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 the most publicised world title match ever

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Sep 2 Chicago White Sox Milt Pappas no-hits SD Padres, 1-0
  • 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 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

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 92nd Women's U.S. Open: Billie Jean King beats Kerry Melville Reid (6-3, 7-5)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 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 Frank Shorter wins 17th Olympic marathon (2:12:19.8)
  • Sep 10 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • Sep 10 US Men's olympic basketball team's 1st loss, 51-50 to USSR (disputed)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 10 92nd Men's U.S. Open: Ilie Năstase beats Arthur Ashe (3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Sep 12 Lord Michael Killanin succeeds Avery Brundage as head of Olympics
  • Sep 17 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Quality First Golf Classic
  • Sep 18 1st black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs San Diego)
  • Sep 25 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Lincoln-Mercury Golf Open
  • 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, NFL quarterback (Cleveland Browns)
  • Sep 6 Frank Rocca, CFL corner (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Sep 7 Andreas Pusnik, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • Sep 7 Cedric Davis, NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Sep 7 Jason Isringhausen, Alton IL, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • Sep 7 Willy Tate, NFL tight end (KC Chiefs)
  • 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, Media Pa, gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996)
  • Sep 11 Mark Pope, NBA forward (Indiana Pacers)
  • Sep 11 Matthew Gilmore, Belgian cyclist
  • 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, tennis star, born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 19 David Tamburrino, speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Sep 19 Eric van de Merwe, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • Sep 19 Fred McCrary, NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 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