On This Day

October 1976 in Sports History

Events in Sport


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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 9 Yanks 1st AL Championship game, beat Royals 4-1
  • Oct 10 Giant's Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey opens with the NY Giants going down 24–14 to the Dallas Cowboys in from of 76,042 fans
  • 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 Chris Chambliss' 9th inning lead off homer gives NY Yanks pennant #30
  • 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 New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson ties World Series mark of 6 straight singles in Games 3 & 4; Yankees swept by Cincinnati Reds, 4-0

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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 New York City Marathon: American Bill Rodgers wins his first title in 2:10:10; Miki Gorman takes out women's race in 2:39:11
  • Oct 24 Sadiq & Mushtaq Mohammad score hundreds in same Test Cricket innings v NZ

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Oct 24 English McLaren driver James Hunt finishes 4th in the season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway to win his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Niki Lauda

Auto Racer Niki Lauda
Auto Racer
Niki Lauda

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 3 Kirsi Haenninen, Finnish ice hockey defenseman and pesäpallo player (Olympics bronze 1998), born in Joensuu, Finland
  • Oct 4 Mauro Camoranesi, Italian soccer winger and manager (55 caps; Juventus), born in Tandil, Argentina
  • Oct 5 J. J. Yeley, American race car driver, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Oct 7 Santiago Solari, Argentinian footballer, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • Oct 7 Gilberto Silva, Brazilian soccer defender (93 caps; Arsenal, Panathinaikos), born in Lagoa da Prata, Minas Gerais
  • Oct 7 Charles Woodson, American College Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Heisman Trophy 1997, U of Michigan; 9 x Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 2010, Green Bay Packers), born in Fremont, Ohio
  • Oct 7 Marc Coma, Spanish motorcycle racer, born in Avià, Spain
  • 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 22 Brad Stevens, American basketball head coach (Boston Celtics 2013-19; NBA All-Star Game 2017), born in Zionsville, Indiana
  • Oct 24 Yanda Nossiter, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Oct 24 Petar Stoychev, Bulgarian swimmer, born in Momchilgrad, Bulgaria
  • Oct 25 Steve Jones, Northern Irish footballer, born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Oct 26 Miikka Kiprusoff, Finnish NHL hockey player (San Jose Sharks), born in Turku, Finland
  • Oct 30 Maurice Taylor, American NBA forward (LA Clippers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 30 Stern John, Trinidadian footballer (Columbus Crew), born in Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Oct 31 Guti [José María Gutiérrez Hernández], Spanish footballer, born in Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain

Divorces in Sport


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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