On This Day

September 1996 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Sep 1 Vinny Testaverde completes 19 from 33 for 254 yards as the Baltimore Ravens beat Oakland Raiders, 17-14 in their NFL debut at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore
  • Sep 1 The Carolina Panthers outgun the Atlanta Falcons 29-6 in their first regular season NFL game at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina

Sports History

Sep 6 Baltimore Orioles' Eddie Murray's 500th career HR

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 7 US Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf retains her title; beats Monica Seles 7-5 6-4 for her 5th and final US singles crown

Baseball Record

Sep 14 As' Mark McGwire is 13th player to hit 50-HRs in a season

  • Sep 14 England Test cricket fast bowler Dean Headley equals WR by taking his 3rd hat-trick of the English County season for Kent v Hampshire at Canterbury
  • Sep 14 NY Met Todd Huntley sets record of 41 HRs by a catcher
  • Sep 15 Presidents Cup Golf, Robert Trent Jones GC: Mark O'Meara and David Duval are undefeated as US edges International team, 16½-15½

Sports History

Sep 15 Texas Rangers retire their 1st number, Nolan Ryan's #34

Baseball Record

Sep 16 Paul Molitor of Twins is 21st player to reach 3,000 hits

  • Sep 17 Dodger Hideo Nomo no-hits Colorado Rockies, 9-0 at Coors Field

Baseball Record

Sep 18 Roger Clemens ties his own major league record with 20 strikeouts

  • Sep 22 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, St. Pierre Hotel & CC: US retains Cup; beats Europe 17-11; in expanded format US wins 10 of 12 singles matches in final day blowout

Baseball Record

Sep 26 SF Giant Barry Bonds is 2nd player to hit 40 HRs & steal 40 bases

  • Sep 27 Baltimore Oriole Roberto Alomar spits in face of umpire John Hirschbeck
  • Sep 28 NY Yankee Jim Leyitz is 2nd catcher to wear a hockey mask
  • Sep 28 Orioles' Roberto Alomar suspended 5 games for spitting at ump
  • Sep 28 Troy Davis of Iowa State ran for 378 yards, 3rd highest in college football games (others: Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas & Alabama)
  • Sep 29 34th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Spain in Atlantic City USA (5-0)
  • Sep 29 Baltimore Orioles end season with record 257 HRs
  • Sep 29 Houston Astro's retire Nolan Ryan's #34
  • Sep 29 Orioles Brady Anderson is 14th to hit 50 HRs
  • Sep 29 San Diego Padres sweep LA Dodgers in race for NL West title

Federation Cup

Sep 29 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Atlantic City, NJ: Monica Seles beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 5-0) and 15th title


Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 12 Joshua Cheptegei, Ugandan long-distance runner (5,000m WR 12:35.35; World C'ship gold 10,000m 2019; World Cross Country gold 2019), born in Kapsewui, Uganda
  • Sep 23 Evgeny Rylov, Russian swimmer (Olympic gold 100/200m backstroke 2021; World C'ship gold 200m 2017, 19), born in Novotroitsk, Russia

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 2 Paddy Clift, cricketer (Rhod & Leicester all-rounder 1970-88), dies
  • Sep 4 Sam Cook, English cricketer (Gloucestershire slow bowler with one Test for England), dies at 75
  • Sep 5 Richard Clement Charles Thomas, rugby intl/journalist, dies at 67
  • Sep 23 Jack Newman, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; Test selector 1958-63; president NZ Cricket Council 1964-67), dies at 94
  • Sep 30 Aubrey Brabazon, Irish jockey and horse trainer, dies at 76