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 World Formula 1 Drivers title 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
  • 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
  • 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 1 Jana Henke, German swimmer
  • Oct 1 Rachid Chékhémani, French runner
  • Oct 1 John Thomson, American baseball player
  • 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 Kerry Joseph, WLAF quarterback (London Monarchs)
  • 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 Joe Angel Acosta Jr, PGA golfer (1995 Greater Milwaukee-3rd), born in San Diego, California
  • 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
  • Oct 25 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian distance runner (Olympic gold, marathon 1960, 64), dies of a cerebral bleed at 41