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Today In Sports History

Posted: October 20, 2013 - 12:14am
FILE - In this Sept. 11, 1953, file photo, Milwaukee Braves' Andy Pafko smiles the clubhouse after clouting a 10th inning home run that gave the Braves' a 9-8 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers in a baseball game in Milwaukee, that kept the Dodgers from clinching the National League pennant. Pafko, a four-time All-Star who played on the last Chicago Cubs team to reach the World Series, has died at age 92. Pafko died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 of apparent natural causes, according to Kraig Pike, the director of the Pike Funeral Home in Bridgman, Mich.  Pafko also played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Milwaukee Braves, and played in four World Series during 17 years in the major leagues. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this Sept. 11, 1953, file photo, Milwaukee Braves' Andy Pafko smiles the clubhouse after clouting a 10th inning home run that gave the Braves' a 9-8 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers in a baseball game in Milwaukee, that kept the Dodgers from clinching the National League pennant. Pafko, a four-time All-Star who played on the last Chicago Cubs team to reach the World Series, has died at age 92. Pafko died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 of apparent natural causes, according to Kraig Pike, the director of the Pike Funeral Home in Bridgman, Mich. Pafko also played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Milwaukee Braves, and played in four World Series during 17 years in the major leagues. (AP Photo/File)

OCTOBER 18

1910 — Philadelphia’s Jack Coombs, on one day of rest, had a complete-game victory to beat the Chicago Cubs 12-5 and give the Athletics a 3-0 lead in the World Series. Coombs also had three hits and drove in three runs in the game.

1963 — Clem Daniels of the Oakland Raiders rushes for 200 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-26 victory over the New York Jets.

1973 — Reggie Jackson of Oakland had RBI doubles in the first and third innings to lead the A’s to a 3-1 victory over the New York Mets and set up a seventh game in the World Series.

1979 — John Tate beats Gerrie Coetzee in a 15-round decision in Pretoria, South Africa, to win the vacant WBA heavyweight title.

1984 — Rueben Mayes of Washington State rushes for 216 yards and scores four touchdowns to overcome a 28-7 halftime deficit and lead the Cougars to a 49-42 victory over Stanford.

1990 — The Cincinnati Reds complete one of the biggest upsets in baseball history, beating the Oakland Athletics 2-1 to win the World Series in four games.

1994 — George McCandless, 83, becomes the oldest harness driver to win a pari-mutuel race when he guides Kehm’s Scooter to victory in the fourth race at Freehold (N.J.) Raceway.

1997 — Andre Reed of the Buffalo Bills becomes the fourth player in NFL history to reach 800 receptions with his second catch of a 9-6 win over Indianapolis. Thurman Thomas also reaches a milestone, becoming the 10th running back to rush for 11,000 yards.

2002 — Marshall Faulk rushes for 183 yards and his fifth career four-touchdown game in St. Louis’ 37-20 win over Seattle. Faulk also becomes the 15th NFL player to gain 10,000 yards rushing.

2004 — Just three outs from getting swept in the AL championship series three nights earlier, the Boston Red Sox finally beat the New York Yankees, winning Game 7 in a 10-3 shocker to become the first major league team to overcome a 3-0 postseason series deficit.

2007 — Matt Forte sets a Conference USA rushing record with 342 yards on 38 attempts, including a 9-yard run in overtime to lead Tulane to a 41-34 victory. Forte set the conference record in regulation, finishing with 327 yards.

2010 — Vancouver enforcer Rick Rypien is suspended indefinitely, pending a hearing, for grabbing a fan in the Canucks’ loss in Minnesota on Oct. 19. The NHL later sentences Rypien to a six-game suspension.

2012 — Kasey Carrier of New Mexico sets a Mountain West Conference record 338 yards rushing and has three TDs in a 28-23 loss to Air Force.

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