On This Day

On This Day in Sport for October 22

Events in Sport

  • 1878 The first rugby match under floodlights takes place in Salford, between Broughton and Swinton.
  • 1884 Sporting Life announces that both pennant winners will meet in 3 game series Oct 23-25 at Polo Grounds NYC to determine baseball champion
  • 1885 John Ward & several teammates secretly form Brotherhood of Prof Base Ball Players, 1st baseball union
  • 1930 SC Genemuiden soccer team forms

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1933 Italian boxer Primo Carnera beats Spanish challenger Paulino Uzcudun on points in Rome, Italy to retain the IBU heavyweight title

  • 1935 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Twin Hills CC: Johnny Revolta wins his only major title, defeating Tommy Armour, 5 & 4
  • 1939 NBC becomes first network to televise a pro football game; Brooklyn Dodgers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 23-14 at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field
  • 1950 LA Rams beat Baltimore Colts 70-27

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1966 Ice hockey legend Bobby Orr scores his first career goal (vs Montreal Canadiens)

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr

Sport awardRyder Cup

1967 Ryder Cup Golf, Champions GC: US beats Great Britain 23½-8½; Ben Hogan captains Americans to record 15-point victory margin

Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan
  • 1967 Ian Brayshaw (W Aus v Vic, Perth) takes all 10 cricket wkts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Joe DiMaggio is hired as executive VP of A's by Charlie Finley

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1967 Denny Hulme becomes first New Zealander to win the F1 World Drivers Championship with 3rd place in the Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez; wins title by 5 points from team leader Jack Brabham
  • 1968 American swimmers sweep the medals in the women's 200m freestyle at the Mexico City Olympics; Debbie Meyer takes gold in Olympic record 2:10.5 ahead of teammates Jan Henne and Jane Barkman
  • 1972 World Series Baseball: Oakland A's beat Reds, 3-2 in Cincinnati for a 4-3 series win; Athletics' first C'ship since 1930 and first in Oakland
  • 1974 MLB New York Yankees trade outfielder Bobby Murcer to San Francisco Giants for outfielder Bobby Bonds

  • 1975 Cincinnati Reds beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 72nd World Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Rick Barry (San Francisco), begins then longest NBA free throw streak of 60

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry
  • 1978 New York City Marathon: Grete Waitz of Norway wins in her race debut in world record 2:32:30; Bill Rodgers wins his third straight title in 2:12:12
  • 1978 Grete Weitz runs female world record marathon (2:32:29.8)
  • 1984 NFL quarterback Ken Stabler retires
  • 1985 Bret Saberhagen gives KC Royals their 1st win leading to their World Series title
  • 1989 Denver Nuggets beat Jugoplastika Split 135-129 in 3rd McDonald Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Over-competitive McLaren teammates Alain Prost & Ayrton Senna famously collide and skid into an escape road during Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka; Prost retires from race and claims 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Racing Driver Alain Prost
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Alain Prost
  • 1992 Atlanta Braves become 1st American team to win a Baseball World Series game outside of United States; beat Toronto Blue Jays, 7-2 in Game 5 at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1994 Tony Rominger bicycles world record time (53,832 km)
  • 1996 NY Yankee Bernie Williams hits record tying 7th post season HR, as Yanks tie record of 6th straight post season road win (en route to 8)
  • 1997 Cleve Marquis Grissom World Series hitting streak ends after 15 games
  • 1997 Coldest World Series game Marlins vs Cleveland (38°F)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky's wife Janet is knocked unconscious and gets 2 stitches after plexiglass falls on her watching a game

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1997 Second longest 9 inning World Series game (4:12) as Marlins & Indians were tied 7-7 going into the 9th, Mariners win 14-11

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999 NHL goaltender Grant Fuhr wins his 400th career game (vs Florida Panthers)

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, his 4th straight race victory to finish season; 3rd, and 1st of 5 straight F1 World Drivers Championships; wins by 19 points from Mika Häkkinen

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • 2000 Presidents Cup Golf, Robert Trent Jones GC: Davis Love III, Stewart Cink and Kirk Triplett are unbeaten as US outclasses International team, 21½–10½
  • 2001 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Seattle Mariners, 4 games to 1
  • 2006 Spanish Renault driver Fernando Alonso finishes 2nd in season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Autódromo José Carlos Pace to retain Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 13 points from Michael Schumacher
  • 2010 MLB American League Championship: Texas Rangers beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 2
  • 2012 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 3

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1836 Mungo Park, Scottish golfer (British Open 1874), born in Inveresk, East Lothian (d. 1904)
  • 1880 Joe Carr, Ohio, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39)
  • 1885 Giovanni Martinelli, Montagnana Italy, opera singer (NY Met)

Person of interestJimmie Foxx

1907 Jimmie Foxx, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (9-time MLB All Star; World Series 1929, 30; AL MVP 1932, 33, 38; Triple Crown 1933), born in Sudlersville, Maryland (d. 1967)

MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx
  • 1913 Annette Rogers, US sprinter (Olympic gold 1932, 36)
  • 1918 Lou Klein, American baseball player (d. 1976)
  • 1920 Harry Potts, soccer star/manager
  • 1922 Juan Carlos Lorenzo, Argentine footballer (d. 2001)
  • 1923 Pete Pihos, NFL end (Phil Eagles)
  • 1923 Bert Trautmann, German footballer, (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Helmut Senekowitsch, Austrian footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Judy Devlin Hashman, Canadian 10 time badminton champion (1957-67), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1939 George Cohen, English footballer (1966 World Cup), born in London, England
  • 1943 Allen James Coage, American HW judo (Olympic bronze 1976), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 John Peterson, American freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1976), born in Cumberland, Wisconsin
  • 1948 Mike Hendrick, cricketer (England seam bowler in 30 Tests 1974-81)
  • 1949 Arsène Wenger, French football manager (Arsenal 1996-2018), born in Strasbourg, France
  • 1956 Frank DiPino, American baseball player
  • 1961 Barbara Potter, American tennis player (6 WTA singles titles, 19 doubles), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1961 Donna Wynd, 1k sprint cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1961 Leonard Marshall, NFL defensive end (NY Giants, NY Jets)
  • 1961 Sanath Kaluperuma, cricketer (four Tests for Sri Lanka 1984-88)
  • 1962 Derrick Waldroup, 198 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Gayle Stammer, Livermore California, beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1963 Brian Boitano, American figure skater (Olympic men's singles gold 1988), born in Mountain View, California
  • 1965 Marvin Washington, NFL defensive end (NY Jets, SF 49ers)
  • 1965 Otis Smith, NFL cornerback (NY Jets)
  • 1966 Blair Hartland, cricketer (NZ opener)
  • 1967 Ron Tugnutt, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1968 Keith Osik, catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Port Jefferson, New York
  • 1968 Stephane Quintal, Boucherville, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 1968 Warry van Wattum, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90, FC Groningen)
  • 1969 Cuty [Yumi] Suzuki, Kawaguchi Japan, wrestler (Japan)
  • 1969 Kevin Carrasco, S P de Macoris Dom Rep, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1970 Coleman Rudolph, NFL defensive end (NY Giants)
  • 1970 Steve Campbell, tennis star, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1970 Winston Bogarde, soccer player (Sparta/Ajax)
  • 1971 Amanda Coetzer, Hoopstad South Africa, tennis star (1996 Aust semi)
  • 1971 Anthony "Pig" Miller, NBA forward (LA Lakers, Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1971 Mitchel van der Gaag, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Motherwell)
  • 1971 Timothy Christopher Carswell, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1972 Scott Lachance, Charlottesville, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
  • 1972 Tyrone Williams, Canadian American football defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1973 Kathy Butler, Edinburgh Scotld, Canad 3k/5k runner (Olympic-8-92, 96)
  • 1973 Andrés Palop, Spanish footballer

Person of interestIchiro Suzuki

1973 Ichiro Suzuki, Japanese baseball right fielder (most career base hits 4,367; AL MVP 2001; MLB All-Star 2001–10; NPB All-Star 1994–2000), born in Kasugai, Japan

Baseball Star Ichiro Suzuki
Baseball Star
Ichiro Suzuki
  • 1974 Miroslav Satan, Topolcany Slo, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers, Sabres)
  • 1975 Melchior Schoenmakers, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1975 Martín Cardetti, Argentine footballer
  • 1975 Míchel Salgado, Spanish footballer
  • 1976 Brad Stevens, American basketball head coach (Boston Celtics 2013-19; NBA All-Star Game 2017), born in Zionsville, Indiana
  • 1978 Chaswe Nsofwa, Zambian footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1978 Owais Shah, English cricketer
  • 1978 Dion Glover, American basketball player, born in Marietta, Georgia
  • 1979 Eve Chalom, dance skater (with partner Gates--1995 Nat Jr champ), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1981 Olivier Pla, French racing driver
  • 1982 Robinson Canó, Dominican baseball player
  • 1982 Heath Miller, American football player
  • 1983 Glenn Loovens, Dutch footballer
  • 1986 Kara Lang, Canadian soccer player
  • 1987 Jake Richardson, English footballer

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

2001 Tennis champion Andre Agassi (31) weds fellow tennis champion Steffi Graf (32) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

Deaths in Sport

  • 1883 George Coulthard, Australian rules footballer and cricketer (Test for Australia 1882), dies at 27
  • 1917 Bob Fitzsimmons, English boxer (sport's first 3-division world champion; Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight), dies from pneumonia at 54
  • 1927 Ross Youngs, American baseball player, dies of Bright's disease at 30
  • 1965 Earl Cooper, American auto racer (AAA National Championship 1913, 15, 17; Indianapolis 500 1924 runner-up), dies at 78
  • 1969 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian opera singer (NY Met), dies on 84th birthday
  • 1989 Tony Manero, American golfer (US Open 1936), dies at 84
  • 1990 Frank Sinkwich, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1942, U of Georgia; NFL Draft #1 pick Detroit Lions 1943; NFL MVP 1944), dies at 70
  • 1992 Red Barber, sportscaster (Dodgers, Yankees), dies at 84
  • 2000 Hank Wyse, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1945; Chicago Cubs), dies at 82
  • 2001 Prof. Dr. Dkfm. Helmut Krackowizer, journalist and motorcycle racer (b. 1922)
  • 2012 Wilson Whineray, New Zealand All Black rugby player (1957-65), dies at 77
  • 2020 Matt Blair, American football linebacker (6 × Pro Bowl 1977–82; First-team All-Pro 1980; Minnesota Vikings), dies from dementia complications at 70