On This Day

September 1959 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Sep 11 Elroy Face's 22 game winning streak ends as Dodgers beat Pirates 5-4
  • Sep 11 Baltimore starter Jerry Walker pitches all 16 innings as the Orioles edge the Chicago White Sox, 1-0 at Memorial Stadium
  • Sep 13 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian Neale Fraser wins first of 2 straight US singles titles; beats Alex Olmedo of Peru 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 13 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Maria Bueno of Brazil wins her first of 4 US singles crowns; beats England's Christine Truman 6-1, 6-4

Golf Tournament

Sep 17 59th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus

  • Sep 22 Chicago White Sox clinch AL pennant

Sports History

Sep 26 Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn becomes winningest NL lefty

  • Sep 26 SF Giants Sam Jones 2nd no-hitter, beats St Louis Cards, 4-0
  • Sep 27 Braves & Dodgers finish in a tie (86-68)
  • Sep 29 Dodgers win game 2 of playoff, 6-5, & take NL pennant

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Kenny Mayne, American sports journalist, broadcaster (ESPN), born in Kent, Washington
  • Sep 5 Tom Pernice Jr., American golfer (2 PGA Tour, 6 Champions Tour titles), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Sep 11 David Frost, South African golfer (10 PGA Tour titles; The Tradition 2013), born in Cape Town, RSA
  • Sep 11 Robert Wrenn, American golfer, sportscaster, course designer (ESPN), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Sep 12 Cindy Rarick, American golfer (5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Glenwood, Minnesota

Tim Raines

Sep 16 Tim Raines, American baseball player (Montreal Expos), born in Sanford, Florida

  • Sep 17 Hank Ilesic, Canadian CFL punter and place kicker (Edmonton, Toronto), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Sep 18 Ryne Sandberg, American baseball infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Sep 18 Ian Arkwright, English footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers), born in Shafton, Barnsley, England
  • Sep 20 Lesley Thompson, Canadian rower (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 25 Andy Waller, Zimbabwean cricket batsman and coach (2 Tests, 39 ODIs), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Sep 26 Rich Gedman, American baseball player, born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Sep 27 Beth Heiden, American 3000m speed skater (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Sep 28 Todd Worrell, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Arcadia, California
  • Sep 28 Ron Fellows, Canadian race car driver
  • Sep 30 Hans Werdekker, Dutch soccer player (Ajax, RKC/Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Sep 30 Ettore Messina, Italian basketball coach

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 9 O'Neil Gordon "Collie" Smith, West Indian cricket all-rounder (26 Tests, HS 168), dies in a car crash at 26
  • Sep 28 Rudolf Caracciola, German race car driver (b. 1901)
  • Sep 28 Vincent Richards, American tennis player (US Pro C'ships 1927-28, 30, 33), dies of a heart attack at 56