On This Day

October 2008 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Oct 3 Former NFL star O.J. Simpson found guilty of charges of kidnapping and armed robbery

  • Oct 3 American surfer Kelly Slater clinches his record 9th world championship after round 3 of Billabong Pro in Mundaka, Spain; accrues enough points with 5 victories to win title with 2 scheduled ASP Tour contests to be surfed

Sports History

Oct 12 Anna Kournikova and Andy Roddick defeat Martina Navratilova and Jesse Levine in a match for charity, raising over $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund

  • Oct 12 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Baltimore CC: D. A. Weibring wins his lone career major title by 1 stroke from Fred Funk
  • Oct 15 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 1

Sports History

Oct 17 Sachin Tendulkar becomes the highest run-scorer ever in test cricket beating Brian Lara's record and passing 12,000 runs against Australia in Mohali

  • Oct 19 MLB American League Championship: Tampa Bay Rays beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3

NHL Record

Oct 23 Joe Sakic scores his final career goal (#625) against the Edmonton Oilers

  • Oct 24 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 1 winners: Ventura, Maram, Stardom Bound, Together Forever, Zenyatta
  • Oct 25 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 2 winners: Muhannak, Desert Code, Albertus Maximus, Goldikova, Midshipman, Donativum, Midnight Lute, Conduit, Raven's Pass
  • Oct 29 Baseball World Series: Philadelphia beats Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3 in Game 5 at Citizens Bank Park for Phillies second title in their 126-year history; MVP: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels

Weddings in Sport

Michael Chang

Oct 18 Tennis player Michael Chang (35) weds fellow tennis player Amber Liu (24) at Lake Hills Community Church in Laguna Hills, California

  • Oct 25 Olympic gold medal-winning skier Picabo Street (37) weds John Reeser (31) on top of Alabama's Prospect Mountain in Hanceville

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 9 Albert Hall, American hammer throw athlete, dies at 74
  • Oct 10 Sid Hudson, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1941, 42; Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox), dies at 93
  • Oct 13 Alexei Cherepanov, Russian hockey player (b. 1989)
  • Oct 15 Tom Tresh, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1962-63; AL Rookie of Year 1962; NY Yankees), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • Oct 15 Chris Mims, American NFL defensive end (San Diego Chargers), dies at 38
  • Oct 19 Doreen Wilber, American archer (Olympic gold individual 1972), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 78
  • Oct 20 Gene Hickerson, American football Hall of Famer (b. 1935)
  • Oct 23 Kevin Finnegan, British Middleweight Boxing Champion (b. 1948)