October 1981 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Oct 2 17 year old gelding Behavin Jerry, the oldest winning racehorse in modern times, sets record for most career starts by a thoroughbred, 307
  • Oct 3 Milwaukee Brewers and Montreal Expos clinch their first-ever postseason appearances; Brewers beat Detroit, 2 - 1, for AL East title; Expos defeat NY Mets, 5 - 4, for NL East second playoff spot

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 3 After a year's inactivity, American boxer Mike Weaver outpoints countryman James 'Quick' Tillis in 15 rounds in Chicago to retain his WBA heavyweight title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • Oct 7 In 1st Eastern Division championship Yanks beat Brewers 5-3
  • Oct 8 USAC appeals panel restores disputed Indy 500 victory to Bobby Unser
  • Oct 11 Yanks beat Brewers 7-3 & win only Eastern Championship Series
  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 17 Brazilian Nelson Piquet driving for Brabham finishes 5th in the season ending Caesars Palace Grand Prix in Las Vegas to clinch his first World Formula 1 Drivers title by 1 point from Carlos Reutemann
  • Oct 18 NY Giant Joe Danelo ties NFL record of 6 field goals in a game
  • Oct 19 LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos for NL pennant
  • Oct 19 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Montreal Expos, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 20 1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, NJ Nets lose to NY Knicks 103-99
  • Oct 25 11th NYC Women's Marathon won by Allison Roe in 2:25:29
  • Oct 25 12th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:08:13
  • Oct 26 LA Dodgers beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 2 in 78th World Series
  • Oct 28 NY Yankee George Frazier loses 3 World Series games
  • Oct 29 Bill Giles becomes CEO of Philadelphia Phillies

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 Júlio Baptista, Brazilian footballer
  • Oct 1 Arnau Riera, Spanish footballer
  • Oct 1 Johnny Oduya, Swedish ice hockey player
  • Oct 2 Luke Wilkshire, Australian footballer
  • Oct 3 Zlatan Ibrahimović, Swedish footballer (Sweden national team, Milan, Paris St. Germain), born in Malmö, Sweden
  • Oct 3 Andreas Isaksson, Swedish footballer
  • Oct 3 Danny Coid, English Footballer
  • Oct 3 Matt Murton, American baseball player
  • Oct 4 Justin Williams, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Oct 6 Zurab Khizanishvili, Georgian footballer
  • Oct 6 José Luis Perlaza, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Oct 8 Raffi Torres, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Oct 9 Darius Miles, American basketball player, born in Belleville, Illinois
  • Oct 12 Shola Ameobi, Nigerian footballer (Notts County), born in Zaria, Nigeria
  • Oct 12 Brian Kerr, Scottish football manager, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Oct 13 Ryan Ashford, English footballer (Sholing), born in Honiton, Devon, England
  • Oct 14 Boof Bonser, American baseball player
  • Oct 15 Guo Jingjing, Chinese diver
  • Oct 15 Radoslav Židek, Slovak snowboarder
  • Oct 15 Elena Dementieva, Russian tennis player
  • Oct 16 Anthony Reyes, starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Oct 16 Martin Halle, Danish footballer
  • Oct 19 Heikki Kovalainen, Finnish race car driver
  • Oct 20 Dimitrios Papadopoulos, Greek footballer
  • Oct 20 Francisco Javier Rodríguez, Mexican footballer
  • Oct 20 Willis McGahee, American football player
  • Oct 21 Nemanja Vidić, Serbian footballer
  • Oct 22 Olivier Pla, French racing driver
  • Oct 23 Jeroen Bleekemolen, Dutch racing driver
  • Oct 23 Ben Francisco, American baseball player
  • Oct 25 Shaun Wright-Phillips, English footballer
  • Oct 28 Milan Baroš, Czech footballer
  • Oct 28 Solomon Andargachew, Ethiopian footballer
  • Oct 29 Amanda Beard, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m medley 1996, 200m breaststroke 2004), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Oct 30 Ian Snell, American baseball player

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 4 Freddie Lindstrom, Major League Baseball Hall of famer (b. 1905)
  • Oct 15 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (b. 1907)