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September 1977 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
  • 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)

Sport awardUS 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

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardUS 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

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • 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 Brooks Robinson Night in Baltimore
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Raffaele Giammaria, Italian racing driver
  • Sep 1 Aaron Schobel, American football player
  • Sep 1 David Albelda, Spanish footballer
  • 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 player, 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 9 Kyle Snyder, American baseball pitcher, born in Houston, Texas
  • Sep 11 Matthew Stevens, Welsh snooker player, born in Carmarthen, Wales
  • Sep 12 Nathan Bracken, Australian cricketer, born in Penrith, Australia
  • Sep 12 David Thompson, English footballer, born in Birkenhead, England
  • Sep 15 Jason Terry, American basketball player
  • 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, NSW Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 21 Brian Tallet, American baseball player
  • Sep 22 Paul Sculthorpe, English rugby league footballer
  • 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
  • Sep 29 Jake Westbrook, American baseball player
  • 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