September 1971 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Sep 1 John Newcombe is 1st male top-seed to lose in 1st round of US Open

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 2 Chris Evert & Jimmy Connors win their 1st US Open tennis matches

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Sep 5 Astros pitcher J R Richard debut, strikes out 15 Giants in a 5-3 win
  • Sep 5 NY Mets Don Hahn hits 1st inside the park homer at Phillies Vet
  • Sep 9 NHL great Gordie Howe retires
  • Sep 12 91st Men's U.S. Open: Stan Smith beats Jan Kodes (3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 91st Women's U.S. Open: Billie Jean King beats Rosemary Casals (6-4, 7-6)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Player Rosemary Casals
Tennis Player
Rosemary Casals
  • Sep 14 Cleve Indians & Washington Senators, play 20 innings
  • Sep 18 19th Ryder Cup: US beats Europe, 18½-13½ at Old Warson Country Club (St. Louis, Missouri, US)
  • Sep 19 1st NYC Women's Marathon won by Beth Bonner in 2:55:22
  • Sep 19 2nd NYC Marathon won by Norman Higgins in 2:22:54
  • Sep 21 AL OKs Washington Senator move to Arlington (Texas Rangers)
  • Sep 24 Houston Astros beat SD Padres, 2-1, in 21 innings
  • Sep 26 Pam Higgins wins LPGA Lincoln-Mercury Golf Open

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Gabe Wilkins, NFL defensive end (GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Sep 1 Moses Kiptanui, Kenyan 3K runner (world record)
  • Sep 1 Hakan Şükür, Turkish footballer
  • Sep 2 Rich Aurilia, infielder (SF Giants), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 2 Tommy Maddox, NFL quarterback (NY Giants)
  • Sep 2 Tom Steels, Belgian cyclist
  • Sep 3 Glen Housman, Australian swimmer (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Rockhampton, Queensland
  • Sep 4 Brian Storey, 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Richmond, British Columbia
  • Sep 4 John Thierry, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • Sep 4 Monty Grow, NFL safety (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Sep 4 Tyrone Johnson, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Sep 4 Maik Taylor, Northern Irish footballer
  • Sep 5 Carlester Crumpler, American NFL tight end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • Sep 5 Kim Maher, American softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Saigon, Vietnam
  • Sep 5 Adam Hollioake, England cricketer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Sep 6 Anthony Goldwire, NBA guard (Denver Nuggets)
  • Sep 6 Holli Rene Hyche, runner, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Sep 6 Pavel Patera, Kladno CZE, hockey forward (Team Czech Rep, Olympic gold 1998)
  • Sep 6 Devang Gandhi, Indian Cricketer
  • Sep 7 Briana Scurry, soccer goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sep 7 Tonny Jensen, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 7 Wesley Leasy, NFL linebacker (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Sep 8 David Merritt, NFL outside linebacker (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Sep 8 Greg Minor, NBA guard (Boston Celtics)
  • Sep 8 Jan Pardavy, hockey forward (Team Slovakia)
  • Sep 9 Jill Sudduth, synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sep 10 Brandon Harrison, NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • Sep 10 Brian Earley, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Fresno, California
  • Sep 10 Chris Oeding, water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Sep 11 Mack Strong, NFL fullback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Sep 11 Todd Norman, NFL guard (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Sep 11 Shelton Quarles, American football player
  • Sep 12 Terry Dehere, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings)
  • Sep 13 Goran Ivanisevic, Croatia, tennis star (1991, 1994, 1998 Wimbledon finalist; 2001 wildcard Wimbledon winner)
  • Sep 13 Richie Anderson, American NFL running back (NY Jets), born in Olney, Maryland
  • Sep 13 Ted Drury, US hockey forward (Olympics 1994), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 14 Jonathan "Adam" Holland, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 14 Mario Henry, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Sep 15 Chad Bratzke, NFL defensive end (NY Giants)
  • Sep 15 Myron Bell, NFL safety (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Sep 15 Wayne Ferreira, tennis star (Munich 1995), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Sep 15 Will Shields, NFL guard (KC Chiefs)
  • Sep 16 Derrell Mitchell, NFL/CFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons, Argonauts)
  • Sep 17 David Hynes, Australian baseball outfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 17 Octus Polk, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • Sep 17 Paul Janssen, soccer player (Fortuna S, NAC)
  • Sep 18 Kate Starre, Armadale Australia, field hockey utility (Olympics 1996)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 18 Lance Armstrong, American road cyclist (7 Tour de France wins) barred from sport for using banned drugs, born in Plano, Texas

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • Sep 18 Oleg Ladik, Canadian 100 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Sep 18 Ron Childs, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
  • Sep 19 Colleen Coyne, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • Sep 19 Jeremy Nunley, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • Sep 20 Andrew Lane, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 20 Henryk Larsson, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Sep 20 Jenny Murdock, LPGA golfer
  • Sep 20 Ryan Terry, NFL running back/kick returner (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Sep 21 John Crawley, English cricketer
  • Sep 22 Christian Fauria, NFL tight end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Sep 22 Ian Van Der Wal, Darwin Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 23 Eric Montross, NBA center (Detroit Pistons)
  • Sep 23 Marcel Boudesteyn, soccer player (Excelsior/FC Groningen)
  • Sep 23 Osamu Nishimura, wrestler (NJPW)
  • Sep 23 Willie Greene, Milledgville GA, infielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Sep 25 John Lynch, NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Sep 25 Tony Harrison, WLAF receiver (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Sep 26 Elva Dryer, Durango Colorado, 1.5K/5K runner
  • Sep 26 Patterson Thompson, cricketer (WI Test fast bowler v New Zealand 1996)
  • Sep 27 Alonzo Spellman, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • Sep 27 Erik Smit, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • Sep 27 Ron Florine, NFL/WLAF tackle (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores)
  • Sep 28 Chad May, NFL/WLAF quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Sep 28 David Weightman, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 28 Janet Evans, swimmer (Olympics)
  • Sep 28 Marcus Spears, NFL/WLAF guard/tackle (Chicago Bears, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Sep 28 Matthew Elliott, cricketer (Australian Test opening batsman v WI 1996)
  • Sep 28 Alan Wright, English footballer
  • Sep 29 Adrion Smith, CFL cornerback (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Sep 29 Derrick Davis, WLAF cornerback (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Sep 29 Donald Smith, CFL cornerback (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Sep 29 Jay Kearney, WLAF receiver (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Sep 29 Ray Buchanan, American NFL center (Indianapolis Colts), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 30 Brentson Buckner, NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Sep 30 Ron Collins, WLAF tackle (Frankfurt Galaxy)

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 3 Percy Holmes, cricketer (Yorks opener, 7 Tests for Eng 1921-32), dies
  • Sep 14 Bill Copson, cricketer (England pace bowler before & after WW2), dies