Events in Sport on October 17

  • 1860 1st British Golf Open: Willie Park Snr shoots a 164 at Prestwick Club, Scotland
  • 1885 Baseball sets all players salaries at $1,000-$2,000 for 1885 season
  • 1920 Chicago Bears (as Decatur Staleys) play 1st NFL game, win 7-0
  • 1935 Pacific Association of AAU votes not to participate in Berlin Olympics
  • 1964 In the first ever Olympic women's pentathlon Irina Press of the Soviet Union sets a world record 5,246 points to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Games

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1964 Yanks fire Manager Yogi Berra

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 1964 Australian athlete Betty Cuthbert takes her 4th career Olympic gold medal as she wins the women's 400m at the Tokyo Games in Olympic record 52.0
  • 1964 US swimmers go 1-2-3 in the women's 400m individual medley at the Tokyo Olympics; Donna de Varona wins gold in Olympic record 5:18.7 ahead of team mates Sharon Finneran and Martha Randall
  • 1968 Soviet athlete Viktor Saneev sets world record 17.39m to win the triple jump at the Mexico City Olympics; world record improved 5 times by 3 different athletes during competition
  • 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Balt Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 68th World Series
  • 1972 1st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs Penguins
  • 1974 NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • 1974 Washington Capitals 1st NHL home victory, beating Chicago 4-3
  • 1974 Oakland A's beat LA Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 71st World Series makes A's only team other than Yanks to win 3 straight series
  • 1976 Coldest World Series game Yankees vs Cincinnati, 39 degrees F (until 1997)
  • 1978 NY Islanders start a streak of 23 undefeated games at home (15-0-8)
  • 1978 NY Yankees beat Dodgers, 4 games to 2 in 75th World Series
  • 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Balt Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 76th World Series
  • 1981 32nd Formula One WDC: Nelson Piquet wins by one point
  • 1982 Robin Yount is 1st to have 2 4-hit games in a World Series
  • 1985 Lou Piniella named NY Yankee manager
  • 1987 1st indoor World Series game (Minnesota Metrodome)
  • 1988 Dallas Green replaces Lou Pinella as manager of NY Yankees
  • 1989 Earthquake in San Francisco (6.9) cancels 3rd game of World Series, kills 67
  • 1991 Angel Cordero is 3rd jockey to win 7,000 horse races

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1991 Pitts Penguin Paul Coffey sets NHL defenseman scoring record with 1,053 career points (309 goals & 744 assists)

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey
  • 1991 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 4 games to 3
  • 1992 1st World Series with non-US team, Toronto loses 3-1 to Braves
  • 1993 Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1994 Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Championships of Women's Golf

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel

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1994 Kapil Dev's final one-day international (v West Indies)

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev
  • 1995 MLB American League Championship: Cleveland Indians beat Seattle Mariners, 4 games to 2
  • 1996 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 3
  • 2000 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Seattle Mariners, 4 games to 2

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2008 Sachin Tendulkar becomes the highest run-scorer ever in test cricket beating Brian Lara's record and passing 12,000 runs against Australia in Mohali

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar