On This Day in Sport for September 7

Events in Sport

  • 1880 Geo Ligowsky patents device to throw clay pigeons for trapshooters
  • 1892 James Corbett KOs John Sullivan in 21 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1896 A. H. Whiting wins the 1st automobile race held on a closed-circuit track in Cranston, Rhode Island
  • 1897 George Davis (Giants) HR off Sport McAllister (Spiders) in DH
  • 1903 Federation of American Motorcyclists organized in NY

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1912 Eddie Collins steals record 6 bases in 9-7 Athletics win over Detroit

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1923 Boston Red Sox Howard Ehmke no-hits Philadelphia A's, 4-0
  • 1932 Earl Grace, ends NL catcher record streak of 110 cons errorless games

Sport awardTennis Open

1941 61st U.S. Men's National Championship: Bobby Riggs beats Frank Kovacs (5-7, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • 1941 55th U.S. Women's National Championship: Sarah Palfrey Cooke beats Pauline Betz Addie (7-5, 6-2)
  • 1942 62nd U.S. Men's National Championship: Ted Schroeder beats Frank Parker (8-6, 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2)
  • 1942 56th U.S. Women's National Championship: Pauline Betz Addie beats Louise Brough Clapp (4-6, 6-1, 6-4)
  • 1952 Outfielder Don Grate throws a baseball a record 434'1" (Tenn)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 Whitey Ford becomes 5th pitcher to hurl consecutive 1 hitters

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • 1952 NY Yankees Johnny Mize's pinch-hit grand slam gives Yanks a 5-1 win at Washington, giving him a HR in all 15 major league parks
  • 1952 3rd Formula One WDC: Alberto Ascari wins by 12 points

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953 Roy Campanella sets catcher record of 125 (en route to 142) RBIs

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

Sport awardTennis Open

1953 US Men's National Championship: Tony Trabert beats fellow American Vic Seixas 6-3, 6-2, 6-3

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • 1953 67th U.S. Women's National Championship: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (6-2, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

1958 78th U.S. Men's National Championship: Ashley Cooper beats Malcolm Anderson (6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 10-8, 8-6)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper

Sport awardTennis Open

1958 72nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Althea Gibson beats Darlene Hard (3-6, 6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • 1960 Ljudmila Shevcova runs female olympic record 800m (2:04.3)
  • 1960 Japan wins the men's gymnastics teams combined exercises gold for the first of 5 consecutive Olympics at the Rome Games; beats Soviet Union by just 2.5 points
  • 1960 Danish sailer Paul Elvstrøm wins the Finn class at the Rome Olympics; his 4th straight Olympic gold medal in the category
  • 1960 US sweeps the medals in the men's discus at the Rome Olympics; Al Oerter wins his 2nd of 4 career discus gold ahead of fellow Americans Rink Babka and Dick Cochran
  • 1960 Future Constantine II, last King of Greece, wins Dragon class sailing gold medal at the Rome Olympics

Sport awardTennis Open

1968 US Open Women's Tennis: England's Virginia Wade wins first Open era US title; beats Billie Jean King 6-4, 6-2

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1970 White Sox use record 41 players in doubleheader & lose both games
  • 1972 American Rod Milburn with a world record 13.24 wins the 110m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics; just 0.10 seconds ahead of Frenchman Guy Drut
  • 1972 East German sprinter Renate Stecher runs a world record equalling 22.40 in the 200m final to repeat her 100m win over Australia's Raelene Boyle at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972 Nadezhda Chizhova of the Soviet Union throws a world record 21.03m to win the women's shot put at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972 American athletes Vincent Matthews & Wayne Collett finish 1-2 in 400m at the Munich Olympics; acted casually on the medal stand, did not face the flag during anthem; banned from the Olympics for life
  • 1972 Future world professional cycling road race champion Hennie Kuiper of the Netherlands wins the road race gold medal at the Munich Olympics in 4:14:37
  • 1973 Jackie Stewart becomes Formula 1 world champion
  • 1973 Mike Storen becomes American Basketball Association's 4th commissioner

Sport awardTennis Open

1974 US Open Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King wins her 4th and final US title; beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley 3-6, 6-3, 7-5

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1975 Cincinnati Reds, win earliest NL division title
  • 1975 Last day of 1st-class cricket for Pakistani cricketer Hanif Mohammad

Sport awardTennis Open

1975 US Open Men's Tennis: Manuel Orantes of Spain wins his only Grand Slam title; upsets #1 seed Jimmy Connors 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • 1978 1st game of Boston Massacre, Yanks beat Red Sox 15-3
  • 1979 The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut.

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1980 Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Series of Women's Golf

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1980 Oakland A's pitch record 78th complete game of season
  • 1980 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Barth Golf Classic

Sport awardTennis Open

1980 US Open Men's Tennis: In centenary men's singles final John McEnroe retains title; beats Björn Borg 7-6, 6-1, 6-7, 5-7, 6-4

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1981 Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 57 pass attempts
  • 1981 West Tampa Fl defeats Rich Va, 6-4 to win American Legion World Series

Sport awardTennis Open

1985 US Open Women's Tennis: Hana Mandlíková beats Martina Navratilova 7-6, 1-6, 7-6 for her first US title

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1986 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Cellular One-Ping Golf Championship
  • 1986 Cleveland Browns becomes 1st team in NFL history to have a play reviewed by instant replay, Chicago 41, Browns 31

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Dan Marino throws his 100th career touchdown pass, the fastest QB in NFL history to do so

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino

Sport awardTennis Open

1986 US Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Czech final Ivan Lendl retains his title; beats Miloslav Mečíř 6-4, 6-2, 6-0

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Gold Medalist Miloslav Mecir
Tennis Player and Gold Medalist
Miloslav Mecir
  • 1987 Rosie Jones wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1988 Guy Lafleur, Tony Esposito & Brad Park inducted in NHL Hall of Fame

NHL Legend Guy Lafleur
NHL Legend
Guy Lafleur

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 NY Daily News reports boxer Mike Tyson is seeing a psychiatrist

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1991 1st South African international competition in 25 years, gymnastics
  • 1991 Ty Detmer of Brigham Young passes NCAA record 11,606 yards

Sport awardTennis Open

1991 US Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles of Yugoslavia wins her first US title; beats Martina Navratilova 7-6, 6-1

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1992 Baseball commissioner Faye Vincent resigns

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1992 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1994 Jingyi Le, Ying Shan, Ying Le and Bin Lu swimming 4x100 freestyle (3:37.91)

Sport awardTennis Open

1996 US Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf retains her title; beats Monica Seles 7-5 6-4

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
  • 1997 Karrie Webb wins Safeway LPGA Golf Championship
  • 1997 Steve Jones wins Canadian Golf Open with a 275
  • 1997 US Open Men's Tennis: Patrick Rafter of Australia wins his first Grand Slam title; beats Canadian Greg Rusedski 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

Sport awardTennis Open

2002 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins second US title; beats older sister Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

2003 US Open Men's Tennis: American Andy Roddick wins his only career Grand Slam title; beats Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 6-3, 7-6, 6-3

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • 2008 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her third US title; beats Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-4, 7-5
  • 2014 Bob and Mike Bryan win their fifth US Open men's tennis doubles
  • 2014 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her 3rd straight US title; beats Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-3, 6-3

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1726 François-André Danican Philidor, French composer and chess champion, born in Dreux, France (d. 1795)
  • 1842 Johannes Zukertort, German chess player, born in Lublin, Russian Empire (d. 1888)
  • 1870 Thomas Curtis, American athlete (Olympic 1896 Gold), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1944)
  • 1877 Mike O'Neill, Irish-American baseball player, born in Maum, County Galway, Ireland (d. 1959)

Person of interestPaul Brown

1908 Paul Brown, NFL hall of fame coach (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Norwalk, Ohio (d. 1991)

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 1910 John Shea, American 500m/1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1932), born in Lake Placid, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1919 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist, born in Kanegem, Belgium (d. 2004)

Person of interestLouise Suggs

1923 Louise Suggs, American golfer (US Women's Open 1949, 1952) and co-founder of LPGA, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2015)

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1926 Erich Juskowiak, German footballer, born in Oberhausen, Germany (d. 1983)
  • 1931 Al McGuire, American basketball coach (Marquette), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1934 Bill Giles, American baseball owner (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1942 Alan Oakes, British footballer (Manchester City), born in Winsford, England
  • 1946 Willie Crawford, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1951 Mark R McCumber, American PGA golfer (1979 Doral-Eastern), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1952 Ricardo Tormo, Spanish Grand Prix motocycle racer, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1998)
  • 1956 Byron Stevenson, British footballer (Leeds United), born in Llanelli, Wales (d. 2007)
  • 1961 Mohammad Aslam, UAE cricketer batsman (1996 World Cup), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1965 Bruce Armstrong, American NFL offensive tackle (NE Patriots), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1965 Danny Harris, American 400m hurdler (Olympic silver 1984), born in Torrance, California
  • 1965 Darko Pančev, Macedonian footballer (won European Golden Boot Award 1991), born in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
  • 1965 Andreas Thom, German footballer (Dynamo Berlin), born in Rüdersdorf, East Germany
  • 1965 Uta Pippig, German long distance runner, born in Leipzig, Germany
  • 1967 Kathaleen K Cutone, American figure skater (1994 Collegiate champ)
  • 1968 Erik Williams, American NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Darren Bragg, American outfielder (Seattle Mariners), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1971 Briana Scurry, soccer goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1971 Tonny Jensen, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Wagga Wagga, Australia
  • 1971 Wesley Leasy, American NFL linebacker (Arizona Cardinals), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • 1972 Andreas Pušnik, Austrian hockey forward (Team Austria 1998), born in Klagenfurt, Austria
  • 1972 Cedric Davis, American NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals), born in Brandon, Florida
  • 1972 Jason Isringhausen, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Brighton, Illinois
  • 1972 Willy Tate, American NFL tight end (KC Chiefs), born in Montana, California
  • 1973 Sam Couch, American kayaker (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1974 Antonio McDyess, American NBA forward (Phoenix Suns), born in Quitman, Mississippi
  • 1974 Mario Frick, Swiss-Liechtensteiner footballer, born in Chur, Switzerland
  • 1975 Harold Wallace, Costa Rican footballer, born in Heredia, Costa Rica
  • 1977 Jon Macken, British footballer (Preston North End), born in Blackley, England
  • 1978 Erwin Koen, Dutch footballer, born in Den Helder, Netherlands
  • 1979 Brian Stokes, American baseball player, born in Montclair, California
  • 1980 Gabriel Milito, Argentine footballer (Zaragoza), born in Bernal, Argentina
  • 1980 Javad Nekounam, Iranian footballer, born in Rey, Iran
  • 1980 Mark Prior, American baseball player (Chicago Cubs), born in San Diego, California
  • 1980 Sara Carrigan, Australian cyclist, born in Gunnedah, Australia
  • 1981 Gökhan Zan, Turkish footballer, born in Antakya, Hatay, Turkey
  • 1982 Andre Dirrell, American boxer (IBF interim super middleweight 2017-18), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1983 Philip Deignan, Irish cyclist (UCI Pro Team), born in Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland
  • 1983 Mehmet Topuz, Turkisher footballer (Kayserispor), born in Caferli Köyü, Yozgat, Turkey
  • 1983 Pops Mensah-Bonsu, British basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks, born in Tottenham, London
  • 1983 Annette Dytrt, German skater figure, born in Landshut, Germany
  • 1984 Vera Zvonareva, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1985 Rafinha [Márcio Rafael Ferreira de Souza], Brazilian footballer, born in Londrina, Paraná, Brazil
  • 1987 Aleksandra Wozniak, Canadian tennis player, born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 1988 Kevin Love, American basketball player, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1990 Tanja Kolbe, German ice dancer, born in Berlin

Deaths in Sport

  • 1956 Charles Burgess Fry, English cricketer, dies at 84
  • 1982 Ken Boyer, American baseball player (b. 1931)
  • 1983 Henry Promnitz, cricketer (5-58 on debut for South Africa 1927-28), dies
  • 1984 Don Tallon, cricketer (great Queensland & Australian keeper), dies
  • 1984 Joe Cronin, American baseball shortstop (Pirates, Red Sox, Senators, MVP 1930, AL Pres), dies at 77
  • 1992 Leo van der Kar, masseur/businessman/founder (Sports Fund), dies at 79
  • 1993 Guy Overton, New Zealand cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 3 Tests on 1953-54 SA tour), dies at 74
  • 2004 Bob Boyd, American baseball player (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Don Haskins, American College Basketball coach (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Amar Garibović, Serbian Cross Country Skier (b. 1991)
  • 2016 Cary Blanchard, American NFL kicker (Indianapolis Colts), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 2017 Gene Michael, American baseball shortstop, and general manger (NY Yankees), dies of a heart attack at 79