We are going to take a look back at events that happened on this day, October 18th, in sports that either shaped the way sports are today, set records, or were extremely memorable. Thanks to On-This-Day.com and Baseball-Reference.com for the information.
1873– The first rules for intercollegiate football were written up. Representatives for Rutgers, Yale, Columbia, and Princeton universities. This went a long way in shaping today’s college football and the NCAA.
1924- Illinois Running Back Red Grange ran for four touchdowns in the first 12 minutes in a game against Michigan. He ended with five touchdowns, an interception, and a touchdown pass. He went on to play for the Chicago Bears and the short lived New York Yankees of the NFL.
1950- After 50 years at the helm of the Philadelphia Athletics (now in Oakland), the legendary Connie Mack announced his retirement. He won 3,731 games in 53 years of managing (three with the Pittsburgh Pirates). He also lost 3,000+ games. He won five World Series titles and nine pennants with the A’s and was credited with building one of baseball’s earliest dynasties
1956- NFL commisioner Bert Bell disallowed radio equipped helmets, which quarterbacks would use.
1967– Major League Baseball approves the relocation of the Kansas City A’s to Oakland, and established a new team in KC and one in Seattle.
1968- The U.S Olympic Committee suspended two black athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, for giving a “black power salute” during a ceremony in Mexico City.
1968- Bob Beamon’s long jump of 29’2″1/2 set a new record at the 1968 Mexico Olympics. The record remained unbroken for almost 23 years until it was broken by Mike Powell in 1991.
1977- Reggie Jackson ties Babe Ruth for most homeruns hit in a single World Series game with three, only the second active player to do it at the time.
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