On This Day

On This Day in Sport for September 18

Events in Sport

  • 1848 Baseball rules 1st baseman can tag base for out instead of runner
  • 1863 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Willie Park, Sr. wins his 2nd title; beats rival Tom Morris Sr. by 2 strokes
  • 1903 Phillies' Chick Fraser no-hits Chicago Cubs, 10-0
  • 1909 Largest paid baseball attendance (35,409), A's beat Tigers, 2-0 in Det
  • 1915 Boston Braves trounce St Louis Cardinals 20-1
  • 1926 US National Championship Men's Tennis: Frenchman René Lacoste wins first of 2 straight US titles; beats countryman Jean Borotra 6-4, 6-0, 6-4
  • 1928 Cards beat Phillies for 20th of 22 games in 1928
  • 1929 Pirates loss to Braves & clinch NL pennant for the Cubs
  • 1930 Enterprise (US) beats Shamrock V (UK) in 15th America's Cup
  • 1930 NY Yankee pitcher Red Ruffing hits 2 HRs to beat St Louis Browns, 7-6
  • 1938 Chicago Bears beat Green Bay Packers 2-0

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1946 Joe Louis KOs Tami Mauriello in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1949 Baseball major league record 4 grand slams hit
  • 1954 Cleveland Indians clinch AL pennant, beat Tigers (3-2)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1955 Willie Mays hits record tying 9th HR at Ebbets Field (ties Joe Adcock)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1956 Mickey Mantle is 8th to hit 50 HRs in a seaon

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

  • 1962 Bob Aspromonte sets NL 3rd baseman record of 57 cons errorless games
  • 1963 Final game at Polo Grounds, 1,752 see Phillies beat Mets 5-1
  • 1965 Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium: Mantle play his 2,000th game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Baltimore quarterback Johnny Unitas throws 4 touchdown passes in 38-23 win at Minnesota to surpass Y.A. Tittle as NFL's career leader with 212; finishes career with 290 TD passes

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • 1967 Intrepid (US) beats Dame Pattie (Aust) in 21st America's Cup
  • 1968 Ray Washburn (Cards) no-hits SF Giants 2-0
  • 1971 Ryder Cup Golf, Old Warson CC: US beats Europe, 18½-13½; after leading by 1 match, GB loses all Friday morning 4-ball matches to lose momentum
  • 1972 1st black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs San Diego)
  • 1977 Courageous (US) sweeps Australia (Aust) in 24th America's Cup
  • 1983 New Orleans Saints 1st OT victory; beating Chicago Bears 34-31

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Tim Raines is 1st player with 4 consecutive 70-stolen-base seasons

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • 1986 David Boon's 3rd Test cricket century, 122 v India at Madras
  • 1990 Atlanta is chosen to host 1996 (centennial) Summer Olympics
  • 1991 American Major League Baseball executive John Hart becomes general manager of Cleveland Indians
  • 1991 NCAA places Tenn on 2 yrs probation for football recruting violations
  • 1991 Robert Helmick resigns as president of US Olympic Committee
  • 1993 LA Mighty Ducks play their 1st NHL pre-season game against Penguins
  • 1994 1st Presidents Cup Golf, Robert Trent Jones GC: Davis Love III is undefeated as US beats International team, 20-12 in inaugural event
  • 1994 Ken Burn's "Baseball" premieres on PBS

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1996 Roger Clemens ties his own major league record with 20 strikeouts

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1997 Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo elected to World Golf Hall of Fame

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

Sport awardFederation Cup

2005 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Paris, France: Russian pair Elena Dementieva & Dinara Safina win deciding doubles rubber 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 over Amélie Mauresmo & Mary Pierce of France; clinches Russia's 2nd consecutive title, 3-2

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • 2016 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: Chun In-gee of South Korea wins her 2nd major title by 4 strokes from Ryu So-yeon & Park Sung-hyun; 21-under-par score a record for all women's majors

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 England footballer Wayne Rooney pleads guilty to drunk driving and is banned for driving for 2 years

English Footballer Wayne Rooney
English Footballer
Wayne Rooney

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1869 Ellen Hansell, American tennis player (US National champion 1887), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1937)
  • 1892 Cyril Walker, English golfer (US Open 1924), born in Manchester, England (d. 1948)
  • 1911 Syd Howe, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (d. 1976)
  • 1912 Sarah Palfrey Cooke, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1941, 45), born in Sharon, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Harvey Haddix, American baseball pitcher (pitched perfect game into 12th), born in Medway, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1926 Bud Greenspan, American documentary maker (Olympic Games), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1926 Bob Toski, American golfer, instructor (PGA Tour leading money winner 1954), born in Haydenville, Massachusetts

Person of interestScotty Bowman

1933 Scotty Bowman, NHL player and coach (Montreal Canadians/Detroit Red Wings), born in Montreal, Quebec

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman
  • 1942 Alex Stepney, English football goalkeeper (Manchester United), born in Mitcham, Surrey, England
  • 1946 Otis Sistrunk, American football player (Oakland Raiders), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1947 Giancarlo Minardi, Italian founder and Managing Director of Minardi Formula One team, born in Faenza, Italy
  • 1948 Ken Brett, American baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1949 Peter Shilton, English football goalkeeper, born in Leicester, England

Person of interestDarryl Sittler

1950 Darryl Sittler, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (NHL record for most points in a game, 10), born in St. Jacobs, Ontario

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • 1951 Marc Surer, Swiss motor racing driver, born in Arisdorf, Switzerland
  • 1952 Rick Pitino, American basketball coach, born in NYC, New York
  • 1954 Tommy Tuberville, American football coach, born in Camden, Arkansas
  • 1955 Billy Sims, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1978, U of Oklahoma; Pro Bowl 1980–82, Detroit Lions), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1956 Peter Šťastný, Slovak-Canadian ice hockey player, born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
  • 1958 John Aldridge, Irish footballer, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1959 Ryne Sandberg, American baseball infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1959 Ian Arkwright, English footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers), born in Shafton, Barnsley, England
  • 1962 John Fashanu, English footballer and TV presenter, born in Kensington, London
  • 1963 Richard Weiss, American slalom single kayaker (Olympic 6th 1996), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 1963 Jim Pocklington, British racing driver, born in Romford, London
  • 1966 Isabelle Demongeot, French tennis star, born in Gassin, France
  • 1968 Toni Kukoč, Croatian-American NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
  • 1969 Robert Coons, American NFL tight end (Buffalo Bills), born in Brea, California
  • 1970 Everett Lindsay, American NFL guard and center (Minnesota Vikings), born in Burlington, Iowa
  • 1970 Gary Rogers, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1970 Mike Compton, American NFL center and guard (Detroit Lions), born in Richlands, Virginia
  • 1971 Kate Starre, Armadale Australia, field hockey utility (Olympics 1996)

Person of interestLance Armstrong

1971 Lance Armstrong, American road cyclist (7 Tour de France titles) banned for illegal drug use, born in Plano, Texas

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • 1971 Oleg Ladik, Canadian 100 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1971 Ron Childs, American NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Kennewick, Washington
  • 1972 François Gesthuizen, Dutch soccer player (PSV, NAC), born in Millingen aan de Rijn, Netherlands
  • 1972 Richard Huntley, American NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons), born in Monroe, North Carolina
  • 1972 Brigitte Becue, Belgian swimmer (Olympics 1988, silver), born in Ostend, Belgium
  • 1972 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer, born in Shipley, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2003)
  • 1973 Paul Brousseau, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada
  • 1974 Sol Campbell, English footballer, born in Plaistow, London
  • 1974 Ticha Penicheiro, Portuguese basketball player (Sacramento Monarchs), born in Figueira da Foz, Portugal
  • 1975 Kanstantsin Lukashyk, Belarusian pistol shooter (OLympic gold 1992), born in Hrodna, Belarus

Person of interestRonaldo

1976 Ronaldo [Luís Nazário de Lima], Brazilian retired soccer player, popularly described as "O Fenômeno" (The Phenomenon), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Football Star Ronaldo
Football Star
Ronaldo
  • 1976 Gabriel Gervais, Canadian football player
  • 1977 Li Tie, Chinese footballer
  • 1978 Augustine Simo, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1979 Daniel Aranzubia, Spanish footballer
  • 1980 Avi Strool, Israeli footballer
  • 1980 Chris Tarrant, Australian football player
  • 1983 Kevin Doyle, Irish footballer
  • 1984 Anthony Gonzalez, American football player

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1920 Tennis player champion Molla Mallory (36) weds stock broker Franklin Mallory

Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion Molla Mallory
Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion
Molla Mallory

LoveWedding of Interest

1960 NBA forward Jerry Lucas (20) weds sophomore Treva Geib

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas

Deaths in Sport

  • 1908 Dickey Pearce, American baseball shortstop (pioneer shortstop position; introduced bunt) and manager (NY Mutuals, St. Louis Brown Stockings), dies at 72
  • 1944 Anthony Stefanich, British boxer and Army captain, killed in Arnhem at 27
  • 1953 Charles de Tornaco, Belgian racing driver, dies at 26
  • 1960 John Evans, English cricket batsman (1 Test) and author ('The Escaping Club'), dies at 71
  • 1972 Bill Tallon, Australian cricketer (brother of Don, Queensland leggie), dies at 58
  • 1995 Oleg Tverdokhleb, Ukrainian athlete (b. 1969)
  • 2002 Bob Hayes, American athlete (2 x Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1964) and Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver (3-time Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), dies of kidney failure at 59
  • 2002 Mauro Ramos, Brazilian football player (b. 1930)
  • 2005 Michael Park, British Rally co-driver (b. 1966)
  • 2005 Marv Grissom, American baseball pitcher, coach (MLB All Star 1954, NY, SF Giants), dies at 87
  • 2012 Jack Kralick, American MLB pitcher, dies from complications from strokes at 77
  • 2013 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 70
  • 2019 Fernando Ricksen, Dutch soccer midfielder (12 caps; Glasgow Rangers), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 43