On This Day

September 1968 in Sports History

Events in Sport

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 7 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: England's Virginia Wade wins first Open era US singles title; beats Billie Jean King 6-4, 6-2

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 8 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Arthur Ashe wins first Open era US title; beats Dutchman Tom Okker 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 14 Jimmy Ellis beats Floyd Patterson in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Sports History

Sep 14 Detroit Tigers' Denny McLain's 30th victory of season

  • Sep 17 Gaylord Perry (Giants) no-hits St Louis Cardinals, 1-0
  • Sep 18 Ray Washburn (Cards) no-hits SF Giants 2-0

Sports History

Sep 24 NY Met manager Gil Hodges suffers a heart attack

  • Sep 27 Cardinals' super pitcher Bob Gibson's 13th shutout of year

Sports History

Sep 29 Carl Yastrzemski .3005 avg wins his 2nd straight batting crown

  • Sep 29 Chuck Latourette, sets NFL record 47.7 yd punt return avg (3 punts)
  • Sep 30 AL & NL umpires form a new Association of Major League Umpires

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 2 Ricardo de Jongh, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • Sep 4 Carlette Guidry-White, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1992, 1996; World C'ships 1995), born in Houston, Texas
  • Sep 4 Mike Piazza, American MLB baseball catcher, 1992-2007, 12X All-Star (Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, and 3 other teams), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 4 Rick McNair, American water polo 2m defender (Olympics 1996), born in Berkeley, California
  • Sep 5 Dennis Scott, American NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks), born in Hagerstown, Maryland
  • Sep 6 Pat Meares, American baseball infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Salina, Kansas
  • Sep 7 Erik Williams, American NFL tackle (4-time Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 9 Jon Drummond, American 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 9 Thomas P. Auth, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Sep 9 Clive Mendonca, English footballer, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Sep 11 Konstantin Shafranov, Kazakhstani ice hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan 1998, St. Louis Blues), born in Oskemen, Kazakhstan
  • Sep 13 Bernie Williams, Puerto Rican baseball outfielder (NY Yankees), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Sep 13 Brad Johnson, American NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings), born in Marietta, Georgia
  • Sep 13 Chris Morris, Canadian CFL tackle (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Sep 13 Denny Neagle, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1995, 97; NL wins leader 1997; Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves), born in Gambrills, Maryland
  • Sep 14 Ginger Helgeson-Nielson, American tennis star, born in St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Sep 14 Pete Chilcutt, American NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • Sep 15 Rich Robertson, American pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Sep 16 Tara Cross-Battle, American volleyball hitter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Houston, Texas
  • Sep 17 Stacey Dillard, NFL defensive tackle (NY Giants)
  • Sep 17 Valeri Zelepukin, NHL forward (NJ Devils, Team Russia Olympic silver 1998)
  • Sep 18 Toni Kukoč, Croatian-American NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Sep 20 Chris Waller, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Sep 20 Eric Turner, American NFL safety (Cleveland Browns), born in Ventura, California
  • Sep 22 Godfrey Myles, America NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys), born in Miami, Florida
  • Sep 22 Lisa Alexander, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 27 Mark Bradtke, Australian basketball center (Olympics 1988, 92, 96), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Sep 27 Rob Moore, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets, Arizona Cardinals)
  • Sep 27 Scott Conover, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • Sep 28 Jock Climie, CFL slot back (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Sep 29 Mika Häkkinen, Finnish auto racer (World F1 Champion 1998, 99), born in Vantaa, Finland

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 11 Tommy Armour, Scottish-American golfer (US Open 1927, PGA 1930, British Open 1931), dies at 71