Events in Sport on August 15

  • 1903 New Zealand's All Blacks play their first Rugby Test Match against Australia's Wallabies at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney; New Zealand win 22-3
  • 1914 13th Davis Cup: Australasia beats USA in New York (3-2)
  • 1925 White Sox Dickie Kerr, 1st appearance since winning 2 world series games in 1919
  • 1931 Spakenburg soccer team forms
  • 1939 First night game at baseball's Comiskey Park, Sox beat Browns 5-2
  • 1945 Chandler sells World Series radio rights for $150,000 to Gillette, Ford had been World Series sponsor since 1934, pay $100,000 annually
  • 1948 US Open Women's Golf, Atlantic City CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by 8 strokes from Betty Hicks

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1950 Ezzard Charles TKOs Freddie Beshore in 14 to retain heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • 1952 19th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Los Angeles 10, All-Stars 7 (88,316)
  • 1958 25th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 35, Detroit 19 (70,000)
  • 1960 CFL's Calgary Stampeders move into McMahon Stadium
  • 1960 Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 16-7 in Toronto (NFL expo)
  • 1960 Mil Brave Lew Burdette no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0
  • 1964 Fred Trueman takes 300th Test Cricket wicket (Neil Hawke)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 Mayor Daley declares "Ernie Banks Day" in Chicago

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1964 Phillies triple-play NY Mets
  • 1964 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 3½"
  • 1965 47th PGA Championship: Dave Marr shoots a 280 at Laurel Valley GC PA

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1965 Mary Mills wins LPGA St Louis Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • 1970 Patricia Palinkas becomes 1st woman pro football player (Orlando)
  • 1971 Charles Lismont wins Helsinki marathon (2:13:09.0)
  • 1971 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Len Immke Buick Golf Open
  • 1974 Longest team (6) trampoline bouncing marathon (1,248 hours or 52 days)
  • 1976 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic
  • 1977 England regain cricket Ashes by taking a 3-0 series lead over Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia at Old Trafford

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham
  • 1981 Robin Leamy of US swims record 7.98 kph for 50 m

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1982 Beth Daniel wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1989 Giorgio Lamberti swims world record 200m free style (1:46.69)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 In 2nd start since after cancer treatment, Giants Dave Dravecky breaks his pitching arm while throwing to Tim Raines

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 51st PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1990 Mark McGwire is 1st to hit 30 HRs in each of his 1st 4 seasons

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1993 75th PGA Championship: Paul Azinger shoots a 272 at Inverness Club Oh
  • 1993 Cindy Schreyer wins LPGA Sun-Time Challenge Golf Tournament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Nolan Ryan, 324th & final victory, Rangers 4, Indians 1

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1997 Dan Wilson hits Seattle Mariners 3,000th HR
  • 1997 LA Dodgers retire Tommy Lasorda's #2

Sport awardGolf Major

1999 81st PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 277 at Medinah Country Club

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • 2004 Bay of Plenty defeat Auckland 33-26 in Rugby Union to win NZ's Ranfurly shield for the first time in the shield's 102 year history and after 28 unsuccessful challenges
  • 2004 86th PGA Championship: Vijay Singh shoots a 280 at Whistling Straits

Sport awardGolf Major

2005 87th PGA Championship: Phil Mickelson shoots a 276 at Baltusrol Golf Club

  • 2009 12th Athletics World Championships open at Berlin, Germany
  • 2010 92nd PGA Championship: Martin Kaymer shoots a 277 at Whistling Straits
  • 2012 Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez becomes 23rd pitcher to throw a perfect game (1-0 vs Tampa Bay)