This time of year brings out some huge sporting events, from pennant races in baseball, to football kicking off, to tennis championships and golf tournaments. There have been a lot of big moments in sports history to happen on September 2nd.
Here’s a list of some of the more memorable ones:
1908 – Tommy Burns won the heavyweight boxing title by knocking out Bill Lang in the sixth round of their fight in Melbourne, Australia.
1919 – Baseball expands World Series to a best of 9 series format, which saw the Chicago White Sox intentionally throw the series and become what is better known today as the “Chicago Black Sox.” The format reverted back in 1922 to a 7 game series.
1924 – Bill Tilden earned his fifth of six straight titles at the United States National Tennis Championships. He would win the title seven times and play in a total of 10 finals.
1965 – Chicago Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks hit his 400th career home run and cemented his place as one of the most prolific hitting shortstops to ever play.
1970 – The U.S. Open became the first Grand Slam tennis tournament to decide a set with a tie break, using a sudden death nine point format. 26 matches were decided in this manner on the first day of the tournament.
1971 – Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert each earned their first U.S. Open wins. Connors would go on to win the title five times starting in 1974. Evert reached the semifinals in 1971 and went at least that far every year until 1987.
Just as many great things have happened in sports and the games have evolved, Russell Athletic has been there all the way. Improving our product to ensure our athletes, whether collegiate, professional or just everyday athletes across the country are fitted in the best sports apparel.
Sometimes it’s nice to look back at where you came from, to give a better perspective of where you’re headed.
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