On This Day in Sport for October 24

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Events in Sport

  • 1857 World's first soccer club, Sheffield F C, founded in Yorkshire, England
  • 1889 Softball rules adopted by Mid Winter Indoor Baseball League
  • 1913 Joe Tinker fired as Cincinnati Reds manager
  • 1935 Judge Landis fines umpire George Moriarty, Cubs manager Charlie Grimm & Chicago players W English, B Jurges & B Herman for actions in World Series

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1939 Joe DiMaggio wins AL MVP, Jimmie Foxx is runner-up

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1940 Japan eliminates US terms (strike, play ball) from baseball
  • 1954 Britain's Mike Hawthorne wins season ending Spanish Grand Prix at Pedralbes; Argentine Maserati driver Juan Manuel Fangio takes second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 17 points from countryman José Froilán González
  • 1957 Cincinnati Redlegs decline to move to Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City
  • 1964 Test Cricket debut of Pakistani cricketers Asif Iqbal, Majid Khan and Khalid Ibadulla vs Australia. Khalid "Billy" Ibadulla scores 166 on debut.
  • 1965 Jim Clark in a Lotus is forced to retire from season-ending Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez with engine trouble; American Richie Ginther is race winner and Clark claims his second F1 World Drivers Championship
  • 1968 16 year old American swimmer Debbie Meyer wins the inaugural women's 800m gold medal in 9:24.0 at the Mexico City Olympics; first swimmer to win 3 individual gold medals at a Games (200/400m)
  • 1968 Australian swimmer Michael Wendon wraps up the Mexico City Games sprint double when he wins the men's 200m freestyle gold medal in Olympic record 1:55.2
  • 1969 Hanif, Mushtaq & Sadiq Mohammad start their only Test Cricket together
  • 1974 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Texas Rangers)
  • 1976 6th NYC Women's Marathon won by Miki Gorman in 2:39:11
  • 1976 7th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:10:10

  • 1976 Sadiq & Mushtaq Mohammad score hundreds in same Test Cricket innings v NZ
  • 1976 English McLaren driver James Hunt finishes 4th in the season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway to win his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Niki Lauda
  • 1978 NHL Toronto Maple Leafs set own team record of 28 pts vs NY Islanders
  • 1982 12th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:14
  • 1982 13th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:09:29

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1982 Steffi Graf plays her 1st pro tennis match

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1986 Dodgers' Bill Russell, 38, announces his retirement

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1988 NY Islander's & NHL high scorer, Mike Bossy retires

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1989 After a weeks delay due to earthquake, World Series game 3 is played
  • 1991 Larry Ryckman purchases CFL Calgary Stampeders
  • 1992 Toronto beats Braves, 4-3 in Game 6 at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium to win their first Baseball World Series; Toronto catcher Pat Borders MVP
  • 1992 10th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 10-6
  • 1996 Hasan Raza makes Test Cricket debut for Pakistan age 14 yrs 238 days
  • 2004 10 people, including 4 family members of Rick Hendrick, are killed in a plane crash near Martinsville Speedway. The plane was owned by NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports.

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2004 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher finishes 8th at season-ending Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Autódromo José Carlos Pace; his 5th straight World Drivers Championship, record 7th career world title; Ferrari's 6th straight Constructors title

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • 2004 Manchester United beats Arsenal, 2-0 at Old Trafford; ends Gunners' English Premier League record 49-game unbeaten streak
  • 2008 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 1 winners: Ventura, Maram, Stardom Bound, Together Forever, Zenyatta
  • 2009 19th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 20-16 in South Bend (Notre Dame's first win in the series in nine years)
  • 2013 St Louis Cardinals defeat Boston Red Sox to tie the MLB 2013 World Series 1-1
  • 2018 Kenyan marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge named UN Person of the Year for setting a new marathon world record and for his work with AIDS/HIV in Kenya

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2018 Indian cricketer Virat Kohli becomes the 12th and the fastest-ever to score 10,000 runs in one day international matches, taking just 205 innings

Cricketer Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1857 Ned Williamson, American baseball player (Chicago White Stockings), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1894)
  • 1872 Peter O'Connor, Irish athlete (1st recognised world long jump record), born in Millom, England (d. 1957)
  • 1887 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (Tour de France 1910 champion), born in Paris, France (d. 1917)
  • 1909 Bill Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic gold 1932), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1966)
  • 1913 Molly Hide, English cricketer who captained England for 17 years, born in Shanghai, China (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Marshall Goldberg, NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals)
  • 1925 Ken "Slasher" Mackay, cricketer (exciting Aussie all-rounder)
  • 1926 Y A Tittle, AAFC/NFL quarterback (Baltimore, San Francisco, NY Giants, MVP 1963)
  • 1928 Ken Hough, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in two Tests v England 1959)
  • 1929 James Brosnan, baseball player/writer (Long Season)
  • 1932 Johnny Lattner, American football player, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Arvind Apte, cricketer (brother of Madhav Scored 8 & 7 in one Test)
  • 1934 Margie Masters, Australian golfer (Western Open runner-up 1966), born in Swan Hill, Victoria
  • 1944 Viktor Prokopenko, Ukranian footballer and coach (d. 2007)
  • 1950 Rawly Eastwick, American baseball player
  • 1953 James di Donato, open water swimmer, one of the Tiger Twins (world record for swimming the butterfly in 40.6 miles)
  • 1953 Jonathan di Donato, open water swimmer, one of the Tiger Twins (world record for swimming the butterfly in 40.6 miles)
  • 1955 Ghulam Parkar, cricketer (Indian batsman v England 1982)
  • 1957 Ron Gardenhire, German-born American baseball manager
  • 1960 Ian Baker-Finch, Australian golfer, broadcaster (1991 British Open 1991, CBS), born in Nambour Queensland
  • 1960 Joachim "Jo" Winkelhock, German race car driver
  • 1961 Rafael Belliard, Pueblo Nuevo Dom Rep, infielder (Atlanta Braves)
  • 1962 Jay Novacek, NFL tight end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1963 John Hendrie, Scottish footballer
  • 1964 Patrick Hunter, NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1965 Donald Frank, NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1965 Vernice Smith, NFL guard (Washington Redskins, St Louis Rams)
  • 1966 F P Santangelo, outfielder (Montreal Expos), born in Livonia, Michigan
  • 1966 Shawn Lee, NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1967 Ian Bishop, cricketer (West Indian fast bowler)
  • 1968 Adrian Dale, cricketer (prolific Glamorgan & England A batsman)
  • 1968 Francisco Claver, Spanish tennis star
  • 1968 Ken Ryan, Pawtucket RI, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1969 Arthur Rhodes, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1969 Kelvin Pritchett, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1970 Lamont Hollinquest, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1970 Todd Riech, Polson Montana, javelin thrower
  • 1970 Walter Dunson, NFL running back/kick returner (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1971 Aaron Bailey, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1971 Mike Verstegen, NFL guard (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1972 Eric Sutton, CFL cornerback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1972 Pat Williams, American football defensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Ruxandra Dragomir, Pitesti Rom, tennis star (1996 Bournemouth doubles)
  • 1972 T J Cunningham, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 Tom Fletcher, NFL defensive safety (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1973 Kenny Holmes, defensive end (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1973 Levi Leipheimer, American cyclist
  • 1973 Mike Matthews, American baseball player
  • 1973 Jackie McNamara, Scottish footballer
  • 1974 Nathan Parks, tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • 1974 Jamal Mayers, Professional Hockey Player
  • 1975 Corey Dillon, HB (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1975 Juan Pablo Ángel, Colombian footballer
  • 1976 Yanda Nossiter, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1976 Petar Stoychev, Bulgarian swimmer
  • 1977 Iván Kaviedes, Ecuadorian football player, born in Santo Domingo, Ecuador
  • 1978 Carlos Edwards, Trinidadian footballer
  • 1980 James Killian, American football player
  • 1980 Matthew Amoah, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1982 Mohamed Fairuz Fauzy, Malaysian racing driver
  • 1982 Macay McBride, American baseball player
  • 1983 Marc Leishman, Australian golfer (British Open 2015 runner-up), born in Warrnambool, Victoria
  • 1983 Brian Vickers, American race car driver

Person of interestWayne Rooney

1985 Wayne Rooney, English soccer midfielder (England 119 caps, Man U, Everton), born in Liverpool, England

English Footballer Wayne Rooney
English Footballer
Wayne Rooney
  • 1986 John Ruddy, English footballer
  • 1987 Charlie White, American ice dancer
  • 1987 Anthony Vanden Borre, Belgian footballer

Weddings in Sport

  • 2013 Country music singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe (27) weds MLB pitcher John Danks (28) at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee

Deaths in Sport

  • 1931 Murray Bisset, South African cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1899 & 1910), dies at 55
  • 1942 Arthur Dolphin, cricketer (1 Test England 1921, 1 run, 1 catch), dies
  • 1971 Chuck Hughes, Detroit Lion collapses during game & later, dies

Person of interestJackie Robinson

1972 Jackie Robinson, 1st African American baseball player (Bkln Dodgers), dies at 53

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1973 Jack Iverson, Australian cricketer (5 Tests 21 wickets S1024 15 23), dies at 58
  • 1985 Richie Evans, American NASCAR driver, dies in a car crash at 44
  • 1988 Sumner White, American sailor (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 58
  • 2002 Herman Gaviria, Colombian football player (b. 1969)
  • 2003 Veikko Hakulinen, Finnish cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952, 56, 60), dies in car accident at 78
  • 2004 Ricky Hendrick, American NASCAR driver and owner, dies in plane crash at 24
  • 2012 Margaret Osborne DuPont, American tennis player (6-time Grand Slam singles winner), dies at 94
  • 2012 Jeff Blatnick, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984), dies at 55