On This Day in Sport for September 10

Events in Sport

  • 1875 British Open Golf, Prestwick GC: Willie Park Sr. wins his 4th title; beats fellow Scot Bob Martin by 2 strokes
  • 1902 Utrecht soccer team UVV forms
  • 1918 Players on both sides threaten to strike the World Series unless they are guaranteed $2,500 to the winners & $1,000 each for the losers
  • 1924 Giants rip Braves 22-1, Frisch goes 6-for-6 before grounding out
  • 1927 22nd Davis Cup: France beats USA in Philadelphia (3-2)
  • 1931 51st U.S. Men's National Championship: Ellsworth Vines beats George Lott (7-9, 6-3, 9-7, 7-5)
  • 1932 Dodgers' Johnny Frederick hits record 6th pinch-hit HR of the season
  • 1933 53rd U.S. Men's National Championship: Fred Perry beats Jack Crawford (6-3, 11-13, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1)
  • 1937 2nd American Football League plays 1st game (LA 21, Pittsburgh 0)
  • 1937 Cleveland (Los Angeles) Rams plays their 1st NFL game, lose 28-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 Bradman scores 153 in his last 1st-class cricket innings in England

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950 Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st to hit 3 HR in a game at Griffith Stadium

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1954 Attempting to handle Hoyt Wilhelm's knuckleball catcher, Ray Katt of Giants sets a major league record with 4 passed balls
  • 1960 Abebe Bikila runs Olympic/World record marathon (2:15:16.2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 643' HR over right field roof in Detroit

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1960 Fencer Aladár Gerevich is part of the gold medal winning Hungarian sabre team at the Rome Olympics; Gerevich's 6th consecutive gold medal in the event

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 Future Hall of Famer Jerry Lucas scores 23 points as the US wins its 5th straight men's basketball Olympic gold medal with a 90-63 drubbing of Brazil at the Rome Games

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • 1960 Yugoslavia dominates Denmark 3-1 to win the men's football gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • 1960 The gymnastics competition at the Rome Olympics concludes with the Soviet Union taking 10 of the 15 gold medals; Soviet gymnasts Boris Shakhlin & Larisa Latynina win 3 gold medals apiece
  • 1961 Mickey Mantle becomes 7th to hit HR # 400
  • 1961 Italian Grand Prix, a crash causes the death of German driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators hit by his Ferrari

Sport awardTennis Open

1961 81st U.S. Men's National Championship: Roy Emerson beats Rod Laver (7-5, 6-3, 6-2)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Sport awardTennis Open

1961 75th U.S. Women's National Championship: Darlene Hard beats Ann Jones (6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • 1961 American Ferrari driver Phil Hill wins Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch World Championship of Drivers title; first American F1 world champion

Sport awardTennis Open

1962 82nd U.S. Men's National Championship: Rod Laver completes his first Grand Slam defeating Roy Emerson (6-2, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • 1962 76th U.S. Women's National Championship: Margaret Court beats Darlene Hard (9-7, 6-4)
  • 1963 Phillies beat Houston Colt .45s, 16-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Stan Musial hits a HR in his 1st at bat as a grandfather

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1965 Phillies 10,000th game to a decision since 1900, Phils beat Cards

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1966 Muhammad Ali TKOs Karl Mildenberger in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1967 Chicago White Sox Joel Horlen no-hits Det Tigers, 6-0
  • 1967 87th U.S. Men's National Championship: John Newcombe beats Clark Graebner (6-4, 6-4, 8-6)

Sport awardTennis Open

1967 81st U.S. Women's National Championship: Billie Jean King beats Ann Jones (11-9, 6-4)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1969 NY Mets sweep Montreal Expos putting them in 1st place for 1st time
  • 1972 20th Olympic games close at Munich, German FR
  • 1972 Emerson Fittipaldi is youngest to win an auto race World Championship
  • 1972 US Men's olympic basketball team's 1st loss, 51-50 to USSR (disputed)

Sport awardTennis Open

1972 US Open Men's Tennis: Ilie Năstase of Romania beats Arthur Ashe 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 for his first Grand Slam title

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1972 American men's 4 x 100m relay team of Larry Black, Robert Taylor, Gerald Tinker & Eddie Hart combine for a world record 38.19 to beat the Soviet Union for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972 American long distance runner Frank Shorter scores a famous win in the men's marathon in 2:12:19.8 at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972 East v West in a women's 4 x 100m relay at the Munich Olympics; West Germany beats East Germany by 0.13 seconds for the gold medal

  • 1972 American freestyle wrestler Dan Gable wins the 68kg division gold medal at the Munich Olympics; only Olympic wrestler not to have a single point scored against him in the competition
  • 1972 Yugoslavia beats Czechoslovakia, 21-16 in the inaugural Olympic handball final in Munich
  • 1972 An American double in the inaugural Olympic archery competition in Munich; John Williams wins the men's individual gold medal; Doreen Wilber takes the women's gold
  • 1972 Cuban boxer Teófilo Stevenson wins first of 3 consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medals when Munich Games opponent Ion Alexe of Romania withdraws from the final because of a broken thumb
  • 1972 Kazimierz Deyna scores twice as Poland beats Hungary 2-1 in the Olympic football gold medal match; 80,000 at the Munich Olympic Stadium
  • 1972 West Germany beats Pakistan 1-0 to become first European nation since 1920 to win the field hockey Olympic title; marred by disgraceful behaviour of Pakistani players, fans & officials after losing the Munich final
  • 1973 Muhammad Ali defeats Ken Norton
  • 1973 NY Jets trade pro footballs leading receiver Don Maynard to St Louis
  • 1974 Lou Brock ties (104) & then sets (105) baseball stolen base mark
  • 1974 Teuvo Louhivouri sets cycling distance record of 515.8 mi in 24 hrs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Darryl Sittler is named captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • 1977 Blue Jays beat Yankees 19-3 with 20 hits
  • 1977 Christa Vahlensieck runs female world record marathon (2:34:47.5)

Sport awardTennis Open

1977 US Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert wins her 3rd straight US title; beats Wendy Turnbull of Australia 7-6, 6-2

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1978 4th game of Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 7-4. This ties them for 1st place. Yanks out hit 'em 67-21; score 42-9

Sport awardTennis Open

1978 US Open Men's Tennis: Jimmy Connors beats Björn Borg 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to become the 1st player to win the US Open on 3 different surfaces

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1978 The single point American Lotus driver Mario Andretti earns for finishing 6th at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza is enough to clinch his first World Formula 1 Drivers title

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1983 Larry Holmes TKOs Scott Frank in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sport awardTennis Open

1983 US Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-1, 6-3 for her first US singles title

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardTennis Open

1988 US Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf of Germany wins her first US title and completes the Grand Slam; beats Gabriela Sabatini 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Five days after hitting a HR for Yankees in a 12-2 win over the Mariners, MLB and NFL player Deion Sanders returns a punt 68 yards for a touchdown, his first

NFL Legend Deion Sanders
NFL Legend
Deion Sanders
  • 1989 Browns allow Pittsburgh only 53 net yards, a team defensive record
  • 1989 Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins LPGA Cellular One-Ping Golf Championship

Sport awardTennis Open

1989 US Open Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany wins his only US title; beats Ivan Lendl 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • 1989 Indianapolis running back Eric Dickerson rushes for 106 yards against San Francisco to become the fastest player to top the 10,000 yard plateau; 91st career game
  • 1990 1st time since 1966 that all 8 grand slam tennis champs are different
  • 1990 1st time in NY Yankee history they are completely swept season series, Oakland A's beat them 12 games to 0
  • 1991 Yolanda Gail Devers runs US female record 100m hurdles (12.48 secs)
  • 1992 Bud Selig becomes interm commissioner of baseball
  • 1994 US Open Women's Tennis: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain wins her only US singles title; beats Steffi Graf 1-6, 7-6, 6-4
  • 1995 35th Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland beats US, 14-10
  • 1995 Alison Nicholas wins PING-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship
  • 1995 Cleveland's major league sports franchises, NFL Browns & MLB Indians, play simultaneous regular season games in Cleveland for only time, both win; Browns 22-6 v Tampa, Indians 5-3 v Orioles

Sport awardTennis Open

1995 US Open Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras wins his 3rd US title; beats fellow American Andre Agassi 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1997 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
  • 2000 US Open Men's Tennis: Marat Safin of Russia wins his first Grand Slam title; beats Pete Sampras 6-4, 6-3, 6-3

Sport awardTennis Open

2005 125th US Open Women's Tennis: Belgian Kim Clijsters wins her first of 4 Grand Slam titles; beats Mary Pierce 6-3, 6-1

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • 2006 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins 3rd straight US title; beats Andy Roddick 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

Sport awardTennis Open

2012 US Open Men's Tennis: Andy Murray of Scotland wins his first Grand Slam event; beats defending champion Novak Đoković 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2016 US Open Women's Tennis: Angelique Kerber beats Karolína Plíšková 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to become first German player to win the event since Steffi Graf in 1996

Sport awardTennis Open

2017 US Open Men's Tennis: Spain's Rafael Nadal wins his 3rd US title; beats Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-3, 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Australian newspaper the "Herald Sun" criticized for "racist" cartoon of Serena Williams

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1872 Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji, India, cricketer/politician
  • 1924 Ted Kluszewski, American baseball 1st baseman (4-time MLB All Star), born in Argo, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • 1925 Roy James Brown, American boxer and soul singer (Good Rockin' Tonight), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1981)

Person of interestArnold Palmer

1929 Arnold Palmer, American golfer (7 major titles including US Masters 1958, 60, 62, 64), born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)

Person of interestRoger Maris

1934 Roger Maris, American baseball right fielder (7-time MLB All Star, 61 HRs 1961), born in Hibbing, Minnesota (d. 1985)

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1937 Alun Edward Islwyn Pask, rugby International
  • 1946 James R Hines, American athlete, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Dumas, Arkansas

Person of interestLarry Nelson

1947 Larry Nelson, American golfer (US Open 1983; PGA C'ship 1981, 87), born in Fort Payne, Alabama

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • 1948 Bob Lanier, NBA center (Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1948 Bob Lanier, American basketball player
  • 1948 Charlie Waters, American football player
  • 1954 Martha Nause, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1994), born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  • 1955 Charlotte Lewis, basketball player (Olympic silver 1976), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Esteban Toledo, Mexican professional golfer, born in Mexicali, Mexico
  • 1964 Karl Wilson, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1964 Peter Vogler, Australian baseball outfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1964 Tim Harris, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
  • 1965 Brian Washington, NFL safety (KC Chiefs)
  • 1966 Joe Nieuwendyk, NHL forward (Dallas Stars, Team Canada 1998)
  • 1966 Kimble Anders, NFL fullback (KC Chiefs)
  • 1966 Ted Popson, NFL tight end (SF 49ers)
  • 1968 Yvo Joordens, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1969 Bob Spitulski, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1969 Matt Geiger, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1970 Julie Halard, Versailles France, tennis star (1995 Prague)
  • 1970 Robert Green, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Brandon Harrison, NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Brian Earley, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Fresno, California
  • 1971 Chris Oeding, water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1973 Ghada Shouaa, Syria, heptatlete (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1973 Ferdinand Coly, Senegalese footballer
  • 1974 Ben Wallace, NBA forward (Wash Wizards)
  • 1974 Sandra Cacic, tennis star, born in Joliet, Illinois

Person of interestDan O'Toole

1975 Dan O'Toole, Canadian sports anchor (TSN, Fox Sports 1), born in Peterborough, Ontario

Sports Anchor Dan O'Toole
Sports Anchor
Dan O'Toole
  • 1976 Gregory Robert Henderson, 4k pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1980 Timothy Goebel, figure skater (1996 National Jr champ), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1988 Jordan Staal, Canadian ice hockey player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1961 Baseball player Ted Williams marries model Lee Howard (divorced 1967)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Deaths in Sport

  • 1905 Pete Browning, American baseball player (b. 1861)
  • 1924 Walter Lees, cricketer (26 wkts on 5 Tests Eng v SA 1905-06), dies
  • 1930 G A Faulkner, cricketer (South African googly all-rounder), commits suicide
  • 1961 Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver, dies at 33
  • 1966 James Langridge, cricketer (242 runs & 19 wkts for England), dies

Person of interestCy Denneny

1970 Cy Denneny, Canadian ice hockey hall of famer (Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins) dies at 78

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • 1972 Sidney Pegler, South African cricket leg spinner (16 Tests), dies at 84
  • 1978 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish race car driver (b. 1944)
  • 1985 Jock Stein, Scottish footballer and manager, dies at 62
  • 1989 Jeff Stollmeyer, Trinidad and Tobago cricketer (32 Tests for WI), murdered at 68
  • 1991 Jack Crawford, Australian tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), dies at 83
  • 1995 Molly Hide, English cricketer who captained England for 17 years, dies at 81
  • 2006 Patty Berg, American golfer (b. 1918)