October 1981 in Sports History

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

Boxing 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

  • 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
  • Oct 7 In 1st Eastern Division championship Yanks beat Brewers 5-3
  • Oct 9 United States Auto Club appeals panel restores disputed Indianapolis 500 victory to disqualified first-across-the-line Bobby Unser
  • Oct 11 Yanks beat Brewers 7-3 & win only Eastern Championship Series
  • Oct 14 Yank Graig Nettles is 1st to get 2 hits in same inning of an ALSC game
  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0

Sports History

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 Formula 1 World Drivers Championship 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

Sports History

Oct 25 George Steinbrenner scuffles with 2 fans in a hotel elevator

New York City Marathon

Oct 25 New York City Marathon: defending champion Alberto Salazar retains crown in 2:08:13; Allison Roe of New Zealand takes out women's race in 2:25:29

  • Oct 28 Baseball World Series: LA Dodgers beat NY Yankees, 9-2 at Yankee Stadium to clinch series, 4 games to 2; first co-MVP's: LA's Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero, Steve Yeager

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 Johnny Oduya, Swedish NHL defenceman (Stanley Cup 2013, 15; Chicago Blackhawks), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Oct 1 Júlio Baptista, Brazilian soccer forward (47 caps; São Paulo, Sevilla), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Oct 2 Luke Wilkshire, Australian soccer defender (80 caps; Dynamo Moscow, Bristol City), born in Wollongong, Australia
  • Oct 3 Andreas Isaksson, Swedish soccer goalkeeper (133 caps; PSV, Kasımpaşa), born in Smygehamn, Sweden
  • Oct 3 Zlatan Ibrahimović, Swedish soccer striker (118 caps; Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, PSG, Manchester Utd, LA Galaxy, AC MIlan), born in Malmö, Sweden
  • Oct 4 Justin Williams, Canadian NHL right wing (World C’ship gold 2004, 07; Stanley Cup 2006, 12, 14; Philadelphia Flyers; Carolina Hurricanes, LA Kings), born in Cobourg, Ontario
  • Oct 6 José Luis Perlaza, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Oct 6 Zurab Khizanishvili, Georgian footballer
  • Oct 8 Raffi Torres, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 9 Darius Miles, American basketball player, born in Belleville, Illinois
  • Oct 12 Brian Kerr, Scottish football manager, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Oct 12 Shola Ameobi, Nigerian footballer (Notts County), born in Zaria, Nigeria
  • Oct 13 Ryan Ashford, English footballer (Sholing), born in Honiton, Devon, England
  • Oct 14 Boof Bonser, American baseball player
  • Oct 15 Elena Dementieva, Russian tennis player (2008 Olympic Gold), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Oct 15 Guo Jingjing, Chinese diver (3 Olympic Gold medals), born in Baoding, China
  • Oct 15 Radoslav Židek, Slovak snowboarder (Olympics silver 2006; first Slovak to win Winter Olympics medal), born in Žilina, Slovakia
  • 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, born in Gagarin, Soviet Union
  • Oct 20 Francisco Javier Rodríguez, Mexican footballer, born in Mazatlán, Mexico
  • Oct 20 Willis McGahee, American football player, born in Miami, Florida
  • Oct 21 Nemanja Vidić, Serbian footballer
  • Oct 22 Olivier Pla, French auto racer (Le Mans Series LMP2 2009; FIA World Endurance C'ship LMP2 2013,14 runner-up; 24 Hours of Le Mans LMP2 2013 runner-up), born in Toulouse, France
  • Oct 23 Jeroen Bleekemolen, Dutch racing driver, born in Heemstede, Netherlands
  • Oct 25 Shaun Wright-Phillips, English footballer (Manchester City), born in Greenwich, England
  • 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 (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Dover, Delaware

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 2 Fidel LaBarba, American boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1924; world flyweight title 1927), dies of heart failure at 76
  • Oct 4 Freddie Lindstrom, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 75
  • Oct 15 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (b. 1907)
  • Oct 30 Lew Jenkins, American boxer (World Lightweight Champion 1940-41), dies at 64