October 1928 in Sport

Events in Sport


Sports record brokenWorld Record

Oct 1 Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi runs 15k world record 46:49.6 and 10 miles 50:15.0 in Berlin, Germany

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Oct 4 25th World Series begins at Yankee Stadium with Bronx Bombers beating St Louis Cardinals, 4-1; sweep series for 2nd consecutive year

Sport awardGolf Major

Oct 6 11th PGA Championship: Leo Diegel at Five Farms CC Baltimore

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • Oct 8 Eastern Soccer League forms in USA

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 9 NY Yankees sweep Cards in 25th World Series, become 1st to sweep consecutive World Series; Babe Ruth hits 3 HRs in game

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

AgreementContract of Interest

Oct 15 Walter Johnson signs a 3-year contract to manage the Senators

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 Willy Mairesse, Belgian racing driver (d. 1969)
  • Oct 3 Christian d'Oriola, French foils (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Perpignan, France (d. 2007)
  • Oct 4 Torben Ulrich, Danish musician, writer, filmmaker and tennis player
  • Oct 8 Neil Harvey, Australian cricketer (prolific Australian lefty bat of 50's), born in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
  • Oct 17 James "Junior" Gilliam, Dodgers (NL rookie of year 1953)
  • Oct 18 Keith Jackson, American sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football, college football), born in Roopville, Georgia (d. 2018)
  • Oct 18 R H "Deepak" Shodhan, cricketer (century on Test debut for India)

Person of interestWhitey Ford

Oct 21 Whitey Ford [Edward Charles Ford], American hall of fame baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in NYC

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Oct 21 Vern Mikkelsen, Parlier, CA, basketball player (Lakers, HOF), (d. 2013)
  • Oct 24 Ken Hough, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in two Tests v England 1959)
  • Oct 27 Datta Gaekwad, Indian cricketer (father of Anshuman, batted in 11 Tests 50's), born in Vadodara, India
  • Oct 27 Kyle Rote, NFL halfback (NY Giants 1951-61), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2002)
  • Oct 28 Wim van Heumen, coach of Dutch field hockey team
  • Oct 28 Lawrie Reilly, Edinburgh, Scotland, footballer (Hibernian, 28 caps), (d. 2013)

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 16 Septimus Kinneir, cricketer (Test for Eng), dies