On This Day

On This Day in Sport for August 25

Events in Sport

  • 1804 Alicia Thornton becomes first female jockey in England riding at Knavesmire in Yorkshire

Captain Webb Conquers the English ChannelCaptain Webb Conquers the English Channel

1875 Captain Matthew Webb makes the 1st observed and unassisted swim across the English Channel in 21 hours and 45 minutes

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An artist from the Illustrated London News drew this scene depicting Captain Webb’s arrival at Calais
An artist from the Illustrated London News drew this scene depicting Captain Webb’s arrival at Calais
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  • 1895 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Fred Hovey beats defending champion Robert Wrenn 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 for his lone major singles title

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1904 Champion James J. Jeffries scores a 2nd round TKO win over Jack Munroe in San Francisco; Jeffries retires after his 7th heavyweight boxing title defence

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1910 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: William Larned beats Tom Bundy 6-1, 5-7, 6-0, 6-8, 6-1 for his 4th consecutive US singles title
  • 1917 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Robert Lindley Murray beats Nathaniel W. Niles 5-7, 8-6, 6-3, 6-3 for first of 2 straight US singles titles
  • 1920 American swimmer Norman Ross wins his first of 3 gold medals at the Antwerp Olympics in dominating men's 1,500m freestyle; also wins 400m freestyle and 4 x 200m freestyle relay
  • 1920 Ethelda Bleibtrey leads an American medal sweep of the Antwerp Olympics women's 100m freestyle with a world record 1:13.6; first US female Olympic champion
  • 1920 Swedish divers sweep the medals in the men's plain high diving event at the Antwerp Olympics; Arvid Wallman wins gold ahead of teammates Nils Skoglund & John Jansson
  • 1921 Yankee pitcher Harry Harper hits 3 batters in an inning tying record
  • 1922 Cubs beat Phillies 26-23 in highest scoring major-league game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1924 MLB Washington Senator Walter Johnson 2nd no-hitter beats Browns, 2-0 in 7 inn

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1928 Tri-City Rugby Football Union forms consisting of Moose Jaw, Regina & Winnipeg
  • 1936 3 Braves hit twice in an inning getting 2 hits each
  • 1943 10th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 27, Washington 7 (48,471)

Sport awardPGA Championship

1946 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Portland GC: Ben Hogan beats Ed Oliver, 6 & 4 for first of his 9 major titles

Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 Bradman scores 150 in 212 minutes in his last innings at Lord's

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1950 Sugar Ray Robinson KOs Jose Basora to win middleweight boxing title

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 1951 Cleveland Indians win 16th straight home game
  • 1952 Det Tiger Virgil Trucks 2nd no-hitter of yr, beats Yankees, 1-0
  • 1954 Ivan Filin wins Berne marathon (2:25:26.6) (260m)
  • 1956 To make room for Enos Slaughter, NY Yanks release Phil Rizzuto
  • 1960 XVII Summer Olympic Games open in Rome, Italy
  • 1960 AFL begins placing players names on back of their jerseys
  • 1967 Minn Twin Dean Chance 2nd no-hitter of month beats Cleveland, 2-1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st African American to win the US singles championship

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1968 NY Yankee outfield Rocky Colavito pitches second 2/3 innings and beats Tigers 6-5; he played right field in second game and homered
  • 1969 Det Lions beat Boston Patriots 22-9 in Montreal (NFL expo)
  • 1976 Yanks beat Twins 5-4 in 19 innings

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1977 Canadian NHL player Tim Horton posthumously inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • 1978 MLB baseball umpires stage a 1 day strike
  • 1979 California Angels trounce Toronto Blue Jays, 24-2
  • 1980 Rangers pitcher Ferguson Jenkins arrested for possession of drugs
  • 1983 Triple A baseball's Louisville Redbirds breaks 1 million fan mark

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Met Dwight Gooden becomes youngest pitcher to win 20 games (20y 9m 9d)

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1986 A's Mark McGwire hits his 1st major league home run

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire

  • 1990 Li Hui Rong of China sets triple jump woman's record (47'8½")

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Carl Lewis rus 100m in 9.86 seconds

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1991 Cubs Doug Dascenzo commits his 1st career error after 242 games
  • 1991 Krizstina Egerszegi swims world record 200m backstroke (2:06.62)
  • 1991 Wanda Panfil wins 3rd female world champion marathon (2:29:53)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1996 96th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Tiger Woods

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • 2004 Greek athlete Fani Chalkia comes out of retirement to compete in her home Olympics in Athens; wins 400m hurdles gold medal in 52.82
  • 2004 Gal Fridman becomes Israel's first Olympic gold medallist when he wins the men's Mistral One Design windsurfing event at the Athens Games
  • 2004 Olga Kuzenkova of Russia throws an Olympic record 75.02m to edge the field and win the women's hammer throw gold medal at the Athens Games
  • 2004 Cuba beats Australia 6-2 to win the baseball gold medal at the Athens Olympics; Japan takes bronze; US did not qualify
  • 2004 Emanuel Rego & Ricardo Santos win Brazil's first gold medal in men's beach volleyball with a 21–16, 21–15 victory over Spanish pair Javier Bosma & Pablo Herrera

Sport awardGolf Tournament

2013 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Royal Mayfair GC: New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko successfully defends her title by 5 shots from Karine Icher

Golfer Lydia Ko
Lydia Ko
  • 2019 Tour Championship, Men's Golf, East Lake GC: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins by 4 strokes from Xander Schauffele; biggest winner's prize in golf, US$15m
  • 2019 Ben Stokes with an unbeaten 135 leads England to a record run chase of 362-9 and victory over Australia in the 3rd cricket Test at Headingley, Leeds; keeps Ashes Series alive at 1-1
  • 2020 England's James Anderson becomes first fast bowler to reach 600 wickets in Test cricket; Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali caught at first slip on 5th day of 3rd Test at Southampton
  • 2020 Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito no-hits the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-0 at Guaranteed Rate Field

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1868 Nikolaos Levidis, Greek shooter, born in Corfu Island, Greece (d. 1942)
  • 1898 Arthur Wood, English cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests, 11 dismissals), born in Bradford, England (d. 1973)
  • 1903 Arpad Elo, American chess writer and creator of the Elo rating system for two-player games such as chess, born in Egyházaskesző, Hungary (d. 1992)
  • 1906 Jim Smith, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests), born in Corsham, Wiltshire (d. 1979)
  • 1910 Pierre Musy, Swiss 4-man bobsled (Olympic gold 1936), born in Albeuve, Switzerland (d. 1990)

Person of interestAlthea Gibson

1927 Althea Gibson, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Clarendon Country, South Carolina (d. 2003)

Tennis Player Althea Gibson
Tennis Player
Althea Gibson
  • 1928 Darrell Johnson, American baseball player, born in Horace, Nebraska (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Eddie Ilarde, Filipino disk jockey, television host and Senator, born in Iriga, Philippines
  • 1935 Lones Wigger, American competitive rifle shooter (Olympic gold/silver-1964, 72), born in Great Falls, Montana (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Mario Corso, Italian soccer winger (23 caps; Inter Milan 413 games) and coach (Lecce, Inter), born in Verona, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Margaret L. Thompson Murdock, American army and first woman to win medal for small bore rifle (Olympic silver 1976), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1946 Rollie Fingers, American baseball relief pitcher (Oakland Athletics, AL MVP, Cy Young Award 1981), born in Steubenville, Ohio
  • 1946 Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), born in Richlands, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1952 Duleep Mendis, Sri Lankan cricketer (big-hitting Sri Lankan batsman of 80's), born in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • 1954 Gilbert "Gibus" Duclos-Lassalle, French cyclist
  • 1956 Henri Toivonen, Finnish rally driver (3 x World Rally C'ship round wins for Talbot, Opel, Porsche, Lancia), born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 1986)
  • 1957 Sikander Bakht, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani change bowler late 70's), born in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
  • 1962 Ron Heller, American football coach and former NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in East Meadow, New York
  • 1962 Shahid Mahboob, Pakistani cricketer (batted in one Test for Pakistan 1989), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1964 Vassilios Kotronias, Greek chess grandmaster, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1965 Cornelius Bennett, American NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1965 Kathy Horvath, American tennis player (World #10 1984, 6 WTA titles), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1965 Nate Odomes, NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1965 Sanjeev Sharma, cricketer (Indian pace bowler 1988-89)
  • 1966 Albert Belle, American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians; 5-time MLB All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1967 Jeff Tweedy, American singer-songwriter (Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot), born in Belleville, Illinois
  • 1968 Dave Thomas, NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1969 Catriona Matthew, Scottish golfer (British Open 2009), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1969 Elly Hakami, tennis star, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1969 Mike Gisler, corner (New England Patriots)
  • 1969 Mike Jones, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)
  • 1969 Vivek Razdan, cricket pace bowler (Indian Test 1989-90)
  • 1970 Debbie Graham, tennis star (1993 Taranto doubles), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1970 Doug Glanville, outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Hackensack, New York
  • 1970 Katherine "Katie" Scanlon, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Fairfield, Connecticut
  • 1970 Robert Horry, NBA forward (LA Lakers, Houston Rockets)
  • 1970 Ronald Waterreus, soccer player (Roda JC, PSV)
  • 1972 Bryan Stoltenberg, corner (NY Giants)
  • 1972 Marlo Perry, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Marvin Harrison, wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1972 Tony Dumas, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1974 Chris Mantilla, diver (Olympics 1996), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1974 Darren Benson, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1975 Molly Tuter, WNBA guard (Phoenix Mercury)
  • 1975 Petria Thomas, Lismore NSW Australia, swimmer (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1976 Philippe Comtois, Canadian 3m springboard diver (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1976 Sam Mackinnon, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1977 Diego Corrales, American boxer (d. 2007)
  • 1979 Marlon Harewood, English footballer
  • 1980 Neal Musser, American baseball player
  • 1983 James Rossiter, British racing driver
  • 1987 James Wesolowski, Australian footballer
  • 1987 Justin Upton, American baseball player
  • 1988 Angela Park, Brazilian-American golfer (US Open 2007 runner-up; Rookie of the Year 2007), born in Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil

Weddings in Sport

  • 2007 Dallas Stars hockey player Mike Modano (37) weds "Dancing with the Stars" season 3 alumna Willa Ford (26) in Athens, Texas

Deaths in Sport

  • 1929 Frederick Burton, Australian cricketer (Australian wicketkeeper 1886-87), dies at 63
  • 1939 Babe Siebert, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1904)
  • 1965 Moonlight Graham, American baseball player
  • 1968 Stan McCabe, Australian cricket batsman (39 Tests, batting av. 48.21, top score 232), dies of a fractured skull at 58
  • 1976 Perc Hornibrook, Australian cricket slow-medium bowler (6 Tests; 17 wickets; best 7-92 1930), dies at 77
  • 1984 Waite Hoyte, knuckleball pitcher, dies at 84
  • 1984 Viktor Chukarin, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), dies at 62
  • 1988 Art Rooney, NFL Pittsburgh Steelers [Pirates] team founder,owner, and chairman, 1933-88, dies at 87
  • 1995 John Brunner, Britsih sci-fi author (100th Millennium), dies at 60
  • 2001 Carl Brewer, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • 2001 Ken Tyrrell, English race driver and founder of Tyrrell Racing, dies at 77
  • 2007 Ray Jones, English footballer (b. 1988)
  • 2008 Kevin Duckworth, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1989, 91; Portland Trail Blazers), dies of heart failure at 44
  • 2013 Gilmar, Brazilian football player, dies from complications from a heart attack at 83
  • 2015 Ian Smith, South African cricket leg-spin bowler (9 Tests), dies at 90
  • 2019 Pál Benkő, Hungarian-American chess player, author (Grandmaster; record 8 US Open Championships), dies at 91
  • 2019 Vince Naimoli, American businessman and MLB team owner (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), dies of progressive supranuclear palsy at 81