On This Day

September 1945 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Sep 1 Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Vince DiMaggio smashes his 4th grand slam of season, tying NL record, in an 8-3 win v Boston Braves
  • Sep 3 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills: American Frank Parker successfully defends title; beats William Talbert 14-12, 6-1, 6-2
  • Sep 3 US Women's National Tennis Championship, Forest Hills: Sarah Palfrey Cooke wins second US title; beats Pauline Betz Addie 3-6, 8-6, 6-4
  • Sep 4 American chess grandmaster Reuben Fine wins 4 simultaneous rapid (10 seconds per move) games blindfolded in New York City
  • Sep 6 A's catcher Greek George punches umpire Joe Rue gets suspended

Sports History

Sep 9 Jimmie Foxx hits his 534th & final HR

  • Sep 29 Chicago Cubs clinch NL pennant with record of 98–56

Sports History

Sep 30 Detroit's future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg smacks an AL pennant-winning grand slam on the final day of the season as the Tigers beat St. Louis Browns, 6-3


Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Agustín Balbuena, Argentine soccer striker (8 caps; Copa Libertadores 1972, 73, 74, 75; Copa Intercontinental 1973; Club Atlético Independiente), born in Santa Fe, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • Sep 7 Vic Pollard, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (32 Tests, 2 x 100s, 40 wickets) and soccer midfielder (7 caps; Rangers AFC), born in Burnley, England
  • Sep 8 Rogie Vachon, Canadian NHL goalie (Canadiens, Kings, Vezina-1968), born in Quebec
  • Sep 11 Franz Beckenbauer, German footballer (Bayern Munich), born in Munich
  • Sep 13 Rick Wise, American MLB pitcher, 1964-82, 2X All-Star (Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, and 3 other teams), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • Sep 14 Martin Tyler, British sports broadcaster, born in Chester, England

Phil Jackson

Sep 17 Phil Jackson, American basketball player and coach (Knicks/Bulls/Lakers), born in Deer Lodge, Montana

  • Sep 18 Ottorino Sartor, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (27 caps; Defensor Arica, CNI), born in Chancay, Peru (d. 2021)
  • Sep 19 Jane Blalock, American golfer (27 LPGA Tour wins), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Sep 20 Torkild Brakstad, Norwegian soccer defender (3 caps; Molde) and coach (Molde, Tromsø, Rosenborg), born in Molde, Norway (d. 2021)
  • Sep 21 Richard Childress, NASCAR team owner
  • Sep 22 Ilija Petković, Serbian soccer midfielder (43 caps, Yugoslavia; Troyes, OFK Beograd) and manager (Serbia & Montenegro), born in Knin, Croatia (d. 2020)
  • Sep 23 Ray Batten, English rugby league back-rower (Great Britain 3, England 3 Tests; Leeds 434 games) and coach (Wakefield Trinity), born in York, England (d. 2020)
  • Sep 24 Catherine Burns, American actress (Last Summer, One Life to Live, Catcher), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 28 Marielle Goitschel, French alpine skier (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Sainte-Maxime, France
  • Sep 29 Nadezhda Chizova, Russian shot putter (Olympic gold/silver/bronze-68/72/76), born in Usolye-Sibirskoye, Russia