On This Day in Sport for October 5

Events in Sport

  • 1887 1st US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Ellen Hansell beats Laura Knight 6-1, 6-0
  • 1895 First UK individual cycling time trial is held on a 50-mile course north of London; Frederick Thomas Bidlake organiser
  • 1900 US Open Men's Golf, Chicago GC: Harry Vardon of Jersey wins his only US title; beats Englishman J.H. Taylor by 2 strokes
  • 1907 Canadian Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IRFU) plays first game; Montreal beats Toronto, 17-8 in Montreal
  • 1908 Chicago White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh beats Detroit Tigers, 6-1, his 40th victory of the MLB season; forces AL pennant race to the final day
  • 1912 Boston Red Sox beat Philadelphia Athletics, 3 - 0 for their 105th win of the MLB season, an AL record until 1927 Yankees 110
  • 1912 NY Highlanders last game at Hilltop stadium; beat Washington, 8-6; Brooklyn Dodgers last game at Washington Park; lose 1-0 v NY Giants

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1915 Detroit Tigers speedster Ty Cobb steals his 96th base of the season in 5-0 loss to Cleveland Indians; stands as MLB record until 1962 (Maury Wills, 104)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1921 First Baseball World Series radio broadcast; all-NY contest, Yanks beat Giants, 3-0 at Polo Grounds; sportswriter Grantland Rice is the caller
  • 1922 NY Yankees and Giants play out a controversial 3-3 tie in 10 innings in Game 2 of Baseball World Series at Polo Grounds, Manhattan, NY; Giants win series, 4-0-1
  • 1932 With new ownership Detroit Falcons officially change name to Detroit Red Wings, and the Winged Wheel is introduced; previous names Cougars (1926-30), Falcons (1930-32)
  • 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Mickey Owens drops a 3rd strike and Tom Hendrick reaches 1st safely for Yankees for a famous Baseball World Series error; would have been last out, instead Yankees score 4 and win 7-4; win series, 4-1
  • 1942 St Louis Cardinals win club's 4th Baseball World Series; beat NY Yankees, 4-2 in Game 5 at Yankee Stadium for 4-1 series victory
  • 1947 Brooklyn outfielder Al Gionfriddo makes famous catch off Joe DiMaggio in Game 6 of Baseball World Series; Dodgers beat Yankees, 8-6; catch inspires "back-back-back" expression
  • 1949 Sportswriter Robert Ruark first reports golfing great Bobby Jones's rare spinal disease (syringomyelia) would prevent him from playing form of golf again

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1950 Boston Celtics owner Walter Brown & coach Red Auerbach draw lots out of hat for 3 members of defunct Chicago Stags franchise; hit jackpot with future 6-time NBA champion, Bob Cousy

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach

  • 1952 6th NHL All-Star Game, Detroit Olympia: 1st Team ties 2nd Team, 1-1; for 2nd year format had 1st & 2nd All-Star Teams, with additional players, play each other
  • 1953 50th Baseball World Series: NY Yankees beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-3 in Game 6 for 4-2 series win; NY 2nd baseman Billy Martin's 12 hits sets WS record; Yankees win record 5th consecutive WS

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1956 Catcher Yogi Berra becomes 4th NY Yankee to hit a Baseball World Series grand slam in Game 2 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn; Dodgers win, 13-8 but lose series, 4-3

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 1957 11th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum: NY Rangers left wing Dean Prentice scores a goal and has 2 assists as All-Stars beat Montreal Canadiens, 5-3
  • 1957 Ryder Cup Golf, Lindrick GC: Great Britain-Ireland win, 7½-4½; Dai Rees captains home team to first Cup victory since 1933
  • 1963 17th NHL All-Star Game, Maple Leaf Gardens: Leafs left wing Frank Mahovlich scores twice with 1 assist as Toronto ties All Stars, 3-3
  • 1970 MLB Championship Series both end on the same day with same score; (AL) Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 3-0; (NL) Cincinnati Reds down Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0; Orioles win WS, 4-1
  • 1975 Austrian Niki Lauda wins the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to claim his first World Formula 1 drivers championship; wins by 19.5 points from Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil
  • 1976 MLB expansion draft: Seattle Mariners & Toronto Blue Jays pick 30 unprotected AL players; Ruppert Jones OF (Seattle) & Bob Bailor OF (Toronto) are first picks
  • 1980 Australian Williams driver Alan Jones wins the United States East Grand Prix to claim his first World Formula 1 Drivers title; wins by 13 points from Nelson Piquet of Brazil
  • 1982 First regular season NHL game is played in New Jersey (Newark; NJ Devils play a 3-3 tie against Pittsburgh Penguins at Brendan Byrne Arena; Don Lever scores first Devils' goal
  • 1982 Pakistan cricket spin bowler Abdul Qadir takes 7/142 as Australia is dismissed for 330 in 2nd Test in Faisalabad; Greg Ritchie scores maiden Test century (106 no) but home side prevails by an innings & 3 runs

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1983 Edmonton super star Wayne Gretzky scores a goal and assist in 5-4 win over Toronto in the Oilers season opener; starts NHL record 51-game scoring streak; ends 28/1/84

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1983 Panamanian jockey Jorge Velasquez wins his 5,000th career race, riding Banquet Scene to victory in the 4th race at Belmont Park
  • 1986 Rams running back Eric Dickerson runs for an NFL overtime record 42-yard touchdown as LA defeats Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 26-20 at Anaheim Stadium
  • 1990 Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Kevin Stevens has 2 goals & 4 assists in 7-4 opening-night win against the Washington Capitals at Capital Centre to set NHL record for most points in a season opener (6)
  • 1991 Fresno State ties NCAA football record with 49 points in a quarter (2nd), as they route New Mexico, 94-17 at Bulldog Stadium, Fresno

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1994 NBA shortens the 3-point distance to a uniform 22 feet in attempt to help offensive players score more; Michael Jordan sets career highs in 3-point attempts & converted 3-point field goals, nearly double previous statistics

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1996 Cleveland Indians strike out 23 Baltimore Orioles in 12 innings in 4-3 ALDS win at Jacobs Field; Orioles win series, 3-1
  • 1996 New York centre fielder Bernie Williams homers from each side of the plate as the Yankees beat Texas, 6-4 to win the AL Division Series, 3 - 1
  • 1997 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Den Bosch, Netherlands: Sandrine Testud wins both her singles to lead France to 4-1 win over the Netherlands

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2001 Barry Bonds hits his 71st and 72nd home runs in 11-10 loss v LA Dodgers at Pacific Bell Park; breaks Mark McGwire's MLB single season HR record

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2001 MLB's Atlanta Braves become first pro sports team to win 10 straight division titles after mauling the Marlins, 20-3 to clinch the NL East title; NBA's Boston Celtics (1957-65) & LA Lakers (1982-90) both won 9 in a row
  • 2002 For the first time in its 42-year old history, the Anaheim Angels win a post-season series by beating the Yankees, 9-5 to take the ALDS, 3-1
  • 2003 Kansas City wide receiver Dante Hall scores on game winning 93-yard punt return in Chiefs 24-23 victory v Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium; returns for score in an NFL-record 4th straight game
  • 2003 Chicago Cubs win their first MLB postseason series since the 1908 World Series with 5-1 win v Atlanta Braves in Game 5 NLDS at Turner Field
  • 2004 7-time All-Star and 6-time World Champion forward Scottie Pippen announces his retirement from the NBA and the Chicago Bulls
  • 2005 NHL opens regular season after 10-month lockout of entire 2004-05 season; Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson & Dany Heatley first players to score winning goals in a shoot out in NHL history; both score v Toronto goalie Ed Belfour in 3-2 OT victory
  • 2005 NHL great Wayne Gretzky makes his coaching debut for the Phoenix Coyotes in 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena

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2007 After years of angry denials, triple gold medal winning American sprinter Marion Jones admits she used steroids 2000-01; pleads guilty to lying to federal investigators; announces retirement in tearful apology; medals returned to USOC

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • 2009 Australia wins cricket's Champions Trophy at Centurion Park in Gauteng, South Africa by 6 wickets (28 balls remaining) v New Zealand; chasing 200, Shane Watson is 105 not out in Australia's 206/4
  • 2010 Injured Indian cricket batsman VVS Laxman is the hero with 73 not out as the home team chases down 216 to beat Australia with just 1 wicket to spare in the 1st Test at Mohali
  • 2013 In an all-Russian boxing contest, Wladimir Klitschko beats Alexander Povetkin in 12 round unanimous points decision in Moscow to retain his WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO heavyweight titles

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2014 Russell Crowe owned South Sydney Rabbitohs beat Canterbury Bulldogs, 30-6 to break 43 year drought and win National Rugby League (Australia) Premiership

  • 2014 French driver Jules Bianchi collides with recovery vehicle during Japanese Grand Prix, dies 2 days later; first F1 death due to racing accident in 21 years (Ayrton Senna 1994)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1894 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (Olympic gold 1920), born in Kimberley, Northern Cape (d. 1948)

Person of interestRay Kroc

1902 Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (McDonald's) and owner of baseball's San Diego Padres, born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1984)

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • 1921 Bill Willis, American NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1922 José Froilán González, Argentine race car driver, born in Arrecifes, Argentina (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Jock Stein, Scottish footballer and manager, born in Burnbank, South Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1985)
  • 1923 Albert Guðmundsson, Icelandic footballer and politician (Minister of Finance), born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Bill Wirtz, American longtime Chicago Blackhawks owner, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Madhav Apte, Indian cricketer (bro of Arvind 7 Tests for India, 1 century), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1934 David Smith, English cricketer (England opening bowler v India 1961-62), born in Fishponds, Bristol, England (d. 2003)
  • 1935 Jimmy Binks, English cricket wicket-keeper (England twice v India 1964), born in Hull, Yorkshire, England
  • 1937 Eli Jacobs, American financier and baseball owner (Baltimore Orioles), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1937 Barry Switzer, American football coach (Oklahoma), born in Crossett, Arkansas
  • 1940 Bob Cowper, Australian cricketer (307 v England at the MCG 1966), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1941 Ricardo Hoffmann, marathon swimmer (299 miles)
  • 1946 Jean Perron, Canadian ice hockey coach, born in Saint-Isidore-d'Auckland, Quebec, Canada

Person of interestBill James

1949 Bill James [George William James], American baseball writer and statistician ( sabermetrics), born in Holton, Kansas

Baseball Writer and Statistician Bill James
Baseball Writer and Statistician
Bill James
  • 1951 Leah Poulos-Mueller, American speed skater (Olympic gold 1980), born in Berwyn, Illinois
  • 1955 Adair Ferguson, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1957 Jeanne Evert, tennis player, Chris' sister
  • 1957 Larry Saumell, American jockey (d. 2011)
  • 1960 Careca, Brazilian footballer
  • 1961 David Kirk, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1962 Johnny Huang, table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Guangzhou, China
  • 1962 Michael Alexander Conley, Chic, triple jumper (Olympic gold 1992, 96)
  • 1962 Michael Andretti, Indy-car racer/Auto Hall of Fame (elected 1986)
  • 1962 Mike Conley, triple jumper (Olympic silver 1984), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963 Hugh Morris, cricketer (England lefty opening batsman 1991)

Person of interestLaura Davies

1963 Laura Davies, British golfer (4 LPGA Tour major titles), born in Coventry, England

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • 1963 Tony Dodemaide, cricketer (Victorian, Sussex & Australian all-rounder)
  • 1964 Denean Howard, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1988), born in Sherman, Texas
  • 1964 Terry Mathews, Alexandria LA, pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1965 John Keller Jr, team handball back court (Olympics 1996), born in Toledo, Ohio

Person of interestMario Lemieux

1965 Mario Lemieux, NHL high scoring center (Pitts Penguin, #66), born in Montreal, Quebec

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux

Person of interestPatrick Roy

1965 Patrick Roy, Canadian NHL goalie (Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche), born in Quebec City, Québec

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • 1965 Paul Moloney, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1965 Richey Reneberg, tennis star (1995 Australian doubles), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1965 Theo Bos, Dutch soccer player: Vitesse
  • 1965 Trace Armstrong, NFL defensive end (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1966 Fredrik Olausson, Vaxsjo Swe, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1966 Inessa Kravets, Ukraine, long/triple jumper (Olympic silver/gold-92, 96)
  • 1966 Peter Fonseca, Lisbon Portugal, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Therese Brisson, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1966 Jan Verhaas, Dutch snooker referee
  • 1967 Ellie Gibson, golfer (1994 PING-Cellular One-5th), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1967 Rex Chapman, NBA guard (Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns)
  • 1968 Sally Smith, Orange NSW, golfer (1993 T67 Alpine Aust Ladies Masters)
  • 1968 Wayne Holdsworth, cricketer (NSW fast bowler, Australian tourist 1993)
  • 1969 Martin Driever, WLAF tight end (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1970 Anthony Phillips, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1970 Mark Luijpers, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1970 Thomas Randolph, NFL cornerback (NY Giants), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1970 Tina Poitras, Thompson Manitoba, 10k walker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Chad Lewis, tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1971 Chris Whitney, NBA guard (Wash Wizards)
  • 1971 Dan Plante, Hayward, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1971 Mauricio Pellegrino, Argentine former footballer
  • 1972 Derek Sholdice, CFL offensive linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1972 Grant Hill, NBA forward/guard (Det Pistons, Olympic gold 1996), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1975 Bobo Baldé, Guinean footballer
  • 1976 J. J. Yeley, American race car driver
  • 1977 Lia Rousset, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Alhambra, California
  • 1978 Shane Ryan, Irish Gaelic footballer
  • 1978 Jesse Palmer, Canadian-born American football player
  • 1979 Curtis Sanford, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979 Vincenzo Grella, Australian soccer player
  • 1982 Natalie Vlandis, American pairs skater (& Jered Guzman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1983 Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1984 Kenwyne Jones, Trinidadian footballer
  • 1987 Kevin Mirallas, Belgian footballer
  • 1987 Javier Villa, Spanish racing driver

Weddings in Sport

  • 2001 "The Golden Boy" professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya (28) weds Puerto Rican pop singer Millie Corretjer (27) in a secret ceremony held at "El Invernino" in San Juan

HeartWedding of Interest

2001 F1 racing driver Ralf Schumacher (26) weds former model Cora Brinkmann at the church of Maria Plain in Salzburg, Austria

Formula 1 Driver Ralf Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Ralf Schumacher

HeartWedding of Interest

2004 Professional golfer Tiger Woods (28) weds former Swedish model Elin Nordegren (24) at Sandy Lane Resort in St. James, Barbados

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2013 Skateboarder and actor Bam Margera (34) weds Nicole Boyd in Reykjavík, Iceland

HeartWedding of Interest

2013 Soccer player Abby Wambach (33) weds longtime partner Sarah Huffman (29) in Hawaii

Soccer Player Abby Wambach
Soccer Player
Abby Wambach

Deaths in Sport

  • 1924 Tom Campbell, cricketer (5 Tests for South Africa, ct 7 stp 1), dies
  • 1952 Joe Jagersberger, Austrian-American racing driver, dies at 68
  • 1986 Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (b. 1947)
  • 1997 Dave Marr, golfer/sportscaster, (PGA Championship 1965), dies of stomach cancer at 63
  • 2000 Cătălin Hîldan, Romanian footballer (b. 1976)
  • 2002 Chuck Rayner, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1920)
  • 2003 Dan Snyder, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1978)