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Today In Sports History

Posted: November 1, 2013 - 4:45am
Sammy Baugh (33) stretches to snag one of his four interceptions against the Lions in a game in 1943. Baugh was first player to achieve this mark. At the time he was the NFL's top passer while also starring at defensive halfback and punter for the Washingon Redskins.  AP
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Sammy Baugh (33) stretches to snag one of his four interceptions against the Lions in a game in 1943. Baugh was first player to achieve this mark. At the time he was the NFL's top passer while also starring at defensive halfback and punter for the Washingon Redskins.

OCTOBER 31

1948 — Sammy Baugh of Washington passes for 446 yards and four touchdowns and Dan Sandifer has four interceptions including two for touchdowns as the Redskins beat the Boston Yanks 56-21.

1961 — A federal judge ruled that Birmingham, Ala. laws against integrated playing fields were illegal. This ruling eliminated the last barrier against integrating the Southern Association.

1964 — Kelso, running in what is billed as his final race in New York, wins his fifth consecutive Jockey Club Gold Cup, surpassing Round Table as the all-time money-winning thoroughbred. Kelso runs the 2-mile distance in 3:19 1/5, breaking the world record he set as a 3-year-old, four years earlier, by 1/5 of a second.

1967 — San Francisco’s Mike McCormick won the National League Cy Young award.

1972 — Gaylord Perry, a 24-game winner with the fifth-place Cleveland Indians, won the American League Cy Young award.

1973 — Tom Seaver of the New York Mets became the first pitcher to win the National League Cy Young award with less than 20 wins. Seaver went 19-10 with a 2.08 ERA.

1981 — Scott Campbell of Purdue passes for 516 yards, but loses as Art Schlichter passes for 336 yards and three touchdowns to lead Ohio State to a 45-33 victory.

1981 — Florida State freshman Greg Allen rushes for 322 yards in a 56-31 victory over Western Carolina.

1987 — Eric Dickerson, the NFL’s single-season rushing champion, signs a three-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts to complete a three-way trade that nets the Los Angeles Rams two running backs and six top draft choices over the next two years. The third part of the deal sends linebacker Cornelius Bennett to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for three of the draft picks that went to the Rams.

1987 — Jockey Chris Antley becomes the first rider to win nine races in a single day. He has four winners in six mounts at Aqueduct and five winners from eight tries during The Meadowlands’ evening program.

1993 — Emmitt Smith powers for a team-record 237 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown run, as the Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 23-10. His total tied the sixth highest in NFL history.

1998 — Tee Martin of Tennessee, sets NCAA records with 23 straight completions and 24 over two games in the No. 3 Volunteers’ 49-14 victory over South Carolina. Martin is 23-for-24, with a record completion percentage of 95.8, for 315 yards and four touchdowns.

1999 — Tim Couch completes a desperation 56-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Johnson with no time on the clock to give the expansion Cleveland Browns their first victory, a 21-16 win over New Orleans.

2001 — Derek Jeter hit a game-winning home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift New York over Arizona 4-3 and tie the World Series at 2-2. The Yankees’ Tino Martinez connected for a game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Byung-Hyun Kim. It was the first time in World Series history that a team tied a game with a ninth-inning homer and won with a homer in extra innings.

2003 — Trainer Bobby Frankel sets a North American single-season earnings record when Golden Rahy wins the $48,000 feature race at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree meeting. The winner’s share raises Frankel’s earnings for the year to $17,854,877. The previous record of $17,842,358 was set by D. Wayne Lukas in 1988.

2004 — Peyton Manning of Indianapolis passes for 472 yards and five touchdowns, the fifth five-TD performance of his career, in a 45-35 loss to Kansas City. The Chiefs finish with 590 yards, the Colts with 505, for the third-highest single-game yardage total in NFL history.

2004 — The New England Patriots lose for the first time in more than a year, falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-20. The Patriots had won 21 straight games, including the playoffs, and a league-record 18 in a row in the regular season.

2006 — Miami’s season-opening 108-66 loss to Chicago is the worst loss in NBA history for a defending champion on opening night. The previous low was the Lakers’ 132-117 defeat by Golden State on Oct. 29, 1982.

2008 — The North Carolina Tar Heels are No. 1 in The Associated Press’ preseason Top 25, the first unanimous No. 1 since the preseason poll began in 1981-82.

2009 — Houston’s Case Keenum passes for a career-high 559 yards and has five touchdowns, the last a 46-yarder to Patrick Edwards with 21 seconds remaining, and the Cougars beat Southern Mississippi 50-43.

2009 — Terrell Hudgins of Elon sets an FCS (formerly I-AA) record with his 24th 100 yard receiving game, surpassing NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who set the previous mark from 1981-84 at Mississippi Valley State. Hudgins has 11 catches for 153 yards and three touchdowns as Elon beats Wofford 34-6.

2010 — Miami’s Dan Carpenter kicks five field goals for the second game in a row in the Dolphins’ 22-14 win over Cincinnati.

2010 — For the first time in more than five years, Tiger Woods is no longer golf’s No. 1 player. Lee Westwood claims the top ranking after PGA champion Martin Kaymer fails to finish among the top two at the Andalucia Masters in Spain. Westwood is the first European since Nick Faldo in 1994 to be No. 1.

2010 — Kim Clijsters beats top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki to win the season-ending WTA Championships. The 27-year-old Belgian wins in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 to capture her third WTA Championships title.

Oct. 31 — Jamal Crawford scores 29 points in 30 minutes in his first official game with his new team, and the Los Angeles Clippers convert 21 turnovers into 29 points in a victory that extends the Memphis Grizzlies’ NBA-record streak of opening-night losses to 12. The Grizzlies are 2-16 on opening night, 0-12 since the franchise shifted from Vancouver to Memphis in 2001.

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