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 35th U.S. Men's National Championship: William Johnston beats Maurice McLoughlin (1-6, 6-0, 7-5, 10-8)

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 66th U.S. Men's National Championship: Jack Kramer beats Tom Brown Jr. (9-7, 6-3, 6-0)
  • 1946 60th U.S. Women's National Championship: Pauline Betz Addie beats Patricia Canning Todd (11-9, 6-3)
  • 1952 72nd U.S. Men's National Championship: Frank Sedgman beats Gardnar Mulloy (6-1, 6-2, 6-3)
  • 1952 66th U.S. Women's National Championship: Maureen Connolly beats 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 World Championship of Drivers title finishing 2nd in the season ending Italian GP at Monza; takes record 5th title by 15 points from Stirling Moss

Sport awardTennis Open

1957 77th U.S. Men's National Championship: Malcolm Anderson 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 71st U.S. Women's National Championship: Althea Gibson beats Louise Brough Clapp (6-3, 6-2)
  • 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 World Championship of Drivers title; Clark's 5th GP win of the season
  • 1963 83rd U.S. Men's National Championship: Rafael Osuna beats Frank Froehling (7-5, 6-4, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

1963 77th U.S. Women's National Championship: Maria Bueno beats Margaret Court (7-5, 6-4)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 US Open Men's Tennis: 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 awardTennis Open

1969 US Open Women's Tennis: Australian Margaret Court wins her 3rd US title and 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: Margaret Court wins her 24th and final Grand Slam singles title; beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley 7-6, 5-7, 6-2
  • 1974 Ian Thompson wins marathon (2:13:18.8)

Sport awardTennis Open

1974 US Open Men's Tennis: Jimmy Connors wins his first of 5 US titles; outclasses Ken Rosewall 6-1, 6-0, 6-1

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 awardTennis Open

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 awardTennis Open

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 awardTennis Open

1985 US Open Men's Tennis: Czech star Ivan Lendl wins his first US title; beats 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 pres Bart Giamatti is unanimously elected 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 awardTennis Open

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 Michelle Estill wins Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship
  • 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
  • 1995 Cleveland Indians clinch 1st AL Central Division title
  • 1996 Dottie Pepper wins Safeway LPGA title
  • 1996 Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship
  • 1996 Sri Lanka defeat Australia to win Singer World Series at Colombo

Sport awardTennis 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 awardTennis Open

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 Justine Henin-Hardenne wins her second US title; beats Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-1, 6-3

Sport awardTennis Open

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

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

Sport awardTennis Open

2013 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams successfully defends her title; beats Victoria Azarenka 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
  • 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

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 business person and racehorse owner (d. 1992)
  • 1923 Alan Weeks, sports commentator
  • 1929 Roger Byrne, English footballer (d. 1958
  • 1930 Jeanette Altwegg, England, figure skater (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1939 Carsten Keller, German field hockey player
  • 1945 Rogie Vachon, Quebec, NHL goalie (Canadiens, Kings, Vezina-1968)
  • 1946 L.C. Greenwood, American football player, (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Amos Biwott, Uasin Gishee Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1948 Kathy Hite-James, LPGA golfer
  • 1951 Mark McCumber, America professional golfer, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951 Timothy Gullikson, Wisc, tennis player/coach (Pete Sampras)
  • 1951 Tom Gullikson, Wisc, tennis player (US mixed Doubles 1984)
  • 1956 Maurice Cheeks, NBA guard (NY Knicks, Philadelphia '76ers)
  • 1957 Melissa Whitmire, LPGA golfer
  • 1962 Sergio Casal, Spanish tennis player
  • 1963 Gerald Williams, NFL defensive end (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1963 Li Ning, Chinese gymnast
  • 1964 Steffan Peters, equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1965 Barbra Fontana Harris, Manhattan Beach CA, volleyballer (Olympic 4th 1996)
  • 1966 Mike Dyer, Upland California, pitcher (Montreal Expos)
  • 1966 Raymond Atteveld, Belgian soccer player (Waregem, Roda JC)
  • 1967 Brett Winslow, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1969 Oswaldo Ibarra, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1969 Lars Bohinen, Norwegian footballer
  • 1969 Gary Speed, Welsh footballer
  • 1970 Clarence Weatherspoon, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1970 Tomur Barnes, NFL cornerback (Houston Oilers)
  • 1971 David Merritt, NFL outside linebacker (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1971 Greg Minor, NBA guard (Boston Celtics)
  • 1971 Jan Pardavy, hockey forward (Team Slovakia)
  • 1972 Trent McCleary, NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators), born in Swift Current, Canada
  • 1972 Markus Babbel, German footballer
  • 1973 Bob Wolcott, Huntington Beach Ca, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1973 Khamis Al-Owairan, Saudi Arabian footballer
  • 1974 Braulio Luna, Mexican footballer
  • 1975 Elena Likhovtseva, Alma-Ata Kazakhstan, tennis star
  • 1975 John Thomas, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • 1975 Lee Eul-Yong, South Korean footballer
  • 1976 Sjeng Schalken, Weert Neth, tennis star
  • 1976 Gerald Drummond, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1976 Jervis Drummond, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1977 Maria Helena Selin, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1978 Marco Sturm, Dingolfing GER, NHL forward (Sharks, Team Germany 1998)
  • 1978 Gerard Autet, Spanish footballer
  • 1978 Gil Meche, American baseball player
  • 1980 Teruyuki Moniwa, Japanese footballer
  • 1981 Morten Gamst Pedersen, Norwegian footballer
  • 1983 Wali Lundy, American football player
  • 1983 Diego Benaglio, Swiss-Italian footballer
  • 1983 Chris Judd, Australian football player
  • 1983 Lewis Roberts-Thompson, Australian football player
  • 1983 Will Blalock, American basketball player
  • 1984 Vitaly Petrov, Russian racing driver
  • 1984 Peter Whittingham, English footballer
  • 1986 João Moutinho, Sporting Lisbon midfielder
  • 1986 Matt Grothe, American football player

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 player
  • 1990 Matt Barkley, American football player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice

HeartWedding 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, cricketer (prolific leggie for Notts), dies
  • 1983 Antonin Magne, French bicylist (won Tour de France 1931, 34), dies
  • 1984 Frank Lowson, England cricket Test batsman (7 Tests), dies at 59
  • 1993 Lorin "Whitey" Harrison, surfer, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 1994 Arthur Rex Alston, British sports commentator, dies at 93
  • 1994 Rex Alston, cricketer (distinguished BBC commentator), dies
  • 2002 Laurie Williams, West Indian cricketer (b. 1968)
  • 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)
  • 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