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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

American Football Coach John Heisman
American Football Coach
John Heisman
  • 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 Boston Red Sox beat Bkln Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 13th World Series

Sport awardPGA 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

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 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)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey