Events in Sport on August 8

  • 1870 Magic (US) defeats Cambria (England) in 2nd running of America's Cup
  • 1900 1st Davis Cup tennis competition, named after Dwight Filley Davis, began at Longwood Cricket Club in Mass, & won by US 2 days later
  • 1902 2nd Davis Cup: USA beats British Isles in New York (3-2)
  • 1903 3rd Davis Cup: British Isles beats USA in Boston (4-1)
  • 1922 Pirates set record of 46 hits in a doubleheader (against Phillies)
  • 1931 Wash Senator Bob Burke no-hits Boston Red Sox, 5-0
  • 1936 A Finnish quinella in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Berlin Olympics; Volmari Iso-Hollo beats team mate Kaarlo Tuominen in world record time (9:03.8)
  • 1936 American Glenn Morris' decathlon total of 7,254 points is a world record; team mates Bob Clark & Jack Parker complete US sweep in the gruelling event at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1946 Dreyfuss family, owners of Pittsburgh Pirates since 1900, sells club to Frank McKinney & John Galbreath for $25 million
  • 1961 Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1963 LA Dodgers F Howard & B Skowron are 3rd to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • 1965 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Milwaukee Golf Open
  • 1970 NY Yankees honor Casey Stengel, retiring his number 37 (BTG was there)
  • 1976 Chicago White Sox suit up in shorts
  • 1977 Texas Rangers turn their 1st triple play (vs A's)

Sport awardGolf Major

1982 PGA Championship, Southern Hills CC: Ray Floyd wins 2nd PGA C'ship by 3 shots from fellow American Lanny Wadkins

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd

  • 1982 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic

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1983 1st Athletics World Championships: Carl Lewis wins gold in 100m

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1984 Carl Lewis wins 3rd gold medal of the Los Angeles Olympics joining Kirk Baptiste and Thomas Jefferson in an American sweep of the 200m
  • 1984 Nawal El Moutawakel of Morocco becomes the first female Olympic champion of a Muslim nation, and the first of her country in the 400m hurdles at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • 1984 Future 5-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts of New Zealand wins the Finn Class sailing gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • 1985 Baseball's new agreement permits 2 new NL teams in 1993
  • 1987 Brewers' Rob Deer struck-out 5 times in a game

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1988 9th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • 1988 Minnesota Twins pull 2nd triple-play of year & beat Cleve 6-2
  • 1988 Cubs & Phillies attempt to play 1st night game ever at Wrigley Field but are rained out in 4th inning with Chicago leading, 3-1
  • 1990 Balt Orioles pull their 10th triple play (1-6-3 vs Oakland)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1990 Carlton Fisk ties Johnny Bench hitting 327 HRs as a catcher

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

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1990 Pete Rose begins 5-ms prison term at Marion (IL) Federal prison camp

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1991 With two months left, White Sox set new home attendance (2,150,951)

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1992 The original US 'Dream Team' wins the basketball gold at the Barcelona Olympics 117-85 over Croatia; features superstars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Scotty Pippen, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley
NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 1992 Bulgarian canoeist Nikolay Bukhalov completes the C-1 500 / 1,000 double winning the latter at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992 Germany goes through the hockey competition undefeated to win gold with a 2-1 win over Australia in the men's final at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992 Spanish centre forward Kiko scores twice as the home team takes the football Olympic gold medal with a 3-2 win over Poland in front of 95,000 at Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • 1992 Fermín Cacho wins Spain's first ever Olympic gold medal in a running event when he takes out the 1,500m at the Barcelona Games
  • 1993 Dana Lofland wins McCall's LPGA Golf Classic Dormann at Stratton Mt
  • 1997 Mariners Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Chicago White Sox

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2004 John Elway is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 Actor Sylvester Stallone and former heavyweight boxing contender Chuck Wepner settle law suit out of court for an undisclosed sum; Wepner claims he was the inspiration for the "Rocky" movies

Actor/Director Sylvester Stallone
Actor/Director
Sylvester Stallone
  • 2008 29th Summer Olympic Games opens in Beijing, China
  • 2016 Australia beats New Zealand 24-17 to win the inaugural women's sevens rugby gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016 Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú wins the women's 100m backstroke gold medal in a time of 58.45; her second gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
  • 2018 EPL club Chelsea sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Spain's Athletic Bilbao for £72 million; world-record fee for a goalkeeper