On This Day

On This Day in Sport for October 28

Events in Sport

  • 1890 "World Championship" Baseball Series, Washington Park, NY: Louisville Colonels beat Brooklyn Bridegrooms, 6-2 in Game 7 to tie series 3-3-1; deciding game never played
  • 1900 II Summer (Modern) Olympic Games, Paris, France: competition ends after 5 months; no opening or closing ceremonies conducted
  • 1924 White Sox beat NY Giants 8-4 in Dublin, less than 20 fans attend
  • 1934 Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates play first of only 4 penalty free games in NFL history; Dodgers wins 21-3 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn
  • 1951 Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina wins Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by taking out the Spanish Grand Prix at Pedralbes in an Alpha Romeo; wins by 6 points from Alberto Ascari of Italy
  • 1953 Red Barber, resigns as Dodger sportscaster to join Yankees
  • 1954 Major league owners vote down sale of A's to a Philadelphia syndicate
  • 1959 American Football League awards Buffalo Bills franchise to Ralph C Wilson
  • 1961 Ground broken for Municipal (Shea) Stadium for NY Mets
  • 1962 Jo Weatherly in a Pontiac finishes 2nd to Rex White in season-ending Dixie 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to clinch his 1st of 2 consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Championships
  • 1962 NY Giant Y. A. Tittle passes for 7 touchdowns vs Wash Redskins (49-34)
  • 1970 NBA Cleveland Cavaliers 1st home game, lose to San Diego 110-99
  • 1973 Elmore Smith of Lakers blocks 17 shots in a game (NBA record)
  • 1974 1st time 2 Islanders hat trick in same game-MacMillian & Westfall
  • 1975 Calvin Murphy (Houston) begins NBA free throw streak of 58 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (NY Yankees)

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin

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1978 Bobby Orr scores his last career NHL goal (vs Detroit Red Wings)

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 1979 Dick Howser (best Yank mngr win-lost pct .636) replaces Billy Martin
  • 1981 NY Yankee George Frazier loses 3 World Series games
  • 1984 14th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:29:30
  • 1984 15th NYC Marathon won by Orlando Pizzolato in 2:14:53
  • 1989 Oakland A's beat San Francisco, 9-6 at Candlestick Park to sweep Giants in earthquake affected "Bay Bridge" Baseball World Series; A's pitcher Dave Stewart MVP
  • 1995 World Series Baseball: Atlanta Braves beat Cleveland Indians, 1-0 in Game 6 at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium to win their 3rd title; MVP: Braves starter Tom Glavine
  • 1995 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Belmont Park; winners: Cigar, Desert Stormer, Inside Information, My Flag, Northern Spur, Ridgewood Pearl, Unbridled's Song
  • 1995 11th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats England 16-8
  • 1995 7th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 20-10 in South Bend
  • 1996 Goa upset Karnataka to win their 1st Ranji Cricket Trophy game ever
  • 1997 NBA announces hiring of Dee Kantner & Violet Palmer as 1st women to officiate a major-league all-male sports league
  • 2007 Boston World Series Baseball: Red Sox beat Colorado, 4-3 in Game 4 at Coors Field, Denver to sweep the Rockies and win their 2nd title in 4 years; MVP: Boston 3rd baseman Mike Lowell
  • 2011 World Series Baseball: St. Louis beats Texas Rangers, 6-2 in Game 7 at Busch Stadium to win Cardinals' 11th title; MVP: Cardinals 3rd baseman David Freese
  • 2012 World Series Baseball: San Francisco beats Detroit, 4-3 in 10 innings in Game 4 at Comerica Park; sweep Tigers, 4-0 for Giants' 2nd title in 3 years; MVP: SF 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval

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2012 American Serena Williams wins her 3rd season ending tennis title; beats Maria Sharapova of Russia 6–4, 6–3 in the WTA Championship decider in Istanbul, Turkey

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • 2015 Longest ever 1st game of Baseball World Series (5 hours, 9 minutes); Kansas City Royals beat New York Mets, 5-4; also joint longest by innings (14)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finishes 4th in the Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez to clinch his 5th Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton
  • 2018 World Series Baseball: Boston Red Sox beats LA Dodgers, 5-1 in Game 5 at Dodger Stadium to win 9th title in franchise history; MVP: Boston utility Steve Pearce
  • 2018 Ukrainian tennis star Elina Svitolina registers biggest win of her career when she rallies for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 triumph over American Sloane Stephens in a classic WTA Finals title decider in Singapore

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1877 Joe Adams, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Cowden, Illinois (d. 1952)
  • 1881 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (Olympic silver pole vault & bronze javelin 1906; bronze pole vault 1908; popularized bowling in Sweden), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1969)
  • 1881 Vin Coutie, Australian rules footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1951)
  • 1910 Marie Dollinger, German track and field athlete (dropped baton in 1936 Olympic sprint), born in Langenzenn, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1918 Harold Shepherdson, British soccer trainer, born in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire (d. 1955)
  • 1921 Peggy Kirk, American golfer, (Titleholders Championship 1949), born in Findlay, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Butch van Breda Kolff, American basketball player and coach, born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1926 Bowie Kuhn, American lawyer, sports administrator (MLB Commissioner 1969-1984), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Lawrie Reilly, Scottish soccer striker (38 caps; Hibernian 253 games, 185 goals), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Bernie Ecclestone, English motorsports impresario (F1), born in St Peter, South Elmham
  • 1933 Garrincha, Brazilian footballer, born in Pau Grande, Brazil (d. 1983)
  • 1934 Jim Beatty, American athlete (first to break 4-minute mile barrier on an indoor track 3:58.9 1962), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestLenny Wilkens

1937 Lenny Wilkens, NBA Point Guard and Head Coach (Seattle SuperSonics), born in Brooklyn, New York

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens
  • 1938 Peter Carlstein, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman 1958-64), born in Klerksdorp, South Africa
  • 1939 Miroslav Cerar, Yugoslav gymnast (Olypmics gold 1964, 68), born in Ljubljana, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
  • 1941 André Quilis, French rugby union flanker (5 caps; RC Narbonne), born in Coursan, France (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Kees Verkerk, Dutch skater World Champion (1967)/(Olympic gold 1968), born in Maasdam, Netherlands
  • 1943 Pim Doesburg, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (8 caps; Eredivisie record 687 games; Sparta, PSV), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • 1945 Dennis Lillie [sic], cricketer (Queensland leg-spinner 1965-66/80-82)
  • 1946 Wim Jansen, Dutch footballer and coach
  • 1949 Caitlyn Jenner [born Bruce Jenner], American decathlete (Olympic gold 1976), TV personality and prominent transgender figure, born in Mt Kisco, New York
  • 1950 Ludo Delcroix, Belgian cyclist
  • 1953 Mark James, British golfer (Senior Players Championship 2004), born in Manchester, England
  • 1954 Sammy Stewart, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1983; AL ERA leader 1981; Cleveland Indians), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • 1962 Peter Cantrell, cricketer (Queensland opening batsman, Neth WC 1996)
  • 1962 Erik Thorstvedt, Norwegian footballer
  • 1963 Kevin Dineen, Canadian NHL right wing, coach (Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • 1963 Lisa Bettio, WPVA volleyballer (Ft Myers Beach-17th-1992), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1963 Robert Bailey, cricketer (England batsman in four Tests 1988-90)
  • 1964 Lenny Harris, infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1964 Paul Wylie, figure skater (Olympic-silver)
  • 1965 Eric Floyd, NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1965 Mark Carrier, NFL wide receiver (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1966 Benoit Hogue, Canadian NHL center (Dallas Stars), born in Repentigny, Quebec
  • 1966 Juan Guzman, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1966 Kaylynn Hick, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Steve Atwater, NFL safety (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1966 Tim Bogar, infielder (NY Mets), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1967 James Joseph, NFL running back (Cin Bengals)
  • 1968 Ernie Mills, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1968 Glenn Clear, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1968 Rodney Thomas, NFL running back (Houston Oilers), born in Trinity, TX, (d. 2014)
  • 1968 Shawna Molcak, Cardston Alberta, basketball guard (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Stan Thomas, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers)
  • 1968 Marc Lièvremont, French rugby union footballer and coach
  • 1969 Denny Fercho, Ventura California, team handball circle (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Bracey Walker, NFL safety (Cin Bengals, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970 Rob Hitchcock, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1971 John Coker, NBA center (Phoenix Suns)
  • 1971 Nicole Green, 400m runner, born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1972 Calvin Jackson, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1972 Chad Folk, CFL cornerback (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1972 Terrell Davis, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973 Frank Juric, Australian soccer goalie (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Braden Looper, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Weatherford, Oklahoma
  • 1974 Henri Crockett, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1974 Dejan Stefanović, Serbian footballer
  • 1974 Vicente Moreno, Spanish footballer
  • 1979 Martin Škoula, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1980 Alan Smith, English footballer
  • 1981 Milan Baroš, Czech footballer
  • 1981 Solomon Andargachew, Ethiopian footballer
  • 1982 Jeremy Bonderman, American baseball player
  • 1982 Anthony Lerew, American baseball player
  • 1983 Jarrett Jack, American basketball player
  • 1984 Obafemi Martins, Nigerian footballer
  • 1987 Choi Na-yeon, South Korean golfer (US Open 2012), born in Seoul, South Korea

Deaths in Sport

  • 1919 Ted Wainwright, cricketer (Yorks stalwart, 5 Tests 1893-98), dies
  • 1957 Anthony J Morabito, co-owner of San Francisco '49ers, dies while watching a game
  • 1959 Abe Waddington, cricketer (Yorks left-arm quick, Test avg 119), dies
  • 1975 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (world light heavyweight champion, 1st $1m gate v J Dempsey), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 1984 Knut Nordahl, Swedish soccer midfielder (26 caps; AS Roma; Olympic gold 1948), dies at 64
  • 1989 Darel Dieringer, American auto racer (181 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races for 7 wins and 79 top 10 finishes), dies at 63
  • 1991 George Treweeke, Australian Rugby League second rower (7 Tests, South Sydney), dies at 86
  • 1998 Ghulam Ahmed, Indian cricketer (off-spinner in 22 Tests for India in 1950's), dies at 76
  • 2000 Andújar Cedeño, Dominican baseball infielder (Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers), dies in a car accident at 31
  • 2004 Jimmy McLarnin, Northern Irish-born boxer (b. 1907)
  • 2005 Bob Broeg, American sports writer (b. 1918)
  • 2005 Tony Jackson, American basketball player (b. 1942)

Person of interestRed Auerbach

2006 Red Auerbach, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, general manager (Boston Celtics, 9-time NBA champion), dies of a heart attack at 89

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • 2006 Trevor Berbick, Jamaican professional boxer, dies at 52
  • 2019 Al Bianchi, American basketball guard, coach and general manager (Philadelphia 76ers, Virginia Squires; GM NY Knicks), dies from congestive heart failure at 87
  • 2020 Miguel Ángel Castellini, Argentine boxer (WBA, lineal light middleweight titles 1976-77), dies from COVID-19 at 73