On This Day in Sport for October 1

Events in Sport

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1661 Yachting begins in England; King Charles II beats his brother James, Duke of York racing from Greenwich to Gravesend

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 1879 Cincinnati Enquirer publishes 1st report on baseball reserve clause
  • 1889 Soccer team HFC Haarlem forms
  • 1903 1st game of the first MLB World Series, Pittsburgh Pirates vs Boston Pilgrims (Red Sox)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1908 Jack Chesbro's final Highlander victory, beats Walter Johnson 2-1

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1910 Regina Rugby Club's 1st game, losing to Moose Jaw Tigers, 16-6
  • 1919 World Series begins as a best of 9 affair, White Sox intentionally throw this series to satisfy gamblers (Black Sox Scandal)
  • 1922 Former Chicago Staleys play 1st NFL game as Chicago Bears, win 6-0
  • 1924 Landis bans Giants Jimmy O'Connell & Cozy Dolan from World Series after they admit an attempt to bribe Phils shortstop Heinie Sand
  • 1928 Leon Vanderstuyft of Belgium bicycled 76 miles 504 yards in 1 hour
  • 1930 World Series opens at Phila's Shibe Park, Philadelphia A's beat St Louis 5-2
  • 1931 World Series is a rematch as A's seek 3rd straight title vs Cards
  • 1932 NHL readmits Ottawa & drops Pittsburgh

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1932 World Series moves to Chicago, In 5th inning, Babe Ruth waits until he has 2 strikes, points & hits next pitch into center field bleachers

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1933 Antwerp Sports arena opens
  • 1938 Chicago Cubs clinch NL pennant
  • 1941 Yankees beat Dodgers 3-2 at Yankee Stadium in opener of World Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 Heavyweight champ Joe Louis is discharged from army

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1946 1st NL playoffs, Dodgers vs Cards (St Louis wins 2 games to 0)
  • 1947 NHL Pension Society founded
  • 1950 Phillies win NL pennant on last day of season (10th inning HR)
  • 1951 1st Giant-Dodgers playoff game, Giants win 3-1
  • 1959 1st World Series since 1948 not to feature a NY team (LA vs Chic)
  • 1960 14th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 2-1 at Montreal

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1961 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961 Roger Maris sets record of 61 HRs (off of Tracy Stallard)

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1962 SF beats Dodgers, 8-0 in 1st of best-of-3 NL playoff
  • 1972 2nd NYC Women's Marathon won by Nina Kuscsik in 3:08:41
  • 1972 3rd NYC Marathon won by Sheldon Karlin in 2:27:52

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Leo Durocher resigns as Houston Astro manager

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1975 Muhammad Ali TKOs Joe Frazier in 15 for heavyweight boxing title in "The Thrilla in Manila"

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Brazilian soccer great Pele retires with 1,281 goals in 1,363 games

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
  • 1978 Yanks lose 9-2 to Indians forcing a playoff game with Red Sox

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Peter Ueberroth replaces Bowie Kuhn as 6th commissioner of baseball

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth
  • 1988 Flamboyant American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner wins her third gold medal of the Seoul Olympics anchoring the victorious US 4 x 100m relay team
  • 1989 Dallas Cowboy, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, records his 1,000th NFL tackle

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1993 Lennox Lewis TKOs Frank Bruno in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
Boxer Frank Bruno
Frank Bruno
  • 1994 Beginning of the National Hockey League lockout
  • 1994 Liselotte Neumann wins LPGA GHP Heartland Golf Classic
  • 1995 Gail Graham wins FieldCrest Cannon/Carolina LPGA Golf Classic
  • 1995 NY Yankees win 1st baseball wildcard ever
  • 1997 Carolina Hurricanes 1st game vs Tampa Bay Lightning
  • 2000 Juan Antonio Samaranch, the chairman of the IOC declares the XXVII Olympics in Sydney the "best Olympic Games ever"
  • 2000 United States retain Basketball's Olympic gold medal defeating France 85-75
  • 2000 United States wins the most medals (97), and the most gold medals (40) in Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia
  • 2000 27th Olympic Games closes at Sydney, Australia
  • 2004 Baseball: Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki gets his 258th hit of the season, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old single-season record.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Canadian freestyle skier and two-time Olympic gold medalist Alexandre Bilodeau retires at 27

Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist Alexandre Bilodeau
Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Alexandre Bilodeau

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1900 Tom Goddard, English cricketer (d. 1966)
  • 1907 "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, Light heavyweight boxing champion (1930-34) and actor, born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1911 Richard Torriani, Swiss ice hockey player and luger who took the Olympic oath in 1948 (d. 1988)
  • 1925 Bob Boyd, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • 1928 Willy Mairesse, Belgian racing driver (d. 1969)
  • 1929 Ken Arthurson, Australian rugby league identity
  • 1930 Frank Gardner, Australian racing driver
  • 1936 Duncan Edwards, English footballer (d. 1958)
  • 1937 Saeed Ahmed, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 41 Tests 1958-73)
  • 1938 J Bert Sonnier, race horse trainer
  • 1938 Les Scheinflug, Australian soccer asst coach (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1939 George Archer, PGA golfer (1969 Masters Bing Crosby), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1943 Naushad Ali, cricketer (Pakistani wicket-keeper in six Tests 1964-65)
  • 1945 Rod Carew, baseball slugger (AL Rookie of Year 1967)
  • 1946 Alfred Jones, Grace Miss, middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1946 Eva Klobukowska, Polish relay sprinter (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1952 Jacques Martin, Canadian ice hockey coach and executive
  • 1953 Greta Waitz, Norwegian marathon runner (1st female world marathon champion 1983), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2011)
  • 1953 Pete Falcone, American baseball player
  • 1954 Martin Strel, Slovenian swimmer
  • 1956 Leslie Burr-Howard, equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1957 Brad MacDonald, race horse trainer
  • 1958 Alton Lister, NBA forward/center (Portland Trailblazers, Celtics)
  • 1961 "Corrie" Van Zyl, [Cornelius Johannes Petrus Gerhardus], South African cricketer (SAf), born in Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • 1962 Trevor Baxter, record holder for high jumping with a skateboard
  • 1962 Paul Walsh, English footballer

Person of interestMark McGwire

1963 Mark McGwire, American MLB 1st baseman, coach (12-time All Star, Oakland A's, St. Louis Cardinals), born in Pomona, California

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1964 Kristi Atkinson, Van Nuys Ca, WP volleyballer (Best of Beach-6th-1994)
  • 1964 Marcia Pankratz, field hockey forward (Olympics 1988, 96), born in Wakefield, Massachusetts
  • 1964 Roberto Kelly, Panama, outfielder (NY Yanks, Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins)
  • 1964 Jonathan Sarfati, Australian-born chess player, scientist, and author
  • 1965 Cliff Ronning, NHL center (Vancouver Canucks), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1966 George Weah, Liberian politician and footballer
  • 1966 Cuco Ziganda, Spanish footballer
  • 1967 Chuck McElroy, Galeston TX, pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1967 Geraldine Heaney, Irish-Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998), born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland
  • 1967 Michael "Mike" Pringle, American CFL running back (Montreal Alouettes), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Scott Young, Clinton MA, NHL right wing (Colorado Avalanche)
  • 1968 Greg Briggs, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1968 Malcolm Showell, WLAF defensive end (London Monarchs)
  • 1968 Matt Elliott, NFL center/guard (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1969 Igor Ulanov, Krasnokamsk Russia, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1970 Alexei Zhamnov, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets, Olympic silver 1998), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1970 Alexei Zhitnik, NHL defenseman (Team Russia Olympic silver 1998, Buffalo)
  • 1970 Gaston Taument, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1970 Moses Kiptanui, Kenya, steeplechase (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1970 Ronnie Bradford, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos)
  • 1970 Simon Davey, Barnsley football manager
  • 1971 Amp Lee, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams)
  • 1971 Melinda Gainsford, Australian 100m/200m (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • 1972 Danielle Scott, Baton Rouge LA, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Jana Henke, German swimmer
  • 1973 Rachid Chékhémani, French runner
  • 1973 John Thomson, American baseball player
  • 1974 Mats Lindgren, NHL forward (Team Sweden Olympics 1998, Edmonton)
  • 1975 Eric Morel, PR, US flyweight boxer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Zoltán Sebescen, German footballer
  • 1977 Alejandro Hernandez, Tijuana Mexico, tennis pro
  • 1977 Jeffrey van Hooydonk, Belgian race car driver
  • 1979 Gilberto Martínez, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1979 Rudi Johnson, American football player
  • 1979 Marko Stanojevic, English-born Italian rugby union footballer
  • 1981 Júlio Baptista, Brazilian footballer
  • 1981 Arnau Riera, Spanish footballer
  • 1981 Johnny Oduya, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1982 Haruna Babangida, Nigerian footballer
  • 1983 Mirko Vučinić, Montenegrin footballer
  • 1984 Matt Cain, American baseball player
  • 1984 Daniel Guillén, Spanish footballer
  • 1985 Shahriar Nafees, Bangladeshi cricket batsman (Bangladesh 24 Tests ), born in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 1985 Tim Deasy, English footballer
  • 1986 Ricardo Vaz Té, Portuguese footballer

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

2006 Baseball player Darryl Strawberry (44) weds Tracy Boulware

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

Deaths in Sport

  • 1936 Oscar DaCosta, cricketer (WI all-rounder in 5 Tests 30-35), dies at 28
  • 1956 Stan Ockers, Belgian world champ cyclist (1955), dies at 36
  • 1970 Raoul Riganti, Argentine racing driver (b. 1893)
  • 1984 Walter Alston, Baseball manager (LA Dodgers), dies at 72
  • 2006 André Viger, French Canadian wheelchair marathoner (b. 1952)
  • 2007 Al Oerter, American discus thrower (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64, 68), dies aged 71
  • 2009 V. M. Muddiah, Indian cricketer (Indian off-spinner in 2 Tests 1959-61), dies at 80
  • 2010 Ian Buxton, English footballer and cricketer (b. 1938)
  • 2011 Sven Tumba, Swedish ice hockey and golfer (b. 1931)