On This Day

On This Day in Sport for September 28

Events in Sport

  • 1911 NY Highlanders get 13 walk & steal 15 bases (including then record 6 in one inning), beating Browns 18-12; each team committed 6 errors
  • 1919 Fastest major league game (51 mins), Giants beat Phillies 6-1
  • 1920 8 White Sox indicted, threw 1919 World Series (Black Sox scandal)

Sport awardPGA Championship

1921 4th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at Inwood CC Far Rockaway NY

Golfer Walter Hagen
Walter Hagen
  • 1923 Yanks slaughter Red Sox 24-4
  • 1928 NY Yanks clinch pennant #6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1930 Lou Gehrig's errorless streak ends at 885 consecutive games

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1932 1932 Baseball World Series opens with the Chicago Cubs vs. NY Yankees (6-12)
  • 1938 Homer in the Gloamin' - famous walk-off home run hit by Gabby Hartnett of the Chicago Cubs against the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1940 Michigan's Tom Harmon runs 72, 86 & 94 yard touchdowns
  • 1940 Bud Brennan, a fan at Memorial Stadium, races out of stands & attempts to tackle Tom Harmon at 3-yard line, Harmon easily evades Brennan
  • 1941 Phillies lose club record 111th game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 Ted Williams ended the baseball season with .406 batting avg

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1942 NY Americans NHL team folded
  • 1951 Allie Reynolds' 2nd no-hitter of 1951; Yanks clinch pennant #18
  • 1951 Norm Van Brocklin of Rams passes for NFL record 554 yards

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1952 St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stan Musial makes his only major league pitching appearance, throwing one pitch to Chicago Cubs Frank Baumholtz

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1955 1st World Series color TV broadcast on NBC-TV (Yanks beat Dodgers)
  • 1960 Ted Williams hits his final homer #521 (off Jack Fisher)
  • 1964 53rd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Cleveland (3-2)
  • 1969 Joe Kapp (Minnesota Vikings) passes for 7 touchdowns vs Balt Colts (52-14)
  • 1970 Intrepid (US) beats Gretel II (Australia) in 22nd America's Cup
  • 1972 Canada defeats the USSR in the eighth and final game of the ice hockey Summit Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 California Angel Nolan Ryan 3rd no-hitter beats Minn Twin, 4-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1975 New York City Marathon: Tom Fleming claims men's title in 2:19:27; Kim Merritt wins women's event in 2:46:14
  • 1975 Oakland A's Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Linblad & Rollie Fingers, no-hit California Angels, 5-0

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1976 Muhammad Ali beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1979 Larry Holmes TKOs Earnie Shavers in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1980 Australian Williams driver Alan Jones clinches his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by winning the Canadian Grand Prix at Île Notre-Dame Circuit
  • 1984 Cleveland Indians down 0-10 to Minnesota Twins, win 11-10
  • 1986 Record 23,000 start in a marathon (Mexico City)
  • 1986 Tight end Brian Foster of RI catches NCAA record 18 passes for 327 yds
  • 1986 Cleveland Browns' Gerald McNeil sets the team record for the longest punt return with an 84-yard run (and TD), Browns 24, Detroit 21
  • 1988 Javed Miandad scores his 19th Test Cricket century (v Aus, Faisalabad)
  • 1988 LA Dodger Orel Herschiser breaks former Dodger Don Drysdale's record by pitching 59 consecutive scoreless innings [1]
  • 1988 Despite totally dominating his sport for 14 years, Ukrainian pole vaulter Sergey Bubka wins his only Olympic gold medal with a vault of 5.90m at the Seoul Games

  • 1988 American athletes go 1-2-3 in the 400m at the Seoul Olympics with Steve Lewis taking the gold medal in 43.87 ahead of teammates Butch Reynolds & Danny Everett
  • 1988 Australian Debbie Flintoff-King wins the 400m hurdles gold at the Seoul Olympics in 53.17, just 0.01 ahead of Tatyana Ledovskaya of the Soviet Union
  • 1991 NY Yankees set record of 75 games without a complete pitched game
  • 1992 Oakland A's win AL West title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Dennis Martínez is 7th to win 100 games in AL & NL

MLB Pitcher Dennis Martínez
MLB Pitcher
Dennis Martínez
  • 1994 "Baseball" TV Miniseries last airs on PBS
  • 1995 Dennis Martínez pitch breaks Kirby Puckett's jaw in Indians 12-4 win
  • 1995 Troy Dixon scores cricket century on 1st-class debut for Qld v W Prov
  • 1996 NY Yankee Jim Leyitz is 2nd catcher to wear a hockey mask
  • 1996 Orioles' Roberto Alomar suspended 5 games for spitting at ump
  • 1996 Troy Davis of Iowa State ran for 378 yards, 3rd highest in college football games (others: Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas & Alabama)
  • 1997 Ryder Cup Golf, Valderrama GC, Spain: Europe wins 14½-13½ to retain the Cup; first time event contested in continental Europe; first of 6 consecutive victories at home by Europe

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1997 St Louis Cardinals Mark McGwire hits his 58th HR of 1997 (34 with Oak A's)

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 2003 Final game played at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, Atlanta Braves defeat Phillies, 5-2
  • 2008 The last game played at Shea Stadium before its demolition happens between baseball teams The New York Mets and the Florida Marlins, the Marlins win 4-2
  • 2014 Ryder Cup Golf, Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland: Europe wins 16½-11½ to win Cup for 3rd consecutive time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Cristiano Ronaldo accused of rape in 2009 in US lawsuit filed in Nevada

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2020 Stanley Cup Final, Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta: Tampa Bay Lightning claim second championship in franchise history with a 2-0 Game 6 win over Dallas Stars; win series 4-2

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1885 Wilbur 'Lefty' Good, pitcher (NY Yankees, 1905)
  • 1887 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1889 Jack Fournier, American baseball player, 1912-27 (White Sox; Cardinals; Brooklyn Robins), born in Au Sable, Michigan (d. 1973) [1]
  • 1895 Lawton Whitey Witt, outfielder (NY Yankees, 1922-25)
  • 1905 Max Schmeling, German boxer (world heavyweight champion 1930-32), born in Klein Luckow, Germany (d. 2005)
  • 1905 William Northam, Austrian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1907 Glen "Turk" Edwards, NFL tackle (Boston/Washington Redskins)
  • 1907 Heikki Savolainen, Finland, pommel horse gymnast (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1911 Ellsworth Vines, American tennis player (US Open 1931-32; Wimbledon 1932), golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Los Angeles, CA (d. 1994)

Person of interestAlice Marble

1913 Alice Marble, American tennis player (US Open 1936, 1938-40), born in Beckwourth, California (d. 1990)

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • 1919 Tom Harmon, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1940, Michigan; LA Rams) and broadcaster (CBS 1950-62), born in Rennselaer, Indiana (d. 1990)
  • 1930 Doug Holden, English soccer winger (5 caps; Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End), born in Manchester, England (d. 2021)
  • 1935 Bruce Crampton, Australian golfer (14 PGA Tour wins), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1938 Peter Grosser, German soccer midfielder (2 caps; Bayern Munich, 1860 Munich, Austria Salzburg), born in Munich, Germany (d. 2021)
  • 1941 Charley Taylor, NFL wide receiver/running back (Wash Redskin)
  • 1942 Grant Jackson, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1969; World Series 1979; Philadelphia Phillies; Baltimore Orioles; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Fostoria, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • 1943 Gertrud "Traudl" Hecher, Austrian downhill skier (Olympic bronze 1960)
  • 1945 Marielle Goitschel, French alpine skier (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Sainte-Maxime, France
  • 1946 Majid Khan, cricketer (great Pakistani batsman 1964-82)
  • 1947 Volodymyr Troshkin, Ukrainian soccer defender (31 caps, USSR; Dynamo Kiev 205 games), born in Yenakiieve, Ukraine (d. 2020)
  • 1951 Dave Rajsich, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1952 Anthony Davis, footballer
  • 1954 Steve Largent, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1956 Bob Miller, American ice hockey center (47 games USA; Boston Bruins, Colorado Rockies, LA Kings), born in Medford, Massachusetts (d. 2020)
  • 1958 Angella Issajenko, Jamaica, 4X100m relayer (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1959 Todd Worrell, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Arcadia, California
  • 1959 Ron Fellows, Canadian race car driver
  • 1960 Gus Logie, cricketer (WI batsman 1983-91, great fielder)
  • 1961 Anne White, American tennis player (famously wares spandex Wimbledon 1985), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • 1961 Ed Vosberg, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1961 Yordanka Donkova, Bulgaria, 100m hurdler (world record)

Person of interestGrant Fuhr

1962 Grant Fuhr, Canadian NHL goalie (Oilers), born in Spruce Grove, Alberta

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
  • 1962 Irving Fryar, American NFL wide receiver (5-time Pro Bowl, #1 pick 1984 Draft), born in Mount Holly Township, New jersey
  • 1962 Laurie Rinker-Graham, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1987 3rd), born in Stuart, Florida
  • 1963 Johnny Dawkins, American basketball guard (NBA: San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers; Detroit Pistons) and coach (Stanford, UCF), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1964 Paul Jewell, English football manager
  • 1966 Scott Adams, NFL offensive linesman (Chicago Bears)
  • 1967 Darion Conner, NFL linebacker (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1967 Jake Reed, NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1967 Jason Dungjen, pairs skaters (Olympics 1994), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1968 Jock Climie, CFL slot back (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1969 L Janusz Hooker, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Nico Vaesen, Belgian footballer
  • 1970 Kimiko Date, tennis star (1996 Japan Open), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1971 Chad May, NFL/WLAF quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971 David Weightman, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Marcus Spears, NFL/WLAF guard/tackle (Chicago Bears, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Matthew Elliott, cricketer (Australian Test opening batsman v WI 1996)
  • 1971 Alan Wright, English footballer
  • 1972 Cathy Caverzasio, Swiss tennis star
  • 1972 Greg Ivy, NFL punter (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1973 Brian Rafalski, American ice hockey player
  • 1974 Joonas Kolkka, Finnish footballer
  • 1974 Mariya Kiselyova, Russian swimmer
  • 1975 Lenny Krayzelburg, American swimmer
  • 1977 Se-ri Pak, South Korean golfer (5 LPGA major titles; US Open 1998, British Open 2001), born in Daejeon, South Korea
  • 1979 Bam Margera, American skateboarder
  • 1981 José Calderón, Spanish basketball point guard (captain Spain gold FIBA World C'ship 2006; Olympic silver 08, 12; NBA: Toronto, Detroit, Dallas, NY Knicks; Cleveland), born in Villanueva de la Serena, Spain
  • 1981 Jorge Guagua, Ecuadorian soccer defender (63 caps; El Nacional), born in Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • 1982 Anderson Varejão, Brazilian basketball player
  • 1982 Abhinav Bindra, Indian shooter
  • 1982 Ray Emery, Canadian hockey player
  • 1982 Emeka Okafor, American basketball player
  • 1982 Dustin Penner, Canadian hockey player
  • 1983 Stefan Moore, English footballer
  • 1984 Ryan Zimmerman, American baseball player
  • 1986 Andrés Guardado, Mexican soccer midfielder (158 caps; Deportivo La Coruña, Valencia, PSV), born in Guadalajara, Jalisco
  • 1988 Aleks Vrteski, Australian footballer
  • 1988 Marin Čilić, Croatian tennis player (US Open 2014), born in Medjugorje, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • 1989 Mark Randall, English footballer

Weddings in Sport

  • 2008 American tennis player Mardy Fish (26) weds "Deal or No Deal" model Stacey Gardner at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1884 Fred Morley, cricket lefty quick (16 wkts in 4 Tests for Eng), dies
  • 1943 Charles Vintcent, cricketer (played in South Africa's 1st 3 tests), dies
  • 1959 Rudolf Caracciola, German race car driver (b. 1901)
  • 1959 Vincent Richards, American tennis player (US Pro C'ships 1927-28, 30, 33), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1968 Norman Brookes, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1907, 14), dies at 90
  • 2002 Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman (Molson family), senator and sports executive (Montreal Canadiens), dies at 95

Person of interestAlthea Gibson

2003 Althea Gibson, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), dies of respiratory and bladder infections at 76

Tennis Player Althea Gibson
Tennis Player
Althea Gibson
  • 2004 Christl Cranz, German alpine skier (combined gold Winter Olympics 1936), dies at 90
  • 2008 Andrzej Badeński, Polish athlete (400 metres)
  • 2013 Jonathan Fellows-Smith, South African cricket all-rounder (4 Tests), dies at 81
  • 2016 Max Walker, Australian cricket fast bowler (34 Tests, 138 wickets) and broadcaster (Nine Network), dies at 68
  • 2018 Don Chargin, American boxing promoter (IBHOF; Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza), dies from brain cancer at 90
  • 2020 Hiroki Yuhara, Japanese rugby union hooker (22 caps; Toshiba Brave Lupus), dies at 36