On This Day

On This Day in Sport for September 20

Events in Sport

  • 1876 Ottawa Football Club forms
  • 1902 Chicago White Sox pitcher Jimmy 'Nixey' Callahan no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0
  • 1907 Pitts Nick Maddox no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 2-1
  • 1908 Chicago White Sox Frank Smith 2nd no-hitter, beats Philadelphia 1-0
  • 1913 US Open Men's Golf, The Country Club: 20-year old amateur Francis Ouimet wins his only Open title in an 18-hole playoff, 5 strokes ahead of Britons Harry Vardon & Ted Ray

Sport awardPGA Championship

1919 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Engineers CC: Defending champion Jim Barnes defeats Fred McLeod, 6 & 5 in the final

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1919 Babe Ruth ties Ned Williamson's major league mark of 27 HRs

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Sport awardPGA Championship

1924 PGA Championship Men's Golf, French Lick CC: 1921 champion Walter Hagen beats Englishman Jim Barnes 2-up in the final

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 1924 Carl Mays is 1st pitcher to win 20 games seasons for 3 different teams
  • 1924 Cub's Grover Cleveland Alexander beats NY Giants to win 300th game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1931 MLB's Lou Gehrig's 4 RBIs break his old RBI mark of 175 en route to 184

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1932 Chicago Cubs clinch the NL pennant
  • 1933 Pittsburgh Steelers (as Pirates) play 1st NFL game, lose 23-2

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1939 Joe Louis KOs Bob Pastor in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1948 Mexican Baseball league disbanded
  • 1949 Top American tennis player Pancho Gonzales turns professional

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953 Cubs Ernie Banks hits his 1st major league HR

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Roger Bannister awarded Britain's Silver Pears Trophy

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1955 Willie Mays (Giants) homers off Vern Law (Pirates) in both ends of DH

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1955 Willie Mays is 7th player to reach 50 HRs in a season
  • 1958 Baltimore Oriole knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits NY Yankees 1-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961 Roger Maris hits home run # 59 & barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yanks clinch pennant #26

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1968 Mickey Mantle hits final career homer # 536

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Sport awardRyder Cup

1969 Ryder Cup Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: US, Great Britain tie, 16-16; great sporting gesture, America's Jack Nicklaus concedes missable 3-foot putt to Tony Jacklin at the 18th hole for the draw

  • 1969 Pitts Pirate Bob Moose no-hits NY Mets, 4-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs

Sport awardRyder Cup

1975 Ryder Cup Golf, Laurel Valley GC: US beats Great Britain & Ireland, 21-11; Arnold Palmer non-playing American captain; Bernard Hunt GB & I skipper

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 George Brett goes 0-for-4 dropping his avg below .400 for good

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1980 Spectacular Bid runs in Belmont alone as 3 horses drop out
  • 1981 Ryder Cup Golf, Walton Heath GC: US wins 18½-9½; 6th and final Ryder Cup for Jack Nicklaus as a player; wins all 4 of his matches
  • 1983 3,112 turn out to see Pirates play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • 1984 Cubs break 2 million in home attendance for 1st time
  • 1985 Curtis Strong is convicted for selling cocaine to pro baseball players
  • 1987 French driver Alain Prost wins Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril; his record 28th Formula 1 victory
  • 1987 San Francisco wide receiver Dwight Clark's NFL record streak of 105 consecutive games with a reception ends in 49ers 27-26 victory in Cincinnati

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1987 Chicago running back Walter Payton scores his NFL record 107th rushing touchdown in the Bears' 20-3 victory over Tampa Bay

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 1988 American diver Greg Louganis wins the 3m springboard gold medal at the Seoul Olympics after famously hitting his head on the board the previous day
  • 1995 Cincinnati Reds becomes 1st team to clinch NL Central
  • 1998 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Muirfield Village: US retains Cup; beats Europe 16-12 for third consecutive victory

Sport awardFederation Cup

1998 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Geneva, Switzerland: Conchita Martínez & Arantxa Sánchez Vicario beat Martina Hingis & Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6-0, 6-2 in doubles decider to clinch Spain's 5th title, 3-2

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • 2013 Alex Rodriquez sets new MLB record with 24 Grand Slam home runs for the New York Yankees
  • 2015 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, GC St. Leon-Rot: US regains Cup 14½ to 13½; Paula Creamer beats Sandra Gal 4 & 3 in deciding singles match

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1873 Robert Wrenn, American tennis player (US Open 1893-94, 1896-97), born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1925)
  • 1873 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian race car driver (winner of the 1st Grand Prix motor racing), born in Szeghalom, Hungary (d. 1944)
  • 1889 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1893 Hermann Lux, German soccer defender (3 caps; manager Tennis Borussia Berlin), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1962)
  • 1910 Jacques-Baptiste LeBrun, French finn yachtsman (Olympic gold 1932), born in Paris (d. 1996)

Person of interestRed Auerbach

1917 Red Auerbach, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, general manager (Boston Celtics, 9-time NBA champion), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • 1933 Dennis Viollet, English former soccer player (Manchester United), born in Fallowfield, Manchester, England (d. 1999)
  • 1935 David Pegg, English soccer outside left (1 cap; Manchester United 127 games), born in Highfields, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • 1938 Tom Tresh, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1962-63; AL Rookie of Year 1962; NY Yankees), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1943 Tommy Nobis, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Bruce Pasternack, American CEO (Special Olympics International 2002-07), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949 John W. Henry, American businessman and owner of sports teams (Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club), born in Quincy, Illinois

Person of interestGuy Lafleur

1951 Guy Lafleur, Canadian NHL right wing (Montreal, NY Rangers), born in Thurso, Quebec

NHL Legend Guy Lafleur
NHL Legend
Guy Lafleur
  • 1954 Silvio Leonard, Cuban 100m runner (Olympic silver 1980), born in Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • 1954 Henry Samueli, American NHL team owner, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1957 Vladimir Tkachenko, Ukrainian-Russian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Sochi, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1959 Lesley Thompson, Canadian rower (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1960 Alice Regina Brown, American 4X100 runner (Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1961 Erwin Koeman, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen), born in Zaandam, Netherlands
  • 1967 Catherine Bond-Mills, Woodstock Ontario, heptathlete (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Martin Harrison, American NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings), born in Livermore, California
  • 1968 Chris Waller, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1968 Eric Turner, American NFL safety (Cleveland Browns), born in Ventura, California
  • 1969 Tommy Jeter, American NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Nacogdoches, Texas
  • 1969 Richard Witschge, Dutch footballer, born in Amsterdam
  • 1970 John Copeland, American NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals), born in Lanett, Alabama
  • 1971 Andrew Lane, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Henryk Larsson, Swedish soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Helsingborg, Sweden
  • 1971 Ryan Terry, American NFL running back and kick returner (Arizona Cardinals), born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • 1972 Jenny Morris, Maryborough Australia, field hockey fullback (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Vance Joseph, American NFL cornerback and safety (NY Jets), born in Marrero, Louisiana
  • 1973 Ronald McKinnon, American NFL linebacker, born in Elba, Alabama
  • 1975 Juan Pablo Montoya, Colombian-American race car driver, born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1977 Ruth Moniz, NSW Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978 Sophie Simard, Lars Germany, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978 T.J. Tucker, American baseball player
  • 1978 Dante Hall, American football player
  • 1979 Sean Davis, English footballer
  • 1980 Vladimir Karpets, Russian cyclist
  • 1981 Feliciano López, Spanish tennis player
  • 1981 Jordan Tata, American baseball player
  • 1983 Ángel Sánchez, Puerto Rican baseball player

Person of interestJohn Tavares

1990 John Tavares, Canadian ice hockey player (New York Islanders), born in Mississauga, Ontario

NHL Star John Tavares
NHL Star
John Tavares

Deaths in Sport

  • 1931 Sam Morris, cricketer (one Test Aust v Eng 1884), dies
  • 1989 Richie Ginther, American racing driver, dies from a heart attack at 59
  • 1992 K W Stackpole, cricketer (good Victorian batsman), dies
  • 1993 Loan Volkerijk, Dutch baseball coach (ADO), dies at 65
  • 1995 Walter Haas Jr., American businessman & sports team owner (Levi Strauss & Co, Oakland A's), dies of prostate cancer at 79
  • 1999 Robert Lebel, French Canadian ice hockey executive, dies at 93
  • 2004 Brian Clough, English footballer and football manager (b. 1935)
  • 2007 Johnny Gavin, Irish footballer, dies at 79
  • 2010 Kenny McKinley, American football player (b. 1987)
  • 2019 Howard Cassady, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1955, Ohio State; NFL C'ship 1957, Detroit Lions), dies at 85