October 1948 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 4 Cleveland Indians beat Boston Red Sox, 8 - 3, in a one-game playoff to decide the AL pennant; keys are the pitching of Gene Bearden and hitting of Lou Boudreau
  • Oct 10 Then record 86,288 see game 5 of World Series in Cleveland
  • Oct 11 Baseball World Series: Cleveland Indians beat Boston Braves, 4-3 at Braves Field to clinch series, 4 games to 2; Indians second championship in team history

Sports History

Oct 12 Casey Stengel takes over as Yankee manager


Birthdays in Sport

Peter Blake

Oct 1 Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman (Whitbread Round the World Race 1989-90; America's Cup 1995, 2000) and Special Envoy UN Environment Program, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2001)

  • Oct 2 Robert Anderson, New Zealand cricket batsman (9 Tests; top score 92 1976), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • Oct 2 Sir Trevor Brooking, English soccer midfielder (47 caps; West Ham United 528 games), born in Barking, Essex
  • Oct 2 Yuri Vasenin, Russian soccer midfielder (9 caps USSR; FC Zorya Voroshylovhrad), born in Chernyakhovsk, Russia (d. 2022)
  • Oct 4 Tom Webster, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings) and coach (NY Rangers, LA Kings), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • Oct 6 Tim Pickup, Australian rugby league five eighth (11 Tests; North Sydney, Canterbury), RL executive (Adelaide Rams) and boxing manager (Jeff Harding), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2021)
  • Oct 14 André Guesdon, French soccer defender (Monaco, Nice) and manager (Viry-Châtillon, Angers, Brest), born in Benouville, France (d. 2020)
  • Oct 16 Leo Mazzone, American baseball coach
  • Oct 20 Andrei Suraikin, Russian pairs figure skater (Olympic silver 1972), born in Leningrad, USSR
  • Oct 22 John Peterson, American freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 82 kg 1976), born in Cumberland, Wisconsin
  • Oct 22 Mike Hendrick, English cricket fast bowler (30 Tests, 87 wickets; 22 ODIs; Derbyshire CCC), born in Darley Dale, England (d. 2021)
  • Oct 24 Phil Bennett, Welsh rugby union fly-half (29 Tests Wales, 8 British & Irish Lions; Barbarians FC; Llanelli RFC 414 games & 2,535 points), born in Felinfoel, Wales (d. 2022)
  • Oct 25 Dan Gable, American 68kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1972), born in Waterloo, Iowa
  • Oct 25 Dan Issel, American NBA coach and player (27,482 points, Denver Nuggets), born in Batavia, Illinois

Dave Cowens

Oct 25 Dave Cowens, American NBA forward, 1970-80, 1982-83, Rookie of the Year, 8X All-Star (Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks), and coach, 1978-79, 1996-2001 (Boston, Charlotte Hornets), born in Newport, Kentucky


Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 16 Henry Foley, cricketer (one Test for NZ, scored 2 & 2), dies at 42