On This Day

September 1983 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Sep 4 US Men's Amateur Golf Championship, North Shore CC: Jay Sigel successfully defends title 8 & 7 over Chris Perry
  • Sep 4 Greg LeMond wins UCI World Road Race Championship in 7h 01' 21" in Altenrhein, Switzerland; first American cyclist to take the title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 9 Vitas Gerulaitis bets his house that Martina Navratilova can't beat 100th ranked male tennis player

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 10 Larry Holmes TKOs Scott Frank in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 11 US Open Men's Tennis: American Jimmy Connors retains title; repeats previous year's win over Czech Ivan Lendl 6-3, 6-7, 7-5, 6-0

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • Sep 11 Pittsburgh running back Franco Harris runs for 118 yards in Steelers 25-21 win at Green Bay to become the only the third player in NFL history to rush for 11,000 yards
  • Sep 13 Dan Quisenberry record 39th season save

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 13 Oakland's Rickey Henderson 3rd straight 100 steals for season

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Sep 13 US mint strikes 1st gold coin in 50 years (Olympic Eagle)
  • Sep 17 Chicago White Sox clinch their 1st-ever AL West championship
  • Sep 18 New Orleans Saints 1st OT victory; beating Chicago Bears 34-31
  • Sep 20 3,112 turn out to see Pirates play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • Sep 22 Zhu Jianhau (China) sets high jump record at 7'9 3/4"
  • Sep 23 Gerrie Coetzee KOs Michael Dokes in 10 for heavyweight boxing title in Ohio

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 23 Phillies Steve Carlton is 16th to wins 300 game (beating Cards)

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • Sep 24 Braves Dale Murphy is 6th to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases in season
  • Sep 24 Test cricket debut of Shoaib Mohammad, son of Hanif, v India Jullundur
  • Sep 26 Ali Haji-Sheikh kicks 56 yard field goal, a NY Giants record
  • Sep 26 Australia II wins America's Cup yacht race - 1st non-US winner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 27 Tim Raines is 1st since Ty Cobb to steal 70 & drive in 70 runs

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Sep 29 Oakland A's Mike Warren no-hits Chicago White Sox, 3-0

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 José Antonio Reyes, Spanish soccer left wing (Spain 21 caps; Sevilla, Atlético Madrid, Arsenal), born in Utrera, Spain (d. 2019)
  • Sep 2 Mark Foster, English rugby player
  • Sep 3 Augusto Farfus, Brazilian racing driver, born in Curitiba, Brazil
  • Sep 3 Nicky Hunt, English footballer, born in Westhoughton, England
  • Sep 4 Tareq Aziz, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Chittagong, Bangladesh
  • Sep 5 Eugen Bopp, Ukrainian-German footballer, born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Sep 5 Pablo Granoche, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Sep 7 Philip Deignan, Irish cyclist (UCI Pro Team), born in Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland
  • Sep 7 Mehmet Topuz, Turkisher footballer (Kayserispor), born in Caferli Köyü, Yozgat, Turkey
  • Sep 7 Pops Mensah-Bonsu, British basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks, born in Tottenham, London
  • Sep 7 Annette Dytrt, German skater figure, born in Landshut, Germany
  • Sep 8 Wali Lundy, American NFL football player, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Sep 8 Diego Benaglio, Swiss-Italian footballer, born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • Sep 8 Chris Judd, Australian rules football player, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Sep 8 Will Blalock, American basketball player, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 9 Kyle Davies, American baseball player, born in Decatur, Georgia
  • Sep 9 Edwin Jackson, American baseball pitcher, born in Neu-Ulm, Germany
  • Sep 9 Sam Hollenbach, American football quarterback, born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 9 Cleveland Taylor, English-born Jamaican footballer, born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • Sep 10 Joey Votto, Canadian MLB first baseman (NL MVP 2010), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 11 Jacoby Ellsbury, American baseball player, born in Madras, Oregon
  • Sep 11 Ike Diogu, Nigerian-American basketball player, born in Buffalo, New York
  • Sep 12 Daniel Muir, American football player, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 14 Frostee Rucker, American NFL defensive end, born in Tustin, California
  • Sep 15 Luke Hochevar, American baseball player
  • Sep 16 Kirsty Coventry, Zimbabwean Olympic swimmer, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Sep 18 Kevin Doyle, Irish footballer, born in Adamstown, Ireland
  • Sep 19 Joey Devine, American baseball player, born in Junction City, Kansas
  • Sep 19 Charlie Haeger, American baseball player, born in Livonia, Michigan
  • Sep 20 Ángel Sánchez, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Sep 21 Fernando Cavenaghi, Argentinian footballer
  • Sep 21 Anna Meares, Australian cyclist
  • Sep 24 Randy Foye, American basketball player, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Sep 26 Ricardo Quaresma, Portuguese footballer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Sep 28 Stefan Moore, English footballer
  • Sep 30 Andreea Răducan, Romanian gymnast, born in Bârlad, Romania

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 1 Lennox Brown, cricket leg spinner (3 wickets at 63 for South Africa), dies
  • Sep 7 Henry Promnitz, cricketer (5-58 on debut for South Africa 1927-28), dies
  • Sep 8 Antonin Magne, French bicylist (won Tour de France 1931, 34), dies