September 1939 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Sep 1 Last day of 1st-class cricket in England for 6 years
  • Sep 3 Yanks beat Red Sox on a forfeit, their 4th forfeit win
  • Sep 5 34th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Haverford (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 awardTennis Open

Sep 17 59th U.S. Men's National Championship: Bobby Riggs beats 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 awardTennis Open

Sep 17 53rd U.S. Women's National Championship: 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 1st televised college football game (Fordham vs Waynesburg at NYC)
  • Sep 30 White Sox reliever Clint Brown sets record of 61st relief appearance

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Heinrich Messner, Austrian downhill skier (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • Sep 5 Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver, born in Mendrisio, Switzerland (d. 2006)
  • Sep 8 Carsten Keller, German field hockey player
  • Sep 9 Carlos Ortiz, Puerto Rican boxer
  • Sep 14 DeWitt T Weaver Jr, Danville KY, PGA golfer (1972 Southern Open)
  • Sep 23 Henry Blofeld, English cricket commentator

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 27 Kathy Whitworth, American golfer (7 time LPGA Player of Year), born in Monahans, Texas

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