October 1940 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 3 Cincinnati Reds' win Game 2 of the Baseball World Series, 5-2 v Detroit Tigers at Crosley Field; snap 10-game losing streak for NL going back to Game 6 in 1937; Reds win series, 4-3
  • Oct 8 Baseball World Series: Cincinnati Reds beat Detroit Tigers, 2-1 at Crosley Field for 4 games to 3 series win; Reds second championship
  • Oct 24 Japan eliminates US terms (strike, play ball) from baseball

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 John Schuerholz Jr., American Baseball HOF executive (GM Kansas City Royals, World Series 1985; GM Atlanta Braves World Series 1995), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Oct 3 Jean Ratelle, Canadian Hockey HOF center (NY Rangers, Boston Bruins; named in "100 Greatest NHL Players"), born in Lac Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada
  • Oct 3 Mike Troy, American swimmer (Olympics 2 x gold 200m butterfly, 4×200m freestyle relay 1960), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2019)
  • Oct 4 Silvio Marzolini, Argentine soccer defender (28 caps; Boca Juniors), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2020)
  • Oct 4 Vic Hadfield, Canadian ice hockey left wing (1,004 NHL games; NY Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins), born in Oakville, Ontario
  • Oct 5 Bob Cowper, Australian cricket batsman (27 Tests, 5 x 100s, TS 307 v England 1966; Victoria CA, WA CA), born in Melbourne Australia

Joe PepitoneJoe Pepitone (82 years old)

Oct 9 American baseball 1st baseman (3-time MLB All Star), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Oct 10 Jimmy Gabriel, Scottish soccer midfielder (2 caps; Everton, Southampton) and coach (Seattle Sounders; SJ Earthquakes, Seattle Storm, Everton), born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 2021)
  • Oct 12 Glenn Beckert, American baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1969-72; Gold Glove Award 1968; Chicago Cubs), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • Oct 14 J. C. Snead, American golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Masters 1973 runner-up), born in Hot Springs, Virginia
  • Oct 16 Célio Taveira, Brazilian soccer striker (3 caps; Vasco da Gama, Nacional, Corinthians), born in Santos, Brazil (d. 2020)

Dave DeBusschereDave DeBusschere (1940-2003)

Oct 16 American NBA forward (NY Knicks) and last ABA commissioner (1975-76), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • Oct 17 Jim Smith, English soccer midfielder and manager (Birmingham City, QPR, Portsmouth, Derby County), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire (d. 2019)
  • Oct 18 H.B. "Toby" Halicki, American filmmaker, stunt driver, and actor (Gone In 60 Seconds), born in Dunkirk, New York (d. 1989)
  • Oct 19 Jerzy Kulej, Polish light welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Częstochowa, Poland (d. 2012)
  • Oct 21 Geoffrey Boycott, cricketer (stoic England opener 1964-82)
  • Oct 21 Osamu Watanabe, Japan, featherweight (Olympic gold 1964)

PelePele (82 years old)

Oct 23 Brazilian soccer attacking midfielder (92 caps; Player of the Century; 1,281 goals in 1,363 games; Santos, NY Cosmos), born in Três Corações, Brazil

  • Oct 25 Bobby Knight, American college basketball coach (Indiana, Olympic gold 1984), born in Massillon, Ohio

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 17 George Davis, American Baseball HOF shortstop and manager (New York Giants; World Series 1906 Chicago WS), dies at 70