On This Day

October 1983 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 2 Wide receiver Art Monk begins NFL streak of 183 consecutive games with a reception in the Washington Redskins' 37-35 win over the LA Raiders
  • Oct 2 Green Bay Packers erupt for NFL record 49 points in the first half (35 in the second quarter) to clobber the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 55-14 at Tampa Stadium

NHL Record

Oct 5 Edmonton super star Wayne Gretzky scores a goal and assist in 5-4 win over Toronto in the Oilers season opener; starts NHL record 51-game scoring streak; ends 28/1/84

  • Oct 5 Panamanian jockey Jorge Velasquez wins his 5,000th career race, riding Banquet Scene to victory in the 4th race at Belmont Park

NHL Record

Oct 6 Islander's Mike Bossy's 25th career hat trick

  • Oct 6 NY Jets announce they are leaving Shea for Meadowlands
  • Oct 8 Washington Capitals 1st NHL overtime game losing to NY Islanders 8-7
  • Oct 8 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 8 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Chicago White Sox, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 9 NFL Buffalo Bill QB Joe Ferguson passes for 419 yards with 5 TDs, winning 38-35, in overtime, over Dolphins, in Miami
  • Oct 10 Tom Monaghan becomes CEO of Detroit Tigers
  • Oct 15 NHL Chicago Black Hawks & Toronto Maple Leafs combine for fastest 5 goals (84 seconds), in a 10-8 Leaf win in Toronto

Sports History

Oct 15 Nelson Piquet of Brazil finishes 3rd in the season ending South African Grand Prix at Kyalami to clinch his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 2 points from Alain Prost

Ryder Cup

Oct 16 Ryder Cup Golf, PGA National GC: US wins 14½-13½; Bernard Gallacher's missed 3-foot putt for bogey gives Tom Watson 2 & 1 win and the US winning point

  • Oct 16 Baseball World Series: Baltimore Orioles beat Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0 for 4 games to 1 series victory; MVP: Baltimore catcher Rick Dempsey
  • Oct 19 Philadelphia Flyers begin 13 NHL game winning streak

NYC Women's Marathon

Oct 23 13th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:00

  • Oct 23 14th NYC Marathon won by Rod Dixon in 2:08:59

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 Mirko Vučinić, Montenegrin soccer forward (48 caps; Lecce, Roma, Juventus), born in Nikšić, Montenegro
  • Oct 3 Frederico Chaves Guedes [Fred], Brazilian soccer striker (39 caps; Fluminense, Lyon), born in Teófilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Oct 4 Kurt Suzuki, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 2014; Washington Nationals), born in Wailuku, Hawaii
  • Oct 5 Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Narail District, Bangladesh
  • Oct 8 Michael Fraser, Scottish football goalkeeper, born in Inverness, Scotland
  • Oct 8 Travis Pastrana, American motorsports competitor, born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Oct 9 Jang Mi-Ran, South Korean weightlifter (Olympic gold 2008), born in Gangwon, South Korea
  • Oct 9 Andreas Zuber, Austrian racing driver, born in Judenburg, Austria
  • Oct 9 Stephen Gionta, American NHL ice hockey player, 2010-19 (New Jersey Devils;, New York Islanders), born in Rochester, New York
  • Oct 10 Vusimuzi Sibanda, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Highfield, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Oct 11 Ruslan Ponomariov, Ukrainian chess player, born in Horlivka, Ukraine
  • Oct 12 Alex Brosque, Australian footballer (Sydney FC), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Oct 14 Lin Dan, Chinese badminton player (two-time Olympic champion, five-time World champion), born in Longyan, China
  • Oct 17 Ivan Saenko, Russian football player
  • Oct 20 Luis Saritama, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Loja, Ecuador
  • Oct 21 Zack Greinke, American baseball player
  • Oct 21 Andy Marté, Dominican baseball player
  • Oct 23 Filipos Darlas, Greek footballer, born in Kenourgio, Greece
  • Oct 24 Marc Leishman, Australian golfer (British Open 2015 runner-up), born in Warrnambool, Victoria
  • Oct 24 Brian Vickers, American race car driver, born in Thomasville, North Carolina
  • Oct 26 Dmitri Sychev, Russian football player (FC Pyunik), born in Omsk, Soviet Union
  • Oct 26 Francisco Liriano, Dominican MLB pitcher, born in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
  • Oct 26 Luke Watson, South African rugby player (Western Province), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Oct 27 Brent Clevlen, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Austin, Texas
  • Oct 28 Jarrett Jack, American basketball player
  • Oct 29 Maurice Clarett, American football player and public speaker, born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Oct 29 Dana Eveland, American MLB player, born in Olympia, Washington
  • Oct 29 Jason Tahincioglu, Turkish-British racing driver, born in Bristol, England
  • Oct 30 Iain Hume, Canadian footballer (Kerala Blasters), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Oct 30 Trent Edwards, American football player (Buffalo Bills), born in Los Gatos, California

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 16 Kelso, American racehorse (b. 1957)
  • Oct 18 Vijay Manjrekar, Indian cricketer (55 Tests for India), dies at 52
  • Oct 18 Willie Jones, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1950, 51; Philadelphia Phillies), dies from cancer at 58
  • Oct 26 Mike Michalske, American football NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers), dies at 80

George Halas

Oct 31 George Halas [Papa Bear], American NFL coach and pioneering owner of the Chicago Bears, dies of pancreatic cancer at 88