On This Day

What Happened on October 3, 1974

Historical Events

Contract of Interest

39-year old Frank Robinson becomes MLB’s first African-American manager when he signs as player-manager for Cleveland Indians; agrees to 1-year contract estimated at $180,000

Baseball Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
Baseball Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson

Sports History

Future Basketball Hall of Fame guard Jerry West (“Mr. Clutch”) retires after 14 NBA seasons with the LA Lakers; West has 25,192 career points; averages 29.1 ppg in 153 playoff games

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

Historic Event

Ted Bundy victim Nancy Wilcox disappears in Salt Lake City, Utah

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • Watergate crinimal trial begins

Famous Birthdays

  • Mike Johnson, Canadian hockey right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), and broadcaster (NHL Network, TSN), born in Scarborough, Ontario
1974 Highlights

About October 3, 1974

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 47 years and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Libra