On This Day

Events in Sport on October 14

  • 1862 Baseballer James Creighton ruptures bladder hitting HR, dies 10/18
  • 1881 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Bob Ferguson retains title with 3 stroke win over Jamie Anderson in shocking weather conditions
  • 1905 Baseball Word Series: NY Giants (NL) beat Philadelphia A's (AL), 2-0 in Game 5 at the Polo Grounds to win first league sanctioned WS, 4-1; Christy Mathewson's 3rd straight WS shutout
  • 1906 Baseball World Series: In all-Chicago series, White Sox beat Cubs, 8-3 at South Side Park to win title, 4-2; first AL victory
  • 1908 Upset over seating arrangements at the Baseball World Series, sports reporters form a professional group that will become Baseball Writers Association of America
  • 1908 Baseball World Series: Chicago Cubs beat Detroit Tigers, 2-0 at Bennett Park, Detroit to clinch 4-1 series win; 6,210 fans is smallest crowd in WS history; Cubs retain title
  • 1909 Pirates beat Tigers, 5-4, forces 1st full 7 game world series
  • 1911 Largest baseball crowd ever 38,281 (Polo Grounds) see Giants beat A's, 2-1 (gate is record $77,379)

PGA Championship

1916 1st PGA Championship Men's Golf, Siwanoy CC, Bronxville, NY: Englishman Jim Barnes defeats Jock Hutchison by 1 hole in the 36-hole final

Contract of Interest

1926 Walter Johnson retires, signs 2-year contract to manage Newark

  • 1929 Baseball World Series: Philadelphia A's beat Chicago Cubs, 3-2 at Shibe Park to clinch 4 games to 1 series victory; A's first title in 16 years

Boxing Title Fight

1949 Ezzard Charles TKOs Pat Valentino in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1951 Det Lion Jack Christiansen returns 2 punts for touchdowns vs LA Rams
  • 1953 Charley Dressen resigns rather than take 1 year contract as Dodger mgr
  • 1961 Ryder Cup Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes: Jerry Barber captains US to 14½-9½ win
  • 1962 Houston Oiler George Blanda throws for 6 TD passes vs NY Titans 56-17

Baseball Record

1964 Roger Maris & Mickey Mantle hit HRs runs on back-to-back pitches

  • 1964 American swimmer Dick Roth sets world record 4:45.4 to beat teammate Roy Saari and win the men's 400m individual medley gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964 Mary Rand of Great Britain leaps a world record 6.76m to win the women's long jump gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964 US 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Steve Clark, Mike Austin, Gary Ilman & Don Schollander swim world record 3:33.2 to beat Germany by 4.0s and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964 American swimmer Cathy Ferguson sets world record 1:07.7 to beat Kiki Caron of France by 0.2s and win the women's 100m backstroke gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964 Little known American distance runner Billy Mills scores major upset by winning the 10,000m at the Tokyo Olympics; beats Mohammed Gammoudi of Tunisia by 0.4s; only American to ever win the event

Sports History

1965 Baseball World Series: LA Dodgers edge Minnesota Twins, 2-0 in Game 7 at Metropolitan Stadium; Dodgers 3rd title since move to LA; MVP: LA pitcher Sandy Koufax

  • 1968 In NL expansion draft, Expos & Padres choose 30 players each
  • 1968 Viorica Viscopoleanu of Romania sets world record 6.82m to win the women's long jump at the Mexico City Olympics; beats Sheila Sherwood of Great Britain by 0.14m
  • 1968 American sprinter Jim Hines runs a world record 9.95s to beat Lennox Miller of Jamaica and Charles Greene of the US, and win the 100m gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 1970 Cleveland Cavaliers lose to Buffalo Braves in their 1st game 107-92
  • 1972 Oakland catcher Gene Tenace is first to homer in first 2 World Series at-bats as A's beat Reds, 3-2 in Game 1 at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati

Sports History

1973 42 year old future Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Willie Mays' last MLB career hit, as NY Mets beat A's, 10-7 in World Series Game 2 in Oakland

  • 1976 Chris Chambliss' 9th inning lead off homer gives NY Yanks pennant #30
  • 1976 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 2

Sports History

1977 Linda Ronstadt sings national anthem prior to World Series Game 3 at Dodger Stadium; criticised for casual attire but ranked by Washington Examiner as second-best rendition ever at a sporting event

Sports History

1978 NY outfielder Reggie Jackson causes World Series controversy; interferes with a throw to 1st, deflects ball away during Yankees, 4-3 Game 4 win over LA Dodgers at Yankee Stadium

Sports History

1978 Despite Denis Potvin hat trick in 3:21 NY Islanders lose 7-10 making Islander record when scoring a hat trick-22-2-1

Sports History

1979 NHL's greatest scorer Wayne Gretzky scores his 1st NHL goal

  • 1979 NHL NY Rangers retire Rod Gilbert's uniform number 7, the first number to be retired by the team
  • 1981 Yank Graig Nettles is 1st to get 2 hits in same inning of an ALSC game
  • 1982 Islanders assessed 108 penalty minutes, Penguins 125 (233 total)
  • 1982 NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 1984 Baseball World Series: Detroit Tigers beat San Diego Padres, 8-4 at Tiger Stadium to clinch series, 4 games to 1; MVP: Detroit shortstop Alan Trammell

Sports History

1985 New York Jets retire Joe Namath's #12 on nationally televised Monday Night Football; beat Miami Dolphins, 23-7

  • 1986 IOC decides to stagger Winter & Summer Olympic schedule
  • 1987 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat San Francisco Giants, 4 games to 3
  • 1988 NJ Devils raise their 1st pennant by winning the Patrick Division Playoff Championship
  • 1989 Dave Stewart is 1st since 1976 to start consecutive World Series openers
  • 1989 Texas A&I, Johnny Bailey sets NCAA season rush record at 6,085 yards

Sports History

1990 SF 49er Joe Montana passes for 6 touchdowns vs Atlanta (45-35)

Sports History

1991 NY Rangers right wing Mike Gartner becomes 1st NHL player to score his 500th goal, 500th assist, and 1000th point all in the same season

  • 1992 Toronto Blue Jays beats Oakland A's to win their 1st AL pennant
  • 1992 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 4 games to 3
  • 1992 MLB American League Championship: Toronto Blue Jays beat Oakland Athletics, 4 games to 2
  • 1995 Atlanta Braves become 1st team to sweep in NL playoff (beat Reds)
  • 1995 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 0
  • 1996 Braves blow out St Louis, 14-0 in an NLCS game
  • 1997 MLB National League Championship: Florida Marlins beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 2
  • 1998 NY Islanders beat Tampa Bay, 7-1, to end 11 game winless streak
  • 1998 Eric Robert Rudolph is charged with 6 bombings including the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1998 MLB National League Championship: San Diego Padres beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 2

Sports History

2001 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins his 4th F1 World Drivers Championship by 58 points from David Coulthard; takes out Japanese GP at Suzuka for 9th win of the season

  • 2002 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1

Sports History

2003 Fan Steve Bartman deflects the ball away from Chicago Cubs outfielder Moises Alou. Cubs give up eight runs in the inning and lose to the Marlins 8-3, and the Bartman incident is seen as the turning point in the series

  • 2006 MLB American League Championship: Detroit Tigers beat Oakland Athletics, 4 games to 0
  • 2018 Afghan batsman Hazratullah Zazai becomes only the 6th player in cricket history (3rd in T20) to hit 6-sixes in an over; scores 62 in 17 balls in Kabul Zwanan loss v Balkh Legends in Afghanistan Premier League
  • 2020 NFL cancels Pro Bowl game scheduled for 31 January, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic