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

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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

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett

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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

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan

Hall of fameHall 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

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • 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

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Oct 7 Howard Stern's US Open Sores Tennis match

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 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

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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

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
  • 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

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

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 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

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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

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • Oct 24 After a weeks delay due to earthquake, World Series game 3 is played
  • Oct 28 Oakland A's beat San Francisco, 9-6 at Candlestick Park to sweep Giants in earthquake affected "Bay Bridge" Baseball World Series; A's pitcher Dave Stewart MVP
  • 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 30 Nastia Liukin, Russian born American gymnast (2008 Olympic Champion), born in Moscow, Soviet Union

Deaths in Sport

  • 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