On This Day

October 1917 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 15 Chicago White Sox beat NY Giants, 4 games to 2 in 14th World Series

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 4 Marv Harshman, American basketball hall of fame coach (Pacific Lutheran, Wash State, Washington), born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (d. 2013)
  • Oct 5 Lew Worsham, American golfer (US Open 1947; Ryder Cup 1947), born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • Oct 8 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball infielder and manager (World Series 1960, 71; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • Oct 8 Billy Conn, American boxer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • Oct 9 Kusuo Kitamura, Japanese 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), born in Kōchi, Japan (d. 1996)
  • Oct 17 Martin Donnelly, cricketer (brilliant lefty bat for NZ post-war)
  • Oct 20 Ken Cranston, cricketer (England all-rounder captained once in 1948)
  • Oct 24 Marshall Goldberg, American NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals), born in Elkins, West Virginia (d. 2006)
  • Oct 25 Lee MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (AL President), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • Oct 27 Jack Plimsoll, South African cricketer (South African lefty quick, 3-143 in only Test 1947), born in Kalk Bay, South Africa (d. 1999)
  • Oct 29 Henry Carlsson, Swedish soccer (Olympic gold 1948), born in Falköping, Västra Götalands län, Sweden (d. 1999)
  • Oct 30 Bobby Bragan, American baseball player, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2010)

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 11 Harry Trott, cricketer (Aust capt played 24 Tests 1888-1898), dies
  • Oct 22 Bob Fitzsimmons, English boxer (sport's first 3-division world champion; Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight), dies from pneumonia at 54
  • Oct 31 Tibby Cotter, Australian cricket fast bowler and soldier (21 Tests, 49 wickets), dies in world's last successful cavalry charge, 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba at 33