12 Memorable Moments in Sports Tied to Westchester

Mariano Rivera of Purchase, Arthur Ashe of Mount Kisco, and more.



1. Mariano Rivera of Purchase becomes Major League Baseball’s all-time saves leader on September 19, 2011, when he records his 602nd save as the Yankees defeat Minnesota, 6-4.

2. Arthur Ashe, one-time resident of Mount Kisco, defeats Jimmy Connors in the 1975 Wimbledon final, becoming the only black man to win tennis’ most prestigious title.

3. Mount Kisco native Bruce Jenner wins the decathlon at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

4. Hours after managing the Yankees to their 27th World Series title in 2009, Joe Girardi of Purchase assists a crash victim on the Cross County Parkway near Eastchester.

5. Seabiscuit wins four thoroughbred stakes races at Yonkers Raceway: Ardsley Handicap (1935), Scarsdale Handicap (1936), Yonkers Handicap (1937), and Butler Handicap (1937).

6. Running back Ray Rice of New Rochelle helps lead the Baltimore Ravens to victory in Super Bowl XLVII.

7. Ben Gordon of Mount Vernon averages 15 points a game for the Chicago Bulls in the 2004-2005 season and wins the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award.

8. Cyclist Marcus Hurley, a New Rochelle native, wins four gold medals and one bronze at the 1904 St. Louis Olympics.

9. Horace Rawlins, head pro at Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle, wins the first US Open golf title in 1895.

10. Suzyn Waldman of Croton-on-Hudson debuts as a Yankees radio announcer in 2005. In 2009, she becomes the first woman to broadcast a World Series game on the radio.

11. Knicks forward Steve Novak of Rye Brook makes an NBA-best 47.2 percent of his 3-point shots in the 2011-2012 season.

12. Runner Alan Helffrich of Yonkers wins gold in the 4x400-meter relay at the 1924 Paris Olympics. He later serves as New York chapter president of the
US Olympians.