Events in Sport on October 3

  • 1884 24th British Golf Open: Jack Simpson shoots a 160 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • 1885 25th British Golf Open: Bob Martin shoots a 171 at St Andrews
  • 1888 New Zealand Natives, a privately organised and mainly Māori rugby team, plays first game in UK; the first national rugby team to wear the silver fern
  • 1919 Reds Adolfo Luque is 1st Latin player to appear in a World Series
  • 1920 Browns 1st baseman George Sisler gets his record 257th hit of season
  • 1920 NFL (then American Pro Football Association) plays 1st games
  • 1926 Violet Percy runs female record marathon (3:40:22)
  • 1936 Yanks set new attendance record of 64,842 in 3rd game of World Series
  • 1940 Reds beat Tigers ending NL's 10-game World Series losing streak
  • 1942 NY Yanks Frank Crosetti shoves umpire Bill Summers in World Series, he is fined $200 & suspended for 1st 30 days of 1943 season
  • 1945 Tigers & Cubs meet in World Series for 4th time
  • 1946 Cards beat Dodgers 8-4 at Ebbets Field to win NL playoffs 2-0
  • 1947 With only 1 out to go, Yank Floyd Beven gives up a double breaking his World Series no-hit bid, it scored 2 runs & he lost game
  • 1948 NFL becomes 1st sport televised as sport of week
  • 1950 Baseball rules Phils lefty Curt Simmons cannot play in World Series despite his being on furlough from Army
  • 1951 Bobby Thomson HR-Giants win pennant defeating Dodgers
  • 1953 10th Ryder Cup: US wins 6½-5½ at Wentworth, England
  • 1953 7th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 3-1 at Montreal
  • 1956 Sal Maglie & Dodgers defeat Yanks 6-3 in opening game of World Series
  • 1959 13th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 6-1 at Montreal
  • 1962 Dodgers set major league-record season attendance of 2,755,184
  • 1965 Cubs tie major league record of 3 triple plays in a season

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1965 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth

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1965 Whitey Ford notches #232 to become Yankees winningest pitcher

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • 1970 Baseball umpires call their 1st strike

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1971 Billie Jean King became 1st female athlete to win $100,000

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1971 22nd Formula One WDC: Jackie Stewart wins by 29 points
  • 1972 Steve Carlton wins 27th game for Phillies (almost ½ of their 59 wins)
  • 1972 Balt Roric Harrison is last AL pitcher to homer until interleague play 25 years later

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1974 Pele retires as soccer player

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend

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1976 Hank Aaron singles in his last at bat & drives in his 2,297th run

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1981 Brewers (since 1970) & Expos (1969) clinch their 1st-ever postseason

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1981 Mike Weaver beats Quick Tillis in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • 1982 Scott Weiland runs Detroit marathon backwards in less than 5 hours
  • 1986 Baltimore loses assuring Orioles of their 1st last-place finish
  • 1987 Benito Santiago ends longest catcher/rookie hitting streak at 34

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1990 George Brett becomes 1st to lead league in batting in 3 decades

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1992 Atlanta Braves win franchise record 98th game (old record 95 in 1957)
  • 1992 Toronto Blue Jays win AL East title
  • 1993 Giants need to beat Dodgers to force a playoff game with Braves for NL West title, but Dodgers destroy Giants 12-1, Giants end year 103-59

MurderMurder of Interest

1995 O.J. Simpson found not guilty of the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman in Los Angeles, California

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1997 Carolina Hurricanes 1st home game vs Pitts Penguins
  • 1997 Vancouver Canucks beats Mighty Ducks, 3-2 in Japan
  • 2008 O.J. Simpson found guilty of charges of kidnapping and armed robbery
  • 2015 Host England loses to Australia 33-13 and crashes out of the Rugby World Cup at the pool stage