On This Day

On This Day in Sport for October 17

Events in Sport

  • 1860 1st British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Willie Park Sr. wins inaugural event by 2 strokes from fellow Scot Tom Morris Sr
  • 1885 Baseball sets all players salaries at $1,000-$2,000 for 1885 season
  • 1920 Chicago Bears (as Decatur Staleys) play 1st NFL game, win 7-0
  • 1927 Ban Johnson, in failing health, retires as AL President
  • 1935 Pacific Association of AAU votes not to participate in Berlin Olympics
  • 1956 Chess "Game of the Century": 13-year-old Bobby Fischer defeats 1953 U.S. Champion Donald Byrne in the Rosenwald Memorial Tournament at the Marshall Chess Club in New York City
  • 1962 Yanks beat Giants for 20th world championship
  • 1964 In the first ever Olympic women's pentathlon Irina Press of the Soviet Union sets a world record 5,246 points to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Games
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Weddings in Sport

  • 1914 American baseball legend Babe Ruth (19) weds waitress Helen Woodford (17) at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Ellicott City, Maryland

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Deaths in Sport

  • 1918 Gordon White, cricketer (WW I Superb South African batsman 1905-12), dies
  • 1958 Charlie Townsend, English cricketer (2 Tests for England 1899), dies at 81
  • 1965 Bart King, American cricket pioneer (North America's greatest all-rounder; helped develop art of swing bowling), dies at 91
  • 1972 Walter "Turk" Broda, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, 5x Stanley Cup, 2x Vezina Trophy (Toronto Maple Leafs, 1935-51), dies of a heart attack at 58
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