On This Day

October 1975 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Boxing Title Fight

Oct 1 "The Thrilla in Manila"; Muhammad Ali stops Joe Frazier in 14 rounds in Quezon City, the Philippines to retain his WBC/WBA heavyweight title

Sports History

Oct 5 Austrian Niki Lauda wins the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to claim his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 19.5 points from Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil

  • Oct 7 Players' Association files a suit on behalf of Dodgers' Andy Messersmith
  • Oct 7 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 7 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 8 San Antonio Spurs, then members of the ABA, defeat the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, 109-107 in the first basketball game ever played in the Louisiana Superdome

NHL Record

Oct 11 Islander's Bryan Trottier's 1st career hat trick

  • Oct 12 American Jacqueline Hansen runs women's world record marathon 2:38:19 in the Nike OTC Marathon, Eugene, Oregon
  • Oct 19 Cleveland Browns' Don Cockroft kicks club record 5 field goals
  • Oct 21 Red Sox Carlton Fisk's 12th inning HR beats Reds 7-6 in game 6 of WS

Sports History

Oct 22 Baseball World Series: Cincinnati Reds beat Boston Red Sox, 4-3 at Fenway Park for 4 games to 3 series win; MVP: Reds switch hitter Pete Rose

  • Oct 25 Denver Nuggets 1st game at McNichols Sports Arena beat St Louis Spirits
  • Oct 26 Cuba beats Mexico for its 4th Pan Am Games Gold Medal in baseball
  • Oct 28 Calvin Murphy (Houston) begins NBA free throw streak of 58 games
  • Oct 30 Giants pitcher John "the Count of" Montefusco wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Oct 30 John Bucyk, Boston, became 7th NHLer to score 500 goals

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 Eric Morel, Puerto Rican boxer, (WBA flyweight champion 2000-03), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Oct 4 Cristiano Lucarelli, Italian soccer striker and manager (6 caps; AS Liverno), born in Livorno, Italy
  • Oct 5 Bobo Baldé, Guinean footballer, born in Marseille, France
  • Oct 6 Jan Harm Schippers, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen, Veendam)
  • Oct 6 Reon King, West Indian cricketer from Guyana
  • Oct 9 Mahendra Nagamootoo, West Indian cricketer (Guyanese leg-spinner), born in Whim, Berbice, Guyana
  • Oct 9 Mark Viduka, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Oct 10 Ramón Morales, Mexican soccer left-wing (64 caps; Guadalajara 382 games), born in La Piedad, Mexico

Marion Jones

Oct 12 Marion Jones, track and field athlete/drug cheat (5 forfeited Olympic medals), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Oct 13 Leo Koswal, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • Oct 14 Floyd Landis, American cyclist
  • Oct 15 Glen Little, English footballer, born in London, England
  • Oct 16 Jacques Kallis, cricketer (South African Test all-rounder v England 1995)
  • Oct 16 Jamila Wideman, WNBA guard (LA Sparks)
  • Oct 16 Brynjar Gunnarsson, Icelandic footballer
  • Oct 17 Francis Bouillon, American hockey player
  • Oct 18 Alex Cora, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Oct 21 Henrique Hilário, Portuguese footballer
  • Oct 21 Toby Hall, American baseball player
  • Oct 22 Míchel Salgado, Spanish soccer defender (53 caps; Celta Vigo, Real Madrid 251 games, Blackburn Rovers), born in As Neves, Spain
  • Oct 23 Keith Van Horn, American NBA forward, 1997-2006 (New Jersey Nets, and 4 other teams), born in Fullerton, California
  • Oct 24 Corey Dillon, American football running back (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 24 Juan Pablo Ángel, Colombian footballer, born in Medellín, Colombia
  • Oct 25 Ryan Clement, American football quarterback, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 26 Katja Riipi, Finnish ice hockey left wing (Olympics bronze 1998), born in Sodankylä, Finland
  • Oct 26 Tammy Cleland, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Sanford, Florida
  • Oct 30 Joanne Malar, Canadian swimmer (Olympics-11-92, 96), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Oct 31 Carla Boyd, Australian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Wynyard, Tasmania
  • Oct 31 Jagan Hames, Australian decathlete (Olympics 1996), born in McLaren Vale, Australia
  • Oct 31 Fabio Celestini, Swiss footballer, born in Lausanne, Switzerland

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 1 Larry MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees), dies at 85
  • Oct 4 Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress, businesswoman and philanthropist (co-founder & majority owner of MLB's New York Mets), dies at 72
  • Oct 4 May Sutton, American tennis player (first American woman to win Wimbledon singles title 1905), dies at 89
  • Oct 21 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 86
  • Oct 27 H. V. Porter, American basketball coach and administrator (created fan-shaped backboard; moulded basketball, rules films), dies at 84
  • Oct 28 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (world light heavyweight champion, 1st $1m gate v J Dempsey), dies of a heart attack at 81