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

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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

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • Oct 3 Roric Harrison homers as Baltimore beats Cleveland, 4-3; last AL pitcher to homer until MLB inter-league play 25 years later

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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

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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 World Series Baseball: Oakland A's beat Reds, 3-2 in Cincinnati for a 4-3 series win; Athletics' first C'ship since 1930 and first in Oakland
  • 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 6 J. J. [Jeral Jamal] Stokes, NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers), born in San Diego, California
  • 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 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 (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, 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), 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, 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, 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

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)