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October 1980 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 2 38 year old Muhammad Ali comes out of 2-year retirement to challenge undefeated world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas; Ali pounded unmercifully for 10 rounds before corner throws in towel

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 4 Future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt's 2-run homer off Stan Bahnsen in 11th inning gives Philadelphia, 6-4 win v Montreal and NL East title; Schmidt's 48th of the season; breaks Eddie Mathews' single-season MLB record for 3rd basemen

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Oct 5 Australian Williams driver Alan Jones wins the United States East Grand Prix to claim his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 13 points from Nelson Piquet of Brazil
  • Oct 10 Yanks lose 4-2 & are swept by Royals in AL Championship series
  • Oct 10 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat New York Yankees, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 11 Dallas Mavericks open debut NBA season with a 103-92 victory against interstate rival San Antonio Spurs at Reunion Arena
  • Oct 12 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Houston Astros, 3 games to 2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 26 New York City Marathon: Grete Waitz of Norway wins for 3rd straight year in 2:25:41.3; Alberto Salazar claims men's event in 2:09:41

Long Distance Runner Grete Waitz
Long Distance Runner
Grete Waitz
  • 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 4 Sarah Fisher, American auto racer and team owner (first woman to claim a pole position in a major American open-wheel race, IRL 2002), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Oct 4 Tomáš Rosický, Czech soccer midfielder (105 caps; Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Oct 6 Abdoulaye Méïté, French footballer
  • Oct 6 Elvis Hammond, Ghanaian footballer (Woking), born in Accra, Ghana
  • Oct 9 Ibrahim Fazeel, Maldivian footballer (Victory Sports Club), born in Malé, Maldives
  • Oct 9 Henrik Zetterberg, Swedish ice hockey player, born in Njurunda, Sweden
  • Oct 10 Julié Pomagalski, French snowboarder (World C'ship gold snowboard cross 1999), born in La Tronche, France (d. 2021)
  • Oct 11 Nyron Nosworthy, English-Jamaican footballer, born in Brixton, England
  • Oct 12 Ledley King, English soccer defender (England 21 caps), born in London, England
  • Oct 13 Magne Hoseth, Norwegian footballer, born in Averøy, Norway
  • Oct 13 Scott Parker, English footballer (West Ham United), born in Lambeth, England
  • 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 guard (record 508 WNBA games, Seattle Storm; Olympic gold 2004, 08, 12, 16, 20), born in Syosset, New York
  • 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 1996)
  • Oct 23 Pedro Liriano, Dominican baseball player
  • Oct 24 James Killian, American football player, born in Caldwell, Kansas
  • Oct 24 Matthew Amoah, Ghanaian footballer, born in Tema, Greater Accra, Ghana
  • Oct 25 Ilana Goldfogel, American pairs skater (with partner Erik Schulz), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 26 Cristian Chivu, Romanian footballer, born in Reșița, Romania
  • Oct 28 Alan Smith, English footballer
  • Oct 29 B.J. Sams, American football player
  • Oct 30 Choi Hong-man, South Korean kickboxer and mixed martial artist, born in Jeju, South Korea

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)
  • Oct 25 Víctor Galíndez, Argentine boxer (WBA light heavyweight title 1974-79), dies in stock-car race pit area accident at 31