On This Day

September 5, 1979 in Sports History

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Events in Sport


Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

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
  • 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)

Birthdays in Sport

  • George O'Callaghan, Irish footballer, born in Cork, Ireland
  • John Carew, Norwegian soccer forward (91 caps; Valencia, Aston Villa), born in Lørenskog, Norway
  • Stacey Dales, Canadian basketball player and sportscaster, born in Collingwood, Canada