On This Day

On This Day in Sport for September 26

Events in Sport

  • 1861 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Tom Morris Sr. beats Willie Park Sr. by 4 strokes
  • 1867 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Tom Morris Sr. wins 4th title; beats rival Willie Park Sr. by 2 strokes; at 46, Morris remains oldest Open champion
  • 1906 Pitts Lefty Leifield no-hits Phillies, 8-0 in 6 inning game
  • 1908 Ed Ruelbach becomes the first person to pitch a doubleheader shutout in major league baseball

Sport awardPGA Championship

1925 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: Defending champion Walter Hagen defeats Bill Mehlhorn, 6 & 5 in the final; 3rd PGA crown overall, and 7th of his 11 major titles

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1947 Happy Chandler announces Ford & Gillette to sponsor World Series
  • 1948 Boston Braves win 1st NL championship since 1914
  • 1950 Phils pitcher Jim Konstanty makes record 71st appearance of year
  • 1953 Shortstop Billy Hunter smashes final home run in St Louis Browns history during a 6-3 loss to Chicago WS at Busch Stadium; franchise moves to Baltimore next season

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Yogi Berra plays his only game at 3rd & Mickey Mantle plays shortstop

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1958 Columbia (US) beats Sceptre (Britain) in 18th America's Cup
  • 1959 Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn becomes winningest NL lefty
  • 1959 SF Giants Sam Jones 2nd no-hitter, beats St Louis Cards, 4-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961 Roger Maris hits HR #60 off Jack Fisher, tying Babe Ruth's record

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
MLB Pitcher Jack Fisher
MLB Pitcher
Jack Fisher
  • 1962 LA Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills becomes first player in MLB history to steal 100 bases (en route to 104)
  • 1964 Braves (25) & Phillies (18) set record by using 43 players in 9 inn

  • 1965 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Stardust CC: Sandra Haynie wins by 1 stroke from Clifford Ann Creed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Wilt Chamberlain signs with ABA San Diego Conquistadors

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1975 Phillies & NY Mets play a doubleheader that ends at 3:15 AM
  • 1976 Phillies clinch their 1st NL East Division title
  • 1977 Cleveland Browns play their 1st overtime game, beat Patriots 30-27
  • 1978 NY District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms
  • 1979 1984 summer LA Olympic coverage sold to ABC for $225 million
  • 1983 Ali Haji-Sheikh kicks 56 yard field goal, a NY Giants record
  • 1983 Australia II wins America's Cup yacht race - 1st non-US winner
  • 1984 5,251 turn out to see Phillies play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • 1987 Padres Benito Santiago sets rookie hitting streak to 28 games
  • 1988 Soviet throwers sweep the medals in the hammer throw at the Seoul Olympics; Sergey Litvinov wins gold with an Olympic record 84.80m ahead of team mates Yuriy Sedykh & Jüri Tamm

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Jimmy Connors beats Martina Navratilova, 7-5, 6-3

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1992 1st time a positional player pitches for NY Mets, Phil Pecota, in 19-2 lose to Pirates
  • 1993 Ryder Cup Golf, The Belfry: US beats Europe, 15-13; Davis Love III secures victory for the US beating Costantino Rocca at the 18th, 1 up
  • 1993 Cubs bat out of order against Pirates in 2nd inning
  • 1993 Indians win their last game at Cleveland Stadium, beating Brewers 6-4
  • 1993 French Williams driver Alain Prost finishes 2nd in Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril to clinch his 4th F1 World Drivers Championship; after race Prost announces his retirement at the end of the season
  • 1995 Earliest 1st-class cricket in Aust season (Qld v Western Prov)
  • 1995 Sri Lanka complete 2-1 Test Cricket series win in Pakistan from 0-1

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1996 SF Giant Barry Bonds is 2nd player to hit 40 HRs & steal 40 bases

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 1997 Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr hits his 56th HR of 1997
  • 1999 Ryder Cup Golf, The Country Club, Brookline: US wins 14½-13½ after trailing 10-6 going into the singles; win first 6 matches to set up victory; poor American crowd & team behaviour heavily criticised
  • 2004 Ed Whitlock becomes 1st person over 70 to complete a marathon in under 3 hours (2:54:48) at Toronto Marathon

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1876 Charlie Llewellyn, South African cricketer (South African lefty all-rounder 1896-1912), born in Pietermaritzberg, Natal (d. 1964)
  • 1884 J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Molesworth, Ontario, Canada (d. 1951)
  • 1891 Alfred Lane, American sharp shooter (Olympic gold 1912, 20), born in New York (d. 1965)
  • 1905 Emilio Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Patillas, Puerto Rico (d. 2011)
  • 1907 Bep [Lambertus] van Klaveren, Dutch boxing champ (Olympic gold 1928), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1909 Bill France, Sr., American auto racer (co-founder of NASCAR), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Bobby Shantz, American baseball player (1952 AL MVP), born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1925 Norm Dussault, American-Canadian ice hockey player (Montreal Canadiens), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Meredith Gourdine, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1952), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 1931 Vijay Manjrekar, Indian cricketer (father of Sanjay, reliable Indian batsman), born in Bombay, India (d. 1983)
  • 1935 Bob Barber, English cricketer (dashing England lefty bat in 28 Tests 1960-68), born in Withington, Manchester
  • 1940 Frank Maloney, American football coach (Syracuse University 1974-1980), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Ingrid Mickler-Becker, German long jumper and relayer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Geseke, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 1943 Ian Chappell, Australian cricket batsman, captain, broadcaster (75 Tests; 5,345 @ 42.42), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1943 Tim Schenken, Australian racing driver, born in Gordon, Sydney, Australia
  • 1947 Dick Roth, American swimmer (Olympic gold men's 400m individual medley 1964), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1956 Steve Butler, American racing driver, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1959 Rich Gedman, American baseball player, born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1960 Bret Erickson, American sport shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Blair, Nebraska
  • 1962 Steve Moneghetti, Australian marathoner (Olympic 5th 1988, 92, 96), born in Ballarat, Australia
  • 1963 Douglas Wakiihuri, Kenyan athlete (World marathon champion 1987, Olympic silver 1988), born in Mombasa, Kenya
  • 1964 Bobby Joe Edmonds, American NFL running back (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Nashville, Tennessee,
  • 1964 Dave Martinez, American baseball outfielder (Chicago White Sox), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1966 Craig Heyward, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995; New Orleans Saints), born in Passaic, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • 1966 Francisco Andreu, American road cyclist (Olympic 4th 1988, 96), born in Dearborn, Michigan,
  • 1967 Craig Janney, American NHL center (Winnipeg Jets), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1969 Andy Petterson, Australian footballer, born in Fremantle, Australia
  • 1969 Paul Warhurst, English footballer, born in Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Paul Laus, Canadian NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Beamsville, Canada
  • 1970 Trevor Ruffin, American NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1971 Elva Dryer, American 1.5K/5K runner, born in Durango, Colorado
  • 1971 Patterson Thompson, West Indies cricketer (WI Test fast bowler v New Zealand 1996), born in Saint Michael, Barbados
  • 1972 Mark Haslam, New Zealand cricketer (New Zealand slow left-armer 1992), born in Bury, United Kingdom
  • 1973 David Richie, American NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Orange, California
  • 1973 Chris Small, Scottish snooker player, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 1973 Olga Vasdeki, Greek triple jumper, born in Volos, Greece
  • 1974 Gary Hall Jr., American competition swimmer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1974 Martin Muursepp, Estonian NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1976 Michael Ballack, German footballer, born in Görlitz, Germany
  • 1978 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenyan long-distance runner, born in Kapsabet, Kenya
  • 1979 Jaycie Phelps, American gymnast (World bronze 95, Olympic gold 1996), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1979 Fuifui Moimoi, New Zealand (Tongan) rugby league footballer, born in Nuku'alofa, Tonga
  • 1979 Jon Harley, English footballer, born in Maidstone, United Kingdom
  • 1980 Patrick Friesacher, Austrian race car driver, born in Wolfsberg, Austria
  • 1980 Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Swedish ice hockey players, born in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

Person of interestSerena Williams

1981 Serena Williams, American tennis player (23 Grand Slam titles), born in Saginaw, Michigan

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 1982 Miguel Alfredo Portillo, Argentine footballer, born in Gobernador Virasoro, Argentina
  • 1982 Rob Burrow, English rugby league halfback (England 15 Tests, GB 5 Tests; Super League C'ships 2004, 07-09, 11-12, 15, 17; Leeds Rhinos), born in Pontefract, England
  • 1983 Ricardo Quaresma, Portuguese footballer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1988 Kiira Korpi, Finnish figure skater, born in Tampere, Finland

Weddings in Sport

  • 1999 Actress-singer and former beauty queen Vanessa L Williams (36) weds Los Angeles Lakers' basketball player Rick Fox (30) at Church of the Holy Trinity in New York

Deaths in Sport

  • 1944 Julien Cahn, cricketer (private cricket promoter during 30's), dies
  • 1954 Ellen Roosevelt, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1890), dies at 86
  • 1960 William Ling, cricketer (South African batsman in 6 Tests 1921-23), dies
  • 1965 Otto Nothling, Australian rugby union player and cricketer (did next to nothling in Aust), dies at 65
  • 1982 Alec Hurwood, Australian cricketer (Australian off-spinner v WI 1930-31), dies at 80
  • 1993 John Pennel, American pole vaulter (James E Sullivan Award-1963), dies at 53
  • 1993 Owen Aisher, English businessman and president (Royal Yachting Association 1970-75), dies at 93

Person of interestByron Nelson

2006 Byron Nelson, American golfer (winner 5 major titles; record 19 tournaments 1945), dies of a blood disorder at 94

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • 2007 Bill Wirtz, American longtime Chicago Blackhawks owner, dies at 77

Person of interestPaul Newman

2008 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), racing car driver and charity food company founder (Newman's Own), dies of lung cancer at 83

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman