On This Day in Sport for August 9

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1905 Mistaking her husband for a burglar, Ty Cobb's mother kills him

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1908 6th Tour de France won by Lucien Petit-Breton
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936 Jesse Owens wins 4th gold medal at Berlin Olympics

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1946 1st time all major-league baseball games (8) are played at night
  • 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 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Waterloo Women's Golf Open Invitational
  • 1964 Bunning continues pitching perfectly to NY Mets until 2 outs in 5th, when Joe Christopher beats out a bunt. He totals 15 innings
  • 1970 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • 1971 Le Roy (Satchel) Paige inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1975 1st NFL game in Louisiana Superdome, Houston beats Saints 13-7

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1975 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Colgate European Ladies Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • 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 awardGolf Major

1981 63rd PGA Championship: Larry Nelson shoots a 273 at Atlanta AC Ga

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • 1981 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA West Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • 1987 69th PGA Championship: Larry Nelson shoots 287 at PGA National Palm Beach
  • 1987 LA Rams beat Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • 1987 Mary Beth wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
  • 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 Florence Descampe wins McCall's LPGA Golf Classic at Stratton Mt
  • 1992 Last day of Test Cricket for David Gower
  • 1992 25th Olympic Games closes in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1997 Yanks break Minnesota Twins Brad Radke's string of 12 straight wins

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2002 Barry Bonds hits his 600th career home run

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 Usain Bolt becomes the first person to win the 100m and 200m sprint in back to back Olympics

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1883 George Hoyt, NBA hall of fame referee (elected 1961)
  • 1895 Fred Badcock, cricketer (swing bowler in NZ's 1st Test matches)
  • 1895 Nathaniel "Nat" Pendleton, American wrestler (Olympics 1920, Silver) and actor (The Thin Man, Reckless), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1967)
  • 1911 Khurshed Meher-Homji, cricketer (Indian wicket-keeper 1936)
  • 1911 Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Joe Mercer, English footballer (d. 1990)
  • 1919 Ralph Houk, baseball manager (Yankees, Tigers)
  • 1926 Denis Atkinson, cricketer (WI all-rounder, 219 v Australia 1955)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1928 Bob Cousy, NBA guard (Boston Celtics, 1957 MVP), 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 baseball player
  • 1936 Juli├ín Javier, American baseball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 1938 Otto Rehhagel, German football manager
  • 1939 Claude Osteen, baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1939 Brito, Brazilian footballer
  • 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)
  • 1946 Jim Kiick, American football player
  • 1948 Bill Campbell, American baseball player
  • 1955 Doug Williams, Louisiana, NFL QB (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 interestPerson of Interest

1964 Brett Hull, Canadian-American NHL right wing (St Louis Blues, Dallas Stars), 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, Del City Oklahoma, 62kg freestyle wrestler (Oly-2 gold-88, 92)
  • 1966 Vinny Del Negro, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1967 Debbie Spence, tennis star, born in San Jose, California
  • 1967 Deborah Lee, LPGA golfer (1989 National Amat France), born in Hamilton, Ontario

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 (Oly-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 Alan Allen, NFL/WLAF wide receiver (NY Jets, London Monarchs)
  • 1971 David Merritt, WLAF linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • 1971 Mary Joe Fernandez, Dom Rep, tennis player (US National 16s)
  • 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 Jochen Molling, hockey defenseman (Team Germany 1998)
  • 1973 Larry Stallworth, WLAF wide receiver (London Monarchs)
  • 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-96), 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 New York City
  • 1981 Li Jiawei, Singaporean Olympic table tennis player
  • 1982 Tyson Gay, American sprinter
  • 1982 Danieal Manning, American football player
  • 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 (b. 1881)
  • 1946 A E E Vogler, cricketer (South Africa, 15 Tests, 64 wkts), dies
  • 1969 George P Marshall, NFL president (Washington Redskins), dies at 72
  • 1973 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (Olympics-4 gold-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)
  • 1986 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist, dies at 77
  • 1990 Joe Mercer, English footballer (b. 1914)
  • 2003 Ray Harford, English footballer and manager (b. 1945)
  • 2013 John Logan, American MLB player, dies at 86
  • 2013 Glen Hobbie, American MLB player, dies at 77
  • 2015 Frank Gifford, American NFL player and broadcaster, dies at 84