October 1980 in Sport

Events in Sport


Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 2 Larry Holmes TKOs Muhammad Ali in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

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Oct 4 Mike Schmidt's 2-run HR clinches NL East title for Phillies

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

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Oct 5 Kathy Whitworth/Donna Caponi Young win Portland Ping Team Golf Champ

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Oct 5 31st Formula One WDC: Alan Jones wins by 13 points
  • Oct 10 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat New York Yankees, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 11 Dallas Mavericks first game at Reunion Arena, beat San Antonio 103-92
  • Oct 12 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Inamori Golf Classic
  • Oct 12 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Houston Astros, 3 games to 2

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Oct 15 George Brett is forced out of World Series with hemorrhoids

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • Oct 18 Detroit blocks 21 Atlanta shots setting NBA record (double OT)
  • Oct 21 1st (& only) time Phillies win World Series (in 98 years)
  • Oct 21 Phillies win their 1st World Championship in their 98-year history
  • Oct 23 McCosker (168) & Dyson (152) make 319 opening stand cricket, NSW v WA

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 25 Mike Weaver KOs Gerrie Coetzee in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • Oct 26 10th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:25:41.3
  • Oct 26 11th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:09:41
  • Oct 26 St Louis Cards sack Balt Colt QBs an NFL record tying 12 times
  • Oct 27 Astros owner John McMullen replaces GM Tal Smith with Al Rosen
  • Oct 27 Dave Gryllis sets world bicycle speed record of 94.37 kph

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 3 Sheldon Brookbank, Canadian hockey player
  • Oct 4 Kristina Lenko, Canadian ice skater
  • Oct 4 Me'Lisa Barber, American athlete
  • Oct 4 Sarah Fisher, American race car driver
  • Oct 4 Tomáš Rosický, Czech footballer
  • Oct 6 Abdoulaye Méïté, French footballer
  • Oct 8 Mike Mizanin, American wrestler
  • Oct 9 Henrik Zetterberg, Swedish ice hockey player
  • Oct 10 Elvis Hammond, Ghanaian footballer
  • Oct 11 Nyron Nosworthy, English footballer
  • Oct 13 Magne Hoseth, Norwegian footballer
  • Oct 13 Scott Parker, English footballer
  • Oct 14 Paul Ambrosi, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Oct 14 Niels Lodberg, Danish footballer
  • Oct 14 Terrence McGee, American football player
  • Oct 15 Tom Boonen, Belgian cyclist
  • Oct 16 Sue Bird, American basketball player
  • Oct 16 Timana Tahu, Australian Rugby League player
  • Oct 17 Alessandro Piccolo, Italian racing driver
  • Oct 17 Ekaterina Gamova, Russian volleyball player
  • Oct 20 Jose Veras, Dominican baseball player
  • Oct 23 Jade Davidson, Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • Oct 23 Pedro Liriano, Dominican baseball player
  • Oct 24 James Killian, American football player
  • Oct 24 Matthew Amoah, Ghanaian footballer
  • Oct 25 Ilana Goldfogel, pairs skater (& Erik Schulz), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 26 Cristian Chivu, Romanian footballer
  • Oct 28 Alan Smith, English footballer
  • Oct 29 B.J. Sams, American football player
  • Oct 30 Choi Hong-man, South Korean kickboxer

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 6 Jean Robic, French cyclist (b. 1921)
  • Oct 10 Walter Keeton, cricketer (opening bat in 2 Test for Eng 1934-39), dies
  • Oct 14 S N Banerjee, cricketer (one Test for India), dies
  • Oct 15 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek footballer and volleyball player (b. 1896)