On This Day

On This Day in Sport for August 19

Events in Sport

  • 1900 Start of first and only Olympic cricket match in Paris; GB beats France by 158 runs
  • 1903 Philadelphia Phillies suffer record 9th straight postponed game
  • 1909 Indianapolis 500 race track opens
  • 1917 Sunday benefit baseball game at NYC's 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 awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1922 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Germantown CC, PA: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats Helen Wills Moody 6-3, 6-1 for her 7th US singles crown

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • 1932 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Jacobs beats Carolin Babcock Stark 6-2, 6-2 for her first of 4 straight US singles crowns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 Phillies Jimmie Foxx, 37, pitches 1st 7 innings vs Reds & wins

MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1951 Bill Veeck (St. Louis Browns) sends Eddie Gaedel, a 3'7" little person, to pinch-hit; he walked on four pitches.

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • 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 Reds pitcher Jim Maloney throws his second no-hitter of the season in 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs
  • 1969 Chicago Cub Ken Holtzman no-hits Atlanta Braves, 3-0

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

Sport awardPGA Championship

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

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • 1988 NY Rangers sign ex-Canadien great Guy LaFluer
  • 1990 Dodger Jose Offerman hits HR in his 1st at bat
  • 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 after serving 3 years in prison and DQs Peter McNeeley in 89 seconds

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

Sport awardPGA Championship

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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins the Hungarian Grand prix at the Hungaroring to clinch his 4th F1 World Drivers Championship and equal Alain Prost's record of 51 Grand Prix victories

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Racing Driver Alain Prost
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Alain Prost
  • 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

OlympicsOlympic Games

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 teammate 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
  • 2007 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Crosswater Club: Mark McNulty of Zimbabwe wins lone career major title by 5 strokes from David Edwards
  • 2008 Chris Hoy encapsulates British dominance of track cycling at the Beijing Olympics beating teammate 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, American baseball player, team owner and manager (Chicago White Sox), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1931)
  • 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 Renee Richards [Richard Rankind], trans-sexual tennis player
  • 1934 Bill Cleary, American ice hockey player, (Olympic gold/silver 56, 60), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1935 Bobby Richardson, SC, 2nd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • 1938 Valentin Mankin, Ukrainian yachtsman (Olympic gold, USSR, Finn class 1968), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 2014)
  • 1947 Terry Hoeppner, American football coach (d. 2007)
  • 1950 Graeme Beard, Australian cricket all-rounder (3 Tests; 2 ODIs; NSW), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1950 Dan Yochum, American football offensive lineman (CFL All-Star 1975, 76, 77, 78; Grey Cup 1974, 77; Montreal Alouettes; CFHOF), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 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, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1988, 89; World Series 1987; Gold Glove Award 1986–89; Minnesota Twins), born in Centralia Illinois
  • 1958 Gordon Brand Jnr., Scottish golfer (8 x European Tour wins; Ryder Cup 1987, 89), born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland (d. 2019)
  • 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)
  • 1965 James Tomkins, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Nikolaos Kaklamanakis, Greek windsurfer
  • 1969 Kirk Herbstreit, American football analyst (College GameDay)
  • 1969 Kazuyoshi Tatsunami, Japanese baseball player
  • 1970 Scott Brumfield, NFL guard (Cin Bengals)
  • 1971 Mary Joe Fernández, American tennis player, broadcaster (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1971 João Vieira Pinto, Portuguese football player
  • 1972 Colleen Thornburn, softball catcher (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 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

  • 1971 Mary Browne, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1912-14), dies at 80
  • 1975 Jim Londos, wrestler (b. 1897)
  • 1976 Ken Wadsworth, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper and dashing batsman, 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
  • 2019 Al Jackson, American MLB player (New York Mets), dies at 83