Today in Sports History: August 20th
- 1912 – Washington Senators’ pitcher Carl Cushion no-hits Cleveland Naps, 2-0 in six innings.
- 1920 – Allen Woodring wins Oympic 200m dash wearing borrowed shoes.
- 1920 – Preliminary meeting in Akron to form American Pro Football Association.
- 1945 – Brooklyn Dodgers’ Tommy Brown becomes youngest home run hitter (age 17).
- 1949 – 78,382 watch the Chicago White Sox play the Cleveland Indians at Cleveland, Ohio.
- 1957 – Chicago White Sox’ Bob Keegan no-hits Washington Senators 6-0.
- 1958 – Dale Long becomes first major league lefty catcher in 52 years.
- 1958 – Detroit Tigers’ Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0.
- 1961 – Philadelphia Phillies set dubious record of 23 straight losses.
- 1974 – Nolan Ryan pitch measured at record 161.6 kph (100.4 mph).
- 1980 – New York Yankees’ Bob Watson hits Seattle Kingdome speaker, second straight day.
- 1982 – Don Lever becomes the first captain of the New Jersey Devils.
- 1985 – First National League pitcher to strike out 200+ in first two seasons (Dwight Goodin).
- 1988 – Yordanka Donkova of Bulgaria sets 100m hurdle woman’s record (12.21).
- 1990 – George Steinbrenner steps down as New York Yankees owner.
- 1990 – New York Yankees’ player Kevin Mass is quickest to reach 15 home runs (approx 132 at bat).
- 2008 – Jamaica’s Usain Bolt wins the 200m sprint at the Beijing Olympic Games in new world record time of 19.30 seconds.
- 2009 – At the Athletics World Championships in Berlin, Germany, Usain Bolt of Jamaica sets a new world record in the 200m dash with a time of 19.19 seconds.
Born on August 20th
- 1908 – Birth of Alfonso Lopez; baseball player (American League Manager of the year 1959).
- 1920 – Birth of István Szivós in Hungary; water polo player (Olympic-gold-1976).
- 1931 – Birth of Don King; boxing promoter, shocking hairstyle.
- 1937 – Birth of George Thoma in Germany; cross country ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1960).
- 1942 – Birth of Hans-Joachim Klein in Germany; 100m swimmer (Olympic-bronze-1964).
- 1944 – Birth of Graig Nettles; third baseman (New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians).
- 1957 – Birth of Cindy Nicholas in Canada; swimmer, swam English Channel 19 times.
- 1964 – Birth of Giuseppe Giannini in Rome, Italy; soccer player (Rome A Team)