On This Day

October 1971 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

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

  • 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 11 60th Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Charlotte (3-2)

Baseball Record

Oct 11 Baltimore 3B Brooks Robinson sets Baseball World Series record; reaches base 5 straight times in Orioles 11-3 win over Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 2 at Memorial Stadium

  • Oct 13 First ever Baseball World Series night game; Pittsburgh Pirates edge Baltimore Orioles, 4-3 in Game 4 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh

Sports History

Oct 17 Baseball World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 2-1 at Memorial Stadium to claim championship. 4-3; MVP: Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente


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, American WLAF running back (Rhein Fire), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Oct 8 Val St. Germain, Canadian 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 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 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 18 Yoo Sang-chul, South Korean soccer midfielder (124 caps; 2002 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team; Ulsan Hyundai), born in Seoul, South Korea (d. 2021)
  • Oct 20 Eddie Jones, American NBA guard/forward (LA Lakers), born in Pompano Beach, Florida
  • Oct 20 Kimberly Po, American tennis player (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, South African tennis player (World #3 1997; Hopman Cup 2000 [Wayne Ferreria]; US Open doubles 1993 runner-up), born in Hoopstad, South Africa
  • 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 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, Australian cricketer (Aust batsman, century on Test debut 1995)
  • Oct 29 Matthew Hayden, Australian 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

Steve Garvey

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

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