On This Day

October 2002 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 1 Free agent center Wang Zhizhi, the first ever Chinese-born player in the NBA, signs a 3-year offer sheet with the Los Angeles Clippers; waived in 2003 and moves to Miami Heat
  • Oct 5 For the first time in its 42-year old history, the Anaheim Angels win a post-season series by beating the Yankees, 9-5 to take the ALDS, 3-1

Election of Interest

Oct 10 Former cricketer Imran Khan elected to the Pakistani Parliament after winning the seat of Mianwali-I

Sports History

Oct 13 Michael Schumacher wins season ending Japanese F1 Grand Prix for his record 11th victory of the year & 3rd straight World Drivers Championship; title margin: 67 points from Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello

  • Oct 13 MLB American League Championship: Anaheim Angels beat Minnesota Twins, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 14 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 26 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Arlington Park, winners: Volponi, Vindication, Azeri, High Chaparral, Starine, Storm Flag Flying, Domedriver, Orientate
  • Oct 27 Baseball World Series: Anaheim beats San Francisco Giants, 4-1 in Game 7 at Edison Field to win Angels' first title; MVP: Anaheim 1st baseman Troy Glaus

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 6 Chuck Rayner, Canadian Hockey HOF goaltender (Hart Memorial Trophy 1950; NHL All-Star 1949, 50, 51; New York Americans, New York Rangers), dies from a heart attack at 82
  • Oct 8 Jacques Richard, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1952)
  • Oct 9 Anwar Hussain, Pakistani cricketer (four Tests for Pakistan v India 1952-53), dies at 82
  • Oct 12 Audrey Mestre, French diver (b. 1974)
  • Oct 17 Aileen Riggin, American diver (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1920, 24), dies at 96
  • Oct 17 Fred Scolari, American basketball point guard (NBA All-Star 1952, 53; Washington Capitols; Baltimore Bullets), dies at 80
  • Oct 24 Herman Gaviria, Colombian football player (b. 1969)

Richard Harris

Oct 25 Richard Harris, Irish actor (A Man Called Horse, This Sporting Life) and singer ("MacArthur Park") dies of Hodgkin's disease at 72