Events in Sport on September 15

  • 1870 11th British Golf Open: Tom Morris, Jr. shoots a 149 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • 1879 Pim Mulier forms "Haarlem Football Club"
  • 1899 5th US Golf Open: Willie Smith shoots a 315 at Baltimore CC MD
  • 1912 Red Sox pitcher Joe Wood ties then record of 16 straight wins
  • 1922 Catcher Butch Henline is 1st NLer to hit 3 HRs in a game since 1897
  • 1923 US Men's National Tennis Championship, Germantown Cricket Club, Philadelphia: Bill Tilden wins 4th straight US title; beats Bill Johnston 6-4, 6-1, 6-4
  • 1928 Cards set NL record of 18 men left on base beating Phillies 8-6
  • 1928 Alfred "Tich" Freeman becomes the only bowler to take 300 wickets in an English cricket season.
  • 1940 3rd American Football League plays 1st game (Milw 14, Columbus 2)
  • 1940 Chicago Tribune sponsors Ted Lyons Day (White Sox pitcher)
  • 1946 Dodgers beat Cubs 2-0 in 5 inns, games called because of gnats
  • 1950 For a record 6th time, NY Yankee Johnny Mize hits 3 HRs in one game
  • 1952 Braves last game in Boston's Braves Field before move to Milwaukee
  • 1953 Boxing's NBA adopts 10-pt-must-scoring-system (10 pts to round winner)
  • 1957 SF Seals (Pacific Coast League) play their last game

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1960 Maurice Richard announces his retirement. He finishes his career with 544 goals, an NHL record at the time.

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1961 61st US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus aged 21

  • 1962 Australia's 1st entry in America's Cup yacht race (US wins)
  • 1963 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Eugene Ladies' Golf Open
  • 1969 Cards Steve Carlton sets record by striking out 19 NY Mets in a game
  • 1974 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Charity Golf Classic
  • 1975 1st College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 17-3 in Foxborough
  • 1977 Orioles forfeit to Blue Jays when mgr Earl Weaver pulls team off field in 5th citing hazardous condition (small tarpaulin on bullpen mound)
  • 1978 Dodgers become 1st major league team to draw 3 million fans

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1978 Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
  • 1979 Red Sox Bob Watson is 1st to hit for cycle in AL & NL (Astros)
  • 1985 26th Ryder Cup: Europe beat US, 16½-11½ at The Belfry, England
  • 1985 Yanks trade Jim Deshaies to Astros for 40-year-old Joe Niekro
  • 1988 Lillehammer, Norway, upsets Anchorage to host 1994 Winter olympics
  • 1988 Test Cricket debut of Ian Healy, vs Pakistan at Karachi
  • 1990 Chicago White Sox Bobby Thigpen is 1st to record 50 saves
  • 1991 Canadian Open Golf (du Maurier Classic), Vancouver GC: Nancy Scranton wins by 3 from Debbie Massey
  • 1991 SD State freshman Marshall Faulk sets NCAA rushing record of 386 yds
  • 1991 US women's gymnastics team win 1st World Championships medal (silver)
  • 1995 Cards shortstop Ozzie Smith sets record of 1,554 double plays
  • 1996 2nd Presidents Golf Cup: US beats Intl team 16½-15½ at Robert Jones Va
  • 1996 Karrie Webb wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Texas Rangers retire their 1st number, Nolan Ryan's #34

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 2000 27th Olympic Games opens at Sydney, Australia
  • 2002 Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon begins NFL record-tying (Kurt Warner, Steve Young) streak of 6 consecutive 300-yard passing games, throwing for 403 yards in Raiders' 30-17 victory at Pittsburgh
  • 2004 NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces a lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.