September 1979 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Sep 2 79th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Mark O'Meara
  • Sep 3 Jo Ann Washam wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • Sep 5 A's Matt Keough A's beats Brewers 6-1 for 1st win after 14 straight losses, ended 1978 with 4 loses (1 shy of the record 19)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 5 Roscoe Tanner fires 11 aces, breaks the net with his bullet serve & upsets top-seeded Bjorn Borg in US Tennis Open quarterfinals

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Sep 7 The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut.
  • Sep 9 Sally Little wins LPGA Columbia Savings Golf Classic

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 99th Men's U.S. Open: John McEnroe beats Vitas Gerulaitis (7-5, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 99th Women's U.S. Open: Tracy Austin beats Chris Evert (6-4, 6-3)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 12 Carl Yastrzemski, is 15th to get 3,000 hits

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • Sep 12 Indiana Pacers cut Ann Meyers, 1st woman on an NBA club
  • Sep 12 Red Carl Yastrzemski gets his 3,000th hit off Yankee Jim Beattie
  • Sep 15 Red Sox Bob Watson is 1st to hit for cycle in AL & NL (Astros)
  • Sep 16 23rd Ryder Cup: US wins, 17-11 at The Greenbrier (White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, US)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 Nancy Lopez/JoAnn Washam wins Portland- Ping Team Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 17 Royals' George Brett is 6th to have 20 doubles/triples/HRs in a season

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • Sep 22 Larry Parrish (Expos) HRs off Rawly Eastwick (Phillies) in DH
  • Sep 23 Sandra Post wins LPGA ERA Real Estate Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 24 Pete Rose reaches 200 hits in a season for 10th time

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Sep 24 Russian ice skaters Protopopov & Beloussova ask for asylum in Switzerland
  • Sep 25 California Angels win their 1st NL West pennant
  • Sep 26 1984 summer LA Olympic coverage sold to ABC for $225 million

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 28 Larry Holmes TKOs Earnie Shavers in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Sep 29 Astros' J R Richard strikes out NL season righty record of 313
  • Sep 30 Milwaukee Brewers lose 5-0 ending 213 straight games without a shutout
  • Sep 30 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 James O'Connor, Irish footballer
  • Sep 2 Tomer Ben Yosef, Israeli footballer
  • Sep 4 Kosuke Matsuura, Japanese racing driver
  • Sep 4 Maxim Afinogenov, Russian ice hockey player
  • Sep 5 John Carew, Norwegian footballer, born in Lørenskog, Norway
  • Sep 5 Stacey Dales, Canadian basketball player and sportscaster, born in Collingwood, Canada
  • Sep 5 George O'Callaghan, Irish footballer, born in Cork, Ireland
  • Sep 6 Massimo Maccarone, Italian footballer
  • Sep 6 Carlos Adrián Morales, Mexican footballer
  • Sep 7 Brian Stokes, American baseball player
  • Sep 11 Frank Francisco, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Sep 11 David Pizarro, Chilean footballer
  • Sep 13 Ivan Miljković, Serbian volleyball player
  • Sep 14 Jesse Marunde, American Strongman/Athlete (d. 2007)
  • Sep 15 Carlos Ruiz, Guatemalan soccer player
  • Sep 15 Patrick Marleau, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 16 Bobby Korecky, American baseball player
  • Sep 17 Steffen Algreen, Danish footballer
  • Sep 17 Akin Ayodele, American football player
  • Sep 18 Daniel Aranzubia, Spanish footballer
  • Sep 20 Sean Davis, English footballer
  • Sep 21 Richard Dunne, Irish footballer
  • Sep 21 Chris Gayle, Jamaican West Indies cricketer
  • Sep 21 Julian Gray, English footballer
  • Sep 23 Ricky Davis, American basketball player
  • Sep 23 Bryant McKinnie, NFL Offensive Tackle (Minnesota Vikings), born in Woodbury, New Jersey
  • Sep 24 Fábio Aurélio, Brazilian footballer
  • Sep 26 Jaycie Phelps, American gymnast (World bronze 95, Olympic gold 1996), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Sep 26 Fuifui Moimoi, New Zealand (Tongan) rugby league footballer
  • Sep 26 Jon Harley, English footballer
  • Sep 27 Jon Garland, American baseball player
  • Sep 27 Christian Jones, Australian racing driver
  • Sep 27 Steve Simpson, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Sep 28 Bam Margera, American skateboarder
  • Sep 29 Takumi Beppu, Japanese cyclist
  • Sep 29 Shelley Duncan, American Baseball Player
  • Sep 30 Andy van der Meyde, Dutch footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 12 Denis Smith, cricketer (England left-handed batsman 1935), dies
  • Sep 18 Gene Kelly, sportscaster (Sportsreel), dies at 60
  • Sep 25 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 64