On This Day

Events in Sport on October 20

  • 1888 Chicago & All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, NZ
  • 1899 Columbia (US) beats Shamrock (England) in 11th America's Cup
  • 1910 1st appearance of cork centered baseball in World Series
  • 1910 Soccer team KFC forms in Alkmaar
  • 1912 Hannes Kolehmainen runs world record marathon (2:29:39.2)
  • 1924 1st Negro League World Series: KC Monarchs shuts out Hilldales, 5-0

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1934 MLB All-Star team led by Connie Mack and including Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig sails to Japan for 18-game series against Big-Six University League

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx

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1935 Detroit Tigers future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg is named AL MVP by the BWAA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Wes Ferrell is runner-up

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg

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1936 Carl Hubbell, 26-6, edges out Dizzy Dean, 24-13, for MVP honors in NL

Baseball Pitcher Carl Hubbell
Baseball Pitcher
Carl Hubbell
  • 1946 Frank Seno returns kickoff 105 yd, Chicago Cards vs NY Giants
  • 1947 Radio rights for the World Series sell for $475,000 for 3 years
  • 1955 Yanks begin 16-game exhibition in Japan

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1960 Ralph Houk, 41, replaces Casey Stengel as Yankee manager

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1963 Jim Brown sets NFL single-season rushing record, 1,863 yds

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 1964 Ann Packer of Great Britain runs a world record 2:01.1 to win the women's 800m gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964 Tamara Press of the Soviet Union wins her second gold medal in 2 days by taking out the women's shot put at the Tokyo Olympics; Press' second consecutive Olympic shot put title

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

1965 19th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC: All-Stars beat Montreal Canadiens, 5-2; MVP: Henri Richard, Montreal, C

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
  • 1967 Charlie Finley names Bob Kennedy 1st manager of Oakland A's
  • 1968 Mamo Wolde wins 16th Olympic marathon (2:20:26.4)
  • 1968 Kenyan runner Kip Keino wins 1,500m gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics in 3:34.91 despite a severe gall bladder infection
  • 1968 American Dick Fosbury using his unconventional technique wins the men's high jump gold medal with 2.24m at the Mexico City Olympics; "Fosbury Flop" becomes accepted most efficient technique
  • 1968 American sprinter Jim Hines anchors US men's 4 x 100m relay team to win his second gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics; with teammates Charles Greene, Mel Pender & Ronnie Ray Smith sets world record 38.24s
  • 1968 US men's 4 x 400m relay team of Vincent Matthews, Ron Freeman, Larry James & Lee Evans runs world record 2:56.16; easily beats Kenya & West Germany into the minor medals at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 1968 US women's 4 x 100m relay team sets world record 42.88s to win the gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics; Margaret Bailes, Barbara Ferrell, Mildrette Netter & Wyomia Tyus
  • 1968 Margitta Gummel of East Germany throws world record 19.61m to beat teammate Marita Lange by 0.83m and win the women's shot put gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics

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1973 US President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe to have been the greatest athlete of the 1st half of the 20th century

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1976 NY Nets Julius "Dr J" Erving sold to Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1979 John Tate beats Gerrie Coetze in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1981 1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, NJ Nets lose to NY Knicks 103-99

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1982 Billy Martin fired as manager of Oakland A's

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 1982 St Louis Cards beat Milwaukee Brewers, 4 games to 3 in 79th World Series
  • 1982 During the UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem, 66 people are crushed to death in the Luzhniki disaster.

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1984 Islander's Mike Bossy's 30th career hat trick-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1988 LA Dodgers beat Oakland A's in baseball's 85th World Series 4 games to 1
  • 1988 Reggie Rogers, Det Lion's # 1 pick, kills 3 by driving intoxicated
  • 1990 World Series Baseball: Cincinnati beats A's, 2-1 in Game 4 at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum to sweep Oakland and win Reds' 5th title; MVP: Reds' pitcher José Rijo

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1991 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna clinches his 2nd straight, and 3rd overall F1 World Drivers Championship by finishing 2nd in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 1992 1st Baseball World Series game is played outside United States; Toronto Blue Jays beat Atlanta Braves, 3-2 in Game 3 at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1993 Highest scoring, longest lasting World Series game - Toronto Blue Jays score 6 runs in 8th inning to defeat Philadelphia Phillies 15-14, in 4 hr-14 min slugfest at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
  • 1996 Braves Andruw Jones is youngest player to homer in World Series
  • 1996 Wasim Akram (257) & Saqlain Mushtaq gets cricket Test record 313 for 8th wicket, vs Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura
  • 1997 Richard Gnida, Limo driver in Detroit Red Wings crash, pleads guilty
  • 2001 Despite 20-14 final round loss to Ireland in Dublin, England retains Six Nations Rugby Championship; set new records for points scored (229), tries scored (29) and overall points-difference (+149)
  • 2004 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox come back from 0-3 to beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 3
  • 2007 6th Rugby World Cup Final, Stade de France, Saint-Denis: Springboks fullback Percy Montgomery lands 4/4 penalties as South Africa beats England, 15-6
  • 2018 All-England Lawn Tennis Club announces tie break to be used when scores reach 12-12 in deciding set at Wimbledon