On This Day

September 1969 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Sep 2 Ralph Houk signs 3-year contract to manage New York Yankees at $65,000 a season, then the biggest salary in MLB
  • Sep 7 Scottish Matra-Ford driver Jackie Stewart wins the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; his 6th F1 win of the season
  • Sep 8 US amateur Men's Tennis: Stan Smith beats Bob Lutz (97 63 61)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian Margaret Court wins her third US singles title & 16th Grand Slam singles event; beats Nancy Richey 6-2, 6-2

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Rod Laver beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 7-9, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to claim his record second Grand Slam

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • Sep 10 NY Mets sweep Montreal Expos putting them in 1st place for 1st time
  • Sep 13 Baltimore Orioles, win earliest AL Eastern division title
  • Sep 13 Bobby Bonds is baseballs 4th 30-HR, 30-steal player
  • Sep 15 Cards Steve Carlton sets record by striking out 19 NY Mets in a game

Sport awardRyder Cup

Sep 20 Ryder Cup Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: US, Great Britain tie, 16-16; great sporting gesture, America's Jack Nicklaus concedes missable 3-foot putt to Tony Jacklin at the 18th hole for the draw

  • Sep 20 Pitts Pirate Bob Moose no-hits NY Mets, 4-0
  • Sep 21 58th Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Cleveland (5-0)
  • Sep 21 NY Jet Steve O'Neal punts 98 yards against Denver Broncos
  • Sep 21 Ron Hill wins European marathon (2:16:47.8)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 22 SF Giant Willie Mays, becomes second player to hit 600 home runs

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Sep 24 NY Mets clinch NL East pennant
  • Sep 28 Joe Kapp (Minnesota Vikings) passes for 7 touchdowns vs Balt Colts (52-14)
  • Sep 29 Red Sox Rico Petrocelli hits shortstop record 40th HR of season
  • Sep 29 Steve O'Neal of NY Jets, kicks longest NFL punt; 98 yards vs Denver

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Henning Berg, Norwegian footballer
  • Sep 2 Russell Freeman, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • Sep 2 Shani Waugh, Australian golfer (US Open 2002 3rd), born in Bunbury West Australia
  • Sep 2 Stephen Peall, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Sep 3 Keith Traylor, American NFL defensive tackle (Super Bowl 1997-98, 2004), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Sep 5 Leonardo Araujo, Brazilian footballer, born in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Sep 5 Mark Ramprakash, English cricketer, born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England
  • Sep 6 Aaron Pierce, American NFL halfback (NY Giants), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 6 Doug Pirini, New Zealand decathlete (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Sep 6 Ben Finegold, American chess player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 6 Michellie Jones, Australian triathlete (won two ITU Triathlon World Championships), born in Fairfield, New South Wales, Australia
  • Sep 7 Darren Bragg, American outfielder (Seattle Mariners), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Sep 7 Rudy Galindo, American figure skater, born in San Jose, California
  • Sep 8 Oswaldo Ibarra, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Ambuquí, Ecuador
  • Sep 8 Lars Bohinen, Norwegian footballer (Nottingham Forest), born in Vadsø, Norway
  • Sep 8 Gary Speed, Welsh footballer and Wales national football team manager, born in Mancot, Flintshire, Wales (d. 2011)
  • Sep 9 Sean Rooks, American basketball center (LA Lakers), born in New York City, New York
  • Sep 10 Bob Spitulski, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Sep 10 Matt Geiger, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets)
  • Sep 11 Tracy Scroggins, American NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Checotah, Oklahoma
  • Sep 11 Eduardo Perez, American baseball player, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Sep 12 Ángel Cabrera, Argentine golfer (US Open 2007, US Masters 2009), born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • Sep 12 Shigeki Maruyama, Japanese golfer (3 PGA Tour titles; Presidents Cup 1998, 2000), born in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture
  • Sep 13 Shane Warne, Australian cricketer (leg spin bowler) , born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Sep 16 Andrew Borodow, 130 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic 5-92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 16 Chester McGlockton, American NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders), born in Whiteville, North Carolina
  • Sep 16 Marthijn Pothoven, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Sep 17 Rob Zamuner, NHL forward (Tampa Bay Lightning, Team Canada 1998)
  • Sep 17 Ken Doherty, Irish snooker player (world champion 1997), born in Dublin, Rep. of Ireland
  • Sep 18 Robert Coons, American NFL tight end (Buffalo Bills), born in Brea, California
  • Sep 20 Tommy Jeter, American NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Sep 20 Richard Witschge, Dutch footballer, born in Amsterdam
  • Sep 21 Jason Christiansen, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sep 21 Randal Hill, NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • Sep 22 Marian Chlad, soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • Sep 22 Nicole Bradtke, Australian tennis star (1995 Auckland), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Sep 23 Jeff Cirillo, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Pasadena, California
  • Sep 23 Tapio Laukkanen, Finnish rally driver
  • Sep 24 Andrew Greene, NFL guard (Miami Dolphins, Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Sep 25 David Weathers, Lawrencburg TN, pitcher (Florida Marlins, NY Yankees)
  • Sep 25 Hansie Cronje, cricket captain (solid South African batsman)
  • Sep 26 Andy Petterson, Australian footballer
  • Sep 26 Paul Warhurst, English footballer
  • Sep 27 Laura Wilson, cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Utica, New York
  • Sep 27 Lester Holmes, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Sep 27 Robert Jones, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Sep 28 L Janusz Hooker, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 28 Nico Vaesen, Belgian footballer

Person of interestKelly Robbins

Sep 29 Kelly Robbins, American golfer (LPGA C'ship 1995), born in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • Sep 29 Angelo Barretto, Filipino racecar driver

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 2 Willy Mairesse, Belgian auto racer (13 F1 GP; Nürburgring 1000km 1963; GT Spa GP 1965; Targa Florio 1966), dies from suicide at 40
  • Sep 3 John Lester, American cricketer, dies at 98
  • Sep 6 Arthur Friedenreich, Brazilian football player, dies at 77
  • Sep 9 Cecil Dixon, South African cricket off-spinner (1913-14, dismissed Hobbs twice), dies at 78