On This Day in Sport for September 26

Events in Sport

  • 1861 2nd British Golf Open: Tom Morris Sr shoots a 163 at Prestwick Club
  • 1867 8th British Golf Open: Tom Morris, Sr. shoots a 170 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • 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 awardGolf Major

1925 8th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen wins at Olympia Fields, Illinois

Golfer Walter Hagen
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
  • 1954 Patty Berg wins LPGA Ardmore Golf Open

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

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
MLB Pitcher Jack Fisher
MLB Pitcher
Jack Fisher
  • 1964 Braves (25) & Phillies (18) set record by using 43 players in 9 inn
  • 1965 11th LPGA Championship won by Sandra Haynie
  • 1970 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lincoln-Mercury Golf Open
  • 1971 Pam Higgins wins LPGA Lincoln-Mercury Golf Open

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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1976 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Carlton Golf

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • 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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1982 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 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
  • 1983 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Inamori Golf Classic
  • 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

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 30th Ryder Cup: US beats Europe, 15-13 at The Belfry, England
  • 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 Kris Monaghan wins LPGA Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
  • 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 33rd Ryder Cup: US wins 14.5-13.5 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, US
  • 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 C B "Buck" Llewellyn, cricketer (South African lefty all-rounder 1896-1912)
  • 1884 J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (d. 1951)
  • 1891 Alfred Plane, US sharp shooter (Olympic gold 1912, 20)
  • 1905 Emilio Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1907 Bep [Lambertus] van Klaveren, European Boxing Champ (Oly-silver-1928)
  • 1909 Bill France, Sr., American racing car driver and co-founder of NASCAR, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Bobby Shantz, baseball player (1952 AL MVP)
  • 1925 Norm Dussault, American ice hockey player
  • 1929 Meredith C Gourdine, long jumper (Olympic silver 1952), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1931 Vijay Manjrekar, cricketer (father of Sanjay, reliable Indian batsman)
  • 1935 Bob Barber, cricketer (dashing England lefty bat in 28 Tests 1960-68)
  • 1942 Ingrid Mickler-Becker, German FR, long jumper/relayer (Oly-gold-72)
  • 1943 Ian Chappell, Australian cricket player (batsman 1964-80)
  • 1943 Tim Schenken, Australian racing driver
  • 1947 Dick Roth, American swimmer (Olympics-gold-1964), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1956 Steve Butler, American racing driver
  • 1959 Rich Gedman, American baseball player
  • 1960 Bret Erickson, Bennington Nebraska, US trap (Olympics-1996)
  • 1962 Steve Moneghetti, Australian marathoner (Olympics-5th-88, 92, 96)
  • 1963 Douglas Wakiihuri, Kenyan marathon runner (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1964 Bobby Joe Edmonds, NFL running back (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1964 Dave Martinez, outfielder (Chicago White Sox), born in Manhattan, NYC
  • 1964 Gerrie Slagboom, Dutch soccer player: Dordrecht '90
  • 1964 Robin Hood, Mishawaka IN, LPGA golfer (1989 Planters Pat Bradley)
  • 1966 Craig Heyward, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1966 Francisco Andreu, Dearborn Mich, road cyclist (Olympics-4th-88, 96)
  • 1967 Craig Janney, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1968 Scott Schorer, Burke, Va, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 1969 Andy Petterson, Australian footballer
  • 1969 Paul Warhurst, English footballer
  • 1970 Paul Laus, Beamsville, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1970 Trevor Ruffin, NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1971 Elva Dryer, Durango Colorado, 1.5K/5K runner
  • 1971 Patterson Thompson, cricketer (WI Test fast bowler v New Zealand 1996)
  • 1972 Mark Haslam, cricketer (New Zealand slow left-armer 1992)
  • 1973 David Richie, American NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Orange, California
  • 1973 Olga Vasdeki, Greek triple jumper
  • 1974 Alison Davies, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Katie Kauffman, West Lawn Pa, field hockey midfielder (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Martin Muursepp, NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1976 Michael Ballack, German footballer
  • 1978 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenyan long-distance runner
  • 1979 Jaycie Phelps, American gymnast (World bronze 95, Olympic gold 96), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1979 Fuifui Moimoi, New Zealand (Tongan) rugby league footballer
  • 1979 Jon Harley, English footballer
  • 1980 Patrick Friesacher, Austrian race car driver
  • 1980 Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Swedish ice hockey players

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1981 Serena Williams, American tennis star (23 Grand Slam singles), born in Saginaw, Michigan

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 1982 Miguel Alfredo Portillo, Argentine footballer
  • 1982 Rob Burrow, English rugby league player
  • 1983 Ricardo Quaresma, Portuguese footballer
  • 1988 Kiira Korpi, Finnish figure skater

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 (b. 1868)
  • 1960 William Ling, cricketer (South African batsman in 6 Tests 1921-23), dies
  • 1965 Otto Nothling, cricketer (did next to nothling in Aust), dies
  • 1982 Alec Hurwood, cricketer (Australian off-spinner v WI 1930-31), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2006 Byron Nelson, American PGA golfer (won 19 tournaments in 1945), dies at 94

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson
  • 2007 Bill Wirtz, American sports team owner (b. 1929)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman