On This Day in Sport for October 3

Events in Sport

  • 1884 24th British Golf Open: Jack Simpson shoots a 160 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • 1885 25th British Golf Open: Bob Martin shoots a 171 at St Andrews
  • 1888 New Zealand Natives, a privately organised and mainly Māori rugby team, plays first game in UK; the first national rugby team to wear the silver fern
  • 1919 Reds Adolfo Luque is 1st Latin player to appear in a World Series
  • 1920 Browns 1st baseman George Sisler gets his record 257th hit of season
  • 1920 NFL (then American Pro Football Association) plays 1st games
  • 1926 Violet Percy runs female record marathon (3:40:22)
  • 1936 Yanks set new attendance record of 64,842 in 3rd game of World Series
  • 1940 Reds beat Tigers ending NL's 10-game World Series losing streak
  • 1942 NY Yanks Frank Crosetti shoves umpire Bill Summers in World Series, he is fined $200 & suspended for 1st 30 days of 1943 season
  • 1945 Tigers & Cubs meet in World Series for 4th time
  • 1946 Cards beat Dodgers 8-4 at Ebbets Field to win NL playoffs 2-0
  • 1947 With only 1 out to go, Yank Floyd Beven gives up a double breaking his World Series no-hit bid, it scored 2 runs & he lost game
  • 1948 NFL becomes 1st sport televised as sport of week
  • 1950 Baseball rules Phils lefty Curt Simmons cannot play in World Series despite his being on furlough from Army
  • 1951 Bobby Thomson HR-Giants win pennant defeating Dodgers
  • 1953 10th Ryder Cup: US wins 6½-5½ at Wentworth, England
  • 1953 7th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 3-1 at Montreal
  • 1956 Sal Maglie & Dodgers defeat Yanks 6-3 in opening game of World Series
  • 1959 13th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 6-1 at Montreal
  • 1962 Dodgers set major league-record season attendance of 2,755,184
  • 1965 Cubs tie major league record of 3 triple plays in a season

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1965 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 Whitey Ford notches #232 to become Yankees winningest pitcher

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • 1970 Baseball umpires call their 1st strike

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 Billie Jean King became 1st female athlete to win $100,000

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1971 22nd Formula One WDC: Jackie Stewart wins by 29 points
  • 1972 Steve Carlton wins 27th game for Phillies (almost ½ of their 59 wins)
  • 1972 Balt Roric Harrison is last AL pitcher to homer until interleague play 25 years later

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 Pele retires as soccer player

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend

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1976 Hank Aaron singles in his last at bat & drives in his 2,297th run

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1981 Brewers (since 1970) & Expos (1969) clinch their 1st-ever postseason

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1981 Mike Weaver beats Quick Tillis in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1982 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Inamori Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 1982 Scott Weiland runs Detroit marathon backwards in less than 5 hours
  • 1986 Baltimore loses assuring Orioles of their 1st last-place finish
  • 1987 Benito Santiago ends longest catcher/rookie hitting streak at 34

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 George Brett becomes 1st to lead league in batting in 3 decades

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1992 Atlanta Braves win franchise record 98th game (old record 95 in 1957)
  • 1992 Toronto Blue Jays win AL East title
  • 1993 Giants need to beat Dodgers to force a playoff game with Braves for NL West title, but Dodgers destroy Giants 12-1, Giants end year 103-59

MurderMurder of Interest

1995 O.J. Simpson found not guilty of the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman in Los Angeles, California

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1997 Carolina Hurricanes 1st home game vs Pitts Penguins
  • 1997 Vancouver Canucks beats Mighty Ducks, 3-2 in Japan
  • 2008 O.J. Simpson found guilty of charges of kidnapping and armed robbery
  • 2015 Host England loses to Australia 33-13 and crashes out of the Rugby World Cup at the pool stage

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1862 John Briggs, cricketer (mighty England all-rounder late 19th century)
  • 1869 Alfred Flatow, German Olympic champion gymnast (d. 1942)
  • 1921 Ray Lindwall, cricketer (Australian fast bowler & St George full-back)
  • 1924 Arkady Vorobyov, Russian weightlifter, (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Marques Haynes, NBA player and hall of famer (World's Greatest Dribbler, Harlem Globetrotters)
  • 1928 Christian d'Oriola, French foils (Olympic gold 1952, 56)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1931 Glenn Hall, National Hockey League goaltender (butterfly goalkeeping), born in Humboldt Saskatchewan

NHL Goalie Glenn Hall
NHL Goalie
Glenn Hall
  • 1933 Neale A Fraser, tennis champ (US Open-1959)
  • 1934 Harold Ralph Henning, PGA golfer (1966 Texas Open), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1935 Abdon Pamich, Italian 50K walker (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1937 Eli Jacobs, baseball owner (Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1940 Jean Ratelle, NHL center (NY Rangers, Boston Bruins)
  • 1940 Mike Troy, US swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1960)
  • 1945 Viktor Saneyev, USSR, triple jumper (Olympic-3 gold/1 silv-1968-80)
  • 1950 Laureen Ford, Gympie Queensland, golfer (1992 Alpine Aust Ladies)
  • 1951 Dave Winfield, baseball outfielder (NY Yankees, Blue Jays, Twins)
  • 1952 Gary Troup, cricketer (NZ lefty pace bowler in 15 Tests 1976-86)
  • 1954 Dennis Eckersley, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Oakland, California
  • 1959 Frederick Stephen Couples, PGA golfer (1983 Kemper Open), born in Seattle, Washington

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1959 Fred Couples, American golfer and Masters Champion (1992), born in Seattle, Washington

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • 1962 Rick Todd, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Ben Hogan Dakota), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1963 Dan Goldie, Sioux City IO, tennis star
  • 1963 Patrick Flatley, Ontario, right winger (NY Islanders, Oly-4 gold-1988)
  • 1966 Darrin Fletcher, Elmhurst IL, catcher (Montreal Expos)
  • 1968 Greg Foster, NBA center (Utah Jazz)
  • 1968 Marco Roelofsen, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1968 Paul Crichton, English footballer
  • 1969 Carl Thomas, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1969 Eddie Sutter, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1969 Mike Saunders, CFL running back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1969 Stephen Scahill, New Zealand golfer, born in Featherston
  • 1969 Travis Hill, NFL linebacker (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1970 Justine Sowry, Australian field hockey goalie (Olympics-96)
  • 1970 Manny Martinez, Dominican outfielder (Seattle Mariners), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1970 Roger Bailey, American pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Chattahoochee, Florida
  • 1970 Tyji Armstrong, NFL tight end (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1971 Reggie Givens, CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1971 Wil Cordero, baseball player
  • 1972 Christian Peter, defensive tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1972 Michael Nylander, NHL center (Calgary Flames), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1972 Sandy Martinez, Villa Mella Dom Rep, catcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1973 Angelica Gavaldon, El Centro California, tennis star (1995 quarter Aust)
  • 1974 Mike Johnson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1976 Kirsi Haenninen, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)
  • 1976 Nate Johnson, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1978 Gerald Asamoah, German footballer
  • 1978 Claudio Pizarro, Peruvian footballer
  • 1980 Sheldon Brookbank, Canadian hockey player
  • 1981 Zlatan Ibrahimović, Swedish footballer (Sweden national team, Milan, Paris St. Germain), born in Malmö, Sweden
  • 1981 Andreas Isaksson, Swedish footballer
  • 1981 Danny Coid, English Footballer
  • 1981 Matt Murton, American baseball player
  • 1983 Frederico Chaves Guedes, Brazilian footballer

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

1953 MLB player and manager Sparky Anderson (19) weds childhood sweetheart Carol Valle

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson

Deaths in Sport

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1936 John Heisman, American football coach, dies of pneumonia at 66

Football, Baseball & Basketball Player & Coach John Heisman
Football, Baseball & Basketball Player & Coach
John Heisman
  • 1982 Roger J J Claessen, Belgian soccer star, dies at 41
  • 1986 Vince DiMaggio, American Baseball Player (b. 1912)
  • 2004 John Cerutti, baseball player and announcer (b. 1960)
  • 2010 Ben Mondor, Canadian-born American baseball executive (b. 1925)