On This Day

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
  • 1909 MLB umpire Tim Hurst instigates a riot by spitting in the face of A's 2nd baseman Eddie Collins who had questioned a call; 2 weeks later Hurst banned for life
  • 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
  • 1923 Baseball games cancelled following the death of US President Warren G. Harding
  • 1924 Dutch track cyclist Piet Moeskops wins his 4th consecutive UCI world sprint championship in Paris
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Divorces in Sport

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

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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, American baseball catcher (Cincinnati Reds), commits suicide at 30
  • 1948 Tommy Ryan, American boxer (World Welterweight, Middleweight champion), dies at 78
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