On This Day

Events in Sport on August 25

  • 1804 Alicia Thornton becomes first female jockey in England riding at Knavesmire in Yorkshire

Captain Webb Conquers the English Channel

1875 Captain Matthew Webb makes the 1st observed and unassisted swim across the English Channel in 21 hours and 45 minutes

  • 1895 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Fred Hovey beats defending champion Robert Wrenn 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 for his lone major singles title

Boxing Title Fight

1904 Champion James J. Jeffries scores a 2nd round TKO win over Jack Munroe in San Francisco; Jeffries retires after his 7th heavyweight boxing title defence

  • 1910 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: William Larned beats Tom Bundy 6-1, 5-7, 6-0, 6-8, 6-1 for his 4th consecutive US singles title
  • 1917 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Robert Lindley Murray beats Nathaniel W. Niles 5-7, 8-6, 6-3, 6-3 for first of 2 straight US singles titles
  • 1920 American swimmer Norman Ross wins his first of 3 gold medals at the Antwerp Olympics in dominating men's 1,500m freestyle; also wins 400m freestyle and 4 x 200m freestyle relay
  • 1920 Ethelda Bleibtrey leads an American medal sweep of the Antwerp Olympics women's 100m freestyle with a world record 1:13.6; first US female Olympic champion
  • 1920 Swedish divers sweep the medals in the men's plain high diving event at the Antwerp Olympics; Arvid Wallman wins gold ahead of teammates Nils Skoglund & John Jansson
  • 1921 Yankee pitcher Harry Harper hits 3 batters in an inning tying record
  • 1922 Cubs beat Phillies 26-23 in highest scoring major-league game

Sports History

1924 MLB Washington Senator Walter Johnson 2nd no-hitter beats Browns, 2-0 in 7 inn

  • 1928 Tri-City Rugby Football Union forms consisting of Moose Jaw, Regina & Winnipeg
  • 1936 3 Braves hit twice in an inning getting 2 hits each
  • 1943 10th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 27, Washington 7 (48,471)

PGA Championship

1946 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Portland GC: Ben Hogan beats Ed Oliver, 6 & 4 for first of his 9 major titles

Sports History

1948 Bradman scores 150 in 212 minutes in his last innings at Lord's

Boxing Title Fight

1950 Sugar Ray Robinson KOs Jose Basora to win middleweight boxing title

  • 1951 Cleveland Indians win 16th straight home game
  • 1952 Det Tiger Virgil Trucks 2nd no-hitter of yr, beats Yankees, 1-0
  • 1954 Ivan Filin wins Berne marathon (2:25:26.6) (260m)

Sports History

1956 To make room for Enos Slaughter, NY Yankees release Phil Rizzuto

  • 1960 XVII Summer Olympic Games open in Rome, Italy
  • 1960 AFL begins placing players names on back of their jerseys
  • 1967 Minn Twin Dean Chance 2nd no-hitter of month beats Cleveland, 2-1

Sports History

1968 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st African American to win the US singles championship

  • 1968 NY Yankee outfield Rocky Colavito pitches second 2/3 innings and beats Tigers 6-5; he played right field in second game and homered
  • 1969 Det Lions beat Boston Patriots 22-9 in Montreal (NFL expo)
  • 1976 Yanks beat Twins 5-4 in 19 innings

Hall of Fame

1977 Canadian NHL player Tim Horton posthumously inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

  • 1978 MLB baseball umpires stage a 1 day strike
  • 1979 California Angels trounce Toronto Blue Jays, 24-2
  • 1980 Rangers pitcher Ferguson Jenkins arrested for possession of drugs
  • 1983 Triple A baseball's Louisville Redbirds breaks 1 million fan mark

Sports History

1985 Met Dwight Gooden becomes youngest pitcher to win 20 games (20y 9m 9d)

Baseball Record

1986 A's Mark McGwire hits his 1st major league home run

  • 1990 Li Hui Rong of China sets triple jump woman's record (47'8½")

Sports History

1991 Carl Lewis rus 100m in 9.86 seconds

  • 1991 Cubs Doug Dascenzo commits his 1st career error after 242 games
  • 1991 Krizstina Egerszegi swims world record 200m backstroke (2:06.62)
  • 1991 Wanda Panfil wins 3rd female world champion marathon (2:29:53)

Golf Tournament

1996 96th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Tiger Woods

  • 2004 Greek athlete Fani Chalkia comes out of retirement to compete in her home Olympics in Athens; wins 400m hurdles gold medal in 52.82
  • 2004 Gal Fridman becomes Israel's first Olympic gold medallist when he wins the men's Mistral One Design windsurfing event at the Athens Games
  • 2004 Olga Kuzenkova of Russia throws an Olympic record 75.02m to edge the field and win the women's hammer throw gold medal at the Athens Games
  • 2004 Cuba beats Australia 6-2 to win the baseball gold medal at the Athens Olympics; Japan takes bronze; US did not qualify
  • 2004 Emanuel Rego & Ricardo Santos win Brazil's first gold medal in men's beach volleyball with a 21–16, 21–15 victory over Spanish pair Javier Bosma & Pablo Herrera

Golf Tournament

2013 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Royal Mayfair GC: New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko successfully defends her title by 5 shots from Karine Icher

  • 2019 Tour Championship, Men's Golf, East Lake GC: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins by 4 strokes from Xander Schauffele; biggest winner's prize in golf, US$15m
  • 2019 Ben Stokes with an unbeaten 135 leads England to a record run chase of 362-9 and victory over Australia in the 3rd cricket Test at Headingley, Leeds; keeps Ashes Series alive at 1-1
  • 2020 England's James Anderson becomes first fast bowler to reach 600 wickets in Test cricket; Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali caught at first slip on 5th day of 3rd Test at Southampton
  • 2020 Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito no-hits the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-0 at Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago