On This Day

On This Day in Sport for October 30

Events in Sport

  • 1871 Philadelphia Athletics beat Chicago for 1st National Association baseball pennant
  • 1919 Baseball league presidents call for abolishment of spitball
  • 1922 Anxious to compete with the Yankees, the NY Giants pay $65,000 & 3 players for Jack Bentley (hit .349 & was 13-2 as pitcher for Baltimore (International League) in 1922)
  • 1945 Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson to a Montreal Royals
  • 1952 4th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tim Flock wins
  • 1954 1st use of 24-sec shot clock in pro basketball (Rochester vs Boston)
  • 1955 7th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tim Flock wins
  • 1956 Dodgers sell Ebbets Field to a real estate group. They agree to stay until 1959, with an option to stay until 1961
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Deaths in Sport

  • 1915 Gervys Rignold Hazlitt, cricketer (9 Tests for Aust 1907-12), dies
  • 1936 Teddy Wynyard, cricketer (three Tests for England 1896-1906), dies
  • 1981 Lew Jenkins, American boxer (World Lightweight Champion 1940-41), dies at 64
  • 1991 William Shea, American lawyer (instrumental in NY Mets establishment; Shea Stadium), dies from a stroke at 84
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