On This Day

On This Day in Sport for September 5

Events in Sport

  • 1901 National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues forms
  • 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 Dodger Nap Rucker no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0
  • 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 WW I, 15th World Series begins a month early

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1921 Walter Johnson sets MLB strikeout mark at 2,287

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1922 17th Davis Cup: USA beats Australasia in New York (4-1)
  • 1923 Flyweights Gene LaRue & Kid Pancho KO each other simultaneously

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1925 29th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bobby Jones

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones
  • 1927 Red Sox beat Yankees 12-11 in 18 innings
  • 1936 Red Sox turn a triple-play on Yankees
  • 1938 Davis Cup Final, Philadelphia: Don Budge beats Adrian Quist of Australia 8-6, 6-1, 6-2 to wrap up the tie for the United States 3-2
  • 1938 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Philadelphia, PA: US retain title as Don Budge beats Australian Adrian Quist 8-6, 6-1, 6-2 for unbeatable 3-1 lead; ends 3-2
  • 1939 34th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Haverford (3-2)
  • 1939 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Haverford, PA: John Bromwich beats American Frank Parker 6-0, 6-3, 6-1 to give Australia the title, 3-2

  • 1946 Joe Garagiola plays his 1st major league baseball game, in his hometown of St. Louis; 2 RBI's in Cardinals' win over Chicago Cubs
  • 1948 Davis Cup, Forest Hills, NY: 3 straight titles for US as Gardnar Mulloy & Bill Talbert beat Australians Colin Long & Bill Sidwell 8-6, 9-7, 2-6, 7-5 for unassailable 3-0 lead; ends 5-0
  • 1949 US National Championship Men's Tennis: Pancho Gonzales beats fellow American Ted Schroeder 16-18, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4; longest singles final match by games (67), before tiebreaker introduction
  • 1949 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Margaret Osborne duPont beats fellow American Doris Hart 6-4, 6-1
  • 1950 98.3 cm rainfall at Yankeetown, Florida (state record)
  • 1950 US National Championship Men's Tennis: American Art Larsen beats countryman Herb Flam 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 for his only Grand Slam title
  • 1950 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-American final Margaret Osborne duPont beats Doris Hart 6-3, 6-3 for her third consecutive US singles crown

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1951 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Frank Sedgman of Australia beats American Vic Seixas 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 for his first of 2 straight US singles crowns

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • 1951 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Maureen Connolly wins her 1st of 9 Grand Slam singles titles; beats fellow American Shirley Fry 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
  • 1955 Dodger Don Newcombe hits NL pitcher record 7th HR of season

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1960 Cassius Clay [Muhammad Ali] beats 3-time European champion Zbigniew Pietrzykowski of Poland by unanimous points decision to win Olympic light heavyweight boxing gold medal at the Rome Games

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 A. J. Foyt wins the first of 67 Indy car victories at Du Quoin, Illinois. State Fairgrounds

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1960 Future world middleweight boxing champion Nino Benvenuti of Italy beats Yuri Radonyak of the Soviet Union to win welterweight gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • 1962 Atletico Madrid of Spain win 2nd European Cup Winner's Cup against ACF Fiorentina of Italy 3-0 in Stuttgart (replay)
  • 1962 Cubs Ken Hubbs sets 2nd base record for consecutive errorless games at 78 & consecutive errorless chances (418), he errors in the 4th
  • 1971 Astros pitcher J R Richard debut, strikes out 15 Giants in a 5-3 win
  • 1971 NY Mets Don Hahn hits 1st inside the park homer at Phillies Vet
  • 1972 11 Israeli athletes taken hostage and later killed by Palestinian Black September group at the Munich Olympics
  • 1973 1st one-day Cricket international for WI (v Eng) - lose by 1 wicket
  • 1977 Cleveland Indians stage 1st "I hate the Yankee Hanky Night"

  • 1979 Oakland A's pitcher Matt Keough beats Milwaukee Brewers, 6-1 for first win after 14 straight losses, ended 1978 with 18 defeats (1 shy of the MLB record 19)

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1979 American Roscoe Tanner fires 11 aces, breaks the net with his bullet serve and upsets top-seed Björn Borg 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 in the US Open Tennis quarterfinals

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1982 US Men's Amateur Golf Championship, The Country Club: Jay Sigel wins 8 & 7 over David Tolley

Sport awardTennis Open

1987 John McEnroe is fined $17,500 for tirades at US Tennis Open

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 2nd World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in Men's Long Jump

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1988 CFL's Earl Winfield (Ham) scores TDs on 101-yd punt return, 100-yd kickoff return & 58-yd pass reception

Sport awardTennis Open

1989 Chris Evert's final US Open tennis match; defeated by Zina Garrison 7-6, 6-2 in the quarter finals

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Zina Garrison
Tennis Player
Zina Garrison

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1990 #12 seed Pete Sampras ends #3 Ivan Lendl's bid for 9th straight US Open final with classic 6-4, 7-6, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2 quarter final win; goes on to win 1st career Grand Slam title

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • 1992 Dan O'Brien sets world record decathlon (8891 pts)
  • 1994 Jingyi Le swims world record 100m women's freestyle (54.01 sec)

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1994 SF wide receiver Jerry Rice catches 2 touchdown passes and runs for another score in 49ers' 44-14 rout of the Raiders; surpasses Jim Brown as NFL's career TD leader with 127

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1995 Cal Ripken Jr ties Gehrig's record of playing in 2,130 straight games

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • 1997 Athens in Greece, selected to host 2004 Olympics
  • 1997 Orioles beat Yankes 13-9 in longest 9 inning game
  • 2020 146th Kentucky Derby: 8-1 underdog Authentic with John R. Velazquez aboard holds off heavy favourite Tiz the Law to give trainer Bob Baffert his record-tying 6th Derby win

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1826 John Wisden, England cricketer (prominent Sussex player), born in Brighton, Sussex, England (d. 1884)
  • 1872 Horace Rice, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1907), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1950)
  • 1874 Nap Lajoie, American baseball player, born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island (d. 1959)
  • 1909 Archie Jackson, Australian cricket batsman (8 Tests, 1 x 100, HS 164), born in Rutherglen, Scotland (d. 1933)
  • 1923 Ken Meuleman, Australian cricketer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1936 Bill Mazeroski, American MLB 2nd baseman (won 1960 World Series for Pitts), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • 1937 Antonio Valentín Angelillo, Italian-Argentinian footballer who played for both Argentina and Italy, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver, born in Mendrisio, Switzerland (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Bruce Yardley, Australian cricket spin bowler (33 Tests, 126 wickets; coach Sri Lanka), born in Midland, Western Australia (d. 2019)
  • 1951 Paul Breitner, German footballer, born in Kolbermoor, Germany
  • 1952 Graham Salmon, British blind runner (fastest 100m by a blind man) (d. 1999)
  • 1954 Hans-Jorgen Gerhardt, German bobsleder (Olympic gold 1980), born in Altenburg, Thuringia
  • 1956 Steve Denton, American tennis player (world's fastest tennis serve-138 mph), born in Kingsville, Texas
  • 1957 Peter Winnen, Dutch bicycle road athlete, born in Ysselsteyn German war cemetery, Netherlands
  • 1959 Tom Pernice Jr., American golfer (2 PGA Tour, 6 Champions Tour titles), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1960 Rob Stull, American pentathlete (Olympic-92), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1960 Willie Gault, American NFL receiver (Chicago Bears, LA Raiders), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • 1962 Beth Underhill, Canadian equestrian jumper (Olympics 26-92, 96), born in Georgetown, Ontario
  • 1963 Jeff Brantley, American MLB pitcher and broadcaster (Cincinnati Reds), born in Florence, Alabama
  • 1963 Tim McKyer, American NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1964 Frank Farina, Australian footballer, born in Darwin, Australia
  • 1965 Tony Martin, American NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1965 David Brabham, Australian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 2009), born in London, England
  • 1966 Simone Jacobs, British 4X100m relayer (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Reading, Berkshire, England
  • 1966 Milinko Pantić, Serbian footballer, born in Loznica, Serbia
  • 1967 Rein van Duynhoven, Dutch soccer player (Helmond Sport, MVV), born in Veghel, Netherlands
  • 1968 Dennis Scott, American NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks), born in Hagerstown, Maryland
  • 1969 Leonardo Araujo, Brazilian footballer, born in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1969 Mark Ramprakash, English cricketer, born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1970 Brad Hopkins, American NFL tackle (Houston Oilers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1970 Lori Harrigan, American softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1970 Michael Potts, American pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Langdale, Alabama
  • 1970 Willie Clay, American NFL safety (Detroit Lions), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Mohammad Rafique, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 1971 Carlester Crumpler, American NFL tight end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • 1971 Kim Maher, American softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Saigon, Vietnam
  • 1971 Adam Hollioake, England cricketer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1972 Dirk Copeland, American pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Tom Carter, American NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1973 Jenny Whittle, Australian basketball center (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Gold Coast, Australia
  • 1974 Rawl Lewis, West Indian cricketer, born in Grenada
  • 1975 Rod Barajas, Mexican-American baseball player, born in Ontario, California
  • 1975 George Boateng, Dutch footballer, born in Nkawkaw, Ghana
  • 1975 Matt Geyer, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Blacktown, Sydney, Australia
  • 1976 Tatiana Gutsu, Ukrainian gymnast (1992 Olympic Champion), born in Odessa, Soviet Union
  • 1977 Rosevelt Colvin, American football player, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1977 Nazr Mohammed, American basketball player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1978 Chris Jack, New Zealand rugby union footballer (All Blacks), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1978 Zhang Zhong, Chinese-Singaporean chess player, born in Chongqing, China
  • 1978 Sylvester Joseph, West Indian cricketer, born in New Winthorpes, Antigua
  • 1979 John Carew, Norwegian soccer forward (91 caps; Valencia, Aston Villa), born in Lørenskog, Norway
  • 1979 Stacey Dales, Canadian basketball player and sportscaster, born in Collingwood, Canada
  • 1979 George O'Callaghan, Irish footballer, born in Cork, Ireland
  • 1980 Franco Costanzo, Argentinian football goalkeeper, born in Río Cuarto, Argentina
  • 1981 Drew Carter, American football player, born in Solon, Ohio
  • 1981 Filippo Volandri, Italian tennis player, born in Livorno, Italy
  • 1982 Alexandre Geijo, Spanish-Swiss footballer, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1983 Eugen Bopp, Ukrainian-German footballer, born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1983 Pablo Granoche, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1985 Ryan Guy, American soccer player, born in Carlsbad, California
  • 1990 Kim Yu-Na, Korean figure skater, born in Wonmi-gu, South Korea

Weddings in Sport

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

Deaths in Sport

  • 1931 John Thomson, football player who died in an accidental collision during a match (b. 1909)
  • 1961 Ernest Bock, cricketer (Test for South Africa, 1935), dies
  • 1966 Dezső Lauber, Hungarian athlete (b. 1879)
  • 1970 Jochen Rindt, Austrian auto racer (posthumous World F1 title 1970), dies of throat injuries in practice accident at 28
  • 1971 Ed Gordon Jr, American athlete (Olympic gold long jump 1932), dies at 63
  • 1971 George Trafton, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), dies at 74
  • 1972 Mosje Weinberg, Israeli olympic wrestling coach, murdered
  • 1973 Jack Fournier, American baseball player, 1912-27 (White Sox; Cardinals; Brooklyn Robins) dies at 83
  • 1976 A E R Gilligan, cricketer (11 Tests for England 1922-25), dies
  • 1987 Bill Bowes, English cricketer (Bodyline bowler, 68 wkts for England), dies at 79
  • 1992 Billy Herman, American baseball hall of fame second baseman and manager (Dodgers, Cubs), dies at 83
  • 1996 Richard Clement Charles Thomas, rugby intl/journalist, dies at 67
  • 2000 Roy Fredericks, West Indian cricketer (brilliant WI lefty opener 169 v Aust 1975), dies at 57
  • 2001 Heywood Hale Broun, American TV commentator and sports correspondent, dies at 83
  • 2010 Shoya Tomizawa Japanese MotoGP Racer (b. 1990)
  • 2013 Willie Frazier, American football tight end (AFL All-Star 1965, 67, 69; All-Pro 1965; Houston Oilers, San Diego Chargers), dies at 71
  • 2015 Patricia Canning Todd, American tennis player, dies at 93