On This Day in Sport for August 3

Events in Sport

  • 1852 America's first intercollegiate sporting event takes place as the Harvard heavyweight rowing crew beats Yale by 2 lengths over 2 miles on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire
  • 1881 US National Lawn Tennis Association removes "National" from its name
  • 1906 Washington Nationals' Tom Hughes becomes first MLB pitcher to win a 1-0 extra innings game off his own home run in 10th v St. Louis Browns
  • 1914 NY Yankees catcher Les Nunamaker throws out 3 Tigers' runners to 2nd base during the 1st innings, only time in 20th Century
  • 1921 MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Landis hands out life bans to 8 Chicago White Sox players accused in Black Sox scandal despite their acquittal by a Chicago jury

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1923 Baseball games cancelled following the death of US President Warren G. Harding

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding
  • 1924 Dutch track cyclist Piet Moeskops wins his 4th consecutive UCI world sprint championship in Paris
  • 1928 Ray Barbuti wins 400m in 47.8 at the Amsterdam Olympics, the only individual track event won by an American at the Games
  • 1930 For the 2nd time in the year, Phillies outfielder Chuck Klein hits safely in 26 straight games, run halted in 2nd game of doubleheader v Boston Braves
  • 1932 Official automatic timing & photo-finish camera for track events is used for the 1st time at Los Angeles Olympics, instrumental in changing 110m hurdles final, review gives Donald Finley bronze ahead of American Jack Keller
  • 1933 Philadelphia A's beat NY Yankees, 7-0, first time in 308 games 'Bronx Bombers' are shut out

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1936 American sprinter Jesse Owens wins the 100m (10.3 seconds) in front of Adolf Hitler in a famous race at the Berlin Olympics, first of 4 gold medals at the Games

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1936 Karl Hein (56.49 Olympic record) and Erwin Blask make it a German 1-2 in the hammer throw at the Berlin Olympics

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1941 Joe DiMaggio goes 0-4 in Yankees 6-2 loss v St. Louis Browns, ending his on-base streak of 74 games, 2nd in MLB history

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1948 Negro League veteran pitcher Satchel Paige debuts for Cleveland after controversial signing, goes 7 innings in 5-3 win v Washington
  • 1948 An American clean sweep of the medals in the men's 3m springboard diving at the London Olympics with Bruce Harlan winning gold, Miller Anderson silver and Sammy Lee bronze

  • 1948 American divers Vicki Draves, Zoe Ann Olsen and Patsy Elsener go 1-2-3 in a US clean sweep of the medals in the women's 3m springboard at the London Olympics
  • 1948 The US 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of Wally Ris, Jimmy McLane, Wally Wolf and Bill Smith swim a world record 8:46.0 to win gold at the London Olympics
  • 1948 An American 1-2 in the men's 200m at the London Olympics with Mel Patton (21.1) beating team mate Barney Ewell
  • 1948 An American sweep of the medals in the men's shot put at the London Olympics with Wilbur Thompson taking gold ahead of team mates Jim Delaney & Jim Fuchs
  • 1949 Basketball Association of America (BAA) & National Basketball League (NBL) merge to form National Basketball Association (NBA), Maurice Podoloff elected head of new league
  • 1952 Alberto Ascari of Italy clinches FIA World Championship of Drivers by winning German Grand Prix at Nürburgring in a Ferrari
  • 1955 Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing, Le Mans disaster & Bill Vukovich death at Indianapolis contributing factors
  • 1955 Belgian middle distance runner Roger Moens breaks Rudolph Harbig's long standing 800m world record (1:45.7) in Oslo, Norway
  • 1956 American sprinter Willie Williams sets 100m world record at 10.1 in Berlin, Germany
  • 1959 27th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Memorial Coliseum, LA
  • 1959 AL beats NL 5-3 in Game 2 of All Star Baseball doubleheader (to boost player pension fund) at LA Memorial Coliseum
  • 1960 For the only time in MLB history teams exchange managers as Detroit trades Jimmy Dykes (44-52) for Cleveland's Joe Gordon (49-46)
  • 1960 Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 43-16 in exhibition game at CNE Stadium in Toronto
  • 1961 Pittsburgh Pirates rout the St. Louis Cardinals, 19-0, the largest lopsided shutout in NL history
  • 1962 29th Chicago College All-Star Game: Green Bay 42, All-Stars 20, 65,000 at Soldier Field
  • 1962 NY Met Frank Thomas hits his 6th HR in 3 games
  • 1969 Cincinnati Reds with 25 hits & 10 runs in 5th edge Philadelphia Phillies 19-17 at Connie Mack Stadium
  • 1970 The second ever NFL work stoppage ends with NFL and Players' Association agreeing to a 4-year, $19.1 million deal

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1979 Sam Snead, at 67 years, 2 months and 7 days sets the record for the oldest player to make the cut in a major - PGA Championship at Oakland Hills CC

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 1980 Al Kaline, Duke Snider, Chuck Klein and Tom Yawkey are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1982 Pitching coach Clyde King becomes NY Yankees 3rd manager of the season replacing Gene Michaels after Yanks swept at home by Chicago WS
  • 1984 Mary Lou Retton scores 10 for final vault to win the individual all-round competition in Los Angeles and become first American woman to win an Olympic gymnastics medal
  • 1984 17 year old Australian swimmer Jon Sieben stages a withering finish to upset hot favourite Michael Gross of West Germany in 200m butterfly at Los Angeles Olympics, world record (1:57.04)
  • 1984 Mexicans Ernesto Canto and Raúl González take the gold and silver medals in the 20k walk at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • 1986 Willie McCovey, Bobby Doerr and Ernie Lombardi are inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

  • 1986 First NFL 'American Bowl' exhibition game at London's Wembley Stadium, Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6
  • 1987 Detroit Tigers ace Jack Morris ties AL record with 5 wild pitches in a 4-2, 10 innings loss v Kansas City Royals
  • 1987 Twins pitcher Joe Niekro is caught with a file on the mound in 11-3 win v Angels, ejected and suspended for 10 games
  • 1989 Jorge Velásquez wins aboard Maddie Bumpo in the 3rd at Arlington International Racecourse to become only the 5th jockey in the world to ride 6,000 career winners

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1989 Future Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder Rickey Henderson sets AL mark of 50 stolen bases in 9 of his first 11 seasons in MLB

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1989 Cincinnati Reds set MLB record for most hits in 1st inning of a game with 16 for 14 runs in an 18-1 rout of Houston Astros
  • 1990 NY Yankees rookie 1st baseman Kevin Maas sets a MLB record for hitting 10 home runs in the fewest at bats (72)
  • 1996 5-time Tour de France winner Miguel Induráin of Spain wins the 52.2k road time trial in 1:04:05, 12 seconds ahead of countryman Abraham Olano at the Atlanta Olympics

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1996 American Andre Agassi wins the men's singles Tennis gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics beating Spaniard Sergi Bruguera 6-2, 6-3, 6-1

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 1997 Canadian Open Golf (du Maurier Classic), Glen Abbey GC: Colleen Walker wins by 2 from Liselotte Neumann of Sweden
  • 1997 Manchester United beats Chelsea 4-2 on penalties to win the Charity Shield, after a bad-tempered 1-all draw at Wembley
  • 1998 The Oval stages first competitive cricket match played under floodlights in London when home team Surrey loses to Sussex by 8 wickets in the day/night 40-over fixture
  • 1999 Arsenal FC completes a huge signing coup snapping up ace French striker Thierry Henry for a bargain £10 million from Italian club Juventus.
  • 2000 England cricket wicket keeper Alec Stewart becomes only the 4th batsman to score a century (105) in his 100th Test, during the 3rd Test against the West Indies at Old Trafford
  • 2001 8th Athletics World Championships open at Edmonton, Canada
  • 2001 Olympic champion Gezahegne Abera of Ethiopia becomes first athlete to achieve Olympics-World Championships marathon double; runs 2:12:42 to beat Kenya's Simon Biwott by just 0.1s in Edmonton World Championships
  • 2004 St. Louis 1st baseman Albert Pujols becomes first player in MLB history to hit at least 30 HRs in each of his first 4 seasons as Cardinals beat Montreal, 10-6

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2006 Barry Bonds' 715th MLB home run ball (moved him past Babe Ruth for 2nd all-time) fetches $220,100 at auction

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2006 Brazilian Champ Car driver Cristiano da Matta crashes into a deer during testing at Road America, Wisconsin; seriously injured but returns to racing in 2008

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2012 American super-swimmer Michael Phelps wins the 100m butterfly in London to take his all-time Olympic gold medal tally to a record 17

  • 2012 American Missy Franklin swims a world record 2:04.06 to win the 200m backstroke gold medal at the London Olympics
  • 2013 Super Rugby Final: Chiefs successfully defend title with a 27-22 over ACT Brumbies at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2017 Brazilian soccer forward Neymar transfers from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record transfer fee of €222 on a 5-year deal

Footballer Neymar
Footballer
Neymar

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1855 Joe Hunter, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (England on 1884-85 Aust tour), born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England (d. 1891)
  • 1894 Harry Heilmann, American baseball hall of famer outfielder (Detroit), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1951)
  • 1899 Louis Chiron, Monégasque racing drive, born in Monte Carlo, Monaco (d. 1979)
  • 1901 John Stennis, American politician, Mississippi Senator, born in Kemper County, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1916 José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1978)
  • 1933 Pat Crawford, Australian cricketer (Australian pace bowler 1956), born in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2009)
  • 1937 Duncan Sharpe, Pakistani cricketer (3 Tests for Pakistan 1959-60), born in Rawalpindi, Punjab, British India
  • 1940 Lance Alworth, American NFL hall of famer (Charger, Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1945 Eamon Dunphy, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1949 Valeri Vasiliev, Soviet ice hockey defenceman (2x Olympic gold),born in Gorky, Soviet Union (d. 2012)
  • 1950 Waldemar Cierpinski, East German runner (Olympic marathon gold 1976, 80), born in Neugattersleben, Germany

Person of interestMarcel Dionne

1951 Marcel Dionne, Canadian NHL center (LA Kings, NY Rangers), born in Drummondville, Quebec

NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne
  • 1952 Osvaldo Ardiles, Argentine soccer player, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1954 Gary Peters, English footballer, born in Carshalton, London
  • 1956 Todd Christensen, NFL player (Oakland) and sportscaster, born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1960 Gopal Sharma, Indian cricket off-spinner (2 Tests 1984-85), born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
  • 1960 Tim Mayotte, American tennis player (Olympic silver 1988), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1961 Ken Wark, Australian field hockey fullback (Olympic 4th/silver-88, 92, 96), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1962 Alberto Tous, Spanish tennis star, born in Palma, Spain
  • 1962 Tina Lehtola, Finnish women's ski jumper (world's record holder), born in Finland
  • 1963 Libor Pimek, tennis star, born in Most, Czechoslovakia
  • 1964 Johnny Thomas, American NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1964 Kevin Elster, American baseball infielder (Texas Rangers), born in San Pedro, California
  • 1964 Nate McMillan, American NBA guard and forward (Seattle Supersonics), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1966 Eric Esch, American boxer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1968 Rod Beck [Rodney Roy], American MLB relief pitcher (SF Giants-1994 NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year), born in Burbank, California
  • 1969 Doug Overton, American NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Darren Mickell, American NFL defensive end (KC Chiefs, New Orleans Saints), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1971 Moira C Dunn, American LPGA golfer (1995 SAFECO Classic-6th), born in Utica, New York
  • 1971 Forbes Johnston, Scottish footballer (Falkirk), born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 2007)
  • 1972 Alain Bolduc, Canadian sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1972 Jeff Nygaard, American volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1972 John Lilley, American hockey forward (Olympics 1994), born in Wakefield, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Sandis Ozolinsh, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1972 Travis Hall, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons), born in Sodoltna, Alaska
  • 1973 Kurt Grote, American 100m/200m breaststroke (Olympic 6th 1996)
  • 1973 Nikos Dabizas, Greek footballer, born in Amyntaio, Greece
  • 1974 Blaine Wilson, American gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1975 N. D. Kalu, American defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1975 Trevor Pryce, American NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1975 Aryiro Strataki, Greek heptathlete, born in Heraklion, Greece
  • 1975 Chris Nevin, New Zealand cricketer, born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1976 Troy Glaus, American baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Tarzana, Los Angeles

Person of interestTom Brady

1977 Tom Brady, American football player (New England Patriots, 4 Super Bowls), born in San Mateo, California

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 1977 Óscar Pereiro, Spanish cyclist (Tour de France 2006 winner), born in Mos, Galicia, Spain
  • 1978 Mariusz Jop, Polish footballer, born in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland
  • 1979 Kris Jenkins, American football player, born in Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • 1980 Dominic Moore, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
  • 1984 Yasin Avci, Danish footballer, born in Tire, Turkey
  • 1984 Sunil Chetri, Indian footballer (Bengaluru FC), born in Secunderabad, India

Person of interestRyan Lochte

1984 Ryan Lochte, American swimmer (12-time Olympic medalist), born in Rochester, New York

Swimmer Ryan Lochte
Swimmer
Ryan Lochte
  • 1985 Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand rugby league footballer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1989 Jules Bianchi, French Formula One racing driver, born in Nice (d. 2015)

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1979 Professional boxer George Foreman (30) divorces Cynthia Lewis after more than a year of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • 1925 William Bruce, cricketer (drowns 14 Tests for Australia 1885-95), dies
  • 1934 Carl F baron von Langen-Parow, German equestrian (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1940 Willard Hershberger, catcher (Cincinnati Reds), commits suicide
  • 1951 Neville Tufnell, cricket wicket keeper (Test for England 1910), dies
  • 1958 Peter Collins, English race car driver, dies at 26
  • 1986 Rupert de Smidt, cricketer (Western Province 1911-13), dies at 102
  • 1995 Harry Craft, baseball manager, dies at 80
  • 2011 Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (b. 1945)
  • 2016 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, dies at 73