On This Day in Sport for September 2

Events in Sport

  • 1878 Surrey bowler Edward Barratt takes 10 for 43 for the Players in Australia's 1st innings in a cricket tour match on his home ground at The Oval; all ten are caught or stumped; Australia wins by 8 runs
  • 1882 US Men's National Tennis Championship, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears beats Clarence M. Clark 6-1, 6-4, 6-0
  • 1905 New Zealand beats Australia 14-3 in cold, wet conditions in the first international Rugby Union match between the countries on New Zealand soil at Tahuna Park in Dunedin
  • 1924 US Men's National Tennis Championship, Forest Hills NY: Bill Tilden wins 5th straight US title; beats Bill Johnston for 3rd straight year 6-1, 9-7, 6-2
  • 1936 NFL Chicago College All-Star Game: All-Stars 7, Detroit Lions 7; 76,000 at Soldier Field

Sport awardGolf Major

1940 PGA Championship, Hershey CC: Byron Nelson wins his first PGA C'ship, beating Sam Snead 1 up in the Monday 36-hole final

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 1946 American golfer Ben Hogan wins the Golden State Open at California CC in Los Angeles; his 3rd consecutive PGA event and 11th title of the season; 2nd time that year he wins 3 straight tournaments
  • 1956 Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina finishes 2nd in Italian GP at Monza to win his 3rd straight world F1 drivers championship by 3 points from Englishman Stirling Moss
  • 1957 Milwaukee 1st baseman Frank Torre scores 6 runs to tie the MLB record; Braves rout Chicago Cubs 23-10
  • 1960 New Zealand middle distance runner Peter Snell wins the first of 3 career Olympic gold medals when he wins the 800m in Rome
  • 1960 Tamara & Irina Press (Soviet Union) become first sisters to win Olympic gold medals; Tamara wins Rome Olympics shot put one day after Irina takes out 80m hurdles
  • 1960 American sprinter Wilma Rudolph wins the coveted 100m gold medal at the Rome Olympics in 11.0; beats Britain's Dorothy Hyman by 0.3; 1st of 3 gold medals for Rudolph
  • 1960 American Mike Troy swims 200m butterfly world record 2:12.8 to win the gold medal from Australian Neville Hayes at the Rome Olympics

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1962 St. Louis 1st baseman Stan Musial's records his 3,516th hit in Cards' 4-3 loss v NY Mets; jumps him over Tris Speaker into 2nd place behind Ty Cobb on the MLB all-time list

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits his MLB 400th career HR (off Curt Simmons) in Chicago's 5-3 win v St. Louis at Wrigley Field; Simmons also gave up Willie Mays' 400th HR in 1963

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Joe Auer returns the opening kickoff 95 yards for a Miami touchdown in the Dolphins' first ever NFL regular-season game; Oakland Raiders go on to win 23-14 at the Orange Bowl before 26,776 fans

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1969 Ralph Houk signs 3-year contract to manage New York Yankees at $65,000 a season, then the biggest salary in MLB
  • 1970 US Open first Grand Slam tournament tiebreak is used to decide a set at 6-6; first player to reach 5 points with sudden death at 4-4

Sport awardTennis Open

1971 Teenage debutants Chris Evert & Jimmy Connors win their first matches at the US Open Tennis Championships at Forest Hills

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • 1972 Chicago Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas no-hits San Diego Padres, 8-0
  • 1972 East German swimmer Roland Matthes wraps up the Olympic backstroke double with a world record 2:02.82 in the 200m in Munich, having already won the 100m in Olympic record time
  • 1972 American breaststroker John Hencken beats David Wilkie of Great Britain to win the 200m gold medal in world record 2:21.55 at the Munich Olympic Games
  • 1972 American breaststroker Cathy Carr swims a world record 1:13.58 to win the 100m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972 John Akii-Bua of Uganda with a world record 47.82 wins the 400m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972 East German sprinter Renate Stecher sets world record 11.07 to beat Raelene Boyle of Australia for the women's 100m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972 French track cyclist Daniel Morelon successfully defends his Olympic sprint title beating Australian John Nicholson for the gold medal in Munich
  • 1972 For the first time since the advent of the Modern Olympics in 1896, a non-American wins the pole vault gold medal; East German Wolfgang Nordwig clears 5.5m at the Munich Games
  • 1973 Billy Martin is fired as Detroit Tigers manager due to continual differences with the front office; goes on to manage Texas, Oakland and NY Yankees (in 5 separate stints)
  • 1973 Netherlands win their first men’s hockey World Cup, 4-2 on penalties over India in Amstelveen, Netherlands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 One of the great anti-climaxes in sport; 43-year-old transsexual Rene Richards, who fought for over a year for right to play in a major event, is beaten 6-1, 6-4 by Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade at the US Open

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1978 Yankees right fielder Reggie Jackson hits his 20th HR of the season in a 6-2 home win over Seattle; 19th MLB player to hit 20 HR in 11 straight years

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1979 US Men's Amateur Golf Championship, Canterbury GC: Mark O'Meara wins 8 & 7 over John Cook
  • 1980 Australian cricket batsman Kim Hughes becomes 3rd player to bat on all 5 days of a Test match as the rain affected Centenary Test peters out to a draw at Lord's; BBC's John Arlott calls his final match
  • 1987 Houston outfielder Kevin Bass becomes 1st NL player to switch hit HRs in a game twice in one season in Astros 10-1 win v Cubs
  • 1990 Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dave Stieb throws MLB record 9th no-hitter of the season; beats Cleveland, 3-0
  • 1994 Spanish road cyclist Miguel Induráin sets UCI hour world record distance 53.04 kilometers in Bordeaux, France

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1995 British boxer Frank Bruno beats American champion Oliver McCall in a unanimous 12 round points decision in London for the WBC heavyweight title


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 interestPeter Ueberroth

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 quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers)/announcer (CBS, FOX)

Person of interestJimmy Connors

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, American MLB pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Cincinnatti, Ohio
  • 1961 Carlos Valderrama, Colombian footballer, born in Santa Marta, Colombia
  • 1963 Sam Mitchell, NBA forward (Minn Timberwolves)
  • 1965 Doug Linton, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Santa Ana, California

Person of interestLennox Lewis

1965 Lennox Lewis, British, Canadian boxer (Olympic gold 1988, undisputed world heavyweight champion), 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 1996)
  • 1973 Jason Blake, American hockey player
  • 1974 Jason Lawson, NBA center (Orlando Magic)
  • 1974 Karina Wieland, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Frédéric Kanouté, Malian footballer
  • 1979 Tomer Ben Yosef, Israeli footballer
  • 1980 Hiroki Yoshimoto, Japanese racing driver
  • 1981 Katie Teft, gymnast (Olympics 1996), 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 interestPheidippides

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)
  • 1899 Ernest Renshaw, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1888), dies of effects of carbolic acid at 38
  • 1934 James Allan, New Zealand rugby union player All Black, dies at 73
  • 1937 Pierre de Coubertin, French educator and historian (founder International Olympic Committee), dies of heart attack 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