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September 1920 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Sep 4 Man o' War wins the 1 5/8-mile Lawrence Realization Stakes at Belmont Park by 100 lengths, the largest winning margin in modern thoroughbred racing history; world record time 2.40.8

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 6 Jack Dempsey KOs Billy Miske in 3 for heavyweight boxing title 1st radio broadcast of a prizefight

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • Sep 6 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills NY: Bill Tilden wins first of 6 straight US singles titles; beats Bill Johnston 6-1, 1-6, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
  • Sep 12 VII Summer Olympic Games close in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Sep 17 National Football League is born in Canton, Ohio; 12 teams pay $100 each to join American Professional Football Association; renamed the NFL in 1922
  • Sep 22 Chicago grand jury convenes to investigate charges that 8 White Sox players conspired to fix the 1919 World Series

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 24 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth becomes first to hit 50 home runs in a MLB season with a 1st inning blast off Jose Acosta in a 2-1 loss to the Washington Senators

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Sep 25 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats Marion Zinderstein 6-3, 6-1 for her 5th US singles crown
  • Sep 28 8 White Sox indicted, threw 1919 World Series (Black Sox scandal)
  • Sep 29 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth sets then-MLB home run season record at 54 with a 9th inning shot off Dave Keefe in New York's 7-3 win at the Philadelphia A's

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 4 Clemar Bucci, Argentine racing driver, born in Zenón Pereyra, Santa Fe, Argentina (d. 2011)
  • Sep 14 Bud Palmer, American basketball player (NY Knicks) and sportscaster, born in Hollywood, California (d. 2013)
  • Sep 15 Dave Garcia, MLB manager (California Angels, Cleveland Indians), born in San Diego, California (d. 2018)
  • Sep 16 Franco Pandolfini, Italian water polo (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Sep 22 Bob Lemon, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1948–54; World Series 1948; no-hitter 1948; Cleveland Indians) and manager (KC Royals, Chicago WS; World Series NY Yankees 1978), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 2000)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 18 Tennis player champion Molla Mallory (36) weds stock broker Franklin Mallory

Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion Molla Mallory
Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion
Molla Mallory