On This Day in Sport for September 16

Events in Sport

  • 1864 British Open Golf, Prestwick GC: Tom Morris Sr. wins third title; beats fellow Scot Andrew Strath by 2 strokes
  • 1869 British Open Golf, Prestwick GC: At just 18 years of age, Tom Morris Jr. retains his title; beats fellow Scot Bob Kirk by 11 strokes
  • 1885 Puritan (US) beats Genesta (England) in 6th running of America's Cup
  • 1887 British Open Golf, Prestwick GC: Willie Park Jr wins first of 2 Open titles by 1 stroke from fellow Scot Bob Martin
  • 1892 Amsterdam swimming club renamed "The Y"
  • 1906 Kaarlo Nieminen wins 1st Finnish marathon
  • 1922 US Men's National Tennis Championship, Germantown Cricket Club, Philadelphia: Bill Tilden wins 3rd straight US title; beats Bill Johnston 4-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
  • 1926 St Louis Cards beat Phillies 23-3
  • 1930 Phillies trailing 10-5, score 5 in 9th, then Pirates score 4 in top of 10th, so Phillies score 5 in bottom of 10th to win 15-14
  • 1931 St Louis Cards repeat as NL champions with a 6-3 win over Phillies
  • 1939 NY Yankees clinch their 11th & 4th successive pennant

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940 Leo Durocher suspended from Ebbetts Field for "inciting a riot"

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1950 Cleveland Browns (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, beat Philadelphia 35-10)

Sport awardGolf Major

1951 US Open Women's Golf, Druid Hills GC: Betsy Rawls wins first of her 8 major titles, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Louise Suggs

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1951 US National League umpire Frank Dascoli clears the Dodgers bench, ejecting 15 players
  • 1953 AL approves St Louis Browns move to become Baltimore Orioles

  • 1955 Bauer & Berra homer in 9th beating Red Sox 5-4 taking over 1st

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 Yankee Mickey Mantle pulls a hamstring muscle running out a bunt

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1957 LA City Council approves 300-acre site in Chavez Ravine for Dodgers
  • 1960 Mil Brave Warren Spahn no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 4-0
  • 1962 Brian Kilby wins marathon: (2:23:18.8)
  • 1965 Boston Red Sox Dave Morehead no-hits Cleveland Indians, 2-0
  • 1967 Anni Pede runs female world record marathon (3:07:26)

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1973 Buffalo's O.J. Simpson rushes for a then NFL record 250 yards in Buffalo's 31-13 win at New England

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1975 Pirates beat Cubs 22-0, Rennie Stennett is 3rd to go 7 for 7
  • 1978 Yanks beat Red Sox for 6th time in 2 weeks, 3-2
  • 1979 Ryder Cup Golf, The Greenbrier: US wins, 17-11; new Team Europe replaces Great Britain & Ireland as official opposition to the United States
  • 1987 Calif's Bob Boone catches record 1,919th major league game
  • 1988 Cincinnati Reds Tom Browning pitches a perfect game, beats LA Dodgers, 1-0
  • 1988 Javed Miandad completes 211, his 5th Test Cricket double, v Australia
  • 1993 Minnesota Twins Dave Winfield is 19th to get 3,000 hits

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1995 Greg Maddux of Braves sets record of 17 consecutive road victory

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • 1997 ABL MVP Nikki McCray signs with WNBA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Mark McGwire signs with the St Louis Cardinals for $26M

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2000 Sammy Sosa becomes the second player to hit 50 or more home runs in three consecutive years, joining Mark McGwire

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 2007 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Halmstad GK, Sweden: US retains Cup 16-12; after trailing by a point US dominates singles 8½-3½
  • 2007 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Francesca Schiavonea of Italy 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 to give Russia an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 4-0)
  • 2012 NHL locks out its players after the expiry of the collective bargaining agreement
  • 2017 New Zealand All Blacks rugby union team hands South Africa their biggest test match defeat in history; beat Springboks, 57-0 in Rugby Championship round in Albany, NZ
  • 2018 Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes sets an NFL record of 10 touchdowns in first 2 weeks of a season, torching Pittsburgh’s secondary with 6 TD passes; leads Chiefs to 42-37 victory on the road
  • 2018 Cycling land speed record broken for men and women by Denise Mueller-Korenek riding 183.932 mph (296.010 km/h) Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1883 George Duncan, Scottish golfer (British Open 1920), born in Methlick, Scotland (d. 1964)
  • 1895 Charles W Bidwill Sr, NFL hall of famer (Chicago Cardinals), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1896 Andre Cheron, French chess/bridge theorist
  • 1901 Andree Joly Bunet, French pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32), born in Paris (d. 1993)
  • 1910 Karl Kling, German race car driver (d. 2003)
  • 1920 Franco Pandolfini, Italian water polo (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1932 Mickey Stewart, manager (England Cricket Team)

Person of interestElgin Baylor

1934 Elgin Baylor, NBA star (1958-59 Rookie of Year-Lakers), born in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
  • 1937 Aleksandr Medved, USSR, super heavyweight (Olympic gold 1964 68, 72)
  • 1937 Vincent J Naimoli, owner (SF Giants), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1941 Tommy Carberry, Irish jockey
  • 1942 Amos Tom Wargo, Marlette MI, PGA golfer (1993 PGA Seniors Champion)
  • 1942 Dennis Conner, American sailor, 4 time America's Cup winning skipper (1974, 1980, 1987, 1988) and Olympic bronze medalist (1976), born in San Diego, California
  • 1944 Ard Schenk, Dutch 1500m, 5K, 10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1972), born in Anna Paulowna
  • 1947 Andy Irvine, rugby player
  • 1947 Ilona Gusenbauer, Austrian high jumper (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • 1947 Lucius Allen, NBA star (Milwaukee Bucks)

Person of interestRosemary Casals

1948 Rosemary Casals, tennis doubles (5X Wimbledon), born in San Francisco, California

Tennis Player Rosemary Casals
Tennis Player
Rosemary Casals
  • 1953 Jerry Pate, Macon Ga, PGA golfer (US Open 1976, Canadian Open 1976)
  • 1955 Robin Yount, baseballer (Milwaukee Brewers, MVP 1982, 1989, 3,142 hits)
  • 1956 Anatoly Beloglazov, USSR, 52 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1956 Sergei Beloglazov, USSR, 57 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1957 Keith Connor, Anguilla, British triple jumper (Olympic bronze 1984)
  • 1957 David McCreery, Irish footballer
  • 1958 Orel Hershiser, pitcher (LA Dodgers, Cleveland Indians)
  • 1958 Neville Southall, Welsh footballer

Person of interestTim Raines

1959 Tim Raines, American baseball player (Montreal Expos), born in Sanford, Florida

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • 1960 Mickey Tettleton, catcher (Texas Rangers), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1961 Mark Parent, Ashland OR, catcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1962 Julie Larsen Piers, LPGA golfer (1995 Edina Realty), born in Westchester, New York
  • 1963 Garth Jax, NFL middle linebacker (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1966 Kevin Curtis Young, 400m hurdler, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Bernie Parmalee, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1967 Dana Dormann, Oxnard CA, LPGA golfer (1993 McCall's LPGA Classic
  • 1967 Michael Smith, Kenora Ontario, decathlete (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Charles McRae, NFL guard/tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1968 Tara Cross-Battle, volleyball hitter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1969 Andrew Borodow, 130 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic 5-92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1969 Chester McGlockton, NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969 Marthijn Pothoven, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1970 Anthony Marshall, NFL safety (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970 Paul Shuey, Lima OH, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1971 Derrell Mitchell, NFL/CFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons, Argonauts)
  • 1972 Don Sasa, NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1972 Mark Bruener, NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972 Ramon van Haaren, soccer player (RKC)
  • 1972 Steve Russ, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973 Clint Peay, soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Columbia, Maryland
  • 1973 Alexander Vinokourov, Kazakh cyclist
  • 1973 George Corrie, English Footballer
  • 1975 Kip Harkrider, Carthage TX, baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1978 Dan Dickau, American basketball player
  • 1979 Bobby Korecky, American baseball player
  • 1980 Patrik Stefan, Czech hockey player
  • 1982 Leon Knight, English footballer
  • 1983 Kirsty Coventry, Zimbabwean Olympic swimmer
  • 1987 Louis Clement Ngwat-Mahop, Cameroonian football player

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

1989 Tennis player Ivan Lendl (29) weds Samantha Frankel in Greenwich, Connecticut

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Deaths in Sport

  • 1933 George Gore, American baseball player, dies at 79
  • 1956 Shorty Ray, American football player and supervisor of NFL officials, dies at 71
  • 1961 A P F Chapman, cricketer (26 Tests for England), dies
  • 1993 Willie Mosconi, American world billiards champ, dies of heart attack at 80
  • 2006 Floyd Curry, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)
  • 2009 Myles Brand, NCAA President (b. 1942)