On This Day

Events in Sport on August 26

  • 1896 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Robert Wrenn beats Fred Hovey 7-5, 3-6, 6-0, 1-6, 6-1 for his third US singles title
  • 1903 Phillies walk 17 Dodgers in a game
  • 1903 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Englishman Laurence Doherty beats American defending champion William Larned 6-0, 6-3, 10-8; first non-American champion
  • 1909 Frank Tarrant scores cricket 145 & 13-67 for Middlesex v Gloucester
  • 1909 Middlesex beat Gloucester (Bristol) at cricket by an innings & 31 runs in a single day

Baseball Record

1912 MLB pitcher Walter Johnson's 16-game winning streak ends

  • 1912 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Maurice McLoughlin wins first of 2 straight US singles titles; beats Wallace F. Johnson 3-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
  • 1913 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Defending champion Maurice McLoughlin beats R. Norris Williams 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
  • 1920 Surrey cricket all-rounder Percy Fender scores 100 in 35 minutes [113no] in a county match vs Northamptonshire at the County Ground, Northampton

Baseball Record

1930 Chicago Cub's Hack Wilson hits his 44th HR, breaks Chuck Klein's NL record

  • 1933 Jan van Houten bicycles world record time (44,588 km)
  • 1938 Montreal Maroons dropped from NHL
  • 1939 1st major league baseball telecast on W2XBS- Cincinnati Reds defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn
  • 1940 RKC soccer team forms in Waalwijk
  • 1947 Dodgers' Dan Bankhead, MLB's 1st African-American pitcher, homers in his 1st MLB at bat in 16-3 loss to Pittsburgh, at Ebbetts Field, Brooklyn, NYC
  • 1950 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Tom Brown beats Ken McGregor in 5 sets but Australia breaks US stranglehold on trophy with a dominant 4-1 victory
  • 1955 1st color telecast (NBC) of a tennis match (Davis Cup)
  • 1956 Yankees announce purchase of outfielder Enos Slaughter from KC
  • 1962 Minnesota Twins Jack Kralick no-hits KC A's, 1-0
  • 1963 West Indies beat England 2-1 in series, 1st holders of Wisden Cricket Trophy
  • 1966 Baltimore Orioles Roznovsky & B.Powell are 4th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • 1967 Dean Chance pitches a 2-1 no-hitter, & Twins sweep Cleveland
  • 1971 Orioles' Don Buford struck out 5 times in a game

Contract of Interest

1971 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Boston Bruins worth one million dollars, the first million dollar contract in NHL history

  • 1972 XX Summer Olympic Games open in Munich, West Germany

Sports History

1972 Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Houston Astros

  • 1973 David Eisenhower writes his last sports column
  • 1973 10-year-old Mary Boitano is 1st woman to win 6.8-mile Dipsea Race in Marin County, CA, beating a field of 1,500 runners
  • 1984 Zdena Silvaha (Cz) throws discus 74.55 m (women's world record)

Sports History

1985 Baltimore Oriole Eddie Murray knocks in 9 RBIs in a game vs California Angels

Baseball Record

1987 Paul Molitor goes 0-for-4 ends hitting streak at 39 consecutive games

Baseball Record

1990 Bo Jackson hits 4th of 4 consecutive HRs

  • 1991 Royal Brett Saberegen no-hits White Sox 7-0

Sports History

1995 Brian Lara completes his 7th Test Cricket century, scoring 179 at The Oval in London

  • 2000 Australia clinches first Tri Nations Rugby Series with a 19-18 win over South Africa in Durban; Wallabies centre Stirling Mortlock lands 4 penalties and a conversion
  • 2004 Félix Sánchez wins the men's 400m hurdles 47.63 in Athens; the Dominican Republic's first ever Olympic gold medal

Olympic Gold

2004 An American 1-2-3 in the 200m medals at the Athens Olympics; Shawn Crawford gold in 19.79 ahead of Bernard Williams & Justin Gatlin

  • 2004 Germany wins its first ever Olympic women's field hockey gold medal with a 2-1 win against the Netherlands in Athens

Olympic Gold

2004 Lindsay Tarpley and Abby Wambach score as the US beats Brazil 2-1, maintaining an undefeated record to win the women's football gold medal at the Athens Olympics

  • 2004 Hamish Carter of New Zealand wins the men's gold medal ahead of teammate Bevan Docherty, whilst Kate Allen of Austria takes out the women's Triathlon at the Athens Olympics
  • 2006 New Zealand retain Tri Nations Rugby Series with 45-26 win over South Africa in Pretoria; All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter lands 4 penalties and 4 conversions

Golf Tournament

2012 15 year-old New Zealand golfer, Lydia Ko, becomes the youngest LPGA Tour event winner and the 1st amateur winner since 1969 by winning the Canadian Women's Open by 3 strokes from Inbee Park

Agreement of Interest

2014 Burger King agrees to purchase Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion

Sports History

2016 San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick kneels in protest during the US national anthem at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium while playing against the San Diego Chargers, objecting to racial injustice and police brutality in the US

  • 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup: New Zealand Black Ferns defeat England 41-32 in the final in Belfast
  • 2017 Manchester City scores a 2-1 win at Bournemouth to start EPL record 18 game winning streak; Raheem Sterling scores for City but is sent off with 2 yellow cards in injury time
  • 2018 Gamer at a Madden NFL 19 gaming tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, loses then returns to shoot two dead and wound nine

Sports History

2018 Boxing match between YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul ends in a draw in Manchester, England

Sports History

2020 Milwaukee Bucks forfeit their NBA playoff game after the shooting of Jacob Blake, leading to the NBA postponing more games