October 1975 in Sport

Events in Sport


Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Oct 5 Austrian Niki Lauda wins the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to claim his first World Formula 1 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Oct 12 Jacqueline Hansen runs women's world record marathon (2:38:19)
  • 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
  • Oct 22 Cincinnati Reds beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 72nd World Series
  • 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, PR, US flyweight boxer (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 1 Zoltán Sebescen, German footballer
  • Oct 4 Cristiano Lucarelli, Italian football player
  • Oct 5 Bobo Baldé, Guinean footballer
  • Oct 6 Jan Harm Schippers, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen, Veendam)
  • Oct 6 Reon King, West Indian cricketer from Guyana
  • Oct 7 Billy Walsh, soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Summit, New Jersey
  • 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 footballer (Guadalajara), born in La Piedad, Michoacán, Mexico
  • Oct 12 Scott von Der Ahe, American football linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Lancaster, California

Person of interestMarion Jones

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

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • 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
  • 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 Melchior Schoenmakers, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Oct 22 Martín Cardetti, Argentine footballer
  • Oct 22 Míchel Salgado, Spanish footballer
  • Oct 23 Keith Van Horn, NBA forward (NJ Nets), born in Fullerton, California
  • Oct 24 Corey Dillon, HB (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Oct 24 Juan Pablo Ángel, Colombian footballer
  • Oct 25 Ryan Clement, former XFL quarterback
  • Oct 26 Katja Riipi, ice hockey left wing (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • Oct 26 Tammy Cleland, Sanford FL, synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Oct 30 Joanne Malar, 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 4 Joan Whitney Payson, owner of New York Mets, dies at 72
  • Oct 4 May Sutton, American tennis champion and 1st American woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon in 1905, dies at 89
  • Oct 21 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 86
  • Oct 27 H. V. Porter, American basketball pioneer who created fan-shaped backboard, 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