On This Day

On This Day in Sport for August 8

Events in Sport

  • 1870 New York Yacht Club’s first defence of America’s Cup; 'Magic' (US) defeats 'Cambria' (England) and 16 fellow defenders from NY Harbour to Sandy Hook Light Vessel on the Atlantic and return (38 miles)
  • 1900 1st International Lawn Tennis Challenge (precursor to Davis Cup) begins at Longwood Cricket Club in Massachusetts, won 3-0 by US over British Isles
  • 1902 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Brooklyn, NY: Malcolm Whitman beats Reginald Doherty 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 to give US a 3-2 win over the British Isles
  • 1903 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Boston, MA: Laurence Doherty beats William Larned 6-3, 6-8, 6-0, 2-6, 7-5 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-1 lead over US (ends 4-1)
  • 1920 Tigers beat Yanks 1-0 in shortest AL game, 73 minutes
  • 1922 Pirates set record of 46 hits in a doubleheader (against Phillies)
  • 1931 Washington Senators pitcher Bobby Burke no-hits Boston Red Sox, 5-0 at Griffith Stadium, Washington D. C.
  • 1936 A Finnish quinella in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Berlin Olympics; Volmari Iso-Hollo beats teammate Kaarlo Tuominen in world record time (9:03.8)
  • 1936 American Glenn Morris' decathlon total of 7,254 points is a world record; teammates Bob Clark & Jack Parker complete US sweep in the gruelling event at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1946 Dreyfuss family, owners of Pittsburgh Pirates since 1900, sells club to Frank McKinney & John Galbreath for $25 million

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950 Florence Chadwick swims English Channel (13:23)

  • 1961 Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1963 LA Dodgers F Howard & B Skowron are 3rd to hit consecutive pinch HRs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 NY Yankees honor Casey Stengel, retiring his number 37 (BTG was there)

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel
  • 1972 NY Yanks sign 30-year lease to play in remodeled Yankee Stadium
  • 1976 Chicago White Sox suit up in shorts

  • 1977 Texas Rangers turn their 1st triple play (vs A's)

Sport awardPGA Championship

1982 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Southern Hills CC: Ray Floyd wins his second PGA C'ship by 3 shots from fellow American Lanny Wadkins

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 1st Athletics World Championships: Carl Lewis wins gold in 100m

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1984 Carl Lewis wins 3rd gold medal of the Los Angeles Olympics joining Kirk Baptiste and Thomas Jefferson in an American sweep of the 200m
  • 1984 Nawal El Moutawakel of Morocco becomes the first female Olympic champion of a Muslim nation, and the first of her country in the 400m hurdles at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • 1984 Future 5-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts of New Zealand wins the Finn Class sailing gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • 1985 Baseball's new agreement permits 2 new NL teams in 1993
  • 1987 Brewers' Rob Deer struck-out 5 times in a game

Sport awardUS Senior Golf Open

1988 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Medinah CC: Gary Player of South Africa wins by 2 strokes over New Zealander Bob Charles in an 18-hole playoff; his second straight US Senior title

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • 1988 Minnesota Twins pull 2nd triple-play of year & beat Cleve 6-2
  • 1988 Cubs & Phillies attempt to play 1st night game ever at Wrigley Field but are rained out in 4th inning with Chicago leading, 3-1
  • 1990 Baltimore Orioles pull their 10th triple play (1-6-3 vs Oakland)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1990 Carlton Fisk ties Johnny Bench hitting 327 HRs as a catcher

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Pete Rose begins 5-ms prison term at Marion (IL) Federal prison camp

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1991 With two months left, White Sox set new home attendance (2,150,951)

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1992 The original US 'Dream Team' wins the basketball gold at the Barcelona Olympics 117-85 over Croatia; features superstars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Scotty Pippen, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley
NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 1992 Bulgarian canoeist Nikolay Bukhalov completes the C-1 500 / 1,000 double winning the latter at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992 Germany goes through the field hockey competition undefeated to win gold with a 2-1 win over Australia in the men's final at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992 Spanish centre forward Kiko scores twice as the home team takes the football Olympic gold medal with a 3-2 win over Poland in front of 95,000 at Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • 1992 Fermín Cacho wins Spain's first ever Olympic gold medal in a running event when he takes out the 1,500m at the Barcelona Games
  • 1997 Mariners Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Chicago White Sox

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2004 John Elway is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 2008 IXXX Summer Olympic Games open in Beijing, China
  • 2015 Argentine winger Juan Imhoff scores 3 tries as Pumas beat South Africa, 37-25 in Rugby Championship match at Durban; Argentina's first ever win against Springboks
  • 2015 Australia clinches first Rugby Championship with 27-19 win over New Zealand in Sydney; All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw equals Irishman Brian O'Driscoll's record for most capped international player (141)
  • 2016 Australia beats New Zealand 24-17 to win the inaugural women's sevens rugby gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016 Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú wins the women's 100m backstroke gold medal in a time of 58.45; her second gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
  • 2018 EPL club Chelsea sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Spain's Athletic Bilbao for £72 million; world-record fee for a goalkeeper

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1889 Jack Ryder, Australian cricket all-rounder (20 Tests, 1,394 runs @ 51.62), born in Collingwood, Victoria (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Achille Varzi, Italian auto racer (14 Grand Prix wins), born in Galliate, Italy (d. 1948)
  • 1909 Bill Voce, cricketer (England left-arm bodyline bowler)
  • 1921 Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (Dangerous when Wet), born in Inglewood California (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Johnny Temple, American baseball player (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Melvin F. Stute, American thoroughbred racehorse trainer (Preakness Stakes 1986, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies 1986, Breeders' Cup Sprint 1987), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1930 Jerry Tarkanian, basketball coach (California State, UNLV, 625-122)
  • 1936 Don Bowden, American middle distance runner (1st American to run sub 4 minute mile 1957, 3:58.7), born in San José, California
  • 1936 Frank Howard, baseball player (NL Rookie of the Year 1960)
  • 1939 Viorica Viscopoleanu, Romanian athlete (Olympic gold, long jump 1968), born in Storozhynets, Romania
  • 1940 Dilip Sardesai, cricketer (high scoring Indian batsman of 60's)

Person of interestKen Dryden

1947 Ken Dryden, Canadian politician and hockey player (Montreal Canadiens, 6 Stanley Cups), born in Hamilton, Ontario

NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician Ken Dryden
NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician
Ken Dryden
  • 1947 José Cruz, Puerto Rican-American baseball left fielder (St Louis Cards, Houston Astros), born in Arroyo, Puerto Rico
  • 1949 Ricardo Londoño, Colombian racing driver
  • 1951 Phil Carlson, cricketer (Australian all-rounder 1979)
  • 1952 Sudhakar Rao, Indian cricketer
  • 1953 "Sweet" Lou Dunbar, basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)

Person of interestNigel Mansell

1953 Nigel Mansell, British auto racer (World F1 champion 1992, Indy Car 1993), born in Upton-upon-Severn, England

Auto Racer Nigel Mansell
Auto Racer
Nigel Mansell
  • 1955 Herbert Prohaska, Austrian footballer
  • 1959 Ronald Weigel, German race walker (Olympic silver 20k, 50k 1988; bronze 50k 1992; World C'ship gold 50k 1983), born in Hildburghausen, Germany
  • 1961 Bruce Matthews, American NFL guard/center (Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1962 Charmaine Crooks, Canadian 800m runner (Olympics 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Mandeville, Jamaica
  • 1962 Jim Sweeney, NFL center/guard (Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1963 Ron Karkovice, Union NJ, catcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • 1963 Stephen Walkom, Canadian ice hockey official and executive
  • 1964 Harry Lee "Butch" Reynolds, American 400m runner (world record)
  • 1964 Paul Taylor, cricketer (England left-arm pace bowler in one Test 1993)
  • 1965 Angus Fraser, cricketer (England right-arm pace bowler 1989- )
  • 1966 Chris Eubank, English boxer
  • 1966 John Hudek, American baseball player
  • 1967 Howard Cross, NFL tight end (NY Giants)
  • 1967 Margo Malowney, Saint John New Brunswick, volleyball player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Abey Kuruvila, cricketer (promising Bombay fast bowler)
  • 1968 Suzy Hamilton, US olympic 1500m runner
  • 1969 Jerome Henderson, American NFL cornerback (NY Jets) and coach/executive (NY Jets), born in Statesville, North Carolina
  • 1970 Catriona Fallon, Burlingame California, rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96)
  • 1970 Trev Alberts, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1971 John Raposo, CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1971 Marcello Simmons, CFL defensive back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1971 Steve Hinton, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Shane Lee, cricket all-rounder (NSW & Somerset, Australian ODI 1995-)
  • 1974 Andrei Mezin, NHL goaltender (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1974 Andy Priaulx, British race car driver
  • 1976 Seung-Yeop Lee, Korean baseball player
  • 1976 Jeff Simmons, American race car driver
  • 1977 Kurt Bernard, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1977 Szilard Nemeth, Slovak footballer
  • 1977 Rocky Thompson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1977 Mohammad Wasim, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1978 Alan Maybury, Irish footballer
  • 1978 Louis Saha, French footballer
  • 1979 Rashard Lewis, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 2005, 09; NBA C'ship 2013; Miami Heat), born in Pineville, Louisiana
  • 1980 Sabine Klaschka, German tennis player

Person of interestRoger Federer

1981 Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player (20 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Bottmingen, Switzerland

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 1981 Candie Kung, American golfer (US Open 2009 runner-up), born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • 1984 Martrez Milner, American football player
  • 1985 Brayan Ruiz, Costa Rican football player
  • 1988 Danilo Gallinari, Italian basketball player
  • 1989 Sesil Karatantcheva, Bulgarian tennis player

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1996 NBA Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon (33) weds Dalia Asafi (18) in Houston, Texas

NBA Center Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Center
Hakeem Olajuwon

Deaths in Sport

  • 1934 Wilbert Robinson, baseball manager (Bkln Dodgers), dies
  • 1966 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer, dies at 63
  • 1970 Johnny Goodman, American golfer (US Open 1933), dies at 60
  • 1982 Eric Brandon, British racing driver, dies at 62
  • 1988 Alan Ameche, American College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Heisman Trophy 1954, U of Wisconsin; Pro Bowl 1955–1958, NFL C'ship 1958, 59; Baltimore Colts), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1991 Julissa Gomez, American gymnast (b. 1972)
  • 1992 Arthur Lang, American boxer and businessman, dies at 115
  • 2003 Jack Noreiga, West Indian cricketer (9-95 WI v India 1971), dies at 67
  • 2005 Gene Mauch, American baseball player (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Orville Moody, American golfer (US Open 1969), dies of multiple myeloma at 74
  • 2009 Daniel Jarque, Spanish football player (b. 1983)
  • 2020 Gabriel Ochoa Uribe, Colombian soccer manager (record 14 x league titles; Millonarios [6], Santa Fe [1], América de Cali [7]; Columbia), dies at 90