OCTOBER 1 – On This Day

1879 Cincinnati Enquirer publishes first report on Baseball’s reserve clause; rights to players retained by team upon the contract’s expiration; replaced by free agency
1889 Dutch soccer club HFC Haarlem is founded; National champions 1946; bankrupt in 2010; merge with HFC Kennemerland, new club Haarlem Kennemerland
1910 Regina Rugby Club (to become CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders) plays first game, losing to Moose Jaw Tigers, 16-6
1919 Infamous ‘Black Sox’ Baseball World Series begins with Cincinnati Reds’ Dutch Ruether pitching a 6-hitter and hitting 3 RBI on 2 triples and a single for a 9-1 rout of White Sox
1922 Former Chicago Staleys play first NFL game as Chicago Bears; beat Racine Legion, 6-0 at Horlick Field, Racine, Wisconsin
1924 MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Landis bans NY Giants outfielder Jimmy O’Connell & coach Cozy Dolan from World Series after they attempt to bribe Phillies shortstop Heinie Sand
1927 Pittsburgh Pirates with a team including 5 future Baseball Hall of Famers clinch NL pennant with 9-6 win v Cincinnati Reds; Pirates’ last NL pennant until 1960
1928 Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi runs 15k world record 46:49.6 and 10 miles 50:15.0 in Berlin, Germany
1931 Philadelphia Athletics seek 3rd straight World Series baseball title; beat St. Louis Cardinals, 6-2 in opener at Sportsman’s Park; lose series, 4-3
1933 Washington Senators coach Nick Altrock plays in a MLB game at age 57 as a pinch-hitter; faces Rube Walberg of the Philadelphia A’s; goes hitless in 3-0 loss
1933 Babe Ruth makes his final pitching appearance in MLB; pitches all 9 innings in a season ending 6-5 win v Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium; hits his 34th home run of the season in 5th inning
1944 St Louis Browns beat New York Yankees 5-2 at Sportsman’s Park III to win their only AL pennant; lose World Series 4-2 to neighbour Cardinals
1946 St. Louis Cardinals beats Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-2 in first MLB play-off game for a league championship (NL); St Louis wins series, 2-0
1946 Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller claims his MLB record 348th strikeout of season in a 4-1 win v Detroit; record stands for 19 years
1950 Philadelphia Phillies clinch NL pennant on Dick Sisler’s 3-run home run in a season ending 4-1 win v Brooklyn Dodgers; Phillies first pennant since 1913
1950 New York Giants beat Cleveland Browns, 6-0 at Cleveland Stadium; sets Browns club record for fewest points scored by both teams; Browns go on to win NFL Championship
1953 Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Carl Erskine sets a Baseball World Series record with 14 strikeouts in a 3-2 Game 3 win against NY Yankees at Ebbets Field
1955 Baltimore Colts fullback Alan Ameche becomes the first rookie in NFL history to top 100 yards rushing in his first 2 games; totals 153 against Detroit Lions after 194 yards in debut v Chicago Bears
1956 American jockey Johnny Heckmann becomes first to ride 7 winners at Hawthorne Race Course at Stickney/Cicero near Chicago, Illinois
1959 Chicago White Sox beat LA Dodgers, 11-0 in Game 1 of the Baseball World Series at Comiskey Park; White Sox first WS appearance since 1919 ‘Black Sox Scandal’; LA wins series 4-2
1960 14th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC: All-Stars beat Montreal Canadiens, 2-1
1970 Phillies beat Montreal Expos, 2-1 in final game played at Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia; fans swarm onto field and destroy it after the game
1972 New York City Marathon: men’s event won by Sheldon Karlin in 2:27:52; Nina Kuscsik wins women’s race in 3:08:41
1977 New York Yankees end MLB season with 100-62 record; win 2nd consecutive AL East title; go on the win World Series 4-2 v LA Dodgers
1988 Bradley Center in Milwaukee opens with an exhibition hockey game between Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers; construction cost $90 million; closed 2018
1988 Flamboyant American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner wins her third gold medal of the Seoul Olympics anchoring the victorious US 4 x 100m relay team
1988 The Soviet women’s 4 x 400m relay team runs world record 3:15.17 to beat a star-studded US team and win the Olympic gold medal in Seoul; Tatyana Ledovskaya, Olga Nazarova, Mariya Pinigina & Olga Bryzgina
1988 The inaugural Olympic table tennis program concludes in Seoul with China and South Korea each winning 2 titles
1988 Yuri Savichev scores in extra time as the Soviet Union beats Brazil 2-1 to win the men’s football gold medal at the Seoul Olympics
1988 Canadian synchronised swimmer Carolyn Waldo teams with Michelle Cameron to win the duet gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; wraps up double having won individual title
1989 Dallas Cowboy defensive end, Ed ”Too Tall” Jones records his 1,000th NFL tackle in a 30-13 defeat to the New York Giants at Texas Stadium
1992 Gil Stein officially becomes only the 5th president in the NHL’s 75 year history; serves for just one year before the title changed to “commissionerâ€?
1994 NHL owners begin lockout of players lasting 103 days; season shortened to 48 games instead of 84; players seek collective bargaining and owners a salary cap
1995 Cleveland Indians end MLB season at 100-44 to set record 30 game margin over 2nd place Kansas City Royals in AL Central final standings
1995 Mike Mussina tosses Baltimore Oriole’s 5th consecutive MLB shutout in season ending, 4-0 victory over Detroit Tigers
1995 NY Yankees (AL) and Colorado Rockies (NL) become first wild-card teams in new MLB playoff system; Rox are first team to reach postseason before 7th year; post best ever record for a 3rd-year team, 10 games over .500 (77-67)
1995 In the 5th game of the season, Jacksonville Jaguars celebrate first-ever NFL regular season win with a 17-16 victory over the Houston Oilers at the Astrodome
1997 Carolina Hurricanes lose franchise’s debut NHL game, 4-2 v Tampa Bay Lightning at the Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida
1997 Minnesota Timberwolves NBA forward Kevin Garnett, just 2 years out of high school, signs a record 6-year, $123 million contract extension
1997 Zimbabwe and New Zealand tie their One Day International cricket match in Bulawayo; Black Cap tail-ender Gavin Larson is run out on last ball at 9/233 amidst crowd surging onto field; 13th ODI tie
1997 Nebraska head football coach Tom Osborne records his 250th NCAA career victory with a 67-7 drubbing of Oklahoma; Osborne, in his 25th season, reaches milestone faster than anyone (301 games)
1999 In a blockbuster NBA trade, the Houston Rockets move All Star forward Scotty Pippen to Portland Trail Blazers for Kelvin Cato, Stacey Augmon, Walt Williams, Carlos Rogers, Ed Gray and Brian Shaw
1999 Sourav Ganguly smashes 11 fours and 5 sixes for a blistering 139 as India (277/6) dominates Zimbabwe (170) in the 6th cricket LG Cup ODI in Nairobi
2000 Juan Antonio Samaranch, President of the IOC declares the XXVII Olympics in Sydney, Australia the ”best Olympic Games ever” at the closing ceremony
2000 United States wins the most medals (97), and the most gold medals (40) in Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia
2000 German canoeist Birgit Fischer teams with Katrin Wagner to win the K2 500m gold medal at the Sydney Olympics; becomes first woman to win 2 or more medals at 4 Summer Olympics; only 4th woman to win 7 career gold
2000 An all-African podium for the men’s marathon at the Sydney Olympics
2000 NBA stars Ray Allen and Vince Carter each score 13 points as the US beats France 85-75 to win the men’s basketball gold medal at the Sydney Olympics
2000 Cuban boxer Félix Savon wins his 3rd consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medal at the Sydney Games; easily beats Russian Sultan Ibragimov on points 21-13; retires after victory ceremony
2000 Stephanie Cook of Great Britain scores 5,318 points to beat American Emily de Riel by just 8 points to win the inaugural Olympic women’s modern pentathlon at the Sydney Games
2000 Norwegian canoeist Knut Holmann beats Petar Merkov of Bulgaria for the second consecutive day to win the K-1 500m gold medal at the Sydney Olympics; beat Markov in K-1 1000m the previous day
2002 Free agent center Wang Zhizhi, the first ever Chinese-born player in the NBA, signs a 3-year offer sheet with the Los Angeles Clippers; waived in 2003 and moves to Miami Heat
2015 NY Yankees record the 10,000th win in their illustrious history, and also clinch wild card slot; beat the Red Sox, 4-1, at a rainy New Yankee Stadium; NY bullpen ties MLB record with their 589th victim of the season
2017 Presidents Cup Golf, Liberty National GC: Dustin Johnson stars with 4.5 points as US routs International team, 19-11; 7th straight American victory

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