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Today In Sports History

Posted: October 14, 2013 - 11:00pm
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (22) greets players before the first inning of Game 1 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  Jeff Roberson
Jeff Roberson
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (22) greets players before the first inning of Game 1 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

OCTOBER 15

1917 — The Chicago White Sox won the World Series when the New York Giants left home plate uncovered and Eddie Collins dashed home with third baseman Heinie Zimmerman chasing him in helpless pursuit.

1925 — Kiki Cuyler’s bases-loaded double in the eighth inning gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 9-7 victory over Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators in Game 7 of the World Series, capping a comeback from a 3-1 deficit.

1946 — Enos Slaughter scored from first on Harry Walker’s double to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 victory and the World Series title in the seventh game against the Boston Red Sox. 1977 — Arkansas’ Steve Little ties a 2-week-old NCAA record with a 67-yard field goal in a 13-9 loss to Texas.

1981 — Dave Righetti, Ron Davis and Goose Gossage combined on a 4-0 shutout of the Oakland A’s to give the New York Yankees their 33rd American League pennant.

1983 — Columbia beats Yale 21-18, the Lions’ last victory before losing an NCAA record 44 straight games.

1983 — The Chicago Black Hawks and the Toronto Maple Leafs score five goals in 1 minute, 24 seconds to set an NHL record for the fastest five goals by two teams.

1986 — The Boston Red Sox capped one of the greatest comebacks in history by defeating the California Angels 8-1 to win the American League pennant after trailing three games to one in the playoffs.

1986 — Ray Knight keyed a three-run ninth to tie the score and the New York Mets won their third National League pennant by beating the Houston Astros 7-6 in 16 innings in the longest postseason game.

1987 — The NFLPA orders players to report to work without agreement on a new contract, ending a 24-day strike. The returning players, however, report after the 1 p.m. Wednesday deadline to be eligible for Sunday’s games and are told they won’t play or be paid.

1988 — Oklahoma rushes for an NCAA-record 768 yards, including 123 by quarterback Charles Thompson. Thompson scores three touchdowns and passes for one in the first period of a 70-24 rout of Kansas State.

1988 — With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Kirk Gibson hit a two-run, pinch homer to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-4 victory over Oakland in Game 1 of the World Series. Gibson, who did not start because of a strained left knee, limped around the bases as the Dodgers won one of the most dramatic games in series history.

1995 — The Carolina Panthers beat the New York Jets 26-15 for their first NFL victory.

1997 — The Cleveland Indians survived another brilliant effort by Mike Mussina and claimed their second pennant in three years, defeating the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 on an 11th-inning homer by Tony Fernandez to win the AL championship series 4-2.

2000 — For the first time in NFL history, a game starts with back-to-back touchdown returns on kickoffs. Atlanta’s Darrick Vaughn returns the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, and St. Louis matches the Falcons immediately as Tony Horne takes the ball 3 yards deep in the end zone and runs down the sideline for a game-tying score. St. Louis also sets an NFL record by scoring four two-point conversions in the 45-29 win.

2003 — The Florida Marlins take their third game in a row, winning the NLCS with a 9-6 victory over Chicago in Game 7. Florida becomes the ninth team to overcome a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven series. Ivan Rodriguez is selected the MVP of the NL championship series after driving in his NLCS-record 10th run and scoring twice.

2005 — Michigan gives up a touchdown to Penn State with 53 seconds left, then marches down the field to score on a TD pass from Chad Henne to Mario Manningham with no time remaining for a 27-25 win over the eighth-ranked Nittany Lions.

2005 — Southern California’s Matt Leinart pushes and spins his way into the end zone with 3 seconds left to cap a chaotic finish to the top-ranked Trojans’ 28th straight victory, a back-and-forth 34-31 win over No. 9 Notre Dame.

2007 — With their 21st win in 22 games, the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 to sweep the NL championship series and advance to the World Series for the first time in franchise history. The wild-card Rockies joined the 1976 Cincinnati Reds as the only teams to start a postseason with seven straight wins. Matt Holliday’s three-run homer highlighted a six-run fourth inning for Colorado.

2008 — Fabian Brunnstrom scores three goals in his NHL debut to match the league record in Dallas’ 6-4 victory over Nashville. The Swede is the third NHL player to open his career with a hat trick, joining Alex Smart of the Montreal Canadiens (Jan. 14, 1943) and Real Cloutier of the Quebec Nordiques (Oct. 10, 1979).

2009 — Nicklas Lidstrom becomes the first European defenseman and eighth overall to reach 1,000 points, assisting on two goals in Detroit’s 5-2 win over Los Angeles.

2011 — Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles becomes the NCAA’s career leader in receptions and finishes with 13 catches for a school-record 217 yards and two scores as the Sooners roll to a 47-17 victory over Kansas. Broyles has 326 catches in his career.

2012 — The Nets bring professional sports back to Brooklyn with a preseason victory, beating the Washington Wizards 98-88 in the first basketball game at the Barclays Center. The Nets, who left New Jersey after last season, are greeted by 14,219 fans on the night they become Brooklyn’s first major pro sports team since the Dodgers left for Los Angeles in 1957.

2012 — NASCAR and Fox Sports Media Group announce a $2.4 billion, eight-year extension that runs through 2022 and keeps the prestigious Daytona 500 and first third of the Sprint Cup Series on the network.

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