On This Day

On This Day in Sport for September 30

Events in Sport

  • 1659 Peter Stuyvesant of New Netherlands forbids tennis playing during religious services (1st mention of tennis in US)
  • 1882 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Bob Ferguson wins third consecutive Open title; beats fellow Scot Willie Fernie by 3 strokes
  • 1887 8th America's Cup: New York Yacht Club’s cutter Volunteer beats Scottish challenger Thistle by 11:48.75 seconds on corrected time to win series, 2-0 off Newport, RI
  • 1904 White Sox lefty Doc White, pitches his 5th shutout in 18 days
  • 1915 Red Sox clinch AL pennant by beating Detroit
  • 1916 Giants lose to Braves 8-3, ends 26 consecutive win streak
  • 1922 Yanks clinch pennant #2, beating Boston 3-1

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1927 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth smacks his MLB record 60th home run off Tom Zachary in 8th inning of New York's 4-2 win over Washington Senators at Yankee Stadium

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1934 Babe Ruth's final game as a Yankee, goes 0 for 3
  • 1937 Ryder Cup Golf, Southport & Ainsdale GC: US wins 8-4; first time the host team loses the competition
  • 1939 In the first televised college football game, Fordham beats Waynesburg, 34-7 at Randalls Island, NY
  • 1939 Chicago pitcher Clint Brown sets MLB record with his 61st relief appearance as White Sox beat St. Louis Browns, 7-5

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 Detroit's future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg smacks an AL pennant-winning grand slam on the final day of the season as the Tigers beat St. Louis Browns, 6-3

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1947 In first televised World Series Baseball game, NY Yankees beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 5-3 in Game 1 at Yankee Stadium; also largest WS crowd to date, 73,365
  • 1949 Pirates Ralph Kiner hits his 54th HR & NL record 16th in September
  • 1956 Phillies Robin Roberts gives up a major league record 46th HR

  • 1956 White Sox Jim Derrington, 16, is youngest to start a game (he loses)
  • 1962 NY Mets lose record 120th game as Cubs turn triple play & beat NY 5-1
  • 1965 LA Dodger Don Drysdale (23-12) wins 13th straight game, 7 by shutouts
  • 1968 AL & NL umpires form a new Association of Major League Umpires
  • 1971 Last Washington Senator home game, Yanks win career 5th forfeit game Yanks trailing 4-2 in 9th with 2 outs, fans rush field

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1972 Pittsburgh right fielder Roberto Clemente doubles off Mets' Jon Matlack to become the 11th MLB player to record 3000 hits as Pirates beat NY, 5-0

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 1973 New York City Marathon: American Nina Kuscsik retains her crown in 2:57:07; Tom Fleming wins men's race in 2:21:54
  • 1973 Mel Gray begins NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions
  • 1973 New York Yankees close 50th year at Yankee Stadium with an 8-5 loss to Detroit Tigers for an 80-82 season record; manager Ralph Houk resigns
  • 1978 Major Indoor Soccer League grants 1st 6 franchises to Cincinnati
  • 1978 Phillies clinch NL East title
  • 1978 Cleveland, Houston, NY, Philadelphia & Pittsburgh Phillies win 3rd consecutive NL East Division title
  • 1979 Milwaukee Brewers lose 5-0 ending 213 straight games without a shutout
  • 1980 1,754 turn out to see Phillies play NY Mets at Shea Stadium

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1980 Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson sets AL stolen base record with his 97th in A's 5-1 win over Chicago White Sox; breaks Ty Cobb's mark of 96 set in 1915

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1981 International Olympic Committee votes to award Seoul, South Korea as host of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games
  • 1984 California Angels Michael Witt is 11th to pitch a perfect baseball game
  • 1984 Bowie Kuhn ends career as Baseball Commissioner
  • 1984 California Angel Mike Witt, pitches a perfect game over Texas Rangers, 1-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 NY Yankee Don Mattingly wins AL batting crown with .343 avg

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly

  • 1988 Louise Ritter, US, jumps 6'8" to win Olympic gold medal

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1988 Robin Givens & Mike Tyson appear on Barbara Walter's Show

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Model and Actress Robin Givens
Model and Actress
Robin Givens
  • 1988 Soviet Union beats Yugoslavia 76-63 to win the men's basketball gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; US finishes 3rd; final time US field non-NBA team

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1989 Nolan Ryan's perfect game broken in 8th, but gets his 300th strikeout

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1989 Toronto Blue Jays wins AL East title
  • 1990 Chicago White Sox beat Seattle 2-1 in last game at Comiskey Park
  • 1990 Pittsburgh Pirates wins NL East title

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1992 KC Royal George Brett gets 4 hits to become 18th to get 3,000 hits

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1997 1st time 3 cons HRs in post season-Raines, Jeter, O'Neill (NY Yankees)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1997 Yanks Tim Raines, Derek Jeter & Paul O'Neill are 1st to hit 3 consecutively homers in post season (Yanks beat Indians 8-6)

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
Baseball Player Derek Jeter
Baseball Player
Derek Jeter
MLB Right Fielder Paul O'Neill
MLB Right Fielder
Paul O'Neill
  • 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai, China: Birgit Prinz and Simone Laudehr score as Germany beats Brazil, 2-0
  • 2007 Presidents Cup Golf, Royal Montreal GC: David Toms and Scott Verplank remain undefeated as US beats International team, 19½–14½
  • 2012 Ryder Cup Golf, Medinah CC: Europe retains Cup 14½-13½; win 8 and tie 1 of the 12 singles matches after trailing 10-6
  • 2018 Ryder Cup Golf, Le Golf National: Europe regains Cup with 17½–10½ win over the US; Italian Francesco Molinari wins all 5 matches; Sergio Garcia becomes biggest point scorer in event history with 25½
  • 2018 New York Yankees suffer a 10-2 drubbing at the Boston Red Sox but accumulate a MLB record 267 home runs for the season; surpass Seattle Mariners previous mark of 264 in 1997

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1865 Bonnor Middleton, South African cricket fast bowler (6 Tests, 24 wickets; Western Province), born in Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, England (d. 1913)
  • 1869 Ernie Jones, Australian cricket fast bowler (19 Tests, 64 wickets; first bowler to be called for throwing in a Test), born in Auburn, South Australia (d. 1943)
  • 1911 Ed Danowski, American football quarterback and halfback (NFL Championship 1934, 38; New York Giants; Pro Bowl 1938), born in Jamesport, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1919 Roberto Bonomi, Argentine racing driver (d. 1992)
  • 1922 Allan Rae, cricketer (prolific WI opening batsman 1948-53)
  • 1926 Robin Roberts, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (won 28 consecutive complete games 1952-53), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1932 Johnny Podres, American baseball player (d. 2008)
  • 1940 Harry Winston Jerome, Sask Canada, 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • 1942 Sture Pettersson, Swedish cyclist (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1944 Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish soccer forward (23 caps; Celtic FC), born in Viewpark, Scotland (d. 2006)
  • 1946 Paul Sheahan, cricketer (dashing Australian Test batsman 1967-74)
  • 1951 Catie Ball, American 100m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic-4X4 gold-1968)
  • 1952 Darrell Hair, cricketer (Australian Test umpire since 1993-94)
  • 1958 Nona Garson, equestrian show jumper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1959 Hans Werdekker, Dutch soccer player (Ajax, RKC/Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1959 Ettore Messina, Italian basketball coach
  • 1961 Chandrakant Pandit, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (late 80's)
  • 1961 Eric van de Poele, Belgian racing driver
  • 1961 Jorge Ricardo, Brazilian jockey (Brazilian Champion jockey 1982-2006; highest tally winning rider in thoroughbred racing), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1962 Dave Magadan, 1st baseman (NY Mets, Chicago Cubs), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1962 Frank Rijkaard, Surinam/Dutch soccer star (Ajax, AC Milan)
  • 1962 George Jamison, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1962 Leon Hutten, soccer player (RKC)
  • 1963 Ed Drakich, volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1964 Michael McKay, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Yorkis Perez, Bajos de Haina Dom Rep, pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1970 Eric Piatkowski, NBA guard/forward (LA Clippers)
  • 1971 Brentson Buckner, NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972 Cedric Saunders, NFL tight end (Tampa Bay Bucs, Scotland Claymores)
  • 1972 Jamal Anderson, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972 Troy Dumas, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1974 Jeremy Giambi, American baseball player
  • 1975 Carlos Guillén, Venezuelan baseball shortstop (3-time MLB All Star; Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers), born in Maracay, Aragua
  • 1977 Sun Jihai, Chinese footballer
  • 1977 Roy Carroll, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1978 Candice Michelle, American female wrestler
  • 1979 Andy van der Meyde, Dutch footballer

Person of interestMartina Hingis

1980 Martina Hingis, Swiss tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Košice, Slovakia

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • 1981 Dominique Moceanu, California, gymnast (World-silver-95, Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1981 Brandon Watson, American baseball
  • 1983 Andreea Răducan, Romanian gymnast, born in Bârlad, Romania

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1989 NBA legend Larry Bird (32) weds long-time girlfriend Dinah Mattingly in Terre Haute, Indiana

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

LoveWedding of Interest

2000 Tennis star player Pete Sampras (29) weds actress and former Miss Teen USA Bridgette Wilson (27) in Los Angeles, California

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras

Deaths in Sport

  • 1925 Philip Hutchinson, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1889), dies
  • 1954 Percie Charlton, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1890), dies
  • 1996 Aubrey Brabazon, jockey/trainer, dies at 76
  • 1998 Dan Quisenberry, American MLB player (5-time AL saves leader), dies of brain tumour at 45
  • 2002 Arthur Hazlerigg, British peer and cricketer, dies at 92
  • 2004 Mildred McDaniel, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956), dies at 70
  • 2012 Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater (Olympic gold 1948, World champion 1947-48), dies at 84