September 1985 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Sep 1 Bill Elliott claims a $1 million bonus for winning 3 of the 4 crown jewel races on the NASCAR schedule: the Daytona 500, Winston 500 and Southern 500

  • Sep 1 Dutch cyclist Joop Zoetemelk becomes the oldest road race elite world champion at 38 years, 8 months, 29 days; beats Greg Lamonde & Marino Argentin in Giavera del Montello
  • Sep 3 England cricket swing bowler Richard Ellison with 5 for 76 helps dismiss Australia for 129 in 6th Test win at the Oval; England regains Ashes 3-1
  • Sep 3 NY Mets catcher Gary Carter smashes 3 consecutive HRs in an 8-3 win v San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium
  • Sep 4 NY Mets catcher Gary Carter's 2 HRs in a 9-2 win in San Diego ties MLB record of 5 HRs in 2 games
  • Sep 4 Russian Igor Paklin sets new high jump world record at 2.41m in Kobe, Japan

Sports History

Sep 6 Mark Messier loses control of his Porsche and totals three cars, and would later be charged with hit and run and careless driving (he would pay a fine)

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 8 US Open Men's Tennis: Czech star Ivan Lendl wins his first US title; beats NYC home town favourite John McEnroe 7-6, 6-3, 6-4

  • Sep 11 Pete Rose of Cincinnati Reds gets career hit 4,192 off Eric Show of San Diego Padres, eclipsing Ty Cobb's record
  • Sep 11 Sri Lanka score their 1st Test Cricket victory, by 149 runs v India
  • Sep 15 New York Yankees trade 25-year-old pitching prospect Jim Deshaies to Houston Astros for 40-year-old pitcher Joe Niekro
  • Sep 15 Ryder Cup Golf, The Belfry: Europe beats US, 16½-11½; sole US loss in 50 years; Sam Torrance clinches for Europe beating Andy North, 1 up
  • Sep 20 Curtis Strong is convicted for selling cocaine to pro baseball players

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 21 Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 to become Heavyweight Boxing Champion

Sports History

Sep 22 Billy Martin's right arm is broken by pitcher Ed Whitson

  • Sep 22 St Louis Cardinals set an unusual streak record by winning 9 of 10 games, each pitched by a different man

Baseball Record

Sep 24 Montreal Expo Andre Dawson is 9th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (5th), and joins Willey McCovey to hit 2 HRs in an inn twice

Baseball Record

Sep 25 Rickey Henderson steals Yankee record 75th base of season

  • Sep 29 Houston QB Warren Moon sacked NFL tying record 12 times (by Cowboys)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 3 Kelvin Wilson, English footballer, born in Nottingham, England
  • Sep 3 Scott Carson, English footballer, born in Whitehaven, England
  • Sep 4 Kaillie Humphries, Canadian-American bobsledder (Olympic gold 2-woman [Canada] 2010, 14; monobob [USA] 2022), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Sep 5 Ryan Guy, American soccer player, born in Carlsbad, California
  • Sep 6 Alberto Valerio, Brazilian racing driver, born in Ipatinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Sep 6 Ali Ashfaq, Maldivian footballer, born in Malé, Maldives
  • Sep 7 Rafinha [Márcio Rafael Ferreira de Souza], Brazilian footballer, born in Londrina, Paraná, Brazil
  • Sep 9 J.R. Smith, American basketball player, born in Freehold, New Jersey

Luka ModrićLuka Modrić (37 years old)

Sep 9 Croatian footballer (Real Madrid C.F.) and captain of Croatia, born in Zadar, Croatia, Yugoslavia

  • Sep 11 Shaun Livingston, American basketball player, born in Peoria, Illinois
  • Sep 11 Zack Stortini, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada
  • Sep 12 Jack Wilkinson, English footballer (Hartlepool United), born in Beverley, England
  • Sep 14 Delmon Young, American baseball player, born in Montgomery, Alabama

Alex OvechkinAlex Ovechkin (37 years old)

Sep 17 Russian ice hockey player (Moscow Dynamo; Washington Capitals) who is one of the greatest goal scorers of all time, born in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

  • Sep 17 Brendan Clarke, Irish Soccer Player with St. Patrick's Athletic
  • Sep 17 Mason Raymond, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 17 Tomáš Berdych, Czech tennis player (13 ATP Tour titles), born in Valašské Meziříčí, Czech Republic

Brittany LincicomeBrittany Lincicome (37 years old)

Sep 19 American golfer (ANA Inspiration 2009, 15), born in St. Petersburg, Florida

  • Sep 20 Moisés Fuentes, Mexican boxer (WBO minimumweight title 2011-13; WBO interim junior flyweight title 2013-14), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2022)
  • Sep 22 Faris Haroun, Belgian footballer, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Sep 23 Brian Brohm, American football player
  • Sep 23 Hossein Ka'abi, Iranian footballer
  • Sep 23 Joba Chamberlain, American baseball player
  • Sep 23 Lukáš Kašpar, Czech ice hockey player
  • Sep 29 Calvin Johnson, American College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (Detroit Lions, 6-time Pro Bowl), born in Newnan, Georgia

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 1 Stefan Bellof, German race car driver (b. 1957)
  • Sep 2 Abe Lenstra, Dutch soccer star, dies at 64
  • Sep 7 Frank "Bruiser" Kinard, American College-Pro Football HOF tackle (Ole Miss; 6 × First-team All-Pro; 5 × NFL All-Star; Brooklyn Dodgers/Tigers, Fleet City, NY Yankees), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 70
  • Sep 9 Rod Funseth, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1978), dies from cancer at 52 [1]
  • Sep 10 Jock Stein, Scottish soccer manager (Dunfermline Athletic, Hibernian, Scotland [1965, 78-85], Celtic, Leeds United), dies from a pulmonary edema at 62