On This Day

On This Day in Sport for September 8

Events in Sport

  • 1883 NY Giants score 13 runs in an inning against Phillies
  • 1905 Pittsburgh Pirates strand NL record 18 men on base & lose to Reds 8-3
  • 1915 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: William Johnston beats Maurice McLoughlin 1-6, 6-0, 7-5, 10-8 in first US event held at West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills, New York

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1919 Babe Ruth hits his 26th HR off Jack Quinn in NY, breaking Buck Freeman's 1899 HR mark of 25

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1939 Indians Bob Feller, 20, is youngest pitcher to win 20 games
  • 1939 Yanks beat Red Sox 4-1 in 7, game called because of lightning
  • 1943 NY Giants' pitcher Ace Adams sets record by working in his 62nd game
  • 1946 SF 49ers play 1st AAFC game, lose to NY Yankees 21-7
  • 1946 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Jack Kramer beats fellow American Tom Brown Jr. 9-7, 6-3, 6-0 for his first of 2 straight US singles crowns
  • 1946 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-American final Pauline Betz Addie beats Patricia Canning Todd 11-9, 6-3 for her 4th and last US singles title
  • 1952 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian Frank Sedgman wins his second straight US title; beats American Gardnar Mulloy 6-1, 6-2, 6-3; last amateur major before turning pro in 1953
  • 1952 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Maureen Connolly beats fellow American Doris Hart 6-3, 7-5

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 With a 3-2 count, Phillies Richie Ashburn fouls next 14, then walks

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • 1955 Earliest clinching of an NL pennant (Brooklyn Dodgers)
  • 1957 Juan Manuel Fangio confirms his F1 World Drivers Championship, finishing 2nd in the season ending Italian GP at Monza; takes record 5th title by 15 points from Stirling Moss

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1957 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-Australian final Mal Anderson wins his only Grand Slam event; beats Ashley Cooper 10-8, 7-5, 6-4

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

  • 1957 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Althea Gibson beats Louise Brough Clapp 6-3, 6-2 for the first of her 2 home singles crowns
  • 1960 American sprinter Wilma Rudolph wins her third gold medal of the Rome Olympics anchoring the US 4 x 100m relay team; earlier won 100/200m double
  • 1960 US 4 x 400m relay team of Jack Yerman, Earl Young, Glenn Davis & Otis Davis run a world record 3:02.2 to win the gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • 1960 German 4 x 100m relay team equal world record 39.5 to win the gold medal at the Rome Olympics; Bernd Cullmann, Armin Hary, Walter Mahlendorf & Martin Lauer
  • 1963 Braves Warren Spahn ties Christy Mathewson with 13 20-win seasons
  • 1963 Scottish Lotus driver Jim Clark wins the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch his first F1 World Drivers Championship; Clark's 5th GP win of the season
  • 1963 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Rafael Osuna of Mexico beats Frank Froehling 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 for his lone major singles title

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1963 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Maria Bueno of Brazil wins second of 4 US singles crowns; beats defending champion Margaret Smith of Australia 7-5, 6-4

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1968 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Arthur Ashe wins first Open era US title; beats Dutchman Tom Okker 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1969 US amateur Men's Tennis: Stan Smith beats Bob Lutz (97 63 61)

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1969 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian Margaret Court wins her third US singles title & 16th Grand Slam singles event; beats Nancy Richey 6-2, 6-2

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • 1972 Mykola Avilov representing the Soviet Union scores a world record 8454 points to win the decathlon gold medal at the Munich Olympics; beats team mate Leonid Lytvynenko by 419 points
  • 1972 East German Annelie Ehrhardt with a world record 12.59 takes the 100m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics; beats Romanian Valeria Bufanu by just 0.25
  • 1973 Billy Martin named manager of the Texas Rangers

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1973 Hank Aaron sets record of most HRs in 1 league (709)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1973 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Margaret Court wins her 24th and final Grand Slam singles title; beats fellow Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley 7-6, 5-7, 6-2
  • 1974 England's Ian Thompson wins European Championship marathon in 2:13:18.8 in Rome, Italy

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1974 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Jimmy Connors wins his first of 5 US singles titles; outclasses veteran Australian Ken Rosewall 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 in last event played on grass

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • 1978 2nd game of Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 13-2

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1979 US Open Women's Tennis: Tracy Austin becomes youngest US champion (16 years, 9 months); beats Chris Evert 6-4, 6-3

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1984 US Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova retains her title; beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with 4,191 hits

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1985 US Open Men's Tennis: Czech star Ivan Lendl wins his first US title; beats NYC home town favourite John McEnroe 7-6, 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • 1988 Javier Sotomayer of Cuba high jumps world record 2.43m
  • 1988 NL president A. Bartlett Giamatti is unanimously elected Major League Baseball's 7th Commissioner

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1989 George Brett gets his 2,500th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1990 US Open Women's Tennis: Gabriela Sabatini becomes only Argentine woman to win a Grand Slam singles event; beats Steffi Graf 6-2, 7-6

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1991 US Open Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg of Sweden wins his first US title; beats American Jim Courier 6-2, 6-4, 6-0
  • 1992 Danny Tartabull has 9 RBIs as Yanks beat Orioles 16-4
  • 1993 Baseball's proposed switch to a three-division format OKed in AL
  • 1993 Houston's Darryl Kile throws 3rd no-hitter of season in Astros' 7-1 win over NY Mets
  • 1995 Cleveland Indians clinch 1st AL Central Division title
  • 1996 Sri Lanka defeat Australia to win Singer World Series at Colombo

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1996 US Open Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras retains his title; beats fellow American Michael Chang 6-1, 6-4, 7-6

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

2001 US Open Women's Tennis: Venus Williams successfully defends title; beats younger sister Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2002 Rookie quarterback David Carr throws for 2 TDs as the Houston Texans beat Dallas Cowboys 19-10 to become only the 2nd expansion team (1961 Minnesota Vikings) to win their inaugural game
  • 2002 Texas Rangers set a major league record by homering in their 26th consecutive game as Texas falls to the Tampa Bay
  • 2002 US Open Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras wins 14th and final Grand Slam title; beats fellow American Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
  • 2007 US Open Women's Tennis: Belgian Justin Henin beats Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-1, 6-3; Henin wins event without losing a set

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

2008 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Scotsman Andy Murray 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 for his 5th consecutive US title

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

2013 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams successfully defends her title; beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-5, 6-7, 6-1

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2014 US Open Men's Tennis: Marin Čilić of Croatia wins his maiden grand slam title; beats Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

2018 US Open Women's Tennis: Naomi Osaka first Japanese female to win a Grand Slam singles final; beats Serena Williams in controversial match 6-2, 6-4

Tennis Player Naomi Osaka
Tennis Player
Naomi Osaka
Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

2019 US Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal defeats Daniil Medvedev of Russia 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 to win his 19th Grand Slam singles title, and 4th US crown

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1881 Harry Hillman, American athlete (3 Gold Olympic 1904), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1945)
  • 1884 Théodore Pilette, Belgian racing driver, born in St. Gilles, Belgium (d. 1921)
  • 1915 Frank Pullen, English businessman and racehorse owner, born in London (d. 1992)
  • 1923 Alan Weeks, English sports commentator (BBC), born in Bristol. England (d. 1996)
  • 1930 Jeannette Altwegg, English figure skater (Olympic gold 1952), born in Bombay, India
  • 1938 Kenichi Horie, Japanese adventurer and solo yachtsman, born in Osaka
  • 1939 Carsten Keller, German field hockey player (Olympic gold 1972), born in Berlin
  • 1945 Rogie Vachon, NHL goalie (Canadiens, Kings, Vezina-1968), born in Quebec
  • 1946 L. C. Greenwood, American football player, born in Canton, Mississippi (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Amos Biwott, Kenyan 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1968), born in Uasin Gishee, Kenya
  • 1951 Tim Gullikson, American tennis player and coach (Pete Sampras coach 1992-95), born in La Crosse, Wisconsin (d. 1996)
  • 1956 Maurice Cheeks, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Philadelphia '76ers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Sergio Casal, Spanish tennis player (Olympic silver 1988), born in Barcelona
  • 1963 Gerald Williams, NFL defensive end (Carolina Panthers), born in Waycross, Georgia
  • 1963 Li Ning, Chinese gymnast (3 Olympic gold 1984), born in Laibin, Guangxi
  • 1964 Steffan Peters, German equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1996, 2016), born in Wesel, Germany
  • 1965 Barbra Fontana Harris, American volleyball player (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Manhattan Beach, California
  • 1966 Mike Dyer, American MLB pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Upland, California
  • 1966 Raymond Atteveld, Dutch soccer player (Waregem, Roda JC), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1967 Brett Winslow, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1969 Oswaldo Ibarra, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Ambuquí, Ecuador
  • 1969 Lars Bohinen, Norwegian footballer (Nottingham Forest), born in Vadsø, Norway
  • 1969 Gary Speed, Welsh footballer and Wales national football team manager, born in Mancot, Flintshire, Wales (d. 2011)
  • 1970 Clarence Weatherspoon, American NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers), born in Crawford, Mississippi
  • 1970 Tomur Barnes, American NFL cornerback (Houston Oilers), born in McNair, Texas
  • 1971 Dave Merritt, American NFL outside linebacker (Arizona Cardinals), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1971 Greg Minor, American NBA guard (Boston Celtics), born in Sandersville, Georgia
  • 1971 Jan Pardavy, hockey forward (Team Slovakia)
  • 1972 Trent McCleary, Canadian NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators), born in Swift Current, Canada
  • 1972 Markus Babbel, German football player and coach, born in Munich, West Germany
  • 1973 Khamis Al-Owairan, Saudi Arabian soccer midfielder (105 caps), born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • 1973 Khamis Al-Dossari, Saudi Arabian soccer midfielder (105 caps; Al-Hilal, Al Ittihad), born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (d. 2020)
  • 1974 Braulio Luna, Mexican soccer midfielder (32 caps; San Luis), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1975 Elena Likhovtseva, Russian tennis player, born in Alma-Ata, Soviet Union
  • 1975 John Thomas, American NBA forward (Boston Celtics), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1975 Lee Eul-Yong, South Korean footballer, born in Taebaek, South Korea
  • 1976 Sjeng Schalken, Dutch tennis player, born in Weert, Netherlands
  • 1976 Gerald Drummond, Costa Rican footballer, born in Limón, Costa Rica
  • 1976 Jervis Drummond, Costa Rican footballer, born in Limón, Costa Rica
  • 1977 Maria Helena Selin, Finnish ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1978 Gerard Autet, Spanish footballer, born in Manlleu, Spain
  • 1978 Gil Meche, American baseball player, born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 1980 Teruyuki Moniwa, Japanese footballer, born in Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan
  • 1981 Morten Gamst Pedersen, Norwegian footballer (Tromsø), born in Vadsø, Norway
  • 1982 Marian Cozma, Romanian handball player (Romania 60 caps), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2009)
  • 1983 Wali Lundy, American NFL football player, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1983 Diego Benaglio, Swiss-Italian footballer, born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1983 Chris Judd, Australian rules football player, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1983 Will Blalock, American basketball player, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1984 Vitaly Petrov, Russian racing driver (Renault F1 Team in 2010), born in Vyborg, Soviet Union
  • 1984 Peter Whittingham, English footballer, born in Nuneaton, England
  • 1986 João Moutinho, Portuguese footballer, born in Barreiro, Portugal
  • 1986 Matt Grothe, American football player, born in Lakeland, Florida

Person of interestAlexandre Bilodeau

1987 Alexandre Bilodeau, Canadian freestyle skier (Gold in 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics), born in Montreal, Quebec

Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist Alexandre Bilodeau
Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Alexandre Bilodeau
  • 1988 Arrelious Benn, American football wide receiver, born in Washington, D. C.
  • 1990 Matt Barkley, American NFL football quarterback (Buffalo Bills), born in Newport Beach, California

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1973 Ice hockey star Bobby Orr (25) weds speech therapist Peggy Wood at a secret ceremony in Ontario, Canada

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr

LoveWedding of Interest

1987 NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice (24) weds girlfriend Jackie Mitchell

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice

LoveWedding of Interest

2010 Grammy nominated singer Jenni Rivera (41) weds MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza (38) at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley, California

Singer Jenni Rivera
Singer
Jenni Rivera

Deaths in Sport

  • 1980 Bruce Dooland, Australian cricket all-rounder (3 Tests; Nottinghamshire; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1955), dies at 56
  • 1983 Antonin Magne, French bicylist (won Tour de France 1931, 34), dies
  • 1984 Frank Lowson, England cricketer and batsman (7 Tests), dies at 59
  • 1993 Lorin "Whitey" Harrison, surfer, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 1994 Rex Alston, English sports broadcaster and author (BBC radio), dies at 93
  • 2002 Laurie Williams, West Indian cricketer (West Indian ODI all-rounder v NZ 1996), dies at 33
  • 2003 Gulabrai Ramchand, Indian cricketer (valuable all-rounder in 33 Tests for India), dies at 76
  • 2005 Noel Cantwell, Irish cricketer and footballer (b. 1932)
  • 2006 Peter Brock, Australian racecar driver (b. 1945)
  • 2006 Erk Russell, American football coach (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Evan Tanner, UFC Champion
  • 2009 Raymond "Ray" Barrett, Australian actor (The Troubleshooters, Gillette Summer Sports Reel), dies at 82
  • 2015 Joaquín Andújar, Dominican professional baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), dies at 62