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 Cleveland 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 (India) his 1st first class cricket centuries
  • 1964 American Don Schollander swims an Olympic record 53.4s to beat Briton Robert McGregor by 0.1s and win the 100m freestyle gold medal in Tokyo; first of Schollander's 4 gold medals at the Games
  • 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 Summer Olympic Games open at Mexico City, Mexico; first Olympics in Latin America
  • 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

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1979 Boston Celtics guard Chris Ford scores first 3-point basket in NBA history in 1st quarter of 114-106 win v Houston at Boston Garden; game also marks debut of Boston rookie Larry Bird

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

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1979 Future Basketball Hall of Fame forward Magic Johnson makes his debut for Los Angeles Lakers at the San Diego Clippers; Lakers win, 103-102

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 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, 9-5 in ALCS Game 5 at Tiger Stadium for 4-1 series win; go on to win club's first Baseball World Series
  • 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 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 Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari finishes 8th at the season-ending Japanese F1 Grand Prix at Suzuka; clinches 4th consecutive World Drivers title by 2 points from Kimi Räikkönen

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver Kimi Räikkönen
Formula 1 Driver
Kimi Räikkönen
  • 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Final: Nia Künzer scores winner in sudden death extra time as Germany beats Sweden 2-1 in Carson, California

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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
  • 2018 20 year old Russian Evgeni Malkin scores in the 1st period to become the first NHL player in 89 years with goals in his first 6 games as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Kings, 4-3 in Los Angeles

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 (9 time US National Champion), born in Winchester, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1921 Jaroslav Drobný, Czech ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1948) and tennis player (Wimbledon title 1954), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 2001)
  • 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 (Olympic 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, South African/American golfer (PGA 1980, du Maurier 1988), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1952 Trevor Chappell, Australian cricket all-rounder (3 Tests, underarm bowling controversy), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1960 Stephen Brent Lowery, PGA golfer (1994 Sprint), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1962 Dammika Ranatunga, Sri Lankan cricketer (bro of Arjuna Sri Lankan batsman 1990), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1962 Sid Fernandez, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1963 Michael Zordich, American NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1963 Randy Wood, American NHL left wing (Dallas Stars), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1963 Alan McDonald, Northern Irish footballer, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2012)
  • 1964 Fanie De Villiers, South African cricketer (great South African pace bowler), born in Vereeniging, Transvaal Province, South Africa
  • 1965 Chris Chandler, American NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Atlanta Falcons), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1965 J. J. Daigneault, Canadian NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1965 Todd Krygier, American NHL left wing (Anaheim, Washington), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 1966 Wim Jonk, Dutch soccer star (Ajax), born in Volendam, Netherlands
  • 1967 Becky Iverson, American LPGA golfer (1995 Friendly's Classic), born in Escanaba, Michigan
  • 1968 Charles Anthony, American CFL defensive back (Toronto Argonauts), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1968 Leon Lett, American NFL defensive tackle and coach (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1968 Mike Trombley, American pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Bill Auberlen, American race car driver, born in Redondo Beach, California
  • 1969 Alison Peek, Australian field hockey halfback and midfielder (Olympics gold 2000), born in Australia
  • 1969 Dave Chaytors, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969 David Collins, American rower (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Thousand Oaks, California
  • 1969 José Valentín, MLB infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Manatí, Puerto Rico
  • 1969 Nancy Kerrigan, American figure skater (Olympic silver 1994), born in Stoneham, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Terry Ray, American NFL strong safety (NE Patriots), born in Belgium
  • 1970 Charlie Ward, NBA guard (NY Knicks) and Heisman Trophy winner (1993), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1970 Herman Arvie, American NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns), born in Opelousas, Louisiana
  • 1970 Tanyon Sturtze, American baseball player (Chicago Cubs), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Bronzell Miller, American WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Federal Way, Washington (d. 2013)
  • 1971 Pavol Rybar, Slovak hockey goaltender (Team Slovakia 1998), born in Skalica, Czechoslovakia
  • 1971 Tony Fiore, American baseball player, born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1972 Singor Mobley, American football safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1972 Tom van Mol, Belgian soccer player (PSV), born in Dendermonde, Belgium
  • 1972 Juan Manuel Silva, Argentine racing driver, born in Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina
  • 1974 Miroslav Satan, Topolcany CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Edmonton)
  • 1974 Stephen Lee, English snooker player, born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire
  • 1975 Scott von Der Ahe, American football linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Lancaster, California

Person of interestMarion Jones

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 Bode Miller, American alpine ski-racer (Olympic gold 2010), born in Easton, New Hampshire
  • 1977 Javier Toyo, Venezuelan football goalkeeper (Venezuela national football team), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1977 Christie Kerr, American golfer (US Open 2007, PGA Championship 2010), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1978 Baden Cooke, Australian cyclist, born in Benalla, Victoria, Australia
  • 1981 Shola Ameobi, Nigerian footballer (Notts County), born in Zaria, Nigeria
  • 1981 Brian Kerr, Scottish football manager, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1983 Alex Brosque, Australian footballer (Sydney FC), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1985 Mike Green, Canadian ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1986 Sergio Peter, German footballer (SpVgg Neckarelz), born in Ludwigshafen, West Germany
  • 1990 Henri Lansbury, English footballer (Aston Villa), born in Enfield, London

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 Bernard Bosanquet, English cricketer (1st great googly bowler, England), dies at 58
  • 1938 Hugh Massie, Australian cricketer (9 Tests for Australia 1881-85, capt), dies at 84
  • 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, Norwegian ice skater (Olympic gold 1928,32,36) and actress (My Lucky Star), dies from leukemia at 57
  • 1993 Tofik Bakhramov, Russian footballer (b. 1926)
  • 1996 Jack Robertson, cricketer (Midsex & Eng open bat 11 Tests), dies at 79
  • 1996 René Lacoste, French tennis player (7 Grand Slam titles, Lacoste clothing), dies of heart failure at 92

Person of interestWilt Chamberlain

1999 Wilt Chamberlain, American College & Basketball Hall of Fame center (13-time All Star), dies of congestive heart failure at 63

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 2002 Audrey Mestre, French diver (b. 1974)
  • 2003 Joan Kroc, American philanthropist and 3rd wife of Ray Kroc, the owner of McDonald's and the San Diego Padres, dies of a brain tumor at 75
  • 2003 Bill Shoemaker, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (8,833 career victories, Kentucky Derby 1955, 59, 65, 86), dies of natural causes at 72
  • 2009 Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgian road racing cyclist, dies at 34
  • 2010 Woody Peoples, American football player (b. 1943)