October 1968 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Oct 2 Bob Gibson sets a World Series record of 17 strikeouts
  • Oct 10 Detroit Tigers beat St Louis Cards, 4 games to 3 in 65th World Series
  • Oct 11 MLB star Billy Martin named manager of the Minnesota Twins
  • Oct 12 19th Olympic games open at Mexico City, Mexico
  • Oct 12 Norma Enriqueta Basilio Satelo is 1st woman to light Olympic flame
  • Oct 14 In NL expansion draft, Expos & Padres choose 30 players each
  • Oct 16 During Olympics Tommie Smith & John Carlos give black power salute
  • Oct 16 Milwaukee Bucks play their 1st game losing 89-84 to Chicago Bulls
  • Oct 16 Jim Dorey sets Toronto Maple Leaf penalty records (48 mins on 9 penalties in a game & 44 minutes on 7 penalties in a period)
  • Oct 18 Bob Beamon of USA sets long jump record (29 ft. 2½ in.) in Mexico City
  • Oct 18 US Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith & John Carlos for giving "black power" salute as a protest during victory ceremony
  • Oct 20 Carol Mann wins LPGA Quality Chekd Golf Classic
  • Oct 20 Mamo Wolde wins 16th Olympic marathon (2:20:26.4)
  • Oct 25 Longest Olympic field hockey game, The Netherlands beats Spain 1-0 in 2h25m (6 OT)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 26 George Foreman wins gold for USA at Mexico Olympic games (Heavyweight boxing)

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Oct 27 19th Olympic games close at Mexico City, Mexico

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Oct 27 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA River Plantation Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Oct 31 Milwaukee Bucks win their 1st game beating Detroit 138-118 (6th game)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 Greg Briggs, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings)
  • Oct 1 Malcolm Showell, WLAF defensive end (London Monarchs)
  • Oct 1 Matt Elliott, NFL center/guard (Carolina Panthers)
  • Oct 2 Glen Wesley, Red Deer, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers)

Person of interestJana Novotna

Oct 2 Jana Novotná, Czech tennis star (Wimbledon 1998), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia (d. 2017)

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
  • Oct 2 Mark James Crear, 110m hurdler (Olympic silver 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 3 Greg Foster, NBA center (Utah Jazz)
  • Oct 3 Marco Roelofsen, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Oct 3 Paul Crichton, English footballer
  • Oct 4 Kanavis McGhee, NFL defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • Oct 5 Sally Smith, Orange NSW, golfer (1993 T67 Alpine Aust Ladies Masters)
  • Oct 5 Wayne Holdsworth, cricketer (NSW fast bowler, Australian tourist 1993)
  • Oct 7 Erick Anderson, NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • Oct 7 Randy Bartz, Roseville Minn, short track skater (Olympics 1994)
  • Oct 8 Frankie Smith, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, SF 49ers)
  • Oct 8 Ali Benarbia, former Algerian footballer
  • Oct 8 Zvonimir Boban, Croatian football player
  • Oct 10 James Williams, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers)
  • Oct 10 L B Williams, NFLer (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Oct 10 Nancy Brookhart, Elmhurst Ill, WPVA volleyballer (Hermosa-17th-1994)
  • Oct 10 Bart Brentjens, Dutch mountain biker
  • Oct 11 Claude Lapointe, Lachine, NHL center (Calgary Flames)
  • Oct 11 Cynthia Johnston, basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Oct 12 Charles Anthony, CFL defensive back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Oct 12 Leon Lett, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Oct 12 Mike Trombley, Springfield MA, pitcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • Oct 12 Bill Auberlen, American race car driver
  • Oct 13 David Alcoriza, Lodi California, double trap (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 13 Julio Valera, San Sebastian Puerto Rico, pitcher (KC Royals)
  • Oct 14 Dwayne Schintzius, NBA center (Indiana Pacers)
  • Oct 14 Gene Williams, NFL guard/tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Oct 14 Rashid Latif, cricketer (Pakistani wicket-keeper)
  • Oct 14 Wanda Guyton, WNBA forward (Houston Comets)
  • Oct 14 Matthew Le Tissier, English footballer
  • Oct 15 George Koonce, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Oct 15 Meredith Rainey, 800m runner, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 15 Didier Deschamps, French footballer
  • Oct 16 Robert van Oosterom, cricket opening batsman (Holland 1996 World Cup)
  • Oct 16 Scott Donie, Vicenza Italy, diver (Olympic 4th 1996)
  • Oct 17 Heather McDermid, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Oct 18 Denisa Szabova, Bratislava Czech, tennis star (1987 Futures-GER)
  • Oct 18 Michael Stich, German tennis star
  • Oct 18 Narendra Hirwani, Indian cricketer (16 wickets v WI on debut 1988), born in Gorakhpur, India
  • Oct 18 Stuart Law, cricketer (prolific Queensland batsman, Australia 1995)
  • Oct 20 Raymond Biggs, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Oct 21 Francois Gravel, hockey goaltender (Team France 1998)
  • Oct 22 Keith Osik, catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Port Jefferson, New York
  • Oct 22 Stephane Quintal, Boucherville, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens)
  • Oct 22 Warry van Wattum, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90, FC Groningen)
  • Oct 23 Bettina Fulco Villella, Mar Del Plata Arg, tennis star (1993 Futures)
  • Oct 23 Kendall Gammon, NFL center (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Oct 23 Kevin Henry, NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Oct 24 Adrian Dale, cricketer (prolific Glamorgan & England A batsman)
  • Oct 24 Francisco Claver, Spanish tennis star
  • Oct 24 Ken Ryan, Pawtucket RI, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Oct 25 Corey Miller, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • Oct 26 Chris Oldham, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Oct 26 Nico John Hoogma, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Oct 27 Antoinette Lucas, American field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Crozier, Virginia
  • Oct 27 Vinny Samways, English footballer, born in Bethnal Green, London
  • Oct 28 Chris Oldham, cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Oct 28 Ernie Mills, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Oct 28 Glenn Clear, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • Oct 28 Rodney Thomas, NFL running back (Houston Oilers), born in Trinity, TX, (d. 2014)
  • Oct 28 Shawna Molcak, Cardston Alberta, basketball guard (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 28 Stan Thomas, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers)
  • Oct 28 Marc Lièvremont, French rugby union footballer and coach
  • Oct 29 Johann Olav Koss, speed skater (Olympics 3 gold-1994)
  • Oct 31 Antonio Davis, American NBA forward-center (Indiana Pacers), born in Oakland, California
  • Oct 31 Eddie Taubensee, American baseball catcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Beeville, Texas
  • Oct 31 Russ McCullough, WLAF offensive linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 16 Ellis Kinder, baseball player (b. 1914)