On This Day

October 1972 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Oct 1 NYC Men's Marathon is won by Sheldon Karlin in 2:27:52; Nina Kuscsik wins Women's race in 3:08:41
  • Oct 2 Montreal Expos' pitcher Bill Stoneman no-hits the New York Mets, 7 - 0 at Parc Jarry; first MLB no-hitter ever pitched in Canada
  • Oct 3 Future Baseball Hall of Fame left-handed pitcher Steve Carlton wins 27th game as Philadelphia beats Cubs, 11-1 at Wrigley Field; almost half Phillies' 59 wins
  • Oct 3 Roric Harrison homers as Baltimore beats Cleveland, 4-3; last AL pitcher to homer until MLB inter-league play 25 years later

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 4 Future Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams manages his final game as Texas Rangers lose to KC Royals, 4-0 in the last game played at Municipal Stadium; Williams replaced by Whitey Herzog

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Oct 7 1st season game at Nassau Coliseum, Flames-3, Islanders-2
  • Oct 8 Harold Carmichael begins NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • Oct 8 In Game 2 of ALCS, Oakland A's Bert Campaneris fires his bat at Det pitcher
  • Oct 8 Despite retiring with suspension trouble at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, Emerson Fittipaldi becomes first Brazilian to win the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 16 points from Jackie Stewart
  • Oct 11 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 12 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Detroit Tigers, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 13 Commish Bowie Kuhn allows Bert Campaneris to play in World Series
  • Oct 14 Oakland A Gene Tenace is 1st to homer in 1st 2 World Series at bats
  • Oct 15 61st Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Bucharest (3-2)
  • Oct 15 Omni in Atlanta opens - Hawks beat NY Knicks 109-101

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 15 17 year old American tennis prodigy Chris Evert wins inaugural WTA Tour Championship at Boca Raton, Florida; beats Australian Kerry Melville Reid 7-5, 6-4; Evert not eligible for prize money

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Oct 17 1st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs Penguins
  • Oct 22 Oakland A's 1st championship; beat Reds, 4 games to 3 in World Series
  • Oct 29 Don Cockroft of Cleveland Browns kicks 57-yard field goal

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 Danielle Scott-Arruda, American volleyball middle blocker (Olympics silver 2008, 12), born in Baton Rouge Louisiana
  • Oct 2 Aaron McKie, NBA guard (Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Oct 2 Adrian Van Troost, fast cricket bowler (Somerset & Holland)
  • Oct 2 Rafael Carmona, Rio Piedras Puerto Rico, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • Oct 2 Torey Hunter, CFL defensive back (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Oct 3 Christian Peter, defensive tackle (NY Giants)
  • Oct 3 Michael Nylander, NHL center (Calgary Flames), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Oct 3 Sandy Martinez, Villa Mella Dom Rep, catcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • Oct 4 Joanna Stone, Australian javelin thrower (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 4 Kurt Thomas, NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat)
  • Oct 4 Norberto Garrido, tackle (Carolina Panthers)
  • Oct 4 Rusty Fitzgerald, NHL center (Pitts Penguins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Oct 5 Derek Sholdice, CFL offensive linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Oct 5 Grant Hill, NBA forward/guard (Det Pistons, Olympic gold 1996), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Oct 6 J. J. [Jeral Jamal] Stokes, NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers), born in San Diego, California
  • Oct 7 John Hyden, Tustin California, volleyball outside hitter (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 7 Rahsaan Giddings, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Oct 8 Dede Demet, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Oct 8 Stanislav Varga, Slovakian footballer (Slovan Bratislava), born in Lipany, Czechoslovakia
  • Oct 9 Maurice Kelly, American CFL linebacker (BC Lions), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Oct 9 Roman Oben, American football tackle (NY Giants), born in Cameroon
  • Oct 10 Hunter Goodwin, American football tight end (Minnesota Vikings), born in Bellville, Texas
  • Oct 10 Marianne Limpert, Canadian 200m relay swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Matagami, Quebec
  • Oct 10 Yinka Dare, Nigerian NBA center (NJ Nets), born in Kano, Nigeria (d. 2004)
  • Oct 11 Brigitte Soucy, Canadian volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Moncton, New Brunswick
  • Oct 11 Cherokee Parks, American NBA center (Dallas Mavericks, Minn Timberwolves), born in Huntington Beach, California
  • Oct 11 Kyoko Ina, Japanese-American figure skater (1993 North Atlantic Sr champ), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Oct 11 Troy Corbett, Australian cricket pace bowler (Victorian lefty since 1994-95), born in Ouyen, Australia
  • Oct 12 Singor Mobley, American football safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Oct 12 Tom van Mol, Belgian soccer player (PSV), born in Dendermonde, Belgium
  • Oct 12 Juan Manuel Silva, Argentine racing driver, born in Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina
  • Oct 13 Summer Sanders, American butterfly swimmer (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Roseville, California
  • Oct 14 Erika de Lone, tennis star (1996 Futures-Wilmington DE), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 14 J. J. Smith, American NFL running back (KC Chiefs), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Oct 14 Mike Archie, running back (Tennessee Oilers)
  • Oct 14 Nelson Van waes, CFL defensive linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Oct 15 Fred Hoiberg, American NBA guard (Indiana Pacers), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Oct 16 Darius Kasparaitis, Elektrenai Lit, NHL defenseman (Islanders, Pitts)
  • Oct 16 Darren Balmforth, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 16 Kordell Stewart, NFL quarterback/wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Oct 16 Stephen O'Connor, Irish amateur snooker champ (1990)
  • Oct 17 Joe McEwing, American baseball player
  • Oct 18 Angie Marzetta, Norfolk Virginia, female outfielder (Silver Bullets)
  • Oct 18 Alex Tagliani, Quebec racing driver
  • Oct 19 Glen Anthony Mitchell, New Zealand road race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Oct 19 Marc Newfield, outfielder (San Diego Padres), born in Sacramento, California
  • Oct 19 Megan Still, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 19 Otto Steffers, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Oct 19 Reggie Rusk, cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Oct 20 Dexter Coakley, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Oct 20 Oleg Fediukov, dance skater (& Debbie Koegel), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Oct 20 Will Greenwood, English rugby union player (Leicester Tigers, 2003 World Cup squad), born in Blackburn, Lancashire
  • Oct 21 Orlando Thomas, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Oct 22 Scott Lachance, Charlottesville, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
  • Oct 22 Tyrone Williams, Canadian American football defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Oct 23 Daryl Price, defensive end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Oct 23 Patrise Alexander, linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • Oct 23 Tiffeny Milbrett, soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Oct 24 Eric Sutton, CFL cornerback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Oct 24 Pat Williams, American football defensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • Oct 24 Ruxandra Dragomir, Pitesti Rom, tennis star (1996 Bournemouth doubles)
  • Oct 24 T J Cunningham, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Oct 24 Tom Fletcher, NFL defensive safety (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Oct 25 Leland Taylor, defensive tackle (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Oct 27 Brad Radke, Eau Claire WI, pitcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • Oct 27 John Steel, 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct 27 Maria Mutola, Maputo Mozambique, 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Oct 27 Lee Clark, English footballer
  • Oct 28 Calvin Jackson, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins)
  • Oct 28 Chad Folk, CFL cornerback (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Oct 28 Terrell Davis, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Oct 29 Rhonda Blades, WNBA guard (NY Liberty)
  • Oct 30 Georgina Douglas, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 30 Patrice Denis, CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Oct 30 Trevor Wilmot, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Oct 31 Clifford Rozier, NBA center/forward (Golden State Warriors), born in Bradenton, Florida
  • Oct 31 Jamie Asher, NFL tight end (Washington Redskins), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Oct 31 Matt Dawson, English rugby union footballer, born in Birkenhead, England

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 17 Turk Broda, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1914)
  • Oct 18 Ken Wishart, cricketer (WI opening batsman in one Test 1935), dies

Person of interestJackie Robinson

Oct 24 Jackie Robinson, 1st African American baseball player (Bkln Dodgers), dies at 53

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Oct 31 Bill Durnan, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)