On This Day in Sport for October 8

Events in Sport

  • 1818 Two English boxers are first to use padded gloves
  • 1887 Phillies set club record 16th straight victory
  • 1888 28th British Golf Open: Jack Burns shoots a 171 at St Andrews
  • 1904 1st Vanderbilt Cup auto race (Hicksville, Long Island, NY)
  • 1908 NY Giants set season attendance record at 910,000 (broken in 1920)
  • 1909 Chicago Cubs beat NY Giants 4-2 in a playoff to win NL pennant
  • 1915 Phillies win their 1st & only World Series game before 1980, beating Red Sox, 3-1, with an 8th inning 2 run rally
  • 1922 NY Giants beat Yankees, 4 games to 0, with a tie in 19th World Series
  • 1927 NY Yankees sweep Pirates in 24th World Series
  • 1928 Eastern Soccer League forms in USA
  • 1929 A's Howard Ehmke (7-2) sets World Series record striking out 13 Cubs
  • 1930 Philadelphia A's beat St Louis Cards, 4 games to 2 in 27th World Series
  • 1939 NY Yankees sweep Reds in 36th World Series, 4th straight WS win
  • 1940 Cincinnati Reds beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3, in 37th World Series
  • 1950 4th NHL All-Star Game: Detroit beat All-Stars 7-1 at Detroit
  • 1950 Cleveland Browns play Pittsburgh for 1st time, beat Steelers 30-17

  • 1951 Ford C Frick replaces Happy Chandler as 3rd commissioner of baseball Warren C Giles becomes president of baseball's National League

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1953 Birmingham, Alabama, bars Jackie Robinson's Negro-White All-Stars from playing there Robinson gives in & drops white players from his group

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1956 Don Larsen (NY Yankees) pitches only perfect World Series game vs Brooklyn
  • 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers announce move to Los Angeles
  • 1958 Braves Eddie Mathews strikes out for World Series record 11th time
  • 1959 LA Dodgers beat Chicago White Sox, 4 games to 2 in 56th World Series
  • 1960 Bobby Richarson hits a World Series grand slammer
  • 1960 3rd Rugby League World Cup: Great Britain beats Australia 10-3
  • 1961 12th Formula One WDC: Phil Hill wins by one point
  • 1961 American Phil Hill's Ferrari team does not participate in season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen; already clinched World Championship of Drivers title; English driver Innes Ireland wins Lotus' first ever Grand Prix
  • 1965 Once-Hertogenbosch soccer team FC de Bosch forms
  • 1972 Harold Carmichael begins NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • 1972 In Game 2 of ALCS, Oakland A's Bert Campaneris fires his bat at Det pitcher
  • 1972 Despite retiring with suspension trouble at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, Emerson Fittipaldi becomes first Brazilian to win the World Formula 1 Drivers title; wins by 16 points from Jackie Stewart

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1973 NLCS game 3 brawl between Cins' Pete Rose & NY Met Bud Harrelson

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1975 San Antonio Spurs, then members of the ABA, defeat the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, 109-107 in the first basketball game ever played in the Louisiana Superdome
  • 1977 Largest baseball crowd in Penns, 64,924 see Dodgers beat Phillies 4-1 in 4th NL championship game (Dodgers win pennant)
  • 1977 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Philadelphia Phillies, 3 games to 1

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1978 American Mario Andretti in a Lotus finishes 10th in the season ending Canadian Grand Prix at Île Notre-Dame Circuit, but wins his first World Formula 1 Drivers title by 13 points from Ronnie Peterson

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 1981 USAC appeals panel restores disputed Indy 500 victory to Bobby Unser
  • 1982 New Jersey Devils 1st NHL victory; beat New York Rangers 3-2 at Meadowlands
  • 1983 Washington Capitals 1st NHL overtime game losing to NY Islanders 8-7
  • 1983 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 3 games to 1
  • 1983 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Chicago White Sox, 3 games to 1
  • 1989 Oakland beats Toronto, 4-3 in Game 5, to advance to the World Series
  • 1989 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 1
  • 1992 Ottawa Senators 1st NHL game
  • 1994 6th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 30-11 in Chestnut Hill

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1995 Dolphin's Dan Marino breaks Tarkenton's NFL career completions record

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • 1995 Edgar Martinez drives home tying & winning runs to rally Mariners to 6-5 win in bottom of 11th to beat Yankees & win AL Division Series
  • 2000 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Loch Lomond GC: Europe regains Cup 14½-11½; Carin Koch holes winning putt, coming back from 3 down to beat Michele Redman
  • 2000 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka to clinch his 3rd, and 1st of 5 straight World F1 Drivers Championships

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2005 NHL great Wayne Gretzky gets his first win as a coach as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 at Jobing.com Arena, Phoenix

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 2011 Irish professional darts player Brendan Dolan plays 1st perfect 9 dart game on TV in semi-final against James Wade at PDC World Darts Championship in Dublin
  • 2018 New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees becomes NFL's all-time leader in passing yards; needs 201 yards to pass Peyton Manning's record; gets 363 & 3 TD's in Saints 43-19 win v Washington Redskins at the SuperDome

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1875 Laurence Doherty, British tennis player (6 Grand Slam singes titles), born in Wimbledon, England (d. 1919)
  • 1876 Willie Smith, Scottish golfer (US Open 1899), born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 1916)
  • 1885 Johnny Lush, American MLB pitcher (2 no-hitters), born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania (d. 1946)
  • 1890 Snuffy Browne [Cyril Rutherford Browne], cricketer (pioneer WI Test player), born in St. Michael, Barbados (d. 1973)
  • 1890 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), born in Anderlecht, Belgium (d. 1971)
  • 1903 Lina Radke, German 800m runner (Olympic gold 1928), born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1983)
  • 1909 Bill Hewitt, American professional football player (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 1947)
  • 1910 Ray Lewis, Canadian 4X400 relayer (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • 1917 Billy Conn, American boxer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 1919 Mac Anderson, New Zealand cricketer (played in 1st NZ-Aust Test 1946), born in Westport, West Coast, New Zealand (d. 1979)
  • 1920 Maxi Herber, German figure skater pairs (Olympic gold 1936), born in Munich, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Arkady Vorobyev, Russian middle heavyweight (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Tetyushi, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Torbjorn Falkanger, Norwegian ski jumper who took the Olympic oath in 1952, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Neil Harvey, Australian cricketer (prolific Australian lefty bat of 50's), born in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
  • 1929 Didi [Waldyr Pereira], Brazilian footballer, born in Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil (d. 2001)
  • 1932 Ray Reardon, Welsh snooker player, born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • 1938 Fred Stolle, Australian tennis player, broadcaster (French Open 1965, US Open 1966), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1938 Penny Pitou, American skier (Olympic-2 silvers-1960), born in Bayside, New York
  • 1939 Elvīra Ozoliņa, Soviet javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1960), born in Leningrad
  • 1945 Vanburn Holder, Barbadian cricketer (West Indian pace bowler of 70's), born in Deans Village, Saint Michael, Barbados
  • 1946 Paul Splittorff, American MLB pitcher and broadcaster (KC Royals), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • 1946 Aleksandr Gorshkov, Soviet ice dancer (holds 6 titles, Olympic gold 1976), born in Moscow
  • 1947 Emiel Puttemans, Flemish athlete, born in Vossem, Belgium
  • 1954 Ben Amonette, American free pistol shooting athlete (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Radford, Virginia
  • 1955 Bill Elliott, American professional auto racer (Daytona-1978), born in Dawsonville, Georgia
  • 1956 Jeff Lahti, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Oregon City, Oregon
  • 1957 Doug Cox, Canadian 90 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • 1957 Antonio Cabrini, Italian footballer (Juventus, Italian national team 1982 FIFA Champion), born in Cremona, Italy
  • 1959 Mike Morgan, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Tulare, California
  • 1959 Tony Eason, American football quarterback (New England Patriots), born in Blythe, California
  • 1962 Bruno Thiry, Belgian rally driver, born in St. Vith, Belgium
  • 1965 Martin Mayhew, American NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Daytona Beach, California
  • 1965 Matt Biondi, American swimmer (8 Olympic gold-84, 88, 92), born in Moraga, California
  • 1965 Ross Flemer, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1966 Art Barr, American professional wrestler, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1994)
  • 1968 Frankie Smith, American NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, SF 49ers), born in Groesbeck, Texas
  • 1968 Ali Benarbia, Algerian footballer, born in Oran, Algeria
  • 1968 Zvonimir Boban, Croatian football player and Deputy Secretary General of FIFA, born in Imotski, Croatia
  • 1970 Carlos Etheredge, WLAF tight end (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1970 David Doster, American baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1970 James Williams, WLAF cornerback (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1971 Monty Williams, American NBA forward and guard (San Antonio Spurs), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • 1971 Nate Miller, American NFL and WLAF guard (Frankfurt Galaxy, Atlanta Falcons), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 1971 Terry Richardson, WLAF running back (Rhein Fire), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1971 Val St. Germain, CFL tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1972 Dede Demet, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1972 Jared Kaaiohelo, WLAF running back (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1972 Stanislav Varga, Slovakian footballer (Slovan Bratislava), born in Lipany, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973 Donnie Abraham, American cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1973 Toby Haenen, Australian backstroke swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Launceston, Tasmania
  • 1973 Tracy Bonner, American diver (Olympics bronze 1996), born in Webster, Texas
  • 1974 Rashaan Salaam, NFL running back (Chicago Bears, born in San Diego, California (d. 2016)
  • 1974 Rod Manuel, American defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1974 Fredrik Modin, Swedish hockey player, born in Sundsvall, Sweden
  • 1974 Koji Murofushi, Japanese hammer thrower (Olympic gold 2004), born in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1976 Galo Blanco, Spanish tennis player, born in Oviedo, Spain
  • 1978 Mick O'Driscoll, Irish rugby player, born in Cork, Ireland
  • 1978 Antonino D'Agostino, Italian football player, born in Turin, Italy
  • 1980 The Miz [Michael Gregory Mizanin], American professional wrestler, born in Parma, Ohio
  • 1981 Raffi Torres, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1983 Michael Fraser, Scottish football goalkeeper, born in Inverness, Scotland
  • 1983 Travis Pastrana, American motorsports competitor, born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • 1993 Garbiñe Muguruza, Venezuelan-born Spanish professional tennis player (2016 French Open, 2017 Wimbledon), born in Caracas, Venezuela

Deaths in Sport

  • 1936 Red Ames, American baseball player (NY Giants), dies at 54
  • 1952 Joe Adams, American baseball player (b. 1877)
  • 1978 Jim Gilliam, coach (LA Dodgers), dies at 49
  • 1997 Robin Lee, American figure skater, dies at 77
  • 1999 John McLendon, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • 2002 Jacques Richard, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1952)
  • 2006 Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (b. 1975)

Person of interestAl Davis

2011 Al Davis, American football executive, dies at 82

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • 2013 Andy Pafko, American baseball player, dies at 92