On This Day

Events in Sport on August 20

  • 1888 Longest US men's single tennis tournament match Palmer Presbrey defeats T S Tailer, 19-21, 8-6, 6-1, 6-4, an 80 game 1st-round contest
  • 1900 Great Britain beats France in cricket in Olympic Games
  • 1912 Wash Senator Carl Cushion no-hits Cleveland Indians, 2-0 in 6 innings
  • 1915 White Sox obtain Joe Jackson from Cleve in exchange for Robert Roth, Larry Chappell, Ed Klepfer, & $31,500
  • 1919 Wichita outfielder Joe Wilhoit (Western League) fails to get a hit, ending a 69-game streak (155 hits in 299 at bats for a .505 avg)
  • 1920 American Professional Football Association forms, which would later become the National Football League (NFL)

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1920 Preliminary meeting is conducted in Akron, Ohio to form American Professional Football Association and elect officers, installing Jim Thorpe as president

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1920 Red Sox-Indians game postponed in Boston to allow Indian players to attend Ray Chapman's funeral in Cleveland
  • 1921 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Germantown CC, PA: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory wins her 6th US singles title; beats 3-time champion Mary Browne 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
  • 1922 1st world championship athletics for women, held in Paris

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1930 Bradman scores 232 in 5th Test Cricket at The Oval

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1931 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Wills Moody beats Eileen Bennett Whittingstall of England 6-4, 6-1 for her 7th and final US singles title

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • 1934 Ponsford out for 266 in his final Test Cricket match

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1938 Lou Gehrig hits record 23rd & last grand slam

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

Sport awardPGA Championship

1944 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Manito G & CC: Bob Hamilton wins his only major title, 1 up in the 36-hole final over heavily favoured Byron Nelson

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • 1945 Dodgers Tommy Brown, 17, is youngest player to hit a HR

  • 1947 Boston Braves hit a million attendance for 1st time
  • 1948 15th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Cards 28, All-Stars 0 (101,220)
  • 1949 78,382 watch White Sox play Indians at Cleveland
  • 1957 Chicago White Sox Bob Keegan no-hits Washington Senators, 6-0
  • 1958 Cubs use 1st baseman Dale Long as their 1st major league lefty catcher since 1906
  • 1961 Phillies set then dubious record of 23 straight loses, beat Braves
  • 1964 Rex Sellers bowls 5-1-17-0 v India in only Test Cricket innings

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1964 Yankee Phil Linz plays harmonica on bus despite Yogi Berra's orders

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1965 Eddie Mathews & Hank Aaron (1954-65) pass Babe Ruth-Lou Gehrig hitting 772 HRs while playing together on the same team

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1967 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Pekin CC: Kathy Whitworth wins by 7 strokes from Sandra Haynie

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1974 Brooklyn pitcher Dan Bankhead is 1st black to homer in his 1st at bat

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1974 Nolan Ryan pitch measured at record 161.6 kph (100.4 mph)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1980 NY Yankee Bob Watson hits Seattle Kingdome speaker, 2nd straight day
  • 1980 Cleve Dan Spillner, 545 ERA, is 2 outs from a no-hitter when White Sox rookie Leo Sutherland singles
  • 1982 Don Lever becomes first captain of NHL New Jersey Devils
  • 1985 1st NL pitcher to strike out 200+ in 1st 2 seasons (Dwight Gooden)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1989 Howard Johnson joins Barry Bonds & Willie Mays hitting 30 HRs & steal 30 bases

MLB Third Baseman Howard Johnson
MLB Third Baseman
Howard Johnson
MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1990 Gene Michael names NY Yankee VP/GM replacing Harding Peterson

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1990 George Steinbrenner steps down as NY Yankee owner

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • 1990 NY Yankee Kevin Maas is quickest to reach 15 HRs (approx 132 at bat)

  • 1991 Norbert Rosza swims world record 100m breast stroke (1:01.29)

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1991 Dolphin Dan Marino surpasses Joe Montana as the highest paid NFL player with a 5-year extension for $25 million

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1993 Colin Jackson runs world record 110m hurdles (12.91)
  • 1994 Vuyani Bungu, the South African junior featherweight, wins the IBF World Boxing Title
  • 1995 British Open Women's Golf, Woburn, Duke's Course: Australian Karrie Webb scores a 6 stroke win over runners-up Annika Sörenstam and Jill McGill
  • 1999 7th Athletics World Championships open at Seville, Spain

Sport awardPGA Championship

2000 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Valhalla GC: Tiger Woods becomes first since Ben Hogan (1953) to win 3 majors in a calendar year; wins back-to-back PGA titles in 3-hole playoff with Bob May

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 2004 Ethiopian runners Kenenisa Bekele (27:05.10 OR) and Sileshi Sihine go 1-2 in the 10,000m at the Athens Olympics

OlympicsOlympic Games

2004 American swimmer Michael Phelps wraps up the 100/200m butterfly double at the Athens Olympics when he wins the 100m (51.25 OR) ahead of team mate Ian Croker

  • 2006 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Medinah CC: Tiger Woods wins his 3rd PGA C'ship by 5 strokes from Shaun Micheel
  • 2008 Russian long-distance swimmer Larisa Ilchenko wins inaugural women's open water marathon (10k) in 1:59:27.7 at the Beijing Olympics

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2008 Usain Bolt of Jamaica wraps up the 100/200m double in style with a new 200m world record 19.30 at the Beijing Olympics

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt

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2011 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Westchester CC: Fred Couples wins first of 2 Champions Tour major titles with birdie on 3rd playoff hole against John Cook

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • 2012 South Africa become the top-ranked test cricket nation after defeating England
  • 2016 German canoeist Sebastian Brendel teams with Jan Vandrey to win the C-2 1,000m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; wraps up C-1 / C-2 1,000m double
  • 2016 The Hungarian crew wins canoe sprint K-4 500m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Danuta Kozák becomes the only female to win K1, K2 and K4 at the same Olympics
  • 2016 Canoeists Max Rendschmidt and Marcus Gross part of winning German crew in K-4 100m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; wrap up K-2 / K-4 1,000m double
  • 2016 Star British runner Mo Farah wins the men's 5,000m in 13:03.30 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; wraps up 5k/10k double which he also completed in London 2012
  • 2016 Controversial South African middle distance runner Caster Semenya retains her Olympic women's 800m title in a time of 1:55.28 in the final in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2016 4 women's high jump competitors tie at clearing winning height 1.97m at the Rio Olympics; all then fail at 2.00m; Ruth Beitia of Spain wins the gold based on having no misses prior to bar being raised to 2.00m
  • 2016 Chinese diver Chen Aisen does the Olympic 10m platform double in Rio de Janeiro; having already won the synchronised event, he wins the individual gold by a comfortable margin

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2016 South Korean golfer Inbee Park wins the inaugural Olympic women's individual gold with a final score of 16 under par in Rio de Janeiro; Lydia Ko (New Zealand) 11 under par; Shanshan Feng (China) 10 under par

Golfer Lydia Ko
Golfer
Lydia Ko
  • 2016 In a blanket finish American triathlete Gwen Jorgensen takes the Olympic gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 1:56.16; 0.40 ahead of Nicola Spirig Hug of Switzerland, and Great Britain's Vicky Holland by 0:45
  • 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics: team sports - China beats Serbia, 3-1 for the women's indoor volleyball gold; in the men's water polo final, Serbia downs Croatia, 11-7 for first Olympic title
  • 2017 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Des Moines G & CC: US retains Cup 16½- 11½; down by 5, Europe can only halve the singles 6-6