On This Day

October 1989 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 1 Dallas Cowboy defensive end, Ed "Too Tall" Jones records his 1,000th NFL tackle in a 30-13 defeat to the New York Giants at Texas Stadium

Sports History

Oct 1 MLB batting titles are decided on final day of regular season: AL, Kirby Puckett goes 2-for-5 edges Carney Lansford .339 to .336; NL, Tony Gwynn's 3-for-4 beats Will Clark .336 to .333

Sports History

Oct 3 Oakland Raiders promote 42 year old Art Shell as the first African-American to be an NFL head coach in modern times; takes over from Mike Shanahan

Hall of Fame

Oct 3 Darryl Sittler, Vladislav Tretiak, and Herbie Lewis are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as players, along with builders Alan Eagleson and Father David Bauer

  • Oct 4 SF Giants 1st baseman Will Clark hits first NLCS grand slam since 1977 in 11-3 win v Chicago Cubs; Clark goes 4-for-4 with 2 HRs to tie NLCS RBI record (6) for an entire series in less than 4 innings

Sports History

Oct 7 Howard Stern's US Open Sores Tennis match

Baseball Record

Oct 7 Rickey Henderson steals a record 8 bases in a play off (5 games)

  • Oct 8 Oakland beats Toronto, 4-3 in Game 5, to advance to the World Series
  • Oct 8 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 9 27th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Spain in Tokyo Japan (3-0)
  • Oct 9 First NFL game coached by an African American (Art Shell), his LA Raiders beat NY Jets 14-7 on Monday Night Football
  • Oct 9 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 1

Sports History

Oct 12 Dallas running back Herschel Walker is traded from Cowboys to Minnesota Vikings for 5 players and 6 future draft picks including future stars Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Kevin Smith and Darren Woodson

  • Oct 13 Bob Quinn resigns as NY Yankee VP/GM & replaced by Harding Peterson
  • Oct 14 Dave Stewart is 1st since 1976 to start consecutive World Series openers
  • Oct 14 Texas A&I, Johnny Bailey sets NCAA season rush record at 6,085 yards

Sports History

Oct 15 Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe as NHL's all time top scorer

  • Oct 17 Earthquake in San Francisco (6.9) cancels 3rd game of World Series, kills 67
  • Oct 21 Betram Lee & Peter Bynoe purchase the Denver Nuggets for $65m - 1st African American owners of a major sports team,
  • Oct 22 Denver Nuggets beat Jugoplastika Split 135-129 in 3rd McDonald Open

Sports History

Oct 22 Over-competitive McLaren teammates Alain Prost & Ayrton Senna famously collide and skid into an escape road during Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka; Prost retires from race and claims 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

  • Oct 24 After a weeks delay due to earthquake, World Series game 3 is played
  • Oct 28 Baseball World Series: Oakland A's beat San Francisco, 9-6 at Candlestick Park to sweep Giants in earthquake affected "Bay Bridge Series"; MVP: A's pitcher Dave Stewart
  • Oct 29 Ozzie Newsome ends NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 4 Kimmie Meissner, American figure skater (World C’ship gold singles 2006), born in Bel Air, Maryland
  • Oct 11 Michelle Wie, American golfer (US Open 2014), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Oct 29 Primož Roglič, Slovenian road cyclist (winner Vuelta a España), born in Trbovlje, Yugoslavia
  • Oct 30 Nastia Liukin, Russian born American gymnast (2008 Olympic Champion), born in Moscow, Soviet Union

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 3 Hans Deutgen, Swedish archer (World C'ship gold individual 1947, 48, 49, 50; team 1948), dies at 72
  • Oct 3 Norman Yardley, English cricket batsman and captain (20 Tests; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1948), dies of a stroke at 74
  • Oct 4 Secretariat, American thoroughbred race horse (Triple Crown 1973), dies at 19
  • Oct 22 Tony Manero, American golfer (US Open 1936), dies at 84
  • Oct 26 Andrew Roberts, cricketer (7 Tests for New Zealand 1976), dies
  • Oct 28 Darel Dieringer, American auto racer (181 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races for 7 wins and 79 top 10 finishes), dies at 63