On This Day

On This Day in Sport for August 24

Events in Sport

  • 1883 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Two-time defending champion Richard Sears wins 3rd straight title; beats James Dwight 6-2, 6-0, 9-7
  • 1905 Chicago Cubs beat Phillies 2-1 in 20 innings
  • 1906 Cincinnati Red John Weimer no-hits Dodgers, 1-0 in 7 inning game
  • 1907 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Brisbane : Australian Horace Rice beats Harry Parker of New Zealand 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1908 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1908 NY Giants scores shown on electric diamonds known as "Compton's Baseball Bulletin" at Madison Square Garden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1912 NYC ticker tape parade for Jim Thorpe & victorious US Olympians

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1918 Chicago Cubs, win earliest pennent ever (season ended Sept 2)
  • 1918 Sect Baker grants extended exemption to World Series players
  • 1919 Cleveland pitcher Ray Caldwell is flattened by a bolt of lightning
  • 1922 1st Phillie to hit for cycle (Cy Williams)

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1923 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3 mile (14:11.2)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1925 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Wills Moody beats Kitty McKane of England 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 for her third straight US singles title

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • 1929 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Wills Moody beats England's Phoebe Holcroft Watson 6-4, 6-2 for her 3rd straight and 6th overall US singles title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940 Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams pitches the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit Tigers, Williams allows 3 hits & 1 run

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1957 English soccer player Jimmy Greaves' (17) 1st game for Chelsea

  • 1958 Sergei Popov wins Stockholm marathon (2:15:17.0) (WR)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 Dodger coach Leo Durocher suffers a near-fatal allergic reaction to a penicillin injection while in the clubhouse at the Polo Grounds

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1963 John Pennel is first person to pole-vault 17'

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1972 Gordie Howe and Jean Béliveau inducted into the Ice Hockey Hall of Fame

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau
  • 1973 Garry Sobers scores 26th & last Test Cricket ton 150 v Eng Lord's
  • 1975 SF Giant Ed Halick no-hits NY Giants, 6-0

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1975 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Colonial CC: Al Geiberger leads wire-to-wire to finish 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Dave Stockton

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
  • 1979 NFL fans (60,916) choose old Patriots logo over new
  • 1982 KCs' John Wathan steals 31st en route to 36 base for catcher's record

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1983 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose ends consecutive games played streak at 745

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Sports record brokenGolf Record

1984 Pat Bradley sets LPGA record for 9 holes with a 28 during 2nd round of Columbia Savings National at Green Gables CC, Denver, CO

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 1989 Pete Rose is suspended from baseball for life for gambling
  • 1991 Taiwan captures its 15th Little League World Series, 11-0
  • 1992 Cleveland Browns suffer their worst preseason loss, 56-3, to Vikings
  • 1993 Padres scores 14 in 1st vs Cardinals
  • 1994 Kieren Perkins swims world record 1500m free style (14:41.66)
  • 1994 Kieren Perkins swims world record 800m free style (7:46.00)
  • 1997 97th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Joel Kribel
  • 2004 Kenyan runners sweep the medals in the 3000m steeplechase at the Athens Olympics; Ezekiel Kemboi wins gold ahead of Brimin Kipruto and Paul Kipsiele Koech
  • 2004 Moroccan super star athlete Hicham El Guerrouj wins 1st leg of his 1,500/5,000m double at the Athens Olympics in 3:34.18

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004 Future 8-time Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt of Jamaica finishes 5th in his 200m heat in 21.05, failing to qualify for the 2nd round at the Athens Olympics

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 2004 Roman Šebrle of the Czech Republic (8,893 points OR) edges American Bryan Clay (8,820) in the decathlon at the Athens Olympics
  • 2004 Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia vaults 4.91m to break her own pole vault world record and win the gold medal from team mate Svetlana Feofanova at the Athens Olympics
  • 2004 Americans Kerri Walsh and Misty May team up to win the women's beach volleyball gold at the Athens Olympics beating Brazilian pair Shelda Bede & Adriana Behar 21–17, 21–11

AgreementContract of Interest

2006 After signing a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Jerry Rice officially retires from the NFL

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • 2007 11th Athletics World Championships open at Osaka, Japan
  • 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing becomes the most watched event on TV ever - nearly 5 billion, 70% of world's population

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2008 The star-studded American men's basketball team led by the likes of LeBron James, Chris Paul & Kobe Bryant win the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics with a relatively narrow 118-107 win over Spain

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 2008 Samuel Wansiru becomes first Kenyan to win the men's Olympic marathon in Beijing; wins in Olympic record time; silver medallist Joauad Gharib of Morocco also faster than OR, yet 44 seconds behind
  • 2008 Dániel Varga & Péter Biros score 3 goals each as Hungary wins the men's water polo gold medal at the Beijing Olympics; third consecutive Olympic gold medal
  • 2014 Canadian Open Women's Golf, London Hunt CC: Ryu So-yeon wins by 2 from fellow South Korean Na Yeon Choi

Sport awardTennis Open

2018 French Open Tennis bans Serena Williams' black Nike catsuit from future tournaments citing 'respect for the game and the place'

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1851 Tom Kendall, Australian cricketer (14 wickets in Australia's 1st two Tests), born in Bedford, England (d. 1924)
  • 1887 Harry Hooper, American baseball player, born in Bell Station, California (d. 1974)
  • 1890 Duke Kahanamoku, American swimmer, surfer (Olympics 3 gold, 2 silver 1912, 20, 24), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 1968)
  • 1909 Ronnie Grieveson, South African cricket wicket-keeper/batsman (2 Tests v Eng 1939), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Sam Tingle, Zimbabwean racing driver, born in Manchester, England (d. 2008)
  • 1944 Bill Goldsworthy, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), born in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (d. 1996)
  • 1947 Roger De Vlaeminck, Belgian racing cyclist, born in Eeklo, East Flanders, Belgium
  • 1950 Frank Murray, Australian field hockey national coach (Olympic silver 1992, 96)

Person of interestMike Shanahan

1952 Mike Shanahan, American football coach (Denver Broncos), born in Oak Park, Illinois

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan
  • 1954 Alain Daigle, French Canadian ice hockey player, born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
  • 1959 Adrian Kuiper, South African cricketer (South African all-rounder), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1959 Michel Valke, Dutch soccer player (Sparta, Dordrecht '90), born in Zwijndrecht, Netherlands

Person of interestCal Ripken Jr

1960 Cal Ripken Jr, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (MLB record consecutive game streak, Baltimore Orioles), born in Havre de Grace, Maryland

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • 1960 Kim Christofte, Danish footballer (Denmark national team 1984-92), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1965 Reggie Miller, American NBA guard (Ind Pacers, Olympic gold 1996), born in Riverside, California
  • 1966 Jon Sieben, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly 1984), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1967 Michael Lauriston Thomas, English footballer, born in Lambeth, London
  • 1968 Benoît Brunet, Canadian NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada
  • 1968 Tim Salmon, American MLB outfielder (California Angels), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1970 Sandra Whyte-Sweeney, American ice hockey forward (Olympics gold 1998), born in Saugus, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Tugay Kerimoğlu, Turkish footballer, born in Trabzon, Turkey
  • 1970 Dan Henderson, American mixed martial artist (UFC 17 Middleweight Tournament 1998; Rings: King of Kings Tournament 1999), born in Downey, California
  • 1970 Rich Beem, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2002), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1972 Chris Right, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1972 Christian Ruud, Norwegian tennis star (1989 Norwegian), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1972 Ian Moran, American hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994, Pitts), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1972 Kurt Miller, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1973 Andrew Brunette, Canadian NHL left wing (Washington Capitals), born in Greater Sudbury, Canada
  • 1973 Inge de Bruijn, Dutch swimmer, born in Barendrecht, Netherlands
  • 1974 Archie Amerson, CFL running back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1974 Tony McCombs, American football linebacker (Arizona Cardinals), born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • 1975 Mark de Vries, Surinamese-Dutch footballer, born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1976 Bjorn van der Doelen, Dutch soccer player (PSV), born in Goirle, Netherlands
  • 1976 Nordin Wooter, Dutch soccer player (Ajax), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1977 Per Gade, Danish footballer, born in Nibe, Denmark
  • 1977 Jürgen Macho, Austrian footballer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1977 Denílson, Brazilian footballer, born in Diadema, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1977 Robert Enke, German football goalkeeper, born in Jena, Germany (d. 2009)
  • 1978 Rafael Furcal, Dominican baseball player, born in Loma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic
  • 1979 Orlando Engelaar, Dutch international footballer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1979 Michael Redd, American basketball player, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1982 Kim Kallstrom, Swedish footballer, born in Sandviken, Sweden
  • 1983 Marcel Goc, German ice hockey player, born in Calw, Germany
  • 1986 Nick Adenhart, American baseball player, born in Silver Spring, Maryland (d. 2009)
  • 1986 Arian Foster, American football running back (Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1987 Anže Kopitar, Slovenian ice hockey player, born in Jesenice, Slovenia
  • 1987 Jon Scheyer, American-Israeli basketball player, born in Northbrook, Illinois

Deaths in Sport

  • 1939 W H Moule, cricketer (Australia v England 1880)/High Court judge, dies
  • 1968 Cyril Vincent, cricketer (84 wkts slow lefty for S Af 1927-35), dies
  • 1977 Buddy O'Connor, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)
  • 1982 Jack Siedle, cricketer (batted in 18 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1987 Malcolm Kirk, English wrestler (b. 1936)
  • 1991 Abel Kivlat, US 1500m runner (Olympic silver 1912), dies at 99
  • 1993 Professor D B Deodhar, cricketer (Ind non-Test bat o 30s), dies at 101
  • 2011 Mike Flanagan, American baseball pitcher (b. 1951)
  • 2015 Justin Wilson, English auto racer (International Formula 3000 C'ship; Champ Car Series 4 wins), dies as a result of on track accident at 37