On This Day

September 1981 in Sports History

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

Sports History

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

  • Sep 13 Atlanta Falcons tie record of 31 points in 4th quarter (vs Green Bay)

US Men's Tennis Open

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

Sports History

Sep 17 Fernando Valenzuela sets NL rookie record with 8th shutout of season

Ryder Cup

Sep 20 Ryder Cup Golf, Walton Heath GC: US wins 18½-9½; 6th and final Ryder Cup for Jack Nicklaus as a player; wins all 4 of his matches

Baseball Record

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

  • Sep 21 Enterprise Radio (all sports) goes off the air

Sports History

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

  • 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 running back (Pro Bowl 2003, 08; Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins), born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • Sep 2 Katie Teft, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Sep 2 Chris Tremlett, English cricketer
  • Sep 4 Richard Garcia, Australian footballer, born in Perth, Australia
  • 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 (Tromsø), born in Vadsø, Norway
  • Sep 11 Andrea Dossena, Italian footballer (Piacenza), born in Lodi, Italy
  • Sep 12 Jered Guzman, American pairs skater (with partner 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 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 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 and broadcaster, born in Oakland, California
  • Sep 24 Ryan Briscoe, Australian America racing driver, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Sep 25 Rocco Baldelli, American baseball player, born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island
  • Sep 25 Jason Bergmann, American baseball player, born in Neptune City, New Jersey

Serena Williams

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

  • Sep 27 Lakshmipathy Balaji, Indian cricketer
  • Sep 27 Brendon McCullum, New Zealand cricketer
  • Sep 28 José Calderón, Spanish basketball point guard (captain Spain gold FIBA World C'ship 2006; Olympic silver 08, 12; NBA: Toronto, Detroit, Dallas, NY Knicks; Cleveland), born in Villanueva de la Serena, Spain
  • Sep 28 Jorge Guagua, Ecuadorian soccer defender (63 caps; El Nacional), born in Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • Sep 30 Dominique Moceanu, California, gymnast (World-silver-95, Olympic gold 1996)
  • Sep 30 Brandon Watson, American baseball

Weddings in Sport

George Foreman

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

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 9 Phiroz Palia, Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests; United Provinces), dies at 71
  • Sep 29 Bill Shankly, Scottish football manager (Liverpool, 1959-74) dies of a heart attack at 68