On This Day in Sport for October 21

Events in Sport

  • 1905 England Pilgrim Association beats All NY 11, 7-1 in soccer at Polo Grounds
  • 1911 Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Alberta Unions form Western Canada Rugby Football Union

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1935 Hank Greenberg selected AL MVP unanimously

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1964 Abebe Bikila runs Olympic/World record marathon (2:12:11.2)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1973 A's manager Dick Williams quits after A's beat Mets in World Series
  • 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 NY Yankee Thurman Munson ties World Series mark of 6 straight singles
  • 1979 10th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:11:42
  • 1979 9th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:33
  • 1979 Greta Weitz wins woman participation in NYC marathon (02:27:33)
  • 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
  • 1984 Austrian Ferrari driver Niki Lauda becomes a 3-time World Formula 1 Drivers champion when he finishes 2nd in the season ending Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril; wins title by just 0.5 from Alain Prost
  • 1984 Steve Jones runs Chicago Marathon in world record 2:08:05
  • 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 Esther Canseco calls Oakland A's manager Tony La Russa a "punk" for not starting husband Jose in the World Series

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa
  • 1990 Ayrton Senna of Brazil crashes his McLaren during the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka but clinches his second World Formula 1 Drivers Championship

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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 New York Yankees beat San Diego, 3-0 in Game 4 at Qualcomm Stadium to sweep Padres and win 2nd Baseball World Series in 3 years; Yankees 3rd baseman Scott Brosius MVP
  • 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 title by one 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, cricketer (great Yorkshire all-rounder 1873-93)
  • 1879 Willie Anderson, Scottish golfer (4-time US Open champion), born in North Berwick, Scotland (d. 1910)
  • 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 [Edward Charles Ford], American hall of fame baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in NYC

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • 1928 Vern Mikkelsen, Parlier, CA, basketball player (Lakers, HOF), (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Jim Parks, cricketer (England batsman-keeper in 46 Tests 1954-68)
  • 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
  • 1947 Younis Ahmed, cricketer (batted for Pakistan in 1969 & again in 1987)
  • 1949 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1971)
  • 1959 George Bell, Dom Rep, outfielder (Blue Jays, 1987 AL MVP)
  • 1960 Lionel Washington, American NFL cornerback (Denver Broncos), born in Lutcher, Louisiana
  • 1962 Don Fardon, Toowoomba QLD, Australian golfer
  • 1962 David Campese, Australian rugby union winger (101 Tests, record 64 tries), born in Queanbeyan, NSW
  • 1965 Alison Munt, Cairns Australia, LPGA golfer (1992 Jamie Farr-21st)
  • 1965 Chima McLean, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Conestoga), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 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 Thomas Louis Tolles Jr, PGA golfer (1995 Bob Hope-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 catcher (San Diego Padres), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Stanley Richard, NFL safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1967 Paul Ince, English footballer
  • 1968 Francois Gravel, hockey goaltender (Team France 1998)
  • 1969 John McMullen, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 NCAA-15th), born in Santa Rosa, California
  • 1969 Mo Lewis, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1970 Lance Teichelmann, WLAF defensive tackle (Rhein Fire)
  • 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 Khalil Greene, American baseball 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 player
  • 1984 Marvin Mitchell, American football player
  • 1984 Kieran Richardson, English footballer
  • 1986 Chibuzor Chilaka, English footballer
  • 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, cricketer (Australian all-rounder prior to WWI), dies
  • 1971 Etienne Gailly, Belgian marathoner (Olympic bronze 1948), dies at 48
  • 1973 Nasif Estéfano, Argentine racing driver (b. 1932)
  • 1975 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 86
  • 1993 Irving Torgoff, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), dies at 75