October 1939 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Oct 8 NY Yankees sweep Reds in 36th World Series, 4th straight WS win
  • Oct 22 NBC becomes first network to televise a pro football game; Brooklyn Dodgers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 23-14 at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 24 Joe DiMaggio wins AL MVP, Jimmie Foxx is runner-up

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Oct 29 NHL Babe Seibert Memorial Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 5-3

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 George Archer, PGA golfer (1969 Masters Bing Crosby), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 2 Budhi Kunderan, Indian cricketer (Indian keeper-batsman of 60's), born in Mulki, Karnataka, India (d. 2006)
  • Oct 8 Elvīra Ozoliņa, Soviet javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1960), born in Leningrad

Person of interestMaria Bueno

Oct 11 Maria Bueno, Brazilian tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2018)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • Oct 14 Hugh Delane Thompson, American PGA golfer (1991 MONY Syracuse), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Oct 15 Carmelo Bossi, Italian light middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1960), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2014)

Person of interestMike Ditka

Oct 18 Mike Ditka, NFL coach and tight-end (Bears, Cowboys, NFL rookie year 1961), born in Carnegie, Pennsylvania

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • Oct 22 George Cohen, English footballer
  • Oct 25 Zelmo Beaty, Hillister, TX, basketball player (St Louis Hawks, Utah Stars), (d. 2013)
  • Oct 28 Miroslav Cerar, Yugoslav gymnast

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 21 Nummy Deane, cricketer (628 runs in 17 Tests for South Africa), dies