On This Day

Events in Sport on September 12

  • 1885 Highest score (35) recorded in any 1st-class soccer match is set
  • 1895 Defender (US) beats Valkyrie III (England) in 10th America's Cup
  • 1895 Annie Londonderry [Annie Kopchovsky] arrives in Chicago to complete first round-the-world trip by a woman on a bicycle in 15 months and collects her $10,000 prize

Sports History

1911 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitchers dual for final time; Boston Rustlers' Cy Young vs Christy Mathewson of the Giants; NY wins, 11-2

  • 1914 Yankee shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, 23, becomes youngest manager
  • 1920 VII Summer Olympic Games close in Antwerp, Belgium

World Record

1922 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 5000m (14:35.4)

  • 1924 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Philadelphia, PA: Bill Johnston & Bill Tilden clinch US 5th straight title beating Australians Pat O'Hara Wood & Gerald Patterson 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 for 3-0 lead; ends 5-0
  • 1925 20th Davis Cup: USA beats France in Philadelphia (5-0)
  • 1925 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Philadelphia, PA: Vincent Richards & R. Norris Williams clinch US 6th straight title; beat Jean Borotra & René Lacoste of France 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 for 3-0 lead; ends 5-0
  • 1930 Brooklyn catcher Al López hits major league's last recorded bounce HR
  • 1932 Bkln Dodger Johnny Frederick hits his record 6th pinch hit HR
  • 1934 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Englishman Fred Perry retains title; beats Wilmer Allison of the US 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 8-6
  • 1935 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Wilmer Allison beats Sidney Wood 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 for his lone major singles title
  • 1935 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Jacobs beats Sarah Palfrey Cooke 6-2, 6-4 for her 4th consecutive US singles title
  • 1936 US National Championship Men's Tennis: Englishman Fred Perry wins his 8th and final Grand Slam event before turning pro; beats American Don Budge 2-6, 6-2, 8-6, 1-6, 10-8

US Open Women's Tennis

1936 50th US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: #3 seed Alice Marble beats top seeded fellow American Helen Jacobs 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

  • 1947 Pittsburgh's future Baseball HOF left fielder Ralph Kiner hits 2 HRs in Pirates' 4-3 win over the Boston Braves at Forbes Field; record 8th HR in 4 games
  • 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant earlier than any other team, defeating Milwaukee Braves 5-2. Brooklyn finishes season with record of 105-49.
  • 1954 Indians sweep Yanks at Municipal Stadium; largest AL crowd (86,563)
  • 1954 White Sox win 90th game, 1st time they win this many since 1920
  • 1962 Wash Senator Tom Cheney strikes out record 21 Orioles in 16 inn game
  • 1964 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 4½"
  • 1965 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Spaniard Manuel Santana beats Cliff Drysdale of South Africa 6-2, 7-9, 7-5, 6-1 for his lone US singles crown
  • 1965 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian Margaret Smith wins her second of 5 US singles titles; beats American rival Billie Jean Moffitt 8-6, 7-5
  • 1966 US National Championships Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-Australian final Fred Stolle beats John Newcombe 4-6, 12-10, 6-3, 6-4; his second and final major singles title

US Open Women's Tennis

1966 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Maria Bueno of Brazil beats American Nancy Richey 6-3, 6-1 for her 7th and final Grand Slam singles crown

US Open Women's Tennis

1970 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Margaret Court of Australia completes Grand Slam; beats American Rosemary Casals 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

  • 1971 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: American Stan Smith wins first career Grand Slam event; beats Czech star Jan Kodeš 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6
  • 1972 Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin succeeds Avery Brundage as President International Olympic Committee
  • 1976 Seattle Seahawks play 1st regular-season game (St L 30, Sea 24)

US Men's Tennis Open

1976 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Jimmy Connors wins his second US title; beats Björn Borg of Sweden 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4

  • 1979 Indiana Pacers cut Ann Meyers, 1st woman on an NBA club

Baseball Record

1979 Carl Yastrzemski gets his 3,000th hit off NY Yankee Jim Beattie

Sports History

1981 Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda no-hits Yanks for 8 innings before Rick Cerone & Dave Winfield lead off 9th with back-to-back doubles

  • 1982 Gerard Nijboer (2:15:16) & Rosa Mota (2:36:04) win marathon
  • 1982 US Open Men's Tennis: Jimmy Connors wins his 4th US title; beats Czech star Ivan Lendl 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Sports History

1984 NY Met Dwight Gooden sets rookie strike out record at 251

  • 1987 Vince Coleman steals his 100th base for 3rd straight year
  • 1988 1st NFL regular-season game played in Phoenix; Cowboys beat Card

Sports History

1991 Nolan Ryan's 4-3 victory over Twins is his 312th career win

US Men's Tennis Open

1992 Stefan Edberg beats Michael Chang 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 in the longest match in US Open history (5 hours, 26 minutes)

Sports History

1993 Paul Molitor at 37 is oldest to reach 100 RBIs for 1st time in career

US Men's Tennis Open

1993 US Open Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras wins his second US title; beats Frenchman Cédric Pioline 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

  • 1997 NY Met John Olerud hits for the cycle

US Open Women's Tennis

1998 US Open Women's Tennis: Lindsay Davenport wins her first career Grand Slam title; beats defending champion Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-5

US Men's Tennis Open

1999 US Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi wins 2nd and final US title; beats fellow American Todd Martin 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2

US Men's Tennis Open

2004 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer of Switzerland wins first US title; outclasses Australian Lleyton Hewitt 6-0, 7-6, 6-0

  • 2004 Detroit Lions beat the Chicago Bears 20-16 at Soldier Field to snap their NFL-record 24-game road losing streak

Radio History

2005 Mark Messier announces on ESPN radio that he will retire from the NHL

US Open Women's Tennis

2009 US Open Women's Tennis: Belgian Kim Clijsters becomes first unseeded player and wildcard to win the tournament; beats Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 7-5, 6-3

  • 2009 South Africa claims 3rd Tri Nations Rugby Series with 32-29 win over defending champions New Zealand in Hamilton; Steyn bros dominate with the boot; Morné kicks 2 penalties, 2 conversions & dropped goal; François, 3 penalties

US Men's Tennis Open

2011 US Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins his first US title; beats Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1

  • 2015 US Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Italian final Flavia Pennetta wins her only Grand Slam title; beats Roberta Vinci 7-6, 4-7, 6-2; first Italian to win US title

US Open Women's Tennis

2020 US Open Women's Tennis: Naomi Osaka of Japan wins her second US title; beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 1-6, 6-3, 6-3

  • 2021 US Open Men's Tennis: Russia's Daniil Medvedev wins his first major title by shattering Novak Đoković's hopes of completing a Grand Slam in one-sided 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 final