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Today In Sports History

Posted: October 9, 2013 - 11:12pm
Grover Cleveland Alexander is shown pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1915. Alexander also played for the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals and was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1938. Alexander's 90 shutouts are a National League record and his 373 wins are tied with Christy Mathewson for first in the National League record book. He is third all time in wins, tenth in innings pitched (5190), second in shutouts, and eighth in hits allowed (4868). Alexander was ranked number 12 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players and was a nominee for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
Grover Cleveland Alexander is shown pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1915. Alexander also played for the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals and was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1938. Alexander's 90 shutouts are a National League record and his 373 wins are tied with Christy Mathewson for first in the National League record book. He is third all time in wins, tenth in innings pitched (5190), second in shutouts, and eighth in hits allowed (4868). Alexander was ranked number 12 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players and was a nominee for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

OCTOBER 10

1904 — Boston clinched the pennant on the last day of the season when Jack Chesbro of the New York Highlanders threw a wild pitch in the ninth to allow the winning run to score from third.

1920 — The Cleveland Indians beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-1 in the fifth game of the World Series. For the Indians, Elmer Smith hit the first Series grand slam and Jim Bagby, the winner, hit the first Series homer by a pitcher.

1924 — The Washington Senators won their only championship by defeating the Giants 4-3 in 12 innings. The winning run scored when a ball hit by Earl McNeely bounced over third baseman Fred Lindstrom’s head.

1926 — Grover Alexander, 39, saved Game 7 and the World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals, fanning Tony Lazzeri with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and pitching 2 1-3 hitless innings.

1964 — John Henry Johnson of Pittsburgh rushes for 200 yards to lead the Steelers to a 23-7 triumph over the Cleveland Browns.

1974 — Danny Gare of Buffalo scores 18 seconds into his first NHL game as the Sabres beat the Boston Bruins 9-5.

1979 — Quebec’s Real Cloutier scores three goals in his first NHL game, but the Nordiques lose 5-3 to the Atlanta Flames.

1981 — Southern Cal’s Marcus Allen rushes for 211 yards, his fifth straight 200-plus rushing game, in a 13-10 loss to Arizona.

1987 — Columbia sets an NCAA record with its 35th straight loss, 38-8 to Princeton.

1998 — New Hampshire’s Jerry Azumah becomes the first back in NCAA Division I-AA history to run for more than 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons. He has 165 yards and one touchdown in a 22-13 loss to Richmond.

1999 — One night after winning their second postseason game in 20 tries, the Boston Red Sox made it two in a row in record style — shocking the Cleveland Indians 23-7 to force a deciding fifth game in their first-round AL playoff series. John Valentin had two homers, a double and seven RBIs as Boston scored the most runs in a postseason game.

2001 — Randy Johnson extended his major league record for consecutive playoff losses to seven as Woody Williams and the Cardinals beat Arizona 4-1, tying their first-round NL series at one game each

2004 — New England wins its 19th straight game, setting an NFL record for consecutive wins — counting the playoffs — with a 24-10 victory over Miami.

2010 — Philip Rivers is 27 for 42 for 431 and two touchdowns in San Diego’s 35-27 loss to Oakland. Malcom Floyd has eight catches for 213 yards and a TD for the Chargers.

2010 — Tony Romo of Dallas completes 31 of 46 passes for 406 yards with three TDs in a 34-27 loss to Tennessee.

2011 — NBA Commissioner David Stern cancels the first two weeks of the season after owners and players are unable to reach a new labor deal and end the lockout. Games originally scheduled to be played from Nov. 1 through Nov. 14 are wiped out.

2011 — Anthony Calvillo becomes pro football’s all-time passing leader in spectacular fashion with a 50-yard TD pass to Jamel Richardson that cements the Montreal Alouettes’ 29-19 win over the Toronto Argonauts. Calvillo needed 258 yards to break Damon Allen’s all-time CFL record of 72,381 yards.

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