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

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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

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • 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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1964 Yanks fire Manager Yogi Berra

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 1964 Australian athlete Betty Cuthbert takes her 4th career Olympic gold medal as she wins the women's 400m at the Tokyo Games in Olympic record 52.0
  • 1964 US swimmers go 1-2-3 in the women's 400m individual medley at the Tokyo Olympics; Donna de Varona wins gold in Olympic record 5:18.7 ahead of teammates Sharon Finneran and Martha Randall
  • 1968 Soviet athlete Viktor Saneev sets world record 17.39m to win the triple jump at the Mexico City Olympics; world record improved 5 times by 3 different athletes during competition

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1968 US men's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Zac Zorn, Stephen Rerych, Ken Walsh & Mark Spitz swim world record 3:31.7 to outclass the Soviet Union & Australia and win the gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics

Swimmer Mark Spitz
Mark Spitz
  • 1968 Björn Ferm of Sweden beats Hungary's András Balczó by just 11 points to take the gold medal in the modern pentathlon at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 68th World Series
  • 1972 1st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs Penguins

  • 1974 NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • 1974 Washington Capitals 1st NHL home victory, beating Chicago 4-3
  • 1974 Oakland A's beat LA Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 71st World Series makes A's only team other than Yanks to win 3 straight series
  • 1976 Coldest World Series game Yankees vs Cincinnati, 39 degrees F (until 1997)
  • 1978 NY Islanders start a streak of 23 undefeated games at home (15-0-8)
  • 1978 NY Yankees beat Dodgers, 4 games to 2 in 75th World Series
  • 1978 Yanks win 22nd World Championship capping their great comeback year
  • 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 76th World Series
  • 1981 Brazilian Nelson Piquet driving for Brabham finishes 5th in the season ending Caesars Palace Grand Prix in Las Vegas to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Carlos Reutemann
  • 1982 Robin Yount is 1st to have 2 4-hit games in a World Series
  • 1985 Lou Piniella named NY Yankee manager
  • 1987 1st indoor World Series game (Minnesota Metrodome)
  • 1988 Dallas Green replaces Lou Pinella as manager of NY Yankees
  • 1989 Earthquake in San Francisco (6.9) cancels 3rd game of World Series, kills 67

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1991 Ángel Cordero Jr. is 3rd jockey to win 7,000 horse races

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1991 Pitts Penguin Paul Coffey sets NHL defenseman scoring record with 1,053 career points (309 goals & 744 assists)

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey
  • 1991 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 4 games to 3
  • 1992 1st Baseball World Series featuring non-American team; Game 1: Toronto Blue Jays lose 3-1 to Braves at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium

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1994 Kapil Dev's final one-day international (v West Indies)

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev
  • 1995 MLB American League Championship: Cleveland Indians beat Seattle Mariners, 4 games to 2
  • 1996 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 3
  • 2000 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Seattle Mariners, 4 games to 2

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2008 Sachin Tendulkar becomes the highest run-scorer ever in test cricket beating Brian Lara's record and passing 12,000 runs against Australia in Mohali

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar

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2012 Lance Armstrong loses a host of endorsements in the wake of his doping scandal

Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong

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2015 Star forward Cristiano Ronaldo becomes Real Madrid's all-time leading scorer across all competitions, overtaking club legend Raul with his 324th goal in a 3-0 win over Levante

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1848 William "Candy" Cummings, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (credited with creating the curveball), born in Ware, Massachusetts (d. 1924)
  • 1859 William "Buck" Ewing, hall of fame catcher (NY Giants, Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1890 Roy Kilner, English cricketer (d. 1928)
  • 1906 Paul Derringer, American baseball player (d. 1987)
  • 1908 Red Rolfe, American baseball player (d. 1969)
  • 1917 Martin Donnelly, cricketer (brilliant lefty bat for NZ post-war)
  • 1919 John Moroney, cricketer (Australian opener 1949-51)
  • 1921 Maria Gorokhovskaya, Russian gymnast (Olympic Champion 1952), born in Yevpatoria, Soviet Union
  • 1924 Don Coryell, American College Football Hall of Fame/NFL coach (SD Chargers), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Jim Gilliam, American MLB player and coach (Dodgers, NL rookie of year 1953), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1978)
  • 1932 Paul Anderson, American light super heavyweight lifter (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1934 Johnny Haynes, English soccer forward (56 caps; Fulham 594 games), born in London, England (d. 2005)
  • 1935 Alan Brown, cricketer (England opening attack Brown & White vs Pak 1961)
  • 1940 Jim Smith, English soccer midfielder and manager (Birmingham City, QPR, Portsmouth, Derby County), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire (d. 2019)
  • 1941 Viden Apostolov, Bulgarian soccer defender (22 caps; PFC Botev Plovdiv 429 games), born in Novi Iskar, Bulgaria (d. 2020)
  • 1945 Dave Cutler, CFL place kicker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1946 Bob Seagren, American pole vaulter/actor (Olympic gold 1968, "Soap"), born in Pomona California
  • 1946 Herb Orvis, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (University of Colorado; NFL: Detroit Lions, Baltimore Colts), born in Petoskey, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Eric Hughes, English rugby league utility back (10 Tests England, 8 Great Britain; Widnes 481 games), born in Prescot district, England (d. 2020)
  • 1958 Blaine McCallister, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Fort Stockton, Texas
  • 1960 Mandy Yachad, cricketer (South African ODI opening batsman 1991)
  • 1962 John Dorge, Australian basketball center (Olympics 1996)
  • 1963 Sergio Goycochea, Argentine footballer
  • 1965 Pinnaduwage Aravinda De Silva, cricket (Sri Lanka's greatest batsman)
  • 1966 Danny Ferry, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1966 Tommy Kendall, American race car driver and television personality
  • 1967 Marianne Werdel-Witmeyer, American professional tennis player, 1986-97 (ranked 21st in 1995), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Mark Johnson, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1967 Nathalie Tauziat, Bangui Cent Afr Rep, tennis star (1993 Quebec City)
  • 1967 Reggie Clark, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1968 Heather McDermid, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969 Alfred Pupunu, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1969 Joe Courtney, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Person of interestErnie Els

1969 Ernie Els, South African golfer (US Open 1994, 97; British Open 2002, 12), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Golfer Ernie Els
Ernie Els
  • 1970 Anil Kumble, cricketer (great Indian leg-spinner since 1990)
  • 1970 Jean-Paul de Young, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1970 John Mabry, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1970 Marciano Vink, soccer player (Genoa/PSV)
  • 1970 Tasha Tsang, Canadian rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Saskatoon Saskatchewan
  • 1971 Byron Chamberlain, American football tight end (Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971 Ernest Dixon, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971 Henry McMillian, NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 Joe McEwing, American baseball player
  • 1973 Keith McKenzie, NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1974 John Rocker, American baseball player
  • 1975 Francis Bouillon, American hockey player
  • 1976 Sebastián Abreu, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1977 Dudu Aouate, Israeli footballer

Person of interestKimi Räikkönen

1979 Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish auto racer (F1 World Champion 2007), born in Espoo, Finland

Formula 1 Driver Kimi Räikkönen
Formula 1 Driver
Kimi Räikkönen
  • 1979 Kostas Tsartsaris, Greek basketball player
  • 1980 Alessandro Piccolo, Italian racing driver
  • 1980 Ekaterina Gamova, Russian volleyball player
  • 1983 Ivan Saenko, Russian football player
  • 1984 Jelle Klaasen, Dutch darts player (BDO World Champion 2006), born in Alphen, Netherlands
  • 1987 Jarosław Fojut, Polish footballer

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 Barton King, cricketer (America's greatest cricket all-rounder), dies
  • 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
  • 1977 [Robert] Cal Hubbard, American football and baseball player and umpire (only person in football and baseball Hall of Fame), dies at 77
  • 1987 Roderich Menzel, Czech tennis player (French Open singles 1938 runner-up; US Open mixed doubles 1935 runner-up), dies at 80
  • 1991 Piet van Est, The Vuurbal, cyclist (7x Tour de France), dies at 57
  • 1994 Augustus John "Gus" Risman, rugby League Player, dies at 83
  • 1994 Ralph Hill, American athlete (Olympic silver 5,000m 1932; same time as winner Lauri Lehtinen), dies at 85
  • 2000 Leo Nomellini, wrestler (b. 1924)
  • 2002 Aileen Riggin, American diver (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1920, 24), dies at 96
  • 2002 Fred Scolari, American basketball point guard (NBA All-Star 1952, 53; Washington Capitols; Baltimore Bullets), dies at 80
  • 2015 Howard Kendall, English footballer and football manager (Everton), dies at 69