On This Day

October 1973 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Oct 1 Future Baseball Hall of Fame player and 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

Sports History

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

Sports History

Oct 14 42 year old future Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Willie Mays' last MLB career hit, as NY Mets beat A's, 10-7 in World Series Game 2 in Oakland

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Sports History

Oct 20 US President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe to have been the greatest athlete of the 1st half of the 20th century

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe

Sports History

Oct 21 World Series Baseball, Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum: defending champion Oakland A's beat NY Mets, 5-2 in Game 7 to retain title; A's manager Dick Williams immediately quits; MVP: A's outfielder Reggie Jackson

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 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 & President Lee MacPhail named AL president

Sports History

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

Sports History

Oct 25 SF Giants trade Willie McCovey to San Diego Padres for pitcher Mike Caldwell

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
  • Oct 27 1st time Islanders beat Rangers-3-2
  • Oct 28 Elmore Smith of Lakers blocks 17 shots in a game (NBA record)

Sports History

Oct 30 Tom Seaver becomes 1st non-20-game winner to win Cy Young award

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 6 Rebecca Lobo, Mass, WNBA center (Olympic gold 1996)/(NY Liberty)
  • Oct 6 Sylvain Legwinski, French footballer
  • Oct 7 Gerald McBurrows, American safety (St Louis Rams), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 7 Priest Holmes, American running back (Baltimore Ravens), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Oct 7 Dida, Brazilian footballer, born in Bahia, Brazil
  • 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 (8 caps; MLS GK of the Year: 1998, 2009), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Oct 11 Steven Pressley, Scottish football player and manager, born in Elgin, Scotland
  • Oct 13 Brian Dawkins, American NFL safety (9 × Pro Bowl; 4 × First-team All-Pro; Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos), 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, Australian 200m butterfly swimmer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Hobart, Tasmania
  • Oct 21 Dan Neil, NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Oct 21 Derrick Beatty, CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)

Ichiro Suzuki

Oct 22 Ichiro Suzuki, Japanese baseball right fielder (most career base hits 4,367; AL MVP 2001; MLB All-Star 2001–10; NPB All-Star 1994–2000), born in Kasugai, Japan

Baseball Star Ichiro Suzuki
Baseball Star
Ichiro Suzuki
  • Oct 23 Blaine McElmurry, American NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Helena, Montana
  • Oct 23 Shawn Wooden, American free safety (Miami Dolphins), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 24 Kenny Holmes, American football defensive end (Tennessee Oilers), born in Gifford, Florida
  • Oct 24 Levi Leipheimer, American road racing cyclist, born in Butte, Montana
  • Oct 24 Mike Matthews, American baseball player, born in Woodbridge, Virginia
  • Oct 24 Jackie McNamara, Scottish soccer defender (33 caps; Celtic) and manager (Partick Thistle, Dundee United, York City), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Oct 25 Steve White, American football defensive end (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Oct 26 Brian Smith, American speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Oct 26 Róbert Petrovický, Slovak NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Dallas), born in Košice, Czechoslovakia
  • Oct 28 Frank Juric, Australian soccer goalie (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 29 Adam Bacher, South African cricket batsman (19 Tests; 13 ODIs), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Oct 29 Robert Pirès, French footballer (Arsenal), born in Reims, France
  • Oct 30 Edge [Adam Copeland], Canadian professional wrestler, born in Orangeville, Ontario
  • Oct 30 Michael Oakes, English footballer, born in Northwich, England
  • Oct 31 Fiona Smith, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998), born in Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Oct 31 Ross Verba, American 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 David Dellucci, American baseball player, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Deaths in Sport

Paavo Nurmi

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

Runner nicknamed the Flying Finn Paavo Nurmi
Runner nicknamed the Flying Finn
Paavo Nurmi
  • Oct 24 Jack Iverson, Australian cricketer (5 Tests 21 wickets S1024 15 23), dies at 58

Abebe 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

Marathon Runner Abebe Bikila
Marathon Runner
Abebe Bikila