On This Day

September 1979 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Sep 2 US Men's Amateur Golf Championship, Canterbury GC: Mark O'Meara wins 8 & 7 over John Cook
  • Sep 4 Sunil Gavaskar scores his third double century in Test cricket (221) to guide India to a famous draw against England in the 4th Test at The Oval
  • Sep 5 Oakland A's pitcher Matt Keough beats Milwaukee Brewers, 6-1 for first win after 14 straight losses, ended 1978 with 18 defeats (1 shy of the MLB record 19)

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 5 American Roscoe Tanner fires 11 aces, breaks the net with his bullet serve and upsets top-seed Björn Borg 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 in the US Open Tennis 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.

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis: Tracy Austin becomes youngest US champion (16 years, 9 months); beats Chris Evert 6-4, 6-3

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis: John McEnroe wins first Grand Slam title; beats fellow American Vitas Gerulaitis 7-5, 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Sep 9 South African Ferrari driver Jody Scheckter wins the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; first RSA champion
  • Sep 12 Indiana Pacers cut Ann Meyers, 1st woman on an NBA club

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 12 Carl Yastrzemski gets his 3,000th hit off NY Yankee Jim Beattie

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • Sep 15 Red Sox Bob Watson is 1st to hit for cycle in AL & NL (Astros)
  • Sep 16 Ryder Cup Golf, The Greenbrier: US wins, 17-11; new Team Europe replaces Great Britain & Ireland as official opposition to the United States
  • Sep 16 Catfish Hunter Day at Yankee Stadium

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 St Louis MLB legend Lou Brock steals 938th & final base of his career

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

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 James O'Connor, Irish footballer
  • Sep 2 Tomer Ben Yosef, Israeli footballer
  • Sep 4 Kosuke Matsuura, Japanese racing driver, born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Sep 4 Maxim Afinogenov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Sep 5 John Carew, Norwegian soccer forward (91 caps; Valencia, Aston Villa), 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, born in Galliate, Italy
  • Sep 6 Carlos Adrián Morales, Mexican footballer, born in La Piedad, Michoacán, Mexico
  • Sep 7 Brian Stokes, American baseball player, born in Montclair, California
  • Sep 11 Frank Francisco, Dominican Major League Baseball pitcher, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Sep 11 David Pizarro, Chilean footballer (Roma), born in Valparaíso, Chile
  • Sep 13 Ivan Miljković, Serbian volleyball player, born in Niška Banja, Serbia
  • 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 MLB baseball player, born in Hillside, New Jersey
  • Sep 17 Steffen Algreen, Danish footballer
  • Sep 17 Akin Ayodele, American football player
  • Sep 18 Daniel Aranzubia, Spanish footballer, born in Logroño, Spain
  • Sep 20 Sean Davis, English footballer
  • Sep 21 Richard Dunne, Irish soccer defender (80 caps, Republic of Ireland; Everton, Manchester City, Aston Villa, QPR) and broadcaster (BT Sport), born in Dublin, Ireland

Person of interestChris Gayle

Sep 21 Chris Gayle, Jamaican West Indies cricketer (1999-) and fastest century maker in history, born in Kingston, Jamaica

Cricketer Chris Gayle
Cricketer
Chris Gayle
  • 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 (Liverpool), born in São Carlos, Brazil
  • 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, born in Nuku'alofa, Tonga
  • Sep 26 Jon Harley, English footballer, born in Maidstone, United Kingdom
  • 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 7 Janardan Navle, Indian cricketer (India's 1st Test wicket-keeper), dies at 76
  • Sep 12 Denis Smith, cricketer (England left-handed batsman 1935), dies
  • Sep 25 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 64