On This Day

October 1954 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 2 8th NHL All-Star Game, Detroit Olympia, Detroit, MI: All-Stars tie Detroit Red Wings, 2-2
  • Oct 2 Baseball World Series: New York Giants beat Cleveland, 7-4 at Cleveland Stadium to sweep Indians, 4-0; MVP: Giants outfielder Dusty Rhodes
  • Oct 2 Don Liddle beats Bob Lemon 7-4 as the New York Giants complete an unlikely World Series sweep of the powerful Cleveland Indians; Cleveland season record of 111-43 sets American League mark for regular season wins
  • Oct 24 Britain's Mike Hawthorne wins season ending Spanish Grand Prix at Pedralbes; Argentine Maserati driver Juan Manuel Fangio takes second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 17 points from countryman José Froilán González
  • Oct 28 Major league owners vote down sale of A's to a Philadelphia syndicate
  • Oct 30 1st use of 24-sec shot clock in pro basketball (Rochester vs Boston)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 Martin Strel, Slovenian long distance swimmer (Danube, Mississippi, Yangtze, Amazon River records), born in Mokronog, Slovenia
  • Oct 3 Dennis Eckersley, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1992; AL MVP 1992; Oakland A's), born in Oakland, California
  • Oct 3 Branko Cikatić, Croatian kickboxer (first K-1 World Grand Prix Heavyweight C'ship 1993), born in Split, Croatia (d. 2020)
  • Oct 8 Ben Amonette, American free pistol shooting athlete (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Radford, Virginia
  • Oct 13 George Frazier, American baseball player, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Oct 19 Joe Bryant, American basketball player
  • Oct 19 Sam Allardyce, English football manager

Mike Eruzione

Oct 25 Mike Eruzione, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold Medal 1980), born in Winthrop, Massachusetts

  • Oct 26 Vassilis Hatzipanagis, Greek footballer, born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Oct 27 Chris Tavaré, British cricketer (England opener & occasional scorer of runs), born in Orpington, Kent
  • Oct 28 Sammy Stewart, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1983; AL ERA leader 1981; Cleveland Indians), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • Oct 29 Herman Ronald Frazier, American 400m/4x400m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 30 JoAnne Russell, American tennis player (Wimbledon doubles 1977), born in Miami, Florida

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 20 Wilbur Shaw, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1937, 39, 40; Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1991), dies in an airplane crash at 51
  • Oct 27 Frank Druce, English cricket batsman (5 Tests; Surrey), dies at 79