On This Day

On This Day in Sport for August 20

Events in Sport

  • 1888 Longest US men's single tennis tournament match Palmer Presbrey defeats T S Tailer, 19-21, 8-6, 6-1, 6-4, an 80 game 1st-round contest
  • 1900 Great Britain beats France by 158 runs in Paris; cricket's only appearance at an Olympic Games
  • 1912 Washington Senators future Baseball HOF pitcher Walter Johnson wins AL-record 15th straight, beating Cleveland Naps, 4-2; in nightcap Carl Cushion no-hits Naps, 2-0 in 6 innings
  • 1915 Chicago White Sox obtain 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson from Cleveland for Robert Roth, Larry Chappell, Ed Klepfer & $31,500; Jackson involved in 'Black Sox Scandal' 1919
  • 1919 Wichita outfielder Joe Wilhoit (Western League) fails to get a hit, ending a 69-game streak (155 hits in 299 at bats for .505 average)
  • 1920 American Professional Football Association forms; Jim Thorpe installed as president; later to become the National Football League (NFL)
  • 1921 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Germantown CC, PA: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory wins her 6th US singles title; beats 3-time champion Mary Browne 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
  • 1922 1st Women's World Games (first track & field competition for women) is conducted over 1-day at the Pershing Stadium in Paris
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Birthdays in Sport

  • 1847 Andrew Greenwood, English cricket batsman (2 Tests, HS 49; Yorkshire CCC), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 1889)
  • 1865 Bernard Tancred, South African cricketer (87 runs in 1888-89 South Africa v England), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province (d. 1911)
  • 1868 Ellen Roosevelt, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1890), born in Rosedale, New York (d. 1954)
  • 1900 Murt [Edward James] O'Donoghue, New Zealand snooker player (1st witnessed 147 break), born in Te Aroha, New Zealand (d. 1994)
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Weddings in Sport

  • 2011 Socialite and model Kim Kardashian (30) weds basketball player Kris Humphries (26) at a private estate in Montecito, California
  • 2016 Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen (31) weds Tom May in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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