On This Day in Sport for September 19

Events in Sport

  • 1879 Thomas Ray becomes youngest to break a world track & field record pole-vaulting 11' 2½" at age 17 years & 198 days
  • 1901 11 baseball games canceled due to funeral of President William McKinley
  • 1912 Soccer team NAC (Noad Advendo Combination) forms in Breda
  • 1921 41st U.S. Men's National Championship: Bill Tilden beats Wallace F. Johnson (6-1, 6-3, 6-1)
  • 1925 45th U.S. Men's National Championship: Bill Tilden beats Bill Johnston (4-6, 11-9, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3)
  • 1931 14th PGA Championship: Tom Creavy at Wannamoisett CC Rumford RI
  • 1931 Lefty Grove wins his 30th game of season over White Sox, 2-1
  • 1933 NY Giants clinch the pennant

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1947 Jackie Robinson is named 1947 "Rookie of Year"

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1948 68th U.S. Men's National Championship: Pancho Gonzales beats Eric Sturgess (6-2, 6-3, 14-12)
  • 1948 62nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Margaret Osborne duPont beats Louise Brough Clapp (4-6, 6-4, 15-13)
  • 1954 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Wichita Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1955 Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits record 5th grand slam of season

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1965 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Visalia Golf Open

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1968 Denny McLain's 31st win & Mickey Mantle's 535th HR

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1971 1st NYC Women's Marathon won by Beth Bonner in 2:55:22
  • 1971 2nd NYC Marathon won by Norman Higgins in 2:22:54
  • 1973 NL refuses to allow San Diego Padres move to Washington, D.C.

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1976 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Portland Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • 1982 New Orleans Saints 1st road shutout victory beating Chicago Bears 10-0
  • 1982 Sandra Haynie/Kathy McMullen wins Portland Ping Team Golf Championship
  • 1986 Chicago White Sox Joe Crowley no-hits California Angels, 7-1
  • 1988 US Olympic diver Greg Louganis hits his head on diving board
  • 1989 Appeals court restores America's Cup to US after NY Supreme Court gave it to NZ (NZ protested US's use of a catamaran)
  • 1992 Sergei Boebka pole vaults world record (6.13m)

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1992 Barry Bonds joins Willie Mays, Howard Johnson & Ron Gant as having (2) 30-HR/30-steal seasons

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
MLB Third Baseman Howard Johnson
MLB Third Baseman
Howard Johnson
MLB Outfielder Ron Gant
MLB Outfielder
Ron Gant
  • 1993 Brandie Burton wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic
  • 1995 Padres Ken Caminiti switch hits HRs in 3rd of 4 games
  • 2000 Ken Griffey, Jr. pinch-hits his 400th home run. The first major leaguer to reach the mark as a pinch-hitter
  • 2004 35th Ryder Cup: Europe wins 18.5-9.5 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan, US

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2008 Greg Maddux pitches his 5,000th career inning against the San Francisco Giants

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • 2015 Japan beats South Africa 34-32 in Brighton, England in the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1902 James Van Alen, created Simplified Scoring System for tennis
  • 1921 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, born in Dedham, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Dana Zatopek, Czechoslavakia, javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1922 Emil Zatopek, Czechoslavakia, 5K/10K/marathon (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1930 Bullett Bob Turley, Troy, Illinois, MLB pitcher (World Series MVP, 1958), (d. 2013)
  • 1936 Al Oerter, Astoria NY, discus thrower (Olympics-gold-56, 60, 64, 68)
  • 1937 Abner Haynes, American football player
  • 1941 Jim Fox, England, pentathlete (Olympics-1972)
  • 1943 Christi Haas, Austrian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1943 Joe Morgan, Bonham, Texas, American MLB 2nd baseman (Reds)/commentator (ESPN)
  • 1945 Jane Blalock, LPGA golfer (1972 Colgate-Dinah Shore, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • 1946 Brian Henton, English racing driver
  • 1947 Larry Brown, NFL runningback (3rd to rush over 4,000 yards)
  • 1948 Nadezhda Tkachenko, USSR, pentathlete (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1952 Bernard de Dryver, Belgian racing driver
  • 1956 Juan Manuel Fangio II, Argentine racing driver
  • 1958 Azumah Nelson, Ghanaian boxer
  • 1962 Randy Myers, Vancouver WA, pitcher (Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1962 Ken Rosenthal, American sportswriter
  • 1963 David Seaman, English footballer
  • 1964 Bob Papa, American sportscaster
  • 1965 Katrina McClain, basketball forward (Olympics-gold-96), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1966 El Samurai, [Osamu Matsuda], wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • 1966 Michael Campbell, CFL defensive tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1967 Jim Abbott, American MLB pitcher (California Angels, NY Yankees), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1967 Alexander Karelin, Russian wrestler
  • 1970 Antii Tormenen, Espoo FIN, NHL forward (Finland Oly-B-98, Ottawa)
  • 1971 Colleen Coyne, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Oly-98)
  • 1971 Jeremy Nunley, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • 1972 Amy Frazier, tennis star, born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1972 David Tamburrino, speed skater (Olympics-1994), born in Saratoga Springs, New York
  • 1972 Eric van de Merwe, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • 1972 Fred McCrary, NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Nick Colgan, Irish footballer
  • 1973 Cristiano da Matta, Brazilian racing car driver
  • 1977 Akash Chopra, Indian cricketer
  • 1978 Nick Johnson, baseball player
  • 1978 Jorge López Montaña, Spanish footballer
  • 1981 Damiano Cunego, Italian cyclist
  • 1981 Scott Baker, American baseball player
  • 1981 Rick DiPietro, American ice hockey player
  • 1982 Eleni Daniilidou, Greek tennis player
  • 1982 Jordan Parise, American ice hockey player
  • 1983 Joey Devine, American baseball player
  • 1983 Charlie Haeger, American baseball player
  • 1986 Gerald Ciolek, German cyclist
  • 1986 Ken Gushi, Japanese racing driver

Deaths in Sport

  • 1924 Alick Bannerman, cricketer (28 Tests for Australia, 1108 runs), dies
  • 1970 Greville Stevens, cricketer (10 Tests for England 1922-29), dies
  • 1982 Fred Badcock, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ 1930-33, 16 wkts), dies
  • 1989 Willie Steele, American Olympic gold medalist (b. 1923)
  • 2006 Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (b. 1950)
  • 2013 Gerrie Muhren, Dutch footballer, dies from complications from myelodysplastic syndrome at 67