On This Day

Events in Sport on September 26

  • 1861 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Tom Morris Sr. beats Willie Park Sr. by 4 strokes
  • 1867 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Tom Morris Sr. wins 4th title; beats rival Willie Park Sr. by 2 strokes; at 46, Morris remains oldest Open champion
  • 1906 Pitts Lefty Leifield no-hits Phillies, 8-0 in 6 inning game
  • 1908 Ed Ruelbach becomes the first person to pitch a doubleheader shutout in major league baseball
  • 1921 Yankee Ruth hits HRs 57 & 58 to beat Indians 8-7

Sport awardPGA Championship

1925 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: Defending champion Walter Hagen defeats Bill Mehlhorn, 6 & 5 in the final; 3rd PGA crown overall, and 7th of his 11 major titles

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1926 Shortest double header, Yanks lose 6-1 in 72 minutes & lose again 6-2 in 55 minutes to Browns. Yanks had already clinched pennant
  • 1947 Happy Chandler announces Ford & Gillette to sponsor World Series
  • 1948 Boston Braves win 1st NL championship since 1914
  • 1950 Phils pitcher Jim Konstanty makes record 71st appearance of year
  • 1952 Yanks clinch 4th straight & 19th AL pennant, beating A's 5-2
  • 1953 Shortstop Billy Hunter smashes final home run in St Louis Browns history during a 6-3 loss to Chicago WS at Busch Stadium; franchise moves to Baltimore next season
  • 1954 A's defeats Yanks 8-6 in last game franchise will play in Philadelphia

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1954 Yogi Berra plays his only game at 3rd & Mickey Mantle plays shortstop

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1958 Columbia (US) beats Sceptre (Britain) in 18th America's Cup
  • 1959 Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn becomes winningest NL lefty

  • 1959 SF Giants Sam Jones 2nd no-hitter, beats St Louis Cards, 4-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961 Roger Maris hits HR #60 off Jack Fisher, tying Babe Ruth's record

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
MLB Pitcher Jack Fisher
MLB Pitcher
Jack Fisher
  • 1962 LA Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills becomes first player in MLB history to steal 100 bases (en route to 104)
  • 1964 Braves (25) & Phillies (18) set record by using 43 players in 9 inn
  • 1965 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Stardust CC: Sandra Haynie wins by 1 stroke from Clifford Ann Creed

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1971 Jim Palmer is 4th Oriole to win at least 20 games this season

Baseball Player Jim Palmer
Baseball Player
Jim Palmer

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1973 Wilt Chamberlain signs with ABA San Diego Conquistadors

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1975 Phillies & NY Mets play a doubleheader that ends at 3:15 AM
  • 1976 Phillies clinch their 1st NL East Division title
  • 1977 Cleveland Browns play their 1st overtime game, beat Patriots 30-27
  • 1978 NY District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms
  • 1979 1984 summer LA Olympic coverage sold to ABC for $225 million
  • 1983 Ali Haji-Sheikh kicks 56 yard field goal, a NY Giants record
  • 1983 Australia II wins America's Cup yacht race - 1st non-US winner
  • 1984 5,251 turn out to see Phillies play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • 1987 Padres Benito Santiago sets rookie hitting streak to 28 games
  • 1988 Soviet throwers sweep the medals in the hammer throw at the Seoul Olympics; Sergey Litvinov wins gold with an Olympic record 84.80m ahead of teammates Yuriy Sedykh & Jüri Tamm

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1992 Jimmy Connors beats Martina Navratilova, 7-5, 6-3

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1992 1st time a positional player pitches for NY Mets, Phil Pecota, in 19-2 lose to Pirates
  • 1993 Ryder Cup Golf, The Belfry: US beats Europe, 15-13; Davis Love III secures victory for the US beating Costantino Rocca at the 18th, 1 up
  • 1993 Cubs bat out of order against Pirates in 2nd inning
  • 1993 Indians win their last game at Cleveland Stadium, beating Brewers 6-4

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1993 French Williams driver Alain Prost finishes 2nd in Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril to clinch his 4th F1 World Drivers Championship; after race Prost announces his retirement at the end of the season

Formula 1 Racing Driver Alain Prost
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Alain Prost
  • 1995 Earliest 1st-class cricket in Aust season (Qld v Western Prov)
  • 1995 Sri Lanka complete 2-1 Test Cricket series win in Pakistan from 0-1

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1996 SF Giant Barry Bonds is 2nd player to hit 40 HRs & steal 40 bases

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1997 Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. hits his 56th HR of 1997

Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.
Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder
Ken Griffey Jr.
  • 1999 Ryder Cup Golf, The Country Club, Brookline: US wins 14½-13½ after trailing 10-6 going into the singles; win first 6 matches to set up victory; poor American crowd & team behaviour heavily criticised
  • 2004 Ed Whitlock becomes 1st person over 70 to complete a marathon in under 3 hours (2:54:48) at Toronto Marathon