On This Day

October 1987 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 3 San Diego catcher Benito Santiago's MLB rookie record 34-game hitting streak ends as Padres snap 9-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory v LA Dodgers
  • Oct 4 First "Scab Sunday" of NFL football with replacement players as a result of players strike; chiefly related to the expiration of 1982 Collective Bargaining Agreement; players returned October 15
  • Oct 4 Winnipeg CFL defensive back James Jefferson scores 2 TDs on interception returns without making an interception; scores both on laterals in Blue Bombers' 47-14 win v Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Oct 10 Hartford center Doug Jarvis ends his career having played an NHL record 964 consecutive games as the Whalers lose 6-2 to the New York Rangers
  • Oct 12 Minnesota Twins beat Detroit Tigers, 9-5 in ALCS Game 5 at Tiger Stadium for 4-1 series win; go on to win club's first Baseball World Series
  • Oct 13 West Indies score 4-360 in 50 overs in Cricket World Cup v Sri Lanka
  • Oct 14 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat San Francisco Giants, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 15 NFL Players Association orders an end to 24 day strike; union fails to achieve demands short-term with no collective bargaining agreement in place

Boxing Title Fight

Oct 16 Defending champion Mike Tyson beats Tyrell Biggs by TKO in round 7 at Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey; retains unified heavyweight boxing title

  • Oct 17 1st indoor World Series game (Minnesota Metrodome)

Sports History

Oct 19 Woody Woodward resigns as NY Yankee GM, Lou Piniella is named GM and Billy Martin is named NY Yankee manager for 5th & final time

  • Oct 25 Baseball World Series: Minnesota Twins beat St Louis Cardinals, 4-2 at HHH Metrodome for 4-3 series win and franchise first in Minneapolis; MVP: Twins pitcher Frank Viola

Boxing Title Fight

Oct 29 Thomas Hearns wins unprecedented 4th different weight boxing title

  • Oct 31 American jockey Chris Antley becomes first rider to win 9 races in a day (4 at Aqueduct / 5 at The Meadowlands)
  • Oct 31 A pair in Coventry, England, ties world record for longest singles tennis match at 80 hrs 21 minutes

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 Hiroki Aiba, Japanese actor and singer (The Prince Of Tennis), born in Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
  • Oct 2 Phil Kessel, American NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 2016, 17 Pittsburgh Penguins), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Oct 2 Ricky Stenhouse Jr, American auto racer (NASCAR Nationwide Series champion 2011-12), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Oct 3 Danny Willett, British golfer (US Masters 2016), born in Sheffield, England
  • Oct 5 Kevin Mirallas, Belgian footballer, born in Liège, Belgium
  • Oct 5 Javier Villa, Spanish racing driver, born in Colunga, Spain
  • Oct 7 Jeremy Brockie, Australian footballer, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Oct 11 Mike Conley Jr., American basketball point guard (NBA All Star 2021; Utah Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies), born in Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Oct 15 Jesse Levine, American Canadian tennis player, born in Boca Raton, Florida
  • Oct 17 Jarosław Fojut, Polish footballer
  • Oct 21 Anele Ngcongca, South African soccer defender (53 caps; Genk), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • Oct 24 Charlie White, American ice dancer (Oympic gold & silver 2014, silver 2010), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Oct 24 Anthony Vanden Borre, Belgian footballer, born in Likasi, Zaire (now Congo)
  • Oct 25 Darron Gibson, Irish football player (Manchester United), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Oct 25 Fabian Hambüchen, German gymnast (Olympic gold 2016, silver 2012, bronze 2008), born in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
  • Oct 27 Andrew Bynum, American basketball player (Los Angeles Lakers), born in Plainsboro Township, New Jersey
  • Oct 27 Yi Jianlian, Chinese basketball player (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Heshan, Guangdong, China
  • Oct 28 Choi Na-yeon, South Korean golfer (US Open 2012), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Oct 29 Andy Dalton, American NFL player (Chicago Bears), born in Katy, Texas
  • Oct 30 Junaid Siddique, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Weddings in Sport

Rick Hansen

Oct 10 Paralympian Rick Hansen (30) weds physiotherapist Amanda Reid

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 17 Roderich Menzel, Czech tennis player (French Open singles 1938 runner-up; US Open mixed doubles 1935 runner-up), dies at 80
  • Oct 19 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (b. 1909)
  • Oct 27 Vijay Merchant, Indian cricketer (Test average 47 72, 1st-class avg 71), dies at 76