On This Day in Sport for August 30

Events in Sport

  • 1884 Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey wins middleweight title in 1st fight with boxing gloves
  • 1887 US Men's National Tennis Championship, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears beats Henry Slocum 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
  • 1892 12th U.S. Men's National Championship: Oliver Campbell beats Fred Hovey (7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5)
  • 1904 Thomas Hicks wins 3rd Olympics marathon (3:28:53.0) (40 km)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1905 Tiger Ty Cobb makes his debut, doubling off Yank Jack Chesbro

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1906 Hal Chase becomes 1st NY Yankee to hit three triples in a game
  • 1912 St Louis Brown Earl Hamilton no-hits Detroit Tigers, 5-1
  • 1913 Phillies lead Giants 8-6 in top of 9th, fans in bleachers try to distract Giants, Umpire forefeits game to Giants, later overruled

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1922 Babe Ruth is thrown out of a game for 5th time in 1922

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Sport awardTennis Open

1927 41st U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Wills Moody beats Betty Nuthall Shoemaker (6-1, 6-4)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1937 Joe Louis beats Tommy Farr in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1939 6th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: NY Giants 9, All-Stars 0 (81,456)
  • 1939 NY Yankee Atley Donald pitches a baseball a record 94.7 mph (152 kph)
  • 1941 St Louis Card Lon Warneke no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 2-0
  • 1944 11th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 24, All-Stars 21 (48,769)
  • 1945 12th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 19, All-Stars 7 (92,753)

  • 1960 Boston 2nd baseman Pete Runnels goes 6-for-7
  • 1960 US women's 4 x 100m medley relay team swims world record 4:41.1 to beat Australia and win the gold medal at the Rome Olympics; Lynn Burke, Patty Kempner, Carolyn Schuler & Chris von Saltza

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961 Oriole Jack Fisher walks 12 LA Angels in a 9 inning game

MLB Pitcher Jack Fisher
MLB Pitcher
Jack Fisher
  • 1964 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Riverside Ladies Golf Open
  • 1965 Casey Stengel announces his retirement after 55 years in baseball
  • 1969 69th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Steve Melnyk
  • 1972 Japanese breaststroker Nobutaka Taguchi beats American pair Tom Bruce & John Hencken to win the 100m gold medal in world record 1:04.94 at the Munich Olympic Games
  • 1972 Australian teenage swimmer Shane Gould with a world record 4:19.04 for the 400m, wins her second of 3 gold medals at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972 American women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Shirley Babashoff, Jane Barkman, Jenny Kemp & Sandy Neilson beats East Germany by just 0.36 to win gold at the Munich Olympics; world record 3:55.19
  • 1972 Amidst Olga Korbut mania at the Munich Olympics, Soviet team mate Ludmilla Tourischeva wins the gymnastics individual all-round competition, her 2nd gold medal of the Games
  • 1972 Slalom canoeing is introduced at the Munich Olympics with East Germany winning all 4 events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Ian Botham makes 1000 runs/100 wkts in Tests in his 21st match

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • 1979 Kathy Horvath (14y5d) is youngest to play in US Tennis Open, she loses

Sport awardTennis Open

1979 Wildest US Tennis Open match, McEnroe defeats Ilie Năstase 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Năstase was defaulted by the umpire then reinstated

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • 1984 Red Sox Jim Rice grounds into record 33rd double play en route to 36
  • 1986 Gelindo Bordin wins Stuttgart marathon (2:10:54)
  • 1987 87th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Billy Mayfair
  • 1987 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987 Kirby Puckett goes 6-for-6 with 2 HRs in Minn 10-6 win over Milwaukee

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 1987 Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria sets high jump woman's record 2.09m (6'10½"), one of the most long-standing records in athletics
  • 1987 Yves Pol of France runs complete marathon backwards (3:57:57)
  • 1987 Knuckleballer Charlie Hough on the mound, Rangers catcher Geno Petralli ties the major league record by allowing 6 passed balls

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 2nd World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in 100m after Ben Johnson is disqualified

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1988 Kent Tekulve is 2nd pitcher in majors to appear in 1,000 games
  • 1990 Ken Griffey & Ken Griffey Jr become 1st father & son to play on same team (Seattle Mariners), both single in 1st inning
  • 1991 Mike Powell of US sets then long jump record at 29' 4½" (8.95m)
  • 1992 92nd US Golf Amateur Championship won by Justin Leonard
  • 1994 Largest US Tennis Open single session (total) 23,618
  • 1997 1st WNBA Championship: Houston Comets beat NY Liberty
  • 1997 Greg Rudaski is 1st to serve (2) 141 MPH serves in a match (US Open)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2006 Greg Maddux wins his 330th career game

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 Andy Roddick announces he will retire following the U.S. Open

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestTed Williams

1918 Ted Williams, American baseball player and last player in MLB to bat over .400 in a single season (Red Sox, AL MVP '46, '49; Trip Crown '42, '47), born in San Diego, California (d. 2002)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1918 Billy Johnson, American baseball player, born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • 1921 Angelo Dundee [Angelo Mirena], boxing trainer and cornerman (Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)

Person of interestVic Seixas

1923 Vic Seixas, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1953, US Open 1954), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • 1928 Lloyd Casner, American race car driver and owner (Casner Motor Racing Division team), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1965)
  • 1930 Noel Harford, New Zealand cricketer (8 Tests for NZ 1955-58), born in Winton, New Zealand (d. 1981)
  • 1934 Baloo Gupte, Indian cricketer (brother of Fergie, Indian leggie), born in Bombay, India
  • 1937 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of eponymous race team, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1970)
  • 1942 Pervez Sajjad, Pakistani cricket left-arm spinner (19 Tests 1964-73), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1943 Jean-Claude Killy, French alpine skier (Olympic-3 golds-1968), born in Paris, France
  • 1944 Tug McGraw, American baseball player and father of Tim McGraw, born in Martinez, California (d. 2004)
  • 1948 Donnacha O'Dea, Irish poker player and swimmer
  • 1952 Wojtek Fibak, Polish tennis star, born in Poznan, Poland
  • 1953 Robert Parish, American NBA center (Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1955 Butch [Richard Andrew] Johnson, American archer (Olymp-gold-1992, 96), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1962 Ricky Sanders, American NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins), born in Temple, Texas
  • 1964 Stephen Baker, American NFL receiver (NY Giants), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1964 Steve Smith, American NFL fullback (Seattle Seahawks), born in Wshington, D.C.
  • 1966 John Terry, CFL tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1966 Simon Wheeldon, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1967 Barbara Kendall, New Zealand mistral sailor (Olympic gold 1992, silver 1996, bronze 2000), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967 Catrin Nilsmark, Goteborg Sweden, LPGA golfer (1995 PING Welch's-14th)
  • 1967 Justin Vaughan, cricketer (New Zealand all-rounder 1992-)
  • 1968 Vladimir Malakhov, Sverdlovsk Russia, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 1969 Jerold Jeffcoat, WLAF defensive tackle (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1971 Aubrey Beavers, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Miami Dolphins, Rhein Fire)
  • 1971 Joseph Fitzgerald, American team handball center back (Olympics 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1971 Tre Johnson, NFL guard (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Jose Herrera, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1972 Ryan Leahy, WLAF OL (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1972 Shonte Peoples, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1973 Jimmy Herndon, offensive tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1974 Javier Otxoa, Spanish cyclist
  • 1975 Radhi Jaidi, Tunisian footballer
  • 1976 Mike Koplove, American baseball player
  • 1977 Kamil Kosowski, Polish footballer
  • 1977 Shaun Alexander, American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks, NFL MVP 2005), born in Florence, Kemtucky
  • 1977 Marlon Byrd, American baseball player
  • 1978 Cliff Lee, American baseball player
  • 1979 Juan Ignacio Chela, Argentine tennis player
  • 1982 Will Davison, Australian racing driver

Person of interestAndy Roddick

1982 Andy Roddick, American tennis player (2003 US Open), born in Austin, Texas

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • 1983 Gustavo Eberto, Argentine footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1984 Anthony Ireland, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1985 Richard Duffy, Welsh footballer
  • 1985 Leisel Jones, Australian swimmer
  • 1985 Eamon Sullivan, Australian swimmer
  • 1985 Steven Smith, Scottish footballer
  • 1988 Ernests Gulbis, Latvian tennis player

Weddings in Sport

  • 1988 Tennis star Chris Everett weds skier Andy Mills
  • 2014 NBA basketball star Dwyane Wade (32) weds actress Gabrielle Union (41) at Miami's Chateau Artisan castle

Deaths in Sport

  • 1949 Arthur Fielder, English cricket fast bowler (6 Tests 1903-08), dies at 72
  • 1952 Arky Vaughn, infielder (Pirates & Dodgers), drowns
  • 2016 Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic gold 1964, 68), dies of pancreatic cancer at 74