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September 1984 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 Willie Totten (Mississippi Valley State) passes for Division I-AA record 536 yards & 9 TDs in 86-0 win v Kentucky State; Jerry Rice catches 17 passes for 294 yards & 5 TDs; breaks own Division I-AA record for total yardage in pass receptions

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • Sep 1 Middlesex beats Kent off the last ball of the Nat West Trophy cricket final in London; John Emburey hits Kent seamer Richard Ellison to square leg for 4 for the winning runs
  • Sep 3 St. Louis Cardinals closer Bruce Sutter breaks NL record for saves in a season with his 38th in 7-3 win v NY Mets

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 7 Met Dwight Gooden's 11 strikeouts gives him NL rookie record 236

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova retains her title; beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis: John McEnroe wins his 4th US title and final Grand Slam singles event; beats Ivan Lendl 6-3, 6-4, 6-1

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 17 Reggie Jackson is 13th to hit 500 HRs

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 18 Tim Raines is 1st player with 4 consecutive 70-stolen-base seasons

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • Sep 20 Cubs break 2 million in home attendance for 1st time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 23 SF 49er Joe Montana misses his 1st start in 49 games

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 23 Sparky Anderson is 1st manager to win 100 games in both leagues

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • Sep 24 Cubs clinch NL East title

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 25 NY Met Rusty Staub joins Ty Cobb, who hit HRs as a teen & in 40s

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Sep 26 5,251 turn out to see Phillies play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • Sep 28 Cleveland Indians down 0-10 to Minnesota Twins, win 11-10
  • Sep 30 California Angels Michael Witt is 11th to pitch a perfect baseball game
  • Sep 30 Bowie Kuhn ends career as Baseball Commissioner
  • Sep 30 California Angel Mike Witt, pitches a perfect game over Texas Rangers, 1-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 30 NY Yankee Don Mattingly wins AL batting crown with .343 avg

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Nick Noble, American soccer player
  • Sep 4 Hamish McIntosh, Australian football player, born in Lavington, Australia
  • Sep 7 Vera Zvonareva, Russian tennis player (4 x Grand Slam doubles titles; US Open, Wimbledon 2010 runner-up; Federation Cup 2004, 08), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Sep 8 Vitaly Petrov, Russian racing driver (Renault F1 Team in 2010), born in Vyborg, Soviet Union
  • Sep 8 Peter Whittingham, English footballer, born in Nuneaton, England
  • Sep 9 James Hildreth, English cricketer, born in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • Sep 12 Taylor Jenkins, American basketball head coach (Memphis Grizzlies 2019), born in Arlington, Texas
  • Sep 18 Anthony Gonzalez, American politician (Rep-(R)-Ohio 2019-) and football player, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Sep 21 Benjamin Wildman-Tobriner, American swimmer
  • Sep 22 Thiago Emiliano da Silva, Brazilian football player (Paris Saint-Germain, Brazil national team), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • Sep 23 Matt Kemp, American baseball player
  • Sep 25 Matt Carle, American ice hockey player, born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Sep 27 John Lannan, American baseball player
  • Sep 28 Ryan Zimmerman, American baseball player
  • Sep 29 Per Mertesacker, German football player

Weddings in Sport

  • Sep 14 Figure skater Marina Klimova (18) weds her partner Sergei Ponomarenko (23)

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 7 Don Tallon, cricketer (great Queensland & Australian keeper), dies

Person of interestJoe Cronin

Sep 7 Joe Cronin, American baseball shortstop (Pirates, Red Sox, Senators, MVP 1930, AL President), dies at 77

Baseball Player and Manager Joe Cronin
Baseball Player and Manager
Joe Cronin
  • Sep 8 Frank Lowson, England cricketer and batsman (7 Tests), dies at 59
  • Sep 15 Jack Ikin, English cricketer (England opener 1946-55), dies at 66
  • Sep 27 John Facenda, sportscaster (NFL Action), dies at 72