On This Day in Sport for October 7

  • October

Events in Sport

  • 1882 1st World Series (game 2), Chicago (NL) beats Cincinnati (AA) 2-0
  • 1891 British Open 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

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1916 Georgia Tech, coached by John Heisman, defeat 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
  • 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

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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, 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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
  • 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
  • 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 to play MLB), 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)
  • 1934 Willie Naulls, NBA star (NY Knicks)
  • 1937 Col Guest, cricketer (Test Aust v England 1963, scored 11 took 0-59)
  • 1943 José Cardenal, Cuban baseball player
  • 1952 Graham Yallop, cricketer (Australian capt in 7 Tests, won 1 lost 6)
  • 1952 Ludmila Tourischeva, USSR, gymnast (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1956 Julio Pezua, Pervian-American jockey
  • 1957 Jayne Torvill, English ice dancer (Torvill & Dean, Olympic gold 1984), born in Nottingham
  • 1961 Tony Sparano, American NFL coach (Miami Dolphins 2008-11), born in West Haven, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1964 Rich Delucia, pitcher (SF Giants), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Paul Stewart, British footballer (Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool), born in Manchester, England
  • 1965 Juul Ellerman, soccer player (PSV, FC Twente)
  • 1966 Trent Brown, CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1967 Mariana Perez-Roldan, Argentina, tennis star
  • 1968 Erick Anderson, NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1968 Randy Bartz, Roseville Minn, short track skater (Olympics 1994)
  • 1969 Martin Haywood, cricketer (NSW opening batsman)
  • 1970 Daniel Collins, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1970 Dwayne Provo, cornerback (New England Patriots)
  • 1970 Harold Ellis, NBA forward (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1970 Le'Shai Maston, NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1970 Vaughn Hebron, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1971 Dexter Dawson, CFL receiver (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1971 Johnnie Morton, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 1971 Paul Hannam, 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972 John Hyden, Tustin California, volleyball outside hitter (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Rahsaan Giddings, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1973 Gerald McBurrows, safety (St Louis Rams)
  • 1973 Priest Holmes, running back (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1973 Dida, Brazilian footballer
  • 1974 Benjamin Oberman, pairs skater (& Naomi Grabow), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974 Shannon MacMillan, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Syosset, New York
  • 1975 Billy Walsh, soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Summit, New Jersey
  • 1976 Santiago Solari, Argentinian footballer
  • 1976 Gilberto Silva, Brazilian footballer
  • 1976 Charles Woodson, American football player
  • 1976 Marc Coma, Spanish motorcycle racer
  • 1977 Clayton Miller, trap shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1978 Zaheer Khan, Indian cricketer
  • 1979 Simona Amânar, Romanian gymnast
  • 1982 Madjid Bougherra, Algerian footballer
  • 1982 Jermain Defoe, English footballer
  • 1982 Robby Ginepri, American tennis player
  • 1984 Salman Butt, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1985 Evan Longoria, American baseball player
  • 1986 Lee Nguyen, American soccer player
  • 1986 Gunnar Nielsen, Faroese footballer
  • 1987 Jeremy Brockie, Australian footballer

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)
  • 1990 John "Cat" Thompson, basketball hall of famer, dies at 84

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
  • 2007 Norifumi Abe, Japanese motorcycle road racer, dies at 32