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Today in Sports History: August 12th

  • 1876 – Madeline (US) beats Countess Dufferin (Canada) in fourth America’s Cup.
  • 1879 – First National Archery Association tournament (Chicago, Illinois).
  • 1928 – Games of the IX Olympiad close in Amsterdam.
  • 1936 – Diver Marjorie Gestring is youngest Olympic gold medalist (13 years 268 days).
  • 1950 – New York Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (Canadian Football League) 20-6 in Ottawa, Canada.
  • 1960 – Ralph Boston of the US sets long jump record at 26 feet 11.25 inches.

  • 1964 – 10th time Mickey Mantle switch-hits home run in a game, one goes 502 feet.
  • 1969 – Boston Celtics team sold for an NBA record $6 million.
  • 1974 – Nolan Ryan strikes-out 19 Boston Red Sox players.
  • 1974 – New York Yankees’ Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford become first teammates elected to Baseball Hall of Fame on the same day.
  • 1984 – Don Drysdale, Harmon Killebrew, Rick Ferrell, Luis Aparicio and Pee Wee Reese are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 1986 – Don Baylor gets hits by a pitch for a record 25th time in a season.
  • 1986 – Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Lollar gets a pinch-hit single.
  • 1988 – Boston Red Sox set American League consecutive home victories at 23.
  • 1994 – Major League Baseball players go on strike, eventually causing the cancellation of the World Series and delaying opening of the 1995 season.
  • 2007 – Tiger Woods wins PGA Championship, his 13th career major.

  • 2008 – Michael Phelps wins Olympic gold in 200-metre freestyle swimming, becoming only the fifth person to win nine career Olympic gold medals. His win also set a new world record time of 1.42.96.
  • 2008 – Togo wins its first ever Olympic medal, bronze in the men’s single kayak slalom won by Benjamin Boukpeti.

Born on August 12th

  • 1880 – Birth of Christy Mathewson; Hall Of Fame baseball pitcher (won 37 games in 1908).
  • 1904 – Birth of Frank Ervin; harness racer (Hambletonian 1959, 1966).
  • 1915 – Birth of Alex Wojciechowicz; NFL center (Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles).
  • 1951 – Birth of Hector Rodriguez in Cuba; lightweight judo (Olympic-gold-1976).

Died on August 12th

  • 1985 – Death of Manfred Winkelhock, German race car driver (born 1951).

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