On This Day in Sport for October 4

Events in Sport

  • 1873 Toronto Argonauts Football Club (CFL) forms as Argonaut Rowing Club rugby-football squad; oldest existing pro sports team in North America still using original name
  • 1873 British Open Golf, St Andrews: Scotsman Tom Kidd beats countryman Jamie Anderson by 1 stroke; first Open not held at Prestwick GC
  • 1878 British Open Golf, Prestwick GC: Scotsman Jamie Anderson wins 2nd of 3 consecutive Championships; beats Bob Kirk by 2 strokes
  • 1895 1st US Open Golf, Newport GC: Englishman Horace Rawlins wins inaugural event; beats Willie Dunn of Scotland by 2 strokes
  • 1901 Charlie Barr skippered Columbia (US) beats Shamrock II (UK), 3-0 on New York City Harbour in 11th America's Cup yachting challenge series
  • 1906 Chicago Cubs beat Pittsburg Pirates, 4-0 to end MLB season at 116-36 with .763 winning percentage; unmatched since
  • 1922 Writer Grantland Rice does the announcing as the New York Giants-New York Yankees Baseball World Series is broadcast for the first time over radio (WJZ & WGY)
  • 1923 Young Stribling ostensibly beats Mike McTigue on points in Columbus, Georgia for world light-heavyweight boxing title; referee Harry Ertle later calls fight a draw saying he was coerced by promoters into awarding points decision to Stribling; McTigue retains title
  • 1924 New York Giants became first team to play in 4 consecutive World Series; win Game 1, 4-3 at Griffith Field; lose series, 4-3 in manager John McGraw's 9th and final WS appearance

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1925 Harry Heilmann gets 6 hits in Detroit's doubleheader sweep over St Louis Browns, 10-4 and 11-6, to edge teammate Ty Cobb for AL batting crown, .393 to .389; Cobb bats over .300 for the 20th time

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1928 25th World Series begins at Yankee Stadium with Bronx Bombers beating St Louis Cardinals, 4-1; sweep series for 2nd consecutive year
  • 1930 Philadelphia Athletics' Jack Quinn aged 47, oldest to play in World Series; pitches 2 innings in Game 3, 5-0 defeat to St. Louis; win series, 4-2
  • 1936 Record crowd 66,669 packs Yankee Stadium for Game 4 of Baseball World Series; Yankees beat Giants, 5-2; win series, 4-2
  • 1944 The only all-St. Louis World Series opens at Sportsman's Park with the visiting Browns beating the Cardinals, 2-1 on George McQuinn's home run; Cards win series, 4-2
  • 1948 Cleveland Indians beat Boston Red Sox, 8 - 3, in a one-game playoff to decide the AL pennant; keys are the pitching of Gene Bearden and hitting of Lou Boudreau
  • 1953 British runner Jim Peters sets world marathon record 2:18:34.8 in the Turku Marathon in Finland

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1953 NY Yankees slugging center fielder Mickey Mantle hits a grand slam off Russ Meyer; Bronx Bombers hold on to win, 11-7 v Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of Baseball World Series; Yankees win series, 4-2

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers win their first Baseball World Series with a 2-0 victory in Game 7 against arch-rival New York Yankees; Dodgers had lost their previous 7 World Series
  • 1958 12th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum: Maurice 'Rocket' Richard scores twice and brother Henri the winner as Montreal Canadiens beat All-Stars, 6-3
  • 1959 First Baseball World Series game played west of St Louis; LA Dodgers beat Chicago White Sox 3-1 in Game 3; record 92,394 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

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1959 Future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown makes club record 37 rushing attempts in Cleveland Browns, 34-7 win at Chicago Cardinals

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 1959 Netherlands equal best performance against neighbours Belgium; win, 9-1 in soccer friendly at De Kuip, Rotterdam; Piet van der Kuil & Faas Wilkes score 3 apiece

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1961 NY Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford records 3rd straight Baseball World Series shutout in Yankees 2-0 win v Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 at Yankee Stadium; NY wins series , 4-1

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford

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1962 Willie Mays scores in the 2nd inning for the Giants ending Whitey Ford's record Baseball World Series consecutive scoreless inning streak at ​33 2⁄3; Yankees beat Giants, 6-2 in Game 1 and 4-3 in the series

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford

Sport awardGolf Major

1964 LPGA Championship, Stardust CC; Mary Mills shoots final round 69 to win first of her 2 LPGA C'ships, 2 strokes ahead of defending champion Mickey Wright

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1964 Boston Patriots' kicker Gino Cappelletti lands 6-from-6 field goals and 3-from-3 conversions in 39-10 win v Denver Broncos at Bears Stadium, Denver
  • 1967 St Louis Cardinals beat Boston Red Sox, 2-1 in Game 1 of Baseball World Series at Fenway Park; first Fall Classic since 1948 not to feature Yankees, Giants or Dodgers; Cards win series, 4-3
  • 1969 MLB holds first league championship games; National League Championship Series: New York Mets beat Atlanta Braves, 9-5; Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3 in American League Championship Series
  • 1970 Jochen Rindt of Austria posthumously clinches World Formula 1 Drivers title at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen when contender Jacky Ickx finishes 4th; Rindt killed in a practice accident at the Italian GP at Monza 5/9/70

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1972 Future Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams manages his final game as Texas Rangers lose to KC Royals, 4-0 in the last game played at Municipal Stadium; Williams replaced by Whitey Herzog

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1980 Future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt's 2-run homer off Stan Bahnsen in 11th inning gives Philadelphia, 6-4 win v Montreal and NL East title; Schmidt's 48th of the season; breaks Eddie Mathews' single-season MLB record for 3rd basemen

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1985 Henry G Perry completes 157 day, 14,021 mile bicycle tour of Australia

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1986 NY Yankees closer Dave Righetti saves both doubleheader games at Fenway Park for 5-3 and 3-1 wins v Boston; Righetti's MLB record 46th save

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti
  • 1987 First "Scab Sunday" of NFL football with replacement players as a result of players strike; chiefly related to the expiration of 1982 Collective Bargaining Agreement; players returned October 15
  • 1987 Winnipeg CFL defensive back James Jefferson scores 2 TDs on interception returns without making an interception; scores both on laterals in Blue Bombers' 47-14 win v Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • 1989 SF Giants 1st baseman Will Clark hits first NLCS grand slam since 1977 in 11-3 win v Chicago Cubs; Clark goes 4-for-4 with 2 HRs to tie NLCS RBI record (6) for an entire series in less than 4 innings

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1991 Edmonton Oilers trade captain Mark Messier (on the team for all 5 Stanley Cups) to the NY Rangers in exchange for Bernie Nicholls, Steven Rice & Louie DeBrusk; Messier leads Rangers to Cup 2 seasons later

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 1991 San Jose Sharks play first NHL game in franchise history, a 4-3 loss in Vancouver; native Californian Craig Coxe scores club's first goal while Jeff Hackett makes an impressive 48 saves

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1992 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Dalmahoy CC: Europe beats US, 11½-6½; Laura Davies of England wins all her 3 matches

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • 1996 Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi breaks record for fastest hundred in one-day cricket history; in first ODI innings, Afridi savages Sri Lanka for 102 in KCA Centenary Tournament match in Nairobi; reaches 100 in 37 balls
  • 1996 Left wing Mike Donnelly becomes first player in NHL history to play for all 3 New York teams (Sabres, Rangers & Islanders) when he suits up for the NY Islanders in a 1-0 loss in Los Angeles
  • 1998 Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy overtakes countryman Rod Marsh's world record of 355 Test cricket dismissals during 1st Test win v Pakistan in Rawalpindi; catches Wasim Akram off Colin Miller to reach milestone
  • 1998 Australian motorcycle racer Mick Doohan wins the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island to clinch his 5th world 500cc championship; all 5 titles are won with Honda
  • 1999 Rain prevents play on the final day of the 3rd cricket Test between Sri Lanka and Australia in Colombo; despite 105 from Ricky Ponting, Sri Lanka wins first ever Test series v Australia

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2001 SF Giants slugger Barry Bonds hits his 70th home run in 10-2 win v Houston; ties Mark McGwire for the most MLB home runs in a single season

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2001 Brendan Shanahan scores a hat trick in Red Wings 4-3 OT win at San Jose; becomes second player in NHL history to score an opening-night hat trick twice in his career

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2001 Boston Bruins retire future Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman Ray Bourque's #77 jersey in the NHL season opener at Boston Garden; beat visiting Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 4-2

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
  • 2003 Red Raiders' quarterback B.J. Symons sets a Big 12 Conference record with 8 touchdown passes, leading Texas Tech to a convincing 59-28 win over Texas A & M
  • 2003 Trainer Bobby Frankel saddles Sightseek to victory in the Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park; Frankel's 23rd Grade I stakes winner of the year, breaking D. Wayne Lukas' 1987 record of 22
  • 2003 Jockey Jerry Bailey surpasses his own single season record for North American purse earnings ($19,271,814) set in 2002; wins aboard Sightseek in Beldame Stakes & Birdstone in Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park
  • 2010 Ryder Cup Golf, Celtic Manor Resort, Wales: Europe wins 14½-13½; with scores level Irishman Graeme McDowell holds nerve to beat Hunter Mahan 3 & 1

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2012 7-time world Formula 1 drivers champion Michael Schumacher of Germany announces his retirement from racing at the end of the season

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher

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2018 New England's Tom Brady becomes only 3rd NFL quarterback to record 500 career touchdown passes as he connects with Josh Gordon in Patriots' 38-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts at Foxborough

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1804 Nicholas "Felix" Wanostrocht, English cricketer, born in Camberwell, London, England (d. 1876)
  • 1877 Razor [William Charles] Smith, English cricketer, born in Oxford, England (d. 1946)
  • 1888 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater, born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 1954)
  • 1889 John B. Kelly, Olympic champion rower and father of Grace Kelly, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1960)
  • 1903 Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian nazi (SS/SD), born in Ried im Innkreis, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)
  • 1910 Frankie Crosetti, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • 1920 George Tribe, cricketer (Australian chinaman bowler, Northants)
  • 1928 Torben Ulrich, Danish musician, writer, filmmaker and tennis player
  • 1930 Bill Wade, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Basil D'Oliveira, cricketer (England all-rounder of late 60's)
  • 1934 Sam Huff, NFL linebacker (NY Giants, Washington Redskins)
  • 1936 David Pithey, cricketer (bro of Tony, South African all-rounder in 8 Tests)
  • 1940 Silvio Marzolini, Argentine footballer
  • 1941 Karl Oppitzhauser, Austrian racing driver
  • 1943 Bonnie Bryant, LPGA golfer

Person of interestTony La Russa

1944 Tony La Russa, MLB manager (Chicago, Oakland, St. Louis), born in Tampa, Florida

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa
  • 1945 Richard Bickell, race horse trainer
  • 1946 Andre Bolhuis, hockey player (World Cup 1973, European Cup 1978
  • 1952 Anita Luceete Defrantz, rower (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Joe Orseno, race horse trainer
  • 1955 Jorge Valdano, Argentine footballer
  • 1956 Hans van Breukelen, Dutch soccer goaltender (PSV)

Person of interestSherri Turner

1956 Sherri Turner, LPGA golfer (1988 Mazda LPGA Champ), born in Greenville South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Sherri Turner
LPGA Golfer
Sherri Turner
  • 1957 Alexander Tkachyov, Soviet gymnast
  • 1959 Tony Meo, English billiards champion (snookers)
  • 1960 Joe Boever, American baseball player
  • 1962 Dennis Cook, Lamarque TX, pitcher (Texas Rangers)
  • 1963 A C Green, NBA forward (Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1963 Bruce Ruffin, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1963 Patti Berendt, LPGA golfer (1995 Star Bank Classic-24th), born in San Diego, California
  • 1964 David Brain, cricketer (Zimbabwe lefty seamer 1993-)
  • 1964 Mark McLemore, infielder (Texas Rangers), born in San Diego, California
  • 1964 Matthew Cetlinski, US 400m freestyle swimmer
  • 1964 Yvonne Murray, athlete
  • 1966 John van de Brom, soccer player (Ajax)
  • 1966 Mike Walker, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Brooksville, Florida
  • 1967 Nick Green, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1967 Roger Pavlik, American MLB pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967 Vicky Bullett, American professional basketball player and coach (Olympic gold 1988/Charlotte Sting), born in Martinsburg, West Virginia
  • 1968 Kanavis McGhee, NFL defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • 1969 Lucas Parsons, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1970 Brian Kozlowski, NFL halfback (Atlanta Falcons, NY Giants)
  • 1970 Hency Charles, CFL defensive back (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1970 Lucy Nusrala, 5k runner, born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1970 Ryan McNeil, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions, St Louis Rams)
  • 1970 Richard Hancox, English footballer
  • 1971 Corey Sawyer, NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals)
  • 1972 Joanna Stone, Australian javelin thrower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Kurt Thomas, NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat)
  • 1972 Norberto Garrido, tackle (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1972 Rusty Fitzgerald, NHL center (Pitts Penguins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1973 Emy Snook, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Kantroy Barber, fullback (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1973 Kerry Joseph, WLAF quarterback (London Monarchs)
  • 1973 Chris Parks, American wrestler
  • 1975 Cristiano Lucarelli, Italian football player
  • 1976 Mauro Camoranesi, Argentine-Italian footballer
  • 1978 Kyle Lohse, American baseball player
  • 1979 Bjorn Phau, German tennis player
  • 1979 Adam Voges, Australian cricket batsman (oldest [35] to score a century on Test debut 2015), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1980 Kristina Lenko, Canadian ice skater
  • 1980 Me'Lisa Barber, American athlete
  • 1980 Sarah Fisher, American race car driver
  • 1980 Tomáš Rosický, Czech footballer
  • 1981 Justin Williams, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1982 Jered Weaver, American baseball player
  • 1982 Tony Gwynn Jr., American baseball player
  • 1983 Dan Clarke, British racing driver
  • 1983 Kurt Suzuki, American baseball player
  • 1984 Álvaro Parente, Portuguese racing driver
  • 1987 Rawez Lawan, Swedish footballer
  • 1988 Derrick Rose, American basketball player (NY Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1989 Kimmie Meissner, American figure skater

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1996 Former undisputed boxing heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield (34) weds Janice Itson (34) at Glynn Wedding Chapel in nearby Fayetteville

  • 1997 Infanta Cristina of Spain (32) weds retired handball player turned entrepreneur Iñaki Urdangarin (29) in Barcelona, Spain

Deaths in Sport

  • 1962 E H Hendren, cricketer (57,611 1st-class runs, 3rd-best ever), dies
  • 1969 Vibart Wight, cricketer (member of WI 1st Test touring 1928), dies
  • 1975 Joan Whitney Payson, owner of New York Mets, dies at 72
  • 1975 May Sutton, American tennis champion and 1st American woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon in 1905, dies at 89
  • 1981 Freddie Lindstrom, Major League Baseball Hall of famer (b. 1905)
  • 1989 Norman Yardley, cricketer (England captain 1947-50), dies
  • 1989 Secretariat, American race horse (b. 1970)
  • 1990 Avis Bunnage, British actress (Rising Damp, Coronation Street), dies at 67
  • 1993 Jim Holton, Scottish footballer (b. 1951)
  • 1996 Silvio Piola, footballer, dies at 83
  • 2001 Blaise Alexander, American race car driver (b. 1976)
  • 2015 Neal Walk, American basketball player (Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Jazz, NY Knicks), dies at 67