September 1960 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Sep 1 German sprinter Armin Hary wins the coveted 100m gold medal in 10.2 at the Rome Olympics; first non-American to win the event since 1928
  • Sep 1 US 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of George Harrison, Dick Blick, Mike Troy & Jeff Farrell swim world record 8:10.2 to beat Japan by 3.3 seconds and win gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • Sep 1 US 4 x 100m medley relay team swims world record 4:05.4 to beat Australia and win the gold medal at the Rome Olympics; Frank McKinney, Paul Hait, Lance Larson & Jeff Farrell
  • Sep 2 New Zealand middle distance runner Peter Snell wins the first of 3 career Olympic gold medals when he wins the 800m in Rome
  • Sep 2 Tamara & Irina Press (Soviet Union) become first sisters to win Olympic gold medals; Tamara wins Rome Olympics shot put one day after Irina takes out 80m hurdles
  • Sep 2 American sprinter Wilma Rudolph wins the coveted 100m gold medal at the Rome Olympics in 11.0; beats Britain's Dorothy Hyman by 0.3; 1st of 3 gold medals for Rudolph
  • Sep 2 American Mike Troy swims 200m butterfly world record 2:12.8 to win the gold medal from Australian Neville Hayes at the Rome Olympics
  • Sep 3 Livio Berruti of Italy runs a world record 20.5 to win the gold medal in the 200m at the Rome Olympics
  • Sep 3 US women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Joan Spillane, Shirley Stobs, Carolyn Wood & Chris von Saltza swim world record 4:08.9 to beat Australia by 2.4 seconds and win gold medal at Rome Olympics

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 5 Cassius Clay [Muhammad Ali] beats 3-time European champion Zbigniew Pietrzykowski of Poland in a unanimous points decision to win Olympic light heavyweight boxing gold medal in Rome

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 5 A. J. Foyt wins the first of 67 Indy car victories at Du Quoin, Illinois. State Fairgrounds

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • Sep 5 Future world middleweight boxing champion Nino Benvenuti of Italy beats Yuri Radonyak of the Soviet Union to win welterweight gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • Sep 6 Australian middle distance runner Herb Elliott breaks his own world record in winning the 1,500m at the Rome Olympics in 3:35.6
  • Sep 6 American Otis Davis runs a world record 44.9 to win the gold medal in the 400m at the Rome Olympics; German Carl Kaufmann records same time but ruled second via photo finish
  • Sep 6 In a famous victory American decathlete Rafer Johnson scores Olympic record 8,392 points to win the gold medal in Rome; beats rival & friend C.K. Yang of China by 58 points
  • Sep 7 Ljudmila Shevcova runs female olympic record 800m (2:04.3)

  • Sep 7 Japan wins the men's gymnastics teams combined exercises gold for the first of 5 consecutive Olympics at the Rome Games; beats Soviet Union by just 2.5 points
  • Sep 7 Danish sailer Paul Elvstrøm wins the Finn class at the Rome Olympics; his 4th straight Olympic gold medal in the category
  • Sep 7 US sweeps the medals in the men's discus at the Rome Olympics; Al Oerter wins his 2nd of 4 career discus gold ahead of fellow Americans Rink Babka and Dick Cochran
  • Sep 7 Future Constantine II, last King of Greece, wins Dragon class sailing gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • Sep 8 American sprinter Wilma Rudolph wins her third gold medal of the Rome Olympics anchoring the US 4 x 100m relay team; earlier won 100/200m double
  • Sep 8 US 4 x 400m relay team of Jack Yerman, Earl Young, Glenn Davis & Otis Davis run a world record 3:02.2 to win the gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • Sep 8 German 4 x 100m relay team equal world record 39.5 to win the gold medal at the Rome Olympics; Bernd Cullmann, Armin Hary, Walter Mahlendorf & Martin Lauer
  • Sep 9 Denver Broncos beat Boston Patriots, 13-10 in the American Football League's first game before 21,597 fans at Nickerson Field in Boston
  • Sep 9 Denver beats Boston 13-10 in the American Football League's first game before 21,597 fans in Boston.
  • Sep 9 Pakistan ends India's run of 6 consecutive Olympic field hockey gold medals with a 1-0 win over their sub-continent rivals at the Rome Games
  • Sep 10 Abebe Bikila runs Olympic/World record marathon (2:15:16.2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 10 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 643' HR over right field roof in Detroit

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Sep 10 Fencer Aladár Gerevich is part of the gold medal winning Hungarian sabre team at the Rome Olympics; Gerevich's 6th consecutive gold medal in the event

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 10 Future Hall of Famer Jerry Lucas scores 23 points as the US wins its 5th straight men's basketball Olympic gold medal with a 90-63 drubbing of Brazil at the Rome Games

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • Sep 10 Yugoslavia dominates Denmark 3-1 to win the men's football gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • Sep 10 The gymnastics competition at the Rome Olympics concludes with the Soviet Union taking 10 of the 15 gold medals; Soviet gymnasts Boris Shakhlin & Larisa Latynina win 3 gold medals apiece
  • Sep 11 17th Olympic games close in Rome Italy
  • Sep 13 Dutch 1st Chamber condemns soccer-law

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Sep 15 Maurice Richard announces his retirement. He finishes his career with 544 goals, an NHL record at the time.

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • Sep 16 Mil Brave Warren Spahn no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 4-0

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 17 80th U.S. Men's National Championship: Neale Fraser beats Rod Laver (6-4, 6-4, 9-7)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 17 74th U.S. Women's National Championship: Darlene Hard beats Maria Bueno (6-4, 10-12, 6-4)

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • Sep 25 NY Yankees clinch AL pennant
  • Sep 25 Phillies beat Reds 7-1, ending 16 consecutive Sunday loses

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 28 Ted Williams hits his final homer #521 (off Jack Fisher)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
MLB Pitcher Jack Fisher
MLB Pitcher
Jack Fisher

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 2 Eric Dickerson, NFL halfback (LA Rams, Colts/2,105 yds in 1984), born in Sealy, Texas
  • Sep 2 Rex Hudler, Tempe AZ, outfielder (NY Yankees, California Angels)
  • Sep 5 Rob Stull, American pentathlete (Olympic-92), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Sep 5 Willie Gault, American NFL receiver (Chicago Bears, LA Raiders), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • Sep 9 Christopher Sherratt White, New Zealand rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Sep 9 Bob Stoops, American football coach
  • Sep 12 Lynn Connelly, LPGA golfer (1988 USX Golf Classic-6th), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 16 Mickey Tettleton, catcher (Texas Rangers), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Sep 17 Hank Baran, Canadian Tour golfer (1988 Won Mexican), born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 17 John Franco, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 19 Loïc Bigois, French Formula One engineer and aerodynamicist, born in Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Sep 20 Alice Regina Brown, Jackson MS, 4X100 runner (Olympic gold 1984, 88)
  • Sep 22 Victor Stevenson, CFL tackle (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Sep 25 John Hills, British racehorse trainer (d. 2014)
  • Sep 25 Igor Belanov, Soviet-Ukrainian footballer, born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Sep 26 Bret Erickson, Bennington Nebraska, US trap (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 28 Derek James, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Infiniti), born in Durban, South Africa
  • Sep 28 Gus Logie, cricketer (WI batsman 1983-91, great fielder)
  • Sep 28 Tom Byrum, American professional golfer, born in Onida, South Dakota
  • Sep 29 John MacBeth Paxson, NBA Guard (Chicago Bulls)
  • Sep 29 Rob Deer, MLB Outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Sep 29 Wendy White, tennis player, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sep 30 Mike Herbert, Rogers Ark, kayak (alt-Olympics 1996)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 18 NBA forward Jerry Lucas (20) weds sophomore Treva Geib

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 18 A J Evans, cricketer (only England Test v Aus 1921), dies
  • Sep 26 William Ling, cricketer (South African batsman in 6 Tests 1921-23), dies