On This Day

October 1909 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 2 First Rugby Union match is played at the English RFU owned Twickenham ground; Harlequins beat Richmond, 14-10

Baseball Record

Oct 9 Ty Cobb steals home in World Series game

  • Oct 14 Pirates beat Tigers, 5-4, forces 1st full 7 game world series

Boxing Title Fight

Oct 16 In his 4th title defence Jack Johnson KOs Stanley Ketchel in the 12th round at Mission St Arena, Colma, California to retain his heavyweight boxing crown

  • Oct 16 Baseball World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates beat Detroit Tigers, 8-0 at Bennett Park to clinch 4-3 series win; Tigers' third straight WS defeat

Sports History

Oct 25 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Perth: Anthony Wilding of New Zealand wins his 2nd Australasian title; beats Ernie Parker of Australia 6–1, 7–5, 6–2


Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 8 Bill Hewitt, American Pro Football HOF end (4 × First-team All-Pro; Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles; one last players to not wear a helmet), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 1947)
  • Oct 14 Bernd Rosemeyer, German race car driver (Indy 500), born in Lingen, Germany (d. 1938)
  • Oct 24 Bill Carr, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4 x 400m 1932), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1966)
  • Oct 29 Frank Wykoff, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1928, 32, 36), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1980)