On This Day in Sport for September 12

Events in Sport

  • 1885 Highest score (35) recorded in any 1st-class soccer match is set
  • 1895 Defender (US) beats Valkyrie III (England) in 10th America's Cup
  • 1895 Annie Londonderry [Annie Kopchovsky] completes the first round-the-world trip by a woman on a bicycle in 15 months and collects her $10,000 prize

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1911 Boston's Cy Young vs Christy Mathewson of Giants, Giants win 9-0

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1914 Yankee shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, 23, becomes youngest manager
  • 1920 7th Olympic games close in Antwerp Belgium
  • 1925 20th Davis Cup: USA beats France in Philadelphia (5-0)
  • 1930 Brooklyn catcher Al Lopez hits major league's last recorded bounce HR
  • 1934 54th U.S. Men's National Championship: Fred Perry beats Wilmer Allison (6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 8-6)
  • 1935 55th U.S. Men's National Championship: Wilmer Allison beats Sidney Wood (6-2, 6-2, 6-3)
  • 1936 56th U.S. Men's National Championship: Fred Perry beats Don Budge (2-6, 6-2, 8-6, 1-6, 10-8)

Sport awardTennis Open

1936 50th U.S. Women's National Championship: Alice Marble beats Helen Jacobs (4-6, 6-3, 6-2)

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant earlier than any other team, defeating Milwaukee Braves 105-49

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1954 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA St Louis Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1954 White Sox win 90th game, 1st time they win this many since 1920
  • 1962 Wash Senator Tom Cheney strikes out record 21 Orioles in 16 inn game
  • 1964 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 4½"

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1965 Mary Mills wins LPGA Eugene Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • 1965 85th U.S. Men's National Championship: Manuel Santana beats Cliff Drysdale (6-2, 7-9, 7-5, 6-1)
  • 1965 79th U.S. Women's National Championship: Margaret Court beats Billie Jean Moffitt (8-6, 7-5)
  • 1966 86th U.S. Men's National Championship: Fred Stolle beats John Newcombe (4-6, 12-10, 6-3, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

1966 80th U.S. Women's National Championship: Maria Bueno beats Nancy Richey (6-3, 6-1)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • 1971 91st Men's U.S. Open: Stan Smith beats Jan Kodes (3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6)

Sport awardTennis Open

1971 91st Women's U.S. Open: Billie Jean King beats Rosemary Casals (6-4, 7-6)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Player Rosemary Casals
Tennis Player
Rosemary Casals
  • 1972 Lord Michael Killanin succeeds Avery Brundage as head of Olympics
  • 1976 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • 1976 Seattle Seahawks play 1st regular-season game (St L 30, Sea 24)
  • 1976 White Sox Minnie Minoso, 53, is oldest to get a hit in majors

Sport awardTennis Open

1976 96th Men's U.S. Open: Jimmy Connors beats Bjorn Borg(6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4)

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Sport awardTennis Open

1976 96th Women's U.S. Open: Chris Evert beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley (6-3, 6-0)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1979 Carl Yastrzemski, is 15th to get 3,000 hits

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • 1979 Indiana Pacers cut Ann Meyers, 1st woman on an NBA club
  • 1979 Red Carl Yastrzemski gets his 3,000th hit off Yankee Jim Beattie
  • 1981 Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda no-hits Yanks for 8 innings before Rick Cerone & Dave Winfield lead off 9th with back-to-back doubles

Sport awardTennis Open

1981 101st Women's U.S. Open: Tracy Austin beats Martina Navratilova (1-6, 7-6, 7-6)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1982 Gerard Nijboer (2:15:16) & Rosa Mota (2:36:04) win marathon
  • 1982 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic
  • 1982 102nd Men's U.S. Open: Jimmy Connors beats Ivan Lendl (6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4)
  • 1984 NY Met Dwight Gooden sets rookie strike out record at 251
  • 1987 107th Women's U.S. Open: Martina Navratilova beats Steffi Graf (7-6, 6-1)
  • 1988 1st NFL regular-season game played in Phoenix; Cowboys beat Card

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Nolan Ryan's 4-3 victory over Twins is his 312th career win

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Stefan Edberg beats Michael Chang in what is believed to be the longest match in US Open history (5hr 26min)

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang

Sport awardTennis Open

1992 112th Women's U.S. Open: Monica Seles beats Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
  • 1993 Donna Andrews wins Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship

Sport awardTennis Open

1993 113th Men's U.S. Open: Pete Sampras beats Cedric Pioline (6-4, 6-4, 6-3)

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Player Cedric Pioline
Tennis Player
Cedric Pioline
  • 1997 NY Met John Olerud hits for the cycle

Sport awardTennis Open

1999 119th Men's U.S. Open: Andre Agassi beats Todd Martin (6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2)

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
Tennis Player Todd Martin
Tennis Player
Todd Martin

Sport awardTennis Open

1999 119th Women's U.S. Open: Serena Williams beats Martina Hingis (6-3, 7-6)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis

Sport awardTennis Open

2004 124th Men's U.S. Open: Roger Federer beats Lleyton Hewitt (6-0, 7-6, 6-0)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2004 124th Women's U.S. Open: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Elena Dementieva (6-3, 7-5)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 Mark Messier announces on ESPN radio that he will retire from the NHL

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier

Sport awardTennis Open

2011 131st Men's U.S. Open: Novak Đoković beats Rafael Nadal (6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 2011 131st Women's U.S. Open: Samantha Stosur beats Serena Williams (6-2, 6-3)
  • 2015 135th Women's U.S. Open: Flavia Pennetta of Italy beats fellow Italian Roberta Vinci (7-6, 4-7, 6-2)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1909 Spud Chandler, American baseball player (AL MVP 1943), born in Commerce, Georgia (d. 1990)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1913 Jesse Owens, American track and field star who spoiled Hitler's 1936 Olympics with 4 gold medals, born in Oakville, Alabama (d. 1980)

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1916 Tony Bettenhausen, American race car driver, born in Tinley Park, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • 1925 Stan Lopata, American baseball player, born in Delray, Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Glenn Davis, American athlete (Olympic-gold-1956,60), born in Wellsburg, West Virginia (d. 2009)
  • 1937 George Chuvalo, Canadian boxer, born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1940 Mickey Lolich, pitcher (Detroit Tiger, won 25 in 1971)
  • 1948 Max Walker, Australian cricket player
  • 1949 Irina Rodnina, USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic-gold-1972, 76, 80)
  • 1950 Gustav Brunner, Austrian engineer
  • 1953 John Williams, US, archer (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1956 Charles Henry Beck, PGA golfer (1990 Buick Open 1992), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1956 Ricky Rudd, American race car driver
  • 1957 Hawk, [Michael Hegstrand], wrestler (ECW/WCW/WWF/AWA, Legion of Doom)
  • 1958 Wilfredo Benitez, PR, boxer (world champ at 17y176d)
  • 1959 Cindy Rarick, Glenwood MN, LPGA golfer (1991 Northgate Computer)
  • 1960 Lynn Connelly, LPGA golfer (1988 USX Golf Classic-6th), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1964 Dieter Hecking, German footballer
  • 1965 Silke Horner, German DR, swimmer (world record 100m-breast stroke)
  • 1965 Vernon Maxwell, NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1967 Pat Listach, Natchitoches LA, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1969 Ángel Cabrera, Argentine golfer
  • 1969 Shigeki Maruyama, Japanese golfer
  • 1970 Rebecca Joyce, Australia, rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 Terry Dehere, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1973 Darren Campbell, British athlete
  • 1973 Martin Lapointe, Canadian hockey player
  • 1974 Nuno Valente, Portuguese footballer
  • 1976 Maciej Żurawski, Polish footballer
  • 1977 Nathan Bracken, Australian cricketer
  • 1977 David Thompson, English footballer
  • 1980 Fernando Cesar de Souza, Brazilian footballer
  • 1980 Sean Burroughs, American baseball player
  • 1980 Josef Vašíček, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1980 Yao Ming, Chinese basketball player
  • 1981 Jered Guzman, Garden Grove California, pairs skater (& Natalie Vlandis)
  • 1983 Daniel Muir, football player
  • 1985 Jack Wilkinson, English footballer

Weddings in Sport

  • 2006 NBA basketball star Tracy McGrady (27) weds CleRenda Harris at the sandy beach in Los Cabos, Mexico

Deaths in Sport

  • 1913 Major R B Stewart, cricketer (scored 4 & 9 in S Afr's 1st Test), dies
  • 1917 Eric Lundie, cricketer (WWI Test South Africa v England 1914), dies
  • 1953 Frederick Kuys, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898), dies
  • 1963 Ben Sealey, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1933), dies
  • 1968 Tommy Armour, Scottish golfer (b. 1894)
  • 1979 Denis Smith, cricketer (England left-handed batsman 1935), dies
  • 2009 Jack Kramer, American tennis star (Wimbledon 1947, US Open-1946), dies of cancer at 88
  • 2010 Giulio Zignoli, Italian footballer (b. 1946)
  • 2011 Alexander Galimov, Russian ice hockey player (b. 1985)