On This Day in Sport for October 31

Events in Sport

  • 1888 Scottish vet John Boyd Dunlop patents pneumatic bicycle tyre
  • 1907 Calgary City Rugby Football Club's 1st game defeating Strathcona Rugby Foot-ball Club 15-0 at Calgary
  • 1908 4th Olympic games ends in London
  • 1921 Federation Sportive Feminine International forms (1st woman track & field association)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943 Washington Redskin Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs Bkln (48-10)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1954 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Texas Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1968 Milwaukee Bucks win their 1st game beating Detroit 138-118 (6th game)
  • 1985 Last day in Test cricket for Zaheer Abbas
  • 1987 1st jockey to win 9 races in 1 day (Chris Antley at Belmont)
  • 1987 A pair in Coventry, England, ties world record for longest singles tennis match at 80 hrs 21 minutes
  • 1988 1st Monday Night NFL game in Indianapolis, Colts beat Denver 55-23
  • 1992 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: A P Indy, Fraise, Gilded Time, Liza, Lure, Paseana, Thirty Slews at Gulfstream Park
  • 1993 25 people killed during Ghana-Ivory Coast soccer match
  • 1993 US wins Nichirei International LPGA Golf Tournament
  • 1995 NHL NJ Devils agree to stay in NJ
  • 1999 Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.
  • 1999 50th Formula One WDC: Mika Hakkinen wins by two points

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Bethany Hamilton, aged 13, has her arm bitten off by a shark while surfing in Hawaii

Professional Surfer Bethany Hamilton
Professional Surfer
Bethany Hamilton

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2014 Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre are inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa
MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1887 Newsy Lalonde, Canadian ice hockey (Montreal Canadiens) and lacrosse player, born in Cornwall, Ontario (d. 1970)
  • 1895 C. K. Nayudu, Indian cricketer (7 Tests for India in 30's), born in Nagpur, Maharashtra (d. 1967)
  • 1897 Pete Henry, American NFL tackle (Canton, NY Giants, Pottsville), born in Mansfield, Ohio (d. 1952)
  • 1900 Cal Hubbard, American football and baseball player, and umpire (only person in Baseball and Football Hall of Fame), born in Keytesville, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1902 Willie Shaw, race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40)
  • 1920 Dick Francis, British jockey and detective writer (Whip Hand, High Stakes), born in Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 2010)
  • 1920 Fritz Walter, German footballer, born in Kaiserslautern, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1933 Phil Goyette, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Lachine, Canada

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1933 Hobart "Hobie" Alter, American surf and sailing entrepreneur and pioneer who created the Hobie Cat, born in Ontario, California (d. 2014)

  • 1938 Rives McBee, PGA golfer (1989 RJR Bank One Classic), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1941 Lucas Brown Jackson, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in San Marcos, Texas
  • 1941 Derek Bell, British racing driver, born in Pinner, Middlesex, England
  • 1942 Dave McNally, American baseball player, born in Billings, Montana (d. 2002)
  • 1946 Ramnath Parkar, Indian cricket batsman (Indian in 2 Tests v England 1972-73), born in Mumbai, India (d. 1999)
  • 1947 Frank Shorter, American marathoner (Oly-gold/silver-72, 76), born in Munich, Germany
  • 1951 Nick Saban, American college football coach, born in Fairmont, West Virginia
  • 1953 John Lucas, NBA guard (Houston, Golden State, Milwaukee), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1958 Russell Earl Cochran, PGA golfer (1991 Centel Western), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • 1958 Jeannie Longo, French cyclist (59-time French champion and 13-time world champion), born in Annecy, France
  • 1959 Ann Henricksson, tennis star, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1960 Janice Harrer, American WPVA volleyballer (US Open-1989, Oly-96), born in Torrance, California
  • 1961 Alonzo Babers, 400m/4X400m relay (Olympic gold 1984), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1961 Christine Bridged, Australian European class sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1961 Doc Rivers, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1961 Sterling Hinds, 4X100m relayer (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1963 Fred McGriff, infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1963 Dunga [Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri], Brazilian footballer, born in Ijuí, Brazil
  • 1964 Marco van Basten, Dutch soccer star (Ajax, AC Milan), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1965 Blue Edwards, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1965 Ruud Hesp, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Bussum, Netherlands
  • 1966 Brian Keyser, American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Castro Valley, California
  • 1966 Koji Kanemoto, Japanese wrestler (NJPW/AAA/UWA, Tiger Mask, King Lee), born in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
  • 1968 Antonio Davis, American NBA forward-center (Indiana Pacers), born in Oakland, California
  • 1968 Eddie Taubensee, American baseball catcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Beeville, Texas
  • 1968 Russ McCullough, WLAF offensive linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1969 Damon Mashore, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1969 Henry John Mills, NFL tight end (Houston Oilers), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1969 Lee Woodall, NFL linebacker (SF 49ers), born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Steve Trachsel, American baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Oxnard, California
  • 1971 Phillip Tataurangi, New Zealand golfer, born in Auckland
  • 1971 Alphonso Ford, American basketball player, born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 2004)
  • 1971 Ian Walker, English footballer, born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1972 Clifford Rozier, NBA center/forward (Golden State Warriors), born in Bradenton, Florida
  • 1972 Jamie Asher, NFL tight end (Washington Redskins), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1972 Matt Dawson, English rugby union footballer, born in Birkenhead, England
  • 1973 Fiona Smith, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Oly-98), born in Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1973 Ross Verba, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1973 Grigorios Georgatos, Greek footballer, born in Piraeus, Greece
  • 1973 Tim Byrdak, American baseball player, born in Oak Lawn, Illinois
  • 1973 David Dellucci, American baseball player, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1974 Jeff Gooch, linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1974 Serge Heuveling, soccer player (NEC)
  • 1974 Muzzy Izzet, Turkish footballer, born in Mile End, London
  • 1975 Carla Boyd, Australian basketball player (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Wynyard, Tasmania
  • 1975 Jagan Hames, Australian decathlete (Olympics-96), born in McLaren Vale, Australia
  • 1975 Fabio Celestini, Swiss footballer, born in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1976 Guti [José María Gutiérrez Hernández], Spanish footballer, born in Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain
  • 1977 Sylviane Félix, French athlete, born in Créteil, France
  • 1978 Emmanuel Izonritei, Nigerian boxer
  • 1978 Martin Verkerk, Dutch tennis player, born in Leiderdorp, Netherlands
  • 1979 Simão Sabrosa, Portuguese footballer, born in Vila Real, Portugal
  • 1979 Ricardo Fuller, Jamaican footballer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1982 Tomáš Plekanec, Czech ice hockey player, born in Cladno, Czech Republic
  • 1986 Chris Alajajian, Australian racing driver, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1988 Sébastien Buemi, Swiss racing driver, born in Aigle, Switzerland

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1976 NBA legend Larry Bird (19) divorces highschool sweetheart Janet Condra only 11 months after getting married

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2011 Socialite and model Kim Kardashian (31) divorces basketball player Kris Humphries (26) due to irreconcilable differences only 72 days after getting married

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian

Deaths in Sport

  • 1917 Tibby Cotter, Australian cricketer and fast bowler (49 wickets for Australia) and member of the 12th Regiment who captured Beersheba in the world's last successful cavalry charge, dies at 33
  • 1972 Bill Durnan, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1983 George Halas [Papa Bear], NFL pioneer and owner of the Chicago Bears, dies of pancreatic cancer at 88

American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas
  • 1985 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (b. 1918)
  • 1998 Elmer Vasko, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1935)
  • 1999 Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (b. 1975)
  • 2007 Ray Gravell, Welsh rugby union footballer (b. 1951)
  • 2010 Maurice Lucas, American basketball player (b. 1952)
  • 2011 Flórián Albert, Hungarian footballer (b. 1941)
  • 2012 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler, dies at 82