September 1959 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • 6th Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open
  • 11th Elroy Face's 22 game win streak ends as Dodgers beat Pirates 5-4
  • 11th Oriole Jerry Walker pitches 16 inn beating White Sox 1-0
  • 13th Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Memphis Golf Open
  • 13th 79th U.S. Men's National Championship: Neale Fraser beats Alex Olmedo (6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

13th 73rd U.S. Women's National Championship: Maria Bueno beats Christine Truman Janes (6-1, 6-4)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno

Sport awardGolf Tournament

17th 59th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus

  • 20th Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Links Golf Invitation Open
  • 22nd Chicago White Sox clinch AL pennant
  • 26th Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn becomes winningest NL lefty
  • 26th SF Giants Sam Jones 2nd no-hitter, beats St Louis Cards, 4-0

Sport awardGolf Tournament

27th Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Opie Turner Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 27th Braves & Dodgers finish in a tie (86-68)
  • 29th Dodgers win game 2 of playoff, 6-5, & take NL pennant

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1st Keith Allen Clearwater, PGA golfer (1987 Colonial Natl), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1st Kenny Mayne, American sports journalist
  • 5th Tom Pernice Jr, Nike golfer (1989 Centel Classic-4th), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 11th David Laurence Frost, Cape Town South Africa, PGA golfer (1988 Southern Open)
  • 11th Robert Wrenn, Nike golfer (1987 Buick Open), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 12th Cindy Rarick, Glenwood MN, LPGA golfer (1991 Northgate Computer)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

16th Tim Raines, American baseball player (Montreal Expos), born in Sanford, Florida

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • 17th Hank Ilesic, Edmonton, CFL punter, place kicker (Edmonton, Toronto)
  • 18th Ryne Sandberg, infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 18th Ian Arkwright, English footballer
  • 20th Lesley Thompson, rower (Olympics-gold-92, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 22nd Greg Bruckner, Inglewood CA, Nike golfer (1992 New England Classic)
  • 23rd Heather Drew, LPGA golfer (1987 Henredon Classic-5th), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 25th Andy Waller, cricketer (big-hitting Zimbabwe batsman-1992 World Cup)
  • 26th Rich Gedman, American baseball player
  • 27th Beth Heiden, 3000m speed skater (Olympic-bronze-1980), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 28th Todd Worrell, Arcadia CA, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • 28th Ron Fellows, Canadian race car driver
  • 30th Hans Werdekker, Dutch soccer player (Ajax, RKC/Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 30th Kim Bauer, LPGA golfer (1993 Minn LPGA Classic-30th), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 30th Ettore Messina, Italian basketball coach

Deaths in Sport

  • 9th O'Neil Gordon Collie Smith, WI cricket all-rounder, dies in car crash
  • 28th Rudolf Caracciola, German race car driver (b. 1901)