On This Day

October 1985 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 2 Detroit 1st baseman Darrell Evans hits home run #40 in Tigers' 4-2 win over Toronto Blue Jays; first to record 40 x HRs in a MLB season in both Leagues
  • Oct 2 A Mayor Richard Caliguiri led coalition of public and private groups committed to keeping the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates in town for at least 5 years reach agreement to buy the baseball team for $22 million
  • Oct 4 Henry G Perry completes 157 day, 14,021 mile bicycle tour of Australia
  • Oct 6 New York Yankees knuckleballer Phil Niekro becomes 18th pitcher to win 300 games; at 46 becomes oldest to pitch a shut-out, beating Toronto 8-0

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Oct 6 French McLaren driver Alain Prost clinches his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with a 4th placing in the European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch

Formula 1 Racing Driver Alain Prost
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Alain Prost
  • Oct 7 Lynette Woodward chosen as 1st woman in Harlem Globetrotters
  • Oct 13 During NLCS, Cards rookie Vince Coleman is injured stretching before game as his left leg is caught in Busch Stadium's automated tarpaulin

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Oct 14 New York Jets retire Joe Namath's #12 on nationally televised Monday Night Football; beat Miami Dolphins, 23-7

NFL Quarterback Joe Namath
NFL Quarterback
Joe Namath
  • Oct 16 KC Royals & St Louis Cardinals win their league championships
  • Oct 16 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 16 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 17 Lou Piniella named NY Yankee manager
  • Oct 21 Qasim Omar (206) & Javed Miandad (203*) make 397 stand v SL
  • Oct 22 Bret Saberhagen gives KC Royals their 1st win leading to their World Series title

AgreementContract of Interest

Oct 25 Angels announce that they will not offer Rod Carew a new contract

Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew
  • Oct 26 On a poor call in 6th game, umpire Don Deckinger starts a string of events costing Cardinals the World Series

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Oct 26 Doug Harvey's #2 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Legend Doug Harvey
NHL Legend
Doug Harvey

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Oct 27 15th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:28:34

Long Distance Runner Grete Waitz
Long Distance Runner
Grete Waitz
  • Oct 27 16th NYC Marathon won by Orlando Pizzolato in 2:11:34
  • Oct 27 Anthony Carter begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive game receptions

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Oct 27 Billy Martin is fired by Yankees for 4th time

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • Oct 27 KC Royals beat St Louis Cards, 4 games to 3 in 82nd World Series
  • Oct 31 Last day in Test cricket for Pakistan's Zaheer Abbas

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 Shahriar Nafees, Bangladeshi cricket batsman (24 Tests, 75 ODI), born in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Oct 1 Revazi Zintiridis, Greek judoka
  • Oct 7 Evan Longoria, American baseball player, born in Downey, California
  • Oct 12 Mike Green, Canadian ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Oct 14 Digão, Brazilian footballer
  • Oct 14 Alexandre Sarnes Negrão, Brazilian racing driver
  • Oct 15 Walter López, Uruguayan footballer
  • Oct 15 Marcos Martinez Ucha, Spanish racing driver
  • Oct 16 Casey Stoner, Australian motorcycle racer and 2007 MotoGP World Champion
  • Oct 18 Yoenis Cespedes, Cuban MLB player, born in Campechuela
  • Oct 20 Dominic McGuire, American basketball player, born in San Diego, California
  • Oct 20 James Sutton, British auto racer (Porsche Carrera Cup GB 2007), born in Stevenage, England

Person of interestWayne Rooney

Oct 24 Wayne Rooney, English soccer midfielder (England 119 caps, Man U, Everton), born in Liverpool, England

English Footballer Wayne Rooney
English Footballer
Wayne Rooney
  • Oct 26 Andrea Bargnani, Italian basketball player (Toronto Raptors), born in Rome, Italy
  • Oct 26 Monta Ellis, American basketball player (Golden State Warriors), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Oct 29 Severino Jefferson, Brazilian football player

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 9 NBA guard George Gervin (33) weds Joyce King in Bexar County, Texas

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 13 Jack Wilson, Australian cricket spin bowler (1 Test; 43 wickets on England Tour 1956), dies at 64
  • Oct 24 Richie Evans, American auto racer (9 x NASCAR Modified Champion 1973, 78-85), dies in practice accident at 44
  • Oct 31 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (NBA light heavyweight title 1941), dies of a heart attack at 68