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October 1984 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 Peter Ueberroth replaces Bowie Kuhn as 6th commissioner of Major League Baseball; he has a 4 year tenure

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth
MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn
MLB Commissioner
Bowie Kuhn
  • Oct 2 Due to a strike by MLB umpires, first 4 NLCS games played with replacement umpires; Game 1: Chicago Cubs beat SD Padres, 13-0
  • Oct 7 Striking umps return for Game 5 of NLCS, San Diego Padres win pennant

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 7 Walter Payton passes Jim Brown as NFL's career rushing leader

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • Oct 7 MLB National League Championship: San Diego Padres beat Chicago Cubs, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 13 Blackhawk Bill Gardner scores on 10th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Oct 13 John Henry becomes 1st thoroughbred to win $6 million
  • Oct 14 Detroit Tigers beat San Diego Padres, 4 games to 1 in 81st World Series

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Oct 20 Islander's Mike Bossy's 30th career hat trick-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Oct 21 Cleveland Browns' Steve Cox sets club record with a 60-yd field goal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 21 Austrian Ferrari driver Niki Lauda becomes a 3-time Formula 1 World Drivers champion when he finishes 2nd in the season ending Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril; wins title by just 0.5 from Alain Prost

Formula 1 Racing Driver Alain Prost
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Alain Prost
Auto Racer Niki Lauda
Auto Racer
Niki Lauda
  • Oct 21 Steve Jones runs Chicago Marathon in world record 2:08:05
  • Oct 22 NFL quarterback Ken Stabler retires after 17 seasons
  • Oct 23 Cubs Rick Sutcliffe, selected as a unanimous choice as NL Cy Young

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 28 14th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:29:30

Long Distance Runner Grete Waitz
Long Distance Runner
Grete Waitz
  • Oct 28 15th NYC Marathon won by Orlando Pizzolato in 2:14:53
  • Oct 29 Orlando Pizzolato (2:14:53) & Greta Weitz (2:29:30) win NY Marathon

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 Matt Cain, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants; perfect game 2012; MLB All Star 2009, 11-12), born in Dothan, Alabama
  • Oct 2 Marion Bartoli, French tennis player (Wimbledon 2013), born in Haute-Loire, France
  • Oct 4 Álvaro Parente, Portuguese auto racer (British F3 C’ship 2005; Formula Renault 3.5 Series 2007), born in Porto, Portugal
  • Oct 5 Kenwyne Jones, Trinidadian footballer, born in Point Fortin, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Oct 7 Salman Butt, Pakistani cricketer, born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Oct 10 Paul Posluszny, American football player, born in Butler, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 10 Troy Tulowitzki, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 2010, 11, 13–15; Gold Glove Award 2010, 11; Colorado Rockies), born in Santa Clara, California
  • Oct 10 Rod Benson, American basketball player, born in Fairfield, California
  • Oct 11 Sergio Hellings, Dutch footballer (Roeselare), born in Amsterdam
  • Oct 13 Frank Simek, American soccer player, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 14 LaRon Landry, American football player
  • Oct 17 Jelle Klaasen, Dutch darts player (BDO World Champion 2006), born in Alphen, Netherlands
  • Oct 20 Florent Sinama-Pongolle, French footballer
  • Oct 20 Andrew Trimble, Northern Irish rugby player for Irish rugby team
  • Oct 21 Anouk Leblanc-Boucher, French Canadian short track speed skater
  • Oct 21 Kenny Cooper, American soccer forward (10 caps), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Oct 21 Marvin Mitchell, American football player
  • Oct 21 Kieran Richardson, English footballer
  • Oct 26 Sasha Cohen, American figure skater, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 26 Jefferson Farfán, Peruvian footballer (PSV), born in Lima, Peru
  • Oct 26 Adriano Correia Claro, Brazilian footballer, born in Curitiba, Brazil
  • Oct 27 Brady Quinn, American football quarterback (Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos) and broadcaster (CBS Sports HQ, Fox Sports), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Oct 27 Irfan Pathan, Indian cricketer (2007 ICC World Twenty20 winning squad of India), born in Vadodara, Gujarat, India
  • Oct 28 Obafemi Martins, Nigerian footballer
  • Oct 29 Eric Staal, Canadian ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 2006 Carolina Hurricanes; World C'ship gold 2007; Winter Olympic gold 2010), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario

Divorces in Sport

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 16 Joyce King divorces NBA guard George Gervin (32) after nearly 8 years of marriage

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 1 Walter Alston, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman and manager (Brooklyn/LA Dodgers), dies from heart attack complications at 72
  • Oct 1 Billy Goodman, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1949, 53; AL batting champion 1950), dies of cancer at 58
  • Oct 11 K. M. Rangnekar, Indian cricketer (33 runs at 5 50 for India), dies at 67
  • Oct 11 Sid Carroll, Australian cricketer (prolific NSW opener 1945-59 avg 39 59), dies at 61
  • Oct 13 George 'High Pockets' Kelly, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (World Series 1921, 22; NL HR leader 1921; NY Giants), dies from a stroke at 89
  • Oct 28 Knut Nordahl, Swedish soccer midfielder (26 caps; AS Roma; Olympic gold 1948), dies at 64