On This Day

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 awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1940 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Donald McNeill beats fellow American Bobby Riggs 4-6, 6-8, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 for his second major singles title

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

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1940 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Alice Marble beats Helen Jacobs 6-2, 6-3 for her third US singles title

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

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1956 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-Australian final Ken Rosewall wins his first US singles title, beating 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 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-American final Shirley Fry Irvin beats Althea Gibson 6-3, 6-4 for her only US singles crown

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
  • 1965 Sandy Koufax pitches his 4th no-hitter, a perfect game vs Cubs (1-0)

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1969 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: 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 awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1972 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: 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 4th place finish in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza is enough to clinch Jackie Stewart his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship
  • 1973 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian John Newcombe wins his second US singles 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 Baltimore Orioles pull their 7th triple play (5-4-3 vs Toronto)

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1978 US Open Women's Tennis, Flushing Meadows, NY: Chris Evert wins her 4th straight US singles title; beats fellow American Pam Shriver 7-5, 6-4; first time event played on hard courts

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis 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
  • 1979 South African Ferrari driver Jody Scheckter wins the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; first RSA champion

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 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 US Stars & Stripes H3 defeats NZ's KZ-1 at the 27th America's Cup: NZ appeal in court but eventually lose

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

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 awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1990 US Open Men's Tennis: 19 year old Pete Sampras wins his first Grand Slam title; beats fellow American 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 awardUS Open Women's Tennis

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 awardUS Open Women's Tennis

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 awardUS Men's Tennis Open

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

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2012 Armenia wins the 40th FIDE Chess Olympiad

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

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

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

2013 US Open Men's Tennis: Spaniard 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

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

2018 US Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins his third US title; beats '09 champion Juan Martín del Potro 6-4, 7-6, 6-3; equals Pete Sampras' 14 Grand Slams

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2018 Green Bay Packers start 100th season with historic 24-23 comeback win over Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field; first ever Packer recovery from 17+ points deficit at 3/4 time (20-3)

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestFred Spofforth

1853 Fred Spofforth, Australian cricket fast bowler ("The Demon" - 18 Tests, 94 wickets @ 18.41), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1926)

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Cricketer
Fred Spofforth
  • 1877 Frank Chance, American baseball player, manager and "Tinkers to Evers to Chance", born in Salida, California (d. 1924
  • 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)
  • 1918 Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder, sportscaster, LV bookmaker (The NFL Today; fired for racist remarks), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 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 OBE, British figure skater (Olympic gold, World C'ship gold, European C'ship gold 1976), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1994)
  • 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, American NFL quarterback (Carolina Panthers), born in Forest Lake, Minnesota
  • 1963 Leslie Thompson, American cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1964 Willie Broughton, American NFL defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • 1965 Dan Majerle, American NBA guard (Miami Heat), born in Traverse City, Michigan
  • 1965 Marc Dunn, Canadian volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1965 Todd Zeile, American baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles,
  • 1966 Alison Sydor, Canadian cyclist (Olympic silver 1996), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1966 Kevin Hatcher, American NHL defenseman (Team USA, Dallas, Pitts), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1966 Georg Hackl, German luger, born in West Germany
  • 1967 B. J. Armstrong, American basketball guard (Charlotte Hornets), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1968 Jon Drummond, American 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Thomas P. Auth, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1968 Jon Drummond, American former sprinter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Clive Mendonca, English footballer, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1969 Sean Rooks, American basketball center (LA Lakers), born in New York City, New York
  • 1970 Dan Miceli, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1970 Joey Hamilton, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Statesboro, Georgia
  • 1970 Mike Faulkerson, American football fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Kingsport, Tennessee
  • 1971 Jill Sudduth, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1972 Ben Bronson, American football wide receiver (Detroit Lions), born in Jasper, Texas
  • 1972 Mike Hampton, American baseball pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Brooksville, Florida
  • 1972 Miriam Oremans, Dutch tennis player, born in Berlicum, Netherlands
  • 1973 Peter Scott, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Newcastle, Australia
  • 1973 Todd McMillon, American football player (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Bellflower, California
  • 1973 Kazuhisa Ishii, Japanese baseball player, born in Chiba, Japan
  • 1974 Leah O'Brien, American softball player (Olympic gold 1996), born in Garden Grove, California
  • 1976 Mattias Ohlund, Swedish ice hockey player (Vancouver Canucks, Team Sweden 1998), born in Piteå, Sweden
  • 1976 Aki Riihilahti, Finnish footballer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1977 Kyle Snyder, American baseball pitcher, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1978 Kurt Ainsworth, American baseball pitcher, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1978 Shane Battier, American basketball player, born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1978 Mariano Puerta, Argentine tennis player, born in San Francisco, Argentina
  • 1980 Todd Coffey, American baseball player, born in Forest City, North Carolina
  • 1983 Kyle Davies, American baseball player, born in Decatur, Georgia
  • 1983 Edwin Jackson, American baseball pitcher, born in Neu-Ulm, Germany
  • 1983 Sam Hollenbach, American football quarterback, born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • 1983 Cleveland Taylor, English-born Jamaican footballer, born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 1984 James Hildreth, English cricketer, born in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Person of interestLuka Modrić

1985 Luka Modrić, Croatian footballer (Real Madrid C.F.) and captain of Croatia, born in Zadar, Croatia, Yugoslavia

Footballer Luka Modrić
Footballer
Luka Modrić
  • 1985 J.R. Smith, American basketball player, born in Freehold, New Jersey
  • 1986 Justice Chibhabha, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Masvingo, Zimbabwe
  • 1986 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Cameroonian basketball player, born in Yaounde, Cameroon
  • 1987 Alexandre Song, Cameroonian footballer, born in Douala, Cameroon
  • 1990 Shaun Johnson, New Zealand Rugby League halfback (Auckland Warriors, Cronulla Sharks), born in Auckland, NZ

Weddings in Sport

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

LoveWedding 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
  • 1959 Collie Smith, West Indies cricket all-rounder (26 Tests, HS 168), dies in car accident at 26
  • 1969 Cecil Dixon, South African cricket off-spinner (1913-14, dismissed Hobbs twice), dies at 78
  • 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 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1966, 67, 70, 72–1976; World Series 1972–74, 77, 78; AL Cy Young Award 1974; Oakland A's, NY Yankees), dies from Lou Gehrig's disease at 53
  • 2006 Matt Gadsby, English footballer (b. 1979)
  • 2019 Brian Barnes, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1969-79), dies of cancer at 74