On This Day

On This Day in Sport for September 14

Events in Sport

  • 1865 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Scotsman Andrew Strath wins his first title; beats 2-time champion Willie Park Sr. by 2 strokes
  • 1868 Golf's 1st recorded hole-in-one by Tom Morris at Prestwick's 8th hole, Scotland
  • 1913 Cubs Larry Cheney hurls record 14-hit shutout against Giants (7-0)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1923 In his 4th heavyweight boxing title defence Jack Dempsey recovers after being sent through the ropes to KO Argentine challenger Luis Firpo in the 2nd round at the Polo Grounds, NYC

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1923 Red Sox 1st baseman George Burns pulls off an unassisted triple play

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1924 Walter Johnson selected as the American League MVP

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1929 A's clinch AL pennant with a 5-0 win over White Sox
  • 1929 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills NY: Bill Tilden wins 7th US title; beats Francis Hunter 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
  • 1930 Detroit Lions (as Portsmouth Spartans) play 1st NFL game, win 13-6
  • 1936 Pittsburgh Pirates' future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Paul Waner ties Rogers Hornsby's NL record of 200 MLB hits for 7th time
  • 1942 Yanks clinch pennant #13
  • 1943 Yanks clinch pennant #14
  • 1947 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Jack Kramer wins second straight US title; beats fellow American Frank Parker 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0, 6-3
  • 1947 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Louise Brough beats Margaret Osborne duPoint 8-6, 4-6, 6-1 for her only US singles title
  • 1953 Yanks clinch 5th straight pennant with 8-5 win over Indians

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1954 Giants' Willie Mays gets 82nd extra-base hit, breaks Mel Ott's record

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 Yankees win 24th pennant, & 9th under Casey Stengel

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1968 Jimmy Ellis beats Floyd Patterson in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Detroit Tigers' Denny McLain's 30th victory of season

MLB Pitcher Denny McLain
MLB Pitcher
Denny McLain
  • 1971 Cleveland Indians & Washington Senators, play 20 innings
  • 1978 Braves' Jim Bouton, 38, beats Giants, his 1st win since 1970
  • 1980 Dwight Clark begins NFL streak of 105 consecutive game receptions
  • 1982 Trevor Baxter sets skateboard high jump record of 5' 5.7"
  • 1986 Saskatchewan & Hamilton play 1st CFL regular-season overtime game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Cal Ripken's streak of 8,243 consecutive innings (908 games) is broken

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • 1987 Toronto Blue Jays hit a record 10 HRs vs Baltimore Orioles

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1987 US Open Men's Tennis: Czech star Ivan Lendl wins 3rd straight US title; beats Sweden's Mats Wilander 6-7, 6-0, 7-6, 6-4

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
  • 1989 Calgary Flames become 1st NHL team to play in USSR, win 4-2
  • 1989 Jeff Reardon is 1st to record 30 saves in 5 consecutive seasons
  • 1991 San Diego State freshman running back Marshall Faulk rushes for NCAA record 386 yards and scores 7 touchdowns as the Aztecs beat Pacific, 55-34
  • 1994 MLB team owners vote to cancel remainder of 1994 season, as well as the World Series for only the second time in history, continuing labor dispute with Players Association

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1996 As' Mark McGwire is 13th player to hit 50-HRs in a season

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1996 England Test cricket fast bowler Dean Headley equals WR by taking his 3rd hat-trick of the English County season for Kent v Hampshire at Canterbury
  • 1996 NY Met Todd Huntley sets record of 41 HRs by a catcher
  • 2003 Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis sets the NFL single-game rushing record when he runs for 295 yards and 2 touchdowns on 30 carries in the Ravens 33-13 victory over Cleveland
  • 2003 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Barsebäck G & CC: Europe regains Cup; after Catriona Matthew beat Rosie Jones 3 & 1 to clinch, amid controversy 4 of 5 remaining matches are conceded for final score of 17½-10½
  • 2008 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Madrid, Spain: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to give Russia its 4th title in 5 years (ends, 4-0)

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

2009 US Open Men's Tennis: Juan Martín del Potro of Argentina wins his first Grand Slam title; beats defending champion Roger Federer 3-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: 19 year old South Korean Kim Hyo-joo wins by 1 stroke ahead of Australian runner-up Karrie Webb

Golfer Karrie Webb
Karrie Webb
  • 2019 Former Welsh rugby union and league player Gareth Thomas reveals he is HIV positive

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1869 Kid Nichols, American baseball player, born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1953)
  • 1880 Archie Hahn, American sprinter, born in Dodgeville, Wisconsin (d. 1955)
  • 1887 Stanley Ketchel [The Michigan Assassin], Polish-American heavyweight boxing champion (1908-10), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1910)
  • 1918 Georges Berger, Belgian racing driver, born in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, Brussels, Belgium (d. 1967)
  • 1920 Bud Palmer, American basketball player (NY Knicks) and sportscaster, born in Hollywood, California (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Jerry Coleman, American MLB 2nd baseman, born in San Jose, California (d. 2014)
  • 1932 Harry Sinden, Canadian NHL player and coach (Team Canada), born in Weston, Ontario, Canada
  • 1932 Joshua Culbreath, American 400m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1956), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • 1936 Stan Williams, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1960²; World Series 1959, 1990 [coach: Cincinnati Reds]; NY Yankees, LA Dodgers), born in Enfield, New Hampshire (d. 2021)
  • 1940 Larry Brown, American NBA player and coach (NY Knicks), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 Martin Tyler, British sports broadcaster, born in Chester, England
  • 1947 Wolfgang Schwartz, Austrian figure skater (Olympic gold 1968), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1950 Masami Kuwashima, Japanese race car driver, born in Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan
  • 1952 Margit Schumann, German luger (Olympic gold 1976), born in Waltershausen, Bezirk Erfurt, East Germany
  • 1953 Judy Playfair, Australian swimmer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1956 Ray Wilkins, English former footballer and captain of the National Soccer Team, born in Hillingdon, England (d. 2018)
  • 1957 Jerry Don Gleaton, American baseball player, born in Brownwood, Texas
  • 1957 Tim Wallach, American MLB player (Montreal Expos 1980-1992), born in Huntington Park, California
  • 1957 Kepler Wessels, South African cricketer who played for both Australia and South Africa, born in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province, South Africa
  • 1963 Antonia Real, Spanish 400m freestyle (Olympic-1976), born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • 1963 Jaromir Dragan, Slovak ice hockey goalie (1992 Winter Olympics Bronze), born in Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia
  • 1964 Kurt Gouveia, American NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1965 Troy Neel, American baseball player, born in Freeport, Texas
  • 1968 Ginger Helgeson-Nielson, American tennis star, born in St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • 1968 Pete Chilcutt, American NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • 1970 Francesco Casagrande, Italian road racing cyclist, born in Florence, Italy
  • 1971 Jonathan "Adam" Holland, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Mario Henry, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972 David Bell, American baseball infielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1972 Donnell Bennett, American NFL fullback (KC Chiefs), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1973 Terrell Fletcher, American NFL running back (San Diego Chargers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1973 Linvoy Primus, English footballer (Charlton Athletic, Barnet), born in Forest Gate, England
  • 1974 Hicham El Guerrouj, Moroccan athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m, 5k 2004), born in Berkane, Morocco
  • 1976 Agustín Calleri, Argentine tennis player, born in Río Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1978 Ben Cohen, English rugby union footballer, born in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
  • 1979 Jesse Marunde, American Strongman athlete (d. 2007)
  • 1983 Frostee Rucker, American NFL defensive end, born in Tustin, California
  • 1985 Delmon Young, American baseball player, born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1986 Alan Sheehan, Irish footballer (Luton Town), born in Athlone, Ireland
  • 1988 Martin Fourcade, French biathlete (5 Olympic gold 2014, 18), born in Perpignan, France
  • 1989 Tony Finau, American golfer (Ryder Cup 2018; British Open 2019 3rd), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1989 Jimmy Butler, American NBA player (Chicago Bulls), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1990 Douglas Costa, Brazilian footballer (Juventus), born in Sapucaia do Sul, Brazil

Weddings in Sport

  • 1984 Figure skater Marina Klimova (18) weds her partner Sergei Ponomarenko (23)

LoveWedding of Interest

2013 NBA player LeBron James (28) weds longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson at the Capella Chapel in San Diego, California

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James

Deaths in Sport

  • 1965 J. W. Hearne, English cricketer (806 runs in 24 Tests for England), dies at 74
  • 1971 Bill Copson, cricketer (England pace bowler before & after WW2), dies
  • 1989 Eddie McLeod, New Zealand cricketer (one Test for NZ), dies at 88
  • 1992 S A Banerjee, cricketer (1 Test for India 1948, no runs, 5 wkts), dies
  • 2002 Jim Barnes, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), dies of a stroke at 61
  • 2009 Darren Sutherland, Irish boxer (b. 1982)
  • 2013 Rock Casares, American football player, dies at 82
  • 2019 John Ralston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker, coach and executive (Cal, Stanford, Denver Broncos), dies at 92
  • 2020 André Guesdon, French soccer defender (Monaco, Nice) and manager (Viry-Châtillon, Angers, Brest), dies at 71