On This Day

On This Day in Sport for October 14

Events in Sport

  • 1862 Baseballer James Creighton ruptures bladder hitting HR, dies 10/18
  • 1881 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Bob Ferguson retains title with 3 stroke win over Jamie Anderson in shocking weather conditions
  • 1905 NY Giants (NL) beat Philadelphia A's (AL), 2-0 in Game 5 at the Polo Grounds to win the first league sanctioned Baseball World Series, 4-1; Christy Mathewson's 3rd straight WS shutout
  • 1906 All Chicago World Series, 1st AL victory, White Sox win 4 games to 2 Cubs losers share of $439.50 is lowest for World Series
  • 1908 Upset over seating arrangements at the Baseball World Series, sports reporters form a professional group that will become Baseball Writers Association of America
  • 1908 Chicago Cubs beat Detroit Tigers, 2-0 at Bennett Park, Detroit to clinch World Series, 4-1; 6,210 fans is smallest crowd in World Series history
  • 1909 Pirates beat Tigers, 5-4, forces 1st full 7 game world series
  • 1911 Largest baseball crowd ever 38,281 (Polo Grounds) see Giants beat A's, 2-1 (gate is record $77,379)

Sport awardPGA Championship

1916 1st PGA Championship Men's Golf, Siwanoy CC, Bronxville, NY: Englishman Jim Barnes defeats Jock Hutchison by 1 hole in the 36-hole final

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes

AgreementContract of Interest

1926 Walter Johnson retires, signs 2-year contract to manage Newark

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1929 Philadelphia A's beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 1 in 26th World Series
  • 1929 Philadelphia A's set World Series record of 10 runs in an inning

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1949 Ezzard Charles TKOs Pat Valentino in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • 1951 Det Lion Jack Christiansen returns 2 punts for touchdowns vs LA Rams
  • 1953 Charley Dressen resigns rather than take 1 year contract as Dodger mgr
  • 1961 Ryder Cup Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes: Jerry Barber captains US to 14½-9½ win

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1964 Roger Maris & Mickey Mantle hit HRs runs on back-to-back pitches

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1964 American swimmer Dick Roth sets world record 4:45.4 to beat teammate Roy Saari and win the men's 400m individual medley gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964 Mary Rand of Great Britain leaps a world record 6.76m to win the women's long jump gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964 US 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Steve Clark, Mike Austin, Gary Ilman & Don Schollander swim world record 3:33.2 to beat Germany by 4.0s and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964 American swimmer Cathy Ferguson sets world record 1:07.7 to beat Kiki Caron of France by 0.2s and win the women's 100m backstroke gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964 Little known American distance runner Billy Mills scores major upset by winning the 10,000m at the Tokyo Olympics; beats Mohammed Gammoudi of Tunisia by 0.4s; only American to ever win the event

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 Sandy Koufax hurls his 2nd shutout of World Series beating Twins 2-0

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax
  • 1968 In NL expansion draft, Expos & Padres choose 30 players each
  • 1968 Viorica Viscopoleanu of Romania sets world record 6.82m to win the women's long jump at the Mexico City Olympics; beats Sheila Sherwood of Great Britain by 0.14m
  • 1968 American sprinter Jim Hines runs a world record 9.95s to beat Lennox Miller of Jamaica and Charles Greene of the US, and win the 100m gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 1970 Cleveland Cavaliers lose to Buffalo Braves in their 1st game 107-92
  • 1972 Oakland A Gene Tenace is 1st to homer in 1st 2 World Series at bats

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 42 year old future Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Willie Mays' last MLB career hit, as NY Mets beat A's, 10-7 in World Series Game 2 in Oakland

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1976 Chris Chambliss' 9th inning lead off homer gives NY Yanks pennant #30
  • 1976 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Linda Ronstadt sings national anthem prior to World Series Game 3 at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 NY Yank Reggie Jackson causes World Series controversy by getting in the way of a throw to 1st & deflects the ball away

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 Despite Denis Potvin hat trick in 3:21 NY Islanders lose 7-10 making Islander record when scoring a hat trick-22-2-1

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 NHL's greatest scorer Wayne Gretzky scores his 1st NHL goal

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1981 Yank Graig Nettles is 1st to get 2 hits in same inning of an ALSC game

  • 1982 Islanders assessed 108 penalty minutes, Penguins 125 (233 total)
  • 1982 NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 1984 Detroit Tigers beat San Diego Padres, 4 games to 1 in 81st World Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 New York Jets retire Joe Namath's #12 on nationally televised Monday Night Football; beat Miami Dolphins, 23-7

NFL Quarterback Joe Namath
NFL Quarterback
Joe Namath
  • 1986 IOC decides to stagger Winter & Summer Olympic schedule
  • 1987 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat San Francisco Giants, 4 games to 3
  • 1988 NJ Devils raise their 1st pennant by winning the Patrick Division Playoff Championship
  • 1989 Dave Stewart is 1st since 1976 to start consecutive World Series openers
  • 1989 Texas A&I, Johnny Bailey sets NCAA season rush record at 6,085 yards

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 SF 49er Joe Montana passes for 6 touchdowns vs Atlanta (45-35)

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 NY Rangers right wing Mike Gartner becomes the first player to score 500th NHL goals

NHL Star Mike Gartner
NHL Star
Mike Gartner
  • 1992 Toronto Blue Jays beats Oakland A's to win their 1st AL pennant
  • 1992 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 4 games to 3
  • 1992 MLB American League Championship: Toronto Blue Jays beat Oakland Athletics, 4 games to 2
  • 1995 Atlanta Braves become 1st team to sweep in NL playoff (beat Reds)
  • 1995 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 0
  • 1996 Braves blow out St Louis, 14-0 in an NLCS game
  • 1997 MLB National League Championship: Florida Marlins beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 2
  • 1998 NY Islanders beat Tampa Bay, 7-1, to end 11 game winless streak
  • 1998 Eric Robert Rudolph is charged with 6 bombings including the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1998 MLB National League Championship: San Diego Padres beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins his 4th F1 World Drivers Championship by 58 points from David Coulthard; takes out Japanese GP at Suzuka for 9th win of the season

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • 2002 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Fan Steve Bartman deflects the ball away from Chicago Cubs outfielder Moises Alou. Cubs give up eight runs in the inning and lose to the Marlins 8-3, and the Bartman incident is seen as the turning point in the series

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou
  • 2006 MLB American League Championship: Detroit Tigers beat Oakland Athletics, 4 games to 0
  • 2018 Afghan batsman Hazratullah Zazai becomes only the 6th player in cricket history (3rd in T20) to hit 6-sixes in an over; scores 62 in 17 balls in Kabul Zwanan loss v Balkh Legends in Afghanistan Premier League

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1842 Joe Start, American baseball player, born in NYC, New York (d. 1927)
  • 1872 Reginald "R.F." Doherty, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1897-1900), born in Wimbledon, England (d. 1910)
  • 1873 Ray Ewry, American track and field athlete (8 Olympic golds 1900, 04, 08), born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 1937)
  • 1882 Charlie Parker, English cricketer (legend Gloucs SLA, but 2-32 in only Test), born in Prestbury, Gloucestershire (d. 1959)
  • 1899 Alan Washbond, American 2-man bobsledder (Olympic gold 1932), born in Essex County, New York (d. 1965)
  • 1900 Eddie McLeod, New Zealand cricketer (played in NZ's 2nd-ever Test 1930), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1989)
  • 1902 Shunter Coen, South African cricketer (South African batsman in two Tests 1927-28), born in Heilbron, Orange Free State (d. 1967)
  • 1902 Learco Guerra, Italian road racing cyclist, born in Bagnolo San Vito, Italy (d. 1963)
  • 1907 Barend Barendse, Dutch sports reporter and actor (Zeskamp, Oebele), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 1909 Bernd Rosemeyer, German race car driver (Indy 500), born in Lingen, Germany (d. 1938)
  • 1910 John Wooden, American basketball coach (UCLA-10 national championships), born in Hall, Indiana (d. 2010)
  • 1912 Jack Crapp, English cricketer (England batsman 1948-49), born in St Columb Major, Cornwall, England (d. 1981)
  • 1912 Jack Young, English cricketer (Middlesex & England slow left-armer post-WW2), born in Paddington, London (d. 1993)
  • 1913 Ginty Lush, Australian cricketer (NSW quick of the 30's who didn't play for Aust), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1985)
  • 1918 Doug Ring, Australian cricketer (Australian leggie of the late 40's early 50's), born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Héctor Rial, Spanish soccer striker (Real Madrid, 5 straight Euro Cup C'ships 1956-60), born in Pergamino, Argentina (d. 1991)
  • 1940 J. C. Snead, American golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Masters 1973 runner-up), born in Hot Springs, Virginia
  • 1941 Art Shamsky, American baseball player, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1943 Lance Rentzel, American NFL receiver (Minn, LA) and ex-husband of Joey Heatherton, born in Flushing, New York
  • 1946 James Robert "Radio" Kennedy, American football coach, born in Anderson, South Carolina
  • 1946 Al Oliver, American baseball outfielder (7-time MLB All Star; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • 1947 Charlie Joiner, American NFL receiver (Houston, Cincinnati, San Diego), born in Many, Louisiana
  • 1947 Bob Kuechenberg, American NFL guard (6-time Pro Bowl, Miami Dolphins), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2019)
  • 1948 André Guesdon, French soccer defender (Monaco, Nice) and manager (Viry-Châtillon, Angers, Brest), born in Benouville, France (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Sheila Young Ochowicz, American speed skater (1976 Olympic gold, silver, and bronze), and track cyclist, born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1952 Nikolai Adrianov, Soviet-Russian gymnast (Olympic-4 gold/2 silver/bronze-1976), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2011)
  • 1953 Roland Butcher, Barbados born English cricketer (1st cricketer of Caribbean descent to play for England 1981), born in Saint Philip Parish, Barbados

Person of interestBeth Daniel

1956 Beth Daniel, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1990), born in Charleston, South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1960 John Aalberg, US cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Orland, Norway
  • 1960 Steve Cram, English runner (world record mile/2 km)
  • 1962 Shahar Perkiss, Israeli tennis player, born in Haifa, Israel
  • 1962 Jaan Ehlvest, Estonian chess player
  • 1963 Keith Byars, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots)
  • 1964 Joe Girardi, American MLB catcher (4 teams, including NY Yankees, 1996-99), and manager (Yankees, 2006-17), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1964 Pieter Axe, soccer player (FC Utrecht/SC Heerenveen)
  • 1967 Dave Hajek, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Roseville, California
  • 1967 Sylvain Lefebvre, Canadian NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Richmond, Canada
  • 1967 Pat Kelly, American baseball player
  • 1967 Stephen A. Smith, American sports journalist
  • 1968 Dwayne Schintzius, NBA center (Indiana Pacers)
  • 1968 Gene Williams, NFL guard/tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1968 Rashid Latif, cricketer (Pakistani wicket-keeper)
  • 1968 Wanda Guyton, WNBA forward (Houston Comets)
  • 1968 Matthew Le Tissier, English footballer
  • 1969 Mark Verhoeven, Dutch soccer player (MVV/NEC)
  • 1969 P J Brown, NBA center/forward (NJ Nets, Miami Heat)
  • 1970 Jim Jackson, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1970 Nina Kemppel, cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1970 Pär Zetterberg, Swedish football player
  • 1971 Derrick Rodgers, linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1971 Frank Wycheck, NFL tight end (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1971 Jorge Costa, Portuguese soccer defender and manager (50 caps; FC Porto), born in Porto, Portugal
  • 1972 Erika de Lone, tennis star (1996 Futures-Wilmington DE), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1972 J. J. Smith, American NFL running back (KC Chiefs), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1972 Mike Archie, running back (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1972 Nelson Van waes, CFL defensive linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1973 DeJuan Wheat, NBA guard (Minn Timberwolves)
  • 1975 Floyd Landis, American cyclist
  • 1976 Nataša Kejžar, Slovenian swimmer
  • 1976 Henry Mateo, Dominican baseball player
  • 1977 Kelly Schumacher, Canadian basketball player
  • 1978 Ryan Church, American baseball player
  • 1978 Paul Hunter, English snooker player (Masters 2001, 02, 04), born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England (d. 2006)
  • 1978 Steven Thompson, Scottish footballer
  • 1978 Javon Walker, American football player
  • 1980 Paul Ambrosi, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1980 Niels Lodberg, Danish footballer
  • 1980 Terrence McGee, American football player
  • 1981 Boof Bonser, American baseball player
  • 1983 Lin Dan, Chinese badminton player (two-time Olympic champion, five-time World champion), born in Longyan, China
  • 1984 LaRon Landry, American football player
  • 1985 Digão, Brazilian footballer
  • 1985 Alexandre Sarnes Negrão, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1986 Tom Craddock, English footballer

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1913 Athlete Jim Thorpe (25) weds Margaret Iva Miller at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe

LoveWedding of Interest

1914 Baseball legend Babe Ruth (19) weds Helen Woodford

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Divorces in Sport

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1988 Mike Tyson countersues Robin Givens for divorce & annulment

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Model and Actress Robin Givens
Model and Actress
Robin Givens

Deaths in Sport

  • 1943 Jackie Matthews, cricketer (8 Tests 1911-12, 16 wickets), dies
  • 1969 Arnie Herber, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL C'ship 1930, 31, 36, 39; First-team All-Pro 1932, 35, 36; Green Bay Packers, NY Giants), dies at 59
  • 1980 S N Banerjee, cricketer (one Test for India), dies
  • 1988 Vic Raschi, American MLB pitcher (4-time All Star), dies at 69
  • 1993 Bertie Clarke, cricketer (6 wkts for WI in 1939), dies
  • 2012 Kyle Bennett, American BMX racer, dies in a traffic collision at 33
  • 2020 John Reid, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and captain (58 Tests; 6 x 100s; 85 wickets) and ICC Match Referee (50 Tests 1993-2002), dies at 92
  • 2020 Fred Dean, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Pro Bowl 1979–81, 83; First-team All-Pro 1980, 81; Super Bowl 1981, 84; SD Chargers, SF 49ers), dies from COVID-19 at 68