On This Day

October 1972 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 1 New York City Marathon: men's event 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

Sports History

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 season 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

Sports History

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

  • 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 MLB Detroit Tiger pitcher Lerrin LaGrow and Oakland A's shortstop Bert Campaneris, each fined and suspended when Campaneris flung his bat at the mound after getting hit by a pitch
  • 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 14 Oakland catcher Gene Tenace is first to homer in first 2 World Series at-bats as A's beat Reds, 3-2 in Game 1 at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati
  • Oct 15 61st Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Bucharest (3-2)
  • Oct 15 Omni in Atlanta opens - Hawks beat NY Knicks 109-101

Sports History

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

  • Oct 17 1st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs Penguins
  • Oct 22 Baseball World Series: Oakland A's beat Reds, 3-2 in Cincinnati for a 4-3 series win; A's first C'ship since 1930, first in Oakland: MVP: A's catcher Gene Tenace

Sports History

Oct 25 Eddy Merckx (Belgium) covers 30 miles, 1,258 yards in 1 hr

  • 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, American basketball guard and coach (NBA 6th Man of the Year 2001; Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 3 Michael Nylander, Swedish NHL center (World C'ship gold 1992, 2006; Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Washington Capitals), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Oct 5 Grant Hill, American basketball player (Det Pistons, Olympic gold 1996), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 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 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 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 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, American NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Oct 20 Oleg Fediukov, Russian dance skater (with partner Debbie Koegel), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Oct 20 Will Greenwood, English rugby union centre (55 caps England, 2 British & Irish Lions; Leicester Tigers, Harlequins), born in Blackburn, England
  • Oct 21 Orlando Thomas, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Oct 22 Scott Lachance, American ice hockey defenseman (NHL All Star 1997; 819 games; NY Islanders), born in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Oct 22 Tyrone Williams, Canadian football defensive tackle (first to win Vanier Cup [Western Ontario Uni], Super Bowl [Dallas Cowboys], Grey Cup [Toronto Argonauts]), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Oct 23 Tiffeny Milbrett, American 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), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • Oct 24 Ruxandra Dragomir, Romanian tennis star (1996 Bournemouth doubles), born in Piteşti, Romania
  • Oct 24 T. J. Cunningham, American NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks), born in Aurora, Colorado (d. 2019)
  • Oct 24 Tom Fletcher, NFL defensive safety (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Oct 25 Leland Taylor, American football defensive tackle (Baltimore Ravens), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Oct 27 Brad Radke, American baseball pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Oct 27 John Steel, 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct 27 Maria Mutola, Mozambican 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique
  • Oct 27 Lee Clark, English footballer (Newcastle United), born in Wallsend, England
  • Oct 28 Calvin Jackson, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins)
  • Oct 28 Chad Folk, CFL cornerback (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Oct 28 Terrell Davis, American Pro Football HOF running back (Super Bowl 1997 [MVP], 98; NFL MVP 1998; 3 × First-team All-Pro; 3 × Pro Bowl; Denver Broncos), born in San Diego, California
  • Oct 30 Georgina Douglas, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 30 Patrice Denis, CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Oct 30 Trevor Wilmot, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts, Amsterdam Admirals), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Oct 31 Jamie Asher, American NFL tight end (Washington Redskins), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Oct 31 Matt Dawson MBE, English rugby union halfback (77 caps England, 7 British & Irish Lions; Northampton, London Wasps) and broadcaster ( A Question of Sport, BBC), born in Birkenhead, England

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 17 Walter "Turk" Broda, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, 5x Stanley Cup, 2x Vezina Trophy (Toronto Maple Leafs, 1935-51), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Oct 18 Ken Wishart, cricketer (WI opening batsman in one Test 1935), dies
  • Oct 25 Johnny Mantz, American race car driver (Southern 500, 1950), dies in a car accident at 54
  • Oct 31 Bill Durnan, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)