On This Day

On This Day in Sport for August 28

Events in Sport

  • 1884 MLB pitcher Mickey Welsh makes record for most consecutive batters struck out to begin a game, striking out the 1st 9 men he faces
  • 1886 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears beats R. Livingston Beeckman 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 for his 6th consecutive US singles title
  • 1888 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Henry Slocum beats Howard Taylor 6-4, 6-1, 6-0
  • 1893 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, R.I.: Robert Wrenn beats Fred Hovey 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4; first of his 4 US singles titles
  • 1907 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: William Larned beats Robert LeRoy 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 for his third US singles title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1918 Tris Speaker suspended for season due to assault on umpire Tom Connolly

Baseball Player Tris Speaker
Baseball Player
Tris Speaker
  • 1920 American swimmer Norman Ross wins his 2nd of 3 gold medals at the Antwerp Olympics; beats teammate Ludwig Langer in the men's 400m freestyle; also wins 1,500m and 4 x 200m freestyle relay
  • 1920 Ethelda Bleibtrey leads an American medal sweep of the Antwerp Olympics women's 300m freestyle with a world record swim of 4:34.0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1921 Babe Ruth starts streak of an extra-base hit in 9 straight games

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1922 1st Walker Cup: US beats England 8-4
  • 1926 Indian Emil Levsen pitches complete doubleheader victory (Red Sox)
  • 1929 English cricketer Frank Woolley scores his 100th first-class hundred
  • 1941 8th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 37, All-Stars 13 (98,203)
  • 1942 9th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 21, All-Stars 0 (101,100)
  • 1949 38th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (4-1)
  • 1951 Braves sell pitcher Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50,000

  • 1951 Pirates snap NY Giants 16 game winning streak
  • 1956 Australia clings on for a draw in 5th Test at The Oval, London; England retain cricket Ashes with Jim Laker's 46 wickets a record series haul
  • 1958 American baseball player Nellie Fox sets record for consecutive games without striking out (98)
  • 1960 White Sox Ted Kluzewski's 3-run HR is disallowed as umpire called time
  • 1967 Boston signs 1st free-agent outfielder Ken Harrelson for $75,000 bonus
  • 1970 Phillies Larry Bowa steals home for 2nd time in 1970

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1972 American 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of David Edgar, John Murphy, John Heidenreich & Mark Spitz swim a world record 3:26.42 to beat Soviet Union for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics

Swimmer Mark Spitz
Swimmer
Mark Spitz
  • 1972 Australian teenage swimmer Shane Gould sets a world record 2:23.07 to beat German Kornelia Ender in the 200m individual medley at the Munich Olympics; her first of 3 gold medals at the Games

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1972 Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut becomes media darling at the Munich Olympics; wins gold in the teams all-round ; follows with 2 gold and a silver

Gymnast Olga Korbut
Gymnast
Olga Korbut
  • 1972 North Korean shooter Ri Ho-jun wins the 50m rifle prone event at the Munich Olympics; his nation's first ever Olympic gold medal
  • 1976 Toronto Metros-Croatia beat the Minnesota Kicks to the win the 1976 North American Soccer League championship
  • 1977 NY Yankee Ron Guidry faces just 28 men & beats Texas Rangers 1-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1977 Nolan Ryan strikes out 300 batters for 5th straight year

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1977 NY Cosmos defeat Seattle Sounders, 2-1, at Civic Stadium in Portland Ore, winning their 2nd North American Soccer League championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Sebastian Coe of UK sets 1-mi record of 3:47.33 (since broken)

1500m Runner Sebastian Coe
1500m Runner
Sebastian Coe

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987 Mike Schmidt passes Ted Williams & Willie McCovey with 522 HRs

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
  • 1987 2nd Athletics World Championships open at Rome, Italy
  • 1988 88th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Eric Meeks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Frank Viola & Mets outduel Orel Hershiser & Dodgers 1-0

Baseball Pitcher Orel Hershiser
Baseball Pitcher
Orel Hershiser
  • 1990 Cub's Ryne Sandberg is 1st 2nd baseman to hit 30 HRs, consecutively

  • 1990 Stefan Edberg (#1 seeded player) loses in 1st round to Alex Volkov

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1991 Red Tom Browning vs Expo Dennis Martínez both perfect game pitcher

MLB Pitcher Dennis Martínez
MLB Pitcher
Dennis Martínez
  • 1992 Brewers beat Blue Jays 22-2 with AL record 31 hits in 9 innings
  • 1992 Test cricket debut of Muttiah Muralitharan, vs Australia at Colombo
  • 1994 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Ottawa Hunt GC: Martha Nause wins by 1 from Michelle Mcgann

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1994 94th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Tiger Woods

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 1995 Last day of Test Cricket for Richie Richardson
  • 2004 British athlete Kelly Holmes wraps up the 800/1,500m double at the Athens Olympics taking out the 1.5k in 3:57.90
  • 2004 Moroccan super star athlete Hicham El Guerrouj wraps up the 1,500/5,000m double at the Athens Olympics taking the 5k gold in 13:14.39
  • 2004 A huge upset at the Athens Olympic Stadium in the men's 4×100m relay; Great Britain 38.07 edges the United States 38.08 to take the gold medal
  • 2004 Led by San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginóbili Argentina beats Italy 84-69 for the Olympic basketball gold medal in Athens; star-studded US team takes bronze
  • 2004 The diving competition at the Athens Olympics concludes with the Chinese contingent dominant, winning 6 of the 8 gold medals
  • 2004 The US women's basketball team goes through the Athens Olympics undefeated to win its 5th Olympic gold medal, beating Australia 74-63 in the final
  • 2004 Carlos Tevez scores the winner as Argentina beats Paraguay 1-0, maintaining an undefeated record to win the men's football gold medal at the Athens Olympics
  • 2005 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Reserve Vineyards & GC: Loren Roberts wins first of 4 Champions Tour majors with bogey on 2nd playoff hole against Dana Quigley
  • 2011 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Hillsdale CC: Brittany Lincicome wins by 1 stroke from Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis
  • 2016 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Priddis Green CC: Ariya Jutanugam of Thailand wins by 4 from Kim Sei-young of South Korea

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1905 Cyril Walters, Welsh cricketer (solid England batsman of 30's), born in Bedlinog, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 1992)
  • 1906 Klaas Schenk, Dutch speed skating coach (1952, 56, 60 Winter Olympics; father of triple gold medallist Ard), born in Wieringerwaard, Hollands Kroon, Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • 1907 Phil Edwards, Canadian-Guyanese runner (Olympic bronze 1928, 32, 36), born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 1971)
  • 1913 Lindsay Hassett, Australian cricket batsman and captain (43 Tests; 3,073 runs @ 46.56; 10 x 100s) and broadcaster (ABC 1956-81), born in Geelong, Australia (d. 1993)
  • 1913 Richard Tucker [Reuben Ticker], American tenor (NY Met Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1915 Max Robertson, British sports commentator, born in Dacca, Bengal (d. 2009)
  • 1924 Tony MacGibbon, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (took 70 wickets in 1950's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2010)
  • 1924 Dick Mayer, American golfer (US Open 1957), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1932 Andy Bathgate, professional ice hockey player (New York Rangers, 1958 NHL MVP), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Don Denkinger, American baseball umpire, born in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • 1940 Roger Pingeon, French cylist (Tour de France 1967 champion), born in Hauteville-Lompnes, France (d. 2017)
  • 1943 Lou Piniella, American baseball outfielder (1969 AL rookie of the year TEST) and manager (NY Yankees, Seattle Mariners), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1944 Marianne Heemskerk, Dutch swimmer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1948 Murray Parker, New Zealand cricketer (brother of John Three Tests for NZ 1976), born in Dannevirke, Manawatu, New Zealand
  • 1950 Ron Guidry, Yankee pitcher (Cy Young 1978), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 1954 Alexander Skvortsov, Russian ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1984; World C'ship gold 1979, 81, 83), born in Gorky, Russia (d. 2020)
  • 1956 Beverley Goddard-Callender, English track and field athlete (Olympic bronze 1980, 84), born in Barbados

Person of interestScott Hamilton

1958 Scott Hamilton, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1984), born in Bowling Green, Ohio

Figure Skater Scott Hamilton
Figure Skater
Scott Hamilton
  • 1962 Rick Fehr, American golfer (2 PGA Tour titles), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1962 Paul Allen, English footballer, born in Aveley, England
  • 1963 Regina Marie Jacobs, 800m/1500m runner (Olympics 10th 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Reyna Thompson, American NFL cornerback (NY Giants), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1964 Lee Janzen, American golfer (US Open 1993, 98), born in Austin, Minnesota
  • 1966 Teresa Zarzeczny Bell, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Chris Armstrong, CFL slot back (Montreal Alouettes), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1968 Tom Fitzgerald, American NHL right wing (Florida Panthers), born in Billerica, Massachusetts

Person of interestPierre Turgeon

1969 Pierre Turgeon, Canadian NHL center (NY Islanders, Montreal Canadiens), born in Rouyn, Quebec

NHL Star Pierre Turgeon
NHL Star
Pierre Turgeon
  • 1970 Gavin Maxwell, Canadian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • 1970 Jaime Fields, NFL/WLAF linebacker (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores), born in Compton, California (d. 1999)
  • 1971 Janet Evans, American swimmer (Olympic gold 400m, 800m, 400m medley 1988; 800m 1992; WR 400m, 800m, 1,500m), born in Fullerton, California
  • 1971 Raul Marquez, Mexican-American boxer (Olympic-92), born in Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, Mexico
  • 1971 Shane Andrews, infielder (Montreal Expos), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Todd Eldredge, American figure skater (1996 World champion and a six-time U.S. national champion), born in Chatham, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Darby Hendrickson, American hockey forward (Olympics 1994), born in Richfield, Minnasota
  • 1972 Mike Cawley, American CFL quarterback (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Jay Witasick, American baseball player, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1974 Carsten Jancker, German footballer and coach, born in Grevesmühlen, East Germany
  • 1975 Jamie Cureton, English footballer (Bishop's Stortford), born in Bristol, England
  • 1975 Gareth Farrelly, Irish footballer (Aston Villa), born in Dublin
  • 1976 Federico Magallanes, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1979 Markus Pröll, German footballer, born in Rheinbach, Germany
  • 1979 Kristen Hughes, Australian netballer
  • 1979 Ruth Riley, American basketball player, born in Ransom, Kansas
  • 1980 T.J. Beam, American baseball player, born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1981 Daniel Gygax, Swiss footballer, born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1981 Vaggelis Moras, Greek footballer, born in Larissa, Greece
  • 1981 Agata Wróbel, Polish weightlifter, born in Żywiec, Poland
  • 1981 Raphael Matos, Brazilian racing driver, born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 1981 Martin Erat, Czech hockey player, born in Třebíč, Czechoslovakia
  • 1982 Anderson Silva de França, Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1982 Thiago Motta, Brazilian footballer, born in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
  • 1982 Kevin McNaughton, Scottish footballer, born in Dundee, Scotland
  • 1983 Lasith Malinga, Sri Lankan cricket fast bowler (4 wickets in 4 balls x 2; 4 x ODI, T20 hat tricks; 30 Tests), born in Galle, Sri Lanka
  • 1988 Ray Jones, English footballer, born in London, England (d. 2007)
  • 1990 Bojan Krkić, Serbian-Spanish footballer, born in Linyola, Spain

Deaths in Sport

  • 1961 Thomas Connolly, 1st baseball umpire elected to hall of fame, dies
  • 1967 Bruce Smith, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1941, U of Minnesota; NFL: Green Bay Packers), dies of cancer at 47
  • 1981 Béla Guttmann, Hungarian footballer and coach (Benfica, 100 year curse), dies at 82
  • 1981 Paul Anspach, Belgian fencer (Olympic gold individual epée, team epée 1912), dies at 99
  • 1982 Geoff Chubb, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 21 wickets; Border), dies at 71
  • 1988 Paul Whitelaw, cricketer (2 Tests NZ v England 1933), dies
  • 1990 Larry Jackson, American baseball pitcher (5 × MLB All-Star; MLB wins leader 1964; St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies), dies from cancer at 59
  • 1996 Al Zarilla, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1948; St. Louis Browns), dies of cancer at 77
  • 2007 Antonio Puerta, Spanish footballer, dies at 22
  • 2008 Phil Hill, American race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1927)
  • 2011 Bernie Gallacher, British footballer (Aston Villa) (b. 1967)
  • 2012 Norm Dussault, American-Canadian ice hockey player (Montreal Canadiens), dies at 86
  • 2015 Al Arbour, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman, coach and executive (coach NY Islanders Stanley Cup 1980-83), dies of Parkinson's disease and dementia at 82
  • 2017 Bobby Boyd, American NFL cornerback (5 × All-Pro 1964–1968; NFL interceptions leader 1965; Baltimore Colts), dies of bladder cancer at 79