On This Day

September 1950 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Sep 3 Giuseppe "Nino" Farina wins inaugural Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by taking out the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in an Alfa Romeo; wins by 3 points from Juan Manuel Fangio
  • Sep 4 NASCAR’s first paved super speedway, Darlington Raceway hosts Southern 500, first 500-mile event in NASCAR history; winner Johnny Mantz in a Plymouth
  • Sep 5 98.3 cm rainfall at Yankeetown, Florida (state record)
  • Sep 5 US National Championship Men's Tennis: American Art Larsen beats countryman Herb Flam 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 for his only Grand Slam title
  • Sep 5 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-American final Margaret Osborne duPont beats Doris Hart 6-3, 6-3 for her third consecutive US singles crown

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 10 Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st to hit 3 HR in a game at Griffith Stadium

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Sep 15 For a record 6th time, NY Yankees' first baseman Johnny Mize hits 3 HRs in one game
  • Sep 16 Cleveland Browns (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, beat Philadelphia 35-10)
  • Sep 17 San Francisco 49ers (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, lose 21-17
  • Sep 26 Phils pitcher Jim Konstanty makes record 71st appearance of year

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 27 Heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles defeats Joe Louis in 15 in Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 Yanks clinch 2nd consecutive pennant under Casey Stengel

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Phillip Fulmer, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Tennessee 152-52) and CBS analyst, born in Winchester, Tennessee
  • Sep 3 Jóhannes Eðvaldsson, Icelandic soccer defender (34 caps; Celtic, Tulsa Roughnecks, Hannover 96, Motherwell), born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 2021)
  • Sep 4 Doyle Alexander, American baseball player, born in Cordova, Alabama
  • Sep 4 Ehteshamuddin, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 5 Tests 1980-82), born in Lahore, Punjab
  • Sep 11 Barry Sheene, British motorcycle racer, born in London (d. 2003)
  • Sep 12 Gustav Brunner, Austrian Formula One designer and engineer, born in Graz, Austria
  • Sep 14 Masami Kuwashima, Japanese race car driver, born in Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan

Person of interestDarryl Sittler

Sep 18 Darryl Sittler, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (NHL record for most points in a game, 10), born in St. Jacobs, Ontario

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • Sep 20 Matt Blair, American football linebacker (6 × Pro Bowl 1977–82; First-team All-Pro 1980; Minnesota Vikings), born in Hilo, Hawaii (d. 2020)
  • Sep 24 Mohinder Amarnath, Indian cricketer (son of Lala Indian batsman of 70's/80's), born in Patiala, India

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 11 S M H Colah, cricketer (69 runs in India's 1st 2 tests 1932-33), dies
  • Sep 23 Sam Barry, American basketball player and coach (b. 1892)