On This Day

On This Day in Sport for September 25

Events in Sport

  • 1844 Canada defeats USA by 23 runs in the 1st cricket international
  • 1866 (Leonard W) Jerome Park opens in Bronx for horse racing
  • 1882 1st baseball doubleheader (Providence & Worcester)
  • 1908 Cubs' Ed Reulbach becomes only pitcher to throw doubleheader shutout
  • 1920 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats Marion Zinderstein 6-3, 6-1 for her 5th US singles crown

Sport awardPGA Championship

1926 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Salisbury GC: Walter Hagen defeats Leo Diegel, 5 & 3 in the final to win his 3rd consecutive PGA C'ship title

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 1926 NHL grants franchises to Chicago Black Hawks & Detroit Red Wings
  • 1930 Roger Hornsby replaces Joe McCarthy as Cubs manager

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934 Lou Gehrig plays in his 1,500th consecutive game

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1934 Rainbow (US) beats Endeavour (England) in 16th America's Cup
  • 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers win their 1st pennant in 21 years

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1949 US Open Women's Golf, Prince George's CC: Louise Suggs leads wire-to-wire to win by 14 strokes ahead of runner-up and defending champion Babe Zaharias

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1949 Despite 71 injuries, Yankees have been in 1st place all season until Red Sox move into a tie for 1st place
  • 1955 Detroit outfielder Al Kaline, 20, is youngest batting champ
  • 1956 Brooklyn Dodger Sal Maglie no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0
  • 1960 NY Yankees clinch AL pennant

  • 1960 Phillies beat Reds 7-1, ending 16 consecutive Sunday loses

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1962 Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson in 1st round for heavyweight title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1962 Weatherly (US) beats Gretel (Aust) in 19th running of America's Cup

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1966 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Stardust CC, LV: Gloria Ehret wins her only major title by 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Mickey Wright

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1966 Smallest Yankee stadium crowd, 413 see White Sox win 4-1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Mets beat Expos 2-1 on Willie Mays Night at Shea Stadium

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1979 California Angels win their 1st NL West pennant
  • 1980 Jerry Mumphrey joins Ozzie Smith, & Gene Richards to steal 50 bases this year for Padres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Nolan Ryan's 5th career no-hitter as Astros beat Dodgers 5-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1982 Keke Rosberg becomes the first Fin to win the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship when he finishes 5th in season ending Caesars Palace Grand Prix in Las Vegas; wins by 5 points from Didier Pironi

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1984 NY Met Rusty Staub joins Ty Cobb, who hit HRs as a teen & in 40s

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1985 Rickey Henderson steals Yankee record 75th base of season

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1986 Houston Astro Mike Scott no-hits SF Giants, 2-0
  • 1988 American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner wins women's 100m in Olympic record 10.54; beats team mate Evelyn Ashford by 0.29; 1st leg of sprint double at Seoul Games
  • 1988 Romanian gymnast Daniela Silivaș wins 3 gold medals in one day at the Seoul Olympics; balance beam, floor exercise & uneven bars events; records record equalling 7 perfect scores of 10

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1988 Americans sweep the medals in the long jump at the Seoul Olympics; Carl Lewis wins his second gold of the Games with leap of 8.72m ahead of team mates Mike Powell & Larry Myricks

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1988 Phoebe Mills finishes third in the balance beam at the Seoul Olympics to become the first American female gymnast to win a medal at a fully attended Games
  • 1988 East German swimmer Kristin Otto swims Olympic record 25.49 to win the 50m freestyle gold at the Seoul Olympics; her 6th gold medal of the Games
  • 1988 Super swimmer Matt Biondi wins his 5th gold medal of the Seoul Olympics anchoring the victorious American 4 x 100m medley relay team
  • 1988 Hungarian swimmer Tamás Darnyi wins the 200m individual medley gold medal at the Seoul Olympics in world record 2:00.17; wraps up medley double at the Games
  • 1990 1st 8 NY Yankees hit safely vs Baltimore Orioles to tie record
  • 1990 Oakland A's clinch 3rd straight AL West title
  • 1991 3rd World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in 100m

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Sparky Anderson ties Hughie Jennings as Detroit's winningest manager

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1994 Oliver McCall TKOs Lennox Lewis in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • 1997 WNBA announces it will add Detroit & Washington, D.C. franchises
  • 2000 American basketball player Vince Carter jumps over 7 foot 2 Frédéric Weis in 2000 Summer Olympics, known in France as "le dunk de la mort" (the dunk of death)
  • 2005 Spanish Renault driver Fernando Alonso takes 3rd place in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Autódromo José Carlos Pace to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

Sport awardPresident's Cup

2005 Presidents Cup Golf, Robert Trent Jones GC: Chris DiMarco, Jim Furyk and Phil Mickelson unbeaten as US beat International team, 18½–15½

  • 2011 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Killeen Castle, Ireland: Europe regain Cup 15-13; Azahara Muñoz beats Angela Stanford 1-up to clinch the Cup for Europe
  • 2013 Oracle Team USA defeats Team New Zealand 9-8 to win the America's Cup
  • 2016 Tour Championship Men's Golf, East Lake GC: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins in a playoff with Kevin Chappell & Ryan Moore; biggest winner's prize in golf, US$10m

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1835 Harry Wright, English Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder and manager (established baseball's first fully professional team, Cincinnati Red Stockings 1869), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1895)
  • 1886 May Sutton, American tennis player (first American woman to win Wimbledon singles title 1905), born in Plymouth, England (d. 1975)
  • 1901 Bud Houser, American field athlete (Olympic gold discus & shot put 1924, discus 1928), born in Winigan, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • 1905 Red Smith, American sportscaster and columnist (Pulitzer 1976, Fight Talk), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin (d. 1982)
  • 1917 Johnny Sain, American baseball player, born in Havana, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • 1918 Phil Rizzuto, American sportscaster and MLB shortstop (NY Yankees-MVP 1950), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Sergei Filatov, Soviet equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1960), born in Lysyye Gory, Tambov Governorate (d. 1997)
  • 1927 Carl Braun, American basketball player (NY Knicks), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1929 John Rutherford, Australian cricketer (one Test for Australia 1956), born in Bruce Rock, Western Australia
  • 1932 Terry Medwin, Welsh footballer (Tottenham Hotspur), born in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
  • 1933 Hubie Brown, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, broadcaster (2-time NBA Coach of the Year), born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania
  • 1935 Harv Schmidt, American college basketball coach (University of Illinois 1967-74), born in Kankakee, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Peter Petherick, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow lefty 1976-77, hat-trick on debut), born in Ranfurly, New Zealand (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Grayson Shillingford, West Indian cricket bowler (WI 1969-71, 7 Tests 15 wickets), born in Macoucherie, Dominica (d. 2009)
  • 1946 Bishan Bedi, Indian cricketer (mighty Indian slow left-armer 1966-79), born in Amritsar, Punjab, British India
  • 1946 Gil Morgan, American golfer (7 PGA Tour titles, 3 Champions Tour majors), born in Wewoka, Oklahoma
  • 1947 Cheryl Tiegs, American model (Sports Illustrated) and fashion designer, born in Breckenridge, Minnesota
  • 1949 Inshan Ali, West Indian cricketer (big-spinning WI chinaman bowler 1971-77), born in Preysal, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1995)
  • 1951 Robert "Bob" McAdoo, American former NBA player (Buffalo Braves) and assistant coach (Miami Heat), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1954 Sylvester Croom, American college football coach, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 1954 Juande Ramos, Spanish football manager (Sevilla), born in Pedro Muñoz, Spain
  • 1955 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, German football player (Bayern Munich), born in Lippstadt, West Germany
  • 1955 Ludo Coeck, Belgian footballer (R.S.C. Anderlecht), born in Berchem, Belgium (d. 1985)
  • 1959 Andy Waller, Zimbabwean cricket batsman and coach (2 Tests, 39 ODIs), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1960 John Hills, British racehorse trainer (d. 2014)
  • 1960 Igor Belanov, Soviet-Ukrainian footballer, born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1961 Tim Zoehrer, Australian cricketer (Aussie keeper, & occasional WA leggie), born in Armadale, Australia
  • 1962 Rajiv Kulkarni, Indian cricketer (Indian Test pace bowler 1986-87), born in Bombay, India
  • 1964 Joey Saputo, Canadian businessman and sports executive, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1965 Scottie Pippen, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (6-time NBA champion, 2 Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Hamburg, Arkansas
  • 1966 Elizabeth "Liz" Tchou, American field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Medford, New Jersey
  • 1966 Todd Philcox, American NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 1967 Kim Issel, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Regina, Canada
  • 1968 Reggie Jefferson, American baseball player (Cin, Cleve, Sea, Bos), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1969 David Weathers, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins, NY Yankees), born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
  • 1969 Hansie Cronje, South African cricket batsman and captain (68 Tests, 3,714 runs, 43 wickets; 188 ODIs; life ban for match-fixing 2000), born in Bloemfontein, South Africa (d. 2002)
  • 1970 Curtis Buckley, American NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Oakdale, Louisiana
  • 1970 Damon Pieri, American NFL safety (Carolina Panthers), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1970 Doug Pelfrey, American NFL kicker (Cin Bengals), born in Fort Thomas, Kentucky
  • 1971 John Lynch, American NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • 1973 Tijani Babangida, Nigerian soccer player (Roda JC), born in Kaduna, Nigeria
  • 1975 Matt Hasselbeck, American football player, born in Boulder, Colorado
  • 1976 Chauncey Billups, American NBA guard (Boston Celtics), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1977 Wil Nieves, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1978 Laura Nicholls, Canadian 50m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1978 Roudolphe Douala, Cameroonian footballer, born in Douala, Cameroon
  • 1978 Ricardo Gardner, Jamaican footballer, born in St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica
  • 1978 Joel Pineiro, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1981 Rocco Baldelli, American baseball player, born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island
  • 1981 Jason Bergmann, American baseball player, born in Neptune City, New Jersey
  • 1984 Matt Carle, American ice hockey player, born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1990 Mao Asada, Japanese figure skater, born in Nagoya, Japan

Deaths in Sport

  • 1928 Karl Schneider, cricketer (South Aust batsman), dies of leukaemia at 23
  • 1929 Miller Huggins, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman, manager (NY Yankees WS 1923, 27-28), dies of pyaemia at 51
  • 1979 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 64
  • 1995 Dave Bowen, Welsh footballer, dies at 67
  • 2005 George Archer, American golfer (US Masters 1969), dies of Burkitt's lymphoma at 65

Person of interestSofia Muratova

2006 Sofia Muratova, Russian Olympic gold winning Gymnast, dies at 77

Person of interestArnold Palmer

2016 Arnold Palmer, American golfer (7 major titles; US Masters 1958, 60, 62, 64), dies of heart failure at 87