On This Day

October 1993 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Boxing Title Fight

Oct 1 In his first World Boxing Council heavyweight title defence Lennox Lewis beats fellow Londoner Frank Bruno by TKO in 7 at the National Stadium in Cardiff, Wales

  • Oct 3 Cleveland Indians play their final MLB game at Cleveland Stadium; lose 4-0 to Chicago White Sox Chicago

Sports History

Oct 6 After 9 seasons & 3 Championships with the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan announces his retirement from the NBA; returns on March 18, 1995 and leads Bulls to another 3 NBA titles

  • Oct 10 NFL Cleveland Browns' Najee Mustafaa sets club record for longest interception (97 yds)
  • Oct 12 MLB American League Championship: Toronto Blue Jays beat Chicago White Sox, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 13 Mighty Ducks win their 1st NHL game
  • Oct 13 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 20 Highest scoring, longest lasting World Series game - Toronto Blue Jays score 6 runs in 8th inning to defeat Philadelphia Phillies 15-14, in 4 hr-14 min slugfest at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

Sports History

Oct 21 Gary Kasparov defeats Nigel Short for chess championship

  • Oct 23 Baseball World Series: Defending champion Toronto Blue Jays beat Philadelphia Phillies, 8-6 at the SkyDome, Toronto to clinch series, 4-2; MVP: Blue Jays infielder Paul Molitor
  • Oct 25 Daryll Cullinan hits unbeaten 337 for Transvaal against Northern Transvaal, South African 1st-class cricket record score
  • Oct 26 NFL announces new expansion team, Carolina Panthers in Charlotte
  • Oct 26 NJ Devils lose 2-0 to Montreal, after winning 1st 7 games of 1993
  • Oct 30 Toronto Maple Leafs lose 1st game of season after going 10-0-0
  • Oct 31 25 people killed during Ghana-Ivory Coast soccer match

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 8 Garbiñe Muguruza, Spanish tennis player (French Open 2016, Wimbledon 2017; WTA Finals 2021), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Oct 8 Bubba Wallace, American NASCAR racer, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Oct 16 Caroline Garcia, French tennis player (French Open doubles 2016), born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
  • Oct 23 Fabinho [Fábio Tavares], Brazilian footballer (Liverpool), born in Campinas, Brazil
  • Oct 25 Xander Schauffele, American golfer (British Open 2018, US Masters 2019 runner-up), born in San Diego, California
  • Oct 30 Marcus Mariota, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2014, U of Oregon; NFL: Tennessee Titans), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Weddings in Sport

Don Shula

Oct 16 NFL coach Don Shula (63) weds second wife Mary Anne Stephens at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Miami Beach

Divorces in Sport

Darryl Strawberry

Oct 15 Baseball player Darryl Strawberry (31) divorces Lisa Andrews after more than 8 years of marriage

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 4 Jim Holton, Scottish soccer defender (15 caps; Manchester United, Coventry City), dies of a heart attack at 42
  • Oct 9 C. R. Rangachari, Indian cricketer (4 Tests for India), dies at 77
  • Oct 9 Geert de Vlaeminck, Belgian champion cyclist, dies at 26
  • Oct 12 Tofik Bakhramov, Russian footballer (b. 1926)
  • Oct 14 Bertie Clarke, West Indian cricketer (6 wkts for WI in 1939), dies at 75
  • Oct 19 Bert Schoofs, table tennis star, dies at 48
  • Oct 21 Irving Torgoff, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), dies at 75
  • Oct 29 Roger Turner, American figure skater (7x US National Champion), dies at 92