On This Day in Sport for September 1

Events in Sport

  • 1853 Buck Baker takes lead with 10 laps remaining to win the Southern 500 at Darlington in the most competitive event in NASCAR Grand National history; four drivers swap lead a record 35 times
  • 1881 The Dwyer Brothers' 3-year-old Kentucky Derby winner Hindoo wins his 19th consecutive race, a purse event at Sheepshead Bay; winning streak snapped 6 days later in the September Handicap at Sheepshead
  • 1890 Brooklyn Bridegrooms win 3 MLB games in one day‚ feasting on the Pittsburgh Alleghenys 10 - 9‚ 3 - 2‚ and 8 - 4
  • 1893 British Open Golf, Prestwick GC: Scotland's William Auchterlonie wins by 2 shots from amateur Johnny Laidley
  • 1906 Philadelphia beats the Red Sox 4-1 in 24 innings in Boston in the longest game in AL baseball history; both starters go the distance as A's hurler Jack Coombs overcomes Boston's Joe Harris
  • 1906 New York Highlanders win their 6th consecutive MLB game in 3 days from Washington Senators; sweep AL record 3 straight double headers
  • 1914 US Men's National Tennis Championship, Newport Casino R.I.: R. Norris Williams wins his first major title beating fellow American Maurice McLoughlin 6-3, 8-6, 10-8
  • 1915 Jerome Travers establishes a US Amateur Golf Championship record by downing George Crump, 14 & 13, in a 1st-round match at the Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
  • 1922 NYC law requires all "pool" rooms to change name to "billiards"
  • 1925 Pierre de Coubertin steps down as chairman of International Olympic Committee

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1931 Future Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman Lou Gehrig hits his 3rd grand slam in 4 days & 6th homer in consecutive games in NY Yankees 5-1 win v Boston Red Sox

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1936 Belgian boxer Gustave Roth beats Heinz Lazek of Austria in a 15 round points decision to win the EBU and vacant IBU world light heavyweight title in Vienna
  • 1937 4th Chicago College All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Green Bay, 6-0; 84,560 at Soldier Field
  • 1939 Last day of 1st-class cricket in England before the declaration of war against Germany; great slow left-armer Hedley Verity finishes with amazing figures of 7 for 9 v Sussex to give Yorkshire the County Championship
  • 1945 Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Vince DiMaggio smashes his 4th grand slam of season, tying NL record, in an 8-3 win v Boston Braves
  • 1946 1st US Open Women's Golf, Spokane CC: Patty Berg wins inaugural Open and only one played in match play format; takes 36-hole final 5 & 4 over Betty Jameson

  • 1947 Infielder Jack Lohrke hits NY Giants 183rd homer of season in 2-1 win v Boston Braves; breaks NY Yankees MLB mark of 182 set in 1936

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1948 Australian Test batsmen Don Bradman (143), Lindsay Hassett (151) & Neil Harvey (110) score centuries in Australia's 1st innings of drawn cricket tour match v South of England at Hastings

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1949 Finnish long distance runner Viljo Heino runs 10,000m world record 29:27.2 in Kouvola, Finland
  • 1958 St Louis Cardinals pitcher Vinegar Bend Mizell walks a NL record 9 batters in a 1-0 shutout of Cincinnati Reds
  • 1960 German sprinter Armin Hary wins the coveted 100m gold medal in 10.2 at the Rome Olympics; first non-American to win the event since 1928
  • 1960 US 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of George Harrison, Dick Blick, Mike Troy & Jeff Farrell swim world record 8:10.2 to beat Japan by 3.3 seconds and win gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • 1960 US 4 x 100m medley relay team swims world record 4:05.4 to beat Australia and win the gold medal at the Rome Olympics; Frank McKinney, Paul Hait, Lance Larson & Jeff Farrell
  • 1963 Walter Kennedy begins his tenure as the commissioner of the NBA, succeeding Maurice Podoloff
  • 1964 SF Giants reliever Masanori Murakami becomes the first Japanese-born player to appear in US MLB; on debut, the Osuki native throws a scoreless inning in a 4-1 loss v New York Mets
  • 1967 Cincinnati reliever Bob Lee walks Dick Groat with bases loaded in the 21st inning to give SF Giants a 1-0 win at Crosley Field; 20 scoreless innings tie MLB mark set by Pirates & Braves in 1918
  • 1971 Australian John Newcombe becomes 1st male top-seed to lose in US Open 1st round when beaten by eventual finalist Jan Kodeš 6-2, 6-7, 6-7, 3,-6

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1971 The Pirates start what is believed to be first all-black line-up (including several Latinos) in MLB history‚ in 10 - 7 win v Phillies; includes future Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente & Willie Stargell

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente

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1972 American chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer beats Russian champion Boris Spassky 12.5-8.5 in Reykjavik, Iceland; most publicised world title match ever played; Fischer 1st American to win title

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • 1972 Australian swimmer Shane Gould wins the 200m freestyle in world record 2:03.56 at the Munich Olympics; her 3rd gold medal & 3rd world record of the Games
  • 1972 An American sweep of the medals in the women's 200m butterfly at the Munich Olympics; Karen Moe takes gold in world record 2:15.57 ahead of team mates Lynn Colella and Ellie Daniel
  • 1972 Valeriy Borzov of the Soviet Union runs 10.14 to beat American Robert Miller and Lennox Miller of Jamaica in the coveted men's 100m final at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972 Japanese gymnast Sawao Kato wins the parallel bars gold medal at the Munich Olympics, his 3rd gold of the Games including team & individual all-round victories
  • 1972 Welshman Richard Meade representing Great Britain and riding Laurieston grabs the equestrian individual and team 3-day event gold medals at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972 Polish shooter Józef Zapędzki successfully defends his Olympic 25m rapid fire pistol title at the Munich Games with an Olympic record 595 points

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1973 In his first title defence George Foreman retains his WBC & WBA heavyweight crowns when he KOs Jose "King" Roman of Puerto Rico in round 1 in Tokyo, Japan

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 1973 Gloucestershire beats Sussex by 40 runs in the Gillette Cup cricket final at Lord's to win their first major trophy since the Championship in 1877; South African all-rounder Mike Proctor stars with 94 and 2 for 37
  • 1975 NY Mets pitcher Tom Seaver shuts out Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0; first to reach 200 strikeouts for a MLB-record 8th straight season
  • 1977 Tracy Austin at age 14 years, 8 months, 20 days, becomes the youngest female to play in the US Open, beating German Heidi Eisterlehner 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in a 1st round match
  • 1978 Baltimore Orioles pitcher Sammy Stewart fans 7 consecutive batters in his MLB debut, en route to 9-3 win v White Sox
  • 1980 Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope ends in Thunder Bay, Ontario with Fox unable to continue because of illness

  • 1981 Fast bowler Terry Alderman takes his 42nd wicket of the series on the last day of the 5th cricket Test vs England at The Oval; haul remains record by an Australian bowler in England; England wins series 3-1
  • 1981 Mike Brearley's last day as England cricket captain in 6th Test draw v Australia at The Oval; maintains his unbeaten record at home as England's 3-1 series win confirmed

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1984 Willie Totten (Mississippi Valley State) passes for Division I-AA record 536 yards & 9 TDs in 86-0 win v Kentucky State; Jerry Rice catches 17 passes for 294 yards & 5 TDs; breaks own Division I-AA record for total yardage in pass receptions

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • 1984 Middlesex beats Kent off the last ball of the Nat West Trophy cricket final in London; John Emburey hits Kent seamer Richard Ellison to square leg for 4 for the winning runs
  • 1985 Bill Elliott claims a $1 million bonus for winning 3 of the 4 crown jewel races on the NASCAR schedule: the Daytona 500, Winston 500 and Southern 500
  • 1985 Dutch cyclist Joop Zoetemelk becomes the oldest road race elite world champion at 38 years, 8 months, 29 days; beats Greg Lamonde & Marino Argentin in Giavera del Montello

Sport awardTennis Open

1987 15 year old American tennis player Michael Chang becomes youngest man to win a match at the US Open when he beats Australian Paul McNamee in 4 sets in the opening round

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang

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1989 Chris Evert becomes the first player ever to win 100 matches in the US National/Open Tennis Championship by beating Patricia Tarabinia 6-2, 6-4

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1990 Toronto Argonauts beat BC Lions 68-43 at the Skydome in Toronto for the highest combined score (111) in Canadian Football League history
  • 1991 Japanese runner Hiromi Taniguchi wins the marathon in 2:14:57 at the World Athletics Championships in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1993 Goran Ivanišević and Daniel Nestor play a 20–18 tiebreaker in their US Open first round match, eventually won by Ivanišević 6–4, 7–6, 7–6(20–18); longest tiebreak in US Open history

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1994 8-time major winner Ivan Lendl (34) plays his final professional tennis match; forced to retire with back pain trailing Bernd Karbacher of Germany 6-4, 7-6, 1-0 in the 2nd round of the US Open

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • 1996 Vinny Testaverde completes 19 from 33 for 254 yards as the Baltimore Ravens beat Oakland Raiders, 17-14 in their NFL debut at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore
  • 1996 The Carolina Panthers outgun the Atlanta Falcons 29-6 in their first regular season NFL game at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina

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1997 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
  • 1998 American harness trainer/driver Dave Palone wins his 6,000th race, driving Oompa’s Terminator to victory at The Meadows Racetrack in Pennsylvania

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1999 Ex-Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux is approved as new owner of the struggling franchise; Penguins become first club in pro sports history to be owned by a former member of the team

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • 2001 Australian Rugby Union team gives all conquering captain John Eales perfect send off in his final game for the Wallabies with a famous last minute 29-26 win over NZ All Blacks in Sydney
  • 2001 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 record brokenBaseball Record

2001 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

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa

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2004 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
  • 2006 The United States men's basketball team is upset at the World Basketball Championships in Saitama, Japan, as the hot-shooting Greece pulls off a 101-95 semi final victory

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2006 Roger Goodell begins his tenure as NFL Commissioner

Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) Roger Goodell
Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
Roger Goodell
  • 2007 Clay Buchholz becomes first Boston Red Sox rookie to pitch a no-hitter. In just his second MLB appearance; beats Baltimore Orioles 10-0 at Fenway Park
  • 2007 Tyson Gay helps US win the men's 4 x 100m relay at the world track & field championships in Osaka, Japan to join Carl Lewis and Maurice Greene as the only men to win 3 gold medals at one world meet
  • 2007 In one of the biggest upsets in college football history, 109,218 fans see Appalachian State's Corey Lynch block a Jason Gingell 37-yard field goal attempt with 6 seconds remaining to inspire an epic 34-32 win v Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • 2013 Gareth Bale transfers from Tottenham Hotspur FC to Real Madrid for an estimated world record fee of £85.3 million (€100 million)
  • 2015 India scores their first Test cricket series victory in Sri Lanka since 1993 winning 3rd Test in Colombo by 117 runs; Ravichandran Ashwin (4) & Ishant Sharma (3) combine for 7 Sri Lankan 2nd innings wickets
  • 2018 Finnish driver Kimi Räikkönen sets fastest qualifying time of 1:19.119 during Q3 of the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix at Autodrome Nazionale Monza

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1866 James "Gentleman Jim" Corbett, heavyweight champion boxer (1892-97)
  • 1883 Didier Pitre, French Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1934)
  • 1897 Andy Kennedy, Irish footballer (d. 1963)
  • 1904 Ray Flaherty, AFL/NFL/AAFC coach (NY Giants)
  • 1908 Amir Elahi, Pakistani cricketer (d. 1980)
  • 1922 Joe Astroth, East Alton, Illinois, MLB player (Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics), (d. 2013)

Person of interestRocky Marciano

1923 Rocky Marciano, American heavyweight champion boxer (1952-56), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 1969)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • 1937 Al Geiberger, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1966, 1st sub-60), born in Red Bluff, California
  • 1939 Heinrich "Heni" Messner, Austrian downhill skier (Olympic bronze 1968, 1972), born in Obernberg am Brenner, Austria
  • 1943 Pat Connolly-Daniels-Winslow-Banks, US pentathlete (Olympic 7th 1968)
  • 1950 Phillip Fulmer, American football coach
  • 1951 David Bairstow, England cricketer (d. 1998)
  • 1954 Dave Lumley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1957 Duško Ivanović, Montenegrin basketball coach
  • 1959 Keith Allen Clearwater, American PGA golfer (1987 Colonial Natl), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1959 Kenny Mayne, American sports journalist
  • 1962 Ruud Gullit, Suriname/Dutch soccer star (Feyenoord, PSV, AC Milan)
  • 1962 Tony Cascarino, Irish footballer
  • 1963 David Zhuang, China, US table tennis player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1964 Brian Bellows, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1965 Aldo Swager, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1965 Hardy Nickerson, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1966 Stephane Talbot, Canadian golfer (1992 Quebec PGA), born in Greenfield Park, Quebec
  • 1966 Tim Hardaway, NBA guard (Miami Heat)
  • 1968 Michelle Buckingham, Canadian 61 kg judoka (Olymp-20-92, 96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Florence Descampe, LPGA golfer (1992 McCall), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1969 Henning Berg, Norwegian footballer
  • 1970 Barbara Paulus, Austrian tennis star, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1970 Flora Perfetti, Faenza Italy, tennis star
  • 1970 Jodi Lambert, Australian 100m/200m sprinter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Gabe Wilkins, NFL defensive end (GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1971 Moses Kiptanui, Kenyan 3K runner (world record)
  • 1971 Hakan Şükür, Turkish footballer
  • 1972 Josh Davis, American 800m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1972 Louise Dobson, Shepparton Aust, field hockey fullback (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Matt O'Dwyer, American NFL guard (NY Jets), born in Lincolnshire, Illinois
  • 1973 Gillian Boxx, softball catcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Fontana, California
  • 1973 Trent Bray, New Zealand 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Zach Thomas, American football player
  • 1974 Jason Taylor, American football player
  • 1975 Cuttino Mobley, American basketball player
  • 1976 Sebastián Rozental, Chilean footballer
  • 1976 Marcos Ambrose, Australian racing driver
  • 1976 Erik Morales, Mexican boxer
  • 1976 Clare Connor, England Woman cricketer
  • 1977 Raffaele Giammaria, Italian racing driver
  • 1977 Aaron Schobel, American football player
  • 1977 David Albelda, Spanish footballer
  • 1978 Max Vieri, Australian soccer player
  • 1979 James O'Connor, Irish footballer
  • 1980 Sammy Adjei, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1980 Chris Riggott, English footballer
  • 1981 Clinton Portis, American football player
  • 1981 Adam Quick, Australian basketball player
  • 1982 Paul Dumbrell, Australian racing driver
  • 1982 Ryan Gomes, American basketball player
  • 1982 Jeffrey Buttle, Canadian figure skater
  • 1983 José Antonio Reyes, Spanish footballer
  • 1984 Nick Noble, American soccer player
  • 1986 Gaël Monfils, French tennis player
  • 1986 Anthony Allen, English rugby union player
  • 1988 Gabriel Ferrari, American soccer player
  • 1988 Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladeshi cricketer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1941 Benjamin Dwight, US tennis championship umpire, dies
  • 1983 Lennox Brown, cricket leg spinner (3 wickets at 63 for South Africa), dies
  • 1985 Stefan Bellof, German race car driver (b. 1957)
  • 1985 Jay Youngblood, American wrestler (b. 1955)
  • 1989 A Bartlett Giamatti, American President of Yale University and baseball commissioner, dies of heart attack at 51
  • 1994 Wallis Mathias, cricketer (scored 783 in 21 Tests for Pakistan), dies
  • 1998 Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (1956 Vardon Trophy, 1955 Byron Nelson Award), dies at 77
  • 2001 Brian Moore British sports commentator (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Viliam Schrojf, Slovak footballer, dies at 76
  • 2010 Wakanohana Kanji I, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 45th Yokozuna (b. 1928)

Person of interestTommy Morrison

2013 Tommy Morrison, American heavyweight boxing champion and actor, dies from multiple organ failure at 44

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison