On This Day

On This Day in Sport for October 19

Events in Sport

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1932 Jimmie Foxx wins AL MVP and Chuck Klein wins NL MVP

MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx
Baseball Hall of Fame Right Fielder Chuck Klein
Baseball Hall of Fame Right Fielder
Chuck Klein
  • 1933 Berlin Olympic Committee vote to introduce basketball in 1936
  • 1941 1st woman jockey in North America, Anna Lee Wiley in Mexico
  • 1943 Yankee 2nd baseman Joe Gordon announces his retirement
  • 1946 Yanks trade Joe Gordon to Cleveland for Allie Reynolds
  • 1949 A's trade 2nd baseman Nellie Fox to White Sox for Joe Tipton

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1957 Montreal Canadien Maurice "Rocket" Richard, becomes the 1st NHLer to score 500 goals

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard

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1958 Stirling Moss wins season ending Moroccan Grand Prix at Ain-Diab but fellow Brit Mike Hawthorn takes World Drivers Championship from Moss by just 1 point by finishing second; first British world champion

Auto Racer Stirling Moss
Auto Racer
Stirling Moss
  • 1964 In a blanket finish in the 80m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics, Germany's Karin Balzer and Teresa Cieply of Poland both record 10.5s with Pam Kilborn of Australia 10.6; Balzer is awarded the gold medal
  • 1964 American sprinter Edith McGuire runs an Olympic record 23.0 to win the women's 200m gold medal in Tokyo; minor place medallists Irena Szewińska of Poland and Australian Marilyn Black both record 23.1
  • 1964 Tamara Press of the Soviet Union wins the women's discus with an Olympic record throw 57.27m in Tokyo; first of 2 gold medals at the Games (shot put)

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1966 Bobby Orr makes his NHL regular-season debut for the Boston Bruins against the Detroit Red Wings

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 1967 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan of USSR, sets then long jump record at 27' 4 3/4"
  • 1968 The West German crew beats Australia by just 0.9s to win the men's eights rowing gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 1968 American swimmer Jan Henne in 1:00.0 leads American sweep of the women's 100m freestyle medals at the Mexico City Olympics; teammates Susan Pedersen & Linda Gustavson both swim 1:00.3 for minor medals

  • 1968 Australian swimmer Michael Wendon sets world record 52.2s to win the blue ribband men's 100m freestyle gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 1968 New Zealand scores an upset victory in the men's coxed four rowing final at the Mexico City Olympics; beats favoured East German crew by 2.58s; first ever rowing gold medal for the Kiwis
  • 1969 Scottish Matra-Ford driver Jackie Stewart finishes 4th in season ending Mexican Grand Prix to win his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 26 points from Jacky Ickx of Belgium
  • 1974 Det Red Wing Mickey Redmond scores 1st hat trick against Wash Caps
  • 1974 Detroit Pistons beat Trailblazers in Portland (next win 6-1-90)

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1974 Australian tennis star Evonne Goolagong wins her first WTA Tour Championship; beats Chris Evert 6-3, 6-4 in the final at the Los Angeles Sports Arena

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1975 Cleveland Browns' Don Cockroft kicks club record 5 field goals
  • 1981 LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos for NL pennant
  • 1981 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Montreal Expos, 3 games to 2
  • 1983 Philadelphia Flyers begin 13 NHL game winning streak

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1986 Allan Border scores the 1,000,000th run in all test cricket (v India, Bombay)

Cricketer Allan Border
Allan Border

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1987 Woody Woodward resigns as NY Yankee GM, Lou Piniella is named GM and Billy Martin is named NY Yankee manager for 5th & final time

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 1991 Longest NCAA football game (3:52) as Rhode Island beats Maine, 52-30 (6 OT)
  • 1991 Lonnie Glieberman purchased Ottawa Rough Riders from CFL
  • 1996 Braves beat NY Yanks by record tying 11 runs, 12-1 in a World Series
  • 1997 700th World Series home run (Sandy Alomar, Cleveland Indians)
  • 1999 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat New York Mets, 4 games to 2
  • 2005 MLB National League Championship: Houston Astros beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 2
  • 2006 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat New York Mets, 4 games to 3
  • 2008 MLB American League Championship: Tampa Bay Rays beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3
  • 2013 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 2

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1860 Affie Jarvis, cricketer (Australian WK of the late 19th century)
  • 1865 Godfrey Cripps, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1892, 18 & 3)
  • 1873 Barton King, cricketer (North America's greatest all-rounder)

Person of interestJaap Eden

1873 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1925)

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • 1876 Mordecai (3 finger) Brown, hall of fame pitcher
  • 1896 Bob O'Farrell, American baseball player (d. 1988)
  • 1900 Bill Ponsford, Australian cricket batsman (29 Tests @ 48 22, 7 x 100s; 1st-class 13,819 runs @ 65.18; Victoria), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1991)
  • 1900 Roy Worters, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (d. 1957)
  • 1903 Tor Johnson [Tore Johansson], Swedish wrestler and actor (Bride of the Monster), born in Kalmar län, Sweden (d. 1971)
  • 1910 Vic Ghezzi, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1941), born in Rumson, New Jersey (d. 1976)
  • 1914 Harold Gimblett, cricketer (legendary Somerset & England batsman)
  • 1921 Gunnar Nordahl, Swedish soccer striker (33 caps; AC Milan; Olympic gold 1948), born in Hörnefors, Sweden (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Balbir Singh Snr., Indian field hockey centre forward (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56) and coach (World Cup gold 1975), born in Haripur Khalsa, India (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Atsushi Miyagi, Japanese tennis player (US Open doubles 1955 [with Kosei Kamo] first Japanese players to win a Grand Slam event), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2021)
  • 1933 Brian Booth, cricketer (dual Australian cricket/hockey international)
  • 1933 Wilfried Dietrich, German FR, super-heavyweight (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1934 Des Hoare, cricketer (Australian quickie in Test in 1961 v W Indies)
  • 1935 Agne Simonsson, Swedish soccer striker (51 caps; Örgryte IS, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad) and manager (Örgryte IS, BK Häcken), born in Göteborg, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Marilyn Bell, Canadian swimmer
  • 1940 Jerzy Kulej, Polish light welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1964, 68), (d. 2012)
  • 1943 Michael Findlay, cricket wicket-keeper (WI early 70's)
  • 1943 Takis Ikonomopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1946 Bob Holland, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner at age 38)
  • 1949 Lynn Dickey, American NFL quarterback (All Pro 1983; Green Bay Packers 1976-85), born in Paola, Kansas
  • 1954 Joe Bryant, American basketball player
  • 1954 Sam Allardyce, English football manager
  • 1955 Lonnie Shelton, NBA forward (NY Knick, Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1956 Bruce Weber, American Basketball Coach, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1956 Didier Theys, Belgian racing driver
  • 1960 Dawn Coe-Jones, Canadian golfer (3 LPGA wins), born in Campbell River, British Columbia (d. 2016)
  • 1961 Tim Belcher, Sparta Ohio, baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers, KC Royals)
  • 1961 David Egerton, English rugby union #8 (7 caps; Bath Rugby) and broadcaster (BBC), born in Pinner, England (d. 2021)

Person of interestEvander Holyfield

1962 Evander Holyfield, American boxer (Olympic bronze 1988) and world champion (1990-92), born in Atmore, Alabama

  • 1962 Ruud Bread, soccer player (NAC)
  • 1963 Jim Dombrowski, NFL guard (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1964 Webster Slaughter, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • 1965 Brad Daugherty, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1966 Dave Veres, pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1969 Zdeno Ciger, Martin Slo, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 1969 Erwin Sánchez, Bolivian footballer
  • 1970 Chamara Dunusinghe, cricket wicket-keeper (Sri Lanka 1995)
  • 1972 Glen Anthony Mitchell, New Zealand road race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1972 Marc Newfield, outfielder (San Diego Padres), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1972 Megan Still, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Otto Steffers, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1972 Reggie Rusk, cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1973 Robert Tate, wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973 Shi Ting Wang, Tainan Taiwan, tennis star (1994 Taipei)
  • 1974 Percy Ellsworth, safety (NY Giants)
  • 1976 Michael Young, baseball player
  • 1977 Raúl Tamudo, Spanish footballer
  • 1978 Enrique Bernoldi, Brazilian race car driver
  • 1978 Zakhar Dubenskiy, Russian footballer
  • 1978 James Roberts, British Ice Hockey Player
  • 1979 José Luis "Parejita" López, Mexican footballer
  • 1981 Heikki Kovalainen, Finnish race car driver
  • 1982 Gonzalo Pineda, Mexican footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1912 E. B. Dwyer, Austalian-born cricketer (Sussex bowler 1906-09), dies at 36
  • 1987 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (b. 1909)
  • 1990 Lew Worsham, American golfer (US Open 1947; Ryder Cup 1947), dies at 73
  • 1993 Bert Schoofs, table tennis star, dies at 48
  • 2007 Michael Maidens, English footballer with Hartlepool United (b. 1987)
  • 2012 Fiorenzo Magni, Italian road cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1948, 51, 55; Tour of Flanders 1949, 50, 51), dies from an aneurysm at 91