Events in Sport on September 15

  • 1870 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Tom Morris, Jr. wins third straight title; again beats Bob Kirk, this time by 12 strokes
  • 1879 Pim Mulier forms Royal Haarlemsche Football Club based in Haarlem, Netherlands; oldest existing club in Dutch football
  • 1899 US Open Men's Golf, Baltimore CC: Willie Smith wins by a comfortable 11 strokes from Scotsmen George Low & Val Fitzjohn and Bert Way of England
  • 1902 Chicago Cubs infielders Tinker, Evers, & Chance turn their first double play together in a 6-3 win over Cincinnati
  • 1912 Boston Red Sox pitcher "Smoky" Joe Wood ties then MLB record of 16 straight wins with a 2-1 victory over St. Louis Browns at Sportsman's Park
  • 1922 Philadelphia catcher Butch Henline becomes first NLer to hit 3 HRs in a game since 1897 during Phillies' 10-9 win over St. Louis Cardinals at the Baker Bowl

US Men's Tennis Open

1923 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Germantown CC, Philadelphia: Bill Tilden wins 4th of 6 straight US singles titles; beats Bill Johnston 6-4, 6-1, 6-4

  • 1928 Kent leg-spinner Alfred "Tich" Freeman takes 2-102 and 4-75 for Rest of England vs Lancashire to become the only bowler to take 300 wickets (304) in an English cricket season
  • 1928 St. Louis Cardinals set NL record of 18 men left-on-base; still beat Phillies, 8-6 at the Baker Bowl, Philadelphia
  • 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
  • 1947 Yanks clinch pennant #15
  • 1950 For a record 6th time, NY Yankees' first baseman 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

NHL Record

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

Golf 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 Alou brothers - Felipe, Matty, & Jesús - appear in San Francisco Giants outfield for 1 inning in a 13-5 win over Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field

Sports History

1969 MLB St. Louis Cardinals Steve Carlton sets record by striking out 19 NY Mets in a game

  • 1975 1st College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 17-3 in Foxborough

Sports History

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
  • 1979 Red Sox Bob Watson is 1st to hit for cycle in AL & NL (Astros)
  • 1985 New York Yankees trade 25-year-old pitching prospect Jim Deshaies to Houston Astros for 40-year-old pitcher Joe Niekro
  • 1985 Ryder Cup Golf, The Belfry: Europe beats US, 16½-11½; sole US loss in 50 years; Sam Torrance clinches for Europe beating Andy North, 1 up
  • 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 Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Vancouver GC: Nancy Scranton wins by 3 shots from Debbie Massey
  • 1991 US women's gymnastics team win 1st World Championships medal (silver)

Sports History

1995 Cards shortstop Ozzie Smith sets record of 1,554 double plays

  • 1996 Presidents Cup Golf, Robert Trent Jones GC: Mark O'Meara and David Duval are undefeated as US edges International team, 16½-15½

Sports History

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

  • 2000 27th Olympic Games opens at Sydney, Australia

NFL Record

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.

Golf Major

2013 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: Suzann Pettersen of Norway wins by 2 strokes over New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko; first time event has major title status

Sports History

2018 Russian boxer Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) loses his first pro fight in record 20th title defence as well as undisputed world middleweight crown when outpointed by Mexican Canelo Álvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) in Las Vegas

  • 2019 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Gleneagles: Europe beats US, 14½-13½; Suzann Pettersen of Norway sinks 8-footer on 18th hole of final match to beat Marina Alex, 1-up and regain Cup

Sports History

2021 US gymnasts, including Simone Biles, testify against former team doctor Larry Nassar at a Senate Committee hearing, criticizing a system that allowed it to happen

Sports History

2022 Tennis great Roger Federer announces his retirement from professional tennis at 41 with 20 grand slam wins and 103 ATP titles [1]