On This Day in Sport for September 15

Events in Sport

  • 1870 British Open Golf, Prestwick GC: Tom Morris, Jr. wins third straight title; again beats Bob Kirk, this time by 12 strokes
  • 1879 Pim Mulier forms "Haarlem Football Club"
  • 1899 US Open Men's Golf, Baltimore CC: Willie Smith wins by a comfortable 11 strokes from Scotsmen George Low & Val Fitzjohn and Bert Way of England
  • 1912 Red Sox pitcher Joe Wood ties then record of 16 straight wins
  • 1922 Catcher Butch Henline is 1st NLer to hit 3 HRs in a game since 1897
  • 1923 US Men's National Tennis Championship, Germantown Cricket Club, Philadelphia: Bill Tilden wins 4th straight US title; beats Bill Johnston 6-4, 6-1, 6-4
  • 1928 Cards set NL record of 18 men left on base beating Phillies 8-6
  • 1928 Alfred "Tich" Freeman becomes the only bowler to take 300 wickets in an English cricket season.
  • 1940 3rd American Football League plays 1st game (Milw 14, Columbus 2)
  • 1940 Chicago Tribune sponsors Ted Lyons Day (White Sox pitcher)
  • 1946 Dodgers beat Cubs 2-0 in 5 inns, games called because of gnats
  • 1950 For a record 6th time, NY Yankee Johnny Mize hits 3 HRs in one game
  • 1952 Braves last game in Boston's Braves Field before move to Milwaukee
  • 1953 Boxing's NBA adopts 10-pt-must-scoring-system (10 pts to round winner)
  • 1957 SF Seals (Pacific Coast League) play their last game

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1960 Maurice Richard announces his retirement. He finishes his career with 544 goals, an NHL record at the time.

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1961 61st US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus aged 21

  • 1962 Australia's 1st entry in America's Cup yacht race (US wins)
  • 1969 Cards Steve Carlton sets record by striking out 19 NY Mets in a game
  • 1975 1st College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 17-3 in Foxborough
  • 1977 Orioles forfeit to Blue Jays when mgr Earl Weaver pulls team off field in 5th citing hazardous condition (small tarpaulin on bullpen mound)
  • 1978 Dodgers become 1st major league team to draw 3 million fans

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1978 Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
  • 1979 Red Sox Bob Watson is 1st to hit for cycle in AL & NL (Astros)
  • 1985 Ryder Cup Golf, The Belfry: Europe beats US, 16½-11½; sole US loss in 50 years; Sam Torrance clinches for Europe beating Andy North, 1 up
  • 1985 Yanks trade Jim Deshaies to Astros for 40-year-old Joe Niekro
  • 1988 Lillehammer, Norway, upsets Anchorage to host 1994 Winter olympics
  • 1988 Test Cricket debut of Ian Healy, vs Pakistan at Karachi
  • 1990 Chicago White Sox Bobby Thigpen is 1st to record 50 saves
  • 1991 SD State freshman Marshall Faulk sets NCAA rushing record of 386 yds
  • 1991 US women's gymnastics team win 1st World Championships medal (silver)
  • 1995 Cards shortstop Ozzie Smith sets record of 1,554 double plays
  • 1996 2nd Presidents Golf Cup: US beats Intl team 16½-15½ at Robert Jones Va
  • 1996 Karrie Webb wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Texas Rangers retire their 1st number, Nolan Ryan's #34

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 2000 27th Olympic Games opens at Sydney, Australia
  • 2002 Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon begins NFL record-tying (Kurt Warner, Steve Young) streak of 6 consecutive 300-yard passing games, throwing for 403 yards in Raiders' 30-17 victory at Pittsburgh
  • 2004 NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces a lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.
  • 2018 Russian boxer Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) loses his first pro fight in record 20th title defence as well as undisputed world middleweight crown when outpointed by Mexican Canelo Álvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) in Las Vegas

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1888 Antonio Ascari, Italian racing driver (d. 1925)
  • 1895 Charles "Chic" Harley, American football player (d. 1974)
  • 1911 Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-born American golf entrepreneur (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Dave Garcia, MLB manager (California Angels, Cleveland Indians), born in San Diego, California (d. 2018)
  • 1922 Bob Anderson, English Olympic Fencer, renowned film fight choreographer (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings) (d.2012)

Person of interestAshley Cooper

1936 Ashley Cooper, Australian tennis player (4-time Grand Slam winer), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • 1937 Cynthia Anzolut, LPGA golfer, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1938 Gaylord Perry, baseball player (1972 AL Cy Young winner)
  • 1938 Rafael H Osuna, tennis champ (US Open - 1963)
  • 1940 Frank Linzy, American baseball player, born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
  • 1940 Merlin Olsen, UT, NFL tackle (Rams)/sportscaster/actor (Father Murphy)
  • 1941 Flórián Albert, Hungarian footballer
  • 1946 Fighting Mack, [Edwin Alberto], Antillian welterweight boxer
  • 1948 Suzyn Waldman, American Sportscaster
  • 1951 Johan Neeskens, Dutch footballer
  • 1953 Bruce Heuchan, Kingston Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Alberta-7th)
  • 1953 Jerry Page, golfer (largest PGA victory margin)
  • 1957 Fulton Peter Allem, Kroonstad South Africa, PGA golfer (1993 SW Bell)

Person of interestDan Marino

1961 Dan Marino, American College, Pro Football Halls of Fame quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 9-time Pro Bowl), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • 1962 Aubrey Matthews, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 1962 Earnest Byner, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1962 Patricia "Patty" Shea, Belmont NY, field hockey goalie (Olympics 1996)
  • 1964 Andrew Landenberger, Australian tornado sailor (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1965 Rob Whitlock, Australian golfer, born in Newcastle, NSW
  • 1966 Sherman Douglas, NBA guard (NJ Nets)
  • 1967 Dexter Carter, NFL running back (SF 49ers)
  • 1968 Michael Puschacher, hockey goalie (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1968 Rich Robertson, Nacogdoches TX, pitcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • 1970 Danny Ellis, golfer (All-American-1990, 92, 93), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1971 Chad Bratzke, NFL defensive end (NY Giants)
  • 1971 Myron Bell, NFL safety (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1971 Wayne Ferreira, tennis star (Munich 1995), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1971 Will Shields, NFL guard (KC Chiefs)
  • 1975 Tom Dolan, American 400m freestyle/200m/400m medley swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1975 Tsutsumi Otomo, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)
  • 1976 Matt Thornton, American baseball player
  • 1977 Jason Terry, American basketball player
  • 1978 Eiður Guðjohnsen, Icelandic footballer
  • 1979 Carlos Ruiz, Guatemalan soccer player
  • 1979 Patrick Marleau, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 David Diehl, American football player
  • 1980 Mike Dunleavy, Jr., American basketball player
  • 1983 Luke Hochevar, American baseball player
  • 1987 Aly Cissokho, French football (soccer) player

Weddings in Sport

  • 1949 Figure skater and actress Sonja Henie (36) weds Winthrop Gardner Jr

HeartWedding of Interest

1981 Professional boxer George Foreman (32) weds Sharon Goodson

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

HeartWedding of Interest

1991 NBA star Magic Johnson marries Earletha "Cookie" Kelly

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson

Deaths in Sport

  • 1942 Joe Travers, cricketer (Australian SLA, in only Test innings), dies
  • 1964 Robert Dower, cricketer (Test for South Africa), dies
  • 1984 Jack Ikin, English cricketer (England opener 1946-55), dies at 66
  • 1989 Harry Cave, New Zealand cricketer (New Zealand captain 1955-56), dies at 66
  • 2007 Colin Steele McRae, British rally driver, dies following a helicopter crash at 39