On This Day

Events in Sport on September 20

  • 1876 Ottawa Football Club forms
  • 1902 Chicago White Sox pitcher Jimmy 'Nixey' Callahan no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0
  • 1907 Pitts Nick Maddox no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 2-1
  • 1908 Chicago White Sox Frank Smith 2nd no-hitter, beats Philadelphia 1-0
  • 1911 Yanks set team record 12 errors in a double header
  • 1913 US Open Men's Golf, The Country Club: 20-year old amateur Francis Ouimet wins his only Open title in an 18-hole playoff, 5 strokes ahead of Britons Harry Vardon & Ted Ray

Sport awardPGA Championship

1919 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Engineers CC: Defending champion Jim Barnes defeats Fred McLeod, 6 & 5 in the final

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1919 Legendary baseball slugger Babe Ruth ties Ned Williamson's MLB mark of 27 home runs with a 9th inning blast in Boston Red Sox 4-3 win against Chicago WS

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1922 St. Louis Cardinals future Baseball Hall of Fame infielder Rogers Hornsby ends hitting streak of 33 games

Sport awardPGA Championship

1924 PGA Championship Men's Golf, French Lick CC: 1921 champion Walter Hagen beats Englishman Jim Barnes 2-up in the final

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 1924 Carl Mays is 1st pitcher to win 20 games seasons for 3 different teams
  • 1924 Cub's Grover Cleveland Alexander beats NY Giants to win 300th game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1931 MLB's Lou Gehrig's 4 RBIs break his old RBI mark of 175 en route to 184

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1932 Chicago Cubs clinch the NL pennant
  • 1933 Pittsburgh Steelers (as Pirates) play 1st NFL game, lose 23-2

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1939 Joe Louis KOs Bob Pastor in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

  • 1948 Mexican Baseball league disbanded
  • 1949 Top American tennis player Pancho Gonzales turns professional
  • 1951 MLB owners elect National League President Ford Frick as 3rd Baseball Commissioner for a 7-year term at a then massive $65,000 per annum

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953 Cubs Ernie Banks hits his 1st major league HR

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Roger Bannister awarded Britain's Silver Pears Trophy

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1955 Willie Mays (Giants) homers off Vern Law (Pirates) in both ends of DH

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961 Roger Maris hits home run # 59 & barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yanks clinch pennant #26

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1964 20th America's Cup yachting: Eric Ridder skippered Constellation beats English challenger Sovereign for a 4-0 American series sweep off Newport, RI

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1968 Mickey Mantle hits final career homer # 536

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Sport awardRyder Cup

1969 Ryder Cup Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: US, Great Britain tie, 16-16; great sporting gesture, America's Jack Nicklaus concedes missable 3-foot putt to Tony Jacklin at the 18th hole for the draw

  • 1969 Pitts Pirate Bob Moose no-hits NY Mets, 4-0

Sport awardDavis Cup

1969 58th Davis Cup: American pair Bob Lutz & Stan Smith clinch final 8-6, 6-1, 11-9 over Ilie Năstase & Ion Țiriac of Romania in Cleveland, OH; ends 5-0

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs

Sport awardRyder Cup

1975 Ryder Cup Golf, Laurel Valley GC: US beats Great Britain & Ireland, 21-11; Arnold Palmer non-playing American captain; Bernard Hunt GB & I skipper

  • 1980 Bronze plaque dedicated to memory of catcher Thurman Munson unveiled at Yankee Stadium: Munson died in plane crash in 1979

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 George Brett goes 0-for-4 dropping his avg below .400 for good

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1980 Spectacular Bid runs in Belmont alone as 3 horses drop out

  • 1981 Ryder Cup Golf, Walton Heath GC: US wins 18½-9½; 6th and final Ryder Cup for Jack Nicklaus as a player; wins all 4 of his matches
  • 1983 3,112 turn out to see Pirates play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • 1984 Cubs break 2 million in home attendance for 1st time
  • 1985 Curtis Strong is convicted for selling cocaine to pro baseball players

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 French driver Alain Prost wins Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril; his record 28th Formula 1 victory

Formula 1 Racing Driver Alain Prost
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Alain Prost
  • 1987 San Francisco wide receiver Dwight Clark's NFL record streak of 105 consecutive games with a reception ends in 49ers 27-26 victory in Cincinnati

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1987 Chicago running back Walter Payton scores his NFL record 107th rushing touchdown in the Bears' 20-3 victory over Tampa Bay

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 1988 Detroit first baseman Darrell Evans hits home run #18 in Tigers' 4-3 loss to Cleveland Indians; Evans' 400th MLB career HR

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1988 American diver Greg Louganis wins the 3m springboard gold medal at the Seoul Olympics after famously hitting his head on the board the previous day

  • 1988 Wade Boggs is 1st player to get 200 hits for 6 consecutive seasons
  • 1995 Cincinnati Reds becomes 1st team to clinch NL Central
  • 1997 Yanks clinch 37th appearance in post season, 3rd consecutive
  • 1998 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Muirfield Village: US retains Cup; beats Europe 16-12 for third consecutive victory

Sport awardFederation Cup

1998 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Geneva, Switzerland: Conchita Martínez & Arantxa Sánchez Vicario beat Martina Hingis & Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6-0, 6-2 in doubles decider to clinch Spain's 5th title, 3-2

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
Tennis Player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Tennis Player
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  • 2013 Alex Rodriquez sets new MLB record with 24 Grand Slam home runs for the New York Yankees
  • 2015 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, GC St. Leon-Rot: US regains Cup 14½ to 13½; Paula Creamer beats Sandra Gal 4 & 3 in deciding singles match
  • 2020 US Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot CC: American Bryson DeChambeau claims his first career major title as the only player to score under par; wins by 6 strokes from Matthew Wolff
  • 2020 107th Tour de France: Slovenian Tadej Pogacar claims yellow jersey from countryman Primoz Roglic; also wins mountains and U25 classifications; green jersey, Sam Bennett