On This Day

September 1953 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Sep 1 Buck Baker takes lead with 10 laps remaining to win the Southern 500 at Darlington in the most competitive event in NASCAR Grand National history; four drivers swap lead a record 35 times

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 6 Roy Campanella sets record for HRs by a catcher at 38

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 7 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Tony Trabert beats fellow American Vic Seixas 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to win his first of 5 major titles

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 7 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-American final Maureen Connolly becomes first female to achieve a Grand Slam; beats Doris Hart 6-2, 6-4

Tennis player Maureen Connolly
Tennis player
Maureen Connolly
  • Sep 12 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant earlier than any other team, defeating Milwaukee Braves 5-2. Brooklyn finishes season with record of 105-49.
  • Sep 13 Pitcher Bob Trice becomes the first black player for Philadelphia Athletics
  • Sep 13 Italian Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari retains Formula 1 World Drivers Championship although forced to retire (engine trouble) in season ending Italian Grand Prix at Monza; wins title by 6.5 points from Juan Manuel Fangio
  • Sep 14 Yanks clinch 5th straight pennant with 8-5 win over Indians
  • Sep 15 Boxing's NBA adopts 10-pt-must-scoring-system (10 pts to round winner)
  • Sep 16 AL approves St Louis Browns move to become Baltimore Orioles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 24 Rocky Marciano TKOs home town favourite Roland LaStarza in 11 at NYC's Polo Grounds to retain his world heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • Sep 26 Shortstop Billy Hunter smashes final home run in St Louis Browns history during a 6-3 loss to Chicago WS at Busch Stadium; franchise moves to Baltimore next season
  • Sep 27 St Louis Browns play last game in Sportsman's Park, losing 100th game

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 4 Michael Stean, English chess grandmaster, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Sep 6 Mohamed Kedir, Ethiopian 10k runner (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Ethiopia
  • Sep 12 John Williams, American archer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Cranesville, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 14 Judy Playfair, Australian swimmer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Sep 16 Jerry Pate, American golfer (US Open 1976; 8 PGA Tour titles), born in Macon, Georgia
  • Sep 27 Benjamin Gene Brown, 4X400 runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in San Francisco, California
  • Sep 27 Claudio Gentile, Italian footballer
  • Sep 29 Warren Cromartie, baseball player

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 12 Frederick Kuys, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898), dies
  • Sep 18 Charles de Tornaco, Belgian racing driver, dies at 26
  • Sep 22 William Brann, South African cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa), dies at 54