On This Day

On This Day in Sport for October 7

Events in Sport

  • 1882 1st World Series (game 2), Chicago (NL) beats Cincinnati (AA) 2-0
  • 1891 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Hugh Kirkaldy wins by 2 strokes from brother Andrew Kirkaldy and Willie Fernie; last Open contested in a single day over 36 holes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1916 Georgia Tech, coached by John Heisman, defeats Cumberland, 222-0; most lopsided score in the history of US college football

American Football Coach John Heisman
American Football Coach
John Heisman
  • 1922 First radio link, WNJ (Newark) & WGY (Senectady) link for World Series
  • 1922 Landis insists Game 4 of World Series be played despite heavy rain
  • 1927 Yank Herb Pennock retires 1st 22 Pirates in World Series game

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1928 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10 miles (50:15.0)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1933 NY Giants beat Washington Senators, 4 games to 1 in 30th World Series
  • 1935 Detroit Tigers beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 2 in 32nd World Series
  • 1936 7th-place Brooklyn Dodgers fire manager Casey Stengel
  • 1940 Reds Bucky Walters is 1st pitcher in 14 years to homer in World Series
  • 1947 Larry MacPhail resigns as Yank GM after final game of World Series
  • 1950 NY Yankees sweep Philadelphia Phillies in 47th World Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950 Whitey Ford wins his 1st World Series game 5-2

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • 1950 World Series Baseball: New York Yankees beat Philadelphia Phillies, 5-2 at Yankee Stadium to sweep series, 4-0 for 13th WS Championship
  • 1952 NY Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 3 in 49th World Series

  • 1952 Yankees tie their own record of 4 consecutive World Series wins
  • 1961 15th NHL All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: All-Stars beat Chicago Black Hawks, 3-1
  • 1962 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Stardust CC, LV: Judy Kimball wins her only major title by 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Shirley Spork
  • 1964 NY Yankees make 14th appearance in last 16 & 29th in 61 World Series
  • 1972 1st season game at Nassau Coliseum, Flames-3, Islanders-2
  • 1973 Scotsman Jackie Stewart wins his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship despite withdrawing from the season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen; wins title by 16 points from Emerson Fittipaldi
  • 1975 Players' Association files a suit on behalf of Dodgers' Andy Messersmith
  • 1975 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 0
  • 1975 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • 1978 LA Dodgers win the pennant
  • 1978 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Philadelphia Phillies, 3 games to 1
  • 1978 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 1
  • 1979 Cleveland Browns' Dino Hall sets club records with 9 kickoff returns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Frank Mahovlich formally retires from the NHL after a failed comeback attempt with the Detroit Red Wings

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • 1979 Ferrari driver Jody Scheckter retires with tyre trouble in US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen; becomes first South African to claim Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 4 points from race winner Gilles Villeneuve
  • 1981 In 1st Eastern Division championship Yanks beat Brewers 5-3
  • 1984 Striking umps return for Game 5 of NLCS, San Diego Padres win pennant

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Walter Payton passes Jim Brown as NFL's career rushing leader

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 1984 MLB National League Championship: San Diego Padres beat Chicago Cubs, 3 games to 2
  • 1985 Lynette Woodward chosen as 1st woman in Harlem Globetrotters

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Steve Yzerman is named captain of the Detroit Red Wings, a title he would hold for over 1,300 games

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • 1988 Jim Fregosi is fired as manager of White Sox

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Howard Stern's US Open Sores Tennis match

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1989 Rickey Henderson steals a record 8 bases in a play off (5 games)

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1991 Scorecard Harry, Space Appeal & Cafe Lex in 9th race at Belmont, creating 2nd triple dead heat in NY thoroughbred racing history
  • 1992 Tampa Bay Lightning become 1st NHL expansion team to win opener (7-2)
  • 1995 Boston's Fleet Center opens, NY Islanders & Boston Bruins tie at 4-4
  • 2000 Last ever competitive soccer match at Wembley Stadium, England defeated 1-0 by Germany, last goal scored by Liverpool's Dietmar Hammann. Match is Tony Adams' 60th at Wembley, the record for most appearances at the stadium.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Baltimore CC: Loren Roberts wins his third of 4 Champions Tour major titles by 6 strokes from Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson

Sports record brokenNFL Record

2012 New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees breaks Johnny Unitas' NFL record for consecutive games with a TD pass (48) when he connects with Devery Henderson in Saints 31-24 win over San Diego at the SuperDome

NFL Quarterback Drew Brees
NFL Quarterback
Drew Brees
  • 2012 ICC Women's Cricket T20 World Cup, Colombo: Jess Cameron's 45 from 34 balls leads Australia to 142/4; beat England 138/9 to win by 4 runs to retain WC
  • 2017 New Zealand clinch their 5th Rugby Championship with 25-24 win over South Africa at Cape Town; All Blacks undefeated in 6 games

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1857 Moses Walker, American baseball catcher (first African-American open about his heritage to play MLB; Toledo Blue Stockings), born in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio (d. 1924)
  • 1868 Fred Hovey, American tennis player (US Nationals 1895), born in Newton Centre, Massachusetts (d. 1945)
  • 1887 A C "Jack" Russell, cricketer (prolific England batsman post-WWI)
  • 1896 Cyril Allcott, cricketer (NZ all-rounder in their early Tests)
  • 1901 Frank Boucher, Canadian all-star NHL center (NY Rangers), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Chuck Klein, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (Triple Crown 1933 Philadelphia Phillies), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1958)
  • 1913 Victor Trumper Jr, Australian cricketer (son of Mr & Mrs Trumper NSW 1940-41), born in Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1981)
  • 1914 Herman Keiser, American golfer (US Masters 1946), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1922 Grady Hatton, American baseball player, (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Cotton Fitzsimmons, American basketball coach (NJCAA C'ship 1966, 67; Moberly Area CC; Kansas State; NBA: Phoenix Suns; Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs), born in Hannibal, Missouri (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Willie Naulls, American NBA player (NY Knicks), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Ann Haydon-Jones, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1969, French Open 1961, 66), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1943 José Cardenal, Cuban baseball player, born in Matanzas, Cuba
  • 1952 Graham Yallop, Australian cricketer (Australian capt in 7 Tests, won 1 lost 6), born in Balwyn, Australia
  • 1952 Ludmila Tourischeva, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1972), born in Grozny, Russia
  • 1957 Jayne Torvill, English ice dancer (Torvill & Dean, Olympic gold 1984), born in Nottingham, England
  • 1961 Tony Sparano, American NFL coach (Miami Dolphins 2008-11), born in West Haven, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1964 Rich Delucia, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Paul Stewart, British footballer (Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool), born in Manchester, England
  • 1965 Juul Ellerman, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Twente), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • 1967 Mariana Perez-Roldan, Argentinan tennis star, born in Tandil, Argentina
  • 1968 Erick Anderson, American NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1969 Martin Haywood, Australian cricketer (NSW opening batsman), born in Tamworth, Australia
  • 1970 Daniel Collins, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1970 Dwayne Provo, Canadian cornerback (New England Patriots), born in North Preston, Canada
  • 1970 Harold Ellis, English NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Le'Shai Maston, American NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Johnnie Morton, American NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1971 Paul Hannam, Canadian 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1973 Gerald McBurrows, American safety (St Louis Rams), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1973 Priest Holmes, American running back (Baltimore Ravens), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • 1973 Dida, Brazilian footballer, born in Bahia, Brazil
  • 1974 Benjamin Oberman, American pairs skater (& Naomi Grabow), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974 Shannon MacMillan, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Syosset, New York
  • 1976 Santiago Solari, Argentinian footballer, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1976 Gilberto Silva, Brazilian soccer defender (93 caps; Arsenal, Panathinaikos), born in Lagoa da Prata, Minas Gerais
  • 1976 Charles Woodson, American College Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Heisman Trophy 1997, U of Michigan; 9 x Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 2010, Green Bay Packers), born in Fremont, Ohio
  • 1976 Marc Coma, Spanish motorcycle racer, born in Avià, Spain
  • 1977 Clayton Miller, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1978 Zaheer Khan, Indian cricketer, born in Shrirampur, India
  • 1979 Simona Amânar, Romanian gymnast, born in Constanța, Romania
  • 1982 Madjid Bougherra, Algerian footballer, born in Longvic, France
  • 1982 Jermain Defoe, English footballer, born in Beckton, London
  • 1982 Robby Ginepri, American tennis player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1984 Salman Butt, Pakistani cricketer, born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1985 Evan Longoria, American baseball player, born in Downey, California
  • 1986 Lee Nguyen, American soccer player, born in Richardson, Texas
  • 1986 Gunnar Nielsen, Faroese footballer, born in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
  • 1987 Jeremy Brockie, Australian footballer, born in Christchurch, New Zealand

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1988 Robin Givens files for divorce after 8-month marriage to Mike Tyson

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Deaths in Sport

  • 1925 Christy Mathewson, American baseball player (b. 1880)
  • 1969 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (b. 1888)

Person of interestLeo Durocher

1991 Leo Durocher, baseball player and manager (Dodgers, Giants), dies at 86

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1995 Louis Meyer, Indie 500 racer (3 wins), dies at 91
  • 2001 Alf Gover, English cricket fast bowler (4 Tests) and coach (Frank Tyson, Viv Richards, Andy Roberts, Ian Bishop; Surrey), dies at 93
  • 2007 Norifumi Abe, Japanese motorcycle road racer, dies in road accident at 32