On This Day

October 1962 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 2 San Francisco Giants beat rival LA Dodgers, 8-7 in 4 hours 18 minutes in Game 2 NL tie-break series; longest 9-inning game in MLB history; Giants win series, 2-1
  • Oct 3 SF Giants (103-62) beat rivals LA Dodgers (102-63), 6-4 in season ending NL pennant decider; Dodgers set MLB record season attendance 2,755,184

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 4 Willie Mays scores in the 2nd inning for the Giants ending Whitey Ford's record Baseball World Series consecutive scoreless inning streak at ​33 2⁄3; Yankees beat Giants, 6-2 in Game 1 and 4-3 in the series

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Oct 6 16th NHL All-Star Game, Maple Leaf Garden, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs beat All-Stars, 4-1; MVP: Eddie Shack, Toronto, LW
  • Oct 7 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Stardust CC, LV: Judy Kimball wins her only major title by 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Shirley Spork
  • Oct 16 Yanks (20th championship) beat SF Giants 4 games to 3 in World Series
  • Oct 16 NY Yankees appear in 12 & win 9 of last 14 World Series
  • Oct 17 Yanks beat Giants for 20th world championship
  • Oct 28 Jo Weatherly in a Pontiac finishes 2nd to Rex White in season-ending Dixie 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to clinch his 1st of 2 consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Championships
  • Oct 28 NY Giant Y. A. Tittle passes for 7 touchdowns vs Wash Redskins (49-34)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 Paul Walsh, English soccer forward (5 caps; Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Charlton), born in London, England
  • Oct 2 Mark Rypien, Canadian NFL quarterback (Super Bowl MVP 1991; Washington Redskins), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Oct 5 Johnny Huang, table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Guangzhou, China
  • Oct 5 Michael Alexander Conley, Chic, triple jumper (Olympic gold 1992, 96)
  • Oct 5 Michael Andretti, Indy-car racer/Auto Hall of Fame (elected 1986)
  • Oct 5 Mike Conley, triple jumper (Olympic silver 1984), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 6 Rich Yett, baseball player
  • Oct 8 Bruno Thiry, Belgian rally driver, born in St. Vith, Belgium
  • Oct 9 Jorge Burruchaga, Argentine soccer attacking midfielder and manager (57 caps; Independiente, Nantes), born in Gualeguay, Argentina
  • Oct 11 Martin Bayless, American NFL safety (KC Chiefs), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Oct 11 Phil Newport, English cricketer (England pace bowler in 3 Tests 1988-91), born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
  • Oct 12 Dammika Ranatunga, Sri Lankan cricketer (bro of Arjuna Sri Lankan batsman 1990), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Oct 12 Sid Fernandez, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Person of interestJerry Rice

Oct 13 Jerry Rice, American Pro and College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (SF 49ers, 13 x Pro Bowl), born in Starkville, Mississippi

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • Oct 14 Shahar Perkiss, Israeli tennis player, born in Haifa, Israel
  • Oct 14 Jaan Ehlvest, Estonian chess player
  • Oct 15 Susan DeMattei, American cyclist (Olympic bronze 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 16 Laura Coenen, team handball goalie (Olymp-1988, 92, 96), born in Neenah, Wisconsin
  • Oct 16 Manute Bol, NBA center (Golden State Warriors)
  • Oct 16 Tamara McKinney, slalom skier (Olympic-4th-1984), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Oct 17 John Dorge, Australian basketball center (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 18 Jody Rosenthal, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1987), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Person of interestEvander Holyfield

Oct 19 Evander Holyfield, American boxer (Olympic bronze 1988) and world champion (1990-92), born in Atmore, Alabama

  • Oct 19 Ruud Bread, soccer player (NAC)
  • Oct 20 Ray Childress, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • Oct 21 David Campese, Australian rugby union winger (101 Tests, record 64 tries), born in Queanbeyan, NSW
  • Oct 22 Derrick Waldroup, 198 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 22 Gayle Stammer, Livermore California, beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 23 Christo van Rensburg, South African tennis player, born in Uitenhage, South Africa
  • Oct 23 Doug Flutie, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1984, Boston College; Grey Cup MVP 1992, 96, 97; Pro Bowl 1998, Buffalo Bills), born in Manchester, Maryland
  • Oct 23 Mike Tomczak, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Oct 24 Jay Novacek, American NFL tight end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Martin, South Dakota
  • Oct 26 Roger Kingdom, American 110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Vienna, Georgia
  • Oct 28 Peter Cantrell, cricketer (Queensland opening batsman, Neth WC 1996)
  • Oct 28 Erik Thorstvedt, Norwegian footballer
  • Oct 30 Courtney Walsh, West Indian cricket fast bowler and captain (132 Tests, 519 wickets @ 24.44; hat-trick v Aust 1988), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Oct 30 Danny Tartabull, outfielder (NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox), born in Miami, Florida
  • Oct 30 Mark Portugal, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 4 E H (Patsy) Hendren, English cricket batsman (51 Tests; 57,611 1st-class runs, 3rd-best ever), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 73