On This Day in Sport for September 20

Events in Sport

  • 1902 Chicago White Sox Jim 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 19th US Golf Open: Francis Ouimet shoots a 304 at The Country Club MA

Sport awardGolf Major

1919 2nd PGA Championship: Jim Barnes at Engineers CC Roslyn NY

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 awardGolf Major

1924 7th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen wins at French Lick CC, Indiana

Golfer Walter Hagen
Walter Hagen
  • 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 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 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

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 knuckler Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits NY Yankees 1-0
  • 1959 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Links Golf Invitation Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1968 Mickey Mantle hits final career homer # 536

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1969 18th Ryder Cup: Draw, 16-16 at Royal Birkdale, England
  • 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
  • 1973 Willie Mays announces retirement at end of 1973 season
  • 1975 21st Ryder Cup: US, 21-11 at Laurel Valley Golf Club (Ligonier, Pennsylvania, US)

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 24th Ryder Cup: US, 18½-9½ at Walton Heath Golf Club (Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, England)
  • 1981 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
  • 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 Alain Prost wins record 28th Formula one auto race
  • 1987 Dwight Clark ends NFL streak of 105 consecutive game receptions
  • 1987 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1987 Walter Payton scores NFL record 107th rushing touchdown

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 1988 Greg Louganis wins Olympic gold medal in springboard diving
  • 1992 Colleen Walker wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic
  • 1995 Cincinnati Reds becomes 1st team to clinch NL Central
  • 2013 Alex Rodriquez sets new MLB record with 24 Grand Slam home runs for the New York Yankees

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1873 Robert D Wrenn, tennis champ (US Open - 1893)
  • 1873 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian race car driver (d. 1944)
  • 1889 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (d. 1975)
  • 1910 Jacques-Baptise LeBrun, French finn yachtsman (Olympic gold 1932)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1917 [Arnold] Red Auerbach, NBA coach/GM (Boston Celtic), born in Brooklyn, New York

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • 1933 Dennis Viollet, English former footballer (d. 1999)
  • 1935 David Pegg, English footballer (d. 1958)
  • 1938 Tom Tresh, NY Yankee (1962 AL Rookie of Year)
  • 1949 John W. Henry, American businessman and owner of sports teams (Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club), born in Quincy, Illinois

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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, Cienguegos Cuba, 100m runner (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1954 Henry Samueli, American NHL team owner
  • 1957 Arn Anderson, [Marty Lunde], wrestler (ECW/SMW/WCW/NWA/WWF)
  • 1957 Vladmir Tkachenko, USSR, basketball (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • 1958 Marty Schiene, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Illinois Open), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959 Lesley Thompson, rower (Olympics-gold-92, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1960 Alice Regina Brown, Jackson MS, 4X100 runner (Olympic gold 1984, 88)
  • 1961 Becky Larson, LPGA golfer
  • 1961 Erwin Koeman, soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen)
  • 1967 Catherine Bond-Mills, Woodstock Ontario, heptathlete (Olympics-96)
  • 1967 Martin Harrison, NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1968 Chris Waller, gymnast (Olympics-96), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1968 Eric Turner, NFL safety (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1969 Tommy Jeter, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1969 Megumi Kudo, Japanese pro-wrestler
  • 1969 Richard Witschge, former Dutch footballer
  • 1970 John Copeland, NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals)
  • 1971 Andrew Lane, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 Henryk Larsson, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1971 Jenny Murdock, LPGA golfer
  • 1971 Ryan Terry, NFL running back/kick returner (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1972 Jenny Morris, Maryborough Australia, field hockey fullback (Oly-96)
  • 1972 Vance Joseph, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Jets)
  • 1973 Ronald McKinnon, National Football League linebacker
  • 1975 Juan Pablo Montoya, Colombian race car driver
  • 1976 Markus Wieland, Tegernsee GER, hockey player (Team Germany 1998)
  • 1977 Ruth Moniz, NSW Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 1978 Sophie Simard, Lars Germany, swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 1999 Robert Lebel, Quebec ice hockey administrator (b. 1905)
  • 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)