On This Day

On This Day in Sport for October 26

Events in Sport

  • 1863 Football Association forms in England, standardizing soccer, splitting with rugby
  • 1869 1st American steeplechase horserace at Westchester, NY
  • 1887 "World Championship" Baseball Series, Sportsman's Park, Detroit Wolverines (NL) beat St Louis Browns (AA), 10 games to 5 in series played in bitterly cold conditions
  • 1911 Baseball World Series: Philadelphia A's rout NY Giants, 13-2 at Shibe Park to clinch 4-2 series win and retain Championship
  • 1934 While Washington Senators player-manager Joe Cronin honeymoons with Mildred Robertson, owner Clark Griffith's niece and adopted daughter, he is sold to Red Sox
  • 1950 Branch Rickey resigns as Brooklyn Dodger president
  • 1951 Future world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano defeats former champion Joe Louis by TKO in the 8th round at Madison Square Garden
  • 1952 Pakistan's 1st Test Cricket win Fazal Mahmood 12 wkts v India
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Birthdays in Sport

  • 1861 Richard Sears, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1881-87), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1943)
  • 1866 William "Kid" Gleason, American baseball utility (St. Louis Browns, NY Giants, Philadelphia Phillies) and manager (Chicago White Sox, during "Black Sox" scandal), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1933)
  • 1883 Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (Olympic gold 1904, 06), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)
  • 1902 Hugh Chilvers, Australian cricketer (great leggie of 30's for NSW but not Aust), born in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1994)
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Weddings in Sport

  • 1953 Tennis champion Tony Trabert (23) weds beauty queen Shauna Wood at the Salt Lake Country Club in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1968 Czech 7-time Olympic champion gymnast Věra Čáslavská (26) weds middle distance runner Josef Odložil (29) at the Mexico City Cathedral, Mexico City

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Deaths in Sport

  • 1930 Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman and thoroughbred horse breeder, dies at 58
  • 1931 Charles Comiskey, American Baseball HOF infielder (St. Louis Brown Stockings/Browns), team owner (Chicago White Sox) and manager (St. Louis Browns), dies at 72
  • 1936 Rodney Heath, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1905, 10), dies of stomach cancer at 52
  • 1952 Myrtle McAteer, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1900), dies at 74
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