On This Day

September 1970 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Sep 2 US Open first Grand Slam tournament tiebreak is used to decide a set at 6-6; first player to reach 5 points with sudden death at 4-4
  • Sep 3 After playing a NL record 1,117 consecutive MLB games, Chicago Cubs outfielder Billy Williams asks to sit out
  • Sep 7 White Sox use record 41 players in doubleheader & lose both games

Sports History

Sep 9 Bowie Kuhn suspends Denny McLain for carrying a gun

MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn
MLB Commissioner
Bowie Kuhn
Baseball Pitcher Denny McLain
Baseball Pitcher
Denny McLain
  • Sep 9 Feyenoord wins soccer's Club World Cup

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 12 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Margaret Court of Australia completes Grand Slam; beats American Rosemary Casals 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

Tennis Player Rosemary Casals
Tennis Player
Rosemary Casals
  • Sep 13 New York City Marathon: inaugural event won by Gary Muhrcke in 2:31:38

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 13 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Ken Rosewall wins second US title; beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 2-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-3; first major in which tiebreak used to decide sets at 6-6

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • Sep 21 Oakland A's Vida Blue no-hits Minnesota Twins, 6-0
  • Sep 27 Ken Boswell sets 2nd baseman record of 85 games without an error
  • Sep 28 Intrepid (US) beats Gretel II (Australia) in 22nd America's Cup

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Barbara Paulus, Austrian tennis player (world #10 1996; 6 x WTA titles), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Sep 3 George Lynch, American basketball forward and college coach (Charlotte/NO Hornets; UNC NCAA title 1993), born in Roanoke, Virginia
  • Sep 3 Uzooma Okeke, American born CFL guard (Montreal Alouettes), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Sep 3 Gareth Southgate, English manager of English national side and footballer (Aston Villa, Middlesbrough), born in Watford, England
  • Sep 4 Cari Read, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Sep 4 Janae Lautenschlager, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Canoga Park California
  • Sep 4 Luis Lopez, Puerto Rican baseball infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Cidra, Puerto Rico
  • Sep 5 Brad Hopkins, American NFL tackle (Houston Oilers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Sep 5 Lori Harrigan, American softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Anaheim, California
  • Sep 5 Michael Potts, American pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Langdale, Alabama
  • Sep 5 Willie Clay, American NFL safety (Detroit Lions), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 5 Mohammad Rafique, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Sep 6 Igor Korolev, Russian ice hockey player (Team Russia, Winnipeg), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Sep 6 Shane Heal, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Sep 6 Torrance Small, American NFL wide receiver (New Orleans Saints), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Sep 8 Clarence Weatherspoon, American NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers), born in Crawford, Mississippi
  • Sep 8 Tomur Barnes, American NFL cornerback (Houston Oilers), born in McNair, Texas
  • Sep 9 Dan Miceli, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Sep 9 Joey Hamilton, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Statesboro, Georgia
  • Sep 9 Mike Faulkerson, American football fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Kingsport, Tennessee
  • Sep 10 Julie Halard-Decugis, French tennis player (US Open doubles 2000 [Ai Sugiyama]; 12 x WTA singles titles), born in Versailles, France
  • Sep 11 Berry Richter, American hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Sep 11 Dan Hackett, American water polo goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Sep 11 William Joppy, American professional boxer, born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Sep 12 Rebecca Joyce, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Sep 13 Marc Latupeirissa, Dutch soccer player (Willem II)
  • Sep 13 Martín Herrera, Argentine footballer, born in Río Cuarto, Argentina
  • Sep 14 Francesco Casagrande, Italian road racing cyclist, born in Florence, Italy
  • Sep 16 Anthony Marshall, American NFL safety (Chicago Bears), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Sep 16 Paul Shuey, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Lima, Ohio
  • Sep 17 Al Fontenot, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • Sep 17 Ashley Ambrose, NFL cornerback (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Sep 17 Mark Brunell, NFL quarterback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Sep 18 Everett Lindsay, American NFL guard and center (Minnesota Vikings), born in Burlington, Iowa
  • Sep 18 Mike Compton, American NFL center and guard (Detroit Lions), born in Richlands, Virginia
  • Sep 19 Antti Törmänen, NHL forward (Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Ottawa), born in Espoo, Finland
  • Sep 20 John Copeland, American NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals), born in Lanett, Alabama
  • Sep 21 Michael O'Shea, Canadian CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts), born in North Bay, Ontario
  • Sep 22 Eric Blount, American CFL running back (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Ayden, North Carolina
  • Sep 22 Mike Matheny, American MLB player (Milwaukee Brewers) and manager (Kansas City Royals), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Sep 22 Emmanuel Petit, French footballer (Chelsea, France), born in Dieppe, France
  • Sep 23 Georgios Koltsidas, Greek footballer
  • Sep 24 Kristin Talbot, American speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Schuylerville New York
  • Sep 24 Paul Spoljaric, Canadian pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Sep 24 Winfred Tubbs, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1998; New Orleans Saints, SF 49ers), born in Fairfield, Texas
  • Sep 25 Curtis Buckley, American NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Oakdale, Louisiana
  • Sep 25 Damon Pieri, American NFL safety (Carolina Panthers), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sep 25 Doug Pelfrey, American NFL kicker (Cin Bengals), born in Fort Thomas, Kentucky
  • Sep 26 Paul Laus, Canadian NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Beamsville, Canada
  • Sep 26 Trevor Ruffin, American NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Sep 28 Kimiko Date, Japanese professional tennis player (Japan Open, 1996), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • Sep 29 Chris Mims, American NFL defensive end (San Diego Chargers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2008)
  • Sep 29 Joseph Hudson, American pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 29 Luke Bodensteiner, American cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Sep 29 Nicolas Pereira, Venezuelan tennis player, born in Salto Uruguay
  • Sep 30 Eric Piatkowski, NBA guard/forward (LA Clippers)

Deaths in Sport

Vince Lombardi

Sep 3 Vince Lombardi, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Green Bay Packers 1959-67; NFL Coach of the Year 1959, 61; Super Bowl 1967, 68), dies at 57

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi
  • Sep 5 Jochen Rindt, Austrian auto racer (posthumous World F1 title 1970), dies of throat injuries in practice accident at 28
  • Sep 6 Gerard Smithson, cricketer (Eng batsman against W Indies 1948), dies

Cy Denneny

Sep 10 Cy Denneny, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (NHL leading scorer 1923-24), dies at 78

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • Sep 19 Greville Stevens, cricketer (10 Tests for England 1922-29), dies