Events in Sport on September 8

  • 1883 New York Gothams score 13 runs in an inning in a 16-6 win over Philadelphia Quakers at Recreation Park, Philadelphia; MLB record (18) set 2 days earlier

Sports History

1894 Employed by Thomas Edison, William K.L. Dickson films first boxing match at West Orange, New Jersey, an exhibition between world heavyweight champion James J. Corbett and Peter Courtney

  • 1905 Pittsburgh Pirates strand NL record 18 men on base in 8-3 defeat to Cincinnati Reds at Exposition Park, Pittsburgh
  • 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

Sports History

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 San Francisco 49ers play 1st AAFC game, lose to NY Yankees 21-7

US Men's Tennis Open

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

US Open Women's Tennis

1952 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Maureen Connolly beats fellow American Doris Hart 6-3, 7-5

Sports History

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

  • 1955 Earliest clinching of an NL pennant (Brooklyn Dodgers)

Sports History

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

US 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

US Open Women's Tennis

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

Baseball Record

1958 Pirate Roberto Clemente ties modern record of 3 triples in a game

  • 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 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
  • 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

Sports History

1963 Milwaukee Braves future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn ties Christy Mathewson with 13 x 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

US 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

Sports History

1965 Kansas City A's Bert Campaneris plays all 9 positions in a game

US 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

Sports History

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

US 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

  • 1972 Chic Cub Ferguson Jenkins wins his 20th game for 6th straight year
  • 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
  • 1972 Mykola Avilov representing the Soviet Union scores a world record 8454 points to win the decathlon gold medal at the Munich Olympics; beats teammate Leonid Lytvynenko by 419 points

Sports History

1973 Billy Martin named manager of the Texas Rangers

Baseball Record

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

US Open Women's Tennis

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

US 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

  • 1978 2nd game of Boston Massacre; NY Yankees beat Red Sox, 13-2

US 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

Sports History

1980 Bowie Kuhn suspends Ferguson Jenkins indefinitely due to drug arrest

US 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

  • 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

Baseball Record

1989 George Brett gets his 2,500th hit

US 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

  • 1991 NFL Buffalo Bill QB Jim Kelly passes for 6 touchdowns vs Pittsburgh Steelers (52-34)

US Men's Tennis Open

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
  • 1994 Sri Lanka defeat Australia to win Singer World Series at Colombo
  • 1995 Cleveland Indians clinch 1st AL Central Division title

US Open Women's Tennis

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

  • 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

US 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

US 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

  • 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

US 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

US 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

  • 2022 Australian Stephanie Gilmore wins her eighth world surfing title at Lower Trestles, California - making her the most successful women's champion in history