On This Day

On This Day in Sport for September 5

Events in Sport

  • 1901 National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, better known as Minor League Baseball is formed at the Leland Hotel in Chicago
  • 1906 St. Louis University quarterback Bradbury Robinson throws first legal forward pass in the history of American football for a TD to Jack Schneider at Carroll College, Waukesha, Wisconsin; St. Louis wins, 22-0
  • 1908 Brooklyn Superbas pitcher Nap Rucker no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0 at Washington Park, Brooklyn
  • 1913 Phillies & Braves tie record of only 1 run in a double header, Phillies win 1st game 1-0, then a scoreless tie into 10th
  • 1916 US National Championship Men's Tennis: R. Norris Williams beats Bill Johnston 4-6, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2, 6-4 for his 2nd and final US singles crown
  • 1918 Due to WWI, 15th Baseball World Series begins a month early; Boston Red Sox defeat Chicago Cubs, 1-0 at Comiskey Park
  • 1921 Walter Johnson sets MLB strikeout mark at 2,287
  • 1922 17th Davis Cup: USA beats Australasia in New York (4-1)
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Birthdays in Sport

  • 1826 John Wisden, English cricket all-rounder (launched Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1864; Sussex CCC, Kent CCC, Middlesex CCC), born in Brighton, England (d. 1884)
  • 1872 Horace Rice, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1907), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1950)
  • 1874 Napoleon "Nap" Lajoie, American Baseball HOF second baseman (Triple Crown 1901; AL batting champion 1901–04, 10; Philadelphia A's, Cleveland Naps), born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island (d. 1959)
  • 1883 Mel Sheppard, American athlete (Olympic gold 800m, 1,500m, medley relay 1908; 4x400 metre relay 1912), born in Deptford Township, New Jersey (d. 1942)
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Weddings in Sport

  • 2015 Actress Erika Christensen (33) weds cyclist Cole Maness in Palm Springs, California

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Deaths in Sport

  • 1931 John Thomson, football player who died in an accidental collision during a match (b. 1909)
  • 1945 Clem Hill, Australian cricket batsman and captain (49 Tests, 7 x 100, HS 191; South Australia CA), dies in a traffic accident at 68
  • 1961 Ernest Bock, cricketer (Test for South Africa, 1935), dies
  • 1966 Dezső Lauber, Hungarian athlete (b. 1879)
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