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Today In Sports History

Posted: October 22, 2013 - 12:09am
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning in Game 1 of the American League baseball championship series Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)  Charles Krupa
Charles Krupa
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning in Game 1 of the American League baseball championship series Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

OCTOBER 22

1910 — After three straight defeats and trailing Philadelphia 3-2 in the ninth, the Chicago Cubs tied the score and then won 4-3 in 10 innings for their only victory as the A’s won the World Series in five games.

1933 — Primo Carnera retains the world heavyweight title with a 15-round decision over Paolino Uzcudun in Rome.

1950 — The Los Angeles Rams beat the Baltimore Colts 70-27.

1961 — Erich Barnes of the New York Giants ties an NFL record by returning an interception 102 yards for a touchdown in a 17-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

1972 — The Oakland A’s won their first World Series with a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 7. It was the first championship since 1930 for the franchise, then located in Philadelphia.

1975 — A ninth-inning RBI single by Joe Morgan gave the Cincinnati Reds a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox and the World Series title in seven games. It was the first title for the Reds in 35 years.

1975 — The 10-team World Football League, citing lack of television and season-ticket support, disbands before the 12th week of a 20-week season.

1986 — Gary Carter’s two home runs at Fenway Park gave New York a 6-2 victory and pulled the Mets even with Boston Red Sox in the World Series after four games.

1987 — The St. Louis Cardinals won their third straight home game to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series with a 4-2 victory against the Minnesota Twins.

1994 — Alcorn State’s Steve McNair becomes the NCAA’s career yardage leader with 15,049, surpassing the old mark set by Brigham Young’s Ty Detmer, who had 14,665. McNair’s 649 yards also breaks his own Division I-AA single-game record as he leads the Braves to a 41-37 win over Southern.

2000 — In their first matchup since Roger Clemens beaned Mike Piazza in July, Clemens came close to hitting Piazza again — this time with the jagged barrel of a broken bat. Piazza fouled a grounder off a letter-high inside pitch and his bat shattered, with the largest chunk — the barrel head — going back to the mound. Clemens picked up the splintered wood and threw it angrily in front of Piazza as he ran toward first, missing the Mets’ star by about 2 feet. Clemens then pitched the best World Series game of his career with a two-hit, nine-strikeout shutout before leaving after eight innings in the Yankees’ nervous 6-5 victory.

2000 — Bengals running back Corey Dillon rushes for an NFL single-game record 278 yards in a 31-21 victory over the Denver Broncos. Three years after he broke Jim Brown’s single-game rookie record with 246 yards against Tennessee, Dillon betters Walter Payton’s 27-year-old mark by 3 yards.

2001 — New York routs Seattle 12-3 in Game 5 to win the AL pennant for the 38th time. The Yankees become the first team since their predecessors in 1960-64 to win four straight pennants.

2003 — Alex Gonzalez leads off the bottom of the 12th with a solo homer, lifting Florida to a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the World Series. The loss to Florida snaps the Yankees’ winning streak in extra-inning World Series games at seven.

2005 — Mount Union drops a regular-season game for the first time since 1994, losing 21-14 to Ohio Northern in a Division III matchup. The Purple Raiders, winners of 110 straight regular-season games, had not lost an Ohio Athletic Conference or regular-season game since they were beaten 23-10 by Baldwin-Wallace on Oct. 15, 1994.

2006 — Roger Federer wins his first Madrid Masters and 10th title of the season with a three-set victory over Fernando Gonzalez. Federer is the first player in the Open era to win 10 titles in three straight years.

2009 — The Los Angeles Angels responded to the Yankees’ six-run comeback with a three-run rally of their own in the seventh inning for a 7-6 victory. The inning a jaw-dropping, 45-minute, 63-pitch frame trimmed the New York’s ALCS lead to 3-2.

2010 — Texas clinched its first pennant with a 6-1 victory over the defending World Series champion New York Yankees in Game 6 of the AL championship series. Colby Lewis dominated over eight innings for his second win of the series and Josh Hamilton earned the ALCS MVP award.

2011 — Albert Pujols hit three impressive home runs to tie the World Series record, amassing five hits and six RBIs as the St. Louis Cardinals romped past the Texas Rangers 16-7 for a 2-1 edge. Pujols, who was 0 for 6 in the first two games, became the third player to hit three homers in a Series game. He joined Babe Ruth, who did it in 1926 and again in 1928, and Reggie Jackson’s performance in 1977. His six RBIs tied the record in a game, matching Bobby Richardson in 1960 and Hideki Matsui in 2009. Pujols also matched the Series mark for hits in a game set by Paul Molitor in 1982.

2011 — East Carolina’s Dominique Davis completes his first 26 passes against Navy, breaking the single-game record of 23 set by Tee Martin of Tennessee in 1998 and tied by Aaron Rodgers of California in 2004. Davis is 26 for 26 for 251 yards in the first half of a 38-35 win against Navy. The senior completed his final 10 passes last week against Memphis, giving him 36 straight completed passes — eclipsing the season mark of 26 set by Rodgers in 2004.

2011 — Keith Nichol catches a 44-yard pass from Kirk Cousins on the game’s final play for a tiebreaking touchdown, giving the 15th-ranked Spartans a 37-31 victory against No. 4 Wisconsin.

2011 — Mike Green has two goals and two assists, Matthieu Perreault adds two goals, and the Washington Capitals rout the Detroit Red Wings 7-1 in a matchup of the NHL’s last remaining unbeaten teams. It’s only the second time in NHL history that two teams with records of at least 5-0 face off.

2012 — Lance Armstrong is stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life by cycling’s governing body following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accuses him of leading a massive doping program on his teams.

2012 — The San Francisco Giants beat the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the NL championship series. Series MVP Marco Scutaro produces his sixth multihit game of the series and matches an LCS record with 14 hits.

2012 — Hunter Pence hit a bizarre, two-run double, Matt Cain pitched his second clincher of October and the San Francisco Giants beat the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the NL championship series. Series MVP Marco Scutaro produced his sixth multihit game of the series and matched an LCS record with 14 hits. The Giants won their record-tying sixth elimination game of the postseason, completing a lopsided rally from a 3-1 deficit. On Pence’s double that highlighted a five-run third, his bat broke at the label on impact, then the broken barrel hit the ball twice more.

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