September 1972 in Sport

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 American chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer beats Russian champion Boris Spassky 12.5-8.5 in Reykjavik, Iceland; most publicised world title match ever played; Fischer 1st American to win title

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Sep 1 Australian swimmer Shane Gould wins the 200m freestyle in world record 2:03.56 at the Munich Olympics; her 3rd gold medal & 3rd world record of the Games
  • Sep 1 An American sweep of the medals in the women's 200m butterfly at the Munich Olympics; Karen Moe takes gold in world record 2:15.57 ahead of team mates Lynn Colella and Ellie Daniel
  • Sep 1 Valeriy Borzov of the Soviet Union runs 10.14 to beat American Robert Miller and Lennox Miller of Jamaica in the coveted men's 100m final at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 1 Japanese gymnast Sawao Kato wins the parallel bars gold medal at the Munich Olympics, his 3rd gold of the Games including team & individual all-round victories
  • Sep 1 Welshman Richard Meade representing Great Britain and riding Laurieston grabs the equestrian individual and team 3-day event gold medals at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 1 Polish shooter Józef Zapędzki successfully defends his Olympic 25m rapid fire pistol title at the Munich Games with an Olympic record 595 points
  • Sep 2 Chicago Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas no-hits San Diego Padres, 8-0
  • Sep 2 East German swimmer Roland Matthes wraps up the Olympic backstroke double with a world record 2:02.82 in the 200m in Munich, having already won the 100m in Olympic record time
  • Sep 2 American breaststroker John Hencken beats David Wilkie of Great Britain to win the 200m gold medal in world record 2:21.55 at the Munich Olympic Games
  • Sep 2 American breaststroker Cathy Carr swims a world record 1:13.58 to win the 100m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 2 John Akii-Bua of Uganda with a world record 47.82 wins the 400m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 2 East German sprinter Renate Stecher sets world record 11.07 to beat Raelene Boyle of Australia for the women's 100m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 2 French track cyclist Daniel Morelon successfully defends his Olympic sprint title beating Australian John Nicholson for the gold medal in Munich
  • Sep 2 For the first time since the advent of the Modern Olympics in 1896, a non-American wins the pole vault gold medal; East German Wolfgang Nordwig clears 5.5m at the Munich Games
  • Sep 3 Jerry Grant runs the first official 200mph qualifying lap in Champ Car history, posting a lap of 201.414mph around Ontario Motor Speedway

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 3 Atlanta Braves slugger Hank Aaron earns his 6,135th total base to break Stan Musial’s MLB record in an 8-0 home defeat to the Philadelphia Phillies

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Sep 3 Swedish swimmer Gunnar Larsson wraps up the Olympic medley double when he sets world record 2:07.17 in the 200m I/M in Munich, having already won the 400m I/M
  • Sep 3 American swimmer Mark Spitz wins coveted 100m gold medal in world record 51.22 at the Munich Olympics; completes the freestyle sprint double having already won 200m in world record 1:52.78
  • Sep 3 American swimmer Keena Rothhammer has to swim world record 8:53.68 to beat Australian wonder-kid Shane Gould in the 800m at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 3 American women's 4 x 100m medley relay team of Melissa Belote, Cathy Carr, Deena Deardurff & Sandy Neilson swim world record 4:20.75 to beat East Germany for gold at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 3 Finnish runner Lasse Virén scores a famous victory in the 10,000m at the Munich Olympics in world record 27:38.35
  • Sep 3 Great Britain's Mary Peters sets a new world record of 4801 points to win the Munich Olympics pentathlon gold by just 10 points from Heide Rosendahl of West Germany
  • Sep 4 US 4 x 100m medley relay team of Mike Stamm, Tom Bruce, Mark Spitz & Jerry Heidenreich sets world record 3:48.16 to win gold at the Munich Olympics; Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 Olympic gold medals at a single Games
  • Sep 4 American swimmer Mike Burton sets a world record 15:52.58 to win the 1,500m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 4 American swimmer Melissa Belote with a world record 2:19.19 takes the 200m backstroke gold medal at the Munich Olympics; wraps up backstroke double having won the 100m in Olympic record time
  • Sep 4 Soviet sprinter Valeriy Borzov runs 20.00 to win the men's 200m gold medal at the Munich Olympics; wraps up the 100/200m double at the Games
  • Sep 4 Kenyan legend Kipchoge Keino follows his 1,500m gold in Mexico City with an Olympic record 8:23.64 to win the 3,000m steeplechase at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 4 16 year old Ulrike Meyfarth of West Germany with a world record equalling 1.92m, wins the women's high jump gold medal at the Munich Olympics; youngest winner of individual athletics event in Olympic history
  • Sep 4 Willem Ruska of the Netherlands wins gold medals in both the heavyweight & open class Olympic judo competitions in Munich; first judoka to win 2 Olympic gold medals at one Games
  • Sep 4 Italian diver Klaus Dibiasi wins his 2nd of 3 consecutive 10m platform gold medals the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 5 11 Israeli athletes taken hostage and later killed by Palestinian Black September group at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 6 Summer Olympics resume in Munich, Germany after massacre of 11 Israeli athletes by Black September Palestinian terrorist organisation
  • Sep 7 American Rod Milburn with a world record 13.24 wins the 110m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics; just 0.10 seconds ahead of Frenchman Guy Drut
  • Sep 7 East German sprinter Renate Stecher runs a world record equalling 22.40 in the 200m final to repeat her 100m win over Australia's Raelene Boyle at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 7 Nadezhda Chizhova of the Soviet Union throws a world record 21.03m to win the women's shot put at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 7 American athletes Vincent Matthews & Wayne Collett finish 1-2 in 400m at the Munich Olympics; acted casually on the medal stand, did not face the flag during anthem; banned from the Olympics for life
  • Sep 7 Future world professional cycling road race champion Hennie Kuiper of the Netherlands wins the road race gold medal at the Munich Olympics in 4:14:37
  • Sep 8 Mykola Avilov representing the Soviet Union scores a world record 8454 points to win the decathlon gold medal at the Munich Olympics; beats team mate Leonid Lytvynenko by 419 points
  • Sep 8 East German Annelie Ehrhardt with a world record 12.59 takes the 100m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics; beats Romanian Valeria Bufanu by just 0.25

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 US Open Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King retains her title; beats Kerry Melville Reid of Australia 6-3, 7-5

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

  • Sep 9 Soviet runner Lyudmila Bragina with a world record 4:01.38 wins the women's 1,500m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 9 Soviet Union beats the United States 51-50 in the most controversial game in international basketball history; with US leading 50-49 the final 3 seconds is replayed 3 times until the Soviets finally win
  • Sep 9 West German equestrian rider Liselott Linsenhoff follows her dressage teams gold in Mexico City with the individual dressage title at her home Olympics in Munich
  • Sep 10 20th Olympic games close at Munich, German FR
  • Sep 10 Emerson Fittipaldi is youngest to win an auto race World Championship
  • Sep 10 US Men's olympic basketball team's 1st loss, 51-50 to USSR (disputed)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 10 US Open Men's Tennis: Ilie Năstase of Romania beats Arthur Ashe 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 for his first Grand Slam title

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Sep 10 American men's 4 x 100m relay team of Larry Black, Robert Taylor, Gerald Tinker & Eddie Hart combine for a world record 38.19 to beat the Soviet Union for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 10 American long distance runner Frank Shorter scores a famous win in the men's marathon in 2:12:19.8 at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 10 East v West in a women's 4 x 100m relay at the Munich Olympics; West Germany beats East Germany by 0.13 seconds for the gold medal
  • Sep 10 American freestyle wrestler Dan Gable wins the 68kg division gold medal at the Munich Olympics; only Olympic wrestler not to have a single point scored against him in the competition
  • Sep 10 Yugoslavia beats Czechoslovakia, 21-16 in the inaugural Olympic handball final in Munich
  • Sep 10 An American double in the inaugural Olympic archery competition in Munich; John Williams wins the men's individual gold medal; Doreen Wilber takes the women's gold
  • Sep 10 Cuban boxer Teófilo Stevenson wins first of 3 consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medals when Munich Games opponent Ion Alexe of Romania withdraws from the final because of a broken thumb
  • Sep 10 Kazimierz Deyna scores twice as Poland beats Hungary 2-1 in the Olympic football gold medal match; 80,000 at the Munich Olympic Stadium
  • Sep 10 West Germany beats Pakistan 1-0 to become first European nation since 1920 to win the field hockey Olympic title; marred by disgraceful behaviour of Pakistani players, fans & officials after losing the Munich final
  • Sep 12 Lord Michael Killanin succeeds Avery Brundage as head of Olympics
  • Sep 18 1st black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs San Diego)
  • Sep 27 1st game at Nassau Coliseum, Rangers beat Islanders 6-4 (exhibition)
  • Sep 28 Canada defeats the USSR in the eighth and final game of the ice hockey Summit Series

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 30 Roberto Clemente is 11th to get 3,000 hits

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Josh Davis, American 800m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Sep 1 Louise Dobson, Shepparton Aust, field hockey fullback (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 1 Matt O'Dwyer, American NFL guard (NY Jets), born in Lincolnshire, Illinois
  • Sep 2 James Willis, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Sep 2 Katarina Studenikova, Bratislava Slovak Rep, tennis star
  • Sep 3 Antonius Bonner, CFL defensive back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Sep 3 Martin Straka, Pizen CZE, NHL forward (Team Czech Rep, Florida)
  • Sep 3 Roland Ramoser, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
  • Sep 4 Daniel Nestor, Canadian tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • Sep 4 Jason Fisk, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Sep 4 Norman Hand, NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • Sep 5 Dirk Copeland, pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 5 Jimmy Haynes, Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • Sep 5 Tom Carter, American NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Sep 6 Eric Zeier, American NFL quarterback (Cleveland Browns), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Sep 6 Frank Rocca, CFL corner (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Calabria, Italy
  • Sep 7 Andreas Pušnik, Austrian hockey forward (Team Austria 1998), born in Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Sep 7 Cedric Davis, American NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals), born in Brandon, Florida
  • Sep 7 Jason Isringhausen, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Brighton, Illinois
  • Sep 7 Willy Tate, American NFL tight end (KC Chiefs), born in Montana, California
  • Sep 8 Trent McCleary, NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators), born in Swift Current, Canada
  • Sep 8 Markus Babbel, German footballer
  • Sep 9 Ben Bronson, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • Sep 9 Mike Hampton, pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Brooksville, Florida
  • Sep 9 Miriam Oremans, Berlicum Neth, tennis star
  • Sep 11 Kip Simons, American gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Media, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 11 Mark Pope, American NBA forward (Indiana Pacers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sep 11 Matthew Gilmore, Belgian-Australian cyclist, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • Sep 14 David Bell, infielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Sep 14 Donnell Bennett, NFL fullback (KC Chiefs)
  • Sep 16 Don Sasa, NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • Sep 16 Mark Bruener, NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Sep 16 Ramon van Haaren, soccer player (RKC)
  • Sep 16 Steve Russ, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Sep 17 Allen Williams, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • Sep 17 Darrius Johnson, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Sep 18 Francois Gesthuizen, soccer player (PSV, NAC)
  • Sep 18 Richard Huntley, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Sep 18 Brigitte Becue, Belgian swimmer (Olympics 1988, silver), born in Ostend, Belgium
  • Sep 18 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer (d. 2003)
  • Sep 19 Amy Frazier, American tennis star, born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 19 David Tamburrino, American speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Sep 19 Eric van de Merwe, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • Sep 19 Fred McCrary, American NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Naples, Florida
  • Sep 20 Jenny Morris, Maryborough Australia, field hockey fullback (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 20 Vance Joseph, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Jets)
  • Sep 21 Brooke Bushnell, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 21 Jon Kitna, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Sep 22 Nate Dingle, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Sep 24 Jeff Hill, NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals)
  • Sep 25 Kevin Mason, CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Sep 26 Mark Haslam, cricketer (New Zealand slow left-armer 1992)
  • Sep 27 Clara Hughes, cyclist (Olympics 2 bronze-96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Sep 27 Laurie Shepard, Cordele, GA, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • Sep 27 Malachy Loye, cricketer (Northamptonshire & England "A" batsman)
  • Sep 27 Sylvia Crawley, American basketball player
  • Sep 28 Cathy Caverzasio, Swiss tennis star
  • Sep 28 Greg Ivy, NFL punter (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Sep 29 Butler By'not'e, American NFL running back (Carolina Panthers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 29 Jörgen Jönsson, Swedish retired ice hockey forward (Team Sweden 1998), born in Ängelholm, Sweden
  • Sep 29 Oliver Gavin, British racing car driver (Corvette Racing 2002-present), born in Huntingdon, England
  • Sep 30 Cedric Saunders, NFL tight end (Tampa Bay Bucs, Scotland Claymores)
  • Sep 30 Jamal Anderson, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Sep 30 Troy Dumas, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 4 Alan Kippax, cricketer (1st-class batting average 67), dies
  • Sep 5 Mosje Weinberg, Israeli olympic wrestling coach, murdered
  • Sep 10 Sidney Pegler, South African cricket leg spinner (16 Tests), dies at 84
  • Sep 18 Bill Tallon, Australian cricketer (brother of Don, Queensland leggie), dies at 58