On This Day in Sport for September 19

Events in Sport

  • 1876 Talks begin to set up a football club in Ottawa
  • 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 US Men's National Tennis Championship, Germantown Cricket Club, Philadelphia: Bill Tilden successfully defends title; beats Wallace F. Johnson 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
  • 1925 US Men's National Tennis Championship, Forest Hills NY: Bill Tilden wins 6 straight US titles; beats Bill Johnston for 4th straight year 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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)

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1986 Australian cricketer Dean Jones scores 210 v India at Madras
  • 1988 American diver Greg Louganis smashes his head on diving board during the 3m springboard preliminaries at the Seoul Olympics; recovers to qualify for the final which he wins the following day
  • 1988 US women's all-round gymnastics team is controversially penalised 0.5 after compulsory round at the Seoul Olympics; substitute an alternate athlete on uneven bars medal podium; Americans finish 4th just 0.3 behind East Germany
  • 1988 Australian swimmer Duncan Armstrong sets world record 1:47.25 to win the 200m freestyle gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; beats Anders Holmertz of Sweden by 0.64
  • 1988 British swimmer Adrian Moorehouse wins 100m breaststroke gold medal in 1:02.04 at the Seoul Olympics; edges Károly Güttler of Hungary by 0.01
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Barry Bonds joins Willie Mays, Howard Johnson & Ron Gant as having (2) 30-HR/30-steal MLB 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
  • 1993 San Diego Chargers' kicker John Carney boots 6 field goals in an 18-17 win over Houston to set a new NFL record with 29 consecutive field goals made
  • 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
  • 2017 New MLB record for most home runs in a season, no. 5,694 hit by Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1902 Jimmy [James Henry] Van Alen, American tennis official who created Simplified Scoring System for tennis, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1991)
  • 1921 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, born in Dedham, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Dana Zátopková, Czech javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1952), born in Fryštát, Czechoslovakia
  • 1922 Emil Zátopek, Czech distance runner (4 x Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Kopřivnice, Czech Republic (d. 2000)
  • 1930 Bob Turley, American MLB pitcher (World Series MVP, 1958), born in Troy, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1936 Al Oerter, American discus thrower (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64, 68), born in Astoria, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1937 Abner Haynes, American football player, born in Denton, Texas
  • 1941 Jim Fox, British pentathlete (Olympics gold 1972), born in Pewsey, Wiltshire, England
  • 1943 Christl Haas, Austrian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1964), born in Kitzbühel, Austria (d. 2001)
  • 1943 Joe Morgan, American MLB 2nd baseman (Reds) and commentator (ESPN), born in Bonham, Texas
  • 1945 Jane Blalock, American golfer (27 LPGA Tour wins), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • 1946 Brian Henton, English racing driver, born in Castle Donington, Leicestershire
  • 1947 Larry Brown, American NFL runningback (3rd to rush over 4,000 yards), born in Clairton, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Nadezhda Tkachenko, Ukrainian pentathlete (Olympic gold 1980), born in Kremenchuk, Ukraine
  • 1952 Bernard de Dryver, Belgian racing driver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1956 Juan Manuel Fangio II, Argentine racing driver, born in Balcarce, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1958 Azumah Nelson, Ghanaian professional boxer, born in Accra, Ghana
  • 1962 Randy Myers, American pitcher (Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles), born in Vancouver, Washington
  • 1962 Ken Rosenthal, American sportswriter and reporter, born in Oyster Bay, Long Island
  • 1963 David Seaman, English football goalkeeper (Arsenal), born in Rotherham, England
  • 1964 Bob Papa, American sportscaster (NBC Sports), born in Dumont, New Jersey
  • 1965 Katrina McClain, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1966 Michael Campbell, CFL defensive tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in North York, Ontario
  • 1967 Jim Abbott, American MLB pitcher (California Angels, NY Yankees), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1967 Alexander Karelin, Russian-Soviet Greco-Roman wrestler, born in Novosibirsk, Russia
  • 1970 Antti Törmänen, NHL forward (Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Ottawa), born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1971 Colleen Coyne, American ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Falmouth, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Jeremy Nunley, American NFL defensive tackle and defensive end (Houston Oilers), born in Winchester, Tennessee (d. 2018)
  • 1972 Amy Frazier, American tennis star, born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1972 David Tamburrino, American speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Saratoga Springs, New York
  • 1972 Eric van de Merwe, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • 1972 Fred McCrary, American NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Naples, Florida
  • 1973 Nick Colgan, Irish football goalkeeper, born in Drogheda, Ireland
  • 1973 Cristiano da Matta, Brazilian auto racer (CART FedEx Series 2002), born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 1977 Aakash Chopra, Indian cricketer, born in Agra, India
  • 1978 Nick Johnson, American baseball player, born in Tempe, Arizona
  • 1978 Jorge López Montaña, Spanish footballer, born in Logroño, Spain
  • 1981 Damiano Cunego, Italian cyclist (Nippo–Vini Fantini team), born in Cerro Veronese, Italy
  • 1981 Scott Baker, American baseball player, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1981 Rick DiPietro, American ice hockey player, born in Winthrop, Massachusetts
  • 1982 Eleni Daniilidou, Greek tennis player, born in Chania, Crete, Greece
  • 1982 Jordan Parise, American ice hockey player, born in Faribault, Minnesota
  • 1983 Joey Devine, American baseball player, born in Junction City, Kansas
  • 1983 Charlie Haeger, American baseball player, born in Livonia, Michigan
  • 1985 Brittany Lincicome, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 2009, 15), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1986 Gerald Ciolek, German professional road racing cyclist, born in Cologne, Germany
  • 1986 Ken Gushi, Japanese racing driver, born in Okinawa, Japan

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
  • 2013 Hiroshi Yamauchi, Japanese businessman (President of Nintendo, 1949-2003, owner of Seattle Mariners), dies at 85

Person of interestJake LaMotta

2017 Jake LaMotta, American middleweight boxing champion (1949-51) (immortalised in Raging Bull), dies at 95

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta