September 1981 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Sep 1 Fast bowler Terry Alderman takes his 42nd wicket of the series on the last day of the 5th cricket Test vs England at The Oval; haul remains record by an Australian bowler in England; England wins series 3-1
  • Sep 1 Mike Brearley's last day as England cricket captain in 6th Test draw v Australia at The Oval; maintains his unbeaten record at home as England's 3-1 series win confirmed
  • Sep 3 Longest MLB game in Fenway Park history is suspended after 19 innings at Seattle Mariners 7, Boston Red Sox 7; Mariners win 8-7 in 20 the following morning
  • Sep 4 Longest MLB game at Fenway Park ends in 20 innings; Seattle Mariners beat Boston Red Sox, 8-7
  • Sep 6 Robert Granville "Bob" Lemon named NY Yankee manager for 2nd time
  • Sep 7 Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 57 pass attempts
  • Sep 7 West Tampa Fl defeats Rich Va, 6-4 to win American Legion World Series
  • Sep 12 Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda no-hits Yanks for 8 innings before Rick Cerone & Dave Winfield lead off 9th with back-to-back doubles

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 US Open Women's Tennis: Tracy Austin wins her second US title; beats Martina Navratilova 1-6, 7-6, 7-6

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Sep 13 Atlanta Falcons tie record of 31 points in 4th quarter (vs Green Bay)
  • Sep 13 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 13 US Open Men's Tennis: John McEnroe wins third straight US title; beats Björn Borg 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 in Borg's last Grand Slam match

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Sep 20 24th Ryder Cup: US, 18½-9½ at Walton Heath Golf Club (Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, England)
  • Sep 20 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 21 Steve Carlton strikes out NL record 3,118th (Andre Dawson)

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • Sep 21 Enterprise Radio (all sports) goes off the air

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 25 Nolan Ryan's 5th career no-hitter as Astros beat Dodgers 5-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Sep 30 International Olympic Committee votes to award Seoul, South Korea as host of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Clinton Portis, American football player
  • Sep 1 Adam Quick, Australian basketball player
  • Sep 2 Katie Teft, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Sep 2 Chris Tremlett, English cricketer
  • Sep 4 Richard Garcia, Australian footballer
  • Sep 5 Drew Carter, American football player, born in Solon, Ohio
  • Sep 5 Filippo Volandri, Italian tennis player, born in Livorno, Italy
  • Sep 6 Mark Teahen, American-Canadian baseball player, born in Redlands, California
  • Sep 7 Gökhan Zan, Turkish footballer, born in Antakya, Hatay, Turkey
  • Sep 8 Morten Gamst Pedersen, Norwegian footballer
  • Sep 11 Andrea Dossena, Italian footballer (Piacenza), born in Lodi, Italy
  • Sep 12 Jered Guzman, American pairs skater (& Natalie Vlandis), born in Garden Grove, California
  • Sep 13 Koldo Fernández, Spanish cyclist, born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain
  • Sep 13 Antonio Lopez, Spanish footballer (Atlético Madrid), born in Benidorm, Spain
  • Sep 13 Angel Williams, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Sep 17 Bakari Koné, Ivorian footballer
  • Sep 17 Casey Janssen, American baseball player
  • Sep 17 Francis Manioru, Solomon Islander sprinter
  • Sep 19 Damiano Cunego, Italian cyclist (Nippo–Vini Fantini team), born in Cerro Veronese, Italy
  • Sep 19 Scott Baker, American baseball player, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Sep 19 Rick DiPietro, American ice hockey player, born in Winthrop, Massachusetts
  • Sep 20 Feliciano López, Spanish tennis player
  • Sep 20 Jordan Tata, American baseball player
  • Sep 23 Robert Doornbos, Dutch race car driver
  • Sep 24 Drew Gooden, National Basketball Association player
  • Sep 24 Ryan Briscoe, Australian racing driver
  • Sep 25 Rocco Baldelli, American baseball player
  • Sep 25 Jason Bergmann, American baseball player

Person of interestSerena Williams

Sep 26 Serena Williams, American tennis star (23 Grand Slam singles), born in Saginaw, Michigan

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Sep 27 Lakshmipathy Balaji, Indian cricketer
  • Sep 27 Brendon McCullum, New Zealand cricketer
  • Sep 28 José Calderón, Spanish basketball player
  • Sep 28 Jorge Guagua, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Sep 30 Dominique Moceanu, California, gymnast (World-silver-95, Olympic gold 1996)
  • Sep 30 Brandon Watson, American baseball

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 15 Professional boxer George Foreman (32) weds Sharon Goodson

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 9 Phiroz Edulji Palia, cricket (2 Tests for India, 29 runs & 0-13), dies
  • Sep 29 Bill Shankly, Scottish football manager (b. 1913)