On This Day in Sport for August 31

Events in Sport

  • 1881 1st US men's single tennis championships (Newport, Rhode Island)
  • 1891 11th U.S. Men's National Championship: Oliver Campbell beats Clarence Hobart (2-6, 7-5, 7-9, 6-1, 6-2)
  • 1894 Phillies Billy Hamilton steals 7 bases
  • 1900 Dodgers' Brickyard Kennedy walks 6 straight Phillies
  • 1904 24th U.S. Men's National Championship: Holcombe Ward beats William Clothier (10-8, 6-4, 9-7)
  • 1905 25th U.S. Men's National Championship: Beals Wright beats Holcombe Ward (6-2, 6-1, 11-9)
  • 1909 A J Reach Co patents cork-centered baseball
  • 1909 Thure Johnstown wins Stockholm marathon (2:40:34.2)
  • 1913 Soccer club PSV forms in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1915 Chicago White Sox Jimmy Lavender no-hits NY Giants, 2-0
  • 1918 Boston Red Sox, win earliest AL pennent ever (season ended Sept 2)
  • 1934 1st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 0, All-Stars 0 (79,432)
  • 1935 Chicago White Sox Vern Kennedy no-hits Cleveland Indians, 5-0
  • 1938 5th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 28, Washington 16 (74,250)
  • 1947 NY Giants set season record for HRs by a club 183 (en route to 221)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1950 Dodger Gil Hodges hits 4 HRs & a single in a game vs Braves

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • 1959 48th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (3-2)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1959 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1966 Referee Leo Horn whistles his last soccer match (Ajax-Bulgaria)
  • 1968 68th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bruce Fleisher
  • 1968 Garfield Sobers becomes the first cricketer to hit 6 sixes in one over.
  • 1970 59th Davis Cup: USA beats Germany in Cleveland (5-0)
  • 1971 Adrienne Beames runs female world record marathon (2:46:30)
  • 1972 Lasse Viren runs Olympic/world record 10,000m (27:38.4)
  • 1972 Olga Korbut, USSR, wins olympic gold medal in gymnastics
  • 1973 1st heavyweight championship fight in Japan (Foreman beats Roman)
  • 1976 Waldemar Cierpinski wins 18th Olympics Marathon (2:09:55.0)
  • 1979 16 yr old Tracy Austin defeats 14 yr old Andrea Jaeger at US Open Tennis
  • 1979 Phillies replaces manager Danny Ozark with Dallas Green
  • 1980 80th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Hal Sutton
  • 1981 Dirk Wellham scores 103 on Test Cricket debut, v England at Lord's
  • 1984 Pinklon Thomas beats Tim Witherspoon in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1985 Angel Cordero becomes 3rd jockey to ride horses earning over $100 M
  • 1987 Curtis Strange sets golf's earning for year record ($697,385)
  • 1990 Ken Griffey Sr & Jr are 1st father & son to play on same team each goes 1 for 4 for Seattle Mariners
  • 1991 Houston QB David Klingler sets NCAA record with 6 touchdown passes in the 2nd quarter as the Cougars clobbered Louisiana Tech 73-3
  • 1993 Minnesota Twins beat Cleve Indians 5-4 in 22 innings
  • 1997 Don Mattingly's #23 is retired by NY Yankees
  • 1997 Scott Hoch wins Greater Milwaukee Golf Open with a 268

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999 Dino Ciccarelli retires from the NHL

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • 2003 9th World Championships in Athletics close at Saint-Denis, France

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1869 Gregor MacGregor, English cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests 1890-93) and Scottish rugby union player, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1919)
  • 1878 Frank Jarvis, American athlete (Olympic 100m Champion-1900), born in California, Pennsylvania (d. 1933)
  • 1889 A Provost Idell, father of modern volleyball
  • 1889 Bombardier Billy Wells [William Thomas Wells], English heavyweight boxer (Lionsdale Belt, 1911), born in London, England (d. 1967)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1931 Jean Marc Beliveau, Canadian NHL player (Montreal Canadiens, 10 Stanley Cups), born in Trois-Rivieres Quebec, (d. 2014)

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau
  • 1935 Frank Robinson, American baseball player and manager (MVP 1961-NL 1966-AL), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1940 Alain Calmat, French figure skater (Olympic silver 1964)
  • 1942 Isao Aoki, Abiko Chiba Japan, PGA golfer (1983 Hawaiian Open)
  • 1944 Clive Hubert Lloyd, cricketer ("Supercat", 110 Tests 1966-85)
  • 1948 Harald Ertl, Austrian racing driver (d. 1982)
  • 1948 Holger Osieck, German footballer and coach
  • 1953 Miguel Ángel Guerra, Argentine racing driver
  • 1955 Edwin Corley Moses, Dayton, 400m hurdler (Oly-2 gold/br-76, 84, 88)
  • 1957 Tom Candiotti, pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1957 Colm O'Rourke, Former Gaelic footballer and Current panelist
  • 1958 Serge Blanco, French rugby union footballer
  • 1960 Vali Ionescu, Romanian long jumper
  • 1962 Wanda Guenette, Winnipeg Manitoba, volleyballer (Olympics-96)
  • 1963 Sonny Silooy, soccer player (Ajax)
  • 1965 Willie Watson, cricket pace bowler (NZ)
  • 1966 Jeff Frye, infielder (Boston Red Sox), born in Oakland, California
  • 1967 Diane Madl, Mountain Top PA, field hockey forward/midfielder (Oly-96)
  • 1967 Melanie Sullivan, Branford Ct, WPVA volleyballer (National-13th-1994)
  • 1968 Glenroy Gilbert, Trinidad, Canadian 4X100m sprinter (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1968 Hideo Nomo, pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1968 Jennifer Azzi, Oak Ridge Tenn, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1968 Jolene Watanabe, tennis star (1994 Futures-Evansville), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Andrei Trefilov, Kirovo Russia, NHL goalie (Buffalo Sabres, Oly-S-98)
  • 1969 Javagal Srinath, cricketer (Indian right-arm pace bowler since 1991)
  • 1969 Nathan Minchey, pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1969 Victor Alexander, NBA forward/center (NY Knicks)
  • 1970 James Robinson, NBA guard (LA Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers)
  • 1970 Steve Nikataras, cricketer (left-arm pace bowler for NSW 1996-97)
  • 1970 Arie van Lent, Dutch-German footballer
  • 1971 Greg Jefferson, NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1971 Mike Caldwell, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1971 Pádraig Harrington, Irish golfer
  • 1973 Earl Scott, WLAF OL (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1973 Priest Lauderdale, NBA center (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1973 Reggie Geary, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1973 Scott Niedermayer, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils)
  • 1974 Andrei Medvedev, tennis star (1991 French Open junior), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1974 Jeremy O'day, CFL offensive linebacker (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1975 Raleigh Roundtree, tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1976 Roque Júnior, Brazilian footballer
  • 1977 Ian Harte, Irish footballer
  • 1978 Philippe Christanval, French footballer
  • 1979 Clay Hensley, American baseball player
  • 1979 Mark Johnston, Canadian swimmer
  • 1979 Ramón Santiago, Dominican baseball player
  • 1981 Dwayne Peel, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • 1981 Steve Saviano, American ice hockey player
  • 1982 Lien Huyghebaert, Belgian athlete
  • 1982 José Reina, Spanish footballer
  • 1982 Michele Rugolo, Italian racing driver
  • 1982 Ian Crocker, American swimmer
  • 1982 Chris Duhon, American basketball player
  • 1982 Josh Kroeger, American baseball player
  • 1982 Alexei Mikhnov, Ukrainian-born ice hockey player
  • 1983 Larry Fitzgerald, American football player
  • 1984 Matti Breschel, Danish road cyclist
  • 1984 Charl Schwartzel, South African golfer
  • 1986 Feng Tianwei, Singaporean table tennis player
  • 1987 Petros Kravaritis, Greek footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1940 Football player and coach Vince Lombardi (27) weds Marie Planitz at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Bronx, New York


Deaths in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1969 Rocky Marciano, former heavyweight champ, dies in a plane crash at 45

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • 1973 Stan Worthington, English cricket pace bowler (9 Tests 1930-36), dies
  • 1979 E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper 1911-14), dies
  • 1981 Victor Trumper Jr, cricketer (7 games for NSW, 74 runs 12 wkts), dies
  • 1990 Johnny Lindsay, cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1947), dies
  • 1990 Nat (Sweetwater) Clifton, NY Knick, dies at 65 of a heart attack
  • 2006 Tom Delaney, British racing driver (b. 1911)
  • 2006 Mohamed Abdelwahab, Egyptian footballer (b. 1983)
  • 2007 Gay Brewer, American golfer (b. 1932)
  • 2010 Laurent Fignon, French cyclist (1983 & 1984 Tour de France), dies of cancer at 50
  • 2011 Wade Belak, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1976)