September 1951 in Sports History

Events in Sport

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 5 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Frank Sedgman of Australia beats American Vic Seixas 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 for his first of 2 straight US singles crowns

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 5 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Maureen Connolly wins her 1st of 9 Grand Slam singles titles; beats fellow American Shirley Fry 6-3, 1-6, 6-4

Sports History

Sep 11 Florence Chadwick becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel from England to France. It takes 16 hours & 19 minutes.

  • Sep 13 St Louis Cards beat NY Giants 6-4 (rescheduled from 9/12) then at night lose to Boston Braves 2-0
  • Sep 16 US National League umpire Frank Dascoli clears the Dodgers bench, ejecting 15 players

US Women's Golf Open

Sep 16 US Open Women's Golf, Druid Hills GC: Betsy Rawls wins first of her 8 major titles, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Louise Suggs

  • Sep 20 MLB owners elect National League President Ford Frick as 3rd Baseball Commissioner for a 7-year term at a then massive $65,000 per annum
  • Sep 21 Emil Zatopek runs 15,000m in record 44 min, 54.6 sec

Sports History

Sep 28 New York's Allie Reynolds' 2nd no-hitter of 1951, an 8-0 home victory over Boston Red Sox; Yankees clinch pennant #18

  • Sep 28 Norm Van Brocklin of Rams passes for NFL record 554 yards

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 David Bairstow, English cricket wicket keeper, broadcaster (4 Tests, 13 dismissals; father of England Test 'keeper Jonny; Yorkshire CCC), born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1998)
  • Sep 5 Paul Breitner, German footballer, born in Kolbermoor, Germany
  • Sep 7 Mark McCumber, American golfer (10 PGA Tour titles; Tour C'ship 1994), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 8 Tim Gullikson, American tennis player and coach (Pete Sampras coach 1992-95), born in La Crosse, Wisconsin (d. 1996)
  • Sep 10 Gary Danielson, American NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions 1976-84; Cleveland Browns 1985, 87-88) and college commentator (CBS, ABC), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 15 Johan Neeskens, Dutch footballer, born in Heemstede, Netherlands
  • Sep 15 Pete Carroll, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2013, Seattle Seahawks 2010-20; New York Jets, New England Patriots; USC), born in San Francisco, California
  • Sep 18 Darryl Stingley, American NFL football wide receiver, 1973-77 (New England Patriots), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • Sep 18 Marc Surer, Swiss motor racing driver, born in Arisdorf, Switzerland

Guy LafleurGuy Lafleur (1951-2022)

Sep 20 Canadian Hockey HOF right wing (5 x Stanley Cup, 2 x NHL MVP, NHL Playoff MVP Montreal Canadiens; NY Rangers, Quebec Nordiques), born in Thurso, Quebec [1]

  • Sep 21 Bruce Arena, American soccer coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 21 Ed Delahoussaye, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (1982-83 Kentucky Derby), born in New Iberia, Louisiana
  • Sep 24 Terry Metcalf, American NFL, CFL running back (St Louis, Toronto), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 25 Robert "Bob" McAdoo, American former NBA player (Buffalo Braves) and assistant coach (Miami Heat), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Sep 29 Maureen Caird, Australian hurdler (youngest to win individual Olympic Gold at 17 in 1968), born in Cumberland, Australia
  • Sep 30 Catie Ball, American 100m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic-4X4 gold-1968)

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 16 Bill Klem, American Baseball HOF umpire (record 18 x World Series), dies at of a heart attack at 77
  • Sep 29 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach and administrator (first coach US men's national team), dies at 86