On This Day

Events in Sport on August 24

  • 1877 American outlaw John Wesley Hardin, wanted for murder, is arrested by Texas Rangers on a train in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1883 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Two-time defending champion Richard Sears wins 3rd straight title; beats James Dwight 6-2, 6-0, 9-7
  • 1905 Chicago Cubs beat Phillies 2-1 in 20 innings
  • 1906 Cincinnati Red John Weimer no-hits Dodgers, 1-0 in 7 inning game
  • 1907 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Brisbane : Australian Horace Rice beats Harry Parker of New Zealand 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

Boxing Title Fight

1908 Canadian champion Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 13th round at the Sydney Stadium, Australia to retain world heavyweight boxing title; Burns' 3rd KO of Squires

  • 1908 NY Giants scores shown on electric diamonds known as "Compton's Baseball Bulletin" at Madison Square Garden

Sports History

1912 NYC ticker tape parade for Jim Thorpe & victorious US Olympians

  • 1918 Chicago Cubs, win earliest pennent ever (season ended Sept 2)
  • 1918 Sect Baker grants extended exemption to World Series players
  • 1919 Having pitched into the 9th inning Cleveland's Ray Caldwell is flattened by a bolt of lightning; goes on to record final out for Indians' 2-1 win over Philadelphia A's
  • 1922 1st Phillie to hit for cycle (Cy Williams)

World Record

1923 Paavo Nurmi of Finland runs world record 3 mile time of 14:11.2 in Stockholm; intermediate time during 5000m event

US Open Women's Tennis

1925 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Wills Moody beats Kitty McKane of England 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 for her third straight US singles title

  • 1929 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Wills Moody beats England's Phoebe Holcroft Watson 6-4, 6-2 for her 3rd straight and 6th overall US singles title
  • 1938 Virgil Trucks strikes out his 418th batter, highest season total in organized ball-for Andalusia in an Alabama-Florida League game

Sports History

1940 Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams pitches the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit Tigers, Williams allows 3 hits & 1 run

Sports History

1945 Cleveland ace Bob Feller returns from Navy & strike out 12

Sports History

1951 Bill Veeck's "Fans Managers' Night", Browns defeat A's 5-3; Browns coaches hold up placards for fans to vote on strategy options

  • 1957 At age 17 future England soccer striker Jimmy Greaves scores on his First Division debut for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur in a 1–1 draw at White Hart Lane
  • 1958 Sergei Popov wins Stockholm marathon (2:15:17.0) (WR)

Sports History

1962 Los Angeles Dodger coach Leo Durocher suffers a near-fatal allergic reaction to a penicillin injection while in the clubhouse at the Polo Grounds, NYC

  • 1963 John Pennel is first person to pole-vault 17'

Hall of Fame

1972 Gordie Howe and Jean Béliveau inducted into the Ice Hockey Hall of Fame

  • 1973 Garry Sobers scores 26th & last Test Cricket ton 150 v Eng Lord's
  • 1975 SF Giant Ed Halick no-hits NY Giants, 6-0

PGA Players Championship

1975 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Colonial CC: Al Geiberger leads wire-to-wire to finish 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Dave Stockton

  • 1979 NFL fans (60,916) choose old Patriots logo over new
  • 1982 KCs' John Wathan steals 31st en route to 36 base for catcher's record

Baseball Record

1983 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose ends consecutive games played streak at 745

Golf Record

1984 Pat Bradley sets LPGA record for 9 holes with a 28 during 2nd round of Columbia Savings National at Green Gables CC, Denver, CO

  • 1989 Pete Rose is suspended from baseball for life for gambling
  • 1991 Taiwan captures its 15th Little League World Series, 11-0
  • 1992 1st structural steel beams are erected at Jacobs Field (now Progressive Field) baseball stadium in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1992 NFL Cleveland Browns suffer their worst pre-season loss, 56-3, to Minnesota Vikings
  • 1993 Padres scores 14 in 1st vs Cardinals
  • 1994 Kieren Perkins swims world record 1500m free style (14:41.66)
  • 1994 Kieren Perkins swims world record 800m free style (7:46.00)
  • 1997 97th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Joel Kribel
  • 2004 Kenyan runners sweep the medals in the 3000m steeplechase at the Athens Olympics; Ezekiel Kemboi wins gold ahead of Brimin Kipruto and Paul Kipsiele Koech
  • 2004 Moroccan super star athlete Hicham El Guerrouj wins 1st leg of his 1,500/5,000m double at the Athens Olympics in 3:34.18

Sports History

2004 Future 8-time Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt of Jamaica finishes 5th in his 200m heat in 21.05, failing to qualify for the 2nd round at the Athens Olympics

  • 2004 Roman Šebrle of the Czech Republic (8,893 points OR) edges American Bryan Clay (8,820) in the decathlon at the Athens Olympics
  • 2004 Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia vaults 4.91m to break her own pole vault world record and win the gold medal from teammate Svetlana Feofanova at the Athens Olympics
  • 2004 Americans Kerri Walsh and Misty May team up to win the women's beach volleyball gold at the Athens Olympics beating Brazilian pair Shelda Bede & Adriana Behar 21–17, 21–11

Contract of Interest

2006 After signing a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Jerry Rice officially retires from the NFL

  • 2007 11th Athletics World Championships open at Osaka, Japan
  • 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing becomes the most watched event on TV ever - nearly 5 billion, 70% of world's population

Olympic Gold

2008 The star-studded American men's basketball team led by the likes of LeBron James, Chris Paul & Kobe Bryant win the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics with a relatively narrow 118-107 win over Spain

  • 2008 Samuel Wansiru becomes first Kenyan to win the men's Olympic marathon in Beijing; wins in Olympic record time; silver medallist Joauad Gharib of Morocco also faster than OR, yet 44 seconds behind
  • 2008 Dániel Varga & Péter Biros score 3 goals each as Hungary wins the men's water polo gold medal at the Beijing Olympics; third consecutive Olympic gold medal
  • 2014 Canadian Open Women's Golf, London Hunt CC: Ryu So-yeon wins by 2 from fellow South Korean Na Yeon Choi

Tennis Open

2018 French Open Tennis bans Serena Williams' black Nike catsuit from future tournaments citing 'respect for the game and the place'