On This Day in Sport for August 5

Events in Sport

  • 1901 Peter O'Connor of Ireland, sets the first officially recognised world long jump record at 24' 11 3/4" in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1921 KDKA Pittsburgh presents first radio broadcast of MLB; Pirates beat Phillies, 8-0; Harold Arlin first play-by-play broadcaster
  • 1927 Phillies outfielder Cy Williams hits for cycle in just 4 at bats in 9-7 win v Pirates

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1936 American athlete Jesse Owens wins 200m in world record time (20.7), his 3rd gold medal of the Berlin Olympics

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1936 Italian athlete Ondina Valla runs a world record 11.6 in the semi finals of the 80m hurdles at the Berlin Olympics; wins final the next day but can't match the time
  • 1936 Ken Carpenter (50.48 Olympic record) and Gordon Dunn make it an American 1-2 in the men’s discus throw at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1940 St Louis Brown's pitcher John Whitehead no-hits Detroit Tigers, 4-0 in 6 innings (rain shortened)
  • 1948 Cleveland Indians set club record for most double plays in a game (6) in a 3-0 win v Washington
  • 1948 Americans Sammy Lee and Bruce Harlan go 1-2 in the 10m platform diving at the London Olympics
  • 1948 A Jamaican 1-2 in the men's 400m at the London Olympics with Arthur Wint (46.2) beating team mate Herb McKenley for the gold medal
  • 1948 A Swedish sweep of the medals in the 3000m steeplechase at the London Olympics with Tore Sjöstrand taking gold ahead of team mates Erik Elmsäter & Göte Hagström
  • 1959 Chicago Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL), 55-26 in a pre-season exhibition at CNE Stadium in Toronto
  • 1961 Chicago Bears (NFL) beat Montreal Alouettes (CFL), 34-16 in a pre-season exhibition at Molson Stadium in Montreal
  • 1965 South African cricket batsman Graeme Pollock scores a classic 125 to set the Proteas on the way to a 2nd Test win against England at Trent Bridge
  • 1966 33rd NFL Chicago College All-Star Game: Green Bay 38, All-Stars 0; 72,000 at Soldier Field
  • 1966 West Indies cricket captain Gary Sobers scores 174 including a century between lunch & tea to set up a 4th Test win v England at Headingley

  • 1967 First exhibition after AFL/NFL merger, Denver Broncos (AFL) surprise Detroit Lions (NFL), 13-7 at University of Denver
  • 1969 Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell smashes first and longest home run ever hit out of Dodger Stadium; the incomparable shot off Alan Foster, measures 506 feet
  • 1972 Detroit Tigers shortstop Ed Brinkman commits an error ending record streak of 72 games & 331 total chances without a misplay
  • 1973 Braves pitcher Phil Niekro no-hits the San Diego Padres, 9-0, the first for the franchise in Atlanta
  • 1973 15 year old Australian swimmer Stephen Holland smashes Mike Burton's 1,500m world record by a massive 14.78 seconds (15:37.8) in Brisbane
  • 1975 Philadelphia Phillies create MLB record when first 8 batters get hits off Bill Bonham, beat Cubs 13-5
  • 1978 New Orleans Saints beat Philadelphia Eagles 14-7 in an NFL exhibition at Mexico City's Olympic Stadium
  • 1978 The first all-seater stadium is opened in Aberdeen, Scotland; Aberdeen & London club Tottenham Hotspurs play a friendly to inaugurate the Pittodrie Stadium

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1979 Philadelphia Phillies 3rd baseman Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single in a 5-2 home loss vs Pirates

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1979 Willie Mays, Warren Giles, & Hack Wilson inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1979 PGA Championship, Oakland Hills CC: Australian David Graham wins on the third playoff hole against Ben Crenshaw
  • 1980 Montreal Expos Dick Williams wins his 1,000th career game as a manager in 11-5 win v Mets, for whom Doug Flynn hits MLB record tying 3 triples

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 PGA Championship, Southern Hills CC: Raymond Floyd fires an opening round 9-under-par 63, tying the tournament 18-hole record

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • 1984 American Joan Benoit wins first Olympic marathon for women (2:24:52) ahead of Grete Waitz of Norway at the Los Angeles Games
  • 1984 Toronto designated hitter Cliff Johnson hits MLB record 19th career pinch-hit HR in Blue Jays 4-3 win v Baltimore
  • 1984 American super-hurdler Edwin Moses wins the 400m hurdles gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics, his 105th consecutive race victory
  • 1984 Evelyn Ashford runs an Olympic 100m record time of 10.97 to beat American team mate Alice Brown in the LA Games final
  • 1984 The rowing competition at the LA Olympics concludes with Romania dominant in the women's section winning 5 of 6 gold medals; US wins the eights from Romania
  • 1986 Giants left-handed pitcher Steve Carlton becomes 2nd to reach 4,000 strikeout milestone when he gets center-fielder Eric Davis in 11-5 loss v Reds
  • 1988 Thoroughbred trainer Dale Baird wins his 5,000th career race with Stuffed Johnnie at Mountaineer Park; second to reach milestone behind Jack Van Berg
  • 1989 First ever dead heat in harness racing's Hambletonian; Park Avenue Joe and Probe tie the 3rd and final heat; Park Avenue Joe wins series on count back
  • 1991 Sergei Bubka of the Soviet Union breaks his own world pole vault record (6.10m) in Malmö Sweden
  • 1992 Cuba wins baseball's inaugural gold medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, beating Chinese Taipei 11-1
  • 1995 5th Athletics World Championships open at Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1996 Kansas City Chiefs rout Dallas Cowboys 32-6 in an NFL pre-season exhibition game in Monterrey Mexico

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1999 St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire becomes only the 16th MLB player to reach the 500 home run milestone as the Cardinals lose 10-2 v San Diego at Busch Stadium

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 2000 Moni Maker wins the $500,00 Nat Ray at the Meadowlands in world record 1:52.1 to become harness racing's first $5m stakes earner
  • 2001 Cleveland Indians tie a MLB record in erasing a 12 run Seattle lead to win 15-14, also preventing the Mariners from reaching a record 117 season wins
  • 2005 St. Louis Cardinals 1st baseman Albert Pujols becomes the first player to connect for 30 home runs in each of his first 5 MLB seasons
  • 2005 NBA announces Las Vegas will host the 2007 All Star game; first time event will be held in a city without an NBA team

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2006 Warren Moon becomes the first black quarterback to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio; joined by Troy Aikman, John Madden, Rayfield Wright, Harry Carson and Reggie White

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • 2007 Atlanta left-hander Tom Glavine becomes only the 23rd pitcher in MLB history to reach the 300 win milestone as the Braves beat Cubs, 8-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010 Group led by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan & Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg is confirmed as winning bidder in court ordered auction of Texas Rangers MLB franchise (value $593m)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 2013 MLB bans New York Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez for 211 games as a result of the Biogenesis Laboratories scandal
  • 2013 Rain intervenes to end the 3rd cricket Test between Australia and England at Old Trafford; England retains the Ashes after winning the first 2 Tests
  • 2016 31st Summer Olympics officially open in Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2017 Super Rugby Final: Canterbury Crusaders (NZ) travel to Johannesburg and beat home side Lions 25-17 at Ellis Park; 8th SR title
  • 2018 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Lyham & St. Annes: England's Georgia Hall wins her first major title by 2 shots from Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand
  • 2018 English swimmer Adam Peaty breaks his own world record in 57.00 as he wins his 9th European 100m breaststroke title in Glasgow, Scotland

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1866 Harry Trott, Australian cricketer (d. 1917)
  • 1910 Nan Gindele, US javelin thrower (World Record 1932-38)
  • 1921 Nazar Mohammad, cricketer (Mudassar's pop, Pakistan's 1st centurion)
  • 1935 John McCartan, ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Person of interestHerb Brooks

1937 Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (Olympic gold Medal 1980), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks
  • 1938 Hayes Wendell Jones, Sturksville Mich, 110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1947 Bernie Carbo, American baseball player
  • 1948 Tony DiCicco, Wethersfield Ct, US women's soccer coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1948 Ray Clemence, English footballer
  • 1950 Rosi Mittermaier, German FR, slalom/downhill (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1961 Athula Samarasekera, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman)
  • 1962 Otis Thorpe, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies, Detroit Pistons)

Person of interestPatrick Ewing

1962 Patrick Ewing, NBA center (NY Knicks/Olympic gold 1992), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • 1962 Richard De Groen, cricketer (NZ medium pacer 1993-)
  • 1962 William Roberts, NFL guard (NY Jets, NE Patriots)
  • 1965 M V Sridhar, cricketer (score 366 for Hyderabad v Andhra Pradesh 1994)
  • 1967 Mike Fox, NFL defensive end (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1968 Andreas Lupzig, Straubing GER, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • 1968 John Olerud, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968 Oleg Luzhny, Ukrainian footballer
  • 1968 Colin Steele McRae, British rally driver, born in Lanark, Scotland (d. 2007)
  • 1969 Halle Cioffi, tennis star, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1969 James Fuller, NFL/WLAF safety (N O Saints, Frankfurt Galaxy, Scotland)
  • 1969 Robert Scott, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Vasbert Conniel Drakes, cricketer (Barbados fast bowler, WI ODI 1995)
  • 1969 Venkatesh Prasad, cricketer (consistent Indian Test pace bowler 1996-)
  • 1970 Andy Antoine, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1970 Everett McIver, NFL guard (NY Jets, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970 Travis Moore, CFL receiver (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1971 Valeri Karpov, NHL left wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1972 Aaqib Javed, Pakistani cricketer and pace bowler (1989-98), born in Sheikhupura, Pakistan
  • 1972 Arthur Reid, pairs skater (& Jennifer Darst), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1972 Darryl Yung, badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1972 John Wasdin, Ft Belvoir WA, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1973 Brendan Todd, Australian mistral sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Ed Burman, WLAF linebacker (London Monarchs)
  • 1973 Sanwar Hossain, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1974 Frankie Hejduk, soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in La Mesa, California
  • 1974 Jason Shelley, WLAF wide receiver (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1974 Antoine Sibierski, French footballer
  • 1976 Germain Wattamaleo, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1976 Marian Pahars, Latvian footballer
  • 1977 Eric Hinske, American baseball player
  • 1977 Michael Walsh, English footballer
  • 1977 Mark Mulder, American baseball player
  • 1978 Kristin Link, Fairfax Va, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978 Lorrie Fair, soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Los Altos, California
  • 1978 Kim Gevaert, Belgian sprinter
  • 1979 David Healy, Northern Irish footballer and manager (Linfield), born in Killyleagh, County Down
  • 1980 Wayne Bridge, English footballer
  • 1980 Ali Umar, Maldivian footballer
  • 1980 Jason Čulina, Australian soccer player
  • 1981 Carl Crawford, American baseball player
  • 1981 Alester Maregwede, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1982 LoLo Jones, American track and field athlete
  • 1982 Ryu Seung Min, Korean table tennis player
  • 1985 Laurent Ciman, Belgian footballer
  • 1985 Salomon Kalou, Ivorian footballer
  • 1986 Paula Creamer, American golfer
  • 1988 Federica Pellegrini, Italian swimmer
  • 1990 Patrick Reed, American golfer (2018 Masters), born San Antonio, Texas

Deaths in Sport

  • 1911 Bob Caruthers, American baseball player (b. 1864)
  • 1927 Tom Groube, cricketer (Test for Australia 1880), dies
  • 1934 Neville Quinn, cricketer (12 Tests for South Africa), dies at 26
  • 1944 Maurice Turnbull, cricketer (England)/rugby (Wales), dies
  • 1964 Art Ross, Canadian hockey player and executive (b. 1886)
  • 1966 Austin Diamond, Australian cricketer (Australian capt to America 1913), dies at 92

Person of interestPaul Brown

1991 Paul Brown, NFL hall of fame coach (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), dies of pneumonia at 82

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 1994 Amy Sacks, producer (ABC sports, Disney), dies of Lupus at 39
  • 1994 Terry Hibbitt, soccer star, dies at 47
  • 2002 Chick Hearn, American NBA broadcaster (called 3,338 LA Lakers games), dies at 85
  • 2005 Polina Astakhova, Russian gymnast (b. 1936)
  • 2005 Jim O'Hora, American football coach (b. 1915)