On This Day

Events in Sport on August 28

  • 1884 MLB pitcher Mickey Welsh makes record for most consecutive batters struck out to begin a game, striking out the 1st 9 men he faces
  • 1886 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears beats R. Livingston Beeckman 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 for his 6th consecutive US singles title
  • 1888 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Henry Slocum beats Howard Taylor 6-4, 6-1, 6-0
  • 1893 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, R.I.: Robert Wrenn beats Fred Hovey 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4; first of his 4 US singles titles
  • 1907 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: William Larned beats Robert LeRoy 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 for his third US singles title

Sports History

1918 Tris Speaker suspended for season due to assault on umpire Tom Connolly

  • 1920 American swimmer Norman Ross wins his 2nd of 3 gold medals at the Antwerp Olympics; beats teammate Ludwig Langer in the men's 400m freestyle; also wins 1,500m and 4 x 200m freestyle relay
  • 1920 Ethelda Bleibtrey leads an American medal sweep of the Antwerp Olympics women's 300m freestyle with a world record swim of 4:34.0

Baseball Record

1921 Babe Ruth starts streak of an extra-base hit in 9 straight games

  • 1922 1st Walker Cup: US beats England 8-4
  • 1926 Indian Emil Levsen pitches complete doubleheader victory (Red Sox)
  • 1929 English cricket all-rounder Frank Woolley scores 176 for Kent v Middlesex at Lord's; his 100th first-class hundred
  • 1941 8th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 37, All-Stars 13 (98,203)
  • 1942 9th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 21, All-Stars 0 (101,100)
  • 1949 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: US takes trophy for third straight year with last day singles wins to Ted Schroeder and Pancho Gonzales; beat Australia, 4-1
  • 1951 Braves sell pitcher Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50,000
  • 1951 Pirates snap NY Giants 16 game winning streak
  • 1956 Australia clings on for a draw in 5th Test at The Oval, London; England retain cricket Ashes with Jim Laker's 46 wickets a record series haul
  • 1958 American baseball player Nellie Fox sets record for consecutive games without striking out (98)
  • 1960 White Sox Ted Kluzewski's 3-run HR is disallowed as umpire called time
  • 1967 Boston signs 1st free-agent outfielder Ken Harrelson for $75,000 bonus
  • 1970 Phillies Larry Bowa steals home for 2nd time in 1970

World Record

1972 American 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of David Edgar, John Murphy, John Heidenreich & Mark Spitz swim a world record 3:26.42 to beat Soviet Union for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics

  • 1972 Australian teenage swimmer Shane Gould sets a world record 2:23.07 to beat German Kornelia Ender in the 200m individual medley at the Munich Olympics; her first of 3 gold medals at the Games

Olympic Gold

1972 Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut becomes media darling at the Munich Olympics; wins gold in the teams all-round ; follows with 2 gold and a silver

  • 1972 North Korean shooter Ri Ho-jun wins the 50m rifle prone event at the Munich Olympics; his nation's first ever Olympic gold medal
  • 1976 Toronto Metros-Croatia beat the Minnesota Kicks to the win the 1976 North American Soccer League championship

Sports History

1977 NY Yankee Ron Guidry faces just 28 men & beats Texas Rangers 1-0

Baseball Record

1977 Nolan Ryan strikes out 300 batters for 5th straight year

  • 1977 NY Cosmos defeat Seattle Sounders, 2-1, at Civic Stadium in Portland Ore, winning their 2nd North American Soccer League championship

Sports History

1981 Sebastian Coe of UK sets 1-mi record of 3:47.33 (since broken)

  • 1987 2nd Athletics World Championships open at Rome, Italy
  • 1988 88th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Eric Meeks

Sports History

1989 Frank Viola & Mets outduel Orel Hershiser & Dodgers 1-0

Baseball Record

1990 Cub's Ryne Sandberg is 1st 2nd baseman to hit 30 HRs, consecutively

Sports History

1990 Stefan Edberg (#1 seeded player) loses in 1st round to Alex Volkov

Baseball Record

1991 Red Tom Browning vs Expo Dennis Martínez both perfect game pitcher

  • 1992 Brewers beat Blue Jays 22-2 with AL record 31 hits in 9 innings
  • 1992 Test cricket debut of Muttiah Muralitharan, vs Australia at Colombo
  • 1994 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Ottawa Hunt GC: Martha Nause wins by 1 from Michelle Mcgann

Golf Tournament

1994 94th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Tiger Woods

  • 1995 Last day of Test Cricket for Richie Richardson
  • 2004 British athlete Kelly Holmes wraps up the 800/1,500m double at the Athens Olympics taking out the 1.5k in 3:57.90
  • 2004 Moroccan super star athlete Hicham El Guerrouj wraps up the 1,500/5,000m double at the Athens Olympics taking the 5k gold in 13:14.39
  • 2004 A huge upset at the Athens Olympic Stadium in the men's 4×100m relay; Great Britain 38.07 edges the United States 38.08 to take the gold medal
  • 2004 Led by San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginóbili Argentina beats Italy 84-69 for the Olympic basketball gold medal in Athens; star-studded US team takes bronze
  • 2004 The diving competition at the Athens Olympics concludes with the Chinese contingent dominant, winning 6 of the 8 gold medals
  • 2004 The US women's basketball team goes through the Athens Olympics undefeated to win its 5th Olympic gold medal, beating Australia 74-63 in the final
  • 2004 Carlos Tevez scores the winner as Argentina beats Paraguay 1-0, maintaining an undefeated record to win the men's football gold medal at the Athens Olympics
  • 2005 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Reserve Vineyards & GC: Loren Roberts wins first of 4 Champions Tour majors with bogey on 2nd playoff hole against Dana Quigley

Golf Tournament

2011 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Hillsdale CC: Brittany Lincicome wins by 1 stroke from Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis

  • 2016 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Priddis Green CC: Ariya Jutanugam of Thailand wins by 4 from Kim Sei-young of South Korea
  • 2021 MLB Los Angeles Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani becomes 1st player in team history to reach 20 stolen bases and hit 40 home runs in a season, in 10-2 win over San Diego Padres