On This Day in Sport for September 12

Events in Sport

  • 1885 Highest score (35) recorded in any 1st-class soccer match is set
  • 1895 Defender (US) beats Valkyrie III (England) in 10th America's Cup
  • 1895 Annie Londonderry [Annie Kopchovsky] completes the first round-the-world trip by a woman on a bicycle in 15 months and collects her $10,000 prize

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1911 Boston's Cy Young vs Christy Mathewson of Giants, Giants win 9-0

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1914 Yankee shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, 23, becomes youngest manager
  • 1920 7th Olympic games close in Antwerp Belgium
  • 1925 20th Davis Cup: USA beats France in Philadelphia (5-0)
  • 1930 Brooklyn catcher Al Lopez hits major league's last recorded bounce HR
  • 1934 54th U.S. Men's National Championship: Fred Perry beats Wilmer Allison (6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 8-6)
  • 1935 55th U.S. Men's National Championship: Wilmer Allison beats Sidney Wood (6-2, 6-2, 6-3)
  • 1936 56th U.S. Men's National Championship: Fred Perry beats Don Budge (2-6, 6-2, 8-6, 1-6, 10-8)

Sport awardTennis Open

1936 50th U.S. Women's National Championship: Alice Marble beats Helen Jacobs (4-6, 6-3, 6-2)

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant earlier than any other team, defeating Milwaukee Braves 105-49
  • 1954 White Sox win 90th game, 1st time they win this many since 1920
  • 1962 Wash Senator Tom Cheney strikes out record 21 Orioles in 16 inn game
  • 1964 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 4½"

  • 1965 85th U.S. Men's National Championship: Manuel Santana beats Cliff Drysdale (6-2, 7-9, 7-5, 6-1)
  • 1965 79th U.S. Women's National Championship: Margaret Court beats Billie Jean Moffitt (8-6, 7-5)
  • 1966 US Men's National Tennis Championships: In an all-Australian final Fred Stolle beats John Newcombe 4-6, 12-10, 6-3, 6-4

Sport awardTennis Open

1966 80th U.S. Women's National Championship: Maria Bueno beats Nancy Richey (6-3, 6-1)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey

Sport awardTennis Open

1970 US Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court of Australia successfully defends title; beats Rosemary Casals 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

Tennis Player Rosemary Casals
Tennis Player
Rosemary Casals
  • 1971 US Open Men's Tennis: Stan Smith wins first career Grand Slam event; beats Czech star Jan Kodeš 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6
  • 1972 Lord Michael Killanin succeeds Avery Brundage as head of Olympics
  • 1976 Seattle Seahawks play 1st regular-season game (St L 30, Sea 24)

Sport awardTennis Open

1976 US Open Men's Tennis : Jimmy Connors wins his second US title; beats Björn Borg of Sweden 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1979 Indiana Pacers cut Ann Meyers, 1st woman on an NBA club

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1979 Carl Yastrzemski gets his 3,000th hit off NY Yankee Jim Beattie

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • 1981 Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda no-hits Yanks for 8 innings before Rick Cerone & Dave Winfield lead off 9th with back-to-back doubles

Sport awardTennis Open

1981 US Open Women's Tennis: Tracy Austin wins her second US title; beats Martina Navratilova 1-6, 7-6, 7-6

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1982 Gerard Nijboer (2:15:16) & Rosa Mota (2:36:04) win marathon
  • 1982 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic
  • 1982 US Open Men's Tennis: Jimmy Connors wins 4th US title; beats Czech star Ivan Lendl 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
  • 1984 NY Met Dwight Gooden sets rookie strike out record at 251
  • 1988 1st NFL regular-season game played in Phoenix; Cowboys beat Card

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Nolan Ryan's 4-3 victory over Twins is his 312th career win

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Stefan Edberg beats Michael Chang in what is believed to be the longest match in US Open history (5hr 26min)

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

Sport awardTennis Open

1992 US Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles retains her title; beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
  • 1993 Donna Andrews wins Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship

Sport awardTennis Open

1993 US Open Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras wins his second US title; beats Frenchman Cédric Pioline 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Player Cedric Pioline
Tennis Player
Cedric Pioline
  • 1997 NY Met John Olerud hits for the cycle

Sport awardTennis Open

1998 US Open Women's Tennis: Lindsay Davenport wins her first career Grand Slam title; beats defending champion Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-5

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis

Sport awardTennis Open

1999 US Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi wins 2nd and final US title; beats fellow American Todd Martin 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
Tennis Player Todd Martin
Tennis Player
Todd Martin

Sport awardTennis Open

2004 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer of Switzerland wins first US title; beats Australian Lleyton Hewitt 6-0, 7-6, 6-0

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2004 Detroit Lions beat the Chicago Bears 20-16 at Soldier Field to snap their NFL-record 24-game road losing streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 Mark Messier announces on ESPN radio that he will retire from the NHL

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 2010 US Open Women's Tennis: Belgian star Kim Clijsters retains title; beats Vera Zvonareva of Russia 6-2, 6-1 for her 3rd US crown

Sport awardTennis Open

2011 US Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins his first US title; beats Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 2015 US Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Italian final Flavia Pennetta wins her only Grand Slam title; beats Roberta Vinci 7-6, 4-7, 6-2

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1909 Spud Chandler, American baseball player (AL MVP 1943), born in Commerce, Georgia (d. 1990)

Person of interestJesse Owens

1913 Jesse Owens, American athlete (4 Olympic gold 1936), born in Oakville, Alabama (d. 1980)

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1916 Tony Bettenhausen, American race car driver, born in Tinley Park, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • 1922 Wentworth Beaumont, 3rd Viscount Allendale, British peer, Royal Air Force officer and race horse breeder
  • 1925 Stan Lopata, American baseball player, born in Delray, Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Stafford Heginbotham, British toymaker (Tebro Toys) and Football Club Chairman
  • 1934 Glenn Davis, American athlete (Olympic gold 1956,60), born in Wellsburg, West Virginia (d. 2009)
  • 1937 Wes Hall, Barbadian former cricketer and politician, born in Glebe Land, Station Hill, Barbados
  • 1937 George Chuvalo, Canadian boxer, born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1940 Mickey Lolich, American pitcher (Detroit Tiger, won 25 in 1971), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1948 Max Walker, Australian cricket and rules football player, born in Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania, Australia (d. 2016)
  • 1949 Irina Rodnina, Russian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • 1950 Gustav Brunner, Austrian Formula One designer and engineer, born in Graz, Austria
  • 1953 John Williams, American archer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Cranesville, Pennsylvania
  • 1956 Chip Beck, American golfer (runner-up US Open 1986, 89 Masters 1993), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1956 Ricky Rudd, American race car driver, born in Norfolk County, Virginia
  • 1958 Wilfred Benítez, Puerto Rican boxer (world champ at 17y176d), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Cindy Rarick, American LPGA golfer (1991 Northgate Computer), born in Glenwood, Minnesota
  • 1960 Lynn Connelly, LPGA golfer (1988 USX Golf Classic-6th), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1964 Dieter Hecking, German football player and manager, born in Castrop-Rauxel, West Germany
  • 1965 Silke Hörner, German breaststroke swimmer (2 Olympic gold 1988), born in Leipzig, Germany
  • 1965 Vernon Maxwell, American NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1967 Pat Listach, American baseball infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Natchitoches, Louisiana
  • 1969 Ángel Cabrera, Argentine professional golfer, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1969 Shigeki Maruyama, Japanese golfer, born in Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan
  • 1970 Rebecca Joyce, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1971 Terry Dehere, American politician and NBA guard (Sacramento Kings), born in NYC, New York
  • 1973 Darren Campbell, British sprint athlete, born in Moss Side, Manchester, England
  • 1973 Martin Lapointe, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ville St. Pierre, Quebec, Canada
  • 1974 Nuno Valente, Portuguese footballer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1976 Maciej Żurawski, Polish footballer, born in Poznań, Poland
  • 1977 Nathan Bracken, Australian cricketer, born in Penrith, Australia
  • 1977 David Thompson, English footballer, born in Birkenhead, England
  • 1980 Fernando César de Souza, Brazilian footballer, born in Jardinopolis, Brazil
  • 1980 Sean Burroughs, American baseball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1980 Josef Vašíček, Czech ice hockey player, born in Havlíčkův Brod, Czechoslovakia
  • 1980 Yao Ming, Chinese basketball player, born in Shanghai
  • 1981 Jered Guzman, American pairs skater (& Natalie Vlandis), born in Garden Grove, California
  • 1983 Daniel Muir, American football player, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1985 Jack Wilkinson, English footballer (Hartlepool United), born in Beverley, England
  • 1994 Elina Svitolina, Ukrainian tennis player (WTA Finals champion 2018), born in Odessa, Ukraine

Weddings in Sport

  • 2006 NBA basketball star Tracy McGrady (27) weds CleRenda Harris at the sandy beach in Los Cabos, Mexico

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestPeter Mark Roget

1869 Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer (Roget's Thesaurus) and inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard), dies at 90

Lexicographer and Inventor Peter Mark Roget
Lexicographer and Inventor
Peter Mark Roget
  • 1913 Major R B Stewart, cricketer (scored 4 & 9 in S Afr's 1st Test), dies
  • 1917 Eric Lundie, cricketer (WWI Test South Africa v England 1914), dies
  • 1953 Frederick Kuys, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898), dies
  • 1963 Ben Sealey, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1933), dies
  • 1968 Tommy Armour, Scottish-American professional golfer, dies at 71
  • 1979 Denis Smith, cricketer (England left-handed batsman 1935), dies
  • 2009 Jack Kramer, American tennis star (Wimbledon 1947, US Open-1946), dies of cancer at 88
  • 2010 Giulio Zignoli, Italian footballer (b. 1946)
  • 2011 Alexander Galimov, Russian ice hockey player (b. 1985)