Events in Sport on August 12

  • 1851 1st America's Cup - US schooner America beats British yacht Aurora after race around the Isle of Wight
  • 1876 Madeline (US) beats Countess Dufferin (Canada) in 4th America's Cup
  • 1879 1st National Archery Association tournament (Chicago)
  • 1884 Bill Murdoch scores 1st Test Cricket double-century, 211 at The Oval

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1886 W. G. Grace made his highest Test Cricket score, v Aust, The Oval

Cricketer W. G. Grace
Cricketer
W. G. Grace
  • 1896 Willem II soccer team forms in Tilburg
  • 1928 9th Olympic Games close in Amsterdam
  • 1935 49th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Jacobs beats Sarah Palfrey Cooke (6-2, 6-4)
  • 1936 After 24 year absence a baseball demonstration game is played between 2 American teams at Berlin Olympics, World Champions beat US Olympics, 6-5
  • 1936 American diver Marjorie Gestring wins 3m springboard gold at the Berlin Olympics, youngest Olympic gold medalist (13 years 268 days)
  • 1936 The gymnastics competition at the Berlin Olympics concludes with Germany dominating, winning 6 of 9 gold medals including the men’s & women’s teams events
  • 1948 Cleveland Indians get 29 hits in a 9 inning game
  • 1948 The canoeing program at the London Olympics concludes with Sweden (4) and Czechoslovakia (3) dominant, combining for 7 of the 9 gold medals
  • 1948 Indian maestro Balbir Singh Dosanjh scores twice as India beats Great Britain 4-0 for the field hockey gold medal at the London Olympics; India's 4th consecutive Olympic hockey title
  • 1949 16th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 38, All-Stars 0 (93,780)
  • 1950 First international game by an NFL team, New York Giants beat CFL's Ottawa Roughriders, 20-6 at Ottawa's Lansdowne Stadium

  • 1953 Ann Davison arrives in Miami in her 23 foot boat Felicity Ann, becoming the 1st woman to sail solo across the Atlantic
  • 1955 22nd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 30, Cleveland 27 (75,000)
  • 1960 27th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 32, All-Stars 7 (70,000)
  • 1960 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 8.21m

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Stan Musial announces he will retire at end of year

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1964 Mickey Mantle switch-hits HR record 10th & final time in a game

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1965 Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Inc applies for a NL franchise
  • 1967 New Orleans Saints 1st pre-season victory, beat St Louis 23-14
  • 1969 Boston Celtics sold for an NBA record $6 million
  • 1970 Curt Flood loses his $41 million antitrust suit against baseball
  • 1972 Ian & Greg Chappell both scores centuries in same Test Cricket innings

Sport awardGolf Major

1973 PGA Championship, Canterbury GC: Jack Nicklaus wins 3rd of 5 PGA C'ships by 4 from Bruce Crampton of Australia

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1974 Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 & walks only 2 as Angels top Red Sox, 4-2

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1974 Yankees Mickey Mantle & Whitey Ford become 1st team mates inducted to hall of fame on same day
  • 1984 Braves beat Padres 5-3, features 2 brawls & 19 ejections
  • 1984 Harmon Killebrew, Rick Ferrell, Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese, & Luis Aparicio are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • 1984 Carlos Lopes of Portugal wins the men's marathon at the Los Angeles Olympics in 2:09:21, an Olympic record that stands for 24 years
  • 1985 Balt Orioles W Gross & L Sheets are 6th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • 1986 Red Sox pitcher Tim Lollar gets a pinch-hit single
  • 1988 Boston Red Sox beat Tigers 9-4 for AL record 23rd consecutive win at home

Sport awardGolf Major

1990 PGA Championship, Shoal Creek: Wayne Grady of Australia wins his only major title by 3 strokes from American Fred Couples

Golfer and PGA Champion Wayne Grady
Golfer and PGA Champion
Wayne Grady
Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • 1990 Cathy Gerring wins Stratton Mountain LPGA Golf Classic
  • 1991 Last day in Test Cricket for Viv Richards, Dujon & Marshall
  • 1994 1st NFL game on Fox network (exhibition - SF vs Denver)
  • 1994 Members of the Major League Baseball Players Association go on strike leading to cancellation of World Series for only the second time in MLB history (1904); labour dispute
  • 1995 Lara completes 6th Test Cricket century, 152 at Trent Bridge

Sport awardGolf Major

2007 PGA Championship, Southern Hills CC: Tiger Woods wins his 4th PGA C'ship by 2 shots from Woody Austin

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2008 American super-swimmer Michael Phelps wins his 3rd of 8 gold medals at the Beijing Olympics when he takes the 200m freestyle in world record 1:42.96

  • 2008 An American 1-2 in the 100m backstroke at the Beijing Olympics with Aaron Peirsol swimming a world record 52.54 to beat team mate Matt Grevers
  • 2008 American swimmer Natalie Coughlin becomes the first to successfully defend the gold medal in the women's 100 m backstroke when she wins event at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2012 PGA Championship, Kiawah Island Golf Resort: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins by 8 strokes from Englishman David Lynn
  • 2012 30th Olympic Games closes at London, United Kingdom
  • 2016 Italian jockey Frankie Dettori aboard Predilection rides his 3,000th British winner at Newmarket
  • 2016 Joseph Schooling of Singapore sets Olympic record 50.39 to win men's 100m butterfly gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; rare 3-way tie for silver at 51.14, Michael Phelps (USA), Chad le Clos (South Africa) & László Cseh (Hungary)

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2016 American star swimmer Katie Ledecky sets world record 8:04.79 to dominate the women's 800m field at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; medal tally of 4 gold, 1 silver make her most decorated US female athlete at one Olympics

Swimmer Katie Ledecky
Swimmer
Katie Ledecky
  • 2016 Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú wins her 4th medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics finishing 2nd in the women's 200m backstroke; gold to American Maya DiRado in 2:05:99

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Usain Bolt injures himself in his very last race - mens 4x100m relay, Jamaica misses gold at world championships

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 2018 An American clean sweep of the 3m diving medals via Marjorie Gestring, Katherine Rawls and Dorothy Poynton-Hill at the Berlin Olympics
  • 2018 100th PGA Championship, Bellerive CC: Brooks Koepka becomes only the 5th player to win 2 major titles in a calendar year (US Open 2018) when he beats Tiger Woods by 2 strokes