On This Day in Sport for August 21

Events in Sport

  • 1878 Edward Pooley completes record 8 stumpings in a cricket match
  • 1883 Providence shuts out Phillies 28-0
  • 1887 Mighty (Dan) Casey struck-out in a game with NY Giants
  • 1899 19th U.S. Men's National Championship: Malcolm Whitman beats J. Parmly Paret (6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5)
  • 1900 20th U.S. Men's National Championship: Malcolm Whitman beats William Larned (6-4, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2)
  • 1901 Joe McGinnity, suspended from NL for punching & spitting on an umpire

Sport awardGolf Major

1914 20th US Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 290 at Midlothian CC Ill

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1915 11th Australasian Championships: Gordon Lowe beats Horace Rice (4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-4)
  • 1920 3rd PGA Championship: Jock Hutchison at Flossmoor CC Flossmoor Ill
  • 1925 BV Emmen soccer team forms
  • 1926 White Sox Ted Lyons no hits Red Sox 6-0 in just 67 minutes at Fenway

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1931 Babe Ruth hits his 600th HR, off George Blaeholder of Browns

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1936 Red Sox pitcher Wes Ferrell, walks off the mound after receiving poor fielding, Sox suspend him
  • 1947 1st Little League World Series Maynard Midgets of Williamsport PA win
  • 1948 Indians 47-inning scoreless streak broken by White Sox Aaron Robinson
  • 1953 Baseball player reps Ralph Kiner (NL) & Allie Reynolds (AL) hire John Norman Lewis at $15,000 to give legal advice to players in negotiation

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1966 LPGA Western Open Golf, Rainbow Springs CC; Mickey Wright wins her 13th and final major title by 1 from Margie Masters & Jo Ann Prentice

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1967 Ken Harrelson becomes baseball's 1st free agent
  • 1977 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic
  • 1977 Donna Patterson Brice sets high speed water skiing record (111.11 mph)
  • 1979 Mets win a protested game against Astros, 5-0
  • 1982 Rollie Fingers (Brewers) becomes 1st pitcher to get save #300
  • 1983 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1986 Ian Botham takes world-record 356th Test Cricket wkt (v NZ, The Oval)

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • 1986 Red Sox Spike Owens scores 6 runs in a 24-5 rout of Cleveland Indians
  • 1986 With 2 outs in 6th inning, Red Sox score 11 runs
  • 1987 "Mack Lobell" set harness racing's trotting mil (1:52)
  • 1988 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Atlantic City Golf Classic
  • 2004 The archery competition concludes at the Athens Olympics with South Korea dominant with 3 of 4 gold medals; venue is the Panathenaic Stadium, in which the 1896 games were held
  • 2004 Belarusian sprinter Yulia Nestsiarenka runs 10.93 to beat American Lauryn Williams and win the 100m gold medal at the Athens Olympics
  • 2004 Nicolás Massú & Fernando González win the men's doubles tennis at the Athens Olympics beating German pair Nicolas Kiefer & Rainer Schüttler in 5 sets; it's Chile's first Olympic gold medal

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2004 American super-swimmer Michael Phelps wins his 6th gold medal of the Athens Olympics even though he doesn't swim the final of men's 4 x 100m medley relay; US wins in world record 3:30.68

  • 2004 The Australian women's 4 x 100m medley relay team of Giaan Rooney, Leisel Jones, Petria Thomas & Jodie Henry smashes the world record to take gold in 3:57.32 at the Athens Olympics
  • 2008 After winning the event in Athens, Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown makes it consecutive 200m Olympic titles beating American Allyson Felix by 0.19 in Beijing
  • 2008 Dutch swimmer and cancer survivor Maarten van der Weijden wins inaugural men's open water marathon (10k) in 1:51:51.6 at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008 American pair Misty May-Treanor & Kerry Walsh dominate China's Tian Jiathe & Wang Jie 21-18, 21-18 in the beach volleyball final to repeat of their gold medal from Athens; don't lose a set in the competition
  • 2008 An American sweep of the 400m medals at the Beijing Olympics; LeShawn Merritt wins gold in 43.75 ahead of Jeremy Wariner and David Neville
  • 2008 Japan edges the United States 3-1 for the gold medal in the final of the women's softball tournament at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008 Daniëlle de Bruijn scores a match winning 7 goals as the Netherlands upset the United States 9-8 to take the women's water polo gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008 Striker Carli Lloyd scores an extra time winner as the United States beat Brazil 1-0 to take the women's football gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2016 Kevin Durant scores 30 as the US retains the Olympic men's basketball title with a comfortable 96-66 win over Serbia at the Rio de Janeiro Games
  • 2016 Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge wins the Olympic men's marathon gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in a time of 2:08.44; Feyisa Lilesa (Ethiopia) second in 2:09:54, and Galen Rupp (US) third in 2:10:05
  • 2016 Brazil takes 3rd Olympic men's indoor volleyball gold medal at the Rio Games with 25–22, 28–26, 26–24 win over Italy

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1893 Theresa Weld Blanchard, American figure skating champion (1914, 1920-24), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
  • 1912 Toe Blake, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, born in Victoria Mines, Ontario (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Cornelius Johnson, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1936), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1946)
  • 1914 Doug Wright, English cricketer (England's leg-spinning genius of 30's & 40's), born in Sidcup, Kent (d. 1998)
  • 1918 Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Chris Schenkel, American sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), born in Bippus, Indiana (d. 2005)

Person of interestJack Buck

1924 Jack Buck, American sports announcer (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts (d. 2002)

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Sportscaster
Jack Buck
  • 1928 Gillian Sheen, British fencer and foil champion (Olympic gold 1956), born in Willesden, London
  • 1935 Ken Taylor, English cricketer (England opening batsman three times 1959-64), born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire

Person of interestWilt Chamberlain

1936 Wilt Chamberlain, American College & Basketball Hall of Fame center (13-time All Star), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1940 Robert Camac, American horse trainer, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1945 Jerry DaVanon, American baseball player, born in Oceanside, California
  • 1946 Lev Alburt, International Chess Master (1976), born in Orenburg, Russia
  • 1951 Bernhard Germeshausen, German bobsled (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Heilbad Heiligenstadt, Germany
  • 1954 Archie Griffin, NFL runningback (won 2 Heisman Trophies, Ohio State), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1959 Anne Hobbs, English tennis star, born in Nottingham, England
  • 1959 Bud Schultz, American tennis star, born in Meriden, Connecticut
  • 1959 Jim McMahon, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1959 Richard Zokol, Canadian Tour golfer (1982 BC Open), born in Kitimat, Canada
  • 1961 Danny Sheaffer, catcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1961 Lance Earl Deal, American hammer thrower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Riverton, Wyoming
  • 1961 V. B. Chandrasekhar, Indian cricketer, born in Chennai, India
  • 1963 Melvin Douglas, American 198 lbs/90 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1965 Jim Bullinger, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1966 John Wetteland, American pitcher (NY Yanks, Rangers, Expos), born in San Mateo, California
  • 1967 Tuineau Alipate, NLF/WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy, Minnesota Vikings), born in Tonga
  • 1967 Darren Bewick, AFL footballer, born in Perth, Australia

Person of interestStéphane Charbonnier

1967 Stéphane Charbonnier [Charb], French cartoonist and editor of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, born in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (d. 2015)

  • 1968 Shinichi Iwasaki, hockey goaltender (Team Japan 1998)
  • 1969 Andújar Cedeño, Dominican infielder (Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers), born in La Romana, Dominican Republic (d. 2000)
  • 1969 Josee Chouinard, Canadian figure skater (Olympic-9th-1994), born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1970 Bill Roth, gymnast (Pan Am-gold-1995, Olympics 1996), born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1970 Mark Hatfield, CFL guard (BC Lions)
  • 1970 Paulo Barrancos Guerra, Portuguese athlete, 10k runner, born in Barrancos, Portugal
  • 1970 Steve Everitt, NFL center (Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1971 Shayne Edge, American NFL/WLAF punter (Steelers, Barcelona Dragons), born in Lake City, Florida
  • 1972 Johnnie Harris, CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1973 Ben Mann, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Ismael Valdes, Mexican baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico
  • 1974 Pietra Gay, WNBA guard/forward (Houston Comets)
  • 1975 Simon Katich, Australian cricketer, born in Middle Swan, Australia
  • 1976 Jeff Cunningham, Jamaican American soccer player, born in Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • 1978 Reuben Droughns, American football player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1978 Jason Marquis, American baseball pitcher, born in Manhasset, NY
  • 1978 Alan Lee, Irish footballer, born in Galway, Ireland
  • 1978 Lee Gronkiewicz, American baseball player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1978 Peter Buxton, English rugby union player, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
  • 1979 Ashley Whitney, 800m freestyle relay (Olympics 1996), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1980 Paul Menard, American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver, born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • 1980 Burney Lamar, American race car driver, born in West Sacramento, California
  • 1981 Andreas Glyniadakis, Greek basketball player, born in Chania, Greece
  • 1981 Jarrod Lyle, Australian professional golfer, born in Shepparton, Australia
  • 1983 Josh Harrington, American professional BMX rider, born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • 1983 Scott McDonald, Australian footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1984 Neil Dexter, South African-born English cricketer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1984 B. J. Upton, American baseball player, born in Norfolk, Virginia

Person of interestUsain Bolt

1986 Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter (Olympic gold 100m/200m 2008, 12, 16), born in Sherwood Content, Jamaica

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 1988 Robert Lewandowski, Polish football player (Bayern Munich, Polish national team), born in Warsaw, Poland

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1956 Boxing champ Archie Moore (42) weds model Joan Hardy in Ensenada, Mexico

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore

Deaths in Sport

  • 1911 W R Wister, cricketer (USA v Canada 1859), dies
  • 1919 Laurence Doherty, British tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), dies of toxemia at 43
  • 1935 John Hartley, English tennis player, double winner of Wimbledon (b. 1849)
  • 1940 Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", dies at 77
  • 1957 Nels Stewart, professional ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • 1963 John Gunn, English cricketer (England all-rounder in 6 Tests 1901-05), dies at 87
  • 1976 Ken James, cricketer (kept wicket for NZ in 11 Tests), dies
  • 1978 Vinoo Mankad, Indian cricketer (44 Tests for India, 2,109 runs), dies at 61
  • 1979 Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer, dies at 68
  • 1980 Jack Cheetham, cricketer (15 Tests as South African capt, won 7 lost 5), dies
  • 1995 Ken Rickards, West Indies cricketer (104 runs at 34 66 for WI 1948-52), dies at 71
  • 1995 Len Martin, sports broadcaster, dies at 76
  • 1995 Manfred Donike, German cyclist and chemist drug test pioneer, dies at 61
  • 2001 Calum MacKay, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1927)
  • 2005 David Ironside, South African cricketer (South African swing bowler in 3 Tests v NZ 1953-54), dies at 80
  • 2015 Jimmy Evert, American tennis coach and father of Chris Evert, dies at 91
  • 2018 George Andrie, American NFL defensive end (5-time Pro Bowl), dies of dementia at 78