On This Day

Events in Sport on October 30

  • 1871 Philadelphia Athletics beat Chicago for 1st National Association baseball pennant
  • 1919 Baseball league presidents call for abolishment of spitball
  • 1922 Anxious to compete with the Yankees, the NY Giants pay $65,000 & 3 players for Jack Bentley (hit .349 & was 13-2 as pitcher for Baltimore (International League) in 1922)

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1945 Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson to a Montreal Royals

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player and Sports Executive Branch Rickey
Baseball Player and Sports Executive
Branch Rickey
  • 1952 4th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tim Flock wins
  • 1954 1st use of 24-sec shot clock in pro basketball (Rochester vs Boston)
  • 1955 7th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tim Flock wins
  • 1956 Dodgers sell Ebbets Field to a real estate group. They agree to stay until 1959, with an option to stay until 1961
  • 1960 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Rex White wins

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1963 Sandy Koufax wins NL MVP award

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax
  • 1966 16th NASCAR Sprint Cup: David Pearson wins
  • 1967 Arthur Allyn says White Sox will play 9 games in Milwaukee in 1968
  • 1967 Ferdinand Bracke bicycles world record time (48,093 km)

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1973 Tom Seaver becomes 1st non-20-game winner to win Cy Young award

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver

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1974 California Angel Nolan Ryan throws fastest recorded pitch (100.9 MPH)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1974 "The Rumble in the Jungle": Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in the 8th round in Kinshasa, Zaire; regains world heavyweight boxing title with famous "rope-a-dope" tactic

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

  • 1975 Giants pitcher John "the Count of" Montefusco wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1975 John Bucyk, Boston, became 7th NHLer to score 500 goals

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1988 Beth Daniel wins Nichirei Ladies Cup US-Japan Team Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1988 NY Jets finally beat Pittsburgh Steelers for 1st time

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1988 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna wins Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, his record 8th GP win of the season; clinches first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 1991 Mark Sauer becomes CEO of Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1993 Toronto Maple Leafs lose 1st game of season after going 10-0-0

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1997 Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona announces his retirement from football on his 37th birthday

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • 2004 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Lone Star Park; winners: Ghostzapper, Wilko, Ashado, Better Talk Now, Oujja Board, Sweet Catomine, Singletary, Speightstown
  • 2011 Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 in the WTA Championship decider in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2013 World Series Baseball: Boston Red Sox beat St Louis Cardinals, 6-1 in Game 6 at Fenway Park to win title; MVP: Boston slugger David Ortiz
  • 2015 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Keeneland Racetrack; Day 1 winners: Hit It A Bomb, Liam's Map, Catch A Glimpse, Stopchargingmaria
  • 2015 Polish tennis star Agnieszka Radwańska wins the WTA Finals title at Kallang. Singapore; beats Czech Petra Kvitová 6–2, 4–6, 6–3
  • 2016 Slovak tennis star Dominika Cibulková beats Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 to win the WTA Finals title decider in Kallang, Singapore
  • 2016 Oakland Raiders break the single game record for most penalties in an NFL game gaining 23 in win over Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 2019 World Series Baseball: Washington Nationals beat Houston Astros, 6-2 in Game 7 at Minute Maid Park, Houston to win first title in franchise history; MVP: Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg