On This Day

October 1902 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 11 US Open Men's Golf, Garden City GC: Scotsman Laurie Auchterlonie sets new 72-hole event scoring record to win his only major title, 6 strokes ahead of Stewart Gardner and amateur Walter Travis
  • Oct 11 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket between South Africa & Australia
  • Oct 18 7th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 23-0 in Birmingham

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 3 Pappy Waldorf, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle and coach (Northwestern, California), born in Clifton Springs, New York (d. 1981)

Person of interestRay Kroc

Oct 5 Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (McDonald's) and owner of baseball's San Diego Padres, born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1984)

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • Oct 13 Franco Giorgetti, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1920), born in Bovisio-Masciago, Italy (d. 1983)
  • Oct 14 Shunter Coen, South African cricketer (South African batsman in two Tests 1927-28), born in Heilbron, Orange Free State (d. 1967)
  • Oct 14 Learco Guerra, Italian road racing cyclist, born in Bagnolo San Vito, Italy (d. 1963)
  • Oct 26 Hugh Chilvers, Australian cricketer (great leggie of 30's for NSW but not Aust), born in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1994)
  • Oct 26 Jack Sharkey, American boxer (NYSAC, NBA and lineal heavyweight champion 1932-33), born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1994)
  • Oct 31 Willie Shaw, race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40) (d. 1954)