October 1991 in Sport

Events in Sport


AgreementContract of Interest

Oct 2 NHL #1 draft pick Eric Lindros rejects Quebec Nordiques' offer of a 10 year, $50m contract

NHL Star Eric Lindros
NHL Star
Eric Lindros

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Oct 2 Steffi Graf beats Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria 6-2, 6-2 in the Volkswagen Cup in Leipzig to become the youngest woman to win 500 professional tennis matches

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • Oct 2 Toronto Blue Jays clinch AL East title with a 6-5 win v California Angels; become first sport franchise in history to draw 4 million fans in one season

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Oct 4 Edmonton Oilers trade captain Mark Messier (on the team for all 5 Stanley Cups) to the NY Rangers in exchange for Bernie Nicholls, Steven Rice & Louie DeBrusk; Messier leads Rangers to Cup 2 seasons later

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Oct 4 San Jose Sharks play first NHL game in franchise history, a 4-3 loss in Vancouver; native Californian Craig Coxe scores club's first goal while Jeff Hackett makes an impressive 48 saves
  • Oct 5 Fresno State ties NCAA football record with 49 points in a quarter (2nd), as they route New Mexico, 94-17 at Bulldog Stadium, Fresno

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Oct 6 Meg Mallon wins LPGA Daikyo World Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
  • Oct 6 NY Met David Cone ties NL record by striking out 19 Phillies
  • Oct 6 Orioles' last game at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium (vs Det Tigers)
  • Oct 7 Scorecard Harry, Space Appeal & Cafe Lex in 9th race at Belmont, creating 2nd triple dead heat in NY thoroughbred racing history
  • Oct 9 San Jose Sharks beat Calgary for their 1st NHL win, 4-3
  • Oct 11 Chip Beck ties PGA record lowest 18 hole score of 59 during 3rd round of the Las Vegas Invitational at the Sunrise GC
  • Oct 12 Boxer Hector Comacho arrested for driving while getting oral sex
  • Oct 12 Mike Lerch of Princeton ties NCAA record with 370 receiving yards
  • Oct 12 Wrestler Rip Oliver forced to retire after being injured by Crush
  • Oct 12 Doug Flutie of BC Lions sets CFL passing record of 582 yards despite losing to Edmonton 45-38 in overtime

  • Oct 13 Blue Jay Cito Gaston is 1st manager ejected in a playoff game
  • Oct 13 Minnesota Twins win AL pennant beating Toronto in 5 games
  • Oct 13 MLB American League Championship: Minnesota Twins beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 1

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Oct 14 NY Rangers right wing Mike Gartner becomes the first player to score 500th NHL goals

NHL Star Mike Gartner
NHL Star
Mike Gartner
  • Oct 16 Dallas Mavericks Roy Tarpley becomes 7th to be banned from NBA for life under the league's anti-drug agreement
  • Oct 17 Angel Cordero is 3rd jockey to win 7,000 horse races

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Oct 17 Pitts Penguin Paul Coffey sets NHL defenseman scoring record with 1,053 career points (309 goals & 744 assists)

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey
  • Oct 17 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 19 Longest NCAA football game (3:52) as RI beats Maine 52-30 (6 OTs)
  • Oct 19 Lonnie Glieberman purchased Ottawa Rough Riders from CFL
  • Oct 20 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna clinches his 2nd straight, and 3rd overall World Formula 1 Drivers title by finishing second in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka
  • Oct 24 Larry Ryckman purchases CFL Calgary Stampeders
  • Oct 25 Aaqib Javed takes 7-37 in 10 overs v India in cricket 1-dayer at Sharjah
  • Oct 27 John Brodie wins Security Pacific Senior Golf Classic
  • Oct 27 Minnesota Twins beat Altanta Braves, 1-0 in 10 in Game 7 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome; win 2nd Baseball World Series since move to Minneapolis; Twins pitcher Jack Morris MVP
  • Oct 29 Buck Showalter replaces Stump Merrill as NY Yankee manager
  • Oct 30 Mark Sauer becomes CEO of Pittsburgh Pirates

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 10 Mariana Paj√≥n, Colombian BMX rider (Olympic gold 2012, 16), born in Medellin, Colombia

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestLeo Durocher

Oct 7 Leo Durocher, baseball player and manager (Dodgers, Giants), dies at 86

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Oct 17 Piet van Est, The Vuurbal, cyclist (7x Tour de France), dies at 57