On This Day

September 1977 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Sep 1 Tracy Austin at age 14 years, 8 months, 20 days, becomes the youngest female to play in the US Open, beating German Heidi Eisterlehner 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in a 1st round match

Sports History

Sep 2 One of the great anti-climaxes in sport; 43-year-old transsexual Rene Richards, who fought for over a year for right to play in a major event, is beaten 6-1, 6-4 by Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade at the US Open

  • Sep 3 Japanese baseball superstar Sadaharu Oh hits his 756th career home run to surpass Hank Aaron as all-time career leader in professional baseball
  • Sep 5 Cleveland Indians stage 1st "I hate the Yankee Hanky Night"
  • Sep 6 Angels acquire Dave Kingman from Padres for cash, 9 days later Yankees buy Kingman (started with Mets) who plays in all 4 divisions in 1977
  • Sep 10 Blue Jays beat Yankees 19-3 with 20 hits
  • Sep 10 Christa Vahlensieck runs female world record marathon (2:34:47.5)

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 10 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Chris Evert wins her 3rd straight US singles title; beats Wendy Turnbull of Australia 7-6, 6-2; final time event played at West Side Tennis Club

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 11 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Guillermo Vilas becomes the only Argentine to win US title; beats Jimmy Connors 2-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-0; final time event played at West Side Tennis Club

Sports History

Sep 15 Orioles forfeit to Blue Jays when mgr Earl Weaver pulls team off field in 5th citing hazardous condition (small tarpaulin on bullpen mound)

  • Sep 17 Ryder Cup Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes: US wins 12½-7½; last time a Great Britain & Ireland team competes for Ryder Cup
  • Sep 17 Dave Kingman hits his 1st Yankee homer, Reggie hits 2 more
  • Sep 18 Courageous (US) sweeps Australia (Aust) in 24th America's Cup
  • Sep 22 Minn Twin Bert Blyleven no-hits California Angels, 9-0
  • Sep 24 Ken Hinton of CFL British Columbia Lions returns a punt 130 yards
  • Sep 26 Cleveland Browns play their 1st overtime game, beat Patriots 30-27
  • Sep 27 Phillies clinch 2nd straight NL East Division title
  • Sep 29 Eva Shain is 1st woman to referee a heavyweight championship

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 29 Muhammad Ali beats Earnie Shavers in 15 for heavyweight boxing title


Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Aaron Schobel, American football defensive end (Pro Bowl 2006, 07; Buffalo Bills), born in Harris County, Texas
  • Sep 1 David Albelda, Spanish soccer midfielder (51 caps; Valencia CF 351 games), born in La Pobla Llarga, Spain
  • Sep 2 Frédéric Kanouté, Malian footballer
  • Sep 3 Tami Tyler, American dance skater (with partner Jonathan Nichols), born in Santa Clara, California
  • Sep 3 Rui Marques, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • Sep 3 Olof Mellberg, Swedish footballer (Astob Villa), born in Gullspång, Sweden
  • Sep 3 Nate Robertson, American baseball player, born in Wichita, Kansas
  • Sep 4 Sun-Woo Kim, Korean baseball player, born in Incheon, South Korea
  • Sep 5 Rosevelt Colvin, American football linebacker (Super Bowl 2003, 04; NE Patriots) and analyst (Big Ten Network), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Sep 5 Nazr Mohammed, American basketball player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 7 Jon Macken, British footballer (Preston North End), born in Blackley, England
  • Sep 8 Maria Helena Selin, Finnish ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Sep 11 Matthew Stevens, Welsh snooker player, born in Carmarthen, Wales
  • Sep 12 Nathan Bracken, Australian cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 12 wickets; 116 ODIs, 174 wickets; NSW), born in Penrith, Australia
  • Sep 12 David Thompson, English footballer, born in Birkenhead, England
  • Sep 15 Jason Terry, American basketball player and coach, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 17 Becky Turner, Marietta Ga, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 17 Tony Goskowicz, Wauwautosa Wis, short track skater (Olympics 1994)
  • Sep 17 Simone Perrotta, Italian football player
  • Sep 18 Li Tie, Chinese footballer and coach (Everton), born in Shenyang, China
  • Sep 18 Kieran West, British oarsman (Olympic Gold 2000), born in Kingston upon Thames, England
  • Sep 19 Aakash Chopra, Indian cricketer, born in Agra, India
  • Sep 20 Ruth Moniz, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in NSW, Australia
  • Sep 21 Brian Tallet, American MLB baseball pitcher, 2002-11 (Toronto Blue Jays, and 2 other teams), born in Midwest City, Oklahoma
  • Sep 22 Paul Sculthorpe, English rugby league footballer (St Helens, 2x Man of Steel Award), born in Burnley, England
  • Sep 23 Matthieu Descoteaux, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 24 Frank Fahrenhorst, German footballer, born in Kamen, West Germany
  • Sep 25 Wil Nieves, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Sep 27 Andrus Värnik, Estonian javelin thrower
  • Sep 28 Se-ri Pak, South Korean golfer (5 LPGA major titles; US Open 1998, British Open 2001), born in Daejeon, South Korea
  • Sep 29 Wade Brookbank, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Lanigan, Saskatchewan
  • Sep 29 Jake Westbrook, American baseball player, born in Athens, Georgia
  • Sep 30 Sun Jihai, Chinese footballer
  • Sep 30 Roy Carroll, Northern Irish footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 13 Arthur Fagg, English cricket batsman (5 Tests; dual double-centuries for Kent v Essex 1938) and umpire (18 Tests, 7 ODIs), dies at 62
  • Sep 27 Jock Hutchison, Scottish golfer (PGA C'ship 1920, British Open 1921), dies at 93