On This Day

On This Day in Sport for October 20

Events in Sport

  • 1888 Chicago & All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, NZ
  • 1899 Columbia (US) beats Shamrock (England) in 11th America's Cup
  • 1910 1st appearance of cork centered baseball in World Series
  • 1910 Soccer team KFC forms in Alkmaar
  • 1912 Hannes Kolehmainen runs world record marathon (2:29:39.2)
  • 1924 1st Negro League World Series: KC Monarchs shuts out Hilldales, 5-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934 MLB All-Star team led by Connie Mack and including Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig sails to Japan for 18-game series against Big-Six University League

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1935 Detroit Tigers future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg is named AL MVP by the BWAA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Wes Ferrell is runner-up

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936 Carl Hubbell, 26-6, edges out Dizzy Dean, 24-13, for MVP honors in NL

Baseball Pitcher Carl Hubbell
Baseball Pitcher
Carl Hubbell
  • 1946 Frank Seno returns kickoff 105 yd, Chicago Cards vs NY Giants
  • 1947 Radio rights for the World Series sell for $475,000 for 3 years
  • 1955 Yanks begin 16-game exhibition in Japan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 Ralph Houk, 41, replaces Casey Stengel as Yankee manager

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1963 Jim Brown sets NFL single-season rushing record, 1,863 yds

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 1964 Ann Packer of Great Britain runs a world record 2:01.1 to win the women's 800m gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964 Tamara Press of the Soviet Union wins her second gold medal in 2 days by taking out the women's shot put at the Tokyo Olympics; Press' second consecutive Olympic shot put title

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

1965 19th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC: All-Stars beat Montreal Canadiens, 5-2; MVP: Henri Richard, Montreal, C

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
  • 1967 Charlie Finley names Bob Kennedy 1st manager of Oakland A's
  • 1968 Mamo Wolde wins 16th Olympic marathon (2:20:26.4)
  • 1968 Kenyan runner Kip Keino wins 1,500m gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics in 3:34.91 despite a severe gall bladder infection
  • 1968 American Dick Fosbury using his unconventional technique wins the men's high jump gold medal with 2.24m at the Mexico City Olympics; "Fosbury Flop" becomes accepted most efficient technique
  • 1968 American sprinter Jim Hines anchors US men's 4 x 100m relay team to win his second gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics; with teammates Charles Greene, Mel Pender & Ronnie Ray Smith sets world record 38.24s
  • 1968 US men's 4 x 400m relay team of Vincent Matthews, Ron Freeman, Larry James & Lee Evans runs world record 2:56.16; easily beats Kenya & West Germany into the minor medals at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 1968 US women's 4 x 100m relay team sets world record 42.88s to win the gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics; Margaret Bailes, Barbara Ferrell, Mildrette Netter & Wyomia Tyus
  • 1968 Margitta Gummel of East Germany throws world record 19.61m to beat teammate Marita Lange by 0.83m and win the women's shot put gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 US President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe to have been the greatest athlete of the 1st half of the 20th century

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1976 NY Nets Julius "Dr J" Erving sold to Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1979 John Tate beats Gerrie Coetze in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1981 1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, NJ Nets lose to NY Knicks 103-99

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Billy Martin fired as manager of Oakland A's

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 1982 St Louis Cards beat Milwaukee Brewers, 4 games to 3 in 79th World Series
  • 1982 During the UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem, 66 people are crushed to death in the Luzhniki disaster.

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1984 Islander's Mike Bossy's 30th career hat trick-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1988 LA Dodgers beat Oakland A's in baseball's 85th World Series 4 games to 1
  • 1988 Reggie Rogers, Det Lion's # 1 pick, kills 3 by driving intoxicated
  • 1990 World Series Baseball: Cincinnati beats A's, 2-1 in Game 4 at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum to sweep Oakland and win Reds' 5th title; MVP: Reds' pitcher José Rijo

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna clinches his 2nd straight, and 3rd overall F1 World Drivers Championship by finishing 2nd in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 1992 1st Baseball World Series game is played outside United States; Toronto Blue Jays beat Atlanta Braves, 3-2 in Game 3 at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1993 Highest scoring, longest lasting World Series game - Toronto Blue Jays score 6 runs in 8th inning to defeat Philadelphia Phillies 15-14, in 4 hr-14 min slugfest at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
  • 1996 Braves Andruw Jones is youngest player to homer in World Series
  • 1996 Wasim Akram (257) & Saqlain Mushtaq gets cricket Test record 313 for 8th wicket, vs Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura
  • 1997 Richard Gnida, Limo driver in Detroit Red Wings crash, pleads guilty
  • 2001 Despite 20-14 final round loss to Ireland in Dublin, England retains Six Nations Rugby Championship; set new records for points scored (229), tries scored (29) and overall points-difference (+149)
  • 2004 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox come back from 0-3 to beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 3
  • 2007 6th Rugby World Cup Final, Stade de France, Saint-Denis: Springboks fullback Percy Montgomery lands 4/4 penalties as South Africa beats England, 15-6
  • 2018 All-England Lawn Tennis Club announces tie break to be used when scores reach 12-12 in deciding set at Wimbledon

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1859 George Studd, English cricket batsman (4 Tests; Middlesex), born in Netheravon, Wiltshire, England (d. 1945)

Person of interestAlfred Gwynne Vanderbilt

1877 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Sr., American businessman and sportsman (New York Central Railway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1915)

Business Magnate Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt
Business Magnate
Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt
  • 1896 Nat Holman, basketball coach (CCNY)
  • 1917 Ken Cranston, cricketer (England all-rounder captained once in 1948)
  • 1926 Ursula Happe, German 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1956), born in Free City of Danzig

Person of interestMickey Mantle

1931 Mickey Mantle, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (1956 Triple Crown, 20-time All Star), born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma (d. 1995)

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1931 Zeke Bratkowski, American NFL quarterback and coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1932 Roosevelt Brown, Virginia, NFL hall of fame tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1932 Rosey Brown, American football player (d. 2004)
  • 1937 Juan Marichal, Dominican Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (10 × MLB All-Star; NL wins leader 1968; MLB ERA leader 1969; no-hitter 1963; SF Giants), born in Laguna Verde, Dominican Republic
  • 1946 Lucien Van Impe, Belgian cyclist
  • 1948 Andrei Suraikin, USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1949 Valery Borzov, USSR, 100m/200m dash (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1949 Wayne Collett, American 400m runner (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1950 Isaac Curtis, NFL wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1951 Claudio Ranieri, Italian football manager (Leicester City) and player, born in Rome
  • 1952 Dave McLelland, Canadian NHL goaltender (Vancouver Canucks), born in Penticton, British Columbia

Person of interestKeith Hernandez

1953 Keith Hernandez, MLB 1st baseman (St Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), born in San Francisco, California

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • 1954 Suru Nayak, cricketer (two Tests for India v England 1982)
  • 1955 Aaron Pryor, American welterweight boxing champion, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1957 Chris Cowdrey, English cricket batsman and captain (6 Tests, 3 ODIs; son of Colin), born in Farnborough, London
  • 1958 Dave Krieg, NFL quarterback played 19 seasons, for seven teams (Seattle Seahawks, 1980-91; K.C. Chiefs. 1992-3), born in Iola, Wisconsin
  • 1959 Janice McCaffrey, Canadian 10k walker (Olympics 25-92, 96), born in Etobicoke, Ontario
  • 1960 Brian Hansen, American NFL punter (Pro Bowl 1984; NO Saints, Cleveland Browns, NY Jets), born in Hawarden, Iowa
  • 1960 Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (d. 2004)
  • 1961 Ian Rush, Welsh footballer
  • 1962 Ray Childress, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • 1963 Navjot Singh Sidhu, cricketer (Indian opening batsman)
  • 1963 Nikos Tsiantakis, Greek footballer
  • 1965 Chad Hennings, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1965 Mikhail Shtalenkov, NHL goalie (Team Russia, Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1966 Allan Donald, cricketer (great South African fast bowler)
  • 1966 Erin Deiters, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1994), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • 1967 Harvey Pulliam, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968 Raymond Biggs, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1969 Chantel Tremitiere, WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • 1969 Guillermo Perez-Roldan, Argentina, tennis star
  • 1969 Herman Moore, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 1969 Juan Gonzalez, Vega Baja Puerto Rico, outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • 1969 Laurie Daley, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1970 Greg Primus, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970 Sander Boschke, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1970 Shane George, cricketer (S Australian fast bowler, Shield debut at 17)
  • 1971 Eddie Jones, NBA guard/forward (LA Lakers)
  • 1971 Kimberly Po, tennis star (1991 Futures-Evansville IN), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Dexter Coakley, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1972 Oleg Fediukov, dance skater (with partner Debbie Koegel), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1972 Will Greenwood, English rugby union centre (55 caps England, 2 British & Irish Lions; Leicester Tigers, Harlequins), born in Blackburn, England
  • 1973 Scott Goodman, Hobart Tasmania Aus, 200m butterfly swimmer (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1974 Ayelet Ohayon, Israel, Women's foil fencer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Jerald Honeycutt, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1976 Reidel Anthony, wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1977 Matt Jansen, English footballer, born in Carlisle, England
  • 1978 Virender Sehwag, Indian cricketer
  • 1979 Paul Ifill, Barbadian footballer
  • 1979 Paul O'Connell, Irish rugby player
  • 1980 Jose Veras, Dominican baseball player
  • 1981 Dimitrios Papadopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1981 Francisco Javier Rodríguez, Mexican footballer
  • 1981 Willis McGahee, American football player
  • 1982 Yasser Al-Qahtani, Saudi footballer
  • 1983 Luis Saritama, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1984 Florent Sinama-Pongolle, French footballer
  • 1984 Andrew Trimble, Northern Irish rugby player for Irish rugby team
  • 1985 Dominic McGuire, American basketball player, born in San Diego, California
  • 1985 James Sutton, British auto racer (Porsche Carrera Cup GB 2007), born in Stevenage, England
  • 1988 Ma Long, Chinese table tennis player (Olympic and World Champion), born in Anshan, China
  • 1992 Danielle Kang, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2017), born in San Francisco, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1906 William "Buck" Ewing, hall of fame catcher (NY Giants), dies at 67
  • 1941 Ken Farnes (WWII) 15 Tests for England, cricketer (60 wickets), dies
  • 1954 Willie Shaw, race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40), dies at 51
  • 1994 Sergei F Bondartsjoek, actor and director (Waterloo), dies at 74
  • 1999 Calvin Griffith, Canadian baseball team owner (Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins 1955-84), dies at 87
  • 2004 Chuck Hiller, American MLB second baseman (first NL player in history to hit a grand slam HR in World Series play, 1962), dies from leukemia at 70
  • 2007 Max McGee, American football player (Green Bay Packers), dies at 75
  • 2008 Gene Hickerson, American football Hall of Famer (b. 1935)
  • 2010 Parthasarathy Sharma, Indian cricketer (b. 1948)
  • 2020 Derryl Cousins, American baseball umpire (World Series 1988, 99, 2005; MLB All-Star Game 1987, 98, 2008), dies from cancer at 74
  • 2020 Bruno Martini, French soccer goalkeeper (31 caps; Auxerre, Nancy, Montpellier), dies from heart failure at 58
  • 2020 Bill Mathis, American football halfback (AFL All Star 1961, 63; New York Titans/Jets), dies at 81