On This Day in Sport for September 2

Events in Sport

  • 1882 2nd U.S. Men's National Championship: Richard Sears beats Clarence M. Clark (6-1, 6-4, 6-0)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1908 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Lang in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1919 National Commission recommends a best-of-9 World Series
  • 1924 44th U.S. Men's National Championship: Bill Tilden beats Bill Johnston (6-1, 9-7, 6-2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1927 Rumour starts that Yankee Lou Gehrig will be traded to Tigers

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

Sport awardGolf Major

1940 23rd PGA Championship: Byron Nelson at Hershey CC Hershey Pa

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • 1956 Orioles trailing Red Sox 8-0 come back to win 11-10 in 9 innings
  • 1956 7th Formula One WDC: Juan Manuel Fangio wins by three points
  • 1957 Milwaukee Braves' Frank Torre scores 6 runs in 1 game
  • 1960 Tamara & Irina Press (USSR) become 1st sisters to win olympic gold

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1962 Stan Musial's 3,516th hit moves over Tris Speaker into 2nd place

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1963 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Idaho Centennia Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits his 400th HR (off Curt Simmons)

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 NY Yankee Joe Pepitone is reinstated

MLB First Baseman and Outfielder Joe Pepitone
MLB First Baseman and Outfielder
Joe Pepitone
  • 1970 1st tennis tie break at a Grand Slam (US Open) (9 pt sudden death)

Sport awardTennis Open

1971 Chris Evert & Jimmy Connors win their 1st US Open tennis matches

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • 1972 Chicago White Sox Milt Pappas no-hits SD Padres, 1-0
  • 1973 Billy Martin fired as manager of the Detroit Tigers
  • 1973 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Charity Golf Classic
  • 1978 Graham Salmon set worlds record for 100 meters by a blind man

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 Reggie Jackson is 19th player to hit 20 HR in 11 straight years

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1979 79th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Mark O'Meara

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1985 Betsy King wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1991 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 1994 Miguel Indurain bicycles world record time (53,040 km)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1995 Frank Bruno beats Oliver McCall in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1996 Michelle McGann wins LPGA State Farm Rail Golf Classic
  • 2007 11th World Championships in Athletics close at Osaka, Japan

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1850 Albert Spalding, American baseball player, founder of Spalding sports company, born in Byron, Illinois (d. 1915)
  • 1857 Thomas Groube, Australian cricketer (d. 1927)
  • 1899 Hans Nielsen, Danish lightweight and featherweight boxer (Olympic gold 1924)
  • 1901 Adolph Rupp, American college basketball coach (d. 1977)
  • 1912 Ernest Bromley, Australian cricketer (d. 1967)
  • 1913 Bill Shankly, English Football Manager (d. 1981)
  • 1916 Dorothy May Bundy-Cheney, American tennis player (141 US tennis titles), born in LA, CA, (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Trudi Jochum-Beiser, Austrian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1952)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1937 Peter Ueberroth, American organizer of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and commissioner of baseball (1984-89), born in Evanston, Illinois

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth
  • 1941 Tommy Aycock, Edinburg TX, PGA golfer (1994 Las Vegas Senior-5th)
  • 1943 Glenn Sather, NHL coach (Edmonton Oiler)
  • 1948 Terry Bradshaw, NFL QB (Pittsburgh Steelers)/announcer (CBS, FOX)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1952 Jimmy Connors, American tennis champion (US Open-1978, 82, 83 Wimbledon-1974, 82), born in St. Louis, Illinois

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • 1956 Mario Tremblay, Canadian hockey player and coach
  • 1957 Tony Alva, American skateboarder
  • 1960 Eric Dickerson, NFL halfback (LA Rams, Colts/2,105 yds in 1984), born in Sealy, Texas
  • 1960 Rex Hudler, Tempe AZ, outfielder (NY Yankees, California Angels)
  • 1961 Jeff Russell, Cincinnatti OH, pitcher (Texas Rangers)
  • 1961 Carlos Valderrama, Colombian footballer
  • 1963 Sam Mitchell, NBA forward (Minn Timberwolves)
  • 1965 Doug Linton, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Santa Ana, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1965 Lennox Lewis, heavyweight boxer (Olympic gold 1988, WBC boxing champ), born in London, England

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • 1966 Olivier Panis, French race car driver
  • 1967 Andreas Möller, German footballer
  • 1968 Ricardo de Jongh, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • 1969 Russell Freeman, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969 Shani Waugh, Bunbury Aust, LPGA golfer (Aust sub-jr champ-1986, 87)
  • 1969 Stephen Peall, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1971 Rich Aurilia, infielder (SF Giants), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1971 Tommy Maddox, NFL quarterback (NY Giants)
  • 1971 Tom Steels, Belgian cyclist
  • 1972 James Willis, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972 Katarina Studenikova, Bratislava Slovak Rep, tennis star
  • 1973 Matthew Dunn, Leeton NSW Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Jason Blake, American hockey player
  • 1974 Jason Lawson, NBA center (Orlando Magic)
  • 1974 Karina Wieland, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1977 Frédéric Kanouté, Malian footballer
  • 1979 Tomer Ben Yosef, Israeli footballer
  • 1980 Hiroki Yoshimoto, Japanese racing driver
  • 1981 Katie Teft, gymnast (Olympics-96), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1981 Chris Tremlett, English cricketer
  • 1982 Joey Barton, English footballer
  • 1982 Jason Hammel, American baseball player
  • 1983 Mark Foster, English rugby player
  • 1988 Ishant Sharma, Indian Cricketer
  • 1989 Alexandre Pato, Brazilian footballer
  • 1990 Marcus Ericsson, Swedish Racing Driver

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1989 NBA basketball star Michael Jordan (26) weds Juanita Vanoy (30) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

490 BC Pheidippides, Greek hero and inspiration for the modern marathon

Hero of Athens Pheidippides
Hero of Athens
Pheidippides
  • 1896 Nat Thomson, Australian cricketer (b. 1839)
  • 1934 James Allan, New Zealand rugby union player, All Black (b. 1860)
  • 1937 Pierre de Coubertin, baron/revivor of Olympics, dies at 74
  • 1985 Abe Lenstra, Dutch soccer star, dies at 64
  • 1991 Concetto Lo Bello, Italian intl soccer judge, dies
  • 1994 Detlef Macha, German DR cyclist (5x world champ), dies at 35
  • 1996 Paddy Clift, cricketer (Rhod & Leicester all-rounder 1970-88), dies
  • 1997 Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95
  • 1998 Jackie Blanchflower, Irish footballer (b. 1933)
  • 2006 Bob Mathias, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1948, 52) and congressman, dies of cancer at 75