On This Day

On This Day in Sport for August 27

Events in Sport

  • 1884 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears makes it 4 straight US singles titles; beats Howard Taylor 6-0, 1-6, 6-0, 6-2
  • 1890 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Oliver Campbell beats 2-time defending champion Henry Slocum 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
  • 1894 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Defending champion Robert Wrenn beats Irishman Manliff Goodbody 6-8, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
  • 1897 Roger Bresnahan debuts as Washington Senator pitcher (later HOF catcher)
  • 1901 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: William Larned beats Beals Wright 6-2, 6-8, 6-4, 6-4 for the first of 7 US singles titles
  • 1902 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Defending champion William Larned beats Englishman R.F. Doherty 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 8-6
  • 1908 Calgary City Rugby Football Club re-organizes as the Tigers
  • 1909 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: William Larned beats William Clothier 6-1, 6-2, 5-7, 1-6, 6-1 for his 3rd straight & 5th overall US singles title
  • 1910 Using twenty 137,000 candlepower arc lights, 2 amateur baseball teams play a night game at White Sox Park
  • 1911 Chicago White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh no-hits Boston, 5-0
  • 1918 Christy Mathewson resigns as Reds manager to accept a commission as a captain in chemical warfare branch of Army
  • 1920 American diver Louis Kuehn leads a US medal sweep in the men's 3m springboard event at the Antwerp Olympics; team mates Clarence Pinkston & Louis Balbach take the minor medals
  • 1921 J E Clair of Acme Packing Co of Green Bay granted an NFL franchise

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1922 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000m (8:28.6)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1928 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Helen Wills defeats fellow American Helen Jacobs 6–2, 6–1 for her 5th of 7 US singles crowns
  • 1952 Emil Zatopek wins 12th olympics marathon (2:23:03.2)

  • 1960 Anita Lonsbrough swims world/olympic record 200m (2:49.5)
  • 1960 Australian swimmer John Devitt controversially wins the 100m freestyle gold medal at the Rome Olympics; recorded same time 55.2 as silver medallist American Lance Larson
  • 1960 British swimmer Anita Lonsbrough sets 200m breaststroke world record 2:49.5 to beat German pair Wiltrud Urselmann & Barbara Göbel for the gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • 1966 Oakland Pitcher Paul Lindblad begins a 385 cons errorless streak
  • 1974 NY Met Benny Ayala hits a HR in his 1st at bat
  • 1975 1st night match at US Tennis Open (Parun defeats Smith)
  • 1975 Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) complete tandem bicycle ride, a record 18,020 miles around the world
  • 1976 Transsexual Renee Richards barred from competing in US Tennis Open
  • 1978 Dutch cyclist Gerrie Knetemann wins UCI Road World C'ship from Francesco Moser of Italy and Dane Jorgen Marcussenin in Nürburg, West Germany

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1982 Rickey Henderson steals 119th base of season breaks Lou Brock's mark

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1985 Mary Joe Fernández at 14 years 8 days old becomes youngest player to win at the US Tennis Open; beats England's Sara Gomer 6-1, 6-4 in a 1st round match
  • 1990 Brewers-Blue Jays game is delayed 35 minutes due to gnats
  • 1990 Rosa Mota wins female marathon (2:31:27)
  • 1992 CFL revokes BC Lions franchise
  • 1995 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Beaconsfield GC: Jenny Lidback wins by 1 stroke from Liselotte Neumann of Sweden

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1995 95th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Tiger Woods

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Dino Ciccarelli is traded by the Detroit Red Wings to the Tampa Bay Lightning

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • 2004 China's first ever gold in Olympic Games men's track and field; Liu Xiang wins 110m hurdles in Athens, equalling Colin Jackson's 1993 world record time of 12.91 seconds
  • 2004 German kayaker Birgit Fischer wins gold in K-4 500m & silver in K-2 500m in Athens; first woman in any sport to win gold medals at 6 different Olympics, gold 24 years apart, and 1st person to win 2 or more medals in 5 different Games
  • 2004 Timothy Mack vaults an Olympic record 5.95m to win the pole vault gold medal from fellow American Toby Stevenson (5.90m) at the Athens Olympics
  • 2004 Osleidys Menéndez of Cuba throws an Olympic record 71.53m to easily beat German Steffi Nerius for the women's javelin gold medal at the Athens Games
  • 2004 In a huge upset in the men's basketball semi final at the Athens Olympics, Argentina beats a star-studded but unsettled US team 89-81; they go on to take gold and US bronze
  • 2004 Australia wins its first ever Olympic men's field hockey gold medal with a 2-1 win a.e.t. against the Netherlands in Athens
  • 2006 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Reserve Vineyards & GC: Eduardo Romero of Argentina wins first of 2 Champions Tour majors with birdie on 1st playoff hole against Lonnie Nielsen
  • 2011 13th Athletics World Championships open at Daegu, South Korea
  • 2011 Australia claims final Tri Nations Rugby Series with 25-20 win over New Zealand in Brisbane; Argentina's Pumas join competition the following year; series rebranded The Rugby Championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 15th Athletics World Championships: Usain Bolt of Jamaica adds the Mens 200m gold to his 100m win

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Former five-weight world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats MMA fighter Conor McGregor in his debut match in the 10th round in Las Vegas

  • 2017 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Ottawa Hunt GC: Park Sung-hyun of South Korea wins by 2 from Mirim Lee
  • 2018 Reigning French Open tennis champion Simona Halep becomes first top-seeded woman to lose in 1st round of the U.S. Open; loses to Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-4; first match at newly renovated Louis Armstrong Stadium

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1897 Ad van Emmenes, Dutch soccer reporter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1989)

Person of interestDonald Bradman

1908 Donald Bradman, Australian Test cricket captain (6,996 Test runs at 99.94), born in Cootamundra, New South Wales (d. 2001)

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1908 Frank Leahy, American football coach (Notre Dame), born in O'Neill, Nebraska (d. 1973)
  • 1909 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936, 39), born in Gistel, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • 1916 Tony Harris, South African cricketer (8 Tests for South Africa 1947-49, 100 runs) and rugby union player (Springbok), born in Kimberley, Cape Province (d. 1993)
  • 1917 Peanuts Lowrey, American baseball player, born in Culver City, California (d. 1986)
  • 1925 Ken Grieves, Australian cricketer (NSW leg-spin all-rounder), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1992)
  • 1927 Liselott Linsenhoff, German equestrian rider (Olympic gold 1968, 72), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1928 Joan Kroc, American 3rd wife of Ray Kroc, the owner of McDonald's and the San Diego Padres, born in West St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Othmar Schneider, Austrian skier (Olympic gold 1952), born in Lech, Austria (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Elizabeta Bagrintseve, USSR, discus thrower (Olympic silver 1952)
  • 1931 Sven Tumba, Swedish ice hockey center, football winger, golfer, course designer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Joe Cunningham, American baseball player
  • 1935 Ernie Broglio, American baseball player
  • 1946 Tony Howard, cricketer (WI off-spinner one Test v NZ 1972)
  • 1947 John Morrison, cricketer ("Mystery" NZ batsman 1973-82)
  • 1947 Ed Herrmann, MLB catcher (White Sox), born in San Diego, California (d. 2013)
  • 1949 Doug Tewell, American golfer (PGA Senior C'ship 2000, The Tradition 2001), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1950 Cynthia Potter, American springboard diver (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • 1951 Don Pooley Jr, American golfer (US Senior Open 2002), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1954 Derek Warwick, race car driver
  • 1954 John Lloyd, England, tennis star (former husband of Chris Everet)
  • 1955 Roderick Hopkins Davis, yachting Star class (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Person of interestBernhard Langer

1957 Bernhard Langer, German golfer (US Masters 1985, 93; 42 European Tour titles), born in Anhausen, Germany

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • 1959 Gerhard Berger, formula-1 racer (Italian Grand Prix-1988)
  • 1960 Damon Keeve, heavyweight (209+ lbs) judoka (Olympics 1992, 96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1962 Scott Davis, tennis star, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1965 Michael Perry, NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos)
  • 1965 Wayne James, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test wicketkeeper v Pakistan 1993)
  • 1966 Deena Wigger, US shooter (Olympic-92), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1967 Brian McRae, Bradenton FL, outfielder (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1967 Rob Burnett, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1968 Christine Schaefer, Florence Ky, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-5th-1994)
  • 1968 Emanual Davis, NBA guard (Houston Rockets)
  • 1969 Kipp Vickers, NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1969 Mark Ealham, cricketer (Kent & England Test all-rounder 1996)
  • 1969 Steven Van Randwijck, field hockey player (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970 Andy Bichel, Australian cricketer and pace bowler, born in Laidley, Queensland, Australia
  • 1970 Dene Hills, cricketer (prolific Tasmanian batsman)
  • 1970 Greg Woodcroft, 52 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1970 Jim Thome, infielder (Cleveland Indians), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1970 Mark Ilott, cricketer (England left-arm pace bowler 1993-)
  • 1970 Reggie Slater, NBA forward (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1970 Peter Ebdon, English snooker player
  • 1970 Jeff Kenna, Irish footballer
  • 1971 Ernest Faber, soccer player (PSV)
  • 1971 Jim Flanigan, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1972 Chris Imes, South Paris Maine, US hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994)
  • 1972 Donta Jones, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972 Denise Lewis, English heptathlete
  • 1973 Danny Coyne, Welsh footballer
  • 1973 Dietmar Hamann, German footballer
  • 1974 José Vidro, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1974 Michael Mason, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1975 Mark Rudan, Australian footballer
  • 1976 Cartos Moya, Spanish tennis star
  • 1977 Deco, Portuguese footballer
  • 1979 Tian Liang, Chinese diver
  • 1984 David Bentley, English footballer
  • 1984 Sulley Muntari, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1987 Darren McFadden, American football player
  • 1992 Carissa Moore, American surfer (WSL Women's World Tour Champion 2011, 13, 15, 19), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1966 American sportscaster Al Michaels (21) weds Linda Stamaton

Television Sportscaster Al Michaels
Television Sportscaster
Al Michaels

Deaths in Sport

  • 1965 Gerald Bond, South African cricketer (South Africa 1938-39), dies at 56
  • 1971 Jim Turnesa, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1952; Ryder Cup 1953), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • 1981 Valery Kharlamov, Soviet ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • 2004 Willie Crawford, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), dies at 57
  • 2005 Seán Purcell, Gaelic footballer (b. 1929)
  • 2010 Anton Geesink, Dutch judoka (first non-Japanese world champion, Olympic gold 1964), dies at 76
  • 2013 Zelmo Beaty, American basketball player (St Louis Hawks, Utah Stars), dies at 73
  • 2015 Darryl Dawkins, American basketball center (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets; NBA breaking a backboard rule), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 2019 Jessi Combs, American auto racer, television personality (women’s land speed class record [4 wheels] 2013, 16), dies in jet-powered high-speed race car crash at 39