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)

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1945 Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson to a Montreal Royals

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player and Sports Executive Branch Rickey
Baseball Player and Sports Executive
Branch Rickey
  • 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
  • 1960 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Rex White wins

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1963 Sandy Koufax wins NL MVP award

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax
  • 1966 16th NASCAR Sprint Cup: David Pearson wins
  • 1967 Arthur Allyn says White Sox will play 9 games in Milwaukee in 1968
  • 1967 Ferdinand Bracke bicycles world record time (48,093 km)

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1973 Tom Seaver becomes 1st non-20-game winner to win Cy Young award

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver

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1974 California Angel Nolan Ryan throws fastest recorded pitch (100.9 MPH)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1974 "The Rumble in the Jungle": Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in the 8th round in Kinshasa, Zaire; regains world heavyweight boxing title with famous "rope-a-dope" tactic

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

  • 1975 Giants pitcher John "the Count of" Montefusco wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1975 John Bucyk, Boston, became 7th NHLer to score 500 goals

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1988 Beth Daniel wins Nichirei Ladies Cup US-Japan Team Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1988 NY Jets finally beat Pittsburgh Steelers for 1st time

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1988 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna wins Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, his record 8th GP win of the season; clinches first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 1991 Mark Sauer becomes CEO of Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1993 Toronto Maple Leafs lose 1st game of season after going 10-0-0

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1997 Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona announces his retirement from football on his 37th birthday

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • 2004 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Lone Star Park; winners: Ghostzapper, Wilko, Ashado, Better Talk Now, Oujja Board, Sweet Catomine, Singletary, Speightstown
  • 2011 Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 in the WTA Championship decider in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2013 World Series Baseball: Boston Red Sox beat St Louis Cardinals, 6-1 in Game 6 at Fenway Park to win title; MVP: Boston slugger David Ortiz
  • 2015 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Keeneland Racetrack; Day 1 winners: Hit It A Bomb, Liam's Map, Catch A Glimpse, Stopchargingmaria
  • 2015 Polish tennis star Agnieszka Radwańska wins the WTA Finals title at Kallang. Singapore; beats Czech Petra Kvitová 6–2, 4–6, 6–3
  • 2016 Slovak tennis star Dominika Cibulková beats Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 to win the WTA Finals title decider in Kallang, Singapore
  • 2016 Oakland Raiders break the single game record for most penalties in an NFL game gaining 23 in win over Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 2019 World Series Baseball: Washington Nationals beat Houston Astros, 6-2 in Game 7 at Minute Maid Park, Houston to win first title in franchise history; MVP: Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1867 Ed Delahanty, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL batting champion 1899, 1902), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1903)
  • 1871 Buck Freeman, American baseball outfielder (World Series 1903; HR leader 1899, 1903; AL RBI leader 1902, 03; Boston Americans), born in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)
  • 1888 Konstantinos Tsiklitiras, Greek athlete (Olympic gold standing long jump, bronze high jump 1912, 2 silver 1908), born in Pylos, Greece (d. 1913)
  • 1898 Bill Terry, American baseball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1989)
  • 1906 Giuseppe Farina, Italian race car driver and one-time F1 world champion, born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy (d. 1966)
  • 1916 Leon Day, American baseball pitcher (Negro Leagues), born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Bobby Bragan, American baseball player, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2010)
  • 1924 Hannelore Weygrand, German equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1956), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Jacques Swaters, Belgian racing driver, born in Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels, Belgium (d. 2010)
  • 1927 Joe Adcock, American baseball utility, manager (Milwaukee Braves; 2-time MLB All Star), born in Coushatta, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • 1935 Jim Perry, American baseball player, born in Williamston, North Carolina
  • 1936 Polina Astakhova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (5 Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64), born in Zaporizhia, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2005)
  • 1941 Jim Ray Hart, American baseball player (Giants), born in Hookerton, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1946 Ian McGeechan, Scottish rugby player, born in Headingley, Leeds, England
  • 1950 Phil Chenier, American NBA guard (Wash Bullets), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1954 JoAnne Russell, American tennis player (Wimbledon doubles 1977), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1956 Leslie Webb, equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996)
  • 1958 Ramona d'Viola, American cyclist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1960 David Valle, American baseball catcher (Texas Rangers), born in Bayside, New York

Person of interestDiego Maradona

1960 Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer forward (91 caps; World Cup 1986 [captain]; FIFA Player of the 20th Century; Argentinos Juniors, Napoli), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2020)

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • 1960 Joe Daley, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 2012), born in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania
  • 1961 Hans Segers, Dutch soccer goalkeeper and coach (Wimbledon), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1961 Scott Garrelts, American baseball player (San Francisco Giants), born in Urbana, Illinois
  • 1962 Courtney Walsh, West Indian cricket fast bowler and captain (132 Tests, 519 wickets @ 24.44; hat-trick v Aust 1988), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1962 Danny Tartabull, outfielder (NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1962 Mark Portugal, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Mike Veletta, Australian cricketer (West Aussie opening batsman, 8 Tests for Aust), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1963 Todd Sand, American pairs skaters (Olympics 1994), born in Burbank, California
  • 1965 Kevin Edwards, American NBA guard (NJ Nets), born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  • 1966 Quin Snyder, American basketball head coach (Utah Jazz 2014-19; University of Missouri 1999-2006), born in Mercer Island, Washington
  • 1967 Brenda Catherine Lawson, double scull rower (Olympics 1996), born in Wanganui, New Zealand
  • 1967 Pat Elynuik, Canadian NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators), born in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan
  • 1967 Ty Detmer, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1990, Brigham Young; Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions), born in San Marcos, Texas
  • 1969 Mayumi Hirase, Japanese golfer (18 LPGA of Japan Tour titles), born in Kumamoto, Japan
  • 1970 Dino Philyaw, American NFL running back (NE Patriots), born in Dudley, North Carolina
  • 1970 James Pedro, American lightweight judoka (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Danvers, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Kevin Johnson, American NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Patrice Tardif, Canadian NHL center (LA Kings), born in Thetford Mines, Quebec
  • 1970 Suvat Karadag, Turkish soccer player (FC Utrecht), born in Mazgirt, Turkey
  • 1970 Wim Bubberman, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1970 Ekaterini Voggoli, Greek discus thrower, born in Larissa, Greece
  • 1971 Edward "Ted" Murphy, American rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Henry Ford, NFL defensive end (Houston/Tennessee Oilers), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1972 Georgina Douglas, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Patrice Denis, CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1972 Trevor Wilmot, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts, Amsterdam Admirals), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1973 Ellis Johnson, American NFL defensive back (Indianapolis Colts), born in Wildwood, Florida
  • 1973 Edge [Adam Copeland], Canadian professional wrestler, born in Orangeville, Ontario
  • 1973 Michael Oakes, English footballer, born in Northwich, England
  • 1975 Joanne Malar, Canadian swimmer (Olympics-11-92, 96), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1976 Maurice Taylor, American NBA forward (LA Clippers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1976 Stern John, Trinidadian footballer (Columbus Crew), born in Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1978 Martin Dossett, American football player, born in Portland, Texas
  • 1979 Jason Bartlett, Filipino-American baseball player, born in Mountain View, California
  • 1980 Choi Hong-man, South Korean kickboxer and mixed martial artist, born in Jeju, South Korea
  • 1981 Ian Snell, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Dover, Delaware
  • 1982 Manny Parra, American baseball player (Bridgeport Bluefish), born in Carmichael, California
  • 1983 Iain Hume, Canadian footballer (Kerala Blasters), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1983 Trent Edwards, American football player (Buffalo Bills), born in Los Gatos, California
  • 1986 Thomas Morgenstern, Austrian ski jumper (3 Olympic gold 2006, 10), born in Spittal an der Drau, Austria
  • 1987 Junaid Siddique, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Rajshahi, Bangladesh
  • 1989 Nastia Liukin, Russian born American gymnast (2008 Olympic Champion), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • 1993 Marcus Mariota, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2014, U of Oregon; NFL: Tennessee Titans), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

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
  • 1957 Fred Beebe, baseball player (b. 1880)
  • 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
  • 1998 Bulldog Turner, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), dies at 79
  • 2005 Al López, Spanish-American baseball player (AL Manager of the year 1959), dies at 97
  • 2007 John Woodruff, American athlete (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 92
  • 2015 Mel Daniels, American professional basketball player (Hall of Fame 2012), dies at 71
  • 2017 M V Sridhar, Indian cricketer (scored 366 for Hyderabad v Andhra Pradesh 1994), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 2019 Ron Fairly, American baseball utility and broadcaster (MLB All Star 1973, 77; LA Dodgers, Montreal Expos; Seattle Mariners), dies from cancer at 81
  • 2019 Don Fraser, American boxing promoter (LA venues; colourful wardrobe & offbeat PR gimmicks), dies at 92
  • 2020 Nobby Stiles MBE, English soccer midfielder (28 caps; World Cup 1966; Manchester United 311 games) and manager (Preston NE, WBA), dies from dementia at 78
  • 2020 Herb Adderley, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Super Bowl 1967-68, 71; Pro Bowl 1963–67; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), dies from COVID-19 at 81