On This Day in Sport for October 12

Events in Sport

  • 1853 John Morrissey wins boxing title, when Yankee Sullivan leaves ring after 36th round to slug Morrissey's fans
  • 1907 Cubs beat Tigers 4 games to 0 with 1 tie in 4th World Series
  • 1913 John McGraw, after drinking, blames Wilbert Robinson's coaching mistakes for World Series lose, Robinson blames McGraw & is fired
  • 1916 Boston Red Sox beat Bkln Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 13th World Series
  • 1920 Cleve Indians beat Bkln Dodgers, 5 games to 2 in 17th World Series
  • 1920 Soccer team Quick '20 forms
  • 1923 NY Giant's Casey Stengel HR beats Yanks 1-0 in World Series
  • 1925 Albert Michelsen runs world record marathon (2:19:01.8)
  • 1929 Cubs blow 8-0 World Series lead, A's score 10 in 1 inning
  • 1952 Hanif Mohammad scores twin 100s v N Zone (Ind) his 1st fc cricket tons
  • 1967 St Louis Cards beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 64th World Series as Lou Brock steals a record 7 bases in 1 World Series
  • 1968 19th Olympic games open at Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1968 Norma Enriqueta Basilio Satelo is 1st woman to light Olympic flame
  • 1972 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Detroit Tigers, 3 games to 2
  • 1975 Jacqueline Hansen runs women's world record marathon (2:38:19)
  • 1976 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Philadelphia Phillies, 3 games to 0
  • 1977 "Throwaway Game" Catfish Hunter loses WS 6-1 resting Yank pitchers
  • 1980 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Inamori Golf Classic
  • 1980 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Houston Astros, 3 games to 2
  • 1982 Milwaukee Brewer Paul Molitor gets World series record 5 hits
  • 1986 California Angels within 1 pitch of pennant victory lose to Red Sox
  • 1987 Minnesota Twins beat Detroit Tigers for AL pennant
  • 1987 MLB American League Championship: Minnesota Twins beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 1
  • 1988 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat New York Mets, 4 games to 3
  • 1990 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 4 games to 2
  • 1991 Boxer Hector Comacho arrested for driving while getting oral sex
  • 1991 Mike Lerch of Princeton ties NCAA record with 370 receiving yards
  • 1991 Wrestler Rip Oliver forced to retire after being injured by Crush
  • 1991 Doug Flutie of BC Lions sets CFL passing record of 582 yards despite losing to Edmonton 45-38 in overtime
  • 1992 Brett "Hitman" Hart beats Ric Flair for WWF heavyweight title
  • 1992 Wash Redskin Art Monk sets NFL record with 820th reception
  • 1993 MLB American League Championship: Toronto Blue Jays beat Chicago White Sox, 4 games to 2
  • 1997 David Duval wins Michelob Championship at Kingsmill Golf Club
  • 1997 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Samsung World Championship

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1999 Pat LaFontaine formally retires from the NHL due to lingering concussion problems

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine

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2003 54th Formula One WDC: Michael Schumacher wins by two points

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher

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2008 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

Tennis Player Anna Kournikova
Tennis Player
Anna Kournikova
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • 2013 Timothy Bradley defeats Juan Manuel Márquez to win the WBA Welterweight boxing title
  • 2016 Auston Matthews becomes 1st player to score 4 goals in his NHL debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1874 Jimmy Burke, American baseball player, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1942)
  • 1905 Rick Ferrell, American baseball Hall of Fame catcher, born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Joe Cronin, American baseball shortstop (Pirates, Red Sox, Senators, MVP 1930, AL Pres), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1984)
  • 1910 Bob Sheppard, New York Yankees and New York Giants announcer, born in Richmond Hill, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1911 Vijay Merchant, Indian cricketer (Test average 47 72, 1st-class avg 71), born in Bombay, India (d. 1987)
  • 1911 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9x US National Champion), born in Winchester, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1921 Jaroslav Drobny, Czech, hockey (Oly-gold-1948), tennis (Wimb-1954)
  • 1923 Goody Petronelli, American boxing trainer and manager, born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Gilbert Parkhouse, Welsh cricketer (England batsman in 7 Tests 1950-59), born in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 2000)
  • 1925 William Steinkraus, American equestrian (Oly-gold/2 sil/br-52/56/60/64/68/72), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1926 Hans Liebold, German auto racer (Nardo, Italy)
  • 1932 Ned Jarrett, American race car driver and announcer (50 Grand National victories), born in Conover, North Carolina
  • 1936 Tony Kubek, shortstop (NY Yankees) and sportscaster (NBC-TV, Madison Square Garden), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1938 Bob Miller, American NHL broadcaster, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 Ashok Mankad, Indian cricketer (son of Vinoo, batted for India 1969-78), born in Mumbai, India (d. 2008)
  • 1951 Bernie Ruoff, CFL kicker (Winnipeg, Hamilton), born in West Germany
  • 1951 Sally Little, LPGA golfer (1982 Dinah Shore), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1960 Stephen Brent Lowery, PGA golfer (1994 Sprint), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1962 Dhammika Ranatunga, cricketer (bro of Arjuna Sri Lankan batsman 1990)
  • 1962 Sid Fernandez, pitcher (NY Mets, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1963 Michael Zordich, NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1963 Randy Wood, American NHL left wing (Dallas Stars), born in Princeton
  • 1963 Alan McDonald, Northern Irish footballer, (d. 2012)
  • 1964 Darrick Heath, team handball left back (Olympics-1996), born in Hempstead, New York
  • 1964 Fanie De Villers, cricketer (great South African pace bowler 1993- )
  • 1965 Chris Chandler, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1965 J Daigneault, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1965 Todd Krygier, Chicago Heights, NHL left wing (Anaheim, Washington)
  • 1966 Mel Rojas, MLB pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Haina, Dominican Republic
  • 1966 Wim Jonk, Dutch soccer star (Ajax)
  • 1967 Becky Iverson, Escanaba MI, LPGA golfer (1995 Friendly's Classic)
  • 1968 Charles Anthony, CFL defensive back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1968 Leon Lett, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1968 Mike Trombley, Springfield MA, pitcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • 1968 Bill Auberlen, American race car driver
  • 1969 Alison Peek, Australia, field hockey halfback/midfielder (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Dave Chaytors, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions)
  • 1969 David Collins, Bethpage NY, rower (Olympics-bronze-1996)
  • 1969 Jose Valentin, Manati Puerto Rico, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1969 Nancy Ann Kerrigan, Woburn Mass, figure skater (Olympics-silver-1994)
  • 1969 Terry Ray, NFL strong safety (NE Patriots)
  • 1970 Charlie Ward, NBA guard (NY Knicks)/Heisman Trophy winner (1993)
  • 1970 Herman Arvie, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1970 Karen Courtland, pairs skaters (Olympics-1994), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1970 Tanyon Sturtze, American baseball player
  • 1971 Bronzel Miller, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Pavol Rybar, hockey goaltender (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • 1971 Tony Fiore, American baseball player
  • 1972 Jeroen Egge, WLAF offensive linesman (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1972 Singor Mobley, safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1972 Tom van Mol, soccer player (PSV)
  • 1972 Juan Manuel Silva, Argentine racing driver
  • 1972 Tom Van Mol, Belgian football player
  • 1974 Miroslav Satan, Topolcany CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Edmonton)
  • 1975 Scott Von Der Ahe, linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)

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1975 Marion Jones, track and field athlete/drug cheat (5 forfeited Olympic medals), born in Los Angeles, California

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • 1977 Javier Toyo, Venezuelan footballer
  • 1978 Baden Cooke, Australian cyclist
  • 1981 Shola Ameobi, English footballer
  • 1981 Brian Kerr, Scottish footballer
  • 1983 Alex Brosque, Australian footballer
  • 1985 Mike Green, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986 Sergio Peter, German footballer
  • 1990 Henri Lansbury, English footballer

Weddings in Sport

  • 2013 Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis (53) weds paralegal Johnny Chaillot in Malibu, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1923 A P "Bunny" Lucas, cricketer (five Tests for England 1879-82), dies
  • 1936 B L T Bosanquet, cricketer (1st great googly bowler, England), dies
  • 1938 Hugh Massie, cricketer (9 Tests for Australia 1881-85, capt), dies
  • 1947 Nelson Betancourt, cricket wicketkeeper (WI Test 1930), dies at 42
  • 1967 Nathaniel "Nat" Pendleton, American wrestler (Olympics 1920, Silver) and actor (The Thin Man, Reckless), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • 1969 Sonja Henie, figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), dies at 57
  • 1993 Tofik Bakhramov, Russian footballer (b. 1926)
  • 1996 Jack Robertson, cricketer (Midsex & Eng open bat 11 Tests), dies at 79

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1999 Wilt Chamberlain, American NBA basketball player (5 time MVP), dies of congestive heart failure at 63

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 2002 Audrey Mestre, French diver (b. 1974)
  • 2003 Willie Shoemaker, American jockey (b. 1931)
  • 2009 Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgian road racing cyclist, dies at 34
  • 2010 Woody Peoples, American football player (b. 1943)