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 (Westchester, NY)
  • 1887 Detroit (NL) beats St Louis (AA) 10 games to 5 in World Series
  • 1911 Philadelphia A's beat NY Giants, 4 games to 2 in 8th World Series
  • 1934 While Washington Seantors player-manager Joe Cronin honeymoons with Mildred Robertson, owner Clark Griffith's niece and adopted daughter, he is sold to Red Sox

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1951 Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1952 Pakistan's 1st Test Cricket win Fazal Mahmood 12 wkts v India
  • 1960 AL approves Washington Senators move to become Minnesota Twins & announces franchises in LA & Washington, D.C. for 1961
  • 1968 The Soviet Union wraps up the volleyball double at the Mexico City Olympics; both men's & women's teams take gold at the end of their respective round-robin competitions

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1968 Future world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman wins the Olympic heavyweight gold medal when the final against Jonas Čepulis (Soviet Union) is stopped in round 2 at the Mexico City Games

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 1968 Japanese gymnasts sweep the medals in the men's floor exercise competition at the Mexico City Olympics; Sawao Kato wins his 3rd gold of the Games ahead of team mates Akinori Nakayama and Takeshi Katō
  • 1968 Japanese gymnast Akinori Nakayama wins 3 individual gold medals on the one day (horizontal bar, rings & parallel bars) at the Mexico City Olympics; with team victory, 4 gold for the Games
  • 1968 Charlie Hickcox wins his 3rd gold medal of the Mexico City Olympics when he leads the US men's 4 x 100m medley relay team with team mates Don McKenzie, Doug Russell & Ken Walsh to world record 3:54.9
  • 1968 Striker Antal Dunai scores twice as Hungary outclasses Bulgaria 4-1 to take the men's football gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 1968 Italian diver Klaus Dibiasi wins first of 3 consecutive men's 10m platform gold medals when he comfortably beats Álvaro Gaxiola of Mexico at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 1974 Cleveland Coliseum opens for NBA's Cavaliers & MISL's Crunch

  • 1975 Cuba beats Mexico for its 4th Pan Am Games Gold Medal in baseball
  • 1980 10th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:25:41.3
  • 1980 11th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:09:41
  • 1980 St Louis Cards sack Balt Colt QBs an NFL record tying 12 times
  • 1981 LA Dodgers beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 2 in 78th World Series
  • 1982 Steve Carlton became 1st pitcher to win 4 Cy Young awards
  • 1985 On a poor call in 6th game, umpire Don Deckinger starts a string of events costing Cardinals the World Series

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1985 Doug Harvey's #2 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Legend Doug Harvey
NHL Legend
Doug Harvey
  • 1986 French McLaren driver Alain Prost retains his World Formula 1 Drivers Championship with victory in season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins title by 2 points from Nigel Mansell

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1988 Donald Trump bills Mike Tyson $2,000,000 for 4 months' advisory service

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1993 NFL announces new expansion team, Carolina Panthers in Charlotte
  • 1993 NJ Devils lose 2-0 to Montreal, after winning 1st 7 games of 1993
  • 1996 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Woodbine Racetrack; winners: Lit de Justice, Storm Song, Jewel Princess, Da Hass, Boston Harbor, Pilsudski, Alphabet Soup
  • 1996 New York beats Atlanta Braves, 3-2 in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium to win 23rd Baseball World Series; Bronx Bombers' reliever John Wetteland MVP
  • 1997 Bill Glasson wins Las Vegas Golf Invitational
  • 1997 Florida beats Cleveland Indians, 3-2 in Game 7 at Pro Player Stadium, Miami for Marlins first Baseball World Series; Florida pitcher Liván Hernández MVP
  • 1997 Jacques Villeneuve finishes 3rd in European Grand Prix at Jerez, Spain; first Canadian to win World F1 Drivers Championship; wins by 39 points from Michael Schumacher

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2000 NY Yankees beat NY Mets, 4-2 in Game 5 at Shea Stadium to win "Subway Series"; Yankees 3rd straight Baseball World Series; Yanks infielder Derek Jeter MVP

Baseball Player Derek Jeter
Baseball Player
Derek Jeter
  • 2002 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Arlington Park, winners: Volponi, Vindication, Azeri, High Chaparral, Starine, Storm Flag Flying, Domedriver, Orientate
  • 2005 Chicago beats Houston, 1-0 in Game 4 at Minute Maid Park to sweep Astros and win White Sox first Baseball World Series in 88 years; Chicago outfielder Jermaine Dye MVP
  • 2007 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Monmouth Park; Day 1 winners: Maryfield, Nownownow, Corinthian
  • 2013 St Louis Cardinals defeat Boston Red Sox to lead the MLB 2013 World Series 2-1

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2014 American tennis star Serena Williams beats Simona Halep of Romania 6–3, 6–0 to successfully defend her WTA Finals title in Kallang, Singapore

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2018 Longest Baseball World Series game by both innings and time; LA Dodgers beat Boston Red Sox, 3-2 in the 18th inning (7 hours, 20 mins) in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium with Max Muncy walk-off homer

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1861 Richard Sears, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1881-87), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1943)
  • 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. 994)
  • 1902 Jack Sharkey [Joseph Paul Zukauskas], American boxer and world heavyweight boxing champion, born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Sid Gillman, NFL hall of fame coach and player (LA, San Diego, Houston), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Golfredo Corradetti, Canadian conductor and composer, born in Calgary, Alberta; (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Joe Fry, British racing driver, born in Winterbourne, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1950)
  • 1932 Chinadorai Deshmutu, India, field hockey player (1952)
  • 1937 Dave Gavitt, American basketball coach, formed Basketball's Big East Conference (1979), born in Westerly, Rhode Island (d. 2011)
  • 1941 Harald Nielsen, Danish soccer player (Olympic silver 1960), born in Frederikshavn, Denmark (d. 2015)
  • 1947 Ian Ashley, British racing driver, born in Wuppertal, Germany
  • 1950 Chuck Foreman, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings), born in Frederick, Maryland
  • 1950 T. E. Srinivasan, Indian cricketer (Indian opening batsman 1981), born in Chennai, India
  • 1954 Vassilis Hatzipanagis, Greek footballer, born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • 1957 Bob Golic, American football player, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1962 Roger Kingdom, American 110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Vienna, Georgia
  • 1963 Tony Casillas, American NFL defensive tackle (NY Jets, Dallas Cowboys), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1964 Lawson Duncan, tennis star, born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1964 Vencie Glenn, American NFL safety (NY Giants), born in Grambling, Louisiana
  • 1965 Gil Heredia, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Nogales, Arizona
  • 1965 Ken Rutherford, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman & latterly capt), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1965 Kim Cooper, Australian softball 3rd baseman/shortstop (Olym-bronze-96)
  • 1965 Mark McLoughlin, CFL kicker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1965 Wayne Martin, NFL defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1966 Alex Pastoor, Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1966 Olga Bicherova, gymnastics (won title at 15 yrs 33 days)
  • 1966 Jeanne Zelasko, American sportcaster
  • 1967 Bobby Houston, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)
  • 1967 Shelly Stokes, softball catcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1968 Chris Oldham, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 Nico John Hoogma, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1969 Mark Sweeney, Framington Mass, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1969 Mike Pritchard, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1970 Bert Emanuel, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1970 Jessie Armstead, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 1970 Randall Evans, 100m/200m runner, born in Franklin, Virginia
  • 1970 Tom Vano, field hockey goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1971 Cinnamon Woods, Anderson Ind, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Ronnie Irani, cricketer (Essex all-rounder, England 1996)
  • 1973 Brian Smith, speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1973 Robert Petrovicky, Kosice CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Dallas)
  • 1975 Katja Riipi, ice hockey left wing (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1975 Tammy Cleland, Sanford FL, synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1976 Miikka Kiprusoff, Finnish hockey player
  • 1978 Jimmy Aggrey, English footballer
  • 1980 Cristian Chivu, Romanian footballer
  • 1982 Adam Carroll, British racing driver
  • 1983 Dmitri Sychev, Russian football player
  • 1983 Francisco Liriano, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • 1983 Luke Watson, South African rugby player
  • 1984 Sasha Cohen, American figure skater
  • 1984 Jefferson Farfán, Peruvian footballer
  • 1984 Adriano Correia Claro, Brazilian footballer
  • 1985 Andrea Bargnani, Italian basketball player
  • 1985 Monta Ellis, American basketball player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1953 Tennis champion Tony Trabert (23) weds beauty queen Shauna Wood at the Salt Lake Country Club in Salt Lake City, Utah

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
  • 1968 Czech 7-time Olympic champion gymnast Věra Čáslavská (26) weds middle distance runner Josef Odložil (29) at the Mexico City Cathedral, Mexico City

Deaths in Sport

  • 1931 Charles Comiskey, baseball team owner (b. 1859)
  • 1961 Edgar Mayne, cricketer (4 Tests for Australia around WWI), dies
  • 1978 George "Jackie" Grant, West Indian cricketer (West Indian captain 1930-35), dies at 71
  • 1983 Mike Michalske, American football NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers), dies at 80
  • 1986 Jackson Scholz, American runner (b. 1897)
  • 1989 Andrew Roberts, cricketer (7 Tests for New Zealand 1976), dies
  • 1992 Dottie Green, female baseball player (Peaches), dies of cancer at 71
  • 1995 Agha Saadat Ali, cricketer (8 not out in 1 inn for Pak 1956), dies
  • 2004 Bobby Avila, Major League Baseball player (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Nicolae Dobrin, Romanian footballer (b. 1947)
  • 2014 Jeff Robinson, American baseball player, dies at 52