On This Day

On This Day in Sport for October 9

Events in Sport

  • 1905 First league sanctioned Baseball World Series begins; New York Giants (NL) beat Philadelphia A's (AL), 3-0 in Game 1 at Columbia Park

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1909 Ty Cobb steals home in World Series game

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1910 Nap Lajorie challenges Ty Cobb batting average with 8 hits, 6 were bunts as Brown's 3rd baseman Red Corriden played deep, Cobb still won

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1915 Woodrow Wilson becomes first US President to attend a World Series game

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1919 Reds beat White Sox, 5 games to 3 in 16th World Series. This series is known as black sox scandal as 8 White Sox throw series
  • 1920 1st World Series game in Cleveland, Indians win 2-1

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1921 Babe Ruth's 1st WS homer; only Sunday game ever pitched by Carl Mays

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1928 NY Yankees sweep Cards in 25th World Series, become 1st to sweep consecutive World Series; Babe Ruth hits 3 HRs in game
  • 1934 St Louis Cards beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3 in 31st World Series
  • 1938 Cleveland Rams and Chicago Bears play one of only 4 penalty free games in NFL history; Rams win 14-7 at Cleveland Stadium
  • 1938 NY Yankees sweep Cubs in 35th World Series, 3rd straight WS win
  • 1944 St Louis Cards beat St Louis Browns, 4 games to 2 in 41st World Series
  • 1949 NY Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 1 in 46th World Series
  • 1951 5th NHL All-Star Game, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto: 1st Team ties 2nd Team, 2-2; first year format - 1st v 2nd All-Star Teams, with additional players
  • 1951 Gil McDougald's World Series grand slam helps Yanks beat Giants 13-1
  • 1956 10th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC: All-Stars tie Montreal Canadiens, 1-1

  • 1958 NY Yankees beat Braves 4 games to 3 in 55th World Series
  • 1958 NY Yankees appear in 9 & win 7 of last 10 World Series
  • 1961 NY Yankees beat Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 1 in 58th World Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Yank Whitey Ford breaks Ruth record of 29 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings in the World Series

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • 1961 World Series scoreless pitching streak Yanks beat Reds 4 games to 1

Sport awardRyder Cup

1965 Ryder Cup, Royal Birkdale GC: US beats Great Britain 19½-12½; Byron Nelson non-playing American captain; Harry Weetman GB skipper

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson
  • 1966 Baltimore Orioles sweep LA Dodgers, in 63rd World Series
  • 1974 Washington Capitals 1st NHL game, losing 6-3 to NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden Wash Caps begin a 37 game road losing streak
  • 1974 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 1
  • 1974 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 1
  • 1976 Peter Petherick takes hat-trick on cricket debut New Zealand v Pakistan Javed 1st wkt
  • 1976 Test Cricket debut of Javed Miandad (Pakistan), scores 163 on 1st day
  • 1976 Yanks 1st AL Championship game, beat Royals 4-1
  • 1977 Yanks rally for 3 in 9th & beat Royals 5-3 for pennant #31
  • 1977 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 2
  • 1981 United States Auto Club appeals panel restores disputed Indianapolis 500 victory to disqualified first-across-the-line Bobby Unser

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Gilbert Perreault, Buffalo, becomes the 12th NHLer to score 500 goals

  • 1988 Dennis Eckersley, 1st to save all 4 games in a championship series
  • 1988 9th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats New Zealand 25-12
  • 1988 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 0
  • 1989 27th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Spain in Tokyo Japan (3-0)
  • 1989 First NFL game coached by an African American (Art Shell), his LA Raiders beat NY Jets 14-7 on Monday Night Football
  • 1989 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 1
  • 1991 San Jose Sharks beat Calgary for their 1st NHL win, 4-3
  • 1997 North Carolina's record winning college basketball coach Dean Smith retires
  • 1997 NY Rangers are 1st NHL team to open with 4 straight ties

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel finishes 3rd in the Japanese F1 Grand Prix to clinch his second consecutive World Drivers Championship

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1864 Maud Watson, British tennis player (first Wimbledon female champion 1884-85), born in London, England (d. 1946)
  • 1886 Rube Marquard, American baseball player, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1980)
  • 1900 Silvio Cator, Haitian athlete and long jumper (Olympic silver 1928), born in Cavaellon, Haiti (d. 1952)
  • 1903 Walter O'Malley, American baseball team owner (Dodgers), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1907 Klaes Karppinen, Finnish athlete, 4 X 10K relay (Olympic gold 1936), born in Iisalmi, Finland (d. 1992)
  • 1917 Kusuo Kitamura, Japanese 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), born in Kōchi, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1918 Walter Burkemo, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1953), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1986)
  • 1924 Arnie Risen, Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All Star 1952-55; NBA C'ship 1951, 57; Rochester Royals, Boston Celtics), born in Williamstown, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Paul Barton, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman in early 1960's, century v South Africa), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Person of interestJoe Pepitone

1940 Joe Pepitone, American baseball 1st baseman (3-time MLB All Star), born in Brooklyn, New York

MLB First Baseman and Outfielder Joe Pepitone
MLB First Baseman and Outfielder
Joe Pepitone
  • 1945 Naftali Bon, Kenyan 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Kapsabet, Rift Valley Province, Kenya
  • 1949 Shep Messing, American soccer goalkeeper (NY Cosmos), born in Bronx, New York
  • 1950 Mick Malone, Australian cricketer (WA seamer, Test 1977, made 46 took 5-63, 1-14), born in Scarborough, Australia
  • 1950 Brian Downing, American baseball player (California Angels), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Hank Pfister, American tennis star, born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1955 Steve Ovett, British athlete (Olympics gold 800m, bronze 1500m 1980), born in Brighton, England
  • 1957 Don Garber, American sports commissioner, born in Queens, New York
  • 1959 Mike Singletary, American NFL middle linebacker (Chicago Bears), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1961 Arlene Boxall, Zimbabwean field hockey player (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1961 Trevor Matich, American NFL center (Washington Redskins), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1961 Julian Bailey, British racing driver, born in Woolwich, London
  • 1962 Jorge Burruchaga, Argentine soccer attacking midfielder and manager (57 caps; Independiente, Nantes), born in Gualeguay, Argentina
  • 1964 Martín Jaite, Argentine tennis star, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1966 Mike Williams, American NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • 1967 Carling Bassett-Seguso, Canadian tennis player and actress (Spring Fever, 2 x WTA titles), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 Gheorghe Popescu, Romanian soccer player (Barcelona), born in Calafat, Dolj County, Romania
  • 1969 Charles Jordan, American wide receiver (Miami Dolphins), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Dwayne Sabb, American NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1970 Annika Sörenstam, Swedish golfer (10 LPGA major titles; 8-time LPGA Tour Player of the Year), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1970 Kenny Anderson, American NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trailblazers), born in Queens, New York
  • 1971 Pete Mitchell, American NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1972 Maurice Kelly, American CFL linebacker (BC Lions), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1972 Roman Oben, American football tackle (NY Giants), born in Cameroon
  • 1973 A. J. Ofodile, American NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1973 Brandon Pollard, American soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1973 Dexter McCleon, American football cornerback (St Louis Rams), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1973 Carlos Pavón, Honduran footballer (Real España), born in El Progreso, Honduras
  • 1974 Kavika Pittman, American defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1974 Keith Booth, American NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1975 Mahendra Nagamootoo, West Indian cricketer (Guyanese leg-spinner), born in Whim, Berbice, Guyana
  • 1975 Mark Viduka, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1977 Brian Roberts, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1978 Juan Dixon, American basketball player, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1979 Gonzalo Sorondo, Uruguayan footballer (Defensor), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1979 Todd Kelly, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1980 Ibrahim Fazeel, Maldivian footballer (Victory Sports Club), born in Malé, Maldives
  • 1980 Henrik Zetterberg, Swedish ice hockey player, born in Njurunda, Sweden
  • 1981 Darius Miles, American basketball player, born in Belleville, Illinois
  • 1982 António Mendonça, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • 1982 Shi Jun, Chinese footballer, born in Dalian, China
  • 1983 Jang Mi-Ran, South Korean weightlifter (Olympic gold 2008), born in Gangwon, South Korea
  • 1983 Andreas Zuber, Austrian racing driver, born in Judenburg, Austria
  • 1983 Stephen Gionta, American ice hockey player, born in Rochester, New York
  • 1986 Laure Manaudou, French swimmer, born in Villeurbanne, France

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1916 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (21) weds Maxine Gates in Farmington, Utah

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

LoveWedding of Interest

1985 NBA guard George Gervin (33) weds Joyce King in Bexar County, Texas

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin

Deaths in Sport

Person of interestGeorge Hainsworth

1950 George Hainsworth, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (first NHL goaltender to record 20 shutouts in one season; Montreal Canadiens), dies in a car accident at 55

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • 1993 C. R. Rangachari, Indian cricketer (4 Tests for India), dies at 77
  • 1993 Geert de Vlaeminck, Belgian champion cyclist, dies at 26
  • 1994 Fred Lebow, US founder of New York Marathon, dies of cancer
  • 1994 Raich Carter, English soccer forward (13 caps; Sunderland, Derby County, Hull C) and manager (Hull C, Leeds, Mansfield Town, Middlesborough), dies from a stroke at 80
  • 1995 Lord Home of Hirsel, cricket (Middlesex player later British PM), dies
  • 1998 Ian Johnson CBE, Australian cricket spin bowler and captain (45 Tests; 109 wickets), dies at 80
  • 2002 Anwar Hussain, Pakistani cricketer (four Tests for Pakistan v India 1952-53), dies at 82
  • 2005 Tom Cheek, American sportscaster (Voice of the Toronto Blue Jays), dies at 66
  • 2006 Paul Hunter, English snooker player (Masters 2001, 02, 04), dies from neuroendocrine tumours at 27
  • 2008 Albert Hall, American hammer throw athlete, dies at 74
  • 2011 Pavel Karelin, Russian ski jumper (b. 1989)
  • 2016 Aaron Pryor, American welterweight boxing champion, dies of heart disease at 60
  • 2019 Andrés Gimeno, Spanish tennis player (French Open 1972), dies from cancer at 82