On This Day

October 1923 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 4 Young Stribling ostensibly beats Mike McTigue on points in Columbus, Georgia for world light-heavyweight boxing title; referee Harry Ertle later calls fight a draw, claims coerced by promoters to award fight to Stribling; McTigue retains title
  • Oct 6 1st NL unassisted triple play (Ernie Padgett, Braves against Phillies)
  • Oct 7 Yankees Everett Scott runs his consecutive-game streak to 1,138
  • Oct 10 NY Giants & NY Yankees become first teams to play each other in 3 consecutive Baseball World Series; Giants win Game 1, 5-4; first WS game played at Yankee Stadium

Baseball Record

Oct 11 A pair of Babe Ruth home runs in the 4th and 5th innings is the difference; NY Yankees beat NY Giants, 4-2 at the Polo Grounds to tie World Series, 1-1

  • Oct 15 Baseball World Series: NY Yankees beat NY Giants, 6-4 in Game 6 at the Polo Grounds for a 4-2 series win; Yankees first World Series victory

Sports History

Oct 19 Ban Johnson persuades AL owners to prohibit boxing in their parks

  • Oct 23 Legendary Yankees slugger Babe Ruth makes a postseason exhibition appearance in a rival Giants uniform as NY beats Baltimore Orioles, 9-0 in a benefit game for former Giants owner John Day

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 5 Albert Guðmundsson, Icelandic footballer and politician (Minister of Finance), born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 1994)
  • Oct 5 Bill Wirtz, American longtime Chicago Blackhawks owner, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • Oct 10 Murray Walker, English motorsport commentator and journalist (Formula 1: BBC 1976-96, ITV 1997-2001), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2021)
  • Oct 12 Goody Petronelli, American boxing trainer and manager, born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Oct 13 Faas Wilkes, Dutch soccer star (Xerxes, Fortuna, Inter Milan), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • Oct 22 Pete Pihos, American Pro/College Football HOF end (Indiana University; 6 x Pro Bowl; 6 × First-team All-Pro; Philadelphia Eagles), born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2011)
  • Oct 22 Bert Trautmann, German soccer goalkeeper (Manchester City 508 games; FWA Footballer of the Year 1956), born in Bremen, Germany (d. 2013)
  • Oct 25 Bobby Thomson, Scottish-American baseball player, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2010)

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 12 A P "Bunny" Lucas, cricketer (five Tests for England 1879-82), dies