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October 1974 in Sports History

Events in Sport


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Oct 2 Future Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder Hank Aaron hits his final home run as a member of the Atlanta Braves, in a 13-0 drubbing of the Cincinnati Reds; Aaron's 733rd career HR on his last NL at bat

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

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Oct 3 39-year old Frank Robinson becomes MLB’s first African-American manager when he signs as player-manager for Cleveland Indians; agrees to 1-year contract estimated at $180,000

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson

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Oct 3 Future Basketball Hall of Fame guard Jerry West (“Mr. Clutch”) retires after 14 NBA seasons with the LA Lakers; West has 25,192 career points; averages 29.1 ppg in 153 playoff games

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • Oct 6 Brazilian McLaren driver Emerson Fittipaldi finishes 4th in the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to win his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 3 points from Clay Ragazzoni
  • Oct 9 Washington Capitals 1st NHL game, losing 6-3 to NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden Wash Caps begin a 37 game road losing streak
  • Oct 9 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 9 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 10 US Gen George Brown's speech deplores Jewish influence in US over his treatment during the 1973 World Series
  • Oct 15 Washington Capitals 1st NHL tie, playing LA Kings to 1-1 tie
  • Oct 17 NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • Oct 17 Washington Capitals 1st NHL home victory, beating Chicago 4-3
  • Oct 17 Oakland A's beat LA Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 71st World Series makes A's only team other than Yanks to win 3 straight series
  • Oct 18 1st NBA game at Market Square Arena - Pacers beat Spurs 129-121

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Oct 18 Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes 1st in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists & 12 blocks

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • Oct 19 Det Red Wing Mickey Redmond scores 1st hat trick against Wash Caps
  • Oct 19 Detroit Pistons beat Trailblazers in Portland (next win 6-1-90)

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Oct 19 Australian tennis star Evonne Goolagong wins her first WTA Tour Championship; beats Chris Evert 6-3, 6-4 in the final at the Los Angeles Sports Arena

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Oct 22 Yanks trade Bobby Murcer to Giants for Bobby Bonds
  • Oct 23 Chicago Cubs trade 6-time MLB All Star outfielder Billy Williams to Oakland A's for second baseman Manny Trillo and 2 pitchers
  • Oct 24 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Texas Rangers)
  • Oct 26 Cleveland Coliseum opens for NBA's Cavaliers & MISL's Crunch
  • Oct 27 French runner Chantal Langlacé sets female world marathon record (2:46:24) in Neuf-Brisach, France
  • Oct 28 1st time 2 Islanders hat trick in same game-MacMillian & Westfall

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Oct 30 California Angel Nolan Ryan throws fastest recorded pitch (100.9 MPH)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 30 "The Rumble in the Jungle": Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in the 8th round in Kinshasa, Zaire; regains world heavyweight boxing title with famous "rope-a-dope" tactic

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 Christian Borle, American actor (play Peter and the Starcatcher), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 3 Mike Johnson, Canadian hockey right wing and broadcaster (Toronto Maple Leafs; NHL Network, TSN), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Oct 6 Brian Kelly, American soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Mission Viejo, California
  • Oct 6 Geert Jelle de Vries, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Oct 6 Kenny Jonsson, Angelholm SW, NHL defenseman (Team Sweden, NY Islander)
  • Oct 6 Walter Centeno, Costa Rican footballer
  • Oct 7 Benjamin Oberman, American pairs skater (with partner Naomi Grabow), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 7 Shannon MacMillan, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Syosset, New York
  • Oct 8 Rashaan Salaam, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1994, U of Colorado; NFL: Chicago Bears), born in San Diego, California (d. 2016)
  • Oct 8 Rod Manuel, American defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Oct 8 Fredrik Modin, Swedish hockey player, born in Sundsvall, Sweden
  • Oct 8 Koji Murofushi, Japanese hammer thrower (Olympic gold 2004), born in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Oct 9 Kavika Pittman, American defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Oct 9 Keith Booth, American NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Oct 10 Chris Pronger, Canadian NHL defenseman (Team Canada Olympics 1998, St. Louis), born in Dryden, Ontario, Canada
  • Oct 10 Julio Ricardo Cruz, Argentine footballer (Internazionale), born in Santiago del Estero, Argentina
  • Oct 10 Dale Earnhardt Jr., American auto racer, team owner and broadcaster (Daytona 500 2004, 14; Busch Series 1998-99), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina
  • Oct 11 Jason Arnott, Canadian NHL center (Edmonton Oilers), born in Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada
  • Oct 11 Terje Håkonsen, Norwegian snowboarder, born in Vinje, Norway
  • Oct 12 Miroslav Satan, Topolcany CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Edmonton)
  • Oct 12 Stephen Lee, English snooker player, born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire
  • Oct 13 Tony Carbone, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • Oct 16 Jermaine Lewis, wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Oct 16 Paul Kariya, NHL left wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Olympics 1998), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Oct 17 John Rocker, American baseball player
  • Oct 18 Robbie Savage, Welsh footballer
  • Oct 19 Percy Ellsworth, safety (NY Giants)
  • Oct 20 Ayelet Ohayon, Israel, Women's foil fencer (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 20 Jerald Honeycutt, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Oct 22 Miroslav Satan, Topolcany Slo, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers, Sabres)
  • Oct 23 Beatrice Faumuina, New Zealand discus thrower (Olympics 96), born in Auckland
  • Oct 23 Dani Tyler, softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 23 Sander Westerveld, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Oct 24 Nathan Parks, NFL tackle (KC Chiefs), born in Chico, California
  • Oct 24 Jamal Mayers, Canadian NHL hockey player (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 25 Chris Murray, Canadian NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Port Hardy, British Columbia
  • Oct 25 Frank Middleton, American NFL football player (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Oct 25 Lee Byung-Kyu, South Korean baseball player, born in Gimje, North Jeolla Province, South Korea
  • Oct 27 Juan Viedma, Dutch soccer player (Ajax, NEC), born in Heemskerk, Netherlands
  • Oct 28 Braden Looper, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Weatherford, Oklahoma
  • Oct 28 Henri Crockett, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Oct 28 Dejan Stefanović, Serbian footballer
  • Oct 28 Vicente Moreno, Spanish footballer
  • Oct 29 Mike Crawford, linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • Oct 29 R A Dickey, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star, NL Cy Young Award, NL strikeout leader 2012; Gold Glove Award 2013; NY Mets, Toronto Blue Jays), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Oct 29 Michael Vaughan, English cricketer
  • Oct 31 Jeff Gooch, American football linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Oct 31 Serge Heuveling, Dutch soccer player (NEC)
  • Oct 31 Muzzy Izzet, Turkish footballer, born in Mile End, London

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 6 Helmuth Koinigg, Austrian Formula One driver (b. 1948)
  • Oct 27 Rudolf Dassler, German entrepreneur who founded sportswear company Puma, dies at 76