On This Day

October 1955 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 1 Baltimore Colts fullback Alan Ameche becomes the first rookie in NFL history to top 100 yards rushing in his first 2 games; totals 153 against Detroit Lions after 194 yards in debut v Chicago Bears
  • Oct 2 9th NHL All-Star Game, Detroit Olympia, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings beat All-Stars, 3-1
  • Oct 4 Brooklyn Dodgers win their first Baseball World Series with a 2-0 victory in Game 7 against arch-rival New York Yankees; Dodgers had lost their previous 7 World Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 18 Track & Field names Jesse Owens all-time track athlete

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • Oct 20 Yanks begin 16-game exhibition in Japan
  • Oct 23 Dominican Professional Baseball League moves to winter play for first time
  • Oct 25 Branch Rickey steps down as GM of the Pirates
  • Oct 30 7th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tim Flock wins

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 Jeff Reardon, American baseball pitcher (4-time MLB All Star; Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • Oct 4 Jorge Valdano, Argentine soccer forward and manager (23 caps; Real Madrid), born in Las Parejas, Argentina
  • Oct 4 John Rutherford, Scottish rugby union fly-half (42 caps; British & Irish Lions 1983), born in Selkirk, Scotland
  • Oct 5 Adair Ferguson, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 6 Tony Dungy, American football coach
  • Oct 8 Bill Elliott, American auto racer (Winston Cup 1988), born in Dawsonville, Georgia
  • Oct 9 Steve Ovett, British athlete (Olympics gold 800m, bronze 1500m 1980), born in Brighton, England

Person of interestVictor Pecci

Oct 15 Victor Pecci, Paraguayan Tennis Star, born in Asuncion, Paraguay

Tennis Player Victor Pecci
Tennis Player
Victor Pecci
  • Oct 15 Kulbir Bhaura, British field hockey player (Olympic gold 1988), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India
  • Oct 18 Denis Watson, South African golfer (US Open 1985 runner-up; Senior PGA C'ship 2007), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Oct 19 Lonnie Shelton, NBA forward (NY Knick, Seattle Supersonics)
  • Oct 20 Aaron Pryor, American welterweight boxing champion, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • Oct 24 Ghulam Parkar, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman v England 1982), born in Kaluste, Maharashtra, India
  • Oct 25 Danny Darwin, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Bonham, Texas

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 21 Roy Minnett, Australian cricketer (all-rounder prior to WWI), dies
  • Oct 27 Clark Griffith, American MLB baseball player and manager (NY Yankees), dies at 85