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October 1970 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 1 Phillies beat Montreal Expos, 2-1 in final game played at Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia; fans swarm onto field and destroy it after the game

Sports History

Oct 2 Detroit general manager Jim Campbell gives controversial Billy Martin a 2-year deal (1971-72) to manage the Tigers at a well above MLB average annual salary of $65,000

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • Oct 3 First umpires strike in MLB history lasts one day during League Championship Series; AL and NL presidents recognise newly-formed MLB Umpires Association; negotiate labor contract
  • Oct 4 Jochen Rindt of Austria posthumously clinches Formula 1 World Drivers Championship at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen when contender Jacky Ickx finishes 4th; Rindt killed in a practice accident at the Italian GP at Monza 5/9/70
  • Oct 5 MLB Championship Series both end on the same day with same score; (AL) Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 3-0; (NL) Cincinnati Reds down Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0; Orioles win WS, 4-1

Sports History

Oct 13 2 future Basketball Hall of Famers debut; guard Calvin Murphy for San Diego Rockets in 111-96 loss in Chicago; forward Dave Cowens for Boston Celtics in 114-107 loss in New York

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • Oct 14 Cleveland Cavaliers lose to Buffalo Braves in their 1st game 107-92
  • Oct 15 Baltimore Orioles beat Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 1 in 67th World Series
  • Oct 25 Austrian driver Jochen Rindt wins F1 World Drivers Championship by 5 points from Jacky Ickx after Mexican GP; only season World Championship awarded posthumously, after Rindt's death in Italian GP practice at Monza
  • Oct 28 NBA Cleveland Cavaliers 1st home game, lose to San Diego 110-99

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 Alexei Zhamnov, Russian NHL center (Winnipeg Jets; Olympic gold 1992), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Oct 1 Gaston Taument, Dutch soccer winger (15 caps; Feyenoord), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Oct 1 Moses Kiptanui, Kenyan steeplechaser (World C'ship gold 1991, 93, 95; Olympic silver 1996), born in Marakwet District, Kenya
  • Oct 1 Ronnie Bradford, American NFL defensive back and coach (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos; La. Tech., USC), born in Minot, North Dakota
  • Oct 2 Eddie Guardado, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2002-03; AL saves leader 2002; Minnesota Twins), born in Stockton, California
  • Oct 4 Ryan McNeil, American NFL defensive back (Pro Bowl 2001; San Diego Chargers), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Oct 5 Mark Luijpers, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Cadier en Keer, Netherlands
  • Oct 5 Thomas Randolph, American NFL cornerback (NY Giants), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Oct 5 Tina Poitras, Canadian 10k walker (Olympics 1996), born in Thompson, Canada
  • Oct 6 Darren Oliver, American pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Oct 7 Daniel Collins, Australian canoeist (World C'ship gold K-2 500m 1997; Olympic silver 2000), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Oct 7 Dwayne Provo, Canadian cornerback (New England Patriots), born in North Preston, Canada
  • Oct 7 Harold Ellis, English NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Oct 7 Le'Shai Maston, American NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Oct 8 David Doster, American baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Oct 9 Annika Sörenstam, Swedish golfer (10 LPGA major titles; 8-time LPGA Tour Player of the Year), born in Stockholm, Sweden

  • Oct 9 Kenny Anderson, American NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trailblazers), born in Queens, New York
  • Oct 10 Alexei Zhitnik, NHL defenseman (Team Russia Olympic silver 1998, Buffalo), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Oct 10 Glenn Foley, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets), born in Woburn, Massachusetts
  • Oct 10 Dean Kiely, Irish football goalkeeper (Crystal Palace), born in Salford, England
  • Oct 10 Silke Kraushaar-Pielach, German luger (Olympic gold 1998), born in Sonneberg, Thuringia, Germany
  • Oct 10 Mohammed Mourhit, Belgian athlete, born in Khouribga, Morocco
  • Oct 10 Matthew Pinsent CBE, English rower (Olympic gold coxless pair 1992, 96; four 2000, 04; World C'ship gold x 10) and broadcaster (BBC), born in Holt, England
  • Oct 11 Chidi Ahanotu, American NFL defensive end and defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Modesto, California
  • Oct 11 Andy Marriott, English-Welsh football goalkeeper, born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, England
  • Oct 12 Charlie Ward, American basketball guard (NBA: NY Knicks) and College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1993, Florida State), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Oct 12 Herman Arvie, American NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns), born in Opelousas, Louisiana
  • Oct 12 Tanyon Sturtze, American baseball player (Chicago Cubs), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Oct 13 Ann Grossman, American tennis star (1994 LA finalist), born in Grove City, Ohio
  • Oct 13 Steve Matthews, American NFL and WLAF quarterback (KC Chiefs, Scottish Claymores), born in Tullahoma, Tennessee
  • Oct 14 Jim Jackson, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Oct 14 Nina Kemppel, cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Oct 14 Pär Zetterberg, Swedish football player
  • Oct 15 Lonnie Palelei, American football offensive lineman (NY Jets), born in Nu'uuli, American Samoa
  • Oct 16 Adrian Murrell, NFL running back/kick returner (NY Jets)
  • Oct 16 Mehmet Scholl, German footballer
  • Oct 16 Kazuyuki Fujita, Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter
  • Oct 17 Anil Kumble, cricketer (great Indian leg-spinner since 1990)
  • Oct 17 Jean-Paul de Young, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • Oct 17 John Mabry, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Oct 17 Marciano Vink, soccer player (Genoa/PSV)
  • Oct 17 Tasha Tsang, Canadian rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Saskatoon Saskatchewan
  • Oct 18 Bob Kennedy, Bloomington Indiana, 5k runner
  • Oct 18 Camille Spitaleri, Mountain View Ca, female infielder (Silver Bullets)
  • Oct 18 Mark Schenning, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Oct 18 Shane Bonham, NFL defensive linesman (Detroit Lions)
  • Oct 19 Chamara Dunusinghe, cricket wicket-keeper (Sri Lanka 1995)
  • Oct 20 Sander Boschke, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente), born in Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands
  • Oct 21 Marc Wilkins, Mansfield OH, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Oct 22 Winston Bogarde, Dutch soccer defender (20 caps; Sparta Rotterdam, Ajax, FC Barcelona), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Oct 24 Walter Dunson, NFL running back and kick returner (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Oct 25 Kelvin Ingram, American NFL guard (Seattle Seahawks), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Oct 25 J.A. Adande, American sports columnist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 25 Peter Aerts, Dutch kickboxer and martial artist, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Oct 26 Bert Emanuel, American NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Oct 26 Jessie Armstead, American NFL linebacker (NY Giants), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Oct 26 Tom Vano, field hockey goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • Oct 27 Vernon Lewis, NFL cornerback (NE Patriots), born in Houston, Texas
  • Oct 27 Felix Bwalya, Zambian boxer, born in Chingola, Zambia
  • Oct 28 Bracey Walker, NFL safety (Cin Bengals, Miami Dolphins)
  • Oct 28 Rob Hitchcock, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Oct 29 Chris Thorpe, American doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • Oct 29 Dan Ratushny, Canadian NHL player (Florida Panthers) and coach, born in Nepean, Ontario
  • Oct 29 Edwin van der Sar, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (Ajax)
  • Oct 29 Marquez Pope, American NFL cornerback (SF 49ers), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Oct 29 Phillip Cocu, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse, PSV), born in Voorhout, Netherlands
  • Oct 30 Dino Philyaw, American NFL running back (NE Patriots), born in Dudley, North Carolina
  • Oct 30 James Pedro, American lightweight judoka (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Danvers, Massachusetts
  • Oct 30 Kevin Johnson, American NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 30 Patrice Tardif, Canadian NHL center (LA Kings), born in Thetford Mines, Quebec
  • Oct 30 Suvat Karadag, Turkish soccer player (FC Utrecht), born in Mazgirt, Turkey
  • Oct 30 Wim Bubberman, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Oct 30 Ekaterini Voggoli, Greek discus thrower, born in Larissa, Greece
  • Oct 31 Steve Trachsel, American baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Oxnard, California
  • Oct 31 Nicholas "Nicky" Wu, Taiwanese singer, actor and martial arts expert (Xiao Hu Dui/Little Tiger Team), born in Taipei, Taiwan

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 4 Curtis Turner, American auto racer (184 NASCAR races over 17 years, 17 wins), dies in aeroplane crash at 46