On This Day in Sport for October 20

Events in Sport

  • 1888 Chicago & All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, NZ
  • 1899 Columbia (US) beats Shamrock (England) in 11th America's Cup
  • 1910 1st appearance of cork centered baseball in World Series
  • 1910 Soccer team KFC forms in Alkmaar
  • 1910 The hull of the RMS Olympic, sister-ship to the ill-fated RMS Titanic, is launched from the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland.
  • 1912 Hannes Kolehmainen runs world record marathon (2:29:39.2)
  • 1924 1st Negro League World Series: KC Monarchs shuts out Hilldales, 5-0

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1934 All-Star team led by Babe Ruth & Connie Mack sails to Hawaii & Japan

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

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1935 Hank Greenberg is named AL MVP by the BBWAA, Wes Ferrell is runner-up

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1946 Frank Seno returns kickoff 105 yd, Chicago Cards vs NY Giants
  • 1947 Radio rights for the World Series sell for $475,000 for 3 years

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1963 Jim Brown sets NFL single-season rushing record, 1,863 yds

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1963 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Hillside Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1965 19th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 5-2 at Montreal
  • 1968 Carol Mann wins LPGA Quality Chekd Golf Classic
  • 1968 Mamo Wolde wins 16th Olympic marathon (2:20:26.4)

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1973 President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe greatest athlete of 1st ½ century

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1976 NY Nets Julius "Dr J" Erving sold to Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1979 John Tate beats Gerrie Coetze in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1981 1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, NJ Nets lose to NY Knicks 103-99
  • 1982 St Louis Cards beat Milwaukee Brewers, 4 games to 3 in 79th World Series
  • 1982 During the UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem, 66 people are crushed to death in the Luzhniki disaster.

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1984 Islander's Mike Bossy's 30th career hat trick-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1988 LA Dodgers beat Oakland A's in baseball's 85th World Series 4 games to 1
  • 1988 Reggie Rogers, Det Lion's # 1 pick, kills 3 by driving intoxicated
  • 1990 Cincinnati Reds sweep Oakland A's in 86th World Series
  • 1992 1st World Series game outside of US - Toronto beats Atlanta
  • 1993 Highest scoring World Series game Blue Jays 15, Phillies 14 in 4h14m
  • 1996 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf
  • 1996 Braves Andruw Jones is youngest player to homer in World Series
  • 1996 Wasim Akram (257) & Saqlain Mushtaq gets cricket Test record 313 for 8th wicket, vs Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura
  • 1997 Richard Gnida, Limo driver in Detroit Red Wings crash, pleads guilty
  • 2004 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox come back from 0-3 to beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 3
  • 2007 6th Rugby World Cup: South Africa beats England 15-6 at Saint-Denis

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1859 G B Studd, cricketer (brother of C T, 4 Tests for England)
  • 1896 Nat Holman, basketball coach (CCNY)
  • 1917 Ken Cranston, cricketer (England all-rounder captained once in 1948)
  • 1926 Ursula Happe, German 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1956)

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1931 Mickey Mantle "The Commerce Comet", NY Yankee, home run slugger (1956 Triple Crown), born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma (d. 1995)

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1932 Roosevelt Brown, Virginia, NFL hall of fame tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1932 Rosey Brown, American football player (d. 2004)
  • 1936 Larry Mowry, PGA golfer (1987 Crestar Pepsi Senior), born in San Diego, California
  • 1937 Juan Marichal, Hall of Fame baseball pitcher (SF Giants)
  • 1941 Bob Panasik, Windsor Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1986 Canadian TPC)
  • 1946 Lucien Van Impe, Belgian cyclist
  • 1948 Andrei Suraikin, USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1949 Valery Borzov, USSR, 100m/200m dash (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1949 Wayne Collett, American 400m runner (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1950 Isaac Curtis, NFL wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1951 Claudio Ranieri, Italian football manager (Leicester City) and player, born in Rome
  • 1952 Dave Collins, baseball player
  • 1952 Dave McLelland, Canadian NHL goaltender (Vancouver Canucks), born in Penticton, British Columbia

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1953 Keith Hernandez, MLB 1st baseman (St Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), born in San Francisco, California

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • 1954 Suru Nayak, cricketer (two Tests for India v England 1982)
  • 1955 Aaron Pryor, American welterweight boxing champion, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1957 Chris Cowdrey, cricketer (son of Colin, captain of England 1988)
  • 1958 Dave Krieg, NFL quarterback (Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1959 Janice McCaffrey, Etobicoke Ontario, 10k walker (Olympics-25-92, 96)
  • 1959 Razor Ramon, [Scott Hall], wrestler (WWF/WCW/NWA/Florida/AWA/KC)
  • 1961 Ian Rush, Welsh footballer
  • 1962 Ray Childress, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • 1963 Navjot Singh Sidhu, cricketer (Indian opening batsman)
  • 1963 Nikos Tsiantakis, Greek footballer
  • 1965 Amos Mansdorf, lsrael, tennis star
  • 1965 Chad Hennings, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1965 M Shtalenkov, NHL goalie (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1965 Mikhail Shtalenkov, NHL goalie (Team Russia, Anaheim), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1966 Allan Donald, cricketer (great South African fast bowler)
  • 1966 Erin Deiters, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1994), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • 1967 Harvey Pulliam, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968 Raymond Biggs, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1969 Chantel Tremitiere, WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • 1969 Guillermo Perez-Roldan, Argentina, tennis star
  • 1969 Herman Moore, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 1969 Juan Gonzalez, Vega Baja Puerto Rico, outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • 1969 Laurie Daley, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1970 Greg Primus, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970 Ralph Dawkins, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1970 Sander Boschke, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1970 Shane George, cricketer (S Australian fast bowler, Shield debut at 17)
  • 1971 Eddie Jones, NBA guard/forward (LA Lakers)
  • 1971 Kimberly Po, tennis star (1991 Futures-Evansville IN), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Dexter Coakley, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1972 Oleg Fediukov, dance skater (& Debbie Koegel), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1973 Scott Goodman, Hobart Tasmania Aus, 200m butterfly swimmer (Oly-br-96)
  • 1974 Jerald Honeycutt, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1976 Reidel Anthony, wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1977 Matt Jansen, English footballer
  • 1978 Virender Sehwag, Indian cricketer
  • 1979 Paul Ifill, Barbadian footballer
  • 1979 Paul O'Connell, Irish rugby player
  • 1980 Jose Veras, Dominican baseball player
  • 1981 Dimitrios Papadopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1981 Francisco Javier Rodríguez, Mexican footballer
  • 1981 Willis McGahee, American football player
  • 1982 Yasser Al-Qahtani, Saudi footballer
  • 1982 Becky Brewerton, Welsh golfer
  • 1983 Luis Saritama, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1984 Florent Sinama-Pongolle, French footballer
  • 1984 Andrew Trimble, Northern Irish rugby player for Irish rugby team
  • 1985 Dominic McGuire, American basketball player, born in San Diego, California
  • 1985 James Sutton, British racing driver
  • 1988 Ma Long, Chinese table tennis player (Olympic and World Champion), born in Anshan, China

Deaths in Sport

  • 1906 William "Buck" Ewing, hall of fame catcher (NY Giants), dies at 67
  • 1941 Ken Farnes (WWII) 15 Tests for England, cricketer (60 wickets), dies
  • 1954 Willie Shaw, race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40), dies at 51
  • 2004 Chuck Hiller, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • 2007 Max McGee, American football player (b. 1932)
  • 2008 Gene Hickerson, American football Hall of Famer (b. 1935)
  • 2010 Parthasarathy Sharma, Indian cricketer (b. 1948)