On This Day

September 1919 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Sep 4 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills NY: Bill Johnston wins his second US title; beats Bill Tilden 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
  • Sep 10 Cleveland Indians pitcher Ray Caldwell no-hits New York Yankees, 3-0 at the Polo Grounds, NYC

PGA Championship

Sep 20 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Engineers CC: Defending champion Jim Barnes defeats Fred McLeod, 6 & 5 in the final

Baseball Record

Sep 20 Legendary baseball slugger Babe Ruth ties Ned Williamson's MLB mark of 27 home runs with a 9th inning blast in Boston Red Sox 4-3 win against Chicago WS

  • Sep 24 Boston Red Sox slugger Babe Ruth sets MLB season home run record at 28 off Yankee Bob Shawkey in a 2-1 loss at the Polo Grounds in NYC
  • Sep 27 Pitcher Bob Shawkey sets then Yank record with 15 strike-outs
  • Sep 27 Boston Red Sox slugger Babe Ruth takes his MLB home run record to 29 with a 3rd inning blast in a 7-5 defeat at the Washington Senators' Griffith Stadium
  • Sep 28 Fastest major league game (51 mins), Giants beat Phillies 6-1

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 7 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist, born in Kanegem, Belgium (d. 2004)
  • Sep 15 Fausto Coppi, Italian cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1940, 47, 49, 52-53; Tour de France 1949, 52; World Championship gold Individual pursuit 1947, road race 1953), born in Castellania, Italy (d. 1960)
  • Sep 27 Johnny Pesky, American baseball player, (d. 2012)

Tom Harmon

Sep 28 Tom Harmon, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1940, Michigan; LA Rams) and broadcaster (CBS 1950-62), born in Rennselaer, Indiana (d. 1990)

  • Sep 29 Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (Olympic gold team 1960; 3 x silver 1952, 56, 60; 3 x bronze 1956), born in Hamada, Japan (d. 2007)
  • Sep 30 Roberto Bonomi, Argentine racing driver (d. 1992)

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 24 Frank Laver, Australian cricket medium pace bowler (15 Tests, 37 wickets, BB 8/31) and baseball player (first Australian national team), dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at 49