On This Day

October 1973 in Sport

Events in Sport

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Oct 1 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder/manager Leo Durocher ends his 45 year career in the sport when he resigns as Houston Astros manager

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Oct 7 Scotsman Jackie Stewart wins his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship despite withdrawing from the season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen; wins title by 16 points from Emerson Fittipaldi

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Oct 8 NLCS game 3 brawl between Cins' Pete Rose & NY Met Bud Harrelson

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Oct 10 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets beat Cincinnati Reds, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 11 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 2

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Oct 14 Willie Mays last hit, as Mets beat A's in World Series game 2 A's Mike Andrews makes 2 errors, prompting owner Finley to remove him

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

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Oct 20 President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe greatest athlete of 1st ½ century

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Oct 21 A's manager Dick Williams quits after A's beat Mets in World Series
  • Oct 21 Fred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game.
  • Oct 21 23rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Benny Parsons wins
  • Oct 23 Yankee GM & pres Lee MacPhail named AL president

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Oct 23 19 year old American tennis star Chris Evert retains her WTA Tour Championship at Boca Raton, Florida; beats Nancy Richey Gunter 6-3, 6-3 in the final

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • Oct 25 Cubs trade Ferguson Jenkins to Rangers for Bill Madlock & Vic Harris
  • Oct 25 SF Giants trade Willie McCovey to San Diego Padres for pitcher Mike Caldwell
  • Oct 27 1st time Islanders beat Rangers-3-2
  • Oct 28 Elmore Smith of Lakers blocks 17 shots in a game (NBA record)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 2 Bret Hudson, NSW Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 3 Angelica Gavaldon, El Centro California, tennis star (1995 quarter Aust)
  • Oct 4 Emy Snook, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 4 Kantroy Barber, fullback (Carolina Panthers)
  • Oct 4 Chris Parks, American wrestler
  • Oct 6 Rebecca Lobo, Mass, WNBA center (Olympic gold 1996)/(NY Liberty)
  • Oct 6 Sylvain Legwinski, French footballer
  • Oct 7 Gerald McBurrows, safety (St Louis Rams)
  • Oct 7 Priest Holmes, running back (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Oct 7 Dida, Brazilian footballer
  • Oct 8 Donnie Abraham, American cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Oct 8 Toby Haenen, Australian backstroke swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Launceston, Tasmania
  • Oct 8 Tracy Bonner, American diver (Olympics bronze 1996), born in Webster, Texas
  • Oct 9 A. J. Ofodile, American NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 9 Brandon Pollard, American soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Oct 9 Dexter McCleon, American football cornerback (St Louis Rams), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • Oct 9 Carlos Pavón, Honduran footballer (Real España), born in El Progreso, Honduras
  • Oct 10 Jeff Shantz, Canadian NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Duchess, Alberta, Canada
  • Oct 10 John Mobley, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 10 Zach Thornton, American soccer goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1996), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Oct 11 Steven Pressley, Scottish football player and manager, born in Elgin, Scotland
  • Oct 13 Brian Dawkins, American football safety (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Oct 13 Peter Dumbreck, Scottish race car driver, born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland
  • Oct 14 DeJuan Wheat, NBA guard (Minn Timberwolves)
  • Oct 15 Susannah Kate Pryde, New Zealand road race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct 16 David Unsworth, English professional footballer
  • Oct 17 Keith McKenzie, NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Oct 18 Demetrious Maxie, CFL defensive end (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Oct 18 John Baldwin Jr, figure skater (1996 SW Pacific Sr champ), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Oct 18 Michalis Kapsis, Greek footballer
  • Oct 19 Robert Tate, wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Oct 19 Shi Ting Wang, Tainan Taiwan, tennis star (1994 Taipei)
  • Oct 20 Scott Goodman, Hobart Tasmania Aus, 200m butterfly swimmer (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Oct 21 Dan Neil, NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Oct 21 Derrick Beatty, CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Oct 22 Kathy Butler, Edinburgh Scotld, Canad 3k/5k runner (Olympic-8-92, 96)
  • Oct 22 Andrés Palop, Spanish footballer
  • Oct 22 Ichiro Suzuki, Japanese baseball player
  • Oct 23 Blaine McElmurry, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Oct 23 Mac Cozier, soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Oct 23 Shawn Wooden, free safety (Miami Dolphins)
  • Oct 23 Sjoerd Sanders, soccer player (PSV/MVV)
  • Oct 24 Kenny Holmes, defensive end (Tennessee Oilers)
  • Oct 24 Levi Leipheimer, American cyclist
  • Oct 24 Mike Matthews, American baseball player
  • Oct 24 Jackie McNamara, Scottish footballer
  • Oct 25 Steve White, defensive end (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Oct 26 Brian Smith, speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Oct 26 Robert Petrovicky, Kosice CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Dallas)
  • Oct 28 Frank Juric, Australian soccer goalie (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 29 Adam Bacher, South African cricketer (nephew of former captain Ali Bacher), born in Johannesburg
  • Oct 29 Robert Pirès, French footballer
  • Oct 30 Ellis Johnson, NFL defensive back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Oct 30 Adam "Edge" Copeland, Canadian wrestler
  • Oct 30 Michael Oakes, English footballer
  • Oct 31 Fiona Smith, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998), born in Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Oct 31 Ross Verba, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Oct 31 Grigorios Georgatos, Greek footballer, born in Piraeus, Greece
  • Oct 31 Tim Byrdak, American baseball player, born in Oak Lawn, Illinois
  • Oct 31 David Dellucci, American baseball player, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Deaths in Sport

Person of interestPaavo Nurmi

Oct 2 Paavo Nurmi, Finnish middle & long distance runner (9 Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), dies of Atherosclerosis at 76

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Oct 21 Nasif Estéfano, Argentine racing driver (b. 1932)
  • Oct 24 Jack Iverson, Australian cricketer (5 Tests 21 wickets S1024 15 23), dies at 58

Person of interestAbebe Bikila

Oct 25 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian Olympic marathon champion (Olympic gold, marathon 1960, 64) and Africa's first world record breaking athlete in any sport, who won the 1960 Olympics marathon barefoot, dies of a brain haemorrhage at 41

Athlete Abebe Bikila
Abebe Bikila