On This Day

Events in Sport on September 17

  • 1897 US Open Men's Golf, Chicago GC: Englishman Joe Lloyd wins his only major title by 1 stroke over runner-up Willie Anderson of Scotland; last 36-hole US Open

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1906 Playing as "Sullivan" Columbia University jr Eddie Collins debuts with A's

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1912 Center fielder Casey Stengel breaks in with Brooklyn & hits 4 singles

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1917 Honus Wagner, retires at 43, Pirates retire his #33

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1920 National Football League is born in Canton, Ohio; 12 teams pay $100 each to join American Professional Football Association; re-named the NFL in 1922
  • 1922 Cyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world sprint champ
  • 1927 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills NY: Frenchman Rene Lacoste successfully defends title; beats Bill Tilden 11-9, 6-3, 11-9
  • 1928 Pitcher Ray Boggs hits 3 batters in 1 inning
  • 1928 US National Championship Men's Tennis: Frenchman Henri Cochet wins his only US title; beats American Frank Hunter 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
  • 1931 Red Sox Earl Webb sets record with 65 en route to 67 doubles
  • 1937 1st NFL game in Washington, D.C.; Redskins beat NY Giants 13-3

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1939 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Reigning Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs beats fellow American Welby van Horn 6-4, 6-2, 6-4

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

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1939 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Dual champion Alice Marble beats Helen Jacobs 6-0, 8-10, 6-4

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble

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1941 Cards' Stan Musial makes his major league debut, going 2-for-4

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

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1947 Jackie Robinson is named Rookie of Year by Sporting News

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1949 Ryder Cup Golf, Ganton GC: US beats Great Britain, 7-5; Americans win 6 of 8 singles matches to claim victory

  • 1950 San Francisco 49ers (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, lose 21-17

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1953 Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1954 In a quick re-match at Yankee Stadium, NYC, Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in the 8th round to retain his world heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1959 59th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1960 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-Australian final Neale Fraser wins 2nd straight US title; beats Rod Laver 6-4, 6-4, 9-7

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1960 US National Championship Women's Tennis: American Darlene Hard wins her first US singles title; beats defending champion Maria Bueno of Brazil 6-4, 10-12, 6-4

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • 1961 Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)

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1961 Fran Tarkenton plays his first NFL Game against the Chicago Bears, coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a 37-13 victory, also becoming the only QB to throw four touchdown passes in his first career game

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton

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1964 Mickey Mantle gets hits #1999, 2000 & 2001 & his 450th HR

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1966 Cleve pitchers set AL record striking out 19 batters in 1st 9 innings
  • 1967 New Orleans Saints 1st NFL game, they lose to LA Rams 27-13
  • 1968 Gaylord Perry (Giants) no-hits St Louis Cardinals, 1-0
  • 1974 Courageous (US) beats Southern Cross (Aust) in 23rd America's Cup
  • 1977 Ryder Cup Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes: US wins 12½-7½; last time a Great Britain & Ireland team competes for Ryder Cup
  • 1978 Red Sox finally beat Yanks in Sept 1978, 7-3

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1979 Royals' George Brett is 6th to have 20 doubles/triples/HRs in a season

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1983 Chicago White Sox clinch their 1st-ever AL West championship

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1984 Reggie Jackson is 13th to hit 500 HRs

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1988 24th Olympic games open at Seoul, Korea
  • 1989 NYC court of appeals overturns lower court decision & returns America's Cup back to US (from NZ)
  • 1991 4,355 turn out to see Expos play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • 1992 NFL decides to suspend World League Football
  • 1996 Dodger Hideo Nomo no-hits Colorado Rockies, 9-0 at Coors Field

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2000 Dan Marino's #13 jersey is retired by the Miami Dolphins

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino

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2001 Despite suffering from lung cancer and Parkinson's disease, Jack Buck stirs emotions by reading a patriotic-themed poem during the pregame ceremonies on baseball's first night back after the September 11th terrorist attacks

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Sportscaster
Jack Buck

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2004 SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds hits his 700th career MLB home run, off San Diego's Jake Peavy

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2006 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Charleroi, Belgium: Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium withdraws with an injured knee with decisive doubles match level at 1-set all; Italy wins first ever title, 3-2
  • 2017 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: Anna Nordqvist of Sweden beats Brittany Altomare at 1st sudden-death playoff hole; event reduced to 54 holes after day 1 abandoned (bad weather)