On This Day

September 1939 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Sep 1 Last day of 1st-class cricket in England before the declaration of war against Germany; great slow left-armer Hedley Verity finishes with amazing figures of 7 for 9 v Sussex to give Yorkshire the County Championship
  • Sep 5 34th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Haverford (3-2)
  • Sep 5 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Haverford, PA: John Bromwich beats American Frank Parker 6-0, 6-3, 6-1 to give Australia the title, 3-2
  • Sep 8 Indians Bob Feller, 20, is youngest pitcher to win 20 games
  • Sep 8 Yanks beat Red Sox 4-1 in 7, game called because of lightning
  • Sep 16 NY Yankees clinch their 11th & 4th successive pennant

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 17 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Reigning Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs beats fellow American Welby van Horn 6-4, 6-2, 6-4

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 17 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Dual champion Alice Marble beats Helen Jacobs 6-0, 8-10, 6-4

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 20 Joe Louis KOs Bob Pastor in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Sep 23 Cookie Lavagetto goes 6 for 6-Dodgers get 27 hits & beat Phillies 22-4
  • Sep 27 White Sox host 1st "day-night" doubleheader, lose to Cleve, 5-2 & 7-5
  • Sep 30 In the first televised college football game, Fordham beats Waynesburg, 34-7 at Randalls Island, NY
  • Sep 30 Chicago pitcher Clint Brown sets MLB record with his 61st relief appearance as White Sox beat St. Louis Browns, 7-5

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Heinrich Messner, Austrian downhill skier (winner first ever World Cup slalom; Olympic bronze 1968, 72), born in Obernberg am Brenner, Austria
  • Sep 5 Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver, born in Mendrisio, Switzerland (d. 2006)
  • Sep 8 Carsten Keller, German field hockey player (Olympic gold 1972), born in Berlin
  • Sep 9 Carlos Ortiz, Puerto Rican boxer
  • Sep 23 Henry Blofeld, English cricket commentator

Person of interestKathy Whitworth

Sep 27 Kathy Whitworth, American golfer (7-time LPGA Player of Year, 6 major titles, record 88 LPGA Tour wins), born in Monahans, Texas

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Sep 29 Jim Baxter, Scottish footballer (d. 2001)