On This Day

October 1969 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 2 Seattle Pilots' last game in Seattle; crash to 98th season loss, 3-1 to Oakland in front of just 5,473; move to Milwaukee as the Brewers next season
  • Oct 4 MLB holds first league championship games; National League Championship Series: New York Mets beat Atlanta Braves, 9-5; Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3 in American League Championship Series
  • Oct 6 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets sweep Atlanta Braves, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 6 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 3 games to 0

Sports History

Oct 13 Billy Martin (97-65) is fired as manager of AL West-winning Twins

  • Oct 15 Madison Square Garden TV Network begins (Rangers vs North Stars)

Sports History

Oct 15 Baltimore's Earl Weaver becomes first manager since 1935 to be ejected World Series game as his Orioles slump to a 2-1 Game 4 defeat to NY Mets at Shea Stadium

  • Oct 16 Baseball World Series: 100-1 shot NY Mets beat Baltimore Orioles, 5-3 at Shea Stadium for upset 4-1 series win; MVP: Mets 1B Donn Clendenon
  • Oct 16 Met Cleon Jones awarded 1st base when shoe polish on ball proves he is hit by a pitch, he scores on a HR in World Series
  • Oct 19 Scottish Matra-Ford driver Jackie Stewart finishes 4th in season ending Mexican Grand Prix to win his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 26 points from Jacky Ickx of Belgium
  • Oct 24 Pakistani cricketing brothers Hanif, Mushtaq and Sadiq Mohammad start their only Test together; drawn 1st Test v NZ in Karachi

Sports History

Oct 29 Tom Seaver voted NL Cy Young Award


Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 2 Marcus Robertson, American NFL defensive back, administrator and coach (All Pro 1993, 97; Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans), born in Pasadena, California
  • Oct 6 Byron Black, Zimbabwe, tennis star
  • Oct 6 Robert Person, pitcher (NY Mets), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 6 Troy Shaw, English snooker player
  • Oct 7 Martin Haywood, Australian cricketer (NSW opening batsman), born in Tamworth, Australia
  • Oct 9 Dwayne Sabb, American NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Oct 10 Brett Favre, American NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Oct 11 Cal Dixon, American NFL center and guard (NY Jets), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Oct 12 Alison Peek, Australian field hockey halfback and midfielder (Olympics gold 2000), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Oct 12 Dave Chaytors, CFL defensive tackle (British Columbia Lions), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Oct 12 José Valentín, MLB infielder, 1992-2007 (Milwaukee Brewers, and 3 other teams), born in Manatí, Puerto Rico
  • Oct 12 Terry Ray, American NFL & CFL football strong safety; NFL, 1992-2004 (New England Patriots, Edmonton Eskimos, and 3 other teams), born in Belgium

Nancy Kerrigan

Oct 13 Nancy Kerrigan, American figure skater (Olympic bronze 1992, silver 1994; World C'ship bronze 1991, silver 1992; victim of infamous assault), born in Stoneham, Massachusetts

  • Oct 13 Rhonda Mapp, American WNBA center and forward (Charlotte Sting), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Oct 13 Tim Crabtree, American baseball pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • Oct 14 Mark Verhoeven, Dutch soccer player (MVV/NEC)
  • Oct 14 P J Brown, NBA center/forward (NJ Nets, Miami Heat)
  • Oct 15 Vítor Baía, Portuguese football goalkeeper, born in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
  • Oct 16 Doug Hocking, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Oct 16 Spencer McLennan, CFL safety (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Oct 17 Alfred Pupunu, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • Oct 17 Joe Courtney, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Ernie Els

Oct 17 Ernie Els, South African golfer (US Open 1994, 97; British Open 2002, 12), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Oct 18 Anthony Avent, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Oct 18 Nelson Vivas, Argentine former footballer
  • Oct 19 Zdeno Ciger, Slovak NHL player (Edmonton Oilers), born in Martin, Czechoslovakia
  • Oct 19 Erwin Sánchez, Bolivian footballer and manager, born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia
  • Oct 20 Chantel Tremitiere, American WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs), born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 20 Guillermo Perez-Roldan, Argentine tennis player, born in Tandil, Argentina
  • Oct 20 Herman Moore, American NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions), born in Danville, Virginia
  • Oct 20 Juan Gonzalez, Puerto Rican MLB outfielder (Texas Rangers), born in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
  • Oct 20 Laurie Daley, Australian rugby league footballer (Canberra Raider), born in Junee, Australia
  • Oct 20 Kim Suominen, Finnish soccer midfielder (39 caps; TPS, FF Jaro), born in Turku, Finland (d. 2021)
  • Oct 21 Mo Lewis, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Oct 24 Arthur Rhodes, American baseball pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Waco, Texas
  • Oct 24 Kelvin Pritchett, American NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Oct 25 Eric Guliford, American NFL wide receiver (Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Oct 25 Josef Beranek, Czech NHL center (Vancouver Canucks, Olympic Gold 1998), born in Litvinov
  • Oct 25 Larry Thomas, American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Miami, Florida
  • Oct 25 Oleg Salenko, Russian-Ukrainian footballer, born in Leningrad, Soviet Union
  • Oct 26 Mark Sweeney, American MLB first baseman (St Louis Cardinals), born in Framingham, Massachusetts
  • Oct 26 Mike Pritchard, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks), born in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina
  • Oct 27 Corey Foster, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Oct 27 John Kasay, NFL kicker (Carolina Panthers), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Oct 28 Denny Fercho, Ventura California, team handball circle (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 29 Peter Breen, American dance skater, born in Brockton, Massachusetts
  • Oct 29 Giorgos Donis, Greek footballer, born in Frankfurt, West Germany
  • Oct 30 Mayumi Hirase, Japanese golfer (18 LPGA of Japan Tour titles), born in Kumamoto, Japan
  • Oct 31 Damon Mashore, MLB outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Oct 31 Henry John Mills, American NFL tight end (Houston Oilers), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Oct 31 Lee Woodall, American NFL linebacker (SF 49ers), born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 4 Vibart Wight, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests; v/c WI first touring team v England 1928), dies at 67

Walter Hagen

Oct 6 Walter Hagen, American golfer (11 major titles, US Open 1914, 19), dies of throat cancer at 76

  • Oct 7 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (b. 1888)

Sonja Henie

Oct 12 Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), and actress (My Lucky Star), dies from leukemia at 57

  • Oct 14 Arnie Herber, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL C'ship 1930, 31, 36, 39; First-team All-Pro 1932, 35, 36; Green Bay Packers, NY Giants), dies at 59
  • Oct 29 Vic Richardson, Australian cricketer (Aussie capt 1935-36), dies at 75