On This Day in Sport for August 7

Events in Sport

  • 1903 Tommy Corcoran sets MLB record for shortstops when he records 14 assists in Cincinnati's 4 - 2 win v St. Louis Cardinals

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1907 Washington Senators legendary pitcher Walter Johnson wins first of his 416 career wins, 7-2 v Cleveland

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1915 Dario Resta, driving a Peugeot, wins the first Champ Car race ever to average over 100mph at a 100-mile race in Chicago; average speed 101.8mph
  • 1921 Dutch cyclist Piet Moeskops wins the 1st of 4 straight, and 5 total world sprint championships when he beats defending champion Bob Spears of Australia in Copenhagen

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1929 NY Yankees slugger Babe Ruth ties MLB record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games for the second time in 13-1 win v Philadelphia A's

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1936 A Finnish quinella in the 5,000m final at the Berlin Olympics; Gunnar Höckert runs an Olympic record to beat team mate Lauri Lehtinen
  • 1936 Twenty-two nations line-up as the first basketball competition in the Olympics Games starts in Berlin; Estonia beats France 34-29 in the first game
  • 1936 Argentina wins the polo gold medal beating Great Britain 11-0 in the final at the Berlin Olympics; final time the sport is contested at the Olympics

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1938 2,000th Brooklyn Dodgers home run: legendary shortstop Leo Durocher homers off Reds hurler Peaches Davis in 8th inning of a 6-3 win

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1948 Delfo Cabrera of Argentina wins dramatic marathon in 2:34:51.6 at the London Olympics
  • 1948 Swedish race walker John Mikaelsson wins the gold medal in the 10k event by 30.6 seconds from team mate Ingemar Johansson at the London Olympics
  • 1948 Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins her 4th track & field gold medal of the London Olympics as part of the Dutch 4 x 100m relay team in 47.5
  • 1948 American swimmer Jimmy McLane wins the 1,500m for his 2nd gold medal at the London Olympics (4 x 200m freestyle relay); marks a US clean sweep of every men's swimming gold medal at the Games
  • 1948 American Alice Coachman becomes the first black woman from any country to win an Olympic gold medal when she takes out the high jump at the London Games
  • 1950 Tour de France: Ferdi Kübler becomes first Swiss rider to win Tour; Louison Bobet of France wins mountain classification

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1956 Boston Red Sox fine slugger Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at heckling Boston fans, third incident in 3 weeks

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

  • 1956 51-year-old Satchel Paige (Miami Marlins) wins a game before the largest crowd in minor league history, 57,000 at Miami’s Orange Bowl; International League: Marlins 6-2 v Columbus Jets

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1960 Arnold Palmer's 20th PGA Tour win; rallies from a 5-stroke deficit to enter a playoff, then beats Jack Fleck and Bill Collins to win the Insurance City Open

  • 1964 31st NFL Chicago College All-Star Game: Chicago 28, All-Stars 17 - 65,000 at Soldier Field
  • 1970 First all-computer chess championship is conducted in New York and won by CHESS 3.0 (CDC 6400), a program written by Slate, Atkin & Gorlen at Northwestern University

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1972 Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez, Early Wynn, Josh Gibson, Will Harridge, Buck Leonard & Ross Youngs are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 1978 Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss and Larry MacPhail are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

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1983 PGA Championship, Riviera CC: Hal Sutton wins his only major title by 1 stroke from Jack Nicklaus

  • 1983 Grete Waitz of Norway wins inaugural women's marathon at the 1st world athletics championships in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1983 1st Athletics World Championships open at Helsinki, Finland
  • 1984 Japan beats US, 6-3 in the final of the Los Angeles Olympic baseball demonstration event
  • 1984 The US collects its first Olympic gold medal in women's basketball history with a 85-55 win over South Korea in the final at the LA Games
  • 1986 Daniel Buettner, Bret Anderson, Martin Engel and Anne Knabe begin cycling journey of 15,266 miles from Prudhoe Bay Alaska to Argentina
  • 1988 Future Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye wins his 4,000th career race aboard 2-year-old filly Fawn and Hahn in the 4th race at Del Mar

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1991 American team of Carl Lewis, Mike Marsh, Leroy Burrell & Dennis Mitchell set 4 x 100m relay world record of 37.67 seconds in Zürich, Switzerland

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1992 San Francisco Giants announce sale of MLB franchise to group of Tampa Bay investors; move blocked by other investors

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1992 The Orlando Magic signs NBA No. 1 draft pick Shaquille O'Neal

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • 1992 Taking advantage of 6 months training on home town Terrassa pitch, Spain wins their first hockey gold medal beating Germany 2-1 in the women's final at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1999 Tampa Bay 3rd baseman Wade Boggs becomes the first MLB player to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit in Devil Rays' 15-10 loss v Cleveland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 Los Angeles Lakers announce retirement of former star player and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Jerry West; name Mitch Kupchak to succeed him

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

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2004 Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux enters the history books with his 300th career win in the Chicago's 8-4 triumph v San Francisco at SBC Park

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • 2005 American sprinter Justin Gatlin blitzes field to win 100m in 9.88 at the World Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland
  • 2005 In one of cricket history's closest Tests, and despite a brave unbeaten 43 from Australian tail-ender Brett Lee, England sneaks a 2-run win in series turning 2nd Test at Edgbaston

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2007 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hits his 756th career home run to break Hank Aaron's long-standing MLB record

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2010 Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, John Randle, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Floyd Little & Dick LeBeau are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • 2010 Hampered by a back injury Indian cricket batsman VVS Laxman scores a brave, unbeaten 103 to guide India to a 5 wicket win v Sri Lanka in Colombo; draw series
  • 2016 Miami Marlins veteran Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki becomes the 30th member of the 3,000 hit club in a 10 - 7 win v Rockies
  • 2016 Jim Furyk fires 12-under-par 58 in final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC at River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut, becoming 1st player to shoot 58 in a PGA Tour event and 1st PGA Tour pro to card 2 sub-60 rounds
  • 2016 British swimmer Adam Peaty records a world record 57.13 to win the gold medal in the men's 100m breaststroke at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 United States men's 4 × 100m freestyle relay team wins the final in 3:09.92 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Michael Phelps' record 19th Olympic gold medal

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2016 American swimmer Katie Ledecky sets a new world record with a time of 3:56.46 to win the gold medal in the women's 400m freestyle at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

Swimmer Katie Ledecky
Swimmer
Katie Ledecky
  • 2016 Sarah Sjöström of Sweden breaks world record in 55.48 to win the gold medal in the women's 100m butterfly at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2017 England breaks 19-year drought in home Test cricket series against South Africa; beat Proteas by 177 in 4th Test at Old Trafford; Moeen Ali 75no and 5/69

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1872 William Auchterlonie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1893), born in St. Andrews, Scotland (d. 1963)
  • 1877 Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (d. 1949)
  • 1879 Johannes Kotze, South African cricket fast bowler (1902-07), born in Berg River, Cape Colony (d. 1931)
  • 1895 Edward Gill, baseball player
  • 1927 Art Houtteman, American baseball player (d. 2003)
  • 1929 Don Larsen, American MLB pitcher (NY Yankees), born on what must have been a perfect day in Michigan City, Indiana
  • 1932 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian distance runner (Olympic gold, marathon 1960, 64), born in Jato, Ethiopian Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1937 Don Wilson, cricketer (England slow left-armer between 1963-71)
  • 1938 Dewi Lorwerth Ellis Bebb, rugby international/journalist
  • 1942 Carlos Monzón, Argentine boxer
  • 1943 Giorgio Alverà, Italian bobsledder (WC 1975 gold), (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Alan Young, American supreme court justice (1993-2015) and former NFL defensive end (NY Jets), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1945 Alan Page, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1948 Greg Chappell, Australian cricket captain, administrator (87 Tests), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1950 David James Wottle, American 800m runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1951 Gary Hall, US swimmer (Olympics-bronze/2 silver-1968, 72)
  • 1957 Alexander Dityatin, Soviet gymnast (3-time Olympic Champion), born in Leningrad, Russia
  • 1958 Alberto Salazar, marathoner (NYC Marathon Winner)
  • 1958 Larisa Karlova, USSR, team handball player (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • 1958 Russell Baze, Canadian Racing Hall of Fame jockey (10-time US champion, 12,844 wins), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1959 Ali Shah, cricketer (Zimbabwe all-rounder in two Tests 1992)
  • 1961 Walter Swinburn, English jockey (The Derby winner, 1981), born in Oxford (d. 2016)
  • 1961 Yelena Davydova, USSR, gymnast (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1963 Patrick Newman, St Catharines Ontario, rower (Olympics-10-88, 96)
  • 1964 Patti Liscio, golfer (1994 Chicago Challenge-49th), born in Santa Maria, California
  • 1965 Caroline S Keggi, LPGA golfer (1994 Dinah Shore-19th), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1965 Elizabeth Manley, Canadian figure skater (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1966 Tony Stargell, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Chicago Bears)
  • 1967 Jason Grimsley, Cleveland TX, pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1968 Leslie Lyness, Paoli PA, field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Tomas Carbonell, tennis star, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1969 Dave Smits, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1969 Jodi Figley, LPGA golfer
  • 1969 Keith Cash, NFL tight end (KC Chiefs, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969 Ludovit Tatos, Lynnwood Wash, kayak (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Travis Brown, Durango Colo, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Eric Namesnik, American 400m medley swimmer (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • 1970 Joe Cocozzo, NFL guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Chris T Jones, NFL tackle/wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1971 Dominic Cork, British cricketer (England all-rounder Hat-trick v WI 1995), born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire
  • 1971 Kevin Gaines, WLAF DB (London Monarchs)
  • 1972 Oscar Gray, NFL fullback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 Tony Bouie, NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1973 Bo Hanson, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Kevin Muscat, Australian soccer defender (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Kimmo Rinatnen, hockey forward (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998)
  • 1973 Danny Graves, American baseball player
  • 1974 Jeff Buckey, tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1974 Philippe De Rouville, NHL goalie (Pitts Penguins), born in Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
  • 1975 Alshermond Singleton, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1975 Edgar Renteria, Colombian baseball player (Florida Marlins), born in Barranquilla, Colombia
  • 1975 Jimmy van Fessem, Dutch football goalkeeper (Willem II), born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 1976 Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos, Greek footballer, born in Piraeus, Greece
  • 1976 Shane Lechler, American football player, born in East Bernard, Texas
  • 1982 Yana Klochkova, Ukrainian swimmer, born in Simferopol, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1982 Vasileios Spanoulis, Greek basketball player, born in Larissa, Greece
  • 1987 Sidney Crosby, Canadian hockey player, born in Nova Scotia, Canada

Deaths in Sport

  • 1914 Bransby Cooper, Australian cricketer, dies at 70
  • 1973 Jack Gregory, cricketer (scorer of fastest ton Australia 1921), dies
  • 1974 Sylvio Mantha, professional ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • 1991 Shotzie, Cincinnati Red dog mascot, dies at 9
  • 1996 Gerry Gomez, West Indian cricketer (post-war WI all-rounder), dies at 76
  • 2003 Mickey McDermott, baseball player (b. 1929)
  • 2018 Stan Mikita, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (4 time NHL scoring leader), dies of Lewy body dementia at 78