On This Day

Events in Sport in October 1953

  • Oct 1 Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Carl Erskine sets a Baseball World Series record with 14 strikeouts in a 3-2 Game 3 win against NY Yankees at Ebbets Field
  • Oct 3 Ryder Cup Golf, Wentworth: San Snead wins 6 of 7 matches to lead US to 6th consecutive Cup win, 6½-5½ over Great Britain
  • Oct 3 7th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC: All-Stars beat Montreal Canadiens, 3-1

Sports History

Oct 3 NY Yankees legendary center fielder Mickey Mantle hits a grand slam off Russ Meyer; Bronx Bombers hold on to win, 11-7 v Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of Baseball World Series; NY wins series, 4-2

World Record

Oct 4 British runner Jim Peters sets world marathon record 2:18:34.8 in the Turku Marathon in Finland

Sports History

Oct 4 50th Baseball World Series: NY Yankees beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-3 at Yankee Stadium for 4-2 series win; Yankees record 5th consecutive WS; MVP: NY 2B Billy Martin

Sports History

Oct 7 Bill Veeck tells Browns stockholders he faces bankruptcy unless they drop their suit to block his move to Baltimore, they comply

Sports History

Oct 8 Birmingham, Alabama, bars Jackie Robinson's Negro-White All-Stars from playing there Robinson gives in & drops white players from his group

  • Oct 14 Charley Dressen resigns rather than take 1 year contract as Dodger mgr
  • Oct 18 Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times

NFL Record

Oct 25 Cleveland Browns' QB Otto Graham sets club record with 4 fumbles

  • Oct 28 Red Barber, resigns as Dodger sportscaster to join Yankees