dodgers trade Dave Stewart & Ricky Wright to Texas for Rick Honeycut

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 PGA Championship, Shoal Creek: Lee Trevino wins his 2nd PGA C'ship by 4 shots from Gary Player and Lanny Wadkins

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1984 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1984 Sally Quinlan wins LPGA MasterCard Golf International Pro-Am
  • 1988 NY Rangers sign ex-Canadien great Guy LaFluer
  • 1992 Romesh Kaluwitharana scores 132 on Test Cricket debut (SL v Australia)
  • 1992 Sri Lanka make their highest cricket score ever 8-547 v Australia
  • 1993 34th Walker Cup: US, 19-5
  • 1993 Sally Gunnell runs women's world record 400m hurdles (52.74")
  • 1995 Bruce Seldon TKOs Joe Hipp in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Mike Tyson returns to the ring & DQs Peter McNeeley in 38 seconds

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1997 NY Yank 3rd baseman Wade Boggs pitches a scoreless inning vs Anaheim

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 PGA Championship, Atlanta Athletic Club: David Toms wins his first major title by 1 stroke from Phil Mickelson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Angus Glen GC: Annika Sörenstam wins by 2 from Kelly Robbins

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • 2001 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins the Hungarian Grand prix at the Hungaroring to clinch his 4th World F1 Drivers title and equal Alain Prost's record of 51 Grand Prix victories
  • 2004 US gymnast Carly Patterson becomes the 2nd American woman to win the all-around gold medal, and 1st to win at a non-boycotted Olympic games, when she takes gold in Athens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004 American swimmer Michael Phelps wraps up the 200/400m individual medley double at the Athens Olympics when he wins the 200m (1:57.14 OR) ahead of team mate Ryan Lochte

Swimmer Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps
Swimmer Ryan Lochte
Ryan Lochte
  • 2004 American swimmer Aaron Peirsol wins the men's 200m backstroke in Olympic record 1:54.95, giving him the 100/200m backstroke double at the Athens Olympics
  • 2004 Australian swimmer Jodie Henry records 53.84 to win the blue ribband 100m freestyle gold medal ahead of Dutch star Inge de Bruijn at the Athens Olympics
  • 2007 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Royal Mayfair GC: Mexican Lorena Ochoa wins by 3 from Paula Creamer
  • 2008 Chris Hoy encapsulates British dominance of track cycling at the Beijing Olympics beating team mate Jason Kenny to win the sprint, adding to his keirin and team sprint gold medals
  • 2008 Britain's Victoria Pendleton beats Anna Mears in the women's cycling sprint final at the Beijing Olympics; GB dominates the track winning 7 of 10 gold medals
  • 2008 Reigning world champion, Christine Ohuruogu wins the women's 400m at the Beijing Olympics; GB's 50th gold medal in Olympic track & field competition
  • 2008 The men's gymnastics program at the Beijing Olympics concludes with the home team from China dominating the medals tally takes 7 of 8 gold medals; Zou Kai wins 3
  • 2016 Tajikistan's Dilshod Nazarov throws 78.68m to win the men's hammer throw gold medal the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; first gold medal for Tajikistan in Olympic history
  • 2016 Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya goes one better than her London silver medal when she wins women's 5,000m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; runs Olympic record time of 14:26.17
  • 2016 Colombian BMX rider Mariana Pajón successfully defends her Olympic title when she beats American Alise Post in the final in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2016 A 6-way tie for first place in the final of the equestrian individual jumping competition at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Nick Skelton of Great Britain wins gold medal jump-off
  • 2016 Great Britain upsets the heavily favoured Netherlands to win the women's field hockey gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after drawing 3-3 in regulation time; win dramatic penalty shootout, 2-0
  • 2016 Germany beats Sweden 2-1 in the women's football gold medal match at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; 52,432 at the Maracanã Stadium
  • 2016 Chloe Esposito of Australia sets Olympic record overall score of 1,372 points to win the women's modern pentathlon in Rio de Janeiro. Élodie Clouvel of France second (1,356 points), Oktawia Nowacka of Poland third (1,349)
  • 2016 Kiley Neushul scores 3 goals as the US women's water polo team routs Italy 12-5 to win the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro and retain their Olympic title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Novak Đoković beats Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Cincinnati Masters to become the first player to win all 9 Masters 1,000 tennis tournaments since the series started in 1990

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1859 Charles Comiskey, 1st basemen/manager (Chicago White Sox)
  • 1914 Lajos Baróti, Hungarian footballer (d. 2005)
  • 1931 Bill Shoemaker, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (8,833 career victories, Kentucky Derby 1955, 59, 65, 86), born in Fabens, Texas (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Bill Cleary, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1934 Renee Richards, [Richard Rankind], trans-sexual tennis player
  • 1934 William Cleary, hockey center, (Olympic gold/silver 56, 60), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1935 Bobby Richardson, SC, 2nd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • 1938 Valentin Mankin, USSR, finn class yachtsman (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1947 Terry Hoeppner, American football coach (d. 2007)
  • 1950 Graeme Beard, cricketer (NSW medium-pace all-rounder 3 Tests 1980)
  • 1954 Oscar Larrauri, Argentine racing driver
  • 1955 Ned Yost, American baseball player and manager
  • 1956 Cindy Nelson, American skier (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • 1957 Paul-Jan Bakker, cricketer (Hampshire & Netherlands pace bowler)
  • 1957 Ian Gould, England cricketer
  • 1958 Gary Gaetti, Centralia IL, infielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1959 Ricky Pierce, NBA guard/forward (Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1960 Bobby Hebert, NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1960 Morten Andersen, NFL kicker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1960 Ron Darling, Hawaii, baseball pitcher (NY Mets)
  • 1961 Danuta Bartoszek, Pyrzyce Poland, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1962 Kim Shipman, Athens PA, LPGA golfer (1995 LPGA Corning Classic-25th)
  • 1962 Nancy Ramsbottom, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's-2nd), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1965 James Tomkins, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Randy Baldwin, NFL running back (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1968 Nikolaos Kaklamanakis, Greek windsurfer
  • 1969 Scott Ford, Norbrooke Germany, golfer (1994 Trafalgar CPGA-2nd)
  • 1969 Kirk Herbstreit, American football analyst (College GameDay)
  • 1969 Kazuyoshi Tatsunami, Japanese baseball player
  • 1970 Scott Brumfield, NFL guard (Cin Bengals)
  • 1971 Mary Joe Fernandez, Dom Rep, US tennis star (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1971 João Vieira Pinto, Portuguese football player
  • 1972 Colleen Thornburn, softball catcher (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1972 Pierre Allard, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • 1972 Roberto Abbondanzieri, Argentine footballer, born in Bouquet, Argentina
  • 1973 Roy Rogers, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • 1973 Marco Materazzi, Italian footballer
  • 1977 Iban Mayo, Spanish cyclist
  • 1978 Chris Capuano, American baseball player (Pitcher), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1979 Oumar Kondé, Swiss footballer
  • 1980 Paul Parry, Welsh footballer
  • 1982 J. J. Hardy, American baseball player
  • 1982 Kevin Rans, Belgian pole vaulter
  • 1983 John McCargo, American football player
  • 1983 Mike Conway, British racing driver
  • 1984 Alessandro Matri, Italian footballer
  • 1984 Ryan Taylor, English footballer
  • 1986 Saori Kimura, Japanese volleyball player
  • 1987 Richard Stearman, English footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1975 Jim Londos, wrestler (b. 1897)
  • 1976 Ken Wadsworth, cricketer (Exciting NZ keeper), dies of cancer at 29
  • 1982 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (b. 1908)
  • 2016 Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952, 60), involved in shoplift scandal, dies at 87