On This Day in Sport for September 8

Events in Sport

  • 1883 NY Giants score 13 runs in an inning against Phillies
  • 1905 Pittsburgh Pirates strand NL record 18 men on base & lose to Reds 8-3
  • 1915 35th U.S. Men's National Championship: William Johnston beats Maurice McLoughlin (1-6, 6-0, 7-5, 10-8)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1919 Babe Ruth hits his 26th HR off Jack Quinn in NY, breaking Buck Freeman's 1899 HR mark of 25

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934 Bradman scores 132 v Leveson-Gower XI, 90 mins, 24 fours 1 six

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1939 Indians Bob Feller, 20, is youngest pitcher to win 20 games
  • 1939 Yanks beat Red Sox 4-1 in 7, game called because of lightning
  • 1943 NY Giants' pitcher Ace Adams sets record by working in his 62nd game
  • 1946 SF 49ers play 1st AAFC game, lose to NY Yankees 21-7
  • 1946 66th U.S. Men's National Championship: Jack Kramer beats Tom Brown Jr. (9-7, 6-3, 6-0)
  • 1946 60th U.S. Women's National Championship: Pauline Betz Addie beats Patricia Canning Todd (11-9, 6-3)
  • 1952 72nd U.S. Men's National Championship: Frank Sedgman beats Gardnar Mulloy (6-1, 6-2, 6-3)
  • 1952 66th U.S. Women's National Championship: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (6-3, 7-5)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 With a 3-2 count, Phillies Richie Ashburn fouls next 14, then walks

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • 1955 Earliest clinching of an NL pennant (Brooklyn Dodgers)
  • 1957 8th Formula One WDC: Juan Manuel Fangio wins by 15 points

Sport awardTennis Open

1957 77th U.S. Men's National Championship: Malcolm Anderson beats Ashley Cooper (10-8, 7-5, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • 1957 71st U.S. Women's National Championship: Althea Gibson beats Louise Brough Clapp (6-3, 6-2)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1958 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1963 Braves Warren Spahn ties Christy Mathewson with 13 20-win seasons

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1963 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Spokane Women's Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1963 83rd U.S. Men's National Championship: Rafael Osuna beats Frank Froehling (7-5, 6-4, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

1963 77th U.S. Women's National Championship: Maria Bueno beats Margaret Court (7-5, 6-4)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • 1968 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Pacific Ladies Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 1st official (88th overall) U.S. Open (formerly known as U.S National Championships): Arthur Ashe beats Tom Okker (14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3)

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

Sport awardTennis Open

1968 82nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Virginia Wade beats Billie Jean King (6-4, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1969 US amateur Men's Tennis: Stan Smith beats Bob Lutz (97 63 61)
  • 1973 Billy Martin named manager of the Texas Rangers

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1973 Hank Aaron sets record of most HRs in 1 league (709)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1973 93rd Women's U.S. Open: Margaret Court beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley (7-6, 5-7, 6-2)
  • 1974 Ian Thompson wins marathon (2:13:18.8)
  • 1974 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open

Sport awardTennis Open

1974 94th Men's U.S. Open: Jimmy Connors beats Ken Rosewall (6-1, 6-0, 6-1)

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

Sport awardTennis Open

1974 94th Women's U.S. Open: Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley (3-6, 6-3, 7-5)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1978 2nd game of Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 13-2

Sport awardTennis Open

1984 104th Women's U.S. Open: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd (4-6, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1985 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Portland Ping Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with 4,191 hits

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

Sport awardTennis Open

1985 105th Men's U.S. Open: Ivan Lendl beats John McEnroe (7-6, 6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • 1988 Javier Sotomayer of Cuba high jumps world record 2.43m
  • 1988 NL pres Bart Giamatti is unanimously elected baseball's 7th commissioner

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1989 George Brett gets his 2,500th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett

Sport awardTennis Open

1990 110th Women's U.S. Open: Gabriela Sabatini beats Steffi Graf (6-2, 7-6)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1991 Michelle Estill wins Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship
  • 1991 111th Men's U.S. Open: Stefan Edberg beats Jim Courier (6-2, 6-4, 6-0)
  • 1992 Danny Tartabull has 9 RBIs as Yanks beat Orioles 16-4
  • 1993 Baseball's proposed switch to a three-division format OKed in AL
  • 1995 Cleveland Indians clinch 1st AL Central Division title
  • 1996 116th Women's U.S. Open: Steffi Graf beats Monica Seles (7-5 6-4)
  • 1996 Dottie Pepper wins Safeway LPGA title
  • 1996 Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship
  • 1996 Sri Lanka defeat Australia to win Singer World Series at Colombo

Sport awardTennis Open

1996 116th Men's U.S. Open: Pete Sampras beats Michael Chang (6-1, 6-4, 7-6)

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang
  • 2002 Texas Rangers set a major league record by homering in their 26th consecutive game as Texas falls to the Tampa Bay
  • 2002 122nd Men's U.S. Open: Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi (6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

2002 122nd Women's U.S. Open: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (6-4, 6-3)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

2008 128th Men's U.S. Open: Roger Federer beats Andy Murray (6-2, 7-5, 6-2)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Sebastian Vettel wins the 2013 Italian Formula One Grand Prix

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel
  • 2014 134th Men's U.S. Open: Marin Cilic beats Kei Nishikori (6-3, 6-3, 6-3)
  • 2014 134th Women's U.S. Open: Serena Williams beats Caroline Wozniacki (6-3, 6-3)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1881 Harry Hillman, American athlete (d. 1945)
  • 1884 Théodore Pilette, Belgian racing driver (d. 1921)
  • 1915 Frank Pullen, English business person and racehorse owner (d. 1992)
  • 1923 Alan Weeks, sports commentator
  • 1929 Roger Byrne, English footballer (d. 1958
  • 1930 Jeanette Altwegg, England, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1939 Carsten Keller, German field hockey player
  • 1945 Rogie Vachon, Quebec, NHL goalie (Canadiens, Kings, Vezina-1968)
  • 1946 L.C. Greenwood, American football player, (d. 2013)
  • 1948 Great Kabuki, [Akihisa Yone Yoshi Mera], wrestler (NWA/NJPW/WAR/SWS)
  • 1948 Kathy Hite-James, LPGA golfer
  • 1951 Mark McCumber, America professional golfer, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951 Timothy Gullikson, Wisc, tennis player/coach (Pete Sampras)
  • 1951 Tom Gullikson, Wisc, tennis player (US mixed Doubles 1984)
  • 1956 Maurice Cheeks, NBA guard (NY Knicks, Philadelphia '76ers)
  • 1957 Melissa Whitmire, LPGA golfer
  • 1962 Sergio Casal, Spanish tennis player
  • 1963 Gerald Williams, NFL defensive end (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1963 Li Ning, Chinese gymnast
  • 1964 Steffan Peters, equestrian dressage (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1965 Barbra Fontana Harris, Manhattan Beach CA, volleyballer (Oly-4th-96)
  • 1966 Mike Dyer, Upland California, pitcher (Montreal Expos)
  • 1966 Raymond Atteveld, Belgian soccer player (Waregem, Roda JC)
  • 1967 Brett Winslow, volleyball middle blocker (Oly-96), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1969 Oswaldo Ibarra, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1969 Lars Bohinen, Norwegian footballer
  • 1969 Gary Speed, Welsh footballer
  • 1970 Clarence Weatherspoon, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1970 Tomur Barnes, NFL cornerback (Houston Oilers)
  • 1971 David Merritt, NFL outside linebacker (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1971 Greg Minor, NBA guard (Boston Celtics)
  • 1971 Jan Pardavy, hockey forward (Team Slovakia)
  • 1972 Markus Babbel, German footballer
  • 1973 Bob Wolcott, Huntington Beach Ca, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1973 Khamis Al-Owairan, Saudi Arabian footballer
  • 1974 Braulio Luna, Mexican footballer
  • 1975 Elena Likhovtseva, Alma-Ata Kazakhstan, tennis star
  • 1975 John Thomas, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • 1975 Lee Eul-Yong, South Korean footballer
  • 1976 Sjeng Schalken, Weert Neth, tennis star
  • 1976 Gerald Drummond, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1976 Jervis Drummond, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1977 Maria Helena Selin, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Oly-98)
  • 1978 Marco Sturm, Dingolfing GER, NHL forward (Sharks, Team Germany 1998)
  • 1978 Gerard Autet, Spanish footballer
  • 1978 Gil Meche, American baseball player
  • 1980 Teruyuki Moniwa, Japanese footballer
  • 1981 Morten Gamst Pedersen, Norwegian footballer
  • 1983 Wali Lundy, American football player
  • 1983 Diego Benaglio, Swiss-Italian footballer
  • 1983 Chris Judd, Australian football player
  • 1983 Lewis Roberts-Thompson, Australian football player
  • 1983 Will Blalock, American basketball player
  • 1984 Vitaly Petrov, Russian racing driver
  • 1984 Peter Whittingham, English footballer
  • 1986 João Moutinho, Sporting Lisbon midfielder
  • 1986 Matt Grothe, American football player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1987 Alexandre Bilodeau, Canadian freestyle skier (Gold in 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics), born in Montreal, Quebec

Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist Alexandre Bilodeau
Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Alexandre Bilodeau
  • 1988 Arrelious Benn, American football player
  • 1990 Matt Barkley, American football player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1973 Ice hockey star Bobby Orr (25) weds speech therapist Peggy Wood at a secret ceremony in Ontario, Canada

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr

HeartWedding of Interest

1987 NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice (24) weds girlfriend Jackie Mitchell

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice

HeartWedding of Interest

2010 Grammy nominated singer Jenni Rivera (41) weds MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza (38) at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley, California

Singer Jenni Rivera
Singer
Jenni Rivera

Deaths in Sport

  • 1980 Bruce Dooland, cricketer (prolific leggie for Notts), dies
  • 1983 Antonin Magne, French bicylist (won Tour de France 1931, 34), dies
  • 1984 Frank Lowson, cricketer (England opener 1951-55), dies
  • 1993 Lorin "Whitey" Harrison, surfer, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 1994 Arthur Rex Alston, British sports commentator, dies at 93
  • 1994 Rex Alston, cricketer (distinguished BBC commentator), dies
  • 2002 Laurie Williams, West Indian cricketer (b. 1968)
  • 2005 Noel Cantwell, Irish cricketer and footballer (b. 1932)
  • 2006 Peter Brock, Australian racecar driver (b. 1945)
  • 2006 Erk Russell, American football coach (b. 1923)
  • 2015 Joaquín Andújar, Dominican professional baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), dies at 62