On This Day

On This Day in Sport for August 9

Events in Sport

  • 1900 1st International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Boston, MA: Dwight Davis & Holcombe Ward beat Ernest Black & Herbert Roper Barrett 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead over British Isles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1905 Ty Cobb's mother Amanda kills her husband after mistaking him for a burglar

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1908 Tour de France: French road cyclist Lucien Petit-Breton successfully defends his title beating François Faber of Luxembourg
  • 1918 Reds manager Christy Mathewson suspects Hal Chase of taking bribes to fix games, and suspends him "for indifferent play"
  • 1923 NY State Golf Association formed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1925 Only time Babe Ruth pinch-hit for, Bobby Veach flies out

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1936 Jesse Owens is part of the American 4 x 100m relay team that wins gold in world record (39.8) at the Berlin Olympics; his 4th gold medal of the Games

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1936 Korean nationals representing Japan earn medals in the marathon at the Berlin Olympics; Sohn Kee-chung won gold and Nam Sung-yong bronze
  • 1936 Helen Stephens claims the women's sprint double at the Berlin Olympics having won the 100m and as part of the victorious American 4 x 100m relay team
  • 1936 Hungarian swimmer Ferenc Csik wins 100m freestyle gold medal in 57.6 at the Berlin Olympics, beating Japanese pair Masanori Yusa & Shigeo Arai
  • 1937 Ranger (US) easily beats Endeavour II (England) in race 4 to wrap up the 17th America's Cup yachting series, 4-0; it's the final competition for 21 years
  • 1946 1st time all major-league baseball games (8) are played at night
  • 1948 Italian rider Mario Ghella beats Reg Harris of Great Britain for the gold medal in the cycling sprint final at the London Olympics
  • 1948 The US crew blitzes the field to win the rowing eights gold medal at the London Olympics; beat silver medallists Great Britain by 10.2 seconds
  • 1957 24th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: NY Giants 22, All-Stars 12 (75,000)
  • 1963 NY Met Roger Craig's NL record-tying 18-game losing streak ends

  • 1964 Bunning continues pitching perfectly to NY Mets until 2 outs in 5th, when Joe Christopher beats out a bunt. He totals 15 innings
  • 1971 Satchel Paige inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1975 1st NFL game in Louisiana Superdome, Houston beats Saints 13-7
  • 1976 Pitt Pirate John Candelaria no-hits LA Dodgers, 2-0
  • 1977 NHL refuses merger of 6 WHA clubs
  • 1978 Yanks score 5 in bottom of 9th beat Brewers 8-7
  • 1981 52nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve

Sport awardPGA Championship

1981 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Atlanta Athletic Club: Larry Nelson wins by 4 strokes from Fuzzy Zoeller

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • 1981 All star MVP: Gary Carter (Mont Expos)
  • 1984 Daley Thompson of Great Britain scores 8,797 points to win the Olympic decathlon in Los Angeles; later recognised as a world record
  • 1984 Valerie Briscoe-Hooks beats fellow American Florence Griffith to win the 200m gold at the LA Olympics; completes the 200-400m double
  • 1987 PGA Championship Men's Golf, PGA National Palm Beach: Larry Nelson wins 2nd PGA C'ship in a playoff with fellow American Lanny Wadkins
  • 1987 LA Rams beat Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • 1988 Cubs beat Mets 6-4 in their 1st official night game at Wrigley Field

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Edmonton Oilers trade Wayne Gretzky to LA Kings for $15-$20 millions

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1992 Last day of Test Cricket for David Gower
  • 1992 Future 6-weight boxing world champion Oscar De La Hoya of the US beats German Marco Rudolph on points to win the lightweight gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992 Cuban boxer Félix Savón wins the first of 3 consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medals when he dominates Nigerian David Izonritei on points at the Barcelona Games
  • 1997 Yanks break Minnesota Twins Brad Radke's string of 12 straight wins
  • 1998 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Welshman Brian Huggett beats Eddie Pollard of Northern Ireland by a stroke on the first playoff hole

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2002 SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds hits his 600th career home run

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2008 United States takes all 3 medals in women's fencing sabre event at the Beijing Olympics; first US podium sweep of a fencing event since 1904; Mariel Zagunis takes gold ahead of Sada Jacobson & Rebecca Ward

OlympicsOlympic Games

2012 Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt wins the 200m at the London Olympics in 19.32 to become first to win 100/200m double in back-to-back Olympics

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2012 Women's Olympic Football Gold Medal won by the USA beating Japan 2-1 in the final

Football Star Hope Solo
Football Star
Hope Solo

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2016 American swimmer Michael Phelps swims 1:53.36 to win the men's 200m butterfly gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; beats Japan's Masato Sakai by 0.04 for his 20th Olympic gold medal

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2016 American swimmer Katie Ledecky wins her second gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 1:53.73 in the women's 200m freestyle ahead of Sarah Sjöström of Sweden and Australian Emma McKeon

Swimmer Katie Ledecky
Swimmer
Katie Ledecky
  • 2016 Hungary's Katinka Hosszú records an Olympic record of 2:06.58 in the women's 200m individual medley, her 3rd gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016 Chinese weightlifter Deng Wei sets a world record of 147kg in the clean & jerk, and another for a total score of 262kg, to win the women's 63kg gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2018 EPL club Tottenham Hotspur fails to bring in one player during the transfer window; first time since FIFA made system compulsory in 2002-03

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1883 George Hoyt, American NBA hall of fame referee (elected 1961), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1962)
  • 1895 Ted Badcock, New Zealand cricketer (swing bowler in NZ's 1st Test matches), born in Abbottabad, India (d. 1982)
  • 1895 Nathaniel "Nat" Pendleton, American wrestler (Olympics 1920, Silver) and actor (The Thin Man, Reckless), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1967)
  • 1911 Khershed Meherhomji, Indian cricketer (Indian wicket-keeper 1936), born in Bombay, India (d. 1982)
  • 1911 Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer, born in Hillsboro, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Joe Mercer, English soccer midfielder, manager (5 caps, Manchester City manager 1965-71, Aston Villa 1958-64, England 1974), born in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire (d. 1990)
  • 1919 Ralph Houk, American baseball catcher, coach, manager and executive (World Series champion 1947, 52-53, coach, 58; mgr 1961-62; NY Yankees), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 2010)
  • 1925 Len Sutton, American auto racer and broadcaster (Indianapolis 500 1962 runner-up), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Denis Atkinson, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder, 219 v Australia 1955), born in Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados (d. 2001)

Person of interestBob Cousy

1928 Bob Cousy, Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Boston Celtics, 6-time NBA champion), born in Manhattan, NYC

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • 1930 Milt Bolling, American MLB shortstop (Red Sox, 1952-7), born in Mississippi City, Mississippi (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Chuck Essegian, American MLB baseball player, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1936 Julián Javier, American baseball player, born in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic

Person of interestRod Laver

1938 Rod Laver, Australian tennis player (1962, 1969 Grand Slam), born in Rockhampton, Queensland

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 1938 Otto Rehhagel, German football manager, born in Essen, Germany
  • 1939 Claude Osteen, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Caney Spring, Tennessee
  • 1939 Brito [Hércules de Brito Ruas], Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1941 Paul Lindblad, American baseball pitcher (World Series champion 1973-74, 78; Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics), born in Chanute, Kansas (d. 2006)
  • 1942 Tommie Agee, American baseball player (d. 2001)
  • 1943 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer, born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Terry Jenner, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1971-75)
  • 1944 George Armstrong, English soccer winger and manager (Arsenal 500 games; Kuwait 1988-89), born in Hebburn, County Durham (d. 2000)
  • 1946 Jim Kiick, American football player
  • 1948 Bill Campbell, American baseball player
  • 1949 Brie Howard-Darling, American musician, artist and cake designer (Boxing Gandhis, Fanny), born in Stockton, California
  • 1952 John Cappelletti, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1973, Penn State; NFL: LA Rams, SD Chargers), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Doug Williams, Louisiana, NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Bucaneers, Wash Redskins)
  • 1955 Peter Schmuck, American sportswriter
  • 1961 Brad Gilbert, tennis star, born in Oakland, California
  • 1962 Jim Johnson, New Hope, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • 1962 John "Hot Rod" Williams, NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), born in Sorrento, Louisiana (d. 2015)

Person of interestBrett Hull

1964 Brett Hull, Canadian-American NHL right wing (8-time All Star, 2-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Belleville, Ontario

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • 1964 Yuri Khmylev, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1965 Ezra Polley, Georgetown Kentucky, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1965 John Smith, US amateur wrestler and coach (4-time World Champion, 2-time Olympic Games champion), born in Del City, Oklahoma
  • 1966 Vinny Del Negro, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1967 Debbie Spence, tennis star, born in San Jose, California

Person of interestDeion Sanders

1967 Deion Sanders, American NFL corner-back/wide receiver and MLB player (Dallas Cowboys and NY Yankees), born in Fort Myers, Florida

NFL Legend Deion Sanders
NFL Legend
Deion Sanders
  • 1967 Elexa Wills/Orrange, Orange Texas, long jumper/triple jumper
  • 1968 Jay Stacy, Aust field hockey midfielder (Olympic 4th/silver-88, 92, 96)
  • 1969 Troy Percival, pitcher (California Angels), born in Fontana, California
  • 1970 Chris Gedney, NFL tight end (Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1970 Rod Brind'amour, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers, Team Canada 98), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1971 Scott Karl, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Fontana, California
  • 1971 Davide Rebellin, Italian cyclist
  • 1972 Eric Zomalt, NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972 Robert Peal, American dance skater (with Margot Contois), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Silvia Ramon-Cortes, tennis star (1994 Futures-Vigo), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1973 Jay Hagood, tackle (NY Jets)
  • 1973 Jimmy King, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1973 Filippo Inzaghi, Italian footballer
  • 1974 Derek Fisher, NBA guard (LA Lakers)
  • 1974 Tremayne Allen, tight end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1975 Mathew James Coad, 100m/200m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1975 Mike Lamb, American baseball player
  • 1977 Mikael Silvestre, French footballer
  • 1977 Jason Frasor, American baseball player
  • 1977 Chamique Holdsclaw, American basketball player
  • 1977 Adewale Ogunleye, American football player
  • 1979 Alizah Allen, figure skater (1997 North Atlantic Sr champ), born in NYC, New York
  • 1981 Li Jiawei, Singaporean Olympic table tennis player
  • 1982 Tyson Gay, American sprinter
  • 1983 Shane O'Brien, Canadian hockey player
  • 1984 Paul Gallagher, Scottish footballer
  • 1985 Luca Filippi, Italian racing driver
  • 1985 Hayley Peirsol, American swimmer
  • 1985 JaMarcus Russell, American football player
  • 1989 Stefano Okaka Chuka, Italian footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1945 Harry Hillman, American athlete (3 Gold Olympic 1904), dies at 63
  • 1946 Bert Vogler, South African cricketer (South Africa, 15 Tests, 64 wkts), dies at 69
  • 1969 George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), dies at 72
  • 1973 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (4 Olympic golds 1904, 08), dies at 88
  • 1979 Walter O'Malley, American baseball team owner (Dodgers), dies at 75
  • 1980 P K "Perker" Lee, cricketer (Australian bowler 1931-33, 2 Tests), dies
  • 1985 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1927)
  • 1990 Joe Mercer, English soccer midfielder, manager (5 caps, Manchester City manager 1965-71, Aston Villa 1958-64, England 1974), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 76
  • 2003 Ray Harford, English footballer and manager (b. 1945)
  • 2013 John Logan, American MLB player, dies at 86
  • 2013 Glen Hobbie, American MLB pitcher (Chicago Cubs), dies at 77
  • 2015 Frank Gifford, American NFL player and broadcaster, dies at 84