September 2001 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Sep 1 Australian Rugby Union team gives all-conquering captain John Eales perfect send off in his final international with a famous last minute, 29-26 win over New Zealand in Sydney; Wallabies retain Tri Nations Series

Baseball Record

Sep 1 Facing 4-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa hits the longest home run in Turner Field history as his 53rd of the season travels 471 feet to straight away center

  • Sep 1 Jockey Tim Moccasin caps a streak of 14 consecutive victories, a North American record, at Marquis Downs in Saskatoon, Canada aboard Intricate Stitch in the 5th race

Sports History

Sep 2 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins the Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for his record 52nd F1 Grand Prix victory

  • Sep 3 In just his 11th start, St. Louis Cardinals' rookie pitcher Bud Smith no-hits the San Diego Padres, 4-0

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis: Venus Williams successfully defends title; beats younger sister Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia becomes youngest (20) world #1 player; beats Pete Sampras 7-6, 6-1, 6-1

Sports History

Sep 17 Despite suffering from lung cancer and Parkinson's disease, Jack Buck stirs emotions by reading a patriotic-themed poem during the pregame ceremonies on baseball's first night back after the September 11th terrorist attacks

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 7 Jason Dupasquier, Swiss motorcycle racer, born in Bulle, Switzerland (d. 2021)
  • Sep 25 Cade Cunningham, American basketball point guard (NBA draft 2021 #1 overall pick Detroit Pistons; NBA All-Rookie First Team 2022), born in Arlington, Texas

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 1 Brian Moore, British sports commentator (BBC Radio, London Weekend Television 'The Big Match'), dies of heart failure at 69
  • Sep 5 Heywood Hale Broun, American TV commentator and sports correspondent, dies at 83

Jaroslav DrobnýJaroslav Drobný (1921-2001)

Sep 13 Czech ice hockey player (Olympic silver 1948) and tennis player (Wimbledon 1954, French Open 1951-52), dies of a stroke at 79

  • Sep 17 Barry Shepherd, Australian cricket batsman (9 Tests, 5 x 50s; West Australia CA), dies at 64
  • Sep 23 Ron Hewitt, Welsh footballer (b. 1928)
  • Sep 29 Mabel Fairbanks, Seminole-African American figure skater and coach (US Figure Skating Hall of Fame), dies at 85 [1]