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] completes the first round-the-world trip by a woman on a bicycle in 15 months and collects her $10,000 prize

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1911 Boston's Cy Young vs Christy Mathewson of Giants, Giants win 9-0

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

Sports record brokenWorld Record

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

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1925 20th Davis Cup: USA beats France in Philadelphia (5-0)
  • 1930 Brooklyn catcher Al Lopez hits major league's last recorded bounce 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

Sport awardUS 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

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant earlier than any other team, defeating Milwaukee Braves 105-49
  • 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

Sport awardUS 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

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey

Sport awardUS 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

Tennis Player Rosemary Casals
Tennis Player
Rosemary Casals
  • 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 Lord Michael Killanin succeeds Avery Brundage as head of Olympics
  • 1976 Seattle Seahawks play 1st regular-season game (St L 30, Sea 24)

Sport awardUS 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

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1979 Indiana Pacers cut Ann Meyers, 1st woman on an NBA club

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • 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

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1981 US Open Women's Tennis: Tracy Austin wins her second US title; beats Martina Navratilova 1-6, 7-6, 7-6

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 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
  • 1984 NY Met Dwight Gooden sets rookie strike out record at 251
  • 1988 1st NFL regular-season game played in Phoenix; Cowboys beat Card

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Sport awardUS 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)

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

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1992 US Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles retains her title; beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles

Sport awardUS 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

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Player Cedric Pioline
Tennis Player
Cedric Pioline
  • 1997 NY Met John Olerud hits for the cycle

Sport awardUS 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

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis

Sport awardUS 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

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
Tennis Player Todd Martin
Tennis Player
Todd Martin

Sport awardUS 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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 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

Sport awardUS 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

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 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