On This Day

September 1997 in Sports History

Events in Sport

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 1 Two-time defending US Open champion Pete Sampras has his 17-match winning streak, the 4th-longest of the Open Era in men’s singles, snapped in a 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 loss to Petr Korda of Czech Republic

  • Sep 5 Athens in Greece, selected to host 2004 Olympics
  • Sep 5 Orioles beat Yankes 13-9 in longest 9 inning game
  • Sep 7 US Open Men's Tennis: Patrick Rafter of Australia wins his first Grand Slam title; beats Canadian Greg Rusedski 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

Baseball Record

Sep 10 Mark McGwire joins Babe Ruth as only the players to hit 50 HRs in 2 consecutive years

  • Sep 12 NY Met John Olerud hits for the cycle
  • Sep 13 Carolina Hurricane's 1st exhibition game beat NY Islanders 4-1
  • Sep 16 ABL MVP Nikki McCray signs with WNBA
  • Sep 16 Mark McGwire signs with the St Louis Cardinals for $26M
  • Sep 20 Yanks clinch 37th appearance in post season, 3rd consecutive
  • Sep 21 Mike Piazza is 2nd to hit a HR out of Dodger Stadium
  • Sep 21 NY Yankee Cecil Fielder hits his 300th HR
  • Sep 22 American sportcaster Marv Albert pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges
  • Sep 23 Seattle Mariners break record for most HRs in a year (258)
  • Sep 25 American sportcaster Marv Albert plea bargains in his sexual assault case
  • Sep 25 WNBA announces it will add Detroit & Washington, D.C. franchises

Baseball Record

Sep 26 Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. hits his 56th HR of 1997

  • Sep 28 Ryder Cup Golf, Valderrama GC, Spain: Europe wins 14½-13½ to retain the Cup; first time event contested in continental Europe; first of 6 consecutive victories at home by Europe
  • Sep 28 St Louis Cardinals Mark McGwire hits his 58th HR of 1997 (34 with Oak A's)

Baseball Record

Sep 30 New York Yankees Tim Raines, Derek Jeter & Paul O'Neill are 1st to hit 3 consecutively homers in post season (Yanks beat Cleveland Indians 8-6)


Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 10 Brooke Henderson, Canadian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2016), born in Smiths Falls, Ontario
  • Sep 25 Suzanne Schulting, Dutch speed skater (Olympic gold 1,000m 2018, 22; 3,000m relay 2022; 7 x World C'ship gold; WR 1000m: 1:26:514 2022), born in Groningen, Netherlands

Max Verstappen

Sep 30 Max Verstappen, Belgian-Dutch auto racer (F1 World Drivers C'ship 2021; CIK-FIA World C'ship 2013), born in Hasselt, Belgium


Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 2 Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95
  • Sep 7 Bill Strannigan, American all-round athlete and basketball coach (Uni of Wyoming), dies at 78

Richie Ashburn

Sep 9 Richie Ashburn, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (6 × MLB All-Star; NL batting champion 1955, 58; Philadelphia Phillies) and sportscaster (Phillies TV 1963-71), dies of a heart attack at 70

  • Sep 23 Abe Gibron, head coach (Chicago Bears), dies at 72