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
  • 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)
  • Oct 15 NY Met Ron Swoboda's spectacular diving catch of sinking liner with runners at 1st & 3rd in 9th, Mets win in 10th in World Series game
  • Oct 15 Oriole Earl Weaver becomes 1st manager ejected in 60 years a World Series game
  • Oct 16 T Agee & Ed Kranepool HR, Tommie Agee makes 2 great catches, New York Mets win Baseball World Series 4-1
  • Oct 16 100-1 shot NY Mets beat Orioles 5-3 & win 66th World Series in 5
  • 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 Hanif, Mushtaq & Sadiq Mohammad start their only Test Cricket together

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 29 Tom Seaver voted NL Cy Young Award

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver

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 Charles Jordan, American wide receiver (Miami Dolphins), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 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 Australia
  • Oct 12 Dave Chaytors, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Oct 12 José Valentín, MLB infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Manatí, Puerto Rico

Person of interestNancy Kerrigan

Oct 12 Nancy Kerrigan, American figure skater (Olympic silver 1994), born in Stoneham, Massachusetts

Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan
Figure Skater
Nancy Kerrigan
  • Oct 12 Terry Ray, American NFL strong safety (NE Patriots), born in Belgium
  • 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 Darren McKenzie-Potter, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 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)

Person of interestErnie Els

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

Golfer Ernie Els
Golfer
Ernie Els
  • Oct 18 Anthony Avent, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Oct 18 Nelson Vivas, Argentine former footballer
  • Oct 19 Zdeno Ciger, Martin Slo, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Oct 19 Erwin Sánchez, Bolivian footballer
  • Oct 20 Chantel Tremitiere, WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • Oct 20 Guillermo Perez-Roldan, Argentina, tennis star
  • Oct 20 Herman Moore, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • Oct 20 Juan Gonzalez, Vega Baja Puerto Rico, outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • Oct 20 Laurie Daley, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Oct 21 Mo Lewis, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Oct 22 Cuty [Yumi] Suzuki, Kawaguchi Japan, wrestler (Japan)
  • Oct 22 Kevin Carrasco, S P de Macoris Dom Rep, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Oct 23 Kristine Bailey, Livonia Mich, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1995)
  • 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 Corey Harris, American NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 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
  • 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

Person of interestWalter Hagen

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

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Oct 7 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (b. 1888)
  • Oct 12 Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), 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 22 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian opera singer (NY Met), dies on 84th birthday
  • Oct 29 Vic Richardson, cricketer (Aussie capt 1935-36), dies