Today in Sports History: August 22nd
- 1851 – Yacht America wins first Royal Yacht Squadron Cup (America’s Cup).
- 1917 – Pittsburgh Pirates play fourth straight extra inning game, Carson Bigbee sets record of 11 at-bats, they lose in 22 innings to Brooklyn Dodgers.
- 1934 – Boston Red Sox pitcher Wes Ferrell hits two home runs to beat Chicago White Sox 3-2 in 12.
- 1947 – First college team to beat an NFL team (All Stars-16, Chicago Bears-0).
- 1951 – Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany, before audience of 75,052.
- 1958 – Toronto Argonauts’ Boyd Carter and Dave Mann combine for record 131-yard punt return.
- 1959 – Cincinnati Reds’ Frank Robinson hits three consecutive home runs.
- 1960 – Gil Hodges sets National League righty home run record with number 352.
- 1965 – San Francisco Giants’ pitcher Juan Marachal hits Los Angeles Dodgers’ catcher John Roseboro on the head with his bat causing a 14-minute brawl.
- 1984 – Evelyn Ashford of US ties world women’s mark for 100m, 10.76 seconds.
- 1984 – New York Mets’ pitcher Dwight Gooden becomes the 11th rookie to strikeout 200.
- 1989 – Nolan Ryan strikes out his 5,000th batter.
- 2007 – The Texas Rangers score thirty runs in one game, setting the modern (post-1900) Major League Baseball record for most runs by one team in a single game, in a 30-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
- 2008 – Usain Bolt captures a third gold medal and a third world record at the Beijing Olympic Games, as Jamaica wins the men’s 4x100m relay gold in world record of 37.10 seconds.
Born on August 22nd
- 1909 – Birth of Mel Hein; NFL center (New York Giants).
- 1939 – Birth of Carl Yastrzemski in New York, USA; Boston Red Sox great (1967 American League Most Valuable Player, Hall of Fame).
- 1963 – Birth of Terry Catledge; NBA star (Orlando Magic).
- 1964 – Birth of Mats Wilander in Sweden; tennis player (1988 US Open).
Died on August 22nd
- 2015 – Death of Eric Thompson, English racing driver (born 1919).