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 Sports History and Sports Events on August 31 provides the history of Sports on August 31 by noting memorable events that occurred in Sports on August 31. Create a FREE personal calendar to organize your special occasions, personal tasks, holidays, appointments and special events in history that interest you. Historical sports events include NFL Super Bowl champions, NBA Championship, NHL Stanley Cup, PGA Tour Champions, MLS Cup, Boxing Heavy Weight Champion, NCAA National Championships, Olympics Medal Winners, Tennis US Open Winner and more sports history.
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A J Reach Co patents cork-centered baseball, August 31, 1909
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Pinklon Thomas beats Tim Witherspoon in 12 for heavywgt boxing title, August 31, 1984
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1st pro football game (QB John Brallier paid $10 and won 12-0), August 31, 1895
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Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open, August 31, 1959
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68th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bruce Fleisher, August 31, 1968
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80th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Hal Sutton, August 31, 1980
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Curtis Strange sets golf's earning for year record ($697,385), August 31, 1987
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Scott Hoch wins Greater Milwaukee Golf Open with a 268, August 31, 1997
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Pittsburgh Senior Golf Classic, August 31, 1997
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1st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Bears 0, All-Stars 0 (79,432), August 31, 1934
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5th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 28, Washington 16 (74,250), August 31, 1938
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Olga Korbut, USSR, wins olympic gold medal in gymnastics, August 31, 1972
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Lasse Viren runs Olympic/world record 10,000m (27:38.4), August 31, 1972
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Waldemar Cierpinski wins 18th Olympics Marathon (2:09:55.0), August 31, 1976
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Referee Leo Horn whistles his last soccer match (Ajax-Bulgaria), August 31, 1966
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1st US men's single tennis championships (Newport, RI), August 31, 1881
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25th US Mens Tennis: Beals C Wright beats Holcombe Ward (62 61 119), August 31, 1905
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Yachting Return to top
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