On This Day

October 1963 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Baseball Record

Oct 2 LA Dodgers' Sandy Koufax strikes out World Series record 15 NY Yankees in Game 1 of the Baseball World Series at Yankee Stadium; Dodgers win, 5-2 and sweep series, 4-0

NHL All-Star Game

Oct 5 17th NHL All-Star Game, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs tie All Stars, 3-3; MVP: Frank Mahovlich, Toronto, LW

  • Oct 6 Baseball World Series: LA Dodgers edge NY Yankees, 2-1 at Dodger Stadium for 4-0 series sweep; MVP: Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax
  • Oct 12 Final event at Polo Grounds, New York City; 14,235 attend 1st (and only) "Latino All-Star Game" - National League wins 5-2 over American League; festivities include a concert by Tito Puente [1]
  • Oct 13 Ryder Cup Golf, East Lake CC: US beats Great Britain, 23-9; competition format changes with addition of 4-ball (better ball) matches on a 3rd day of play

LPGA Championship

Oct 13 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Stardust CC: Mickey Wright wins 4th LPGA title by 2 shots from Mary Mills, Louise Suggs & Mary Lena Faulk

  • Oct 18 IOC votes Mexico City to host 1968 Olympics

NFL Record

Oct 20 Jim Brown sets NFL single-season rushing record, 1,863 yds

Sports History

Oct 23 New York Yankees name Yogi Berra as manager, replacing Ralph Houk who becomes the team's general manager

NHL Record

Oct 27 Detroit Red Wings right wing Gordie Howe scores 544th career goal in 6-4 loss to Montreal Canadiens, tying Maurice Richard's all-time NHL regular season record

Birthdays in Sport

Mark McGwire

Oct 1 Mark McGwire, American MLB 1st baseman, coach (12-time All Star, Oakland A's, St. Louis Cardinals), born in Pomona, California

  • Oct 2 Keith Bradshaw, Australian cricket administrator (Secretary & Chief Executive Marylebone Cricket Club; CEO South Australian Cricket), born in Hobart, Australia (d. 2021)
  • Oct 3 Dan Goldie, American tennis player and author ("The Investment Answer", #1 NY Times bestselling book), born in Sioux City Iowa
  • Oct 4 A. C. Green, American basketball power forward (most consecutive games [1,192] in NBA and ABA history; LA Lakers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Oct 5 Hugh Morris, cricketer (England lefty opening batsman 1991)

Laura Davies

Oct 5 Laura Davies, British golfer (4 major titles; US Open 1987), born in Coventry, England

  • Oct 5 Tony Dodemaide, cricketer (Victorian, Sussex & Australian all-rounder)
  • Oct 10 Mike Donnelly, American NHL left wing, 1986-98 (Los Angeles Kings, and 4 other teams), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 10 Jolanda de Rover, Dutch swimmer (1984 Olympics), born in Amstelveen, Netherlands
  • Oct 11 Ronny Rosenthal, Israeli footballer (Israel national football team), born in Haifa, Israel
  • Oct 12 Michael Zordich, American NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Oct 12 Alan McDonald, Northern Irish soccer defender (52 caps; QPR 476 games), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2012)
  • Oct 14 Keith Byars, American College Football HOF running back (Ohio State Uni; Pro Bowl 1993 Miami Dolphins), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Oct 15 Stanley Menzo, Surinamese-Dutch soccer goalkeeper (Ajax/PSV), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Oct 17 Sergio Goycochea, Argentine footballer
  • Oct 19 Jim Dombrowski, NFL guard (New Orleans Saints)
  • Oct 20 Navjot Singh Sidhu, Indian politician and cricketer (Indian opening batsman), born in Patiala, Punjab, India
  • Oct 20 Nikos Tsiantakis, Greek footballer, born in Gorgogyri, Greece

Brian Boitano

Oct 22 Brian Boitano, American figure skater (Olympic men's singles gold 1988), born in Mountain View, California

  • Oct 23 David Bedard, Canadian springboard diver (Olympics 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Oct 24 John Hendrie, Scottish footballer, born in Lennoxtown, Scotland
  • Oct 26 Tony Casillas, American NFL defensive tackle (NY Jets, Dallas Cowboys), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Oct 28 Kevin Dineen, Canadian NHL right wing, coach (Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • Oct 28 Robert Bailey, cricketer (England batsman in four Tests 1988-90)
  • Oct 30 Mike Veletta, Australian cricketer (West Aussie opening batsman, 8 Tests for Aust), born in Perth, Australia
  • Oct 30 Todd Sand, American pairs skaters (Olympics 1994), born in Burbank, California
  • Oct 31 Fred McGriff, American baseball infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Oct 31 Dunga [Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri], Brazilian footballer, born in Ijuí, Brazil

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 2 Herb Joesting, College Football Hall of Fame halfback/fullback (Uni of Minnesota; Chicago Bears), dies from heart failure at 58
  • Oct 3 Bobby McDermott, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (2 × NBL Coach of the Year 1944-45, Fort Wayne Pistons), dies at 49
  • Oct 15 Horton Smith. American golfer (US Masters 1934, 36), dies of Hodgkin's disease at 55