On This Day in Sport for August 2

Events in Sport

  • 1864 Saratoga Racecourse, America's oldest Thoroughbred racetrack, opens its inaugural meet with four days of racing
  • 1906 Chicago White Sox beat Boston Americans, 3-0 to start AL record 19 game MLB win streak

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1907 Legendary pitcher Walter Johnson at 19 begins his 21 year Baseball Hall of Fame playing career with Washington with 3-2 loss v Detroit

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1912 US Open Golf, CC of Buffalo: John McDermott successfully defends title by 2 strokes from Tom McNamara
  • 1921 After 3 hours deliberation a Chicago jury acquits 8 Chicago White Sox accused in Black Sox scandal, next day banned from organised baseball for life
  • 1924 A's 1st baseman Joe Hauser sets AL record of 14 total bases in a game from 3 HRs and a double
  • 1929 Phillies 1st baseman Don Hurst sets NL record of 6 consecutive games with a HR in a 2-0 win v Pirates
  • 1932 Charlie Grimm replaces future Baseball Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby as manager of Chicago Cubs
  • 1936 Tour de France: Sylvère Maes of Belgium wins his second title from Frenchman Antone Magne
  • 1936 A Finnish trifecta in the 10,000m final at the Berlin Olympics; Ilmari Salminen beats team mates Arvo Askola and Volmari Iso-Hollo
  • 1936 Americans Cornelius Johnson, Dave Albritton and Delos Thurber sweep the high jump medals at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1938 MLB conducts the first test of bright yellow baseballs during Dodgers vs Cardinals doubleheader
  • 1948 Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins the 100m in 11.9 at the London Olympics; 1st of unprecedented 3 individual track & field gold medals
  • 1948 Danish swimmer Greta Anderson (1:06.3) touches out American Ann Curtis by 0.2 in the women's 100m freestyle at the London Olympics
  • 1948 Italians Adolfo Consolini and Giuseppe Tosi go 1-2 in the men's discus final at the London Olympics

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 17 year-old future world champion Floyd Patterson wins the gold medal in the heavyweight division at the Helsinki Olympic Games with a 1st round KO of Romanian Vasile Tita

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson

  • 1959 PGA Championship, Minneapolis GC: Bob Rosburg wins by 1 stroke from Jerry Barber and Doug Sanders
  • 1959 Milwaukee Braves outfielder Bill Bruton hits 3 triples in 11-5 win v Cardinals, 2 of them bases loaded, first time in 20th Centiury
  • 1959 Future Hall of Fame 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits 1st of his 521 MLB home runs in Giants 5-3 win v Pirates
  • 1961 St Louis Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 36-7 in an exhibition game in Toronto, Canada
  • 1963 30th Chicago College All-Star Game: All-Stars 20, Green Bay 17, 65,000 at Soldier Field
  • 1967 New Orleans Saints play 1st ever pre-season game, lose to LA Rams 16-7 at Anaheim Stadium
  • 1968 35th Chicago College All-Star Game: Green Bay 34, All-Stars 17, 69,917 at Soldier Field
  • 1968 Ron Hansen (Washington) & Tim Cullen (Chicago WS) become the first MLB players to be traded for each other twice in the same season, they had been traded in February in opposite directions

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1973 Future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman George Brett gets his 1st MLB hit on debut for the Kansas City Royals in 3-1 win v Chicago WS

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1977 In his comeback Test, England cricket batsman Geoff Boycott is unbeaten on 80 after a 1st innings 107 as England beats Australia by 7 wickets in the 3rd Test at Trent Bridge
  • 1979 Washington, D.C. trial attorney Edward Bennett Williams buys MLB's Baltimore Orioles from Jerold Hoffberger for reported $12.3 million
  • 1980 Cuban super-heavyweight Teofilo Stevenson becomes the 1st fighter to win 3 Olympic gold medals in the same division, scores 4-1 points decision over Pyotr Zayev (Soviet Union) in Moscow

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 England cricket all-rounder Ian Botham takes 5 for 11 to end Australia's chase of 151 target, all out 121 for 29 run defeat in 4th Test at Edgbaston

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1982 Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson steals his 100th MLB base of the season in 6-5 win v Seattle, first to steal 100 twice in modern era

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1984 Jeff Blatnick becomes first American to win a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Los Angeles Olympics, Blatnick was in remission for Hodgkin’s disease
  • 1985 England captain David Gower scores his 5,000th run in Test cricket during the drawn 4th Test v Australia at Old Trafford
  • 1986 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee beats her own world heptathlon record by 13 points (7,161) in Houston
  • 1986 Curtis Cup Women's Golf, Prairie Dunes CC: Great Britain & Ireland beats the US 13-5, the visitors first win on American soil
  • 1986 Lee Elder fires a record 11-under par 61 on his way to winning the Seniors PGA Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative at Sleepy Hollow CC; mark stands for 11 years

Sport awardFederation Cup

1987 Federation Cup Tennis Final: Steffi Graf & Claudia Kohde-Kilsch beat Chris Evert & Pam Shriver in the doubles as Germany beats US 2-1 in Vancouver, Canada

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1987 Cincinnati outfielder Eric Davis is 7th to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases in one season as he homers in Reds 5-4 win v Giants
  • 1987 Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49mph) in winning the Marlboro 500 at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan
  • 1990 Yankees rookie 1st baseman Kevin Maas hits his 10th MLB homer in 6-5 loss v Detroit, fastest to reach that mark, just 77 at bats
  • 1992 Tom Seaver, Rollie Fingers, Hal Newhouser & Bill McGowan are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1992 American Jacki Joyner-Kersee becomes first athlete to win consecutive gold medals in the gruelling heptathlon with a 199 point win over Irina Belova (Soviet Union) at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992 Vitaly Scherbo of Belarus becomes the first gymnast to win 6 gold medals at one Olympics in Barcelona, also first to win 4 gold in one day's competition (pommel, vault, rings & parallel bars)
  • 1993 Maryland investors led by Baltimore attorney Peter Angelos buy the Baltimore Orioles at auction in New York for $173m, nearly $50m more than ever paid for a baseball team
  • 1996 The star-studded United States men's basketball team beats Yugoslavia 95-69 to win the gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics
  • 1998 Canadian Open Golf (du Maurier Classic), Essex GC: Brandie Burton wins by 1 shot from Annika Sörenstam
  • 1998 Curtis Cup Women's Golf, Minikahda GC: US beats Great Britain & Ireland 10-8
  • 1998 Tour de France: Marco Pantani of Italy makes it a Tour & Giro d'Italia double, German Erik Zabel is points winner
  • 2003 South African cricket batsman Graeme Smith blazes 259, fast bowler Makhaya Ntini has 5 wickets in each England innings as Proteas win 2nd Test by an innings and 92 at Lord's

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2009 Michael Phelps ends the World Swimming Championships in Rome with his 5th gold medal as part of the US 4x100m medley relay team that recorded the 43rd world record of the controversial meet

  • 2012 American swimmer Michael Phelps wins an unprecedented third consecutive gold medal in the 200m individual medley in 1:54.27 at the London Olympics
  • 2012 American swimmer Rebecca Soni becomes first woman to win the 200m breaststroke twice with a world record 2:19.59 at the London Olympics
  • 2014 Super Rugby Final, ANZ Stadium, Sydney: NSW Waratahs win their first SR title in a nail-biting 33-32 home effort against New Zealand's Canterbury Crusaders

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1882 Red Ames, American baseball player (NY Giants), born in Warren, Ohio (d. 1936)
  • 1887 Tommy Ward, South African cricket wicket keeper (23 Tests), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (d. 1936)
  • 1895 Matthew Henderson, New Zealand cricketer (lefty pace bowler in NZ's 1st Test), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1970)
  • 1925 John McCormack, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Malcolm Hilton, English cricket slow left-arm (4 Tests), born in Chadderton, Lancashire (d. 1990)
  • 1931 Eddie Fuller, South African cricketer (South African fast bowler in 7 Tests 1952-58), born in Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa (d. 2008)
  • 1931 Viliam Schrojf, Slovak footballer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive and NFL owner (KC Chiefs), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • 1934 Albert Hall, American hammer throw athlete, born in Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (d. 2008)
  • 1934 Carl Cecil Cain, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1956), born in Freeport, Illinois
  • 1937 Billy Cannon, American football player (Heisman-1959), born in Philadelphia, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Brunhilde Hendrix, German relay runner (Olympic silver 1960), born in Langenzenn, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1942 Leo Beenhakker, Dutch soccer trainer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1943 Tom Burgmeier, American baseball player, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1952 Angel Herrera, Cuban FW/LW boxer (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Guantánamo, Cuba
  • 1954 Sammy McIlroy, Irish soccer star (Manchester United), born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1957 Stephen Kelly Petterson, Smallbore rifle (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1958 Arshad Ayub, cricketer (Indian off-spinner of the late 1980's)
  • 1960 Linda Fratianne, American figure skater (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1961 Ed West, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1963 Caroline Pierce, English golfer (Tour School winner 1988, 1 LPGA title) born in Cheshire England
  • 1963 Jeff Bloom, Canadian Tour golfer (1988 Montana Open), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1964 John Cullen, Puslinch, NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1966 Joseph Wanag, Wilson Ct, US judoka (Olympic-92)
  • 1966 Tim Wakefield [Timothy Stephen], American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox-1995 AL Comeback Player of the Year), born in Melbourne, Florida
  • 1967 Aaron Krickstein, tennis player (Tel Aviv 1983), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1967 Martin Laamers, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1968 Sean Groom, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Northford, Connecticut
  • 1968 Stefan Effenberg, German footballer
  • 1969 Cedric Ceballos, NBA forward (LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns)
  • 1969 Erik Meijer, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Uerdingen)
  • 1969 Fernando Couto, Portuguese footballer
  • 1970 Chainey Umphrey, gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1970 Elijah Alexander, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos)
  • 1970 Jonathan Andrew Kaye, PGA golfer (1995 Quad City-2nd), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1970 Philo Wallace, cricketer (WI ODI opening batsman 1991-92)
  • 1970 Tony Amonte, Hingham MA, NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks, USA)
  • 1970 Wesley "wes" Bender, American WLAF/NFL running back (Frankfurt Galaxy, New Orleans Saints), born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1971 Dick Schreuder, Dutch soccer player (PSV/FC Groningen/RKC)
  • 1971 Fernando Smith, NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1971 Michael Hughes, Irish footballer
  • 1972 Lee McClinton, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1972 Nathan Thomas, Australian water polo player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Mohamed Al-Deayea, Saudi Arabian footballer
  • 1973 George Zidek, NBA center (Denver Nuggets, Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1973 Karina Habsudova, Bojnice Slovakia, tennis star (1995 Futures Czech)
  • 1973 Nancy Drolet, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1973 Susie O'Neill, Australian butterfly swimmer (Olympic gold-1992, gold 1996), born in Mackay, Queensland
  • 1973 Danie Keulder, Former Namibian cricketer
  • 1973 Brendan Dolan, Professional darts player (2011 - played perfect 9 dart game), born in Belcoo Northern Ireland
  • 1974 Nabil Bouchlal, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1974 Paul Grasmanis, defensive tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1975 Mineiro, Brazilian footballer
  • 1976 Michael Weiss, figure skater (1997 World Champ-7th), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1976 Reyes Estévez, Spanish athlete
  • 1978 Goran Gavrančić, Serbian footballer
  • 1978 Matt Guerrier, American baseball player
  • 1979 Reuben Kosgei, Kenyan athlete
  • 1980 Ivica Banović, Croatian footballer
  • 1982 Hélder Postiga, Portuguese footballer
  • 1982 Grady Sizemore, American baseball player
  • 1984 Giampaolo Pazzini, Italian footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1955 Alfred Lépine, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at
  • 1974 W. Douglas Hawkes, British racing driver, dies at 80
  • 1979 Thurmon Munson, NY Yankee, killed in a plane crash at Akron Oh at 32
  • 1980 Verdun John Scott, cricketer (ten Tests for NZ), dies
  • 1985 Sandy Bell, South African cricket pace bowler (16 Tests), dies
  • 1995 Brian Smith, British sportscaster, dies
  • 2016 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, dies at 95