September 1994 in Sports History

Events in Sport

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 1 8-time major winner Ivan Lendl (34) plays his final professional tennis match; forced to retire with back pain trailing Bernd Karbacher of Germany 6-4, 7-6, 1-0 in the 2nd round of the US Open

World Record

Sep 2 Spanish road cyclist Miguel Induráin sets UCI hour world record distance 53.04 kilometers in Bordeaux, France

  • Sep 3 Florida's Terry Dean tosses an NCAA football record 7 touchdown passes in the first half as the Gators roll to a 70-21 drubbing of New Mexico State
  • Sep 3 Miami rout Georgia Southern 56-0, breaking NCAA football record with its 58th consecutive home win; Alabama won 57 straight at home between 1962-82
  • Sep 4 Chinese diver Fu Mingxia wins 10m platform gold medal at World Swimming Championships in Rome, Italy; becomes first female to win back-to-back world titles in the event

NFL Record

Sep 4 Miami quarterback Dan Marino throws 5 touchdown passes in Dolphins' 39-35 win over New England; sets NFL record with his 18th game of 4-or-more touchdown passes

  • Sep 4 Tom Tupa scores the first 2-point conversion in NFL history, running in a fake extra point attempt for the Cleveland Browns in a 28-20 win at Cincinnati
  • Sep 5 Jingyi Le swims world record 100m women's freestyle (54.01 sec)

NFL Record

Sep 5 SF wide receiver Jerry Rice catches 2 touchdown passes and runs for another score in 49ers' 44-14 rout of the Raiders; surpasses Jim Brown as NFL's career TD leader with 127

  • Sep 6 Tom Dolan swims world record 400m medley (4:12.30)
  • Sep 7 Jingyi Le, Ying Shan, Ying Le and Bin Lu swimming 4x100 freestyle (3:37.91)
  • Sep 8 Sri Lanka defeat Australia to win Singer World Series at Colombo

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 10 US Open Women's Tennis: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain wins her only US singles title; beats Steffi Graf 1-6, 7-6, 6-4

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 11 US Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi wins first US title; beats Michael Stich of Germany 6-1, 7-6, 7-5

  • Sep 14 MLB team owners vote to cancel remainder of 1994 season, as well as the World Series for only the second time in history, continuing labor dispute with Players Association

President's Cup

Sep 18 1st Presidents Cup Golf, Robert Trent Jones GC: Davis Love III is undefeated as US beats International team, 20-12 in inaugural event

Television Premiere

Sep 18 Ken Burn's documentary miniseries "Baseball" premieres on PBS (Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series)

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 25 Oliver McCall TKOs Lennox Lewis in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Sep 28 Ken Burn's documentary miniseries "Baseball" TV Miniseries last airs on PBS

Murder of Interest

Sep 29 1st phase of O.J. Simpson murder trial jury selection ends (304 chosen)


Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Matt Fitzpatrick, English golfer (US Open 2022; U.S. Amateur 2013; British Masters 2015), born in Sheffield, England
  • Sep 8 Bruno Fernandes, Portuguese football player (Manchester United, Portugal), born in Maia, Portugal
  • Sep 12 Elina Svitolina, Ukrainian tennis player (WTA Finals champion 2018), born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • Sep 15 Wout van Aert, Belgium cyclist, born in Herentals, Flanders
  • Sep 26 Marcell Jacobs, Italian track athlete (Olympic gold - men's 100m 2020; first Italian to win the event), born in El Paso, Texas

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 1 Wallis Mathias, Pakistan cricket batsman (21 Tests; first non-Muslim to play for Pakistan), dies at 59
  • Sep 2 Detlef Macha, German DR cyclist (5x world champ), dies at 35
  • Sep 3 Billy Wright, English soccer defender (105 caps, captain x 90; Wolverhampton Wanderers 490 games) and manager (Arsenal 1962-66), dies at 70
  • Sep 8 Rex Alston, English sports broadcaster and author (BBC radio), dies at 93
  • Sep 16 Johnny Berry, English soccer right winger (4 caps; Manchester United, Birmingham City), dies from cancer at 68

Vitas GerulaitisVitas Gerulaitis (1954-1994)

Sep 17 Lithuanian/American tennis player (Australian Open 1977; Wimbledon doubles 1975), dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at 40

  • Sep 23 Jerry Barber, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1961), dies of mitral valve prolapse and stroke at 78
  • Sep 29 Don Watson, Australian race car driver, dies in an accident at a practice for the Bathurst 1000 at 43
  • Sep 30 Alex Scott, British horse trainer, shot and killed by a groom at 34