Events in Sport on October 8

  • 1818 Two English boxers are first to use padded gloves
  • 1887 Phillies set club record 16th straight victory
  • 1888 British Open Golf, St Andrews: Scotsman Jack Burns wins his lone Open title by 1 stroke from Ben Sayers and David Anderson Jr
  • 1904 1st Vanderbilt Cup auto race (Hicksville, Long Island, NY)
  • 1908 NY Giants set season attendance record at 910,000 (broken in 1920)
  • 1909 Chicago Cubs beat NY Giants 4-2 in a playoff to win NL pennant
  • 1915 Phillies win their 1st & only World Series game before 1980, beating Red Sox, 3-1, with an 8th inning 2 run rally
  • 1922 NY Giants beat Yankees, 4 games to 0, with a tie in 19th World Series
  • 1927 NY Yankees sweep Pirates in 24th World Series
  • 1928 Eastern Soccer League forms in USA
  • 1929 A's Howard Ehmke (7-2) sets World Series record striking out 13 Cubs
  • 1930 Philadelphia A's beat St Louis Cards, 4 games to 2 in 27th World Series
  • 1939 NY Yankees sweep Reds in 36th World Series, 4th straight WS win
  • 1940 Cincinnati Reds beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3, in 37th World Series
  • 1950 4th NHL All-Star Game: Detroit beat All-Stars 7-1 at Detroit
  • 1950 Cleveland Browns play Pittsburgh for 1st time, beat Steelers 30-17

  • 1951 Ford C Frick replaces Happy Chandler as 3rd commissioner of baseball Warren C Giles becomes president of baseball's National League

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1953 Birmingham, Alabama, bars Jackie Robinson's Negro-White All-Stars from playing there Robinson gives in & drops white players from his group

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1956 Don Larsen (NY Yankees) pitches only perfect World Series game vs Brooklyn
  • 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers announce move to Los Angeles
  • 1958 Braves Eddie Mathews strikes out for World Series record 11th time
  • 1959 LA Dodgers beat Chicago White Sox, 4 games to 2 in 56th World Series
  • 1960 Bobby Richarson hits a World Series grand slammer
  • 1960 3rd Rugby League World Cup: Great Britain beats Australia 10-3
  • 1961 12th Formula One WDC: Phil Hill wins by one point
  • 1961 American Phil Hill's Ferrari team does not participate in season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen; already clinched World Championship of Drivers title; English driver Innes Ireland wins Lotus' first ever Grand Prix
  • 1965 Once-Hertogenbosch soccer team FC de Bosch forms
  • 1972 Harold Carmichael begins NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • 1972 In Game 2 of ALCS, Oakland A's Bert Campaneris fires his bat at Det pitcher
  • 1972 Despite retiring with suspension trouble at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, Emerson Fittipaldi becomes first Brazilian to win the World Formula 1 Drivers title; wins by 16 points from Jackie Stewart

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1973 NLCS game 3 brawl between Cins' Pete Rose & NY Met Bud Harrelson

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1975 San Antonio Spurs, then members of the ABA, defeat the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, 109-107 in the first basketball game ever played in the Louisiana Superdome
  • 1977 Largest baseball crowd in Penns, 64,924 see Dodgers beat Phillies 4-1 in 4th NL championship game (Dodgers win pennant)
  • 1977 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Philadelphia Phillies, 3 games to 1

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1978 American Mario Andretti in a Lotus finishes 10th in the season ending Canadian Grand Prix at Île Notre-Dame Circuit, but wins his first World Formula 1 Drivers title by 13 points from Ronnie Peterson

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 1981 USAC appeals panel restores disputed Indy 500 victory to Bobby Unser
  • 1982 New Jersey Devils 1st NHL victory; beat New York Rangers 3-2 at Meadowlands
  • 1983 Washington Capitals 1st NHL overtime game losing to NY Islanders 8-7
  • 1983 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 3 games to 1
  • 1983 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Chicago White Sox, 3 games to 1
  • 1989 Oakland beats Toronto, 4-3 in Game 5, to advance to the World Series
  • 1989 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 1
  • 1992 Ottawa Senators 1st NHL game
  • 1994 6th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 30-11 in Chestnut Hill

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1995 Dolphin's Dan Marino breaks Tarkenton's NFL career completions record

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • 1995 Edgar Martinez drives home tying & winning runs to rally Mariners to 6-5 win in bottom of 11th to beat Yankees & win AL Division Series
  • 2000 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Loch Lomond GC: Europe regains Cup 14½-11½; Carin Koch holes winning putt, coming back from 3 down to beat Michele Redman
  • 2000 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka to clinch his 3rd, and 1st of 5 straight World F1 Drivers Championships

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2005 NHL great Wayne Gretzky gets his first win as a coach as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 at Jobing.com Arena, Phoenix

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 2011 Irish professional darts player Brendan Dolan plays 1st perfect 9 dart game on TV in semi-final against James Wade at PDC World Darts Championship in Dublin
  • 2016 New Zealand routs South Africa, 57-14 in Durban to win their 4th Rugby Championship; undefeated All Blacks score 9 tries to 1, 2 each to Israel Dagg, TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett
  • 2018 New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees becomes NFL's all-time leader in passing yards; needs 201 yards to pass Peyton Manning's record; gets 363 & 3 TD's in Saints 43-19 win v Washington Redskins at the SuperDome