On This Day

October 1921 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sport awardPGA Championship

Oct 1 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Inwood CC: Walter Hagen beats former champion Jim Barnes of England 3 & 2; Hagan's third major title

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 2 New York Yankees outfielder Babe Ruth hits then record 59th HR in 7-6 win over former club Boston Red Sox at Polo Grounds, NYC

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Oct 2 Chicago White Sox backstop Ray Schalk becomes the first and only MLB catcher to make a putout at all bases; White Sox beat Indians 7-4
  • Oct 5 First Baseball World Series radio broadcast; all-NY contest, Yankees beat Giants, 3-0 at Polo Grounds; sportswriter Grantland Rice is the caller
  • Oct 6 Fewest hits in World Series Game, 5, Yanks (3) beat Giants (2), 3-0
  • Oct 9 Babe Ruth's 1st WS homer; only Sunday game ever pitched by Carl Mays
  • Oct 10 NFL Decatur Staleys become Chicago Staleys, win 14-10
  • Oct 13 NY Giants beat NY Yankees, 5 games to 3 in 18th World Series
  • Oct 16 Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel, & Bill Piercy defy Landis ban on World Series
  • Oct 16 Jim Conzelman takes over as coach of Rock Island Independents from Frank Coughlin-only mid-game coaching change in NFL history
  • Oct 23 Green Bay Packers play 1st APFA (forerunner to NFL) game; beat Minneapolis Marines, 7-6 at Hagemeister Park, Green Bay, WI
  • Oct 31 Federation Sportive Feminine International forms (1st woman track & field association)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 3 Ray Lindwall, Australian cricket fast bowler (61 Tests, 228 wickets @ 23.03), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1996)
  • Oct 5 Bill Willis, American NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • Oct 12 Jaroslav Drobný, Czech ice hockey player (Olympic silver 1948) and tennis player (Wimbledon 1954; French Open 1951-52), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 2001)
  • Oct 12 Les Horvath, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback and halfback (Heisman Trophy 1944; first Ohio State player to win the award; National C'ship 1942), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1995)
  • Oct 15 Angelica Rozeanu, Romanian table tennis player (World Champ 1950-55), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2006)
  • Oct 15 Gul Mahomed, Pakistani cricketer (Indian & Pakistani batsman), born in Lahore, Punjab, British India (d. 1992)
  • Oct 16 Matt Batts, MLB catcher (Red Sox), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Oct 17 Maria Gorokhovskaya, Russian gymnast (equal record 7 x Olympic medals, Soviet Union 1952; 2 x gold [team, all-round], 5 x silver), born in Yevpatoria, Russia (d. 2001)
  • Oct 19 Gunnar Nordahl, Swedish soccer striker (33 caps; AC Milan; Olympic gold 1948), born in Hörnefors, Sweden (d. 1995)
  • Oct 28 Peggy Kirk, American golfer, (Titleholders Championship 1949), born in Findlay, Ohio (d. 2016)