On This Day

October 1916 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 2 Pitching in his 3rd start in 5 days, Philadelphia Phillies right hander Grover Cleveland Alexander records his 20th century MLB record 16th shutout of year, a 2-0 win v Boston Braves

Sports History

Oct 7 Georgia Tech, coached by John Heisman, defeats Cumberland, 222-0; most lopsided score in the history of US college football

  • Oct 10 In Game 3, Charlie Ebbets becomes the 1st owner to raise the price of World Series grandstand seats to $5-up from $3
  • Oct 12 Baseball World Series: Boston Red Sox beat Brooklyn Robins, 4-1 at Braves Field to clinch series, 4-1 and retain title

PGA Championship

Oct 14 1st PGA Championship Men's Golf, Siwanoy CC, Bronxville, NY: Englishman Jim Barnes defeats Jock Hutchison by 1 hole in the 36-hole final

  • Oct 16 Dodger manager Wilbert Robinson given $5,000 bonus

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 6 Tommy Lawton, footballer
  • Oct 30 Leon Day, American baseball pitcher (Negro Leagues), born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 1995)
  • Oct 31 Ken Keltner, American MLB baseball third baseman, 1937-50, 7x All-Star (Cleveland Indians; Boston Red Sox), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1991)

Weddings in Sport

Jack Dempsey

Oct 9 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (21) weds Maxine Gates in Farmington, Utah