On This Day

On This Day in Sport for September 6

Events in Sport

  • 1880 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket in England, v Australia at The Oval

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1880 W. G. Grace scores 152 in debut Test Cricket innings, v Aust The Oval

Cricketer W. G. Grace
W. G. Grace
  • 1904 Soccer team Rheden forms
  • 1905 Chicago White Sox pitcher Frank Smith no-hits Detroit Tigers, 15-0
  • 1913 19th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jerry Travers

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1920 Jack Dempsey KOs Billy Miske in 3 for heavyweight boxing title 1st radio broadcast of a prizefight

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1920 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills NY: Bill Tilden wins first of 6 straight US singles titles; beats Bill Johnston 6-1, 1-6, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
  • 1927 Red Sox beat NY Yankees 12-11 in 18 innings at Fenway Park
  • 1930 Brooklyn Dodgers beat Phillies 22-8
  • 1942 Czech marathon runner Oskar Hêks transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • 1943 Carl Scheib becomes youngest pitcher in American League history at 16years, 8 months
  • 1943 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Joe Hunt beats fellow American Jack Kramer 6-3, 6-8, 10-8, 6-0 for his lone major title
  • 1943 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: American Pauline Betz successfully defends title; beats Louise Brough Clapp 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
  • 1945 A's catcher Greek George punches umpire Joe Rue gets suspended
  • 1946 All-America Football Conference begins regular season play as the Cleveland Browns beat the Miami Seahawks 44-0 before 60,135 at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1953 Roy Campanella sets record for HRs by a catcher at 38

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

  • 1954 Yankees use a record 10 pinch hitters

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1954 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Vic Seixas beats Australian Rex Hartwig 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 for his second and final major singles title

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • 1954 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Doris Hart beats Louise Brough Clapp 6-8, 6-1, 8-6 for the first of her 2 US singles titles
  • 1960 Australian middle distance runner Herb Elliott breaks his own world record in winning the 1,500m at the Rome Olympics in 3:35.6
  • 1960 American Otis Davis runs a world record 44.9 to win the gold medal in the 400m at the Rome Olympics; German Carl Kaufmann records same time but ruled second via photo finish
  • 1960 In a famous victory American decathlete Rafer Johnson scores Olympic record 8,392 points to win the gold medal in Rome; beats rival & friend C.K. Yang of China by 58 points
  • 1963 Historian Lee Allen says Indians-Senators game is 100,000th in Major League baseball history
  • 1972 Summer Olympics resume in Munich, Germany after massacre of 11 Israeli athletes by Black September Palestinian terrorist organisation

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova asks for US political asylum in New York City during the US Open

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1975 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Chris Evert wins her first of 6 US singles titles; beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley of Australia 5-7, 6-4, 6-2

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1977 Angels acquire Dave Kingman from Padres for cash, 9 days later Yankees buy Kingman (started with Mets) who plays in all 4 divisions in 1977
  • 1980 French runner Chantal Langlacé sets women's 100k world record (7h 27m 22s) in Amiens, France
  • 1980 US College football longest losing streak of 50 games ends for Macalester College (St. Paul)
  • 1980 US Open Women's Tennis: In the centenary women's singles final, Chris Evert-Lloyd wins her 5th US title; beats Hana Mandlíková 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
  • 1981 Robert Granville "Bob" Lemon named NY Yankee manager for 2nd time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Pittsburgh Pirates retire Willie Stargell's #8

Hall of Fame Baseball Player Willie Stargell
Hall of Fame Baseball Player
Willie Stargell

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Mark Messier loses control of his Porsche and totals three cars, and would later be charged with hit and run and careless driving (he would pay a fine)

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 1986 Michael Spinks TKOs Steffen Tangstad in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1986 US Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins her 3rd US singles title; beats Czech star Helena Suková 6-3, 6-2
  • 1987 Douglas Wakiihuri wins marathon (2:11:48)
  • 1987 Saskatchewan's Dave Ridgway kicks a CFL-record 60-yard field goal
  • 1991 33rd Walker Cup: US, 14-10

Woman Jockey Rides Into Record BooksWoman Jockey Rides Into Record Books

1992 Gay Kelleway becomes the 1st female jockey to ride a winner at England’s famous Royal Ascot

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A young Gay Kelleway in the saddle. Photo: dailymail.co.uk
A young Gay Kelleway in the saddle. Photo: dailymail.co.uk
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  • 1994 Tom Dolan swims world record 400m medley (4:12.30)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Cal Ripken Jr breaks Gehrig's record, plays in 2,131 straight games

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Baltimore Orioles' Eddie Murray's 500th career HR

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1997 US Open Women's Tennis: Martina Hingis wins her first US title; outclasses Venus Williams 6-0, 6-4

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • 2003 US Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Belgian final Justine Henin-Hardenne wins her first US title; beats Kim Clijsters 7-5, 6-1

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

2008 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her third US title; beats Jelena Janković of Serbia 6-4, 7-5

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2009 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Priddis Greens GC: Suzann Pettersen of Norway wins by 5 strokes from a group of 5 players
  • 2018 World Surf League announces from 2019 there would be equal prize money for men and women across elite tour events; first US-based global sports league with gender pay parity
  • 2019 Sri Lankan cricket fast bowler Lasith Malinga takes 4 wickets in 4 balls and finishes with 5 for 6 as New Zealand all out for 88 in 37-run defeat in 3rd T-20 International in Pellekele

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

2020 World #1 tennis player Novak Đoković is sensationally disqualified in 4th round of US Open after hitting a ball in frustration, striking a line judge; trailed Pablo Carreño Busta 5-6 in 1st set

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1911 Harry Danning, American baseball player, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1912 Vince DiMaggio, American baseball center fielder (MLB All Star 1943-44; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Martinez, California (d. 1986)
  • 1917 George Mann, English cricketer, born in Byfleet, Surrey, England (d. 2001)
  • 1928 Rudolf Plyukfelder, Soviet light heavyweight lifter (Olympic gold 1964), born in Novoorlivka, Ukraine
  • 1929 Dow Finsterwald, American golfer (PGA Championship 1958), born in Athens, Ohio
  • 1935 Jock Wallace, Scottish football player and manager, born in Wallyford, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1947 Bruce Rioch, Scottish footballer and coach, born in Aldershot, England
  • 1953 Mohamed Kedir, Ethiopian 10k runner (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Ethiopia
  • 1954 Jon Erikson, American swimmer 1st to triple cross English Channel (1981) (d. 2014)
  • 1955 Anne Henning, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1972), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1957 Gwyn Evans, Welsh rugby union fullback (12 caps Wales, 2 caps British & Irish Lions; Maesteg RFC) and coach (Italy 1977-78), born in Maesteg, Wales
  • 1962 Kevin Willis, American NBA center (Houston Rockets), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 József Kiprich, Hungarian soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Tatabánya, Hungary
  • 1963 Pat Nevin, Scottish soccer winger (28 caps; Chelsea, Everton, Tranmere Rovers), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1966 Joan Guetschow, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1968 Pat Meares, American baseball infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Salina, Kansas
  • 1969 Aaron Pierce, American NFL halfback (NY Giants), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1969 Doug Pirini, New Zealand decathlete (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969 Ben Finegold, American chess player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1969 Michellie Jones, Australian triathlete (won two ITU Triathlon World Championships), born in Fairfield, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1970 Igor Korolev, Russian ice hockey player (Team Russia, Winnipeg), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1970 Shane Heal, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1970 Torrance Small, American NFL wide receiver (New Orleans Saints), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1971 Anthony Goldwire, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1971 Holli Hyche, American runner, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1971 Pavel Patera, Czech hockey forward (Team Czech Rep, Olympic gold 1998), born in Kladno, Czech Republic
  • 1971 Devang Gandhi, Indian cricketer, born in Bhavnagar, Gujarat
  • 1972 Eric Zeier, American NFL quarterback (Cleveland Browns), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1973 Greg Rusedski, Canadian-British tennis star (1995 Seoul), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1973 Carlo Cudicini, Italian football goalkeeper, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1974 Tim Henman, English tennis player, born in Oxford, England
  • 1975 Derrek Lee, American baseball 1st baseman (2 x MLB All Star, 3 x Gold Glove), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1976 Danny Blankers, Dutch soccer player (PSV/Willem II), born in Goirle, Netherlands
  • 1976 Michael Nakamura, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in Nara, Japan
  • 1978 Alex Escobar, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
  • 1979 Massimo Maccarone, Italian footballer, born in Galliate, Italy
  • 1979 Carlos Adrián Morales, Mexican footballer, born in La Piedad, Michoacán, Mexico
  • 1980 Samuel Peter, Nigerian-American heavyweight boxer, born in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria
  • 1980 Joseph Yobo, Nigerian footballer (Nigerian national team captain), born in Kono, Rivers State, Nigeria
  • 1980 Yuji Hamano, Japanese archer, born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1981 Mark Teahen, American-Canadian baseball player, born in Redlands, California
  • 1985 Ali Ashfaq, Maldivian footballer, born in Malé, Maldives
  • 1985 Alberto Valerio, Brazilian racing driver, born in Ipatinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • 1989 Nikos Boutzikos, Greek footballer, born in Polygyros, Greece
  • 1990 John Wall, American basketball point guard (2010 NBA Draft: #1 pick Washington Wizards), born in Raleigh, North Carolina

Deaths in Sport

  • 1938 John Stuart Hindmarsh, British racing driver and aviator (b. 1907)
  • 1962 Seiichiro Kashio, Japanese tennis player (b. 1892)
  • 1969 Arthur Friedenreich, Brazilian football player, dies at 77
  • 1970 Gerard Smithson, cricketer (Eng batsman against W Indies 1948), dies
  • 1978 Adolf Dassler, German entrepreneur (founder sportswear company Adidas), dies at 78
  • 1990 Leonard Hutton, cricketer (79 Tests for England, 6971 runs), dies
  • 1991 Bob Goldham, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1922)
  • 1992 Pat Harder, American NFL fullback (Cardinals, Lions), dies at 70
  • 1995 Buster Mathis, American boxer (World Super Heavyweight title 1972), dies from heart failure at 52
  • 1999 René Lecavalier, French Canadian sportscaster (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Sören Nordin, Swedish harness racing driver and trainer (b. 1917)
  • 2012 Art Modell [Arthur Bertram], American businessman (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Modells Stores), dies from heart failure at 87 (b. 1925)
  • 2017 Jim McDaniels, American basketball forward (All American 1971; Western Kentucky Uni; No. 1 overall pick ABA Draft 1971; ABA All-Star 1972; Carolina Cougars), dies from diabetes complications at 69
  • 2018 Diane Leather, British athlete (first woman to run sub-5 minute mile), dies of a stroke at 85
  • 2019 Abdul Qadir, Pakistan cricket spin bowler (67 Tests; 236 wickets; best 9/56 1987), dies of cardiac arrest at 63
  • 2020 Lou Brock, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (6 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1964, 67; 8 × NL stolen base leader; St Louis Cardinals), dies from multiple myeloma at 81
  • 2020 Tom Jernstedt, American Basketball Hall of Fame administrator (NCAA 1972-2010), dies at 75