On This Day

September 1997 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Sport awardUS 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

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • Sep 5 Athens in Greece, selected to host 2004 Olympics
  • Sep 5 Orioles beat Yankes 13-9 in longest 9 inning game

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 6 US Open Women's Tennis: Martina Hingis wins her first US title; outclasses Venus Williams 6-0, 6-4

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Sep 18 Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo elected to World Golf Hall of Fame

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • 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 23 Seattle Mariners break record for most HRs in a year (258)
  • Sep 25 WNBA announces it will add Detroit & Washington, D.C. franchises

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.
Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder
Ken Griffey Jr.
  • 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)
  • Sep 30 1st time 3 cons HRs in post season-Raines, Jeter, O'Neill (NY Yankees)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
Baseball Player Derek Jeter
Baseball Player
Derek Jeter
MLB Right Fielder Paul O'Neill
MLB Right Fielder
Paul O'Neill

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 10 Brooke Henderson, Canadian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2016), born in Smiths Falls, Ontario

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

Person of interestRichie Ashburn

Sep 9 Richie Ashburn, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets) and sportscaster, dies of a heart attack at 70

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • Sep 23 Abe Gibron, head coach (Chicago Bears), dies at 72