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October 1971 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 American tennis star Billie Jean King becomes first female athlete to win $100,000 in prize money in a single year; wins the $4,000 Virginia Slams Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Oct 3 Scotsman Jackie Stewart finishes 5th in the season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to claim his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 29 points from Swede Ronnie Peterson
  • Oct 6 MLB National League Championship: Pittsburgh Pirates beat San Francisco Giants, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 10 Rain washes out Game 2, 1st World Series postponement since 1962
  • Oct 11 60th Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Charlotte (3-2)
  • Oct 11 Brooks Robinson ties Series record, reaches base 5 straight times
  • Oct 13 1st World Series night game (Pittsburgh 4-Baltimore 3)
  • Oct 17 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 68th World Series

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 3 Wil Cordero, Puerto Rican baseball utility (MLB All Star, Silver Slugger Award 1994; Montréal Expos), born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • Oct 5 Chad Lewis, American football tight end (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Fort Dix, New Jersey
  • Oct 5 Chris Whitney, American basketball guard (Wash Wizards), born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • Oct 5 Dan Plante, American ice hockey player (NY Islanders), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 5 Mauricio Pellegrino, Argentine footballer, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • Oct 6 Chris Hudson, NFL strong safety (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Oct 6 Phil Bennett, British racing driver
  • Oct 6 Alan Stubbs, English footballer and manager (Rotherham United), born in Kirkby, England
  • Oct 7 Johnnie Morton, American NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions), born in Inglewood, California
  • Oct 7 Paul Hannam, Canadian 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Oct 8 Nate Miller, American NFL and WLAF guard (Frankfurt Galaxy, Atlanta Falcons), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Oct 8 Terry Richardson, WLAF running back (Rhein Fire), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Oct 8 Val St. Germain, CFL tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Oct 8 Monty Williams, American basketball head coach and executive (Phoenix Suns 2019; New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans 2010-15) and NBA forward/guard (San Antonio Spurs), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Oct 9 Pete Mitchell, American NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Oct 10 Corey Louchiey, American NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Oct 10 Ian Bennett, English football goalkeeper (Birmingham City), born in Worksop, England
  • Oct 11 Chann McRae, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Albany, Georgia
  • Oct 12 Bronzell Miller, American WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Federal Way, Washington (d. 2013)
  • Oct 12 Tony Fiore, American baseball player, born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Oct 13 Irv Smith, American NFL tight end (New Orleans Saints), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Oct 13 Jay Williams, American defensive end (St Louis Rams), born in Washington, D. C.
  • Oct 13 Sean O'Donnell, Canadian NHL defenseman (LA Kings), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Oct 14 Derrick Rodgers, linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • Oct 14 Frank Wycheck, NFL tight end (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • Oct 14 Jorge Costa, Portuguese soccer defender and manager (50 caps; FC Porto), born in Porto, Portugal
  • Oct 15 Bernardo Harris, American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Oct 15 Roland McGhee, American long jumper, born in Flint, Michigan
  • Oct 15 Andy Cole, British footballer (Manchester United), born in Nottingham, England
  • Oct 16 David Johnson, cricketer (Karnataka fast bowler, India 1996-)
  • Oct 16 Greg Jeffries, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • Oct 16 Simon Shanks, NFL inside linebacker (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Oct 16 Toni Foster, WNBA forward/center (Phoenix Mercury)
  • Oct 17 Byron Chamberlain, American football tight end (Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Oct 17 Ernest Dixon, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
  • Oct 17 Henry McMillian, NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Oct 18 Bob Whitfield, NFL tackle (Atlanta Falcons), born in Carson, California
  • Oct 20 Eddie Jones, NBA guard/forward (LA Lakers)
  • Oct 20 Kimberly Po, tennis star (1991 Futures-Evansville IN), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 21 Damien Martyn, cricketer (WA & Australian middle-order batsman)
  • Oct 21 René Ponk, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • Oct 21 Shane Hannah, NFL guard (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Oct 21 Paul Norman Telfer, Scottish footballer
  • Oct 22 Amanda Coetzer, Hoopstad South Africa, tennis star (1996 Aust semi)
  • Oct 22 Anthony "Pig" Miller, NBA forward (LA Lakers, Atlanta Hawks)
  • Oct 22 Mitchel van der Gaag, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Motherwell)
  • Oct 22 Timothy Christopher Carswell, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Oct 23 Alai Kalaniuvalu, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Oct 24 Aaron Bailey, American NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Oct 24 Mike Verstegen, American NFL guard (New Orleans Saints), born in Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Oct 25 Pedro Martínez, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic
  • Oct 25 Geoffrey Prommayon, Thai-American soccer player (PSV), born in Udon Thani, Thailand
  • Oct 25 Laura Chapot, equestrian show jumper (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 25 Lee Gissendaner, NFL/WLAF receiver (Minnesota Vikings, Scottish Claymores), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Oct 25 Simon Charlton, English footballer (Southampton), born in Huddersfield, England
  • Oct 26 Cinnamon Woods, Anderson Ind, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 26 Ronnie Irani, English cricketer (Essex all-rounder, England 1996), born in Leigh, Lancashire, England
  • Oct 27 Liz Pagano, WPVA volleyballer (National-13th-1994), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 27 Mike Ricci, Canadian NHL center (Colorado Avalanche), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Oct 27 Zaddick X Longenbach, Greenwalds Pa, fencer-foil (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 27 Theodoros Zagorakis, Greek footballer, born in Lydía, Kavala, Greece
  • Oct 27 Jorge Soto, Peruvian soccer midfielder (101 caps; Sporting Cristal), born in Lima, Peru
  • Oct 28 John Coker, NBA center (Phoenix Suns)
  • Oct 28 Nicole Green, 400m runner, born in Springfield, Ohio
  • Oct 29 Greg Blewett, cricketer (Aust batsman, century on Test debut 1995)
  • Oct 29 Matthew Hayden, cricketer (heavy scorer for Queensland, Aust 1994-96)
  • Oct 30 Edward "Ted" Murphy, American rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 30 Henry Ford, NFL defensive end (Houston/Tennessee Oilers), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Oct 31 Alphonso Ford, American basketball player, born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 2004)
  • Oct 31 Ian Walker, English footballer, born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England

Weddings in Sport


LovePerson of Interest

Oct 27 Baseball player Steve Garvey (22) weds Cyndy Truman

Baseball Player Steve Garvey
Baseball Player
Steve Garvey

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 13 Stafford Smythe, Canadian NHL executive (President Toronto Maple Leafs 1961–69, 1970-71), dies from an acute stomach ulcer at 50
  • Oct 24 Chuck Hughes, Detroit Lion collapses during game & later, dies