On This Day

On This Day in Sport for October 24

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

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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 NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick and 4 family members are killed in a plane crash near Martinsville Speedway in Virginia; plane 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
Cricketer
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), 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, American NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals), born in Elkins, West Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Ken Mackay, Australian cricketer (exciting Aussie all-rounder), born in Windsor, Queensland, Australia (d. 1982)
  • 1926 Y. A. Tittle, American NFL quarterback (Baltimore, San Francisco, NY Giants, MVP 1963), born in Marshall, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Ken Hough, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in two Tests v England 1959), born in Auburn, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2009)
  • 1929 Jim Brosnan, American baseball player and writer (Long Season), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • 1932 Johnny Lattner, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1953, Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1954, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Arvind Apte, Indian cricketer (brother of Madhav Scored 8 & 7 in one Test), born in Bombay, Maharashtra, India (d. 2014)
  • 1934 Margie Masters, Australian golfer (Western Open runner-up 1966), born in Swan Hill, Victoria
  • 1944 Viktor Prokopenko, Ukranian footballer and coach, born in Zhdanov, Ukrainian SSR (d. 2007)
  • 1950 Rawly Eastwick, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 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, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman v England 1982), born in Kaluste, Maharashtra, India
  • 1957 Ron Gardenhire, German-American baseball manager, born in Butzbach, Hessen, West Germany
  • 1960 Ian Baker-Finch, Australian golfer and broadcaster (1991 British Open 1991, CBS), born in Nambour, Queensland, Australia
  • 1960 Joachim Winkelhock, German race car driver, born in Waiblingen, West Germany
  • 1961 Rafael Belliard, MLB infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Pueblo Nuevo, Dominican Republic
  • 1962 Jay Novacek, American NFL tight end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Martin, South Dakota
  • 1963 John Hendrie, Scottish footballer, born in Lennoxtown, Scotland
  • 1965 Donald Frank, American NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings), born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina
  • 1965 Vernice Smith, American NFL guard (Washington Redskins, St Louis Rams), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1966 F. P. Santangelo, American baseball outfielder (Montreal Expos), born in Livonia, Michigan
  • 1966 Shawn Lee, American NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1967 Ian Bishop, Trinidadian cricketer (West Indian fast bowler), born in Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1968 Adrian Dale, South African cricketer (prolific Glamorgan & England A batsman), born in Germiston, Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1968 Francisco Claver, Spanish tennis star
  • 1968 Ken Ryan, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • 1969 Arthur Rhodes, American baseball pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1969 Kelvin Pritchett, American NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1970 Lamont Hollinquest, American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Walter Dunson, NFL running back and kick returner (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1971 Aaron Bailey, American NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1971 Mike Verstegen, American NFL guard (New Orleans Saints), born in Appleton, Wisconsin
  • 1972 Eric Sutton, CFL cornerback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1972 Pat Williams, American football defensive tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • 1972 Ruxandra Dragomir, Romanian tennis star (1996 Bournemouth doubles), born in Piteşti, Romania
  • 1972 T. J. Cunningham, American NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks), born in Aurora, Colorado (d. 2019)
  • 1972 Tom Fletcher, NFL defensive safety (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1973 Kenny Holmes, American football defensive end (Tennessee Oilers), born in Gifford, Florida
  • 1973 Levi Leipheimer, American road racing cyclist, born in Butte, Montana
  • 1973 Mike Matthews, American baseball player, born in Woodbridge, Virginia
  • 1973 Jackie McNamara, Scottish football coach and executive, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1974 Nathan Parks, NFL tackle (KC Chiefs), born in Chico, California
  • 1974 Jamal Mayers, Canadian NHL hockey player (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1975 Corey Dillon, American football running back (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1975 Juan Pablo Ángel, Colombian footballer, born in Medellín, Colombia
  • 1976 Yanda Nossiter, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1976 Petar Stoychev, Bulgarian swimmer, born in Momchilgrad, Bulgaria
  • 1977 Iván Kaviedes, Ecuadorian football player, born in Santo Domingo, Ecuador
  • 1978 Carlos Edwards, Trinidadian footballer (Trinidad and Tobago national football team), born in Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1980 James Killian, American football player, born in Caldwell, Kansas
  • 1980 Matthew Amoah, Ghanaian footballer, born in Tema, Greater Accra, Ghana
  • 1982 Mohamed Fairuz Fauzy, Malaysian racing driver, born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1982 Macay McBride, American baseball player, born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1983 Marc Leishman, Australian golfer (British Open 2015 runner-up), born in Warrnambool, Victoria
  • 1983 Brian Vickers, American race car driver, born in Thomasville, North Carolina

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 (Wolverhampton Wanderers), born in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England
  • 1987 Charlie White, American ice dancer (Oympic gold & silver 2014, silver 2010), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1987 Anthony Vanden Borre, Belgian footballer, born in Likasi, Zaire (now Congo)

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 auto racer and team owner (NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 1 win, 23 top 10s), 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