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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1935 Hank Greenberg is named AL MVP by the BBWAA, Wes Ferrell is runner-up

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 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

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 team mates 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 team mate 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 President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe greatest athlete of 1st ½ 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
  • 1982 Billy Martin fired as manager of Oakland A's
  • 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 Cincinnati beats A's, 2-1 in Game 4 at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum to sweep Oakland and win Reds' 5th Baseball World Series; Reds' pitcher José Rijo MVP

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 World Series game outside of US - Toronto beats Atlanta
  • 1993 Highest scoring World Series game Blue Jays 15, Phillies 14 in 4h14m
  • 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)
  • 1877 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Sr., American businessman and sportsman (New York Central Railway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1915)
  • 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, Hall of Fame baseball pitcher (SF Giants)
  • 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 Collins, baseball player
  • 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 (Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1959 Janice McCaffrey, Canadian 10k walker (Olympics 25-92, 96), born in Etobicoke, Ontario
  • 1960 Brian Hansen, American NFL punter (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 Amos Mansdorf, lsrael, tennis star
  • 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 (& Debbie Koegel), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1972 Will Greenwood, English rugby union player (Leicester Tigers, 2003 World Cup squad), born in Blackburn, Lancashire
  • 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
  • 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)