On This Day

September 1971 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Sep 1 Australian John Newcombe becomes 1st male top-seed to lose in US Open 1st round when beaten by eventual finalist Jan Kodeš 6-2, 6-7, 6-7, 3,-6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 Pittsburgh Pirates start what is believed to be first all-black line-up (including several Latinos) in MLB history‚ in 10-7 win v Philadelphia Phillies; includes future Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente & Willie Stargell

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
Hall of Fame Baseball Player Willie Stargell
Hall of Fame Baseball Player
Willie Stargell

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 2 Teenage debutants Chris Evert & Jimmy Connors win their first matches at the US Open Tennis Championships at Forest Hills

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 (for the first time), after 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 11 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-American final Billie Jean King beats doubles partner 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 12 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: American Stan Smith wins first career Grand Slam event; beats Czech star Jan Kodeš 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 13 Frank Robinson hits his 500th HR

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson
  • Sep 14 Cleveland Indians & Washington Senators, play 20 innings
  • Sep 18 Ryder Cup Golf, Old Warson CC: US beats Europe, 18½-13½; after leading by 1 match, GB loses all Friday morning 4-ball matches to lose momentum
  • Sep 19 New York City Marathon: inaugural women's race won by Beth Bonner in 2:55:22; 2nd men's race won by Norman Higgins in 2:22:54
  • Sep 21 AL OKs Washington Senator move to Arlington (Texas Rangers)
  • Sep 24 Houston Astros beat San Diego Padres, 2-1, in 21 innings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 26 Jim Palmer is 4th Oriole to win at least 20 games this season

Baseball Player Jim Palmer
Baseball Player
Jim Palmer
  • Sep 30 Last Washington Senator home game, Yanks win career 5th forfeit game Yanks trailing 4-2 in 9th with 2 outs, fans rush field

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Gabe Wilkins, NFL defensive end (GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 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 John Thierry, American football defensive end (Chicago Bears), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Sep 4 Monty Grow, American football safety (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Inverness, Florida
  • Sep 4 Maik Taylor, Northern Irish footballer, born in Hildesheim, Germany
  • 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, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Sep 6 Holli Hyche, American runner, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Sep 6 Pavel Patera, Czech hockey forward (Team Czech Rep, Olympic gold 1998), born in Kladno, Czech Republic
  • Sep 6 Devang Gandhi, Indian cricketer, born in Bhavnagar, Gujarat
  • Sep 7 Briana Scurry, American soccer goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sep 7 Tonny Jensen, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Wagga Wagga, Australia
  • Sep 7 Wesley Leasy, American NFL linebacker (Arizona Cardinals), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • Sep 8 Dave Merritt, American NFL outside linebacker (Arizona Cardinals), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Sep 8 Greg Minor, American NBA guard (Boston Celtics), born in Sandersville, Georgia
  • Sep 8 Jan Pardavy, hockey forward (Team Slovakia)
  • Sep 9 Jill Sudduth, American 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, American NFL fullback (Seattle Seahawks), born in Fort Benning, Georgia
  • Sep 11 Shelton Quarles, American NFL linebacker, executive (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Director Football Ops), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Sep 12 Terry Dehere, American politician and NBA guard (Sacramento Kings), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 13 Goran Ivanišević, Croatian tennis player (Wimbledon 2001), born in Split, Croatia
  • Sep 13 Richie Anderson, American NFL running back (NY Jets), born in Olney, Maryland
  • Sep 13 Ted Drury, American 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 15 Michael Malone, American basketball head coach (Denver Nuggets 2015-19; Sacramento Kings 2013-14; NBA All-Star Game 2019), born in Queens, New York
  • Sep 16 Derrell Mitchell, American NFL/CFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons, Argonauts), born in Miami, Florida
  • 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, Australian field hockey utility (Olympics 1996), born in Armadale, Australia

Person of interestLance Armstrong

Sep 18 Lance Armstrong, American road cyclist (7 Tour de France titles) banned for illegal drug use, born in Plano, Texas

Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
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, American NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Kennewick, Washington
  • Sep 19 Colleen Coyne, American ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Falmouth, Massachusetts
  • Sep 19 Jeremy Nunley, American NFL defensive tackle and defensive end (Houston Oilers), born in Winchester, Tennessee (d. 2018)
  • Sep 20 Andrew Lane, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 20 Henryk Larsson, Swedish soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Helsingborg, Sweden
  • Sep 20 Ryan Terry, American NFL running back and kick returner (Arizona Cardinals), born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Sep 21 John Crawley, English cricketer
  • Sep 22 Christian Fauria, NFL tight end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Sep 22 Ian Van Der Wal, swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Darwin, Australia
  • Sep 23 Eric Montross, NBA center (Detroit Pistons)
  • Sep 23 Marcel Boudesteyn, soccer player (Excelsior/FC Groningen)
  • Sep 25 John Lynch, American NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • Sep 26 Elva Dryer, American 1.5K/5K runner, born in Durango, Colorado
  • Sep 26 Patterson Thompson, West Indies cricketer (WI Test fast bowler v New Zealand 1996), born in Saint Michael, Barbados
  • Sep 27 Alonzo Spellman, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • Sep 27 Erik Smit, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • Sep 28 Chad May, NFL/WLAF quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Sep 28 David Weightman, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 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 Donald Smith, CFL cornerback (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Sep 29 Ray Buchanan, American NFL center (Indianapolis Colts), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 30 Brentson Buckner, NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 3 Percy Holmes, English cricketer (Yorks opener, 7 Tests for Eng 1921-32), dies at 84
  • Sep 5 Ed Gordon Jr, American athlete (Olympic gold long jump 1932), dies at 63
  • Sep 5 George Trafton, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), dies at 74
  • Sep 14 Bill Copson, cricketer (England pace bowler before & after WW2), dies