On This Day

On This Day in Sport for October 20

Events in Sport

  • 1888 Chicago and All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1899 American yacht Columbia beats the Shamrock challenge from Royal Ulster Yacht Club 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
  • 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
  • 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
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Deaths in Sport

  • 1906 William "Buck" Ewing, American Baseball HOF catcher (NL home run leader 1883 NY Giants; Cincinnati Reds) and manager (NY Giants, Cincinnati Reds), dies of diabetes at 67
  • 1941 Ken Farnes English cricketer (15 Tests for England), dies in a plane crash during WWII at 30
  • 1954 Wilbur Shaw, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1937, 39, 40; Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1991), dies in an airplane crash at 51
  • 1999 Calvin Griffith, Canadian baseball team owner (Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins 1955-84), dies at 87
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