On This Day in Sport for October 30

Events in Sport

  • 1871 Philadelphia Athletics beat Chicago for 1st National Association baseball pennant
  • 1919 Baseball league presidents call for abolishment of spitball
  • 1922 Anxious to compete with the Yankees, the NY Giants pay $65,000 & 3 players for Jack Bentley (hits .349 & is 13-1 as pitcher in 1922)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson to a Montreal Royals

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1952 4th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tim Flock wins
  • 1954 1st use of 24-sec shot clock in pro basketball (Rochester vs Boston)
  • 1955 7th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tim Flock wins
  • 1956 Dodgers sell Ebbets Field to a real estate group. They agree to stay until 1959, with an option to stay until 1961
  • 1960 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Rex White wins
  • 1965 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Las Cruces Golf Open

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1966 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Las Cruces Ladies Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1966 16th NASCAR Sprint Cup: David Pearson wins
  • 1967 Arthur Allyn says White Sox will play 9 games in Milwaukee in 1968
  • 1967 Ferdinand Bracke bicycles world record time (48,093 km)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 California Angel Nolan Ryan throws fastest recorded pitch (100.9 MPH)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1974 The Rumble in the Jungle: Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in the 8th round in Kinshasa, Zaire

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1975 Giants pitcher John "the Count of" Montefusco wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1975 John Bucyk, Boston, became 7th NHLer to score 500 goals

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Beth Daniel wins Nichirei Ladies Cup US-Japan Team Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1988 NY Jets finally beat Pittsburgh Steelers for 1st time
  • 1991 Mark Sauer becomes CEO of Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1993 Toronto Maple Leafs lose 1st game of season after going 10-0-0
  • 1994 US wins Nichirei LPGA Golf International
  • 2013 MLB World Series: Boston Red Sox defeat St Louis Cardinals to win 4-2

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1871 Buck Freeman, American baseball player (d. 1949)
  • 1888 Konstantinos Tsiklitiras, Greek Olympic champion (d. 1913)
  • 1898 Bill Terry, baseball player (d. 1989)
  • 1906 Giuseppe Farina, Italian race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (d. 1966)
  • 1916 Leon Day, American baseball player (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Bobby Bragan, American baseball player
  • 1918 Robert Feller, Van Meter Iowa, MLB pitcher (Cleveland Indians, led AL in strikeouts 7 times)
  • 1924 Hannelore Weygrand, German FR, equestrian dressage (Oly-silver-1956)
  • 1926 Jacques Swaters, Belgian racing driver
  • 1927 Joseph Wilbur Adcock, manager/player (Braves)
  • 1935 Jim Perry, American baseball player
  • 1936 Polina Astakhova, Ukrainian gymnast (d. 2005)
  • 1940 Miguel Calderon-Gomez, basketball player (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1941 Jim Ray Hart, American baseball player (Giants), born in Hookerton, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1946 Ian McGeechan, Scottish rugby player
  • 1950 Phil Chenier, NBA guard (Wash Bullets)
  • 1954 JoAnne Russell, tennis player (Wimbledon Double 1977), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1956 Leslie Webb, equestrian dressage (Olympics-96)
  • 1958 Ramona d'Viola, American cyclist
  • 1960 David Valle, Bayside NY, catcher (Texas Rangers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1960 Diego Maradona, Argentine football star (World Cup-hand of god), born in LanĂºs, Buenos Aires

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • 1961 Hans Segers, soccer goaltender (PSV, Nottingham Forest, Wimbledon)
  • 1961 Scott Garrelts, American baseball player
  • 1962 Courtney Walsh, cricketer (WI pace bowler, hat-trick v Aust 1988)
  • 1962 Danny Tartabull, outfielder (NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1962 Mark Portugal, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Mike Veletta, cricketer (West Aussie opening bat, 8 Tests for Aust)
  • 1963 Todd Sand, pairs skaters (Olympics-1994), born in Burbank, California
  • 1965 Kevin Edwards, NBA guard (NJ Nets)
  • 1967 Brenda Catherine Lawson, Wanganui NZ, double scull rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1967 Pat Elynuik, Foam Lake, NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators)
  • 1967 Ty Detmer, quarterback (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1969 Mayumi Hirase, Kumamoto Japan, LPGA golfer (Japan Jr-1985, 86, 87)
  • 1970 Dino Philyaw, NFL running back (NE Patriots)
  • 1970 James Pedro, Danvers Mass, lightweight judoka (Olympics-bronze-92, 96)
  • 1970 Kevin Johnson, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1970 Patrice Tardif, Thetford Mines, NHL center (LA Kings)
  • 1970 Stefan Gamlin, WLAF offensive linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1970 Suvat Karadag, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1970 Wim Bubberman, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1970 Ekaterini Voggoli, Greek discus thrower
  • 1971 Edward "Ted" Murphy, rower (Olympics-5th-1996), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Henry Ford, NFL defensive end (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1972 Georgina Douglas, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Patrice Denis, CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1972 Trevor Wilmot, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1973 Ellis Johnson, NFL defensive back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1973 Adam "Edge" Copeland, Canadian wrestler
  • 1973 Michael Oakes, English footballer
  • 1975 Joanne Malar, swimmer (Olympics-11-92, 96), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1976 Maurice Taylor, NBA forward (LA Clippers)
  • 1976 Stern John, Trinidadian footballer
  • 1978 Martin Dossett, American football player
  • 1979 Jason Bartlett, American baseball player
  • 1980 Choi Hong-man, South Korean kickboxer
  • 1981 Ian Snell, American baseball player
  • 1982 Andy Greene, American ice hockey player
  • 1982 Manny Parra, American baseball player (Bridgeport Bluefish), born in Carmichael, California
  • 1983 Iain Hume, Canadian footballer (Kerala Blasters), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1983 Trent Edwards, American Football Player
  • 1986 Thomas Morgenstern, Austrian ski jumper
  • 1987 Junaid Siddique, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1989 Nastia Liukin, American gymnast

Deaths in Sport

  • 1915 Gervys Rignold Hazlitt, cricketer (9 Tests for Aust 1907-12), dies
  • 1936 Teddy Wynyard, cricketer (three Tests for England 1896-1906), dies
  • 1957 Fred Beebe, baseball player (b. 1880)
  • 2005 Al Lopez, American baseball player and manager (b. 1908)
  • 2007 John Woodruff, American athlete (b. 1915)
  • 2015 Mel Daniels, American professional basketball player (Hall of Fame 2012), dies at 71