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Today In Sports History

Posted: September 13, 2013 - 12:10am

SEPTEMBER 13

1925 — Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance threw a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of a doubleheader to give the Dodgers a 10-1 win.

1930 — Tommy Armour beats Gene Sarazen 1 up to win the PGA Championship.

1932 — The New York Yankees beat Cleveland 9-3 and clinched the American League pennant. Joe McCarthy became the first manager to win flags in both leagues.

1936 — Bob Feller, 17, beat the Philadelphia A’s 5-2 on two hits. The Cleveland youngster fanned 17 batters for an American League record.

1959 — Neale Fraser of Australia wins the men’s singles title in the U.S. Open with a four-set victory over Alex Olmedo. Brazil’s Maria Bueno wins the women’s title.

1964 — Roy Emerson beats fellow Australian Fred Stolle to win the men’s title in the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships. Brazil’s Maria Bueno wins the women’s title.

1965 — Willie Mays hit his 500th career home run off Houston’s Don Nottebart in a 5-1 San Francisco victory.

1970 — Only 55 of 126 finish the first New York City Marathon, with Gary Muhrcke winning in 2 hours, 31 minutes, 38.2 seconds.

1970 — Ken Rosewall of Australia beats countryman Tony Roche in the men’s singles final at the U.S. Open.

1971 — Frank Robinson hit his 500th career home run off Detroit’s Fred Scherman. The ninth-inning shot gave the Baltimore Orioles a split in a doubleheader against the Tigers.

1981 — The Atlanta Falcons, trailing 17-0 with 13 minutes remaining in the game, score 31 points to beat the Green Bay Packers 31-17. The Falcons score touchdowns on a punt return, two by passes, an interception return and a fumble return.

1981 — John McEnroe defeats Bjorn Borg to win his third straight men’s singles title in the U.S. Open.

1987 — Ivan Lendl beats Mats Wilander for his third U.S. Open crown, 6-7, 6-0, 7-6, 6-4.

1989 — Pat Day breaks the record for most winners in one day when he scored with eight of his nine mounts at Arlington Racecourse in Illinois. It was the best day for one program in North American thoroughbred racing history. In his only loss, Day finishes second.

1992 — Buffalo’s Jim Kelly and San Francisco’s Steve Young throw for more than 400 yards and neither team punts, the first time in NFL history, as the Bills beat the 49ers 34-31.

1997 — Cade McNown throws a school-record five touchdown passes as UCLA routs No. 11 Texas 66-3. It’s the second-worst loss for Texas, which lost 68-0 to Chicago in 1904, and the biggest defeat by any team ever ranked in The Associated Press college football poll.

2003 — Tonya Butler makes a field goal and three extra points for Division II West Alabama. Butler, a 5-foot-5, 140-pound senior, kicks a 27-yarder in the first quarter to help the Tigers beat Stillman College 24-17. It could not be confirmed whether Butler was the first woman to kick a field goal because NCAA statistics do not differentiate between sexes.

2007 — New England coach Bill Belichick is fined the NFL maximum of $500,000 and the Patriots are ordered to pay $250,000 for spying during New England’s 38-14 win over the New York Jets on Sept. 9. Commissioner Roger Goodell also orders the team to give up a 2008 first-round draft choice.

2008 — Brigham Young quarterback Max Hall ties a school record with seven touchdown passes as the 18th-ranked Cougars hand UCLA its worst loss in nearly 80 years, 59-0. Hall ties the record shared by Marc Wilson and Jim McMahon before heading to the sideline midway through the third quarter.

2008 — Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien becomes the first trainer in 73 years to win all five Irish Classics when Septimus powers to a 13-length triumph in the Irish Field St. Leger at the Curragh. Jack Rogers in 1935 was the last trainer to saddle winners of Ireland’s 1000 and 2000 Guineas, Derby, Oaks and St. Leger in the same season.

2009 — Drew Brees of New Orleans matches a franchise record with six touchdown passes, finishing with 358 yards in a 45-27 victory over Detroit.

2009 — Brandon Stokley only catches one pass — but it is a big one. He grabs a deflection and runs 87 yards with 11 seconds left to give Denver a 12-7 win over Cincinnati. Stokley even burns a few extra seconds by taking his time going into the end zone.

2010 — Rafael Nadal wins his first U.S. Open title to complete a career Grand Slam, beating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. Nadal stretches his Grand Slam winning streak to 21 matches by adding the U.S. Open to his titles at the French Open in June, then Wimbledon in July. No man has won those three tournaments in the same year since Rod Laver won a true Grand Slam in 1969.

SEPTEMBER 14

1903 — Red Ames’ debut with the New York Giants was a five-inning, 5-0, no-hit victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The game was called in mid-afternoon because of unusual darkness.

1923 — Red Sox first baseman George Burns pulled off an unassisted triple play against the Cleveland Indians.

1923 — Jack Dempsey knocks out Luis Firpo in the second round for his last successful defense of his world heavyweight title, at Madison Square Garden in New York.

1947 — Jack Kramer beats Frank Parket to win the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championship. Kramer loses one set in the tournament.

1959 — The new $32 million Aqueduct, operated by the New York Racing Association, opens.

1968 — Jimmy Ellis wins the WBA heavyweight title by beating Floyd Patterson in the 15th round in Stockholm, Sweden.

1986 — Chicago’s Walter Payton rushes for 177 yards to reach the 15,000-yard plateau and scores his 100th career rushing touchdown as the Bears beat the Philadelphia Eagles 13-10.

1990 — Ken Griffey and his son hit back-to-back homers in the first inning of the Seattle Mariners’ 7-5 loss to the California Angels. The unprecedented father-and-son homers came off Kirk McCaskill.

1991 — Freshman Marshall Faulk of San Diego State rushes for an NCAA record 386 yards and scores seven touchdowns as the Aztecs beat Pacific 55-34.

1991 — Freshman Greg Hill sets a major college record with 212 yards rushing in his first game and scores twice as Texas A&M routs LSU 45-7.

1994 — The baseball season, already shut down by a monthlong strike, is canceled along with the World Series in a vote by 26 of the 28 teams.

1996 — Oakland’s Mark McGwire becomes the 13th major leaguer to hit 50 home runs in a season with a homer in a 9-8 loss to Cleveland.

2002 — Tim Montgomery of the United States sets a world record in the 100 meters, clocking 9.78 seconds at the IAAF Grand Prix Final in Paris. The previous world record of 9.79 was set by fellow American Maurice Greene in 1999.

2003 — Jamal Lewis rushes for an NFL-record 295 yards on 30 carries in Baltimore’s 33-13 victory over Cleveland. Lewis, who scored two TDs and averaged 9.8 yards, shatters the single-game mark held by Cincinnati’s Corey Dillon, who ran for 278 yards on Oct. 22, 2000, against Denver.

2006 — Tiger Woods’ five-tournament winning streak finally ends when Shaun Micheel knocks him out in the first round of the World Match Play Championship. The score was 4 and 3, matching Woods’ worst loss in match play.

2008 — Arizona’s Edgerrin James gains 55 yards on 18 carries to become the 14th player in NFL history to surpass 15,000 career yards from scrimmage in a 31-10 win over Miami.

2008 — Sebastian Vettel becomes the youngest driver to win a Formula One race at the Italian Grand Prix, edging McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen by 12.5 seconds in the rain at Monza to give Torro Rosso its first win.

2008 — Russia wins its fourth Fed Cup in five years, defeating Spain when Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Anabel Medina Garrigues 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to clinch the title.

2009 — The Williams sisters win the U.S. Open women’s doubles title. Venus and Serena defeat defending champions Cara Black and Liezel Huber 6-2, 6-2 for their 10th career Grand Slam doubles title and first at Flushing Meadows since 1999.

2010 — Reggie Bush announces he is forfeiting his Heisman Trophy. The running back releases a statement saying he would give back the award that he won in 2005 while he was at Southern California. It’s the first time college football’s top award is returned by a recipient.

2011 — Colorado catcher Eliezer Alfonzo becomes the first player suspended twice under the Major League Baseball drug program and will serve a 100-game suspension.

2011 — The Pittsburgh Pirates clinch their 19th consecutive losing season, a record for a major league franchise in North America, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2.

2012 — The National Hockey League locks out its players at 11:59 p.m. It’s the league’s fourth shutdown since 1992, including a yearlong dispute that forced the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season.

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