October 1976 in Sport

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 Future Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder Hank Aaron singles in his last MLB at-bat & drives in his 2,297th run as Milwaukee Brewers lose, 5-2 v Detroit Tigers

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Oct 5 MLB expansion draft: Seattle Mariners & Toronto Blue Jays pick 30 unprotected AL players; Ruppert Jones OF (Seattle) & Bob Bailor OF (Toronto) are first picks
  • Oct 6 John Hathaway completes 50,600 mile bicycle tour of every continent
  • Oct 9 Peter Petherick takes hat-trick on cricket debut New Zealand v Pakistan Javed 1st wkt
  • Oct 9 Test Cricket debut of Javed Miandad (Pakistan), scores 163 on 1st day
  • Oct 10 Greece's 98 year-old Dimitrion Yordanidis, is oldest man to compete in a marathon; he finishes in 7:33
  • Oct 12 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Philadelphia Phillies, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 14 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 16 Toronto Maple Leaf Lanny McDonald scores a hat trick in 2 min 54 sec
  • Oct 17 Coldest World Series game Yankees vs Cincinnati, 39 degrees F (until 1997)
  • Oct 20 NY Nets Julius "Dr J" Erving sold to Philadelphia 76ers
  • Oct 21 Cincinnati Reds sweep NY Yankees, in 73rd World Series

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Oct 21 NY Knicks retire 1st number, # 19, Willis Reed

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed
  • Oct 21 NY Yankee Thurman Munson ties World Series mark of 6 straight singles

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Oct 22 Rick Barry (San Francisco), begins then longest NBA free throw streak of 60

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry
  • Oct 24 6th NYC Women's Marathon won by Miki Gorman in 2:39:11
  • Oct 24 7th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:10:10
  • Oct 24 Sadiq & Mushtaq Mohammad score hundreds in same Test Cricket innings v NZ
  • Oct 24 English McLaren driver James Hunt finishes 4th in the season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway to win his first World Formula 1 Drivers title by 1 point from Niki Lauda
  • Oct 28 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (NY Yankees)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 2 John Thornton, American Football player
  • Oct 3 Kirsi Haenninen, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • Oct 3 Nate Johnson, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 4 Mauro Camoranesi, Argentine-Italian footballer
  • Oct 5 J. J. Yeley, American race car driver
  • Oct 7 Santiago Solari, Argentinian footballer
  • Oct 7 Gilberto Silva, Brazilian footballer
  • Oct 7 Charles Woodson, American football player
  • Oct 7 Marc Coma, Spanish motorcycle racer
  • Oct 8 Galo Blanco, Spanish tennis player, born in Oviedo, Spain
  • Oct 10 Shane Doan, Canadian NHL right wing (Winnipeg Jets), born in Halkirk, Alberta, Canada
  • Oct 10 Bob Burnquist, Brazilian-American skateboarder, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Oct 10 Pat Burrell, American baseball player, born in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
  • Oct 13 Ed Ellis, American football tackle (New England Patriots), born in Hamden, Connecticut
  • Oct 14 Nataša Kejžar, Slovenian swimmer
  • Oct 14 Henry Mateo, Dominican baseball player
  • Oct 17 Sebastián Abreu, Uruguayan footballer
  • Oct 19 Michael Young, baseball player
  • Oct 20 Reidel Anthony, wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Oct 21 Lavinia Miloşovici, Romanian gymnast
  • Oct 24 Yanda Nossiter, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Oct 24 Petar Stoychev, Bulgarian swimmer
  • Oct 25 Steve Jones, Irish footballer
  • Oct 26 Miikka Kiprusoff, Finnish hockey player
  • Oct 30 Maurice Taylor, NBA forward (LA Clippers)
  • Oct 30 Stern John, Trinidadian footballer
  • Oct 31 Guti [José María Gutiérrez Hernández], Spanish footballer, born in Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 31 NBA legend Larry Bird (19) divorces highschool sweetheart Janet Condra only 11 months after getting married

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird