On This Day in Sport for October 21

Events in Sport

  • 1905 England Pilgrim Association beats All NY 11, 7-1 in soccer at Polo Grounds
  • 1911 Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Alberta Unions form Western Canada Rugby Football Union

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1935 Hank Greenberg selected AL MVP unanimously

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1950 Patty Berg wins LPGA Hardscrabble Women's Golf Invitation
  • 1956 Betty Dodd wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open
  • 1957 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1962 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Carlsbad Cavern Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1964 Abebe Bikila runs Olympic/World record marathon (2:12:11.2)
  • 1964 Braves ask NL to allow them to leave Milwaukee for Atlanta
  • 1973 A's manager Dick Williams quits after A's beat Mets in World Series

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1973 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Waco Tribune Herald Ladies Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1973 Fred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game.
  • 1973 23rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Benny Parsons wins
  • 1974 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Cubic Corp Golf Classic
  • 1975 Red Sox Carlton Fisk's 12th inning HR beats Reds 7-6 in game 6 of WS
  • 1976 Cincinnati Reds sweep NY Yankees, in 73rd World Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 NY Knicks retire 1st number, # 19, Willis Reed

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed
  • 1976 NY Yankee Thurman Munson ties World Series mark of 6 straight singles
  • 1979 10th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:11:42
  • 1979 Greta Weitz wins woman participation in NYC marathon (02:27:33)
  • 1979 Ozzie Newsome begins NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions
  • 1980 1st (& only) time Phillies win World Series (in 98 years)
  • 1980 Phillies win their 1st World Championship in their 98-year history
  • 1984 Cleveland Browns' Steve Cox sets club record with a 60-yd field goal
  • 1984 Niki Lauda becomes 3rd time motor racing world champ
  • 1984 Steve Jones runs Chicago Marathon in world record 2:08:05
  • 1984 35th Formula One WDC: Niki Lauda wins by 0.5 points
  • 1986 1st-class cricket debut of Andy Flower, ZCU Presidents XI v Young WI
  • 1988 Boston Celtics beat Yugoslavia 113-85 in Madrid
  • 1989 Betram Lee & Peter Bynoe purchase the Denver Nuggets for $65m - 1st African American owners of a major sports team,

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Esther Canseco calls Oakland A's manager Tony La Russa a "punk" for not starting husband Jose in the World Series

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa
  • 1995 Mario Tremblay, selected 22nd NHL coach of Montreal Canadians
  • 1997 Cleve Marquis Grissom hit in his 15th straight World Series game (streak ends at 15, he is 2nd to Hank Baur with 17)
  • 1998 MLB World Series: New York Yankees defeat San Diego Padres to win 4-0
  • 2001 MLB National League Championship: Arizona Diamondbacks beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 1
  • 2004 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Houston Astros, 4 games to 3
  • 2007 58th Formula One WDC: Kimi Raikkonen wins by one point
  • 2007 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Cleveland Indians, 4 games to 3
  • 2009 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 1
  • 2014 San Francisco Giants win game one of the 2014 World Series

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1851 George Ulyett, cricketer (great Yorkshire all-rounder 1873-93)
  • 1898 Eduard Pütsep, Estonian wresler and Olympic medalist (d. 1960)

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1928 Whitey Ford [Edward Charles Ford], American hall of fame baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in NYC

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • 1928 Vern Mikkelsen, Parlier, CA, basketball player (Lakers, HOF), (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Jim Parks, cricketer (England batsman-keeper in 46 Tests 1954-68)
  • 1940 Geoffrey Boycott, cricketer (stoic England opener 1964-82)
  • 1940 Osamu Watanabe, Japan, featherweight (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1942 Allan Grice, Australian racing driver
  • 1946 Jim Hill, American sportscaster
  • 1947 Younis Ahmed, cricketer (batted for Pakistan in 1969 & again in 1987)
  • 1949 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1971)
  • 1952 Trevor Chappell, cricketer (bro of several Aussie underarm bowler)
  • 1959 George Bell, Dom Rep, outfielder (Blue Jays, 1987 AL MVP)
  • 1960 Lionel Washington, American NFL cornerback (Denver Broncos), born in Lutcher, Louisiana
  • 1962 Don Fardon, Toowoomba QLD, Australian golfer
  • 1962 David Campese, Australian rugby union footballer
  • 1965 Alison Munt, Cairns Australia, LPGA golfer (1992 Jamie Farr-21st)
  • 1965 Chima McLean, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Conestoga), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1965 Chris Duplanty, water polo goalkeeper (Olympics-96), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1965 Ion Andoni Goikoetxea, Spanish footballer
  • 1966 Jonas B, Svensson Sweden, tennis star
  • 1966 Thomas Louis Tolles Jr, Ft Myers FL, PGA golfer (1995 Bob Hope-3rd)
  • 1967 Bill Berg, St Catharines, NHL left wing (NY Rangers)
  • 1967 Gavin Brian Lovegrove, javelin (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967 John Flaherty, American catcher (San Diego Padres), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Stanley Richard, NFL safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1967 Paul Ince, English footballer
  • 1968 Francois Gravel, hockey goaltender (Team France 1998)
  • 1969 John McMullen, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 NCAA-15th), born in Santa Rosa, California
  • 1969 Mo Lewis, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)
  • 1969 Mo Lewis, American football player
  • 1970 Lance Teichelmann, WLAF defensive tackle (Rhein Fire)
  • 1970 Marc Wilkins, Mansfield OH, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1971 Damien Martyn, cricketer (WA & Australian middle-order batsman)
  • 1971 René Ponk, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1971 Shane Hannah, NFL guard (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1971 Paul Norman Telfer, Scottish footballer
  • 1972 Orlando Thomas, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973 Dan Neil, NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973 Derrick Beatty, CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1975 Henrique Hilário, Portuguese footballer
  • 1975 Toby Hall, American baseball player
  • 1976 Lavinia Miloşovici, Romanian gymnast
  • 1978 Joey Harrington, American football player
  • 1979 Khalil Greene, American baseball player
  • 1979 Gabe Gross, American baseball player
  • 1981 Nemanja Vidić, Serbian footballer
  • 1982 James White, American basketball player
  • 1983 Zack Greinke, American baseball player
  • 1983 Andy Marté, Dominican baseball player
  • 1984 Anouk Leblanc-Boucher, French Canadian short track speed skater
  • 1984 Kenny Cooper, American soccer player
  • 1984 Marvin Mitchell, American football player
  • 1984 Kieran Richardson, English footballer
  • 1986 Chibuzor Chilaka, English footballer
  • 1990 Ricky Rubio, Spanish basketball player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1929 Owen Dunell, cricketer (two Tests for South Africa in 1889), dies
  • 1939 Nummy Deane, cricketer (628 runs in 17 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1955 Roy Minnett, cricketer (Australian all-rounder prior to WWI), dies
  • 1971 Etienne Gailly, Belgian marathoner (Oly-bronze-48), dies at 48
  • 1973 Nasif Estéfano, Argentine racing driver (b. 1932)
  • 1975 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (b. 1887)
  • 1993 Irving Torgoff, US baseball player (Detroit Tigers), dies at 75