September 1954 in Sports History

Events in Sport

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 6 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Vic Seixas beats Australian Rex Hartwig 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 for his second and final major singles title

  • Sep 6 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Doris Hart beats Louise Brough Clapp 6-8, 6-1, 8-6 for the first of her 2 US singles titles
  • Sep 6 Yankees use a record 10 pinch hitters

Sports History

Sep 8 With a 3-2 count, Phillies Richie Ashburn fouls next 14, then walks

  • Sep 10 Attempting to handle Hoyt Wilhelm's knuckleball catcher, Ray Katt of Giants sets a major league record with 4 passed balls
  • Sep 12 Indians sweep Yanks at Municipal Stadium; largest AL crowd (86,563)
  • Sep 12 White Sox win 90th game, 1st time they win this many since 1920
  • Sep 13 Cincinnati first baseman Ted Kluszewski scores a run in his record 17th consecutive game as Reds lose 5-4 to Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field

Baseball Record

Sep 14 Giants' Willie Mays gets 82nd extra-base hit, breaks Mel Ott's record

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 17 In a quick re-match at Yankee Stadium, NYC, Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in the 8th round to retain his world heavyweight boxing title

  • Sep 18 Cleveland Indians clinch AL pennant, beat Tigers (3-2)

Sports History

Sep 20 Roger Bannister awarded Britain's Silver Pears Trophy

  • Sep 22 Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Karl Spooner strikes out 15 NY Giants in his 1st MLB game
  • Sep 24 Yanks tie a record, 3 of their pinch hitters strike out in 1 inning
  • Sep 26 A's defeats Yanks 8-6 in last game franchise will play in Philadelphia

Sports History

Sep 26 Yogi Berra plays his only game at 3rd & Mickey Mantle plays shortstop

  • Sep 29 Bennekom (Netherlands) soccer team forms
  • Sep 29 Willie Mays famous over-the-shoulder catch of Vic Wertz' 460' drive during Game One of the World Series

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 5 Hans-Jorgen Gerhardt, German bobsleder (Olympic gold 1980), born in Altenburg, Thuringia
  • Sep 6 Jon Erikson, American swimmer 1st to triple cross English Channel (1981) (d. 2014)
  • Sep 9 Walter Paul Davis, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Pineville, North Carolina
  • Sep 10 Martha Nause, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1994), born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  • Sep 12 Neal Brendel, American rugby union prop (6 Tests; Pittsburgh RC) and executive (Chairman USA Rugby 2002-05), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • Sep 18 Tommy Tuberville, American football coach and politician (Senator-R-Alabama 2021-), born in Camden, Arkansas
  • Sep 20 Henry Samueli, American NHL team owner (Anaheim Ducks), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Sep 20 Silvio Leonard, Cuban 100m runner (Olympic silver 1980), born in Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • Sep 22 Randy Lanier, American auto racer (IMSA Camel GT 1984; convicted drug trafficker 1988), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Sep 25 Juande Ramos, Spanish football manager (Sevilla), born in Pedro Muñoz, Spain
  • Sep 25 Sylvester Croom, American college football coach, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Sep 28 Steve Largent, American politician (US Rep-R-Oklahoma 1994-2002) and NFL player (Seattle Seahawks), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Sep 30 John Drew, American basketball small forward (NBA All-Star 1976, 80; Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz), born in Vredenburgh, Alabama (d. 2022)

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 26 Ellen Roosevelt, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1890), dies at 86