On This Day

October 1974 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Baseball Record

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

Contract of Interest

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

Sports History

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

  • 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 Baseball World Series: Oakland A's 3-peat; beat LA Dodgers, 3-2 in Oakland for 4-1 series win; MVP: A's pitcher Rollie Fingers
  • Oct 18 1st NBA game at Market Square Arena - Pacers beat Spurs 129-121

Sports History

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

  • 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)

Sports History

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

  • Oct 21 NHL New York Islanders and goaltender Billy Smith's 1st shut-out win, 5-0 vs Washington Capitals
  • Oct 22 MLB New York Yankees trade outfielder Bobby Murcer to San Francisco Giants for outfielder 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

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

Boxing 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


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 (Toronto Maple Leafs), and broadcaster (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 Šatan, Slovak ice hockey forward (World C'ship gold 2002 captain; Stanley Cup 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins; NHL All Star 2000, 03), born in Jacovce, Slovakia
  • Oct 12 Stephen Lee, English snooker player, born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire
  • 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, Israeli Women's foil fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Acre, Israel
  • Oct 20 Jerald Honeycutt, American NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Oct 23 Beatrice Faumuina, New Zealand discus thrower (Olympics 96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct 23 Dani Tyler, American softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 23 Sander Westerveld, Dutch soccer coach and player (FC Twente), born in Enschede, Netherlands
  • 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 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 and commentator (Captain of England), born in Eccles, England
  • 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