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September 2004 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 Sexual assault charge against LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant is dropped by the Eagle County District Attorney's offices in Colorado after the victim decides not to participate

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Sep 11 US Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Russian final Svetlana Kuznetsova wins her first Grand Slam title; beats Elena Dementieva 6-3, 7-5

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 12 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer of Switzerland wins first US title; outclasses Australian Lleyton Hewitt 6-0, 7-6, 6-0

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Sep 12 Detroit Lions beat the Chicago Bears 20-16 at Soldier Field to snap their NFL-record 24-game road losing streak
  • Sep 15 NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces a lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 17 SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds hits his 700th career MLB home run, off San Diego's Jake Peavy

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Sep 19 Ryder Cup Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Europe retains Cup wins 18½-9½; victory margin largest by a European team in history of the event

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 19 NFL Oakland Raider wide receiver Jerry Rice ends NFL streak of 274 consecutive games with a reception in a 13-10 victory over Buffalo Bills [1]

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • Sep 22 SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds was intentionally walked 4 times in a 9-inning game (MLB record) for the second time (1 May 2004)
  • Sep 26 Ed Whitlock becomes 1st person over 70 to complete a marathon in under 3 hours (2:54:48) at Toronto Marathon

Weddings in Sport

  • Sep 3 "Baywatch" actress Gena Lee Nolin (32) weds NHL hockey player Cale Hulse (30) at the Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix, Arizona

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 22 Race car driver Al Unser Jr (42) weds Gina Soto

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 4 Alphonso Ford, American basketball player, dies at 32
  • Sep 4 Moe Norman, Canadian golfer (Canadian Golf Hall of Fame), dies from congestive heart failure at 75
  • Sep 7 Bob Boyd, American baseball first baseman (National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame), dies at 84
  • Sep 20 Brian Clough, English footballer and football manager, dies of cancer at 69
  • Sep 23 Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at 86
  • Sep 28 Christl Cranz, German alpine skier (combined gold Winter Olympics 1936), dies at 90
  • Sep 29 Richard Sainct, French motorcycle rally rider, dies in a crash at 44
  • Sep 30 Mildred McDaniel, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956), dies at 70