On This Day

October 1959 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 1 Chicago White Sox beat LA Dodgers, 11-0 in Game 1 of the Baseball World Series at Comiskey Park; White Sox first WS appearance since 1919 'Black Sox Scandal'; LA wins series 4-2

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

Oct 3 13th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC: Montreal Canadiens beat All-Stars, 6-1

NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau
  • Oct 4 First Baseball World Series game played west of St Louis; LA Dodgers beat Chicago White Sox 3-1 in Game 3; record 92,394 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 4 Future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown makes club record 37 rushing attempts in Cleveland Browns, 34-7 win at Chicago Cardinals

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • Oct 4 Netherlands equal best performance against neighbours Belgium; win, 9-1 in soccer friendly at De Kuip, Rotterdam; Piet van der Kuil & Faas Wilkes score 3 apiece
  • Oct 6 Single game World Series attendance record set (92,706 in LA)
  • Oct 6 Chicago White Sox beat LA Dodgers, 1-0 in Game 5 of Baseball World Series at LA Memorial Coliseum; World Series record attendance 92,706
  • Oct 8 LA Dodgers beat Chicago White Sox, 4 games to 2 in 56th World Series
  • Oct 28 American Football League awards Buffalo Bills franchise to Ralph C Wilson
  • Oct 29 10 nation soccer league to play all games on NY Randalls Is, announced

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 Andrei Vedernikov, Russian road cyclist (first Soviet to win individual amateur road race at World C'ships 1981), born in Izhevsk, Russia (d. 2020)
  • Oct 2 Luis Fernández, French soccer defensive midfielder (60 caps; PSG), born in Tarifa, Spain

Person of interestFred Couples

Oct 3 Fred Couples, American golfer (US Masters 1992), born in Seattle, Washington

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • Oct 4 Tony Meo, English snooker player (British Open 1989; English Pro C’ship 1986-87), born in London, England
  • Oct 6 Robyn Maher, Australian basketball guard (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Oct 6 [Dennis Ray] "Oil Can" Boyd, baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • Oct 8 Mike Morgan, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Tulare, California
  • Oct 8 Tony Eason, American football quarterback (New England Patriots), born in Blythe, California
  • Oct 9 Mike Singletary, American NFL middle linebacker (Chicago Bears), born in Houston, Texas
  • Oct 11 Michiel Schapers, Dutch tennis star, born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Oct 18 Ernesto Canto, Mexican race walker (Olympic gold 20k 1984; World C'ship gold 20k 1983), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • Oct 20 Janice McCaffrey, Canadian 10k walker (Olympics 25-92, 96), born in Etobicoke, Ontario
  • Oct 21 George Bell, Dom Rep, outfielder (Blue Jays, 1987 AL MVP)
  • Oct 27 Rick Carlisle, American basketball guard and head coach (Dallas Mavericks 2008-19; Indiana Pacers; NBA Coach of the Year 2002, Detroit Pistons), born in Ogdensburg, New York
  • Oct 29 Jesse Barfield, Ill, outfielder (Blue Jays, Yankees, 1986 HR leader)

Person of interestMike Gartner

Oct 29 Mike Gartner, NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Ottawa, Ontario

NHL Star Mike Gartner
NHL Star
Mike Gartner
  • Oct 31 Ann Henricksson, American tennis star, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 11 Bert Bell, NFL hall of famer, dies at 64
  • Oct 18 Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete and marathoner (Olympic gold 1928), shot to death in a cafe at 61
  • Oct 28 Abe Waddington, cricketer (Yorks left-arm quick, Test avg 119), dies