On This Day in Sport for October 15

Events in Sport

  • 1912 Red Sox Tris Speaker's makes only world series unassisted double play, from the outfield
  • 1917 Chicago White Sox beat NY Giants, 4 games to 2 in 14th World Series
  • 1923 NY Yankees 1st World Series win beating NY Giants, 4 games to 2
  • 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Washington Senators, 4 games to 3 in 22nd World Series

AgreementContract of Interest

1928 Walter Johnson signs a 3-year contract to manage the Senators

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1933 Philadelphia Eagles play 1st NFL game, lose to NY Giants 56-0
  • 1935 NHL's St Louis Eagles fold
  • 1945 Baseball Attendance hits record 10.28 million (Tigers 1.28 is highest)
  • 1946 Smallest World Series share since 1918 (Cards $3,748, Red Sox $2,140)
  • 1946 St Louis Cards beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 43rd World Series
  • 1946 Enos Slaughter scores from 1st on a single in World Series
  • 1956 Yankees Enos Slaughter scores from 1st on a single in World Series
  • 1957 Giants trade Minneapolis franchise to Red Sox for SF Seals-franchises only, not the players
  • 1964 St Louis Cardinals beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 3 in 61st World Series
  • 1964 NY Yankees appears in 14 & win 9 of last 16 World Series
  • 1965 Dodgers & Sandy Koufax win 7th game of 62nd World Series vs Twins
  • 1969 Madison Square Garden TV Network begins (Rangers vs North Stars)
  • 1969 NY Met Ron Swoboda's spectacular diving catch of sinking liner with runners at 1st & 3rd in 9th, Mets win in 10th in World Series game
  • 1969 Oriole Earl Weaver becomes 1st manager ejected in a World Series
  • 1970 Baltimore Orioles beat Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 1 in 67th World Series
  • 1972 61st Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Bucharest (3-2)
  • 1972 Omni in Atlanta opens - Hawks beat NY Knicks 109-101
  • 1974 Washington Capitals 1st NHL tie, playing LA Kings to 1-1 tie
  • 1978 Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Civitan Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 NY Knicks retire 2nd number, # 10, Walt Frazier

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 George Brett is forced out of World Series with hemorrhoids

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1981 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • 1983 Black Hawks & Maple Leafs combine for fastest 5 goals (84 seconds)
  • 1983 34th Formula One WDC: Nelson Piquet wins by two points
  • 1986 Longest post season game, Mets beat Astros 7-6 in 16 & win NL pennant
  • 1986 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets beat Houston Astros, 4 games to 2
  • 1986 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat California Angels, 4 games to 3
  • 1987 NFL Players Association orders an end to 24 day strike
  • 1988 NCAA record rushing yardage (768 yards-Oklahoma)
  • 1988 With 2 outs in bottom of 9th, an injured Kirk Gibson hits dramatic 2 run HR to give Dodgers a 5-4 win in 1st game of World Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howes as NHL's all time top scorer

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1995 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf
  • 1995 Carolina Panthers win 1st game ever beating NY Jets 26-15

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 NY jury awards boxer Mitch Green $45,000 in civil lawsuit against Mike Tyson, for street brawl in 1988

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1997 MLB American League Championship: Cleveland Indians beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 2
  • 2003 MLB National League Championship: Florida Marlins beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 3
  • 2007 MLB National League Championship: Colorado Rockies beat Arizona Diamondbacks, 4 games to 0
  • 2008 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 1
  • 2011 MLB American League Championship: Texas Rangers beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 2
  • 2014 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 0

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1858 John L Sullivan, Mass, heavyweight boxing champ (1882-92)
  • 1882 Charley O'Leary, American baseball player (d. 1941)
  • 1898 Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete (d. 1951)
  • 1910 Xenophon Balaskas, cricketer (South African leg-spinner of 30's)
  • 1921 Angelica Rozeanu, Romanian table tennis player (World Champ 1950-55)
  • 1921 Gul Mahomed, cricketer (Indian & Pakistani batsman)
  • 1927 Bill Henry, Alice, TX, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds), (d. 2014)
  • 1935 Bobby Joe Morrow, sprinter (Olympic-3 gold-1956), born in Brownsville, Texas
  • 1939 Carmelo Bossi, Italian light middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1960)
  • 1945 Jim Palmer, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles 1965-1984), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Steven Camacho, cricketer (WI batsman early seventies)

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1951 Roscoe Tanner, American tennis player (Wimbledon Finals 1979), born in Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
  • 1954 Kip Byrne, Canadian Tour golfer (Mich State Jr-1970-71), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1955 Victor Pecci, Paraguayan tennis star, born in Asuncion, Paraguay

Tennis Player Victor Pecci
Tennis Player
Victor Pecci
  • 1955 Kulbir Bhaura, British field hockey player
  • 1962 Susan DeMattei, cyclist (Olympics-bronze-96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1963 Angela Rock, Lakewood CA, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-1992)
  • 1963 Stanley Menzo, Suriname/Dutch soccer goaltender (Ajax/PSV)
  • 1965 Daniel Held, 10k runner, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1966 Jorge Campos, Mexican footballer
  • 1967 Carlos Garcia, Venezuela, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1968 George Koonce, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1968 Meredith Rainey, 800m runner, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1968 Didier Deschamps, French footballer
  • 1969 Curtis Cotton, NFL/WLAF cornerback (Oak Raiders, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1969 Vítor Baía, Portuguese footballer
  • 1970 Cooper Harris, CFL linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1970 Lonnie Palelei, guard (NY Jets)
  • 1971 Bernardo Harris, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1971 Roland McGhee, long jumper, born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1971 Andy Cole, British footballer
  • 1972 Fred Hoiberg, NBA guard (Indiana Pacers)
  • 1973 Susannah Kate Pryde, road race cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1975 Glen Little, English footballer
  • 1977 Masato Kawabata, Japanese racing driver
  • 1977 Patricio Urrutia, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1977 David Trezeguet, French football player
  • 1979 Paul Robinson, English football player
  • 1979 Māris Verpakovskis, Latvian football player
  • 1979 Blue Adams, American Football Player
  • 1980 Tom Boonen, Belgian cyclist
  • 1981 Guo Jingjing, Chinese diver
  • 1981 Radoslav Židek, Slovak snowboarder
  • 1981 Elena Dementieva, Russian tennis player
  • 1982 Charline Labonté, French Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • 1985 Walter López, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1985 Marcos Martinez Ucha, Spanish racing driver
  • 1987 Jesse Levine, American tennis player
  • 1988 Mesut Özil, Turkish-German football player (Arsenal, German national team), born in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1993 Baseball player Darryl Strawberry (31) divorces Lisa Andrews after more than 8 years of marriage

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

Deaths in Sport

  • 1910 Stanley Ketchel [The Michigan Assassin], Polish-American heavyweight boxing champion (1908-10), murdered at a ranch in Missouri at 24
  • 1958 Jack Mason, cricketer (England all-rounder v Australia 1897-98), dies
  • 1963 Horton Smith. American golfer (b. 1908)
  • 1980 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek footballer and volleyball player (b. 1896)
  • 1981 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (b. 1907)
  • 1994 Hannes Wustinger, Austrian race car driver, dies at 29
  • 2005 Jason Collier, American basketball player (b. 1977)
  • 2011 Betty Driver, British Actress (b. 1920)