On This Day in Sport for October 2

Events in Sport

  • 1876 16th British Golf Open: Bob Martin shoots a 176 at St Andrews

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1906 Tommy Burns KOs Jim Burns in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1907 Phillies Eddie Grant goes 7 for 7 in a doubleheader vs Giants
  • 1909 1st rugby match (Twickenham)
  • 1913 Phillies beat NY Giants 2 games out of 3

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1921 NY Yankee Babe Ruth hits then record 59th HR

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1932 NY Yankees sweep Chicago Cubs in 29th World Series
  • 1932 Washington Redskins (as Boston Braves) play 1st NFL game, lose 14-0
  • 1936 NY Yankees score World Series record 18 runs, beating Giants 18-4
  • 1936 Tony Lazzeri becomes 1st Yank to hit a World Series grand slam

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1947 Yankee Yogi Berra becomes 1st to pinch hit a World Series homer

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 1949 St Louis Browns use 9 pitchers, lose to Whites Sox 4-3
  • 1949 Yanks & Red Sox, tied for 1st place, play final game of season. Yanks win 5-3 & clinch pennant #16
  • 1950 Red Sox Dom DiMaggio leads AL with only 15 stolen bases
  • 1950 Bob Shaw of Chicago Cardinals sets NFL record with 5 TD receptions
  • 1951 Dodgers beat Giants 10-0, in 2nd game of play-offs
  • 1953 Dodger Carl Erskine strikes out 14 Yankees in World Series
  • 1954 8th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Detroit 2-2 at Detroit
  • 1954 NY Giants sweep Cleve Indians, in 51st World Series
  • 1955 9th NHL All-Star Game: Detroit beat All-Stars 3-1 at Detroit
  • 1957 NY Yankees appear in their 25th World Series

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1960 Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Antonio Civitan Golf Tournament

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1963 Dodgers' Sandy Koufax strikes out World Series record 15 Yankees
  • 1964 Phillies tie major league record with season's 3rd triple play (Reds)
  • 1965 Dodgers beat Braves to clinch NL pennant
  • 1965 Phillies' Chris Short strikes-out 18 NY Mets

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1966 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1966 LA Dodgers Sandy Koufax clinches 3rd LA pennant in 4 years
  • 1967 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Seven Lakes Golf Invitational
  • 1968 Bob Gibson sets a World Series record of 17 strikeouts
  • 1970 Billy Martin named manager of the Detriot Tigers
  • 1972 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman 2nd no-hitter beats NY Mets, 7-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 Hank Aaron's 733rd career HR on his last NL at bat

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1977 Vivian Brownlee wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • 1977 Dusty Baker 30th HR joins teammates Steve Garvey (33), Reggie Smith (32), & Ron Cey (30) in make Dodgers 1st team to boast 4 30-HR hitters
  • 1978 Yanks win 3rd straight AL East beating Red Sox 5-4 in a playoff game. Guidry wins #25 aided by Dent's homer & Pinella's fielding

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1980 Larry Holmes TKOs Muhammad Ali in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1983 Art Monk begins NFL streak of 136 plus consecutive game receptions
  • 1983 Kathy Postlewait wins LPGA San Jose Golf Classic
  • 1984 In 1st LCS game played with replacement umps, Cubs beat Padres 13-0
  • 1986 Mike Scott is 3rd NL pitcher to strike out 300 in a season (306)
  • 1986 NY Met Dwight Gooden is 1st to strike out 200 or more in 1st 3 seasons
  • 1988 24th Olympic games close at Seoul, Korea
  • 1988 Gelindo Bordin wins 21st Olympics marathon (2:10:32)
  • 1988 Minnesota Twins are 1st AL club ever to break 3 million season attendance

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Mike Tyson wrecks furniture in his mansion in Bernardsville, NJ, during a domestic dispute

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Eric Lindros refuses to sign with Quebec Nordiques

NHL Star Eric Lindros
NHL Star
Eric Lindros

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Steffi Graf becomes the youngest woman to win 500 professional tennis matches

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1991 Toronto Blue Jays clinches AL East title & becomes 1st team to draw 4 million fans
  • 1995 Seattle Mariners beat Cal Angels, 9-1 in a playoff game to win AL West
  • 2005 NFL plays first regular season game outside United States when the Arizona Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2009 Rio de Janeiro is elected the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics
  • 2010 20th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 31-13 in Chestnut Hill

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Vin Scully broadcasts his last Dodgers game after a record 67 seasons

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Vin Scully
  • 2016 41st Ryder Cup: US wins 17-11 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1873 Pelham Warner, cricketer (England 1898-1912, later notable official)
  • 1891 H V Porter, basketball pioneer, created fan shape backboard
  • 1913 Karl Miller, German footballer (d. 1967)
  • 1930 J M Ghorpade, cricketer (8 Tests for India 1952-59 with little impact)
  • 1932 Maury Wills, baseball shortstop (LA Dodgers, NL MVP 1962)
  • 1934 Geoff Millman, cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 6 Tests 1961-62)
  • 1936 Ian McLachlan, cricketer (Cambridge & S Aust bat, later Liberal MP)
  • 1939 B K Kunderan, cricketer (Indian keeper-batsman of 60's)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1942 Steve Sabol, American filmmaker (35 Emmy awards, founder of NFL Films), born in Moorestown, New Jersey (d. 2012)

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • 1948 Robert Anderson, cricketer (NZ batsman 1976-78)
  • 1948 Trevor Brooking, English soccer player
  • 1952 Steve Penrod, race horse trainer
  • 1957 John Neuman Cook, PGA golfer (1981 Bing Crosby), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1960 Glenn Anderson, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1961 Alan Wells, cricketer (England Test batsman v WI in one Test 1995)
  • 1961 Pablo Arraya, Argentina, tennis star
  • 1962 Mark Rypien, quarterback (St Louis Rams)
  • 1963 Libby Wilson, Brisbane Qld, golfer (1988 - Singapore Open)
  • 1964 Michael Brooks, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 1964 Sheila Echols, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1988), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1965 Darren Cahill, Australia, tennis star
  • 1965 Robert Goff, NFL defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1965 Roger Dube, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • 1965 Tom Moody, cricket batsman (Australian 1989-92 Ton in 26 mins)
  • 1966 Yokozuna, [Rodney Anoia], wrestler (WWF/NJPW/AWA, Wild Samoan Kokina)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1967 Thomas Muster, Austrian tennis star (1995 French Open), born in Leibnitz, Austria

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Thomas Muster
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Thomas Muster
  • 1967 Frankie Fredericks, Namibian athlete
  • 1968 Glen Wesley, Red Deer, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1968 Jana Novotná, Czech tennis star (Wimbledon 1998), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia (d. 2017)

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
  • 1968 Mark James Crear, SF, 110m hurdler (Olympics-silver-96)
  • 1969 Marcus Robertson, NFL safety/cornerback (Houston/Tenn Oilers)
  • 1969 Matthew Walbeck, catcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1970 Eddie Guardado, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Stockton, California
  • 1971 Jair Lynch, gymnast (Olympics-silver-96), born in Amherst, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Steve McLaughlin, NFL kicker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972 Aaron McKie, NBA guard (Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1972 Adrian Van Troost, fast cricket bowler (Somerset & Holland)
  • 1972 Rafael Carmona, Rio Piedras Puerto Rico, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1972 Torey Hunter, CFL defensive back (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1973 Bret Hudson, NSW Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Anthony Johnson, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1974 Ricky Bell, cornerback (Chicago Bears)
  • 1974 Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (d. 2006)
  • 1976 John Thornton, American Football player
  • 1979 Francisco Fonseca, Mexican footballer
  • 1979 Primož Brezec, Slovenian basketball player
  • 1981 Luke Wilkshire, Australian footballer
  • 1985 Craig Davis, Wide Receiver for the San Diego Chargers
  • 1987 Phil Kessel, American ice hockey player
  • 1990 Dean Bouzanis, Australian soccer player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1919 Ernest Halliwell, cricketer (South African wicketkeeper 1892-1904), dies
  • 1931 Thomas Johnstone Lipton, sportsman/merchant, dies
  • 1936 G H Simpson-Hayward, cricketer (Eng 1910, great lob bowlers), dies
  • 1961 Reggie Spooner, cricketer (England centurion v South Africa 1912), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1973 Paavo "Flying Finn" Nurmi, who won 6 Olympic gold medals, dies at 76

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1998 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian racing driver (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Tex Coulter, American football player (b. 1924)