On This Day

Events in Sport on October 11

  • 1902 US Open Men's Golf, Garden City GC: Scotsman Laurie Auchterlonie sets new 72-hole event scoring record to win his only major title, 6 strokes ahead of Stewart Gardner and amateur Walter Travis
  • 1902 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket between South Africa & Australia
  • 1906 White Sox Ed Walsh strikes out then record 12 in a World Series game

Sports History

1911 Ty Cobb (AL) and Frank Schulte (NL) are named inaugural MLB MVPs; prize is a car

  • 1913 Baseball World Series: Philadelphia A's beat NY Giants, 3-1 at Brush Stadium, NYC; clinch 4-1 series win for 3rd title in 10 years

Baseball Record

1923 A pair of Babe Ruth home runs in the 4th and 5th innings is the difference; NY Yankees beat NY Giants, 4-2 at the Polo Grounds to tie World Series, 1-1

  • 1925 NY Giants play 1st NFL game, lose to Providence 14-0

Sports History

1927 New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig is named American League MVP; despite hitting MLB record 60 HR's Babe Ruth as a former winner is not eligible

  • 1939 Bucky Harris signs to manage Washington again
  • 1943 Baseball World Series: NY Yankees become first team to win 10 Championships; beat St. Louis Cardinals, 2-0 at Sportsman's Park for 4 games to 1 series triumph
  • 1946 New York Yankees trade infielder Joe Gordon to Cleveland Indians for pitcher Allie Reynolds
  • 1948 Baseball World Series: Cleveland Indians beat Boston Braves, 4-3 at Braves Field to clinch series, 4 games to 2; Indians second championship in team history
  • 1960 Radio/TV executive John Fetzer buys a controlling interest of Detroit Tigers

Baseball Record

1967 World Series record 3 consecutive HRs hit by Carl Yastrzemski, Reggie Smith and Rico Petrocelli as Boston Red Sox beat St Louis Cardinals, 8-4 in Game 6 at Fenway Park

Sports History

1968 MLB star Billy Martin named manager of the Minnesota Twins

  • 1971 60th Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Charlotte (3-2)

Baseball Record

1971 Baltimore 3B Brooks Robinson sets Baseball World Series record; reaches base 5 straight times in Orioles 11-3 win over Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 2 at Memorial Stadium

  • 1972 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 2
  • 1973 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 2

NHL Record

1975 Islander's Bryan Trottier's 1st career hat trick

Baseball Record

1978 Dodgers Bob Welch dramatically strikes out Reggie Jackson in 9th

  • 1980 Dallas Mavericks open debut NBA season with a 103-92 victory against interstate rival San Antonio Spurs at Reunion Arena
  • 1981 Yanks beat Brewers 7-3 & win only Eastern Championship Series
  • 1991 Chip Beck ties PGA record lowest 18 hole score of 59 during 3rd round of the Las Vegas Invitational at the Sunrise GC

Sports History

1992 Deion Sanders, plays for Atlanta Falcons (NFL) & Braves (Baseball)

TV Show Appearance

1995 O.J. Simpson cancels a TV appearance on Dateline

Sports History

1997 Dennis Rodman returns from second longest NBA suspension (11 games)

  • 2000 South African Cricket Board issues former captain Hansie Cronje with a life ban as a result of match-fixing allegations
  • 2009 Presidents Cup Golf, Harding Park GC: US down International team, 19½–14½; their 2nd consecutive win by that score and 3rd straight overall

President's Cup

2015 Presidents Cup Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC Korea: Zach Johnson and Phil Mickelson go undefeated as US wins for the 6th successive time with a 15½–14½ victory over the International team

Sports History

2019 Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli scores career-best 254 not out to move past 7,000 Test runs on day 2 of the 2nd Test against South Africa in Mumbai; India wins by an innings and 137 runs

French Open Men's Tennis

2020 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Đoković 6-0, 6-2, 7-5; 20th Grand Slam singles title; record 13th French singles title

NBA Finals

2020 NBA Finals: LA Lakers beat Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 to win record equalling 17th title; MVP: LeBron James; first to win the award with 3 different teams

  • 2020 Women's PGA Championship, Aronimink GC: Sei Young KIm wins her first major title by 5 strokes from fellow South Korean Inbee Park; shoots tournament record total 266

Sports History

2020 British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins Eifel Grand Prix at Germany's Nürburgring to equal Michael Schumacher's record of 91 Formula 1 victories