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Today In Sports History

Posted: September 8, 2013 - 12:08am
This 1968 file photo shows tennis champion and pioneer Althea Gibson in her East Orange, N.J. home. The U.S. Postal Service is honoring Gibson with a commemorative stamp in its Black Heritage series. The stamp became available around the United States on August 23. (AP Photo/MARTY LEDERHANDLER)  MARTY LEDERHANDLER | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MARTY LEDERHANDLER | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
This 1968 file photo shows tennis champion and pioneer Althea Gibson in her East Orange, N.J. home. The U.S. Postal Service is honoring Gibson with a commemorative stamp in its Black Heritage series. The stamp became available around the United States on August 23. (AP Photo/MARTY LEDERHANDLER)

SEPTEMBER 8

1905 — The Pittsburgh Pirates stranded 18 runners in an 8-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds to set a National League record for men left on base.

1946 — Jack Kramer wins his first U.S. men’s singles titles with a 9-7, 6-3, 6-0 victory over Tom Brown.

1957 — Althea Gibson becomes the first black to win the U.S. Open, beating Louise Brough, 6-3, 6-2. Australia’s Malcolm Anderson defeats countryman Ashley Cooper in three sets to become the first unseeded player to win the U.S. Open.

1958 — Roberto Clemente tied a major league record by hitting three triples in a 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

1965 — Bert Campaneris of the Kansas City A’s played all nine positions but had to leave after a ninth-inning collision with Ed Kirkpatrick of the Angels. The Angels won 5-3 in 13 innings.

1968 — Virginia Wade wins the U.S. Open, upsetting Billie Jean King, 6-4, 6-4.

1969 — Australia’s Rod Laver wins the U.S. Open and the grand slam of tennis for the second time in his career with a four-set victory over Tony Roche.

1972 — Ferguson Jenkins of the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3, for his 20th victory of the season. It marked the sixth straight year Jenkins had won 20 or more games.

1973 — Australia’s Margaret Court Smith wins the U.S. Open for the fifth time with a 7-6, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Evonne Goolagong.

1974 — Billie Jean King wins her fourth U.S. Open with a three-set triumph over Evonne Goolagong.

1984 — The four matches played on the stadium court at the U.S. Open are played to the maximum number of sets. Stan Smith defeats John Newcombe in the men’s 35s semifinal, Ivan Lendl edges Pat Cash, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 7-6, in the men’s semifinals, Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, for the women’s title and John McEnroe defeats Jimmy Connors, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, in the second men’s semifinal.

1985 — Ivan Lendl wins his first U.S. Open title by defeating John McEnroe 7-6, 6-3, 6-4.

1985 — Cincinnati’s Pete Rose inserted himself into the lineup when the Chicago Cubs named right-hander Reggie Patterson as the starting pitcher. Rose singled in the first inning and again in the fifth inning to tie Ty Cobb with 4,191 career hits. Rose was retired in his other at-bats and the game was called because of darkness after nine innings with the score tied 5-5.

1990 — Gabriela Sabatini prevents Steffi Graf from winning her third consecutive Grand Slam title with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) victory in the U.S. Open.

1991 — Stefan Edberg earns his first U.S. Open men’s singles title with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 win over Jim Courier.

1996 — Pete Sampras and Steffi Graf win the men’s and women’s singles titles in the last U.S. Open championship matches played in Louis Armstrong Stadium. Sampras beats Michael Chang 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 and Graf defeats Monica Seles 7-5, 6-4.

1996 — Todd Hundley of the New York Mets became the ninth player to hit 40 home runs this season, breaking the major league record set in 1961. Hundley’s homer, in a 6-2 win over Atlanta, tied Roy Campanella’s major league record for homers by a catcher.

1998 — Mark McGwire breaks Roger Maris’ 37-year-old home run record, lining historic No. 62 just over the wall in left field with two outs in the fourth inning. McGwire’s shot off the Chicago Cubs’ Steve Trachsel sets off a wild celebration in Busch Stadium.

2001 — Venus Williams wins her second consecutive U.S. Open title by beating her sister, Serena, 6-2, 6-4 in the first prime-time women’s Grand Slam final. The match is the 10th between sisters in a Grand Slam match during the Open era, with the older sister winning every time.

2002 — Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to win his 14th Grand Slam title and the U.S. Open for the fifth time. At 31, Sampras is the Open’s oldest champion since 1970.

2003 — Andy Roddick wins his first Grand Slam tournament title, defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3, in the U.S. Open men’s singles final.

2007 — Top-ranked Justine Henin overwhelms No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-3 to win her second U.S. Open women’s title and seventh Grand Slam championship.

2008 — Pinch hitting for Houston, Mark Saccomanno homered on the first pitch he saw in the major leagues to help the Astros beat Pittsburgh. Saccomanno hit a solo shot in the fifth inning.

2008 — Roger Federer salvages the 2008 season by easily beating Andy Murray 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 to win his fifth consecutive U.S. Open championship and 13th major title overall. Federer is the first man since Bill Tilden in the 1920s to win the tournament that many times in a row. Serena Williams wins her third U.S. Open women’s title with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Jelena Jankovic.

2011 — Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees of New Orleans mark the first time in NFL history that opposing quarterbacks both pass for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in their teams’ season opener. The Packers make a goal-line stand on the final play of the game to beat the Saints 42-34. Rodgers passes for 312 yards, while Brees has 419 yards. Packers rookie Randall Cobb steals the show, catching a touchdown from Rodgers and running a kickoff back 108 yards for a score in the third quarter — tying an NFL record for the longest kickoff return in history.

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