On This Day

On This Day in Sport for August 26

Events in Sport

  • 1896 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Robert Wrenn beats Fred Hovey 7-5, 3-6, 6-0, 1-6, 6-1 for his third US singles title
  • 1903 Phillies walk 17 Dodgers in a game
  • 1903 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Englishman Laurence Doherty beats American defending champion William Larned 6-0, 6-3, 10-8; first non-American champion
  • 1909 Frank Tarrant scores cricket 145 & 13-67 for Middlesex v Gloucs

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1912 Walter Johnson's 16-game winning streak ends

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1912 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Maurice McLoughlin wins first of 2 straight US singles titles; beats Wallace F. Johnson 3-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
  • 1913 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Defending champion Maurice McLoughlin beats R. Norris Williams 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
  • 1916 Yanks turn triple-play beating Browns 10-6

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1930 Hack Wilson hits his 44th HR, breaks Chuck Klein's NL record

Baseball Hall of Fame Right Fielder Chuck Klein
Baseball Hall of Fame Right Fielder
Chuck Klein
  • 1933 Jan van Houten bicycles world record time (44,588 km)
  • 1938 Montreal Maroons dropped from NHL
  • 1939 1st major league baseball telecast on W2XBS- Cincinnati Reds defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn
  • 1940 RKC soccer team forms in Waalwijk
  • 1947 1st black baseball pitcher Don Bankhead (Hit a HR on 1st at bat)
  • 1950 39th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (4-1)
  • 1955 1st color telecast (NBC) of a tennis match (Davis Cup)

  • 1956 Yankees announce purchase of outfielder Enos Slaughter from KC
  • 1962 Minnesota Twins Jack Kralick no-hits KC A's, 1-0
  • 1963 W I beat England 2-1 in series, 1st holders of Wisden Cricket Trophy
  • 1966 Baltimore Orioles Roznovsky & B Powell are 4th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • 1971 Orioles' Don Buford struck out 5 times in a game

AgreementContract of Interest

1971 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Boston Bruins worth one million dollars, the first million dollar contract in NHL history

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 1972 XX Summer Olympic Games open in Munich, West Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Astros

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1973 David Eisenhower writes his last sports column
  • 1973 10-year-old Mary Boitano is 1st woman to win 6.8-mile Dipsea Race in Marin County, CA, beating a field of 1,500 runners
  • 1984 Zdena Silvaha (Cz) throws discus 74.55 m (women's world record)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Baltimore Oriole Eddie Murray knocks in 9 RBIs in a game vs California Angels

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1986 Rosa Mota wins Stuttgart female marathon (2:28:38)
  • 1991 Royal Brett Saberegen no-hits White Sox 7-0
  • 1995 Lara completes 7th Test Cricket century, 179 at The Oval
  • 2000 Australia clinches first Tri Nations Rugby Series with a 19-18 win over South Africa in Durban; Wallabies centre Stirling Mortlock lands 4 penalties and a conversion
  • 2004 Félix Sánchez wins the men's 400m hurdles 47.63 in Athens; the Dominican Republic's first ever Olympic gold medal
  • 2004 An American 1-2-3 in the 200m medals at the Athens Olympics; Shawn Crawford gold in 19.79 ahead of Bernard Williams & Justin Gatlin
  • 2004 Germany wins its first ever Olympic women's field hockey gold medal with a 2-1 win against the Netherlands in Athens

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2004 Lindsay Tarpley and Abby Wambach score as the US beats Brazil 2-1, maintaining an undefeated record to win the women's football gold medal at the Athens Olympics

Soccer Player Abby Wambach
Soccer Player
Abby Wambach
  • 2004 Hamish Carter of New Zealand wins the men's gold medal ahead of teammate Bevan Docherty, whilst Kate Allen of Austria takes out the women's Triathlon at the Athens Olympics
  • 2006 New Zealand retain Tri Nations Rugby Series with 45-26 win over South Africa in Pretoria; All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter lands 4 penalties and 4 conversions

Sport awardGolf Tournament

2012 15 year-old New Zealand golfer, Lydia Ko, becomes the youngest LPGA Tour event winner and the 1st amateur winner since 1969 by winning the Canadian Women's Open by 3 strokes from Inbee Park

Golfer Lydia Ko
Lydia Ko

AgreementAgreement of Interest

2014 Burger King agrees to purchase Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick kneels in protest during the US national anthem at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium while playing against the San Diego Chargers, objecting to racial injustice and police brutality in the US

NFL Player and Civil Rights Activist Colin Kaepernick
NFL Player and Civil Rights Activist
Colin Kaepernick
  • 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup: New Zealand Black Ferns defeat England 41-32 in the final in Belfast
  • 2017 Manchester City scores a 2-1 win at Bournemouth to start EPL record 18 game winning streak; Raheem Sterling scores for City but is sent off with 2 yellow cards in injury time
  • 2018 Gamer at a Madden NFL 19 gaming tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, loses then returns to shoot two dead and wound nine

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Boxing match between YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul ends in a draw in Manchester, England

YouTube Star and Actor Logan Paul
YouTube Star and Actor
Logan Paul

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Milwaukee Bucks forfeit their NBA playoff game after the shooting of Jacob Blake, leading to the NBA postponing more games

Victim of Police Brutality Jacob Blake
Victim of Police Brutality
Jacob Blake

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1854 Arnold Fothergill, England cricketer (d. 1932)
  • 1879 Joe Jeannette, American boxer (world coloured champion 1909), born in West Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1958)
  • 1890 Tommy Andrews, cricketer (NSW & Aussie player of the 1920's)
  • 1901 Tullio Campagnolo, Italian racing cyclist and inventor (quick release skewer patent; founder bicycle component company Campagnolo), born in Vicenza, Italy (d. 1983)
  • 1901 Frankie Genaro, American boxer (World flyweight champion 1928-31; Olympic gold flyweight 1920), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1906 Ceferino Garcia, Filipino boxer (World Middleweight champion 1939-40), born in Naval, Biliran, Philippine Islands (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Bill Hunt, cricketer (NSW slow left-armer, Test for Australia 1933)
  • 1909 Eric Davies, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 7 wickets; East Province, Transvaal), born in King William's Town, South Africa (d. 1976)
  • 1909 Gene Moore, baseball player (d. 1978)
  • 1924 Alex Kellner, baseball player (d. 1996)
  • 1930 Joe Solomon, cricketer (WI batsman of 50's Cap fell on wkt v Aust)
  • 1937 Tom Heinsohn, NBA star/coach (Boston Celtics)
  • 1942 Yevgeniy Zagorulko, Russian high jump coach (Andrey Silnov, Yelena Yelesina, Anna Chicherova), born in Tyrma, Russia (d. 2021)
  • 1943 Ulf Sundelin, Swedish yachtsmen (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1949 John Baldwin, light middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1952 John Kinsella, USA, swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1956 Mark Mangino, American football coach
  • 1957 Alex Trevino, catcher (LA Dodgers)

Person of interestRick Hansen

1957 Rick Hansen, Canadian wheelchair athlete (Paralympic gold 1980, 2 x 1984), born in Port Alberni, British Columbia

Track and Field Athlete and Paralympian Rick Hansen
Track and Field Athlete and Paralympian
Rick Hansen
  • 1958 Jan Nevens, Belgian cyclist
  • 1961 Jeff Parrett, American pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1962 Bob Mionske, American cyclist and attorney
  • 1963 David Byas, cricketer (left-handed Yorkshire batsman)
  • 1964 Bobby Jurasin, CFL defensive end (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1964 Chad Kreuter, Marin County CA, catcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • 1964 Dave Boyes, St Catharines Ontario, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1964 Karla Karch-Gailus, basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1965 Bobby Duncum, Jr., wrestler (d. 2000)
  • 1966 Jacques Brinkman, Dutch field hockey player
  • 1967 Myron Guyton, NFL full safety (NE Patriots)
  • 1968 Chris Boardman, British cyclist (world 1 hour record), born in Merseyside, England
  • 1968 Courtney Hall, NFL center (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1969 Mike Gisler, NFL guard/center (NE Patriots)
  • 1969 Nicole Arendt, Somerville NJ, tennis star (1996 Aust doubles finalist)
  • 1969 Ricky Bottalico, New Britain CT, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1970 Brett Schultz, cricket pace bowler (South African Test)
  • 1970 Olimpiada Ivanova, Russian athlete
  • 1971 Jocelyn Borgella, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Sherell Ford, NBA forward (Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1973 Barret Robbins, NFL center (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1974 Freddie Scott, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1974 Kelvin Cato, American NBA center (Portland Trailblazers), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1975 Shea Seals, NBA guard (LA Lakers)
  • 1975 Morgan Ensberg, American baseball player
  • 1976 Carey Tally, American soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1977 Liam Botham, cricketer (son of Ian Hampshire all-rounder 1996)
  • 1977 Morris Peterson, American basketball player
  • 1979 Cristian Mora, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1979 Rubén Pazos, Spanish footballer
  • 1979 Jamal Lewis, American NFL running back (Super Bowl 2000; NFL rushing yards leader 2003; Baltimore Ravens), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1980 Brendan Harris, American baseball player
  • 1981 Jesse Martin, Australian yachtsman
  • 1981 Tino Best, West Indian cricketer
  • 1981 Birdie Kim, South Korean golfer (US Open 2005), born in Iksan, South Korea
  • 1983 Félix Porteiro, Spanish racing driver
  • 1989 James Harden, American basketball guard (NBA MVP 2018; NBA All-Star 2013–19; Houston Rockets), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1992 Yang Yilin, Chinese gymnast

Deaths in Sport

  • 1943 Ted Ray, British golfer (British Open 1912, US Open 1920), dies at 66
  • 1967 Dilawar Hussain, cricketer (Indian wicketkeeper in the 1930's), dies
  • 1978 José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer, dies at 62
  • 1987 John Goddard, West Indian cricket all-rounder and captain (27 Tests @ 30.67; 33 wickets; Barbados), dies at 68
  • 1993 Alan Wharton, English cricketer (England batsman once v NZ 1949, scored 7 & 13), dies at 70
  • 2002 Bea Barrett, American golfer (Western Open 1938), dies at 85
  • 2003 Jim Wacker, American football coach (b. 1937)
  • 2006 Sir Clyde Walcott, West Indian cricket batsman (44 Tests @ 56.68; 15 x 100s) and administrator (ICC chairman 1997-2000), dies at 80
  • 2020 Dan Yochum, American football offensive lineman (CFL All-Star 1975, 76, 77, 78; Grey Cup 1974, 77; Montreal Alouettes; CFHOF), dies at 70