On This Day in Sport for August 6

Events in Sport

  • 1890 Future Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young throws 3-hit ball in his MLB debut for the Cleveland Spiders in 8-1 win vs Chicago Colts
  • 1908 St Louis Cardinals Johnny Lush pitches 2nd career no-hitter vs Brooklyn Superbas; wins, 2-0 (1st no-hitter 1906)
  • 1936 Japanese athletes quinella the triple jump at the Berlin Olympics; Naoto Tajima wins gold and Masao Harada silver
  • 1936 American athlete Forrest Towns runs world record 14.1 in 110m hurdles semi finals at the Berlin Olympics; later can't match the time but wins the gold medal in the final
  • 1937 MLB overturns NY Yankees 7-6 win over Cleveland Indians because of umpire error
  • 1941 Detroit Tigers pitcher Al Benton collects 2 sacrifices in an inning, a MLB record; wins 11-2 vs Cleveland Indians
  • 1945 Australian Test cricket all-rounder Keith Miller scores 110 not out for Australian Services on Day 1 of drawn 4th Victory Test against England at Lord's
  • 1948 17 year old American Bob Mathias scores 7,139 points to edge out Ignace Heinrich of France by just 165 in the decathlon at the London Olympics
  • 1948 Dutch super athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen wins London Olympics 200m in 24.4 to become 1st women to claim 3 individual track & field gold at a Games, having already won 100m & 80m hurdles
  • 1948 Vicki Draves wins her second diving gold medal at the London Olympics beating American team mate Patsy Elsener in the 10m platform
  • 1949 Future Hall of Famer Luke Appling appears in a MLB record 2,154th (en route to 2,218) game at shortstop for the Chicago White Sox
  • 1952 St. Louis Browns veteran pitcher Satchel Paige, 46, becomes oldest pitcher to win a complete shutout, 1-0 v Detroit Tigers in 12 innings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Ted Williams returns to Red Sox from military service in Korea; ends abbreviated season with .407 batting average

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1956 After going bankrupt in 1955, the American national broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena
  • 1958 American athlete Glenn Davis breaks his own world record by 0.3 (49.2) in 400m hurdles in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1961 British racing driver Sterling Moss scores his 15th and final Formula 1 victory in the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring
  • 1965 32nd NFL Chicago College All-Star Game: Cleveland 24, All-Stars 16; 68,000 at Soldier Field

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1966 Muhammad Ali knocks out English boxer Brian London in round 3 at Earl's Court in London to retain his undisputed world heavyweight title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1967 Minnesota Twins pitcher Dean Chance throws a perfect no-hitter vs Boston Red Sox, 2-0 in 5 innings before game is called because of weather
  • 1967 Future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman Brooks Robinson (Baltimore Orioles) hits into MLB record 4th career triple play

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

1972 Hank Aaron hits 660th & 661st HRs for the Atlanta Braves, breaking Babe Ruth's MLB record of homers for one team

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Sport awardGolf Major

1972 PGA Championship, Oakland Hills CC: Gary Player of South Africa wins by 2 shots from Americans Tommy Aaron & Jim Jamieson

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1973 Roberto Clemente, Warren Spahn, Billy Evans, Monty Irvin, Mickey Welch and High Pockets Kelly are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 1978 PGA Championship, Oakmont CC: John Mahaffey recovers from 7 down with 14 to play to force playoff; beats Tom Watson & Jerry Pate on 2nd hole
  • 1982 Curtis Cup Golf, Denver CC: United States beats Great Britain & Ireland 14½-3½
  • 1983 First NFL exhibition game in Europe; Minnesota Vikings beat St Louis Cardinals 28-10 at London's Wembley Stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 American athlete Carl Lewis wins long jump (8.54m), his second of 4 gold medals at Los Angeles Olympics

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1985 MLB Players' Association stages a midseason baseball strike (lasts 1 day)
  • 1986 Baltimore's Jim Dwyer & Larry Sheets, and Rangers Toby Harrah hit MLB record 3 grand slams in Texas' 13-11 win
  • 1988 Rich Gossage becomes the second player in MLB history to record 300 career saves as Cubs beat Phillies, 7-4
  • 1988 Oakland A's outfielder Jose Canseco becomes 11th MLB player to record 30 HRs & 30 steals in a season
  • 1989 Boston Red Sox retire Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder, 1st baseman Carl Yastrezemski's #8
  • 1990 Jim Palmer and Joe Morgan are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • 1991 American softball pitcher Debbie Doom strikes out 17 in her 2nd consecutive perfect game at the Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba; beats Nicaragua, 8-0
  • 1995 Cleveland's major league sports franchises, NFL Browns & MLB Indians, play in Cleveland for 1st time ever; both lose - White Sox 5, Indians 1; Giants 19, Browns 13 (exhibition)
  • 1997 Sri Lanka slams world record 952 for 6 in the 1st cricket Test against India in Colombo; Sanath Jayasuriya 340, Roshan Mahanama 225 - record partnership 576
  • 1997 Newly established NHL franchise Nashville Predators name Barry Trotz as inaugural coach; lasts 15 seasons and 1,196 regular season games
  • 2001 Two-time champion Marion Jones is disqualified and has her string of 42 consecutive 100m final victories snapped by Zhanna Pintusevich-Block of Ukraine at the World Athletics Championships in Edmonton, Canada
  • 2002 32-year old reliever Robb Nen becomes 16th and youngest closer to record 300 career saves as he protects Giants 11-10 lead v Cubs
  • 2005 10th Athletics World Championships open at Helsinki, Finland
  • 2006 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: American Sherri Steinhauer wins second of 2 majors (du Maurier Classic 1992) by 3 from Cristie Kerr & Sophie Gustafson
  • 2006 For a MLB record 11th time in his career, Padres closer Trevor Hoffman records 30 or more saves in a season; beats mark set by Lee Smith, baseball's all-time saves leader

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1887 Dudley Benjafield, British racing driver (d. 1957)
  • 1904 Henry Payne Iba, American basketball coach (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Easton, Missouri
  • 1906 Ken Strong, NFL, AFL halfback (Staten Island, NY Yanks, NY Giants)
  • 1908 Helen Jacobs, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles, US Open 1932-35), born in Globe, Arizona (d. 1997)
  • 1911 Norman Gordon, South African cricket pace bowler (against England 1938-39), born in Boksburg, South Africa (d. 2014)
  • 1914 Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (d. 1980)
  • 1916 Michael Burke, sports executive (NY Yankees, NY Knicks)
  • 1919 Pauline Betz Addie, American tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1922 Doug Ford, American golfer (PGA Championship 1955, US Masters 1957), born in West Haven, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1926 Clem Labine, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Janice-Lee York Romary, California, fencer (Olympics 1948-68)
  • 1928 Herb Moford, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Anneliese Kuppers, German FR, equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1956)
  • 1933 A G Kripal Singh, cricketer (India, 100* on debut v NZ 1959)
  • 1934 Billy Boston, Welsh rugby league footballer
  • 1941 Ray Culp, American baseball player
  • 1945 Andy Messersmith, American baseball player
  • 1946 Dusty Rhodes, Australian baseball coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1947 Tony Dell, cricketer (Australian left-arm quick, 2 Tests 1971 & 74)
  • 1952 Wojiech Fortuna, Polish ski jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1953 Iqbal Qasim, cricketer (Pakistani slow lefty in the 80's)
  • 1954 Paul Steigerwald, American sports announcer
  • 1955 Tom Inskeep, Bluffton Ind, Canadian Tour golfer
  • 1957 Bob Horner, American baseball player
  • 1960 Dale Ellis, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets)
  • 1961 Earl Winfield, CFL receiver (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1961 Mary Lou, Daniels Chicago lL, tennis star
  • 1962 Thomas Jefferson, 200m runner (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1963 Thomas Bohrer, US West Islip NY, rower (Olympic-92)
  • 1963 [Michael] Tony Dees, Pascagoula Miss, hurdler
  • 1964 John Mooney, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1964 Lauren Cowan, Benalla Victoria, golfer (1994 66th English Womens Open)
  • 1964 Robert Mimbs, CFL running back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1965 Brian Kinchen, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)

Person of interestDavid Robinson

1965 David Robinson, American NBA center (San Antonio Spurs, Olympic gold 1992), born in Key West, Florida

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • 1965 Vincent Wells, England cricketer
  • 1966 William Fred Mayfair, PGA golfer (1993 Greater Milw Open), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1967 Willie Williams, NFL/CFL tackle (Toronto Argonauts, New Orleans Saints)
  • 1967 Mike Greenberg, American sportscaster
  • 1968 Celena Mondie-Milner, Milledgeville Ga, 100m/200m runner
  • 1968 Jack de Gier, soccer player (Cambuur L, Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1968 Patricia Tarabini, La Plata Argentina, tennis star (1985 Futures ITA)
  • 1968 Siran Stacy, WLAF running back (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1969 Roberto Lanckohr, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1969 Simon Doull, cricket medium pacer (NZ)
  • 1970 Mike Strange, Niagara Falls Ontario, boxer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Erwin Thijs, Belgian cyclist
  • 1971 Curtis Shearer, WLAF receiver (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971 Mike Bales, Saskatoon, NHL goalie (Ottawa Senators)
  • 1971 Piyal Wijetunge, cricketer (Sri Lanka slow left-armer 1993)
  • 1971 Scott Minto, English footballer
  • 1972 Mike Frederick, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1973 Mike Sheldon, WLAF Guard (Rhein Fire)
  • 1973 Robert Lee, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1973 Max Kellerman, American sportscaster
  • 1973 Stuart O'Grady, Australian cyclist
  • 1974 Adrian Voinea, Focsani Romania, tennis star (1995 Malta)
  • 1974 Alvin Williams, NBA guard (Portland Trailblazers)
  • 1974 Bobby Petta, soccer player (Feyenoord, RKC)
  • 1974 Nelson Vargas, Holoyoke Mass, soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1975 Rik Platvoet, Dutch soccer player, (FC Twente, MVV)
  • 1975 Victor Zambrano, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1977 Luciano Zavagno, Argentine footballer
  • 1977 Leandro Amaral, Brazilian footballer
  • 1977 Jimmy Nielsen, Danish footballer
  • 1980 Danny Collins, Welsh footballer
  • 1982 Justin Germano, American baseball player
  • 1982 Kevin van der Perren, Belgian figure skater
  • 1983 Robin van Persie, Dutch footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1953 NHL goaltender Terry Sawchuk (23) weds Patricia Ann Morey

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • 2007 NBA Houston Rockets center Yao Ming (27) weds Chinese women's national basketball team member Ye Li (26) at the Pudong Shangri-La hotel in Shanghai

Deaths in Sport

  • 1943 Tom Garrett, cricketer (last survivor of 1st Test in 1877), dies
  • 1946 Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player (b. 1903)
  • 1946 Blanche Bingley, British tennis player (6-time Wimbledon champion), dies at 82
  • 1970 Ingolf Dahl, German composer (Andante & Arioso), dies at 58
  • 1980 Charles Urbanus, Dutch baseball player, dies at 66
  • 1996 Leonard John Coldwell, cricketer, dies at 63
  • 2012 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), dies of drowning at 59

Person of interestLouise Suggs

2015 Louise Suggs, American golfer (US Women's Open 1949, 1952) and co-founder of LPGA, dies at 91

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 2017 Darren Daulton, American baseball player (catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies), dies of brain cancer at 55
  • 2017 Betty Cuthbert, Australian athlete, 100m/200m/400m dash (Olympic gold 1956, 64), dies at 79