On This Day in Sport for August 4

Events in Sport

  • 1907 Tour de France: Lucien Petit-Breton of France beats countryman Gustave Garrigou to win first of 2 Tour victories

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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

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1910 MLB pitching duel; Philadelphia A's Jack Coombs and White Sox Ed Walsh pitch a 0-0 tie in 16 innings
  • 1922 Lizzie Murphy becomes the first female to play against MLB players in a charity exhibition; all-stars from New England and AL v Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park
  • 1929 Cleveland Indians, trailing 6-5 in 9th with 2 outs score AL record tying 9 runs, beat NY Yankees 14-6
  • 1934 Giants outfielder Mel Ott becomes first player in MLB history to score 6 runs in a game as New York beats Phillies, 21-4

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1936 American athlete Jesse Owens wins his 2nd gold medal at the Berlin Olympics; beats German Luz Long in the long jump final with an Olympic record

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1936 American Helen Stephens runs 11.5 to win the 100m at the Berlin Olympics, beating controversial intersex athlete Stanisława Walasiewicz of Poland
  • 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Mickey Owens becomes 1st MLB player to take 3 foul pop-ups in one inning (3rd) in 11-6 win v NY Giants

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1945 American golfer Byron Nelson wins Canadian Open at Uplands & Thornhill CC for a record 11th consecutive PGA victory, on way to record season tally of 18

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • 1945 Red Sox outfielder Tom McBride drives in MLB record tying 6 runs in an inning (4th) during 15-4 win v Washington
  • 1947 American boxer Ike Williams knocks out Bob Montgomery in 6 rounds in Philadelphia to unify the world lightweight title
  • 1948 Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins the 80m hurdles in Olympic record 11.2 at the London Olympics; 2nd of unprecedented 3 individual track & field gold medals
  • 1948 Hungary's Olga Gyarmati wins the first ever Olympic women's long jump competition at the London Games
  • 1948 The women's shot put introduced to track & field program at the London Olympics; inaugural gold medallist Micheline Ostermeyer of France who also won the women's discus gold
  • 1948 An American sweep of the medals in the 110m hurdles at the London Olympics with William Porter taking gold, ahead of Clyde Scott and Craig Dixon

  • 1953 New York Yankees Vic Raschi sets MLB record for a pitcher by driving in 7 runs in a 15-0 win v Detroit
  • 1956 Lee Petty dismounts car on lap 32, waves red flag to field because of dusty conditions at NASCAR Grand National at Tulsa, Oklahoma; race halted and never completed
  • 1957 Argentine Maserati driver Juan Manuel Fangio clinches his record 5th World Championship of Drivers title (4th consecutive) in winning the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring
  • 1961 28th NFL Chicago College All-Star Game: Philadelphia 28, All-Stars 14, 66,000 at Soldier Field
  • 1967 34th NFL Chicago College All-Star Game: Green Bay 27, All-Stars 0 ; 70,934 at Soldier Field
  • 1973 NY Yankees pitcher Lindy McDaniel puts in one of the best relief stints in MLB history, entering in 2nd inning, allows only 1 run in 13 innings in 3-2 win v Detroit Tigers
  • 1976 England beats Australia by 8 wickets in the limited overs cricket international at Lord's; first time women are permitted to play on the main square at 'the home of cricket'
  • 1980 Maury Wills becomes only the 3rd black manager in MLB history when Darrell Johnson is fired by Seattle Mariners after a 9 game losing streak
  • 1982 Outfielder Joel Youngblood becomes only MLB player to get hits for 2 different teams in 2 different cities on the same day; singles for Mets in Chicago day game; traded, then singles for Expos in Philadelphia night game

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1984 American athlete Carl Lewis wins the 100m in 9.9 seconds in Los Angeles, first of 9 Olympic gold medals over 3 Games

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1984 Americans Al Joyner and Mike Conley take the gold and silver medals in the men's triple jump at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • 1985 Scott Verplank beats Jim Thorpe in Western Open playoff, first amateur to win a PGA Tour event since Gene Littler 1954
  • 1985 New York Yankees retire champion Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Phil Rizzuto's #10
  • 1985 Future Hall of Fame infielder Rod Carew of the California Angels singles off Minnesota's Frank Viola to collect his MLB 3,000th career hit; Angels win, 6–5
  • 1985 Tom Seaver of Chicago White Sox becomes 17th pitcher to win 300 MLB career games, beating New York, 4-1; 54,032 at Yankee Stadium
  • 1986 After winning only token damages in antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, USFL owners vote to suspend operations for 1986 season; folded before 4th season
  • 1992 The diving competition at the Barcelona Olympics concludes with Chinese athletes dominant, winning 3 of 4 gold medals contested - American Mark Lenzi wins 3m springbaord
  • 1992 In its debut at the Barcelona Olympics the badminton singles gold medals are both won by Indonesian athletes, whilst both men's & women's doubles go to South Korea
  • 1992 Italian fencer Giovanna Trillini wraps up gold medals in both women's foil events at the Barcelona Olympics as part of the winning team
  • 1993 Tony Gwynn gets 6 hits in 11-10 win v Giants, 4th time this season the Padre has 5 or more hits; ties MLB record

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1995 Following a suspension from the league for substance abuse former Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry joins NY Yankees and eventually helps the Bronx Bombers to win the 1996 World Series

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

Sport awardGolf Major

1996 Canadian Open Golf (du Maurier Classic), Edmonton CC: Laura Davies wins by 2 from Karrie Webb and Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1996 Jim Bunning, Earl Weaver, Bill Foster and Ned Hanlon inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • 2001 Australian cricket spinner Shane Warne skittles England (162) with 6/33 to guide tourists to a 7 wicket 3rd Test victory at Trent Bridge; Aussies regain Ashes with record 7th straight Test win v England
  • 2005 American Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day (52) announces his retirement from the saddle; $298m in career purses

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2007 San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds homers off Clay Hensley in 2nd inning of 3-2 loss to San Diego to tie Hank Aaron’s 33 year-old MLB career home run record of 755

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 2007 32-year-old Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest player in MLB history to hit 500 home runs, connecting on the 1st pitch he sees as NY Yankees beat Kansas City, 16-8
  • 2010 On 3rd anniversary of his 500th MLB career home run, Alex Rodriguez reaches the 600 HR mark in the NY Yankees 5-1 win v Toronto; 7th and youngest to reach milestone
  • 2012 South African Oscar Pistorius becomes first double-leg amputee to compete at the Olympics; 400m London; out in semi's

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2012 Golden double for US at London Olympic tennis as Serena Williams destroys Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 in women's singles; Bob & Mike Bryan win men’s doubles beating French pair Michael Llodra & Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 7-6

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2012 US takes the 4 x 100m medley relay double at the London Olympics with Michael Phelps collecting his 18th Olympic gold medal; women's team sets world record 3:52.05

  • 2012 Super Rugby Final: Chiefs win their first SR title with a 37-6 thrashing of the Sharks (Durban, RSA) at home at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
  • 2018 Super Rugby Final: Canterbury Crusaders successfully defend title with a 37-18 home win against the Lions from Johannesburg in Christchurch; 9th SR title

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1825 Arthur Haygarth, English cricket batsman (Middlesex & Surrey, cricket historian), born in Hastings, Sussex, England (d. 1903)
  • 1865 Gus Kempis, South African cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1890)
  • 1867 Jake Beckley, American baseball player, born in Hannibal, Missouri (d. 1918)
  • 1884 Henri Cornet, French cyclist who won the second Tour de France, born in Desvres, France (d. 1941)
  • 1890 Dolf Luque, Cuban baseball player, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1957)
  • 1901 Clarence Passailaigue, Jamaican cricketer (487 for 6th wkt for Jamaica), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1972)
  • 1902 Wild Bill Hallahan, American baseball player, born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1904 Joe Tate, English footballer, born in Old Hill, Cradley Heath, England (d. 1973)
  • 1909 Glenn Cunningham, American middle distance runner (1930's), born in Atlanta, Kansas (d. 1988)

Person of interestMaurice Richard

1921 Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens, MVP-1947), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 1928 Udham Singh, India, field hockey player (Olympic gold 1952, 56, 64), born in Sansarpur, India (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver, born in Kortrijk, Belgium (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Narendra Tamhane, Indian cricket wicketkeeper (1950's), born in Bombay, India
  • 1933 Nathan Eugene Brooks, flyweight boxer (Olympic gold 1952), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1934 Dallas Green, baseball manager (Phillies, Yankees), born in Newport, Delaware (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Quincey Daniels, American boxer (Olympic bronze 1960), born in San Diego, California
  • 1942 Cleon Jones, American baseball player, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1943 Rodney Stuart Pattison, British yachtsman (Olympics)
  • 1943 Bjørn Wirkola, Norwegian ski jumper, born in Alta, Norway
  • 1949 John Riggins, NFL running back (NY Jets, Wash Redskins)
  • 1952 Daniel Bautista, Mexican 20k walker (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1954 Janet Coles, LPGA golfer
  • 1957 John Wark, Scottish footballer
  • 1958 Greg Foster, Maywood Ill, 110m hurdler (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1958 Mary Decker Tabb Slaney, NJ, olympic track star (mile record 4:16.71)
  • 1959 Deedee Lasker, LPGA golfer

Person of interestRoger Clemens

1962 Roger Clemens, MLB pitcher (Red Sox, Blue Jays, 7 Cy Youngs, MVP), born in Dayton, Ohio

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 1964 B J Surhoff, infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1964 Clyde Simmons, NFL defensive end (Az Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1965 Trena Trice, WNBA forward/center (NY Liberty)
  • 1967 Carrie Flemmer, Stettler Alberta, softball catcher (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Marcelo Filippini, Uruguay, tennis star
  • 1967 Michael Lawrence Marsh, American sprinter (Olympic 200m gold 1992, silver 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Darcy Arreola, 1.5k runner, born in La Mesa, California
  • 1968 James Francis, linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1969 Lee O'Leary, Compton CA, outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1969 Norm Casola, CFL slot back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1970 Orlando Trustfull, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1970 Owen McMahon, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Steven Jack, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1994-95)
  • 1971 Greg Frers, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • 1971 Jeff Gordon, American race car driver
  • 1973 Alex Molden, cornerback (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1973 Eddie Cade, NFL full safety (NE Patriots)
  • 1973 Peter Tsekenis, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Xavier Marchand, French swimmer
  • 1974 Canute Curtis, linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1974 Kily González, Argentine footballer
  • 1974 Keenan Milton, Professional Skater
  • 1975 Beau Morgan, running back (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1975 Kaipo Spenser, Wailuku HI, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1976 Andrew McLeod, Australian footballer
  • 1977 Luís Boa Morte, Portuguese footballer
  • 1978 Kurt Busch, American race car driver
  • 1979 Brandi Siegel, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1979 Robin Peterson, South African cricketer
  • 1980 Richard Dawson, English cricketer
  • 1981 Frédérick Bousquet, French swimmer
  • 1981 Ben Scott, English cricketer
  • 1985 Mark Milligan, Australian footballer
  • 1985 Luis Antonio Valencia, Ecuadorean footballer
  • 1985 Ha Seung-Jin, Korean basketball player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1919 D[ave] W Gregory, cricketer (brother of Ned, uncle of Syd), dies
  • 1967 Peter Smith, cricketer (Essex leggie, 3 wickets for England), dies
  • 1995 Dick Bartell, baseball player, dies at 87
  • 1999 Liselott Linsenhoff, German equestrian rider (Olympic gold 1968, 72), dies at 71
  • 2008 Craig Jones, English motorcycle racer. (b. 1985)
  • 2011 Naoki Matsuda, Japanese Soccer player (b. 1977)
  • 2012 Arnie Risen, Basketball Hall of Fame center (4-time NBA All Star), dies at 87
  • 2013 Art Donovan, American football player, dies from a respiratory ailment at 89