On This Day

Events in Sport on September 8

  • 1883 NY Giants score 13 runs in an inning against Phillies
  • 1905 Pittsburgh Pirates strand NL record 18 men on base & lose to Reds 8-3
  • 1915 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: William Johnston beats Maurice McLoughlin 1-6, 6-0, 7-5, 10-8 in first US event held at West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills, New York
  • 1939 Indians Bob Feller, 20, is youngest pitcher to win 20 games
  • 1939 Yanks beat Red Sox 4-1 in 7, game called because of lightning
  • 1943 NY Giants' pitcher Ace Adams sets record by working in his 62nd game
  • 1946 SF 49ers play 1st AAFC game, lose to NY Yankees 21-7
  • 1946 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Jack Kramer beats fellow American Tom Brown Jr. 9-7, 6-3, 6-0 for his first of 2 straight US singles crowns
  • 1946 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-American final Pauline Betz Addie beats Patricia Canning Todd 11-9, 6-3 for her 4th and last US singles title
  • 1952 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian Frank Sedgman wins his second straight US title; beats American Gardnar Mulloy 6-1, 6-2, 6-3; last amateur major before turning pro in 1953
  • 1952 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Maureen Connolly beats fellow American Doris Hart 6-3, 7-5

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 With a 3-2 count, Phillies Richie Ashburn fouls next 14, then walks

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • 1955 Earliest clinching of an NL pennant (Brooklyn Dodgers)
  • 1957 Juan Manuel Fangio confirms his F1 World Drivers Championship, finishing 2nd in the season ending Italian GP at Monza; takes record 5th title by 15 points from Stirling Moss

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1957 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-Australian final Mal Anderson wins his only Grand Slam event; beats Ashley Cooper 10-8, 7-5, 6-4

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • 1957 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Althea Gibson beats Louise Brough Clapp 6-3, 6-2 for the first of her 2 home singles crowns

  • 1960 American sprinter Wilma Rudolph wins her third gold medal of the Rome Olympics anchoring the US 4 x 100m relay team; earlier won 100/200m double
  • 1960 US 4 x 400m relay team of Jack Yerman, Earl Young, Glenn Davis & Otis Davis run a world record 3:02.2 to win the gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • 1960 German 4 x 100m relay team equal world record 39.5 to win the gold medal at the Rome Olympics; Bernd Cullmann, Armin Hary, Walter Mahlendorf & Martin Lauer
  • 1963 Braves Warren Spahn ties Christy Mathewson with 13 20-win seasons
  • 1963 Scottish Lotus driver Jim Clark wins the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch his first F1 World Drivers Championship; Clark's 5th GP win of the season
  • 1963 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Rafael Osuna of Mexico beats Frank Froehling 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 for his lone major singles title

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1963 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Maria Bueno of Brazil wins second of 4 US singles crowns; beats defending champion Margaret Smith of Australia 7-5, 6-4

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1968 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Arthur Ashe wins first Open era US title; beats Dutchman Tom Okker 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1969 US amateur Men's Tennis: Stan Smith beats Bob Lutz (97 63 61)

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1969 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian Margaret Court wins her third US singles title & 16th Grand Slam singles event; beats Nancy Richey 6-2, 6-2

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • 1972 Mykola Avilov representing the Soviet Union scores a world record 8454 points to win the decathlon gold medal at the Munich Olympics; beats team mate Leonid Lytvynenko by 419 points
  • 1972 East German Annelie Ehrhardt with a world record 12.59 takes the 100m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics; beats Romanian Valeria Bufanu by just 0.25
  • 1973 Billy Martin named manager of the Texas Rangers

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1973 Hank Aaron sets record of most HRs in 1 league (709)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1973 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Margaret Court wins her 24th and final Grand Slam singles title; beats fellow Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley 7-6, 5-7, 6-2
  • 1974 England's Ian Thompson wins European Championship marathon in 2:13:18.8 in Rome, Italy

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1974 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Jimmy Connors wins his first of 5 US singles titles; outclasses veteran Australian Ken Rosewall 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 in last event played on grass

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • 1978 2nd game of Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 13-2

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1979 US Open Women's Tennis: Tracy Austin becomes youngest US champion (16 years, 9 months); beats Chris Evert 6-4, 6-3

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1984 US Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova retains her title; beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with 4,191 hits

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1985 US Open Men's Tennis: Czech star Ivan Lendl wins his first US title; beats NYC home town favourite John McEnroe 7-6, 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • 1988 Javier Sotomayer of Cuba high jumps world record 2.43m
  • 1988 NL president A. Bartlett Giamatti is unanimously elected Major League Baseball's 7th Commissioner

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1989 George Brett gets his 2,500th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1990 US Open Women's Tennis: Gabriela Sabatini becomes only Argentine woman to win a Grand Slam singles event; beats Steffi Graf 6-2, 7-6

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1991 US Open Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg of Sweden wins his first US title; beats American Jim Courier 6-2, 6-4, 6-0
  • 1992 Danny Tartabull has 9 RBIs as Yanks beat Orioles 16-4
  • 1993 Baseball's proposed switch to a three-division format OKed in AL
  • 1993 Houston's Darryl Kile throws 3rd no-hitter of season in Astros' 7-1 win over NY Mets
  • 1995 Cleveland Indians clinch 1st AL Central Division title
  • 1996 Sri Lanka defeat Australia to win Singer World Series at Colombo

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1996 US Open Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras retains his title; beats fellow American Michael Chang 6-1, 6-4, 7-6

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

2001 US Open Women's Tennis: Venus Williams successfully defends title; beats younger sister Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2002 Rookie quarterback David Carr throws for 2 TDs as the Houston Texans beat Dallas Cowboys 19-10 to become only the 2nd expansion team (1961 Minnesota Vikings) to win their inaugural game
  • 2002 Texas Rangers set a major league record by homering in their 26th consecutive game as Texas falls to the Tampa Bay
  • 2002 US Open Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras wins 14th and final Grand Slam title; beats fellow American Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
  • 2007 US Open Women's Tennis: Belgian Justin Henin beats Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-1, 6-3; Henin wins event without losing a set

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

2008 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Scotsman Andy Murray 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 for his 5th consecutive US title

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

2013 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams successfully defends her title; beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-5, 6-7, 6-1

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2014 US Open Men's Tennis: Marin Čilić of Croatia wins his maiden grand slam title; beats Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

2018 US Open Women's Tennis: Naomi Osaka first Japanese female to win a Grand Slam singles final; beats Serena Williams in controversial match 6-2, 6-4

Tennis Player Naomi Osaka
Tennis Player
Naomi Osaka
Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

2019 US Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal defeats Daniil Medvedev of Russia 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 to win his 19th Grand Slam singles title, and 4th US crown

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal