On This Day

On This Day in Sport for September 21

Events in Sport

  • 1906 New York Highlanders 1st baseman Hal Chase has 22 put-outs to tie MLB record in a 6-3 win over Chicago White Sox at South Side Park
  • 1934 St Louis Cardinals pitching Dean brothers shut-out Brooklyn Dodgers in a doubleheader; Dizzy, in a 13-0 rout and Paul, with a 3-0 no-hitter

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1955 In his last fight, undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano KOs light heavyweight Archie Moore in the 9th round at Yankee Stadium, NYC

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1956 New York Yankees set dubious MLB record, stranding 20 on base; Mickey Mantle hits a 500' plus homer but rival Boston Red Sox win 13-9 at Fenway Park

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1969 NY Jet Steve O'Neal punts 98 yards against Denver Broncos
  • 1969 Ron Hill wins European marathon (2:16:47.8)
  • 1970 Oakland A's Vida Blue no-hits Minnesota Twins, 6-0
  • 1971 AL OKs Washington Senator move to Arlington (Texas Rangers)
  • 1973 NY Mets go into 1st place (at .500) after trailing 12½ games

AgreementContract of Interest

1973 Nate Archibald signs 7 yr contract with NBA KC Kings for $450,000

NBA Point Guard Nate Archibald
NBA Point Guard
Nate Archibald
  • 1980 LA Ram Johnnie Johnson scores a 99 yard interception
  • 1980 Richard Todd of NY Jets completes 42 passes in a game (NFL record)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1981 Steve Carlton strikes out NL record 3,118th (Andre Dawson)

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • 1981 Enterprise Radio (all sports) goes off the air
  • 1982 2,251 turn out to see Expos play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • 1982 NFL players begin a 57 day strike

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1985 Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 to become Heavyweight Boxing Champion

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1986 NY Jets beat Miami Dolphins 51-45 in OT; record 884 passing yards
  • 1986 New Orleans Saints Mel Gray returns kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown
  • 1986 SD Padre Jimmy Jones pitches 1-hitter in his major league debut

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Mike Tyson smashes TV camera outside his Bernardsville, New Jersey home

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1988 Suriname swimmer Anthony Nesty wins 100m butterfly at the Seoul Olympics; Suriname's first gold; first black to win individual Olympic swim gold medal; thwarts Matt Biondi's attempt at 7 gold medals
  • 1988 East German swimmer Silke Hörner sets world record 2:26.71 to win the 200m breaststroke gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; first of 2 gold (4 x 100m medley relay)
  • 1988 Hungarian swimmer Tamás Darnyi sets world record 4:14.75 to win the 400m individual medley at the Seoul Olympics; also wins 200m I/M gold for the medley double
  • 1990 Oakland A's Bob Welch becomes 1st 25 game winner in 10 years
  • 1990 Faye Vincent turns down White Sox bid to reinstate Minnie Minoso, 68
  • 1991 USA Basketball announces "Dream Team" for the 1992 Olympics
  • 1997 Mike Piazza is 2nd to hit a HR out of Dodger Stadium
  • 1997 NY Yankee Cecil Fielder hits his 300th HR
  • 2008 The final home game is played at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles.
  • 2008 Ryder Cup Golf, Valhalla GC: US lead from start to finish to win 16½-11½ and regain Cup after 3 consecutive European victories
  • 2017 Andre Ward, unified light heavyweight champion and world’s top pound-for-pound boxer, announces his retirement

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1884 Shorty Ray, American football player and supervisor of NFL officials, born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1956)
  • 1901 Lord Learie Constantine, West Indian cricket all-rounder (UKs first black peer), born in Diego Martin, Trinidad (d. 1971)
  • 1902 Ilmari Salminen, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1936), born in Elimäki, Finland (d. 1986)

Person of interestHowie Morenz

1902 Howie Morenz, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Montreal Canadiens, 3-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Mitchell, Ontario (d. 1937)

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • 1905 Robert Lebel, French Canadian ice hockey executive, born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (d. 1999)
  • 1929 Sándor Kocsis, Hungarian footballer (Budapest Honvéd), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1979)
  • 1935 James "Jimmy" Armfield, British former-footballer, manager and pundit (BBC Radio Five Live), born in Denton, Lancashire, England (d. 2018)
  • 1945 Richard Childress, NASCAR team owner
  • 1948 Michael Finneran, diver (1st perfect 10 on 10m platform)
  • 1949 Peter Cronjé, South African rugby union center (7 caps; Transvaal, Natal), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • 1951 Ed Delahoussaye, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (1982-83 Kentucky Derby), born in New Iberia, Louisiana
  • 1951 Bruce Arena, American soccer coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1956 Jack Givens, American basketball player
  • 1957 Lynette Love, US tai kwan do champ 1987/(Olympics 1988)
  • 1958 Rick Mahorn, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1963 Cecil Fielder, infielder (Detroit Tigers, NY Yankees), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Curtly Ambrose, Antiguan cricket fast bowler (West Indies 98 Tests, 405 wickets @ 20.99; 176 ODIs), born in Swetes, Antigua and Barbuda
  • 1964 Danny Hoekman, soccer player (NEC)
  • 1964 Danny Villa, NFL guard (KC Chiefs)
  • 1965 Richard Brown, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1967 Andrea Thies, rower (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Irvington, New York
  • 1967 Romeo van Aerde, soccer player (RKC)
  • 1969 Jason Christiansen, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1969 Randal Hill, NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970 Michael O'Shea, Canadian CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts), born in North Bay, Ontario
  • 1971 John Crawley, English cricketer
  • 1972 Jon Kitna, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1973 Virginia Ruano-Pascual, tennis star, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1973 Oswaldo Sanchez, Mexican footballer
  • 1974 Andy Todd, English footballer
  • 1976 Jana Kandarr, tennis star
  • 1976 Poul Hübertz, Danish footballer
  • 1977 Brian Tallet, American baseball player
  • 1978 Doug Howlett, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1979 Richard Dunne, Irish soccer defender (80 caps, Republic of Ireland; Everton, Manchester City, Aston Villa, QPR) and broadcaster (BT Sport), born in Dublin, Ireland

Person of interestChris Gayle

1979 Chris Gayle, Jamaican West Indies cricketer (1999-) and fastest century maker in history, born in Kingston, Jamaica

Cricketer Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle
  • 1979 Julian Gray, English footballer
  • 1980 Nyree Lewis, British Paralympic swimmer
  • 1980 Tomas Scheckter, South African racing driver
  • 1982 Eduardo Azevedo, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1982 Danny Kass, American snowboarder
  • 1982 Marat Izmailov, Russian footballer
  • 1982 Rowan Vine, English footballer
  • 1983 Fernando Cavenaghi, Argentinian footballer
  • 1983 Anna Meares, Australian cyclist
  • 1984 Benjamin Wildman-Tobriner, American swimmer
  • 1987 Jimmy Clausen, American football player
  • 1987 Courtney Paris, American basketball player
  • 1987 Ashley Paris, American basketball player
  • 1989 Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins, American skateboarder
  • 1990 Rob Cross, English darts player (PDC World Champion 2018), born in Pembury, England
  • 1991 Jordan Hasay, American track and field athlete
  • 1993 Park Sung-hyun, South Korean golfer, (US Open 2017; Women's PGA C'ship 2018), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1998 Tadej Pogačar, Slovenian cyclist (Tour de France 2020), born in Komenda, Slovenia

Deaths in Sport

  • 1922 Tom Armitage, cricketer (England lob bowler v Australia 1877), dies
  • 1935 Herm McFarland, American MLB outfielder (first grand slam in AL history), dies at 65
  • 1998 Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter (3 x Olympic gold 1988), dies of an epileptic seizure at 38
  • 2007 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952, 56), dies at 78
  • 2007 Ruth Jessen, American golfer (11 LPGA Tour wins, 3-time major runner-up), dies of lung cancer at 70
  • 2020 Jaime Alves, Portuguese soccer midfielder (3 caps; Boavista), dies at 55
  • 2020 Lars-Åke Lagrell, Swedish sports administrator (President Swedish Football Association 1991-2012) and politician (Governor Kronoberg County 2002-06), dies at 80
  • 2020 Bob Nevin, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Stanley Cup 1962, 63; Toronto Maple Leafs; NY Rangers; 1,128 career NHL games), dies at 82