On This Day in Sport for September 9

Events in Sport

  • 1904 Boston Herald again refers to NY baseball club as Yankees, when it reports "Yankees take 2," Yankee name not official till 1913
  • 1909 Jack Johnson fights Al Kaufman to no decision in 10 for boxing title
  • 1914 Boston Brave George Davis no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 7-0
  • 1928 Silvio Cator of Haiti, sets then long jump record at 26' ½"
  • 1934 Armas Toivonen becomes 1st European marathoner (2:52:29.0)

Sport awardTennis Open

1940 60th U.S. Men's National Championship: Donald McNeill beats Bobby Riggs (4-6, 6-8, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs

Sport awardTennis Open

1940 54th U.S. Women's National Championship: Alice Marble beats Helen Jacobs (6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • 1948 Brooklyn Dodger Rex Barney no-hits NY Giants, 2-0

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1955 Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Louis Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs

Sport awardTennis Open

1956 76th U.S. Men's National Championship: Ken Rosewall beats Lew Hoad (4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
  • 1956 70th U.S. Women's National Championship: Shirley Fry Irvin beats Althea Gibson (6-3, 6-4)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1958 Pirate Roberto Clemente ties record of 3 triples in a game

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 1960 Denver Broncos beat Boston Patriots, 13-10 in the American Football League's first game before 21,597 fans at Nickerson Field in Boston
  • 1960 Denver beats Boston 13-10 in the American Football League's first game before 21,597 fans in Boston.
  • 1960 Pakistan ends India's run of 6 consecutive Olympic field hockey gold medals with a 1-0 win over their sub-continent rivals at the Rome Games
  • 1962 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Eugene Golf Open
  • 1965 Sandy Koufax pitches his 4th no-hitter, a perfect game vs Cubs (1-0)
  • 1969 Smallest US Tennis Open single session-131 (men's doubles final only)

Sport awardTennis Open

1969 US Open Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 7-9, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to claim his record second Grand Slam

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • 1970 Feyenoord wins soccer's Club World Cup
  • 1971 NHL great Gordie Howe retires

Sport awardTennis Open

1972 US Open Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King retains her title; beats Kerry Melville Reid of Australia 6-3, 7-5

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1972 Soviet runner Lyudmila Bragina with a world record 4:01.38 wins the women's 1,500m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972 Soviet Union beats the United States 51-50 in the most controversial game in international basketball history; with US leading 50-49 the final 3 seconds is replayed 3 times until the Soviets finally win
  • 1972 West German equestrian rider Liselott Linsenhoff follows her dressage teams gold in Mexico City with the individual dressage title at her home Olympics in Munich
  • 1973 US Open Men's Tennis: Australian John Newcombe wins his second US title; beats Jan Kodeš 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
  • 1978 3rd game of Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 7-0
  • 1978 Balt Orioles pull their 7th triple play (5-4-3 vs Toronto)

Sport awardTennis Open

1978 US Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert wins her 4th consecutive US title, beats fellow American Pam Shriver 7-5, 6-4

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1979 Sally Little wins LPGA Columbia Savings Golf Classic

Sport awardTennis Open

1979 US Open Men's Tennis: John McEnroe wins first Grand Slam title; beats fellow American Vitas Gerulaitis 7-5, 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Vitas Gerulaitis bets his house that Martina Navratilova can't beat 100th ranked male tennis player

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1984 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Portland Ping Golf Championship
  • 1984 US Open Men's Tennis: John McEnroe wins his 4th US title and final Grand Slam singles event; beats Ivan Lendl 6-3, 6-4, 6-1
  • 1987 Largest US Tennis Open single night session (total) 21,016

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Larry Bird (Celtics), begins NBA free throw streak of 59

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987 MLB pitcher Nolan Ryan strikes out his 4,500th batter

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1988 Braves Bruce Sutter joins Fingers & Gossage to save 300 MLB games
  • 1988 Chris Evert defaults at US Open due to a stomach flu
  • 1988 US Stars & Stripes H3 defeats NZ's KZ-1 at the 27th America's Cup: NZ appeal in court but eventually lose

Sport awardTennis Open

1989 US Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf retains her title; beats Martina Navratilova 3-6, 7-5, 6-1

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Sport awardTennis Open

1990 US Open Men's Tennis: 19 year old Pete Sampras wins his first Grand Slam title; beats Andre Agassi 6-4, 6-3, 6-2; Sampras youngest male US Open winner

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Mike Tyson indicted for rape of Desiree Washington

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1991 Only 1,695 fans watch Boston Red Sox play Cleveland
  • 1992 1st time Baltimore Orioles draw 3 million fans at home
  • 1992 MLB player Robin Yount, is 17th to reach 3,000 hits
  • 1995 US Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf wins her 4th US title; beats Monica Seles 7-6, 0-6, 6-3

Sport awardTennis Open

2000 US Open Women's Tennis: Venus Williams wins her first US title; beats fellow American Lindsay Davenport 6-4, 7-5

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • 2001 US Open Men's Tennis: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia becomes youngest (20) world #1 player; beats Pete Sampras 7-6, 6-1, 6-1
  • 2002 Pitcher Randy Johnson reaches 300 strikeouts for the fifth consecutive season, extending his major league record

Sport awardTennis Open

2006 US Open Women's Tennis: Maria Sharapova of Russia wins her first US title; overpowers Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova

Sport awardTennis Open

2007 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins 4th consecutive US title; beats Novak Đoković (7-6, 7-6, 6-4

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2007 127th Women's U.S. Open: Justin Henin beats Svetlana Kuznetsova (6-1, 6-3)
  • 2012 Armenia wins the 40th FIDE Chess Olympiad

Sport awardTennis Open

2012 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her 4th US title; beats Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

2013 US Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal wins his second US title; beats Novak Đoković 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2017 US Open Women's Tennis: In the first all-American final since 2002 unseeded Sloane Stephens defeats Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestFred Spofforth

1853 Fred Spofforth, Australian cricketer known as "The Demon Bowler" (18 tests with 94 wickets at an average of 18.41), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1926)

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Cricketer
Fred Spofforth
  • 1877 Frank Chance, baseball player/manager, Tinkers to Evers to Chance
  • 1882 Clem McCarthy, American sportscaster (d. 1962)
  • 1894 Bert Oldfield, Australian cricketer (d. 1976)
  • 1898 Frank "Fordham Flash" Frisch, American baseball player (NL MVP 1931), born in NYC, New York
  • 1899 Waite Hoyt, American baseball player (d. 1984)
  • 1904 Feroze Khan, Pakistani field hockey player (d. 2005)
  • 1908 John Haeton, American bobsled (Olympic silver 1928, 48)
  • 1919 Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder, gambler/sportscaster (lay you 5 to 1)
  • 1924 Nino Bibbia, Italian bobsled (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1924 Rik Van Steenbergen, Belgian cyclist (d. 2003)
  • 1937 Mikhail N Tai, Latvia, World chess champion (1960-61)
  • 1938 Richard Sharpe, English rugby player
  • 1939 Carlos Ortiz, Puerto Rican boxer
  • 1947 Lynn Fitzgerald, marathoner (ran 133 miles 939 yards in 24 hrs)
  • 1949 Joe Theismann, NFL quarterback (Redskins)/sportscaster
  • 1949 John Curry, England, figure skater (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1954 Walter Paul Davis, Pineville NC, basketball player (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1960 Christopher Sherratt White, New Zealand rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1960 Bob Stoops, American football coach
  • 1961 Jim Corsi, Newtonville MA, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1962 Derek Kennard, NFL guard (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1962 Jack Trudeau, NFL quarterback (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1963 Leslie Thompson, cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1964 Skip [Jules I] Kendall, PGA golfer (1993 Intl-8th), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1964 Willie Broughton, NFL defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1965 Dan Majerle, NBA guard (Miami Heat)
  • 1965 Marc Dunn, volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1965 Todd Zeile, Van Nuys CA, infielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1966 Alison Sydor, x-ctry cyclist (Olympic silver 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1966 Kevin Hatcher, NHL defenseman (Team USA, Dallas, Pitts), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1966 Georg Hackl, German luger
  • 1967 B J Armstrong, NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1968 Jonathan A Drummond Jr, 4X400m runner (Olympic silver 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Thomas P Auth, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1968 Jon Drummond, American former sprinter
  • 1968 Clive Mendonca, English Footballer
  • 1969 Christine Smith, Darien Conn, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Sean Rooks, NBA center (LA Lakers)
  • 1970 Dan Miceli, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1970 Joey Hamilton, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Statesboro, Georgia
  • 1970 Mike Faulkerson, NFL fullback (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Jill Sudduth, synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1972 Ben Bronson, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Mike Hampton, pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Brooksville, Florida
  • 1972 Miriam Oremans, Berlicum Neth, tennis star
  • 1973 Mike Schlegel, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1973 Peter Scott, Newcastle Australia, canoeist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Todd McMillon, CFL cornerback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1973 Kazuhisa Ishii, Japanese baseball player
  • 1974 Leah O'Brien, Garden Grove California, softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1976 Mattias Ohlund, NHL goaltender (Vancouver Canucks, Team Sweden 1998)
  • 1976 Aki Riihilahti, Finnish footballer
  • 1977 Kyle Snyder, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • 1978 Kurt Ainsworth, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • 1978 Shane Battier, American basketball player
  • 1978 Mariano Puerta, Argentine tennis player
  • 1980 Todd Coffey, American baseball player
  • 1983 Kyle Davies, American baseball player
  • 1983 Edwin Jackson, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • 1983 Sam Hollenbach, National Football League quarterback
  • 1983 Cleveland Taylor, International footballer
  • 1984 James Hildreth, English Cricketer
  • 1985 Luka Modrić, Croatian footballer
  • 1985 J.R. Smith, American basketball player
  • 1986 Justice Chibhabha, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1986 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Cameroonian basketball player
  • 1986 Michael Bowden, American baseball player
  • 1987 Alexandre Song, Cameroonian footballer

Weddings in Sport

  • 1995 Ice Skater Nancy Kerrigan (25) weds her agent Jerry Solomon (41)

HeartWedding of Interest

2006 Tennis player Iva Majoli (29) weds local businessman Stipe Marić

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Iva Majoli
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Iva Majoli

Deaths in Sport

  • 1915 Albert Spalding, American baseball player and sporting goods manufacturer (b. 1850)
  • 1958 Charles Macartney, Australian cricketer (35 Tests 1907-26, 2131 runs 45 wkts), dies at 72
  • 1959 O'Neil Gordon "Collie" Smith, West Indian cricket all-rounder, dies in a car crash at 26
  • 1969 Cecil Dixon, South African cricket off-spinner (1913-14, dismissed Hobbs twice), dies at 78
  • 1969 Willy Mairesse, Belgian racing driver (b. 1928)
  • 1981 Phiroz Edulji Palia, cricket (2 Tests for India, 29 runs & 0-13), dies
  • 1996 Edward Greenall, businessman/sportsman, dies at 67

Person of interestRichie Ashburn

1997 Richie Ashburn, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets) and sportscaster, dies of a heart attack at 70

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • 1999 Catfish Hunter, American baseball player (b. 1946)
  • 2006 Matt Gadsby, English footballer (b. 1979)