On This Day

September 1940 in Sports History

Events in Sport

PGA Championship

Sep 2 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Hershey CC: Byron Nelson wins his first PGA C'ship, beating Sam Snead 1 up in the Monday 36-hole final

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 9 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Donald McNeill beats fellow American Bobby Riggs 4-6, 6-8, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 for his second major singles title

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 9 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Alice Marble beats Helen Jacobs 6-2, 6-3 for her third US singles title

  • Sep 15 3rd American Football League plays 1st game (Milw 14, Columbus 2)
  • Sep 15 Chicago Tribune sponsors Ted Lyons Day (White Sox pitcher)

Sports History

Sep 16 Leo Durocher suspended from Ebbetts Field for "inciting a riot"

Sports History

Sep 27 Floyd Giebells, 1st game, 2-0 pennant clinching beating Bob Feller

  • Sep 27 Yankees, lose to A's & eliminated from pennant for 1st time since 1935

Sports History

Sep 28 Michigan's Tom Harmon runs 72, 86 & 94 yard touchdowns

  • Sep 28 Bud Brennan, a fan at Memorial Stadium, races out of stands & attempts to tackle Tom Harmon at 3-yard line, Harmon easily evades Brennan

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 12 Mickey Lolich, American pitcher (Detroit Tiger, won 25 in 1971), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Sep 14 Larry Brown, American NBA player and coach (NY Knicks), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 15 Frank Linzy, American baseball player, born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
  • Sep 15 Merlin Olsen, American football player (Los Angeles Rams) and actor (Father Murphy), born in Logan, Utah (d. 2010)
  • Sep 24 Slaven Zambata, Croatian soccer forward (31 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb), born in Sinj, Croatia (d. 2020)
  • Sep 26 Frank Maloney, American football coach (Syracuse University 1974-1980), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • Sep 27 Benoni Beheyt, Belgian cyclist
  • Sep 28 Marcel Puget, French rugby union halfback and captain (17 Tests; CA Brive, Stade Toulousain, Stade Rodez Aveyron), born in Limoux, France (d. 2021)
  • Sep 29 Mike Eischeid, American NFL punter (Oakland Raiders), born in Orange City, Iowa
  • Sep 30 Harry Winston Jerome, Sask Canada, 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1964)