Antique Sports

This Week in Sports History

September 28

1920 8 White Sox indicted, threw 1919 World Series (Black Sox scandal)

1930 Lou Gehrig's errorless streak ends at 885 consecutive games

1941 Ted Williams ended the baseball season with .406 batting avg

September 29

1920 Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth sets then MLB home run season record at 54 with a 9th inning shot off Dave Keefe in New York's 7-3 win against the Philadelphia A's

1941 Joe Louis TKO's Lou Nova in 6 for the heavyweight boxing title

1954 Willie Mays makes his famous over-the-shoulder catch of Vic Wertz 460' drive during game one of the World Series

1977 Muhammad Ali beats Earnie Shavers in 15 for the heavyweight boxing title.

September 30

1927 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth smacks his MLB record 60th home run off Tom Zachary in 8th inning of New York's 4-2 win over the Washington Senators at Yankee Stadium.

1972 Roberto Clemente is 11th to get 3,000 hits.

1980 A's Rickey Henderson sets AL stolen base record at 98 on his way to 100.

1988 The Soviet Union beats Yugoslavia 76-63 to win the men's basketball gold medal at the Seoul Olympics. The United States finishes in third place. It was the final time the U.S. would enter with a team not made up of NBA players.

October 1

1921 Walter Hagen wins his third major title defeating Jim Barnes for the PGA Championship.

1922 The Chicago Bears, formerly the Chicago Staleys, play their first NFL game. They beat the Racine Legion 6-0.

1932 Babe Ruth makes his legendary call pointing to center field before knocking one out at Wrigley Field. It was game three of the World Series. The Yankees won 7-5.

1950 US Open Women's Golf: Babe Zaharias ties the open scoring record with a -9 291 to be Betsy Rawls by 9 strokes.

1988 Steffi Graf beats Gabriela Sabatini 6-3, 6-3 to win the women's singles tennis gold medal at the Seoul Olympics.

October 2

1974 Future Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder, Hank Aaron, hits his final home run as a member of the Atlanta Braves.

1980 Muhammad Ali comes out of retirement to challenge undefeated world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes. Ali loses every round and the win is given to Holmes when Ali's corner throws in the towel.

2001 Sammy Sosa becomes the first player in MLB history to total 60 home runs in three seasons.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.