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September 1968 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Sport awardUS 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

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

Sport awardUS 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

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 19 Denny McLain's 31st win & Mickey Mantle's 535th HR

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
MLB Pitcher Denny McLain
MLB Pitcher
Denny McLain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 24 NY Met manager Gil Hodges suffers a heart attack

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Sep 27 Cardinals' super pitcher Bob Gibson's 13th shutout of year

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • 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 1 Michelle Buckingham, Canadian 61 kg judoka (Olymp-20-92, 96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 2 Ricardo de Jongh, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • Sep 4 Carlette Guidry-White, American sprinter, born in Houston, Texas
  • Sep 4 Mike Piazza, American baseball catcher (LA Dodgers), 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 10 Yvo Joordens, soccer player (MVV)
  • 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 MLB pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), 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, Nacogdoches TX, pitcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • Sep 16 Charles McRae, American NFL guard and tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Oscoda, Michigan
  • 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, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Sep 22 Lisa Alexander, synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 25 Reggie Jefferson, American baseball player (Cin, Cleve, Sea, Bos), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 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