On This Day

September 1986 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Sep 3 Houston Astros & Chicago Cubs use MLB record 53 players, including 17 pitchers in a 2-day 18 inning marathon; Astros win 8-7
  • Sep 6 Michael Spinks TKOs Steffen Tangstad in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 6 US Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins her 3rd US singles title; beats Czech star Helena Suková 6-3, 6-2

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Sep 7 Cleveland Browns becomes 1st team in NFL history to have a play reviewed by instant replay, Chicago 41, Browns 31

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 7 Dan Marino throws his 100th career touchdown pass, the fastest QB in NFL history to do so

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 7 US Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Czech final Ivan Lendl retains his title; beats Miloslav Mečíř 6-4, 6-2, 6-0

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Gold Medalist Miloslav Mecir
Tennis Player and Gold Medalist
Miloslav Mecir
  • Sep 13 Bert Blyleven gives up a record 44 HRs in a season
  • Sep 14 Saskatchewan & Hamilton play 1st CFL regular-season overtime game
  • Sep 18 David Boon's 3rd Test cricket century, 122 v India at Madras
  • Sep 19 Chicago White Sox Joe Crowley no-hits California Angels, 7-1
  • Sep 19 Australian cricketer Dean Jones scores 210 v India at Madras
  • Sep 21 NY Jets beat Miami Dolphins 51-45 in OT; record 884 passing yards
  • Sep 21 New Orleans Saints Mel Gray returns kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown
  • Sep 21 SD Padre Jimmy Jones pitches 1-hitter in his major league debut
  • Sep 22 India v Australia Test Cricket at Madras finishes in a tie

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 22 LA Dodger Fernando Valenzuela is 1st Mexican to win 20 games

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Fernando Valenzuela
  • Sep 25 Houston Astro Mike Scott no-hits SF Giants, 2-0
  • Sep 28 Record 23,000 start in a marathon (Mexico City)
  • Sep 28 Tight end Brian Foster of RI catches NCAA record 18 passes for 327 yds
  • Sep 28 Cleveland Browns' Gerald McNeil sets the team record for the longest punt return with an 84-yard run (and TD), Browns 24, Detroit 21

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 Cubs Greg Maddux defeats Phillies Mike Maddux (1st rookie brothers)

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Sep 29 Indians Jay Bell is 10th to hit a HR on 1st major league pitch he sees
  • Sep 29 Mary Lou Retton retires as a gymnast

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Gaël Monfils, French tennis player
  • Sep 1 Anthony Allen, English rugby union player

Person of interestShaun White

Sep 3 Shaun White, American snowboarder (Olympic gold: 2006, 2010, 2018), born in San Diego, California

Snowboarder Shaun White
Snowboarder
Shaun White
  • Sep 4 James Younghusband, Philippine footballer, born in Ashford, United Kingdom
  • Sep 8 João Moutinho, Portuguese footballer, born in Barreiro, Portugal
  • Sep 8 Matt Grothe, American football player, born in Lakeland, Florida
  • Sep 9 Justice Chibhabha, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Masvingo, Zimbabwe
  • Sep 9 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Cameroonian basketball player, born in Yaounde, Cameroon
  • Sep 11 Chiliboy Ralepelle, South African rugby player, born in Tzaneen, South Africa
  • Sep 11 Dwayne Jarrett, American football player, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Sep 13 Kamui Kobayashi, Japanese racing driver, born in Amagasaki, Hyōgo, Japan
  • Sep 13 Sean Williams, American basketball player, born in Houston, Texas
  • Sep 14 Alan Sheehan, Irish footballer (Luton Town), born in Athlone, Ireland
  • Sep 17 Landry Mulemo, Belgian footballer
  • Sep 17 Dimitrios Regas, Greek sprinter
  • Sep 19 Ken Gushi, Japanese racing driver, born in Okinawa, Japan
  • Sep 23 Martin Cranie, English footballer
  • Sep 27 Ricardo Risatti, Argentine racing driver
  • Sep 28 Andrés Guardado, Mexican soccer midfielder (158 caps; Deportivo La Coruña, Valencia, PSV), born in Guadalajara, Jalisco
  • Sep 29 Benoît Pouliot, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 29 Mark Fraser, Canadian ice hockey player

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestHank Greenberg

Sep 4 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (5 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1935, 45; AL MVP 1935, 40; Detroit Tigers), dies of cancer at 75

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg