On This Day

October 1966 in Sports History

Events in Sport


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Oct 2 Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax wins his 27th game of the season, 6-3 v Philadelphia Phillies; clinches Dodgers 3rd National League pennant in 4 years

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax
  • Oct 2 Australian Robert 'Nat' Young puts on a dominating performance to win the World Surfing Championship at Ocean Beach, San Diego; Joyce Hoffman of Capistrano Beach, California takes women's title

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Oct 6 Oriole Jim Palmer, 20, is youngest to pitch a World Series shutout

Baseball Player Jim Palmer
Baseball Player
Jim Palmer
  • Oct 9 Baltimore Orioles sweep LA Dodgers, in 63rd World Series

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Oct 19 Bobby Orr makes his NHL regular-season debut for the Boston Bruins against the Detroit Red Wings

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Oct 22 Ice hockey legend Bobby Orr scores his first career goal (vs Montreal Canadiens)
  • Oct 23 Australian Jack Brabham is first to win F1 World Drivers Championship and International Cup for Constructors Championship in the same year; 2nd in season ending Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
  • Oct 30 16th NASCAR Sprint Cup: David Pearson wins

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 George Weah, Liberian soccer striker and politician (President Liberia; 53 caps; AC Milan, Monaco), born in Monrovia, Liberia
  • Oct 1 Cuco Ziganda, Spanish soccer striker and manager (2 caps; Athletic Bilbao 255 games), born in Larraintzar, Spain
  • Oct 3 Darrin Fletcher, American baseball catcher and broadcaster (Montreal Expos, Toronto Blue Jays), born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Oct 4 John van den Brom, Dutch soccer midfielder and manager (2 caps; SBV Vitesse, Anderlecht), Amersfoort, Netherlands
  • Oct 5 Fredrik Olausson, Vaxsjo Swe, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • Oct 5 Inessa Kravets, Ukraine, long/triple jumper (Olympic silver/gold-92, 96)
  • Oct 5 Peter Fonseca, Canadian politician and marathon runner (Toronto, Houston Marathon 1995), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Oct 5 Therese Brisson, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • Oct 5 Jan Verhaas, Dutch snooker referee
  • Oct 6 Archi Cianfrocco, infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Rome, New York
  • Oct 6 Jimmie Johnson, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Oct 6 Oscar Caballos, jockey
  • Oct 6 Niall Quinn, Irish soccer striker (92 caps, Rep of Ireland; Manchester City, Sunderland), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Oct 9 Mike Williams, American NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • Oct 10 Darren Carrington, American NFL safety (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Bronx, New York
  • Oct 10 Derrick McKey, American NBA forward (Indiana Pacers), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • Oct 10 Elana Meyer, South African runner (Olympic silver 1992), born in South Africa
  • Oct 10 Tony Adams, English footballer (Arsenal & England national team captain), born in Romford, London, England
  • Oct 11 Gregg Olson, American baseball pitcher (Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Oct 11 Shawn Chambers, American NHL defenseman (Team USA, NJ Devils), born in Sterling Heights, Michigan
  • Oct 12 Wim Jonk, Dutch soccer midfielder (49 caps; Ajax, Internazionale, PSV, Sheffield Wednesday), born in Volendam, Netherlands
  • Oct 15 Jorge Campos, Mexican football goalkeeper (130 caps; UNAM, LA Galaxy), born in Acapulco, Guerrero
  • Oct 16 Donovan Right, CFL linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Oct 17 Danny Ferry, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Oct 17 Tommy Kendall, American race car driver and television personality
  • Oct 18 Alan Mills, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • Oct 18 Jerod Swallow, American ice skater (1997 Nationals), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Oct 18 Kristine Middeler, Felicity Oh, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1994)
  • Oct 19 Dave Veres, pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Oct 20 Allan Donald, cricketer (great South African fast bowler)
  • Oct 20 Erin Deiters, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1994), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Oct 21 Jonas B, Svensson Sweden, tennis star
  • Oct 21 Tommy Tolles, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1996 3rd, Masters 1997 3rd), born in Ft Myers, Florida
  • Oct 22 Blair Hartland, cricketer (NZ opener)
  • Oct 23 Alex Zanardi, Italian race car driver
  • Oct 24 F. P. Santangelo, American baseball outfielder (Montreal Expos), born in Livonia, Michigan
  • Oct 24 Shawn Lee, American NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 25 Wendel Clark, Canadian NHL left wing (NY Islanders), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 26 Alex Pastoor, Dutch soccer midfielder (FC Volendam, Heerenveen) and manager (Slavia Prague, Sparta Rotterdam), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Oct 26 Olga Bicherova, Soviet gymnast (won title at 15 yrs 33 days), born in Moscow, Russian SFSR
  • Oct 26 Jeanne Zelasko, American journalist and sportcaster, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Oct 27 Brad Lauer, Canadian NHL right wing (Pitts Penguins), born in Humboldt, Canada
  • Oct 27 Timm Rosenbach, NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints), born in Everett, Washington
  • Oct 28 Benoit Hogue, Canadian NHL center (Dallas Stars), born in Repentigny, Quebec
  • Oct 28 Juan Guzman, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Oct 28 Kaylynn Hick, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 28 Steve Atwater, NFL safety (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Oct 28 Tim Bogar, infielder (NY Mets), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Oct 30 Quin Snyder, American basketball head coach (Utah Jazz 2014-19; University of Missouri 1999-2006), born in Mercer Island, Washington
  • Oct 31 Brian Keyser, American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Castro Valley, California

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 4 Mike Tresh, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1945; Chicago WS), dies from cancer at 52

Person of interestCharlotte Cooper

Oct 10 Charlotte Cooper, British tennis player (1st female Olympic champion 1900; Wimbledon 1895-96, 98, 1901, 08), dies at 96

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Oct 13 Father Marriott, cricketer (one Test for England, 11 wickets), dies
  • Oct 27 Nigel Haig, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests; 1,000 runs and 100 wickets 1921, 27, 29 Middlesex), dies at 78