September 1997 in Sport

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 awardTennis Open

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 Karrie Webb wins Safeway LPGA Golf Championship
  • Sep 7 Steve Jones wins Canadian Golf Open with a 275
  • 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 14 Karrie Webb wins LPGA SAFECO Classic
  • Sep 14 Loren Roberts wins CVS Charity Golf Classic with a 266
  • 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 & Nick Faldo elected to World Golf Hall of Fame

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • Sep 21 Liselotte Neumann wins LPGA PING Welch's Championship
  • Sep 21 NY Yankee Cecil Fielder hits his 300th HR
  • Sep 21 Tim Herron wins Texas Golf Open shooting a 271
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Sep 28 Wendy Ward wins LPGA Fieldcrest Cannon Classic
  • 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

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 2 Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95

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