On This Day

September 1973 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 1 In his first title defence George Foreman retains his WBC & WBA heavyweight crowns when he KOs Jose "King" Roman of Puerto Rico in round 1 in Tokyo, Japan

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Sep 1 Gloucestershire beats Sussex by 40 runs in the Gillette Cup cricket final at Lord's to win their first major trophy since the Championship in 1877; South African all-rounder Mike Proctor stars with 94 and 2 for 37

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 2 Billy Martin is fired as Detroit Tigers manager due to continual differences with the front office; goes on to manage Texas, Oakland and NY Yankees (in 5 separate stints)

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • Sep 2 Netherlands win their first men’s hockey World Cup, 4-2 on penalties over India in Amstelveen, Netherlands
  • Sep 3 American golfer Billy Casper finishes at 20-under-par 264 to beat Australian Bruce Devlin by 1 stroke to win the Sammy Davis, Jr. Greater Hartford Open; his 50th PGA Tour title
  • Sep 5 1st one-day Cricket international for WI (v Eng) - lose by 1 wicket
  • Sep 7 Mike Storen becomes American Basketball Association's 4th commissioner
  • Sep 8 Billy Martin named manager of the Texas Rangers

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 8 Hank Aaron sets record of most HRs in 1 league (709)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Margaret Court wins her 24th and final Grand Slam singles title; beats fellow Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley 7-6, 5-7, 6-2
  • Sep 9 4th place finish in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza is enough to clinch Jackie Stewart his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship
  • Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian John Newcombe wins his second US singles title; beats Jan Kodeš 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 10 Muhammad Ali defeats Ken Norton

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Sep 10 NY Jets trade pro footballs leading receiver Don Maynard to St Louis
  • Sep 13 ABC announces it obtained TV rights for 1976 Olympics

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Sep 16 Buffalo's O.J. Simpson rushes for a then NFL record 250 yards in Buffalo's 31-13 win at New England

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 19 Frank Robinson, Angels OF, homers in record 32nd major league ballpark - Arlington Stadium (Arlington, Texas), against the Rangers

Baseball Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
Baseball Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson
  • Sep 19 NL refuses to allow San Diego Padres move to Washington, D.C.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 20 Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 20 Willie Mays announces retirement at end of 1973 season

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Sep 21 NY Mets go into 1st place (at .500) after trailing 12½ games

AgreementContract of Interest

Sep 21 Nate Archibald signs 7 yr contract with NBA KC Kings for $450,000

NBA Point Guard Nate Archibald
NBA Point Guard
Nate Archibald
  • Sep 22 Ryder Cup Golf, Muirfield: US beats Great Britain & Ireland, 19-13; first time 'Ireland' included in team name
  • Sep 22 Baltimore Oriole Al Bumbry hits 3 triples vs Milwaukee Brewers
  • Sep 25 New York Mets beat Montreal Expos, 2-1 on 'Willie Mays Night' at Shea Stadium, NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 26 Wilt Chamberlain signs with ABA San Diego Conquistadors

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 27 Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 in 11 innings, for record 383 of season

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Sep 29 Insurance ind announces auto racers get into more highway accidents
  • Sep 30 New York City Marathon: American Nina Kuscsik retains her crown in 2:57:07; Tom Fleming wins men's race in 2:21:54
  • Sep 30 Mel Gray begins NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions
  • Sep 30 New York Yankees close 50th year at Yankee Stadium with an 8-5 loss to Detroit Tigers for an 80-82 season record; manager Ralph Houk resigns

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Gillian Boxx, American softball catcher (Olympic gold 1996; 4 x All-American), born in Fontana, California
  • Sep 1 Zach Thomas, American football middle linebacker (7 × Pro Bowl 1999–2003, 05, 06; 5 × First-team All-Pro 1998, 99, 2002, 03, 06; Miami Dolphins), born in Pampa, Texas
  • Sep 2 Matthew Dunn, Leeton NSW Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 2 Jason Blake, American hockey player
  • Sep 3 Brian Thure, American NFL tackle (Washington Redskins), born in Downey, California
  • Sep 3 Damon Stoudamire, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Sep 3 Joanette Kruger, tennis star, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Sep 5 Jenny Whittle, Australian basketball center (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Gold Coast, Australia
  • Sep 6 Greg Rusedski, Canadian-British tennis star (1995 Seoul), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 6 Carlo Cudicini, Italian football goalkeeper, born in Milan, Italy
  • Sep 8 Khamis Al-Owairan, Saudi Arabian soccer midfielder (105 caps), born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Sep 8 Khamis Al-Dossari, Saudi Arabian soccer midfielder (105 caps; Al-Hilal, Al Ittihad), born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (d. 2020)
  • Sep 9 Peter Scott, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Newcastle, Australia
  • Sep 9 Todd McMillon, American football player (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Bellflower, California
  • Sep 9 Kazuhisa Ishii, Japanese baseball player, born in Chiba, Japan
  • Sep 10 Ghada Shouaa, Syrian athlete (Syria's 1st Olympic gold heptathlon 1996; World C'ship gold 1995), born in Mhardeh, Syria
  • Sep 10 Ferdinand Coly, Senegalese soccer defender (44 caps; Poitiers FC, Châteauroux, Lens), born in Dakar, Senegal
  • Sep 11 Fred Thomas, American NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks), born in Bruce, Mississippi
  • Sep 12 Darren Campbell, British sprint athlete, born in Moss Side, Manchester, England
  • Sep 12 Martin Lapointe, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ville St. Pierre, Quebec, Canada
  • Sep 13 Philip Dulebohn, American figure skater (Olynpic Gold 2003), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 13 Fabio Cannavaro, Italian footballer (Parma), born in Naples, Italy
  • Sep 13 Marcelinho Paulista, Brazilian footballer, born in Cotia, Brazil
  • Sep 13 Christine Arron, French track and field sprinter, born in Les Abymes, Guadeloupe, France
  • Sep 14 Terrell Fletcher, American NFL running back (San Diego Chargers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 14 Linvoy Primus, English footballer (Charlton Athletic, Barnet), born in Forest Gate, England
  • Sep 16 Clint Peay, American soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Columbia, Maryland
  • Sep 16 Alexander Vinokourov, Russian-Kazakhtani road cyclist, born in Petropavl, Kazakh S.S.R.
  • Sep 16 George Corrie, English footballer, born in Workington, England
  • Sep 17 David Reid, light middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 17 Demis Nikolaidis, Greek footballer
  • Sep 18 Paul Brousseau, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada
  • Sep 19 Nick Colgan, Irish football goalkeeper, born in Drogheda, Ireland
  • Sep 19 Cristiano da Matta, Brazilian auto racer (CART FedEx Series 2002), born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Sep 20 Ronald McKinnon, American NFL linebacker, born in Elba, Alabama
  • Sep 21 Virginia Ruano-Pascual, tennis star, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Sep 21 Oswaldo Sanchez, Mexican footballer
  • Sep 23 Grant McDonald, Australian baseball outfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 24 Rodrick Rhodes, american NBA forward (Houston Rockets), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Sep 24 Eddie George, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1995, Ohio State; Pro Bowl 1997-2000, Houston / Tennessee Oilers / Titans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 25 Tijani Babangida, Nigerian soccer player (Roda JC), born in Kaduna, Nigeria
  • Sep 26 David Richie, American NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Orange, California
  • Sep 26 Chris Small, Scottish snooker player, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Sep 26 Olga Vasdeki, Greek triple jumper, born in Volos, Greece
  • Sep 27 Larry McSeed, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Sep 27 Tina Nicholson, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • Sep 28 Brian Rafalski, American international and NHL ice hockey player, 1999-2011 (New Jersey Devils, Detroit Red Wings), born in Dearborn, Michigan
  • Sep 29 Joe Hulbig, American ice hockey player
  • Sep 29 Athanasios Michalopoulos, Greek volleyball player

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 8 Ice hockey star Bobby Orr (25) weds speech therapist Peggy Wood at a secret ceremony in Ontario, Canada

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 5 Jack Fournier, American baseball player, 1912-27 (White Sox; Cardinals; Brooklyn Robins) dies at 83