On This Day

On This Day in Sport for October 21

Events in Sport

  • 1905 In early promotion of soccer in America, England Pilgrim Association XI beats All New York XI, 7-1 at the Polo Grounds, NY
  • 1911 Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Alberta Unions form Western Canada Rugby Football Union
  • 1964 Braves ask NL to allow them to leave Milwaukee for Atlanta
  • 1964 Polish 4×100m women's relay team runs a world record 43.6 to beat the US by 0.3s and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics; Teresa Ciepły, Irena Kirszenstein, Halina Górecka & Ewa Kłobukowska

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1964 Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia runs a world record 2:12:11.2 to beat Briton Basil Heatley by more than 4 minutes and win the men's marathon at the Tokyo Olympics; first athlete to win Olympic marathon twice

Marathon Runner Abebe Bikila
Marathon Runner
Abebe Bikila
  • 1964 US 4 x 100m men's relay team of Paul Drayton, Gerry Ashworth, Richard Stebbins & Bob Hayes run world record 39.0s to beat Poland by 0.3s and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964 New Zealand athlete Peter Snell wins the 1,500m at the Tokyo Olympics; his second gold medal of the Games (800m); 3rd career gold
  • 1964 American men's 4×400m relay team beats Great Britain by 0.9s to set world record 3:00.7 and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics; Ollan Cassell, Mike Larrabee, Ulis Williams & Henry Carr

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1973 World Series Baseball, Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum: defending champion Oakland A's beat NY Mets, 5-2 in Game 7 to retain title; A's manager Dick Williams immediately quits; MVP: A's outfielder Reggie Jackson

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1973 Fred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game.
  • 1973 23rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Benny Parsons wins
  • 1975 Red Sox Carlton Fisk's 12th inning HR beats Reds 7-6 in game 6 of WS
  • 1976 Cincinnati Reds sweep NY Yankees, in 73rd World Series

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1976 NY Knicks retire 1st number, # 19, Willis Reed

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed
  • 1976 New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson ties World Series mark of 6 straight singles in Games 3 & 4; Yankees swept by Cincinnati Reds, 4-0
  • 1979 New York City Marathon: Bill Rodgers wins 4th straight men's title in 2:11:42; defending champion Grete Waitz of Norway takes out women's event in 2:27:33

  • 1979 Ozzie Newsome begins NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions
  • 1980 Phillies win their 1st World Championship in their 98-year history
  • 1984 Cleveland Browns' Steve Cox sets club record with a 60-yd field goal

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1984 Austrian Ferrari driver Niki Lauda becomes a 3-time Formula 1 World Drivers champion when he finishes 2nd in the season ending Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril; wins title by just 0.5 from Alain Prost

Formula 1 Racing Driver Alain Prost
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Alain Prost
Auto Racer Niki Lauda
Auto Racer
Niki Lauda
  • 1984 Steve Jones runs Chicago Marathon in world record 2:08:05
  • 1985 Qasim Omar (206) & Javed Miandad (203*) make 397 stand v SL
  • 1986 1st-class cricket debut of Andy Flower, ZCU Presidents XI v Young WI
  • 1988 Boston Celtics beat Yugoslavia 113-85 in Madrid
  • 1989 Betram Lee & Peter Bynoe purchase the Denver Nuggets for $65m - 1st African American owners of a major sports team,

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1990 Ayrton Senna of Brazil crashes his McLaren during the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka but clinches his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna

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1993 Gary Kasparov defeats Nigel Short for chess championship

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov
  • 1995 Mario Tremblay, selected 22nd NHL coach of Montreal Canadians
  • 1997 Cleve Marquis Grissom hit in his 15th straight World Series game (streak ends at 15, he is 2nd to Hank Baur with 17)
  • 1998 World Series Baseball: New York Yankees beat San Diego, 3-0 in Game 4 at Qualcomm Stadium to sweep Padres and win 2nd title in 3 years; MVP: Yankees 3rd baseman Scott Brosius
  • 2001 MLB National League Championship: Arizona Diamondbacks beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 1
  • 2004 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Houston Astros, 4 games to 3

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2007 Finnish Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen wins season ending Brazilian F1 Grand Prix to claim his first World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver Kimi Räikkönen
Formula 1 Driver
Kimi Räikkönen
  • 2007 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Cleveland Indians, 4 games to 3
  • 2007 Tennessee kicker Rob Bironas sets NFL record for most points scored in a game (no touchdowns) with 26 in the Titans 38-36 win v Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium, Houston
  • 2009 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 1

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1851 George Ulyett, English cricket all-rounder (25 Tests; 949 runs, 50 wickets), born in Pitsmoor, Yorkshire (d. 1898)
  • 1879 Willie Anderson, Scottish golfer (US Open 1901, 1903-05), born in North Berwick, Scotland (d. 1910)
  • 1880 Reggie Spooner, English cricket batsman (10 Tests; dual cricket/rugby union international), born in St Helens, Lancashire (d. 1961)
  • 1898 Eduard Pütsep, Estonian wresler and Olympic medalist (d. 1960)
  • 1926 Bob Rosburg, American golfer, analyst (PGA Championship 1959), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2009)

Person of interestWhitey Ford

1928 Whitey Ford, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (10 x MLB All Star; World Series 1950, 53, 56, 58, 61 [MVP], 62; AL Cy Young Award 1961; NY Yankees), born in NYC, NY (d. 2020)

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • 1928 Vern Mikkelsen, Parlier, CA, basketball player (Lakers, HOF), (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Ardico Magnini, Italian soccer defender (20 caps; Fiorentina 225 games), born in Pistoia, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Jim Parks, cricketer (England batsman-keeper in 46 Tests 1954-68)
  • 1933 Francisco Gento, Spanish soccer winger (Spain 43 caps, Real Madrid), born in El Astillero, Spain
  • 1940 Geoffrey Boycott, cricketer (stoic England opener 1964-82)
  • 1940 Osamu Watanabe, Japan, featherweight (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1942 Allan Grice, Australian racing driver
  • 1946 Jim Hill, American sportscaster
  • 1946 Goyo Rubio, Spanish soccer defender (22 caps; Real Madrid 317 games), born in Puente del Arzobispo, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Younis Ahmed, cricketer (batted for Pakistan in 1969 & again in 1987)
  • 1949 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Malartic, Quebec (d. 1971)
  • 1949 Masao Ohba, Japanese boxer (WBA flyweight champion), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1973)
  • 1959 George Bell, Dom Rep, outfielder (Blue Jays, 1987 AL MVP)
  • 1960 Lionel Washington, American NFL cornerback (Denver Broncos), born in Lutcher, Louisiana
  • 1962 David Campese, Australian rugby union winger (101 Tests, record 64 tries), born in Queanbeyan, NSW
  • 1965 Chris Duplanty, water polo goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1965 Ion Andoni Goikoetxea, Spanish footballer
  • 1966 Jonas B, Svensson Sweden, tennis star
  • 1966 Tommy Tolles, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1996 3rd, Masters 1997 3rd), born in Ft Myers, Florida
  • 1967 Bill Berg, St Catharines, NHL left wing (NY Rangers)
  • 1967 Gavin Brian Lovegrove, javelin (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967 John Flaherty, American baseball catcher (Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees) and broadcaster (YES Network, NY Yankees), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Stanley Richard, NFL safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1967 Paul Ince, English footballer
  • 1969 Mo Lewis, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1970 Marc Wilkins, Mansfield OH, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1971 Damien Martyn, cricketer (WA & Australian middle-order batsman)
  • 1971 René Ponk, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1971 Shane Hannah, NFL guard (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1971 Paul Norman Telfer, Scottish footballer
  • 1972 Orlando Thomas, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973 Dan Neil, NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973 Derrick Beatty, CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1975 Henrique Hilário, Portuguese footballer
  • 1975 Toby Hall, American baseball player
  • 1976 Lavinia Miloşovici, Romanian gymnast
  • 1978 Joey Harrington, American football player
  • 1979 Gabe Gross, American baseball player
  • 1981 Nemanja Vidić, Serbian footballer
  • 1982 James White, American basketball player
  • 1983 Zack Greinke, American baseball player
  • 1983 Andy Marté, Dominican baseball player
  • 1984 Anouk Leblanc-Boucher, French Canadian short track speed skater
  • 1984 Kenny Cooper, American soccer forward (10 caps), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1984 Marvin Mitchell, American football player
  • 1984 Kieran Richardson, English footballer
  • 1986 Chibuzor Chilaka, English footballer
  • 1987 Anele Ngcongca, South African soccer defender (53 caps; Genk), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • 1990 Ricky Rubio, Spanish basketball player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1929 Owen Dunell, cricketer (two Tests for South Africa in 1889), dies
  • 1939 Nummy Deane, cricketer (628 runs in 17 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1955 Roy Minnett, Australian cricketer (all-rounder prior to WWI), dies
  • 1975 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 86
  • 1993 Irving Torgoff, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), dies at 75
  • 1997 Dolph Camilli, Bkln Dodger/MVP (1941), dies at 90
  • 1999 John Bromwich, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1939, 46 / 13 Grand Slam doubles titles), dies at 80
  • 2013 Bud Adams Jr., American NFL team owner (Tennessee Titans), dies at 90
  • 2016 Manfred Krug, German actor (Boxer), dies at 79
  • 2019 Willie Brown, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback, coach and executive (Super Bowl 1976, 80, 84; Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders), dies at 78
  • 2020 Gordon Astall, English soccer forward (2 caps; Birmingham City 235 games, 59 goals), dies from dementia at 93