On This Day

Events in Sport on October 25

  • 1621 Governor Bradford head of the colony of American Plymouth disallows sport on Christmas Day
  • 1884 1st "World Championship" Baseball Series, Polo Grounds, NYC: Providence Grays (NL) beat NY Mets (American Association), 12-2 in 6 innings for 3 game sweep; game abandoned because of bitter cold
  • 1905 1st College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Navy beats Maryland 17-0 in Annapolis
  • 1909 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Perth: Anthony Wilding of New Zealand wins his 2nd Australasian title; beats Ernie Parker of Australia 6–1, 7–5, 6–2
  • 1925 Lester Patrick takes over NY Rangers
  • 1926 Lester Patrick becomes 1st coach & gm of NY Rangers

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1937 Casey Stengel signs to manage Boston Bees

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

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1947 Bradman scores 156 for South Australia v India, 152 mins, 22 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1953 Cleveland Browns' QB Otto Graham sets club record with 4 fumbles

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham

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1955 Branch Rickey steps down as GM of the Pirates

Baseball Player and Sports Executive Branch Rickey
Baseball Player and Sports Executive
Branch Rickey
  • 1956 White Sox manager Marty Marion resigns and is replaced by Al López
  • 1964 Dutchman Anton Geesink is 1st non-Japanese Olympic judo gold medal winner
  • 1964 "The Wrong Way Run", Viking Jim Marshall runs 66 yards in wrong direction for a safety (NFL's #1 blooper)

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1964 English driver John Surtees finishes 2nd behind American Dan Gurney in season ending Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez to clinch his first F1 World Drivers Championship; edges Graham Hill by 1 point

Auto Racer Graham Hill
Auto Racer
Graham Hill
  • 1968 Longest Olympic field hockey game, The Netherlands beats Spain 1-0 in 2h25m (6 OT)
  • 1968 US men's basketball team beats Yugoslavia 65-50 to win the gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics; 7th straight basketball title for the Americans

  • 1968 Czech gymnast Věra Čáslavská wins the uneven bars and vault gold medals at the Mexico City Olympics; her 6th & 7th career gold medals and her 4th at these Games
  • 1968 American swimmer Claudia Kolb wraps up the women's individual medley double in Mexico City, winning the 400m I/M in Olympic record 5:08.5; she also won the 200m I/M in OR 2:24.7
  • 1968 East German swimmer Roland Matthes wins the 200m backstroke gold medal in Olympic record 2:09.6 at the Mexico City Games; wraps up backstroke double
  • 1970 Austrian driver Jochen Rindt wins F1 World Drivers Championship by 5 points from Jacky Ickx after Mexican GP; only season World Championship awarded posthumously, after Rindt's death in Italian GP practice at Monza
  • 1972 Eddy Merckx (Belgium) covers 30 miles, 1,258 yards in 1 hr
  • 1973 Cubs trade Ferguson Jenkins to Rangers for Bill Madlock & Vic Harris

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1973 SF Giants trade Willie McCovey to San Diego Padres for pitcher Mike Caldwell

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
  • 1975 Denver Nuggets 1st game at McNichols Sports Arena beat St Louis Spirits
  • 1978 Padres Gaylord Perry is 1st to win Cy Young in both leagues (NL)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1980 Mike Weaver KOs Gerrie Coetzee in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • 1981 New York City Marathon: defending champion Alberto Salazar retains crown in 2:08:13; Allison Roe of New Zealand takes out women's race in 2:25:29
  • 1982 David Hookes scores Cricket century in 34 balls 43 mins, SA v Victoria

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1985 Angels announce that they will not offer Rod Carew a new contract

Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew
  • 1986 Trailing 5-3 with 2 out & no one on in bottom of 10th, NY rallies to win Game 6 of the World Series, 6-5, Bill Buckner misplays a ball
  • 1987 Minnesota Twins win their 1st World Series championship beating St Louis Cards, 4 games to 3 in 84th World Series

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1990 Evander Holyfield KOs Buster Douglas in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1991 Aaqib Javed takes 7-37 in 10 overs v India in cricket 1-dayer at Sharjah
  • 1992 Rene Lachemann hired as Fla Marlins 1st manager
  • 1993 Daryll Cullinan hits unbeaten 337 for Transvaal against Northern Transvaal, South African 1st-class cricket record score
  • 1996 Frank, brother of Yank manager Joe Torre, receives a heart transplant
  • 1997 9th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 52-20 in South Bend
  • 2003 World Series Baseball: Florida beats New York Yankees, 2-0 in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium for Marlins second title; MVP: Florida pitcher Josh Beckett
  • 2003 15th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 27-25 in Chestnut Hill
  • 2003 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; winners: Pleasantly Perfect, Action This Day, Adoration, Johar, High Chaparral, Islington, Halfbridled, Six Perfections, Cajun Beat
  • 2005 Then longest Baseball World Series game in time (5 hours, 41 mins) and tied longest in innings (14, tied with Game 2, 1916 WS and Game 1, 2015 WS); Chicago White Sox beat Houston Astros, 7-5 game 3 at Minute Maid Park, Houston
  • 2008 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 2 winners: Muhannak, Desert Code, Albertus Maximus, Goldikova, Midshipman, Donativum, Midnight Lute, Conduit, Raven's Pass
  • 2009 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 games to 2
  • 2012 The double dip recession in the UK economy ends with growth of 1.0% in GDP in the third quarter of 2012, with help from the London Olympic Games

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2015 British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins US F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas to clinch his second consecutive World Drivers Championship

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton
  • 2020 British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins Portuguese Grand Prix at Autódromo Internacional Do Algarve for his 92nd career victory; moves 1 win clear of Michael Schumacher in all-time F1 victories list