On This Day in Sport for October 8

Events in Sport

  • 1818 Two English boxers are first to use padded gloves
  • 1887 Phillies set club record 16th straight victory
  • 1888 28th British Golf Open: Jack Burns shoots a 171 at St Andrews
  • 1904 1st Vanderbilt Cup auto race (Hicksville, Long Island, NY)
  • 1908 NY Giants set season attendance record at 910,000 (broken in 1920)
  • 1909 Chicago Cubs beat NY Giants 4-2 in a playoff to win NL pennant
  • 1915 Phillies win their 1st & only World Series game before 1980, beating Red Sox, 3-1, with an 8th inning 2 run rally
  • 1922 NY Giants beat Yankees, 4 games to 0, with a tie in 19th World Series
  • 1927 NY Yankees sweep Pirates in 24th World Series
  • 1928 Eastern Soccer League forms in USA
  • 1929 A's Howard Ehmke (7-2) sets World Series record striking out 13 Cubs
  • 1930 Philadelphia A's beat St Louis Cards, 4 games to 2 in 27th World Series
  • 1939 NY Yankees sweep Reds in 36th World Series, 4th straight WS win
  • 1940 Cincinnati Reds beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3, in 37th World Series
  • 1950 4th NHL All-Star Game: Detroit beat All-Stars 7-1 at Detroit
  • 1950 Cleveland Browns play Pittsburgh for 1st time, beat Steelers 30-17
  • 1951 Ford C Frick replaces Happy Chandler as 3rd commissioner of baseball Warren C Giles becomes president of baseball's National League

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1953 Birmingham, Alabama, bars Jackie Robinson's Negro-White All-Stars from playing there Robinson gives in & drops white players from his group

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1956 Don Larsen (NY Yankees) pitches only perfect World Series game vs Brooklyn
  • 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers announce move to Los Angeles
  • 1958 Braves Eddie Mathews strikes out for World Series record 11th time
  • 1959 LA Dodgers beat Chicago White Sox, 4 games to 2 in 56th World Series
  • 1960 Bobby Richarson hits a World Series grand slammer
  • 1960 3rd Rugby League World Cup: Great Britain beats Australia 10-3

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1961 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Bill Brannin's Swing Parade Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1961 12th Formula One WDC: Phil Hill wins by one point
  • 1965 Once-Hertogenbosch soccer team FC de Bosch forms
  • 1972 Harold Carmichael begins NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • 1972 In Game 2 of ALCS, Oakland A's Bert Campaneris fires his bat at Det pitcher
  • 1972 23rd Formula One WDC: Emerson Fittipaldi wins by 16 points

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1973 NLCS game 3 brawl between Cins' Pete Rose & NY Met Bud Harrelson

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1977 Largest baseball crowd in Penns, 64,924 see Dodgers beat Phillies 4-1 in 4th NL championship game (Dodgers win pennant)
  • 1977 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Philadelphia Phillies, 3 games to 1

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1978 29th Formula One WDC: Mario Andretti wins by 13 points

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 1981 USAC appeals panel restores disputed Indy 500 victory to Bobby Unser
  • 1982 NJ Devils 1st victory, beating NY Rangers 3-2 at Meadowlands
  • 1983 Washington Capitals 1st NHL overtime game losing to NY Islanders 8-7
  • 1983 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 3 games to 1
  • 1983 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Chicago White Sox, 3 games to 1
  • 1989 Oakland beats Toronto, 4-3 in Game 5, to advance to the World Series
  • 1989 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 1
  • 1992 Ottawa Senators 1st NHL game
  • 1994 6th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 30-11 in Chestnut Hill

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1995 Dolphin's Dan Marino breaks Tarkenton's NFL career completions record

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • 1995 Edgar Martinez drives home tying & winning runs to rally Mariners to 6-5 win in bottom of 11th to beat Yankees & win AL Division Series

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1875 Laurence Doherty, British tennis player (US Open-1903), born in Wimbledon, London (d. 1919)
  • 1890 Snuffy Browne [Cyril Rutherford Browne], cricketer (pioneer WI Test player), born in St. Michael, Barbados (d. 1973)
  • 1890 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), born in Anderlecht, Belgium (d. 1971)
  • 1903 Lina Radke, German 800m runner (Olympic gold 1928), born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1983)
  • 1909 Bill Hewitt, American professional football player (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 1947)
  • 1910 Ray Lewis, Canadian 4X400 relayer (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • 1917 Billy Conn, American boxer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 1919 Bill Anderson, cricketer (played in 1st NZ-Aust Test 1946)
  • 1920 Maxi Herber, German figure skater pairs (Olympic gold 1936), born in Munich, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Arkady Vorobyev, Russian middle heavyweight (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Tetyushi, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Torbjorn Falkanger, Norwegian ski jumper who took the Olympic oath in 1952, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Neil Harvey, cricketer (prolific Australian lefty bat of 50's)
  • 1929 Valdir Pereira, Brazilian footballer (d. 2001)
  • 1938 Frederick S Stolle, tennis champ (US Open-1966)
  • 1938 Penny Pitou, American skier (Olympic-2 silvers-1960)
  • 1939 Elvira Ozolina, USSR, javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1945 Vanburn Holder, cricketer (West Indian pace bowler of 70's)
  • 1947 Emiel Puttemans, Flemish athlete
  • 1954 Ben Amonette, Radford VA, free pistol (Olympics-92, 96)
  • 1955 Bill Elliott, auto racer (Daytona-1978)
  • 1956 Jeff Lahti, American baseball player
  • 1957 Doug Cox, Guelph Ontario, 90 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics-96)
  • 1957 Antonio Cabrini, Italian footballer
  • 1959 Mike Morgan, Tulare CA, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1959 Tony Eason, football quarterback (New England Patriots)
  • 1962 Bruno Thiry, Belgian rally driver
  • 1965 Martin Mayhew, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1965 Matt Biondi, US 100m swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-84, 88, 92)
  • 1965 Ross Flemer, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1966 Art Barr, American wrestler (d. 1994)
  • 1968 Frankie Smith, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, SF 49ers)
  • 1968 Ali Benarbia, former Algerian footballer
  • 1968 Zvonimir Boban, Croatian football player
  • 1970 Carlos Etheredge, WLAF tight end (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1970 David Doster, infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1970 DeWayne Knight, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1970 James Williams, WLAF cornerback (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1971 Jim Hanna, WLAF defensive tackle (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Monty Williams, NBA forward/guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1971 Nate Miller, NFL/WLAF guard (Frankfurt Galaxy, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1971 Terry Richardson, WLAF running back (Rhein Fire)
  • 1971 Val St germain, CFL tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1972 Dede Demet, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1972 Jared Kaaiohelo, WLAF running back (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1972 Stanislav Varga, Slovakian footballer
  • 1973 Donnie Abraham, cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1973 Toby Haenen, Hobart Tasmania Aus, backstroke swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Tracy Bonner, Webster Texas, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Rashaan Salaam, NFL running back (Chicago Bears, born in San Diego, California (d. 2016)
  • 1974 Rod Manuel, defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1974 Fredrik Modin, Swedish hockey player
  • 1974 Koji Murofushi, Japanese hammer thrower
  • 1976 Galo Blanco, Spanish tennis player
  • 1978 Mick O'Driscoll, Irish rugby player
  • 1978 Antonino D'Agostino, Italian football player
  • 1980 Mike Mizanin, American wrestler
  • 1981 Raffi Torres, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1983 Michael Fraser, Scottish football goalkeeper
  • 1983 Travis Pastrana, American motorsports competitor
  • 1993 GarbiƱe Muguruza, Venezuelan-born Spanish professional tennis player (2016 French Open, 2017 Wimbledon), born in Caracas, Venezuela

Deaths in Sport

  • 1936 Red Ames, American baseball player (b. 1882)
  • 1952 Joe Adams, American baseball player (b. 1877)
  • 1978 Jim Gilliam, coach (LA Dodgers), dies at 49
  • 1997 Robin Lee, American figure skater, dies at 77
  • 1999 John McLendon, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • 2002 Jacques Richard, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1952)
  • 2006 Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (b. 1975)

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2011 Al Davis, American football executive, dies at 82

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • 2013 Andy Pafko, American baseball player, dies at 92