On This Day in Sport for September 11

Events in Sport

  • 1862 British Open Golf, Prestwick GC: Tom Morris Sr retains his title; beats Willie Park Sr. by 3 strokes
  • 1886 Mayflower (US) beats Galatea (England) in 7th America's Cup
  • 1890 British Open Golf, Prestwick GC: John Ball becomes first Englishman and first amateur to win the Open; beats Willie Fernie and Archie Simpson by 3 strokes
  • 1895 FA Cup stolen in Birmingham
  • 1912 Netherland Olympic Committee forms

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1912 Philadelphia A's Eddie Collins steals 6 bases in 1 game

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1918 Boston Red Sox beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 2 in 15th World Series
  • 1923 After a single, Red Sox Howard Ehmke retires next 27 Yanks
  • 1926 21st Davis Cup: USA beats France in Philadelphia (4-1), for their 7th straight championship

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1927 Babe Ruth hits 50th of 60 homers

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1928 Ty Cobb last hitting appearance, pops out against Yankees

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1933 Britain's Fred Perry thwarts Australian Jack Crawford's bid for a Grand Slam by defeating him at US Tennis championship
  • 1933 Antwerps Sportpaleis, the largest indoor arena in Europe opens; renovated 2010-13
  • 1935 US captures Davis Cup for 7th straight year
  • 1936 A's pitcher Horace Lisenbee gives up 26 hits in a game
  • 1937 57th U.S. Men's National Championship: Don Budge beats Gottfried von Cramm (6-1, 7-9, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1)

  • 1937 51st U.S. Women's National Championship: Anita Lizana beats Jadwiga Jedrzejowska (6-4, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

1955 75th U.S. Men's National Championship: Tony Trabert beats Ken Rosewall (9-7, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • 1955 69th U.S. Women's National Championship: Doris Hart beats Patricia Ward Hales (6-4, 6-2)
  • 1955 Juan Manuel Fango in a Mercedes wins season ending Italian Grand Prix at Monza to take his third FIA World Championship of Drivers title by 17 points from Englishman Stirling Moss
  • 1956 Cincinnati Red Frank Robinson ties rookie record with his 38th HR

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1956 Yanks Yogi Berra ties career record for HRs (236) by a catcher

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 1959 Elroy Face's 22 game win streak ends as Dodgers beat Pirates 5-4
  • 1959 Oriole Jerry Walker pitches 16 inn beating White Sox 1-0
  • 1960 17th Olympic games close in Rome Italy
  • 1965 Braves 2nd straight one-hitter against the Mets

Sport awardTennis Open

1971 US Open Women's Tennis: In an all-American final Billie Jean King beats doubles partner Rosemary Casals 6-4, 7-6

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Player Rosemary Casals
Tennis Player
Rosemary Casals
  • 1976 Minnie Minoso bats for White Sox after a 12-year hiatus (hitless)

Sport awardTennis Open

1976 US Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert retains her title; routs Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6-3, 6-0

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardTennis Open

1977 US Open Men's Tennis: Guillermo Vilas becomes the only Argentine to win US title; beats Jimmy Connors 2-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-0

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • 1982 US Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert wins her 6th and final US title, beating Hana Mandlíková 6-3, 6-1
  • 1983 Franco Harris becomes 3rd NFL to rush 11,000 yards

Sport awardTennis Open

1983 US Open Men's U.S. Open: Jimmy Connors retains title; beats Ivan Lendl 6-3, 6-7, 7-5, 6-0

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • 1983 Pittsburgh running back Franco Harris runs for 118 yards in Steelers 25-21 win at Green Bay to become the only the third player in NFL history to rush for 11,000 yards
  • 1985 Sri Lanka score their 1st Test Cricket victory, by 149 runs v India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Pete Rose of Cincinnati Reds gets career hit 4,192 off Eric Show of San Diego Padres, eclipsing Ty Cobb's record

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1988 Sports Aid-jogging to feed the world

Sport awardTennis Open

1988 US Open Men's Tennis: Mats Wilander wins his only US title and 7th & final Grand Slam event; beats Ivan Lendl 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in the longest final in event's history

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • 1991 NY Yankees final game at Baltimore Oriole's Memorial Stadium
  • 1991 Atlanta Braves Kent Mercker, Mark Wohlers & Alejandro Pena pitched 1st combined no-hitter in NL, beating San Diego Padres, 1-0

Sport awardTennis Open

1993 US Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf wins 15th Grand Slam singles title, 3rd US title; beats Helena Suková 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1994 Missie McGeorge wins Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship

Sport awardTennis Open

1994 US Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi wins first US title; beats Michael Stich of Germany 6-1, 7-6, 7-5

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 1995 Ohio's Governor Voinovich proclaims "Cleveland Indians Day"

Sport awardTennis Open

1999 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her first Grand Slam title; beats World No. 1 Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-6

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • 2004 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
  • 2005 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer retains title; beats Andre Agassi 6-3, 2-6, 7-6, 6-1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Crooked Stick GC: US regains Cup 15½–12½; Meg Mallon clinches with 3 & 1 victory over Karen Stupples

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
  • 2011 US Open Women's Tennis: Samantha Stosur becomes first Australian to wins a Grand Slam title since 1980; upsets Serena Williams 6-2, 6-3
  • 2014 South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp (and is later found guilty of culpable homicide)

Sport awardTennis Open

2016 US Open Men's Tennis: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland wins his 3rd major title; beats Novak Đoković 6-7, 1-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2018 James Anderson takes his 564th Test wicket to become the most prolific fast bowler in cricket history as England beats India by 118 runs in the 5th Test at The Oval for a 4-1 series victory; Alistair Cook's final Test

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1860 James Allan, New Zealand rugby union player All Black, born in Taieri, Otago, New Zealand (d. 1934)
  • 1892 Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1926 champion), born in Wontergem, East Flanders, Belgium (d. 1980)
  • 1893 W. Douglas Hawkes, British racing driver, born in Barton, England (d. 1974)
  • 1913 Paul "Bear" Bryant, American college football coach (Alabama), born in Moro Bottom, Arkansas (d. 1983)

Person of interestEd Sabol

1916 Ed Sabol, American filmmaker (NFL Films), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2015)

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • 1917 Daniel Wildenstein, French art dealer and racehorse owner, born in Paris (d. 2001)

Person of interestTom Landry

1924 Tom Landry, American NFL player (NY Giants) and coach (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mission, Texas (d. 2000)

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • 1926 Alfred Slote, American children's books author (Love & Tennis, Omega Station), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1926 Eddie Miksis, American baseball player, born in Burlington, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1930 Saleh Selim, Egyptian football player and 10th president of the Egyptian Al-Ahly Sporting Club, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2002)
  • 1932 Peter Anderson, English footballer (Plymouth Argyle), born in Devonport, England
  • 1934 Norma Croker, Australian sprinter, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1944 Everaldo, Brazilian footballer, born in Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • 1945 Franz Beckenbauer, German footballer (Bayern Munich), born in Munich
  • 1949 Marty Liquori, American runner (AAU 3 mile-1979 (13:14.7)), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1949 Roger Uttley, English rugby union player, born in Blackpool, England
  • 1949 Bill Whittington, American race car driver, born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1950 Barry Sheene, British motorcycle racer, born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1957 Jeff Sluman, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1988), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1958 Don Slaught, American catcher (California Angels, NY Yankees), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1959 David Laurence Frost, PGA golfer (1988 Southern Open), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1959 Robert Wrenn, American professional golfer, sportscaster and course designer, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1962 Julio Salinas, Spanish footballer (Barcelona), born in Bilbao, Spain
  • 1963 Bonnie Gadusek, tennis player (French Juniors 1981), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Gerald Wilkins, American NBA guard (Orlando Magic), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1964 Ellis Burks, American baseball outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • 1964 Eric Thomas, American NFL cornerback (Denver Broncos), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1964 Jean-Phil LeMoine, French hockey defenseman (Team France 1998), born in Valence, France
  • 1965 Tony Woods, American NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1966 Richard Harvey, American NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • 1966 Stewart Carr, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1967 Simon Burgess, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Franklin, Tasmania, Australia
  • 1968 Konstantin Shafranov, Kazakhstani hockey forward (Team Kazkhstan 1998), born in Oskemen, Kazakhstan
  • 1969 Tracy Scroggins, American NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Checotah, Oklahoma
  • 1969 Eduardo Perez, American baseball player, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1970 Berry Richter, American hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1970 Dan Hackett, American water polo goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1970 William Joppy, American professional boxer, born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1971 Mack Strong, American NFL fullback (Seattle Seahawks), born in Fort Benning, Georgia
  • 1971 Todd Norman, NFL guard (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1971 Shelton Quarles, American football player, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1972 Kip Simons, American gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Media, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Mark Pope, American NBA forward (Indiana Pacers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1972 Matthew Gilmore, Belgian-Australian cyclist, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1973 Fred Thomas, American NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks), born in Bruce, Mississippi
  • 1974 Lucian Sahetapy, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen), born in Groningen, Netherlands
  • 1975 Juan Cobián, Argentine footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1976 Flora Redoumi, Greek hurdler, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1976 Tomáš Enge, Czech racing driver, born in Liberec, Czech Republic
  • 1977 Matthew Stevens, Welsh snooker player, born in Carmarthen, Wales
  • 1978 Dejan Stanković, Serbian footballer (Serbia National Team captain), born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1978 Ed Reed, American football player (Baltimore Ravens), born in St. Rose, Louisiana
  • 1979 Frank Francisco, Dominican Major League Baseball pitcher, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1979 David Pizarro, Chilean footballer (Roma), born in Valparaíso, Chile
  • 1980 Antônio Pizzonia, Brazilian race car driver, born in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
  • 1980 Mike Comrie, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1981 Andrea Dossena, Italian footballer (Piacenza), born in Lodi, Italy
  • 1983 Jacoby Ellsbury, American baseball player, born in Madras, Oregon
  • 1983 Ike Diogu, Nigerian-American basketball player, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1985 Shaun Livingston, American basketball player, born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1985 Zack Stortini, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada
  • 1986 Chiliboy Ralepelle, South African rugby player, born in Tzaneen, South Africa
  • 1986 Dwayne Jarrett, American football player, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Deaths in Sport

  • 1948 Albert Powell, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898-99), dies
  • 1950 S M H Colah, cricketer (69 runs in India's 1st 2 tests 1932-33), dies
  • 1978 Mike Gazella, American baseball player (NY Yankees), dies at 82
  • 1978 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish F1 driver (b. 1944)
  • 1995 Keith Odor, racing Driver, dies at 33
  • 1999 Gonzalo Rodriguez, Uruguayan auto racing driver (b. 1972)
  • 2001 Garnet Bailey, Canadian hockey player and scout (b. 1948)

Person of interestJohnny Unitas

2002 Johnny Unitas, American football player, dies of a heart attack at 69

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • 2005 Chris Schenkel, American sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), dies at 82
  • 2007 Ian Porterfield, Manager of Armenia National Football Club (b. 1946)
  • 2011 Christian Bakkerud, Danish racing driver (b. 1984)
  • 2011 Ralph Gubbins, English footballer (b. 1932)
  • 2012 Sergio Livingstone, Chilean football player and journalist, dies from natural causes at 92