On This Day

On This Day in Sport for September 16

Events in Sport

  • 1864 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Tom Morris Sr. wins third title; beats fellow Scot Andrew Strath by 2 strokes
  • 1869 British Open Men's 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 Men's 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 National Championship Men's Tennis, Germantown CC, Philadelphia: Bill Tilden wins third straight US singles title; beats fellow American 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1937 Redskins NFL franchise play first game in Washington at Griffith Stadium; defeat the New York Giants in season opener, 13–3

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 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 awardUS Women's Golf Open

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 Pittsburgh second baseman Rennie Stennett is second to hit 7-for-7 in a 9-inning MLB game as Pirates rout Chicago Cubs, 22-0 at Wrigley Field
  • 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
  • 2012 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Jiyai Shin wins her second Open title, 9 strokes ahead of fellow South Korean Inbee Park
  • 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

Sports record brokenNFL Record

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

NFL Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
NFL Quarterback
Patrick Mahomes
  • 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
  • 2018 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: At age 40, American Angela Stanford wins her first major title by 1 stroke from Amy Olson, Austin Ernst, Mo Martin & Kim Sei-young

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1863 John Trumble, Australian cricket all-rounder (7 Tests, 10 wickets; brother of Hugh), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1944)
  • 1883 George Duncan, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1920), born in Methlick, Scotland (d. 1964)
  • 1895 Charles Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Chicago Cardinals 1933-46), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1947)
  • 1896 André Chéron, French chess and bridge theorist (d. 1980)
  • 1901 Andree Joly Bunet, French pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32), born in Paris (d. 1993)
  • 1910 Karl Kling, German race car driver, born in Giessen, Germany (d. 2003)
  • 1920 Franco Pandolfini, Italian water polo (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1932 Mickey Stewart, English cricketer and team manager (England Cricket Team), born in Herne Hill, England

Person of interestElgin Baylor

1934 Elgin Baylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame small forward (11-time NBA All Star), born in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
  • 1937 Aleksandr Medved, Soviet wrestler (Olympic gold 1964 68, 72), born in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine
  • 1937 Vince Naimoli, American businessman and MLB team owner (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • 1941 Tommy Carberry, Irish jockey (d. 2017)
  • 1942 Tom Wargo, American golfer (PGA Senior C'ship 1993, British Senior Open 1994), born in Marlette, Michigan
  • 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 speed skater (3 Olympic gold 1972), born in Anna Paulowna, Netherlands
  • 1947 Andy Irvine, Scottish rugby player, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1947 Ilona Gusenbauer, Austrian high jumper (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Gummersbach, West Germany
  • 1947 Lucius Allen, American NBA star (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Kansas City, Kansas

Person of interestRosemary Casals

1948 Rosemary Casals, American tennis player (12 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in San Francisco, California

Tennis Player Rosemary Casals
Tennis Player
Rosemary Casals
  • 1953 Jerry Pate, American golfer (US Open 1976; 8 PGA Tour titles), born in Macon, Georgia
  • 1955 Robin Yount, American baseballer (Milwaukee Brewers, MVP 1982, 1989, 3,142 hits), born in Danville, Illinois
  • 1956 Anatoly Beloglazov, Russian 52 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1980), born in Kaliningrad, Russia
  • 1956 Sergei Beloglazov, Russian 57 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1980, 88), born in Kaliningrad, Russia
  • 1957 Keith Connor, British triple jumper (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Anguilla, West Indies
  • 1957 David McCreery, Irish footballer (Newcastle United), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1958 Orel Hershiser, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers, Cleveland Indians), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1958 Neville Southall, Welsh footballer, born in Llandudno, Wales

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, American baseball catcher (Texas Rangers), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1961 Mark Parent, American baseball catcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Ashland, Oregon
  • 1962 Julie Larsen Piers, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1996), born in Westchester, New York
  • 1963 Garth Jax, American NFL middle linebacker (Arizona Cardinals), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Kevin Curtis Young, American 400m hurdler, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Bernie Parmalee, American NFL running back (Miami Dolphins), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1967 Michael Smith, Kenora Ontario, decathlete (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Charles McRae, American NFL guard and tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Oscoda, Michigan
  • 1968 Tara Cross-Battle, American 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, American NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders), born in Whiteville, North Carolina
  • 1969 Marthijn Pothoven, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1970 Anthony Marshall, American NFL safety (Chicago Bears), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1970 Paul Shuey, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Lima, Ohio
  • 1971 Derrell Mitchell, NFL/CFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons, Argonauts)
  • 1972 Don Sasa, American NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in American Samoa
  • 1972 Mark Bruener, American NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Aberdeen, Washington
  • 1972 Ramon van Haaren, Dutch soccer player (RKC), born in Waalwijk, Netherlands
  • 1972 Steve Russ, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Stetsonville, Wisconsin
  • 1973 Clint Peay, American soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Columbia, Maryland
  • 1973 Alexander Vinokourov, Russian-Kazakhtani road cyclist, born in Petropavl, Kazakh S.S.R.
  • 1973 George Corrie, English footballer, born in Workington, England
  • 1975 Kip Harkrider, American baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Carthage, Texas
  • 1978 Dan Dickau, American basketball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1979 Bobby Korecky, American MLB baseball player, born in Hillside, New Jersey
  • 1980 Patrik Štefan, Czech ice hockey player, born in Příbram, Czechoslovakia
  • 1982 Leon Knight, English footballer, born in Hackney, England
  • 1983 Kirsty Coventry, Zimbabwean Olympic swimmer, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1987 Louis Ngwat-Mahop, Cameroonian football player, born in Yaoundé, Cameroon

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding 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 right wing (Stanley Cup 1953, 56-58; Montreal Canadiens), dies at 81
  • 2009 Myles Brand, American sports administrator (4th NCAA President), dies of pancreatic cancer at 67

Person of interestBob Cleary

2015 Bob Cleary, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 79

Ice Hockey Player Bob Cleary
Ice Hockey Player
Bob Cleary