On This Day in Sport for October 4

Events in Sport

  • 1873 13th British Golf Open: Tom Kidd shoots a 179 at St Andrews
  • 1878 18th British Golf Open: Jamie Anderson shoots a 157 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • 1895 Horace Rawlins shoots a 173 to win 1st US Open golf tournament at Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1901 Columbia (US) beats Shamrock II (England) in 12th America's Cup
  • 1906 Chicago Cubs win their 116th game (116-36 .763) of year
  • 1922 For 1st time, entire World Series broadcast over radio (WJZ & WGY)
  • 1923 Young Stribling holds light-heavyweight boxing championship for shortest amount of time (3 hrs). Referee overturns decision
  • 1924 NY Giants become 1st team to appear in 4 consecutive World Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1925 Harry Heilmann's 6 hits edges Ty Cobb .393 to .389 as batting champ

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1928 25th World Series begins, NY Yankees vs St Louis Cardinals
  • 1930 Philadelphia Athletics' Jack Quinn aged 47, pitches 2 innings, oldest to play in World Series

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1932 Clark Griffith announces Walter Johnson will be manager of Senators

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1936 Record 66,669 at Yankee Stadium for 4th game of World Series
  • 1944 1st All St Louis World Series, all games played at Sportsman's Park
  • 1944 St Louis Browns win 1st World Series game in their only appearance
  • 1947 Negro League World Series, NY Cubans beat Cleveland Buckeyes, 6-5
  • 1948 Indians beat Red Sox, 8-0, in 1st AL playoff game
  • 1951 In opening World Series game, Giant Monte Irvin steals home in 1st inn
  • 1953 Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:17:39.4)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953 Mickey Mantle hits a grand slam in World Series

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers only World Series victory, beating Yankees in 7
  • 1958 12th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 6-3 at Montreal
  • 1959 1st World Series game played west of St Louis (in LA)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 Cleveland Browns' Jim Brown makes club record 37 rushing attempts

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 1959 LA Dodgers set World Series attendance record at 92,394

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1961 Whitey Ford's 3rd straight World Series shutout

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford

Sport awardGolf Major

1964 10th LPGA Championship won by Mary Mills

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • 1964 Patriots' Gino Cappelletti kicks 6-of-6 field goals against Broncos
  • 1967 1st World Series since 1948 not to feature NY Yankees, Giants or the Dodgers
  • 1969 Baseball's 1st divisional playoff games, Mets beat Braves 9-5 & Orioles beat Twins 4-3 in 12 innings
  • 1970 KC Chiefs Jan Stenerud kicks 55-yard field goal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Ted Williams manages his final game as Rangers lose to Royals, 4-0

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

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1980 Mike Schmidt's 2-run HR clinches NL East title for Phillies

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

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1981 Donna Caponi Young and Kathy Whitworth wins Portland Ping Team Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1981 Pasakevi Kouna of Greece (9) is youngest international gymnastics participant
  • 1984 Detroit Tigers clinch AL East
  • 1985 Henry G Perry completes 157 day, 14,021 mile bicycle tour of Australia

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1986 NY Yank Dave Righetti saves doubleheader for then record 46 saves

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti
  • 1987 1st "Scrub Sunday" of NFL football with replacement players
  • 1987 Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers to win the 1987 AL Pennant

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1991 NHL NY Rangers trade Bernie Nichols to Edmonton for Mark Messier

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 1991 San Jose Sharks lose 4-3 to Vancouver Canucks in their 1st NHL game
  • 1992 2nd Solheim Cup: Europe beats US, 11½-6½ at Dalmahoy CC Scotland

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2001 Barry Bonds hits his 70th home run, tying Mark McGwire for the most home runs hit in a single season

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2010 38th Ryder Cup: Europe wins 14.5-13.5 at Celtic Manor Resort, Wales

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 Formula One legend Michael Schumacher retires

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • 2014 20th Rugby Championship: Australia beats New Zealand 27-19 to win

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1804 "Felix", cricketer (Nicholas Wanostracht)
  • 1877 Razor Smith, English cricketer (d. 1946)
  • 1888 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (d. 1954)
  • 1889 John B Kelly, Olympic champion rower and father of Grace Kelly, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1960)
  • 1903 Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian nazi (SS/SD)
  • 1910 Frankie Crosetti, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • 1920 George Tribe, cricketer (Australian chinaman bowler, Northants)
  • 1928 Torben Ulrich, Danish musician, writer, filmmaker and tennis player
  • 1930 Bill Wade, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Basil D'Oliveira, cricketer (England all-rounder of late 60's)
  • 1934 Sam Huff, NFL linebacker (NY Giants, Washington Redskins)
  • 1936 David Pithey, cricketer (bro of Tony, South African all-rounder in 8 Tests)
  • 1940 Silvio Marzolini, Argentine footballer
  • 1941 Karl Oppitzhauser, Austrian racing driver
  • 1943 Bonnie Bryant, LPGA golfer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1944 Tony La Russa, MLB manager (Chicago, Oakland, St. Louis), born in Tampa, Florida

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa
  • 1945 Richard Bickell, race horse trainer
  • 1946 Andre Bolhuis, hockey player (World Cup 1973, European Cup 1978
  • 1952 Anita Luceete Defrantz, rower (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Joe Orseno, race horse trainer
  • 1955 Jorge Valdano, Argentine footballer
  • 1956 Hans van Breukelen, Dutch soccer goaltender (PSV)

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1956 Sherri Turner, LPGA golfer (1988 Mazda LPGA Champ), born in Greenville South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Sherri Turner
LPGA Golfer
Sherri Turner
  • 1957 Alexander Tkachyov, Soviet gymnast
  • 1960 Joe Boever, American baseball player
  • 1962 Dennis Cook, Lamarque TX, pitcher (Texas Rangers)
  • 1963 A C Green, NBA forward (Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1963 Bruce Ruffin, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1963 Patti Berendt, LPGA golfer (1995 Star Bank Classic-24th), born in San Diego, California
  • 1964 David Brain, cricketer (Zimbabwe lefty seamer 1993-)
  • 1964 Mark McLemore, infielder (Texas Rangers), born in San Diego, California
  • 1964 Matthew Cetlinski, US 400m freestyle swimmer
  • 1964 Yvonne Murray, athlete
  • 1966 John van de Brom, soccer player (Ajax)
  • 1966 Mike Walker, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Brooksville, Florida
  • 1967 Nick Green, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1967 Roger Pavlik, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967 Vicky Bullett, WNBA forward/center (Oly-gold-1988/Charlotte Sting)
  • 1968 Kanavis McGhee, NFL defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • 1969 Lucas Parsons, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1970 Brian Kozlowski, NFL halfback (Atlanta Falcons, NY Giants)
  • 1970 Hency Charles, CFL defensive back (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1970 Lucy Nusrala, 5k runner, born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1970 Ryan McNeil, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions, St Louis Rams)
  • 1970 Richard Hancox, English footballer
  • 1971 Corey Sawyer, NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals)
  • 1972 Joanna Stone, Australian javelin thrower (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Kurt Thomas, NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat)
  • 1972 Norberto Garrido, tackle (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1972 Rusty Fitzgerald, NHL center (Pitts Penguins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1973 Emy Snook, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Kantroy Barber, fullback (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1973 Kerry Joseph, WLAF quarterback (London Monarchs)
  • 1973 Chris Parks, American wrestler
  • 1975 Cristiano Lucarelli, Italian football player
  • 1976 Mauro Camoranesi, Argentine-Italian footballer
  • 1978 Kyle Lohse, American baseball player
  • 1979 Bjorn Phau, German tennis player
  • 1980 Kristina Lenko, Canadian ice skater
  • 1980 Me'Lisa Barber, American athlete
  • 1980 Sarah Fisher, American race car driver
  • 1980 Tomáš Rosický, Czech footballer
  • 1981 Justin Williams, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1982 Jered Weaver, American baseball player
  • 1982 Tony Gwynn Jr., American baseball player
  • 1983 Dan Clarke, British racing driver
  • 1983 Kurt Suzuki, American baseball player
  • 1984 Álvaro Parente, Portuguese racing driver
  • 1987 Rawez Lawan, Swedish footballer
  • 1988 Derrick Rose, American basketball player (NY Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1989 Kimmie Meissner, American figure skater

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1996 Former undisputed boxing heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield (34) weds Janice Itson (34) at Glynn Wedding Chapel in nearby Fayetteville

  • 1997 Infanta Cristina of Spain (32) weds retired handball player turned entrepreneur Iñaki Urdangarin (29) in Barcelona, Spain

Deaths in Sport

  • 1962 E H Hendren, cricketer (57,611 1st-class runs, 3rd-best ever), dies
  • 1969 Vibart Wight, cricketer (member of WI 1st Test touring 1928), dies
  • 1975 Joan Whitney Payson, owner of New York Mets, dies at 72
  • 1981 Freddie Lindstrom, Major League Baseball Hall of famer (b. 1905)
  • 1989 Norman Yardley, cricketer (England captain 1947-50), dies
  • 1989 Secretariat, American race horse (b. 1970)
  • 1990 Avis Bunnage, actor (Loneliness of Long Distance Runner), dies at 67
  • 1993 Jim Holton, Scottish footballer (b. 1951)
  • 1996 Silvio Piola, footballer, dies at 83
  • 2001 Blaise Alexander, American race car driver (b. 1976)
  • 2015 Neal Walk, American basketball player (Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Jazz, NY Knicks), dies at 67