On This Day

October 1979 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 6 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat California Angels, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 7 Cleveland Browns' Dino Hall sets club records with 9 kickoff returns

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Oct 7 Frank Mahovlich formally retires from the NHL after a failed comeback attempt with the Detroit Red Wings

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • Oct 7 Ferrari driver Jody Scheckter retires with tyre trouble in US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen; becomes first South African to claim Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 4 points from race winner Gilles Villeneuve
  • Oct 10 Nordiques' Real Cloutier sets NHL record of a hat trick in 1st game

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Oct 12 Boston Celtics guard Chris Ford scores first 3-point basket in NBA history in 1st quarter of 114-106 win v Houston at Boston Garden; game also marks debut of Boston rookie Larry Bird

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

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Oct 12 Future Basketball Hall of Fame forward Magic Johnson makes his debut for Los Angeles Lakers at the San Diego Clippers; Lakers win, 103-102

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson

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Oct 14 NHL's greatest scorer Wayne Gretzky scores his 1st NHL goal

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

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Oct 15 NY Knicks retire 2nd number, # 10, Walt Frazier

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier
  • Oct 17 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 76th World Series
  • Oct 20 John Tate beats Gerrie Coetze in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Oct 21 10th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:11:42
  • Oct 21 9th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:33
  • Oct 21 Greta Weitz wins woman participation in NYC marathon (02:27:33)
  • Oct 21 Ozzie Newsome begins NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions
  • Oct 24 Billy Martin punches a marshmallow salesman, puts job in jeopardy
  • Oct 27 Islanders score 2 goals within 6 seconds 3 goals within 44 seconds
  • Oct 28 Dick Howser (best Yank mngr win-lost pct .636) replaces Billy Martin
  • Oct 29 Billy Martin fired as Yankee manager (2nd time)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 Gilberto Martínez, Costa Rican soccer defender (61 caps; Brescia), born in Golfito, Costa Rica
  • Oct 1 Rudi Johnson, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 2004; Cincinnati Bengals), born in Petersburg, Virginia
  • Oct 2 Francisco Fonseca, Mexican soccer striker and broadcaster (43 caps, 21 goals), born in León, Guanajuato
  • Oct 4 Adam Voges, Australian cricket batsman (20 Tests; oldest [35] to score a century on Test debut 2015), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • Oct 5 Curtis Sanford, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Owen Sound, Canada
  • Oct 5 Vincenzo Grella, Australian soccer player, born in Dandenong, Australia
  • Oct 6 David Di Tommaso, French footballer (d. 2005)
  • Oct 6 Richard Seymour, American football player
  • Oct 7 Simona Amânar, Romanian gymnast, born in Constanța, Romania
  • Oct 9 Gonzalo Sorondo, Uruguayan footballer (Defensor), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Oct 9 Todd Kelly, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Oct 10 Nicolás Massú, Chilean tennis player, born in Viña del Mar, Chile
  • Oct 13 Wes Brown, English footballer, born in Longsight, Manchester, England
  • Oct 15 Paul Robinson, English football player
  • Oct 15 Māris Verpakovskis, Latvian football player
  • Oct 15 Blue Adams, American Football Player

Person of interestKimi Räikkönen

Oct 17 Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish auto racer (F1 World Champion 2007), born in Espoo, Finland

Formula 1 Driver Kimi Räikkönen
Formula 1 Driver
Kimi Räikkönen
  • Oct 17 Kostas Tsartsaris, Greek basketball player
  • Oct 19 José Luis "Parejita" López, Mexican footballer
  • Oct 20 Paul Ifill, Barbadian footballer
  • Oct 20 Paul O'Connell, Irish rugby player
  • Oct 21 Khalil Greene, American baseball player
  • Oct 21 Gabe Gross, American baseball player
  • Oct 22 Eve Chalom, dance skater (with partner Gates--1995 Nat Jr champ), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 23 Simon Davies, Welsh footballer
  • Oct 23 Jorge Solís, Mexican boxer (WBA Super Featherweight title 2010), born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Oct 25 Rob Hulse, English footballer (Sheffield United), born in Crewe, England
  • Oct 25 Tony Torcato, American baseball player, born in Woodland, California
  • Oct 28 Martin Škoula, Czech ice hockey player
  • Oct 30 Jason Bartlett, Filipino-American baseball player, born in Mountain View, California
  • Oct 31 Simão Sabrosa, Portuguese footballer, born in Vila Real, Portugal
  • Oct 31 Ricardo Fuller, Jamaican footballer, born in Kingston, Jamaica

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 16 MLB outfielder Tim Raines (20) weds his high school sweetheart Virginia Hilton

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines