On This Day in Sport for August 22

Events in Sport

  • 1851 Yacht "America" wins 1st Royal Yacht Squadron Cup (America's Cup)
  • 1885 US Men's National Tennis Championship, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears beats Godfrey M. Brinley 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
  • 1898 18th U.S. Men's National Championship: Malcolm Whitman beats Dwight F. Davis (3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1)
  • 1917 Pittsburgh Pirates play 4th straight extra inning game, Carson Bigbee sets record of 11 at-bats, they lose in 22 innings to Dodgers

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1927 Babe Ruth hits 40th of 60 homers

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1930 Australia regain Ashes on 6th day of 5th Cricket Test
  • 1934 Australia beat England by 562 runs to regain Cricket Ashes
  • 1934 Red Sox pitcher Wes Ferrell hits 2 HRs to beat White Sox 3-2 in 12
  • 1946 Baseball approves a 168-game schedule, but later rescinds it
  • 1946 Mikko Hietanen wins Oslo marathon (2:24:55)
  • 1947 14th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Chicago Bears 0 (105,840)
  • 1950 Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competitor in a US national tennis competition
  • 1951 Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin before 75,052
  • 1954 Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina clinches his second FIA World Championship of Drivers by winning Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten in a Maserati

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1957 Floyd Patterson KOs Pete Rademacher in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1957 Olympic heavyweight boxing champion Pete Rademacher becomes first to contest the world heavyweight championship in his first professional bout; knocked out by Floyd Patterson in 6th round at Sicks' Stadium, Seattle

  • 1959 Cincinnati Red Frank Robinson hits 3 consecutive HRs

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1960 Gil Hodges set NL righty HR record with #352

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • 1965 San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marachal hits LA Dodger catcher John Roseboro on the head with his bat causing a 14 minute brawl
  • 1972 Rhodesia is expelled by the International Olympic Committee for its racist policies.
  • 1975 McNichols Sports Arena in Denver opens
  • 1980 Bill Veeck agrees to sell Chicago White Sox to Eddie DeBartolo Sr for $20,000,000, AL owners block the sale
  • 1982 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf
  • 1984 Met pitcher Dwight Gooden becomes 11th rookie to strikeout 200
  • 1985 30th Walker Cup: US wins 13-11

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1989 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 5,000th batter (Rickey Henderson)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1991 Krizstina Egerszegi swims world record 100m backstroke (1:00.31)
  • 1993 Hiromi Kobayash wins Minnesota LPGA Golf Classic

MurderMurder of Interest

1994 DNA testing links O.J. Simpson to murder of Nicole Simpson & Ron Goldman

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1998 South Africa beats Australia, 29-15 in Johannesburg to win their first Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; Springboks fullback Percy Montgomery lands 5 penalties and 2 conversions
  • 2004 Athens Olympic marathon is run on same route as 1896 Games, start at site of the Battle of Marathon to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens: Mizuki Noguchi of Japan wins women's gold in 2:26:20
  • 2004 American sprinter Justin Gatlin wins the coveted Olympic 100m gold medal in Athens in 9.85 ahead of Francis Obikwelu of Portugal & American Maurice Greene
  • 2004 After winning the doubles tennis gold medal at the Athens Olympics, Chile's Nicolás Massú wins the men's singles gold 6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–4 over American Mardy Fish
  • 2004 The rowing program at the Athens Olympics ends with the United States winning the men's eights, and Romania taking the gold in the women's eights
  • 2004 Justine Henin of Belgium wins the women's singles tennis gold medal at the Athens Olympics 6-3, 6-3 over Amélie Mauresmo of France
  • 2007 The Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 The Jamaican team led by Usain Bolt smashes the world 4 x 100m relay record in the final at the Beijing Olympics; disqualified in 2017 as Nesta Carter tests positive for prohibited substance

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 2008 Ethiopian distance runner Tirunesh Dibaba wraps up the women's 5,000/10,000m double at the Beijing Olympics when she takes gold in the 5k in an Olympic record 15:41.40
  • 2008 American decathlete Brian Clay wins 4 of the 10 events and finishes 2nd in 2 others to dominate field and take the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008 Russia wins the women's 4 × 100 m relay ahead of Belgium & Nigeria at the Beijing Olympics; disqualified in 2016 when reanalysis of Yulia Chermoshanskaya’s samples result in positive test for prohibited substances
  • 2008 Steven Hooker wins the men's pole vault with 5.96m at the Beijing Olympics; Australia's first gold medal in men's athletics since 1968
  • 2008 Maurren Higa Maggi wins the women's long jump with a leap of 7.04m at the Beijing Olympics; Brazil's first ever gold medal in any women's individual event
  • 2008 Anne-Caroline Chausson of France and Māris Štrombergs of Latvia win the inaugural gold medals in BMX, winning the women's and men's events respectively at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2015 15th Athletics World Championships open at Beijing, China

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1857 Ned Hanlon, American baseball player and manager, born in Montville, Connecticut (d. 1937)
  • 1882 Harry Makepeace, English cricketer (4 Tests for England v Australia 1920-21), born in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire (d. 1952)
  • 1892 Percy Fender, English cricketer (legendary Surrey & England all-rounder), born in Balham, London (d. 1985)
  • 1897 Bill Woodfull, Australian cricketer (Australian captain in the Bodyline series), born in Maldon, Australia (d. 1965)

Person of interestMel Hein

1909 Mel Hein, American NFL center (NY Giants), born in Redding, California (d. 1992)

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 1930 Gilmar, Brazilian football player, born in Santos, São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2013)
  • 1935 Richard W Howard, 400m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1960), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1938 Paul Maguire, American football commentator, born in Youngstown, Ohio

Person of interestCarl Yastrzemski

1939 Carl Yastrzemski, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder, 1st baseman (18-time MLB All Star), born in Southampton, New York

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • 1940 David R. Vance, American horse trainer, born in Logansport, Indiana

Person of interestBill Parcells

1941 Bill Parcells, NFL coach (NY Giants, NY Jets, NE Patriots), born in Englewood, New Jersey

NFL Coaching Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coaching Legend
Bill Parcells
  • 1949 Diana Nyad, American journalist and long-distance swimmer (1st to swim Bahamas to Fla-1979), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Doug Bair, baseball player, born in Defiance, Ohio
  • 1950 Ray Burris, baseball player, born in Idabel, Oklahoma
  • 1954 John Colwell, Canadian Tour golfer (1978 Simon Fraser), born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1956 Jeffrey Lloyd, South African jockey based in Australia, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1956 Paul Molitor, infielder (Mn Twins, 1993 World Series MVP), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1956 Peter Taylor, Australian cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1987-92), born in North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1957 Randy Romero, American Hall of Fame jockey (Breeder's Cup 1987-89), born in Erath, Louisiana
  • 1957 Steve Davis, English professional snooker player, born in Plumstead, London
  • 1959 Denise Curry, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in Fort Benton, Montana
  • 1961 John Kidd, American NFL punter (Miami Dolphins), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1962 Gene Craig Sauers, PGA golfer (1986 Bank of Boston), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1963 Lily Yip, US table tennis player (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Guangzhou, China
  • 1963 Terry Catledge, American NBA star (Orlando Magic), born in Houston, Mississippi
  • 1963 Tom Ansberry, American long-distance runner
  • 1964 Dean Evason, Canadian NHL player (Calgary Flames), born in Thompson, Manitoba

Person of interestMats Wilander

1964 Mats Wilander, Swedish tennis star (1988-US, Aust, French), born in Vaxjo, Sweden

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
  • 1965 Patricia Hy-Boulais, tennis star (1994 Auckland doubles), born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • 1966 Rob Witschge, Dutch soccer star (Ajax/Feyenoord), born in Amsterdam
  • 1967 Curt Bourque, American jockey, born in Erath, Louisiana
  • 1968 Henrik Holm, tennis star, born in Täby, Sweden
  • 1968 Horst Skoff, tennis star, born in Klagenfurt, Austria
  • 1968 Michael Curry, American basketball player and coach (Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Anniston, Alabama
  • 1968 Paul Ereng, Kenyan athlete, 800m runner (Olympic gold 1988), born in Kitale, Kenya
  • 1968 Alexander Mostovoi, Russian footballer, born in Leningrad Oblast, Russia
  • 1969 Hipolito Pichardo, Dominican pitcher (KC Royals), born in Jicomé, Dominican Republic
  • 1969 Maurice Graef, Dutch soccer player (VVW, Roda JC), born in Horn, Netherlands
  • 1970 Jean-Michel Bombardier, Canadian pair skater (1995, 96 Can), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1971 Bernard Carter, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Jaguars, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1972 Stephen Boyd, American NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Valley Stream, New York
  • 1972 Max Wilson, Brazilian racing driver, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1974 Agustín Pichot, Argentine rugby player, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1975 Charles C. Smith, American baseball player, NBA guard (Miami Heat), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1975 Robert Enes, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Clint Bolton, Australian former football goalkeeper, born in Bundaberg, Australia
  • 1976 Jim Weaver, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1977 Heiðar Helguson, Icelandic footballer, born in Dalvík, Iceland
  • 1980 Roland Benschneider, German footballer, born in Neuruppin, Germany
  • 1980 Nicolas Macrozonaris, French-Canadian track-and-field athlete, born in Laval, Canada
  • 1981 Alex Holmes, American football player, born in San Diego, California
  • 1983 Theo Bos, Dutch cyclist, five time world champion, born in Hierden, Netherlands
  • 1984 Lee M. J. Camp, English footballer, born in Derby, England
  • 1997 Eddie Williams, American pastor and former fullback (Cleveland Browns), born in San Mateo, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1910 George Palmer, cricketer (17 Tests for Aust 1880-86, 78 wickets), dies
  • 1951 J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 66
  • 1953 Jim Tabor, American MLB 3rd baseman (2 x grand slams in one game), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • 1960 Eduard Pütsep, Estonian wrestler (b. 1898)
  • 1985 Ginty Lush, Australian cricketer (NSW quickie of 30's), dies at 71
  • 1989 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (b. 1933)
  • 2001 Tatyana Averina, Russian speed skater 1K, 3K (Olympic gold 1976), dies at 61
  • 2004 Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (b. 1960)
  • 2010 Stjepan Bobek, Yugoslav football player (b. 1923)
  • 2015 Arthur Morris, Australian cricketer (great lefty opening batsman), dies at 93
  • 2017 Rafael "Felo" Ramírez, Cuban-American Spanish language sports announcer (Miami Marlins), dies at 94