This Day in Sports History 2017-08-07T11:37:47+00:00

October 2017

This Day in Sports History: 10/19

  • 1907 – Hammond High shuts out Crown Point 21-0.

  • 1912 – Gary High, coached by Jack Gilroy, falls to Hammond High 13-0.

  • 1919 – The Reds defeat the White Sox in Game #8 to win the World Series, five games to three. It’s later discovered the White Sox threw the series in what’s known as “The Black Sox Scandal”

  • 1923 – Gary Froebel travels south to play tiny Morroco High School (now North Newton), where they fail to score any points and lose 7-0.

  • 1934 – Gary Emerson and Horace Mann battle to 0-0 tie at old Gleason Park on the grounds of US Steel, Gary Works.

  • 1936 – The AP releases its first ever poll ranking college football teams. The University of Minnesota is at the #1 spot

  • 1949 – The A’s trade future Hall of Fame 2nd Baseman Nellie Fox to the White Sox

  • 1957 – Maurice “Rocket” Richard becomes the first player in NHL history to score 500 career goals

  • 1960 – Oscar Robertson and Jerry West both make their NBA debuts

  • 1962 – The Hammond High Wildcats down East Chicago Washington 26-0. The Wildcats were 10-0 that season and voted mythical state champs.

  • 1966 – Bobby Orr makes his NHL regular season debut with the Boston Bruins

  • 1968 – American Bill Toomey wins the decathlon at the Olympics in Mexico, setting an Olympic record of 8,193 points

  • 1973 – Gavit improves to 8-0 with a 21-7 victory over arch rival Morton. The Gladiators would go on to finish the regular season 10-0 and were the first team ever chosen to represent Northwest Indiana in the inaugural state football tournament.

  •  1974 – Under the Saturday night lights, EC Roosevelt hammers Hammond Tech 34-0 on the campus of Hammond High.

  • 1979 – Clark Labitan had a big night rushing and returning kicks for the Mustangs, who got the better of Calumet 23-8, in a game played in No Man’s Land along Ridge Rd.

  • 1979 – Unbeaten Hobart improves to 8-0 with a 22-6 win over LaPorte at Kiwanis Field.

  • 1981 – The Dodgers defeat the Expos to win the NL pennant thanks to a two run homer by Rick Monday with two outs in the ninth inning

  • 1990 – Highland beats Munster 14-12 in week one of the sectionals. The Trojans tournament triumph was the second win of the year over their arch rival – the only time that’s ever happened.

  • 1991 – The longest NCAA football games is played as it takes 3 hours and 51 minutes to complete a game between Rhode Island and Maine. Rhode Island would win 52-30 in six overtimes

  • 1998 – Mike Tyson gets his boxing license back after having it suspended for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear

  • 1999 – Andrew Jones of the Braves draws a walk against Mets pitcher Kenny Rogers with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning to win the NLCS by a 10-9 final score

  • 2001 – Under the direction of their fiery football leader Jeff Karras, the Andrean 59ers embarked on a playoff journey that would take them all the way to the Hoosier Dome, where they gave Indy Chatard all it could handle before losing by a score of 3-0.

  • 2001 – Led by quarterback Jason Wren and wide receiver Jeff Samardzija, and with a packed house watching, the Valparaiso Vikings end Portage’s season with a 32-14 victory on the artificial turf at the Warpath on Rt 6. The Vikings would make it all the way to the Hoosier Dome, where they fell to Ben Davis.

  • 2004 – Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling pitches Game #6 of the ALCS with a sock bloodied by stitches from ankle tendon surgery. Boston wins the game 4-2 to even up the series.

  • 2005 – The Houston Astros win the NLCS, advancing to the World Series for the first time in franchise history

  • 2007 – The Merrillville Pirates shutout the Chesterton Trojans 21-0 in a Class 5A sectional one opening round game at Banary Field. The Bucs blasted the Trojans in week nine at Demarree Stadium 38-10, and finished the season 12-2, advancing to their second semi-state game under Zac Wells.

  • 2007 – In the sectional opener, Lowell levels Logansport 54-13, en route to the Hoosier Dome.

  • 2007 – Griffith beats Morton 37-34 in a thriller at the Governors Mansion.

  • 2012 – The Merrillville Pirates make their first appearance at Munster since the 1982 season. Despite being out manned, the Mustangs hang with the Bucs before falling 28-21 in the Class 5A sectional one opener. After barely escaping from the Town of Integrity, the Pirates make it all the way to Ft. Wayne for the semi-state. (See video highlights below)

  • 2012 – Andrean whips Wheeler 63-16 in a Class 2A sectional opening round game to get a measure of revenge against the team that knocked them out early in 2011. The Niners went on to win their first regional under Phil Mason and finished the season at 12-2.

  • 2012 – The Griffith Panthers lose to the Highland Trojans 20-18 at the Boneyard in the opening game of the Class 4A sectional. This was the first state tournament game for Griffith that wasn’t coached by Les Thorton or Russ Radtke.

  • 2014 – Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray becomes the first player in NFL history to rush for more than 100 yards in each of his team’s first seven games

This Day in Sports History: 10/18

  • 1889 – The first all New York World Series starts between the Giants and Brooklyn.

  • 1902 – Auburn beats Alabama 23-0 in Birmingham in the seventh Iron Bowl.

  • 1924 – Red Grange of Illinois scores six touchdowns against Michigan in the first ever game at Memorial Stadium. The “Galloping Ghost” scored four touchdowns in the first quarter alone, including a 95-yard kickoff return. For the day, Grange totaled well over 300 all-purpose yards.

  • 1935 – Behind the spectacular running of future Michigan star Tom Harmon and the stellar blocking of pulling guard sensation Eddie Herbert, the Horsemen of Mann travel to East Chicago Roosevelt, where they shutout the Roughriders 14-0.

  • 1950 – Connie Mack retires as manager of the Philadelphia Athletics after 50 years on the job – the longest in Major League history.

  • 1953 – Willie Thrower, with one of the great names in sports history, becomes the first black quarterback in modern pro football.

  • 1957 – On their way to an 8-0-1 season, the Roughriders of EC Roosevelt defeat Whiting 26-7 in the Oil City.

  •  1960 – Casey Stengel retires after wining 10 pennants in 12 years as Yankee manager.

  • 1962 – The Lew Wallace Hornets and Tolleston Blue Raiders play to a 26-26 tie.

  • 1969 – The Andrean 59ers improve to 6-0 with a 6-0 shutout of Horace Mann on a Saturday night at Gary’s old Gilroy Stadium.

  • 1973 – The Wirt Troopers defeat the Horace Mann Horsemen 28-12 on a Thursday night at Gilroy Stadium in Gary.

  • 1974 – Chicago Bulls forward Nate Thurmond becomes the first player to record a quadruple double with 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocked shots.

  • 1977 – Reggie Jackson hits three consecutive home runs in an 8-4 game six victory over the Dodgers, as the Yankees capture their 21st World Series championship. Yankee catcher Thurman Munson nicknames Jackson Mr. October.

  • 1985 – In a couple of old-school Duneland slugfests, the Portage Indians defeat the Chesterton Trojans 7-0 in double overtime and the Merrillville Pirates edge the LaPorte Slicers by a score of 5-0.

  • 1991 – The Brickies beat Michigan City Rogers 35-0 to improve to 7-1 on the season. Hobart would eventually capture the 4A state title that year with a 13-1 overall record, their third of four overall.

  • 1996 – The Munster Mustangs score 69 points for the second straight game, as they bury the Warriors of Calumet 69-14. The previous week the Stangs won by a nearly identical score of 69-13 over Hammond High.

  • 1996 – Hobart handles Michigan City 63-7 en route to becoming state runner-up. The Bricks would finish the season 13-1. The trip to state they would eventually make was to be their last.

  • 1999 – The Yankees beat the Red Sox to win the ALCS.

  • 2002 –  Valpo batters the Brickies 38-0 in front of fewer than 1000 fans on a cold and windy night at Brickie Bowl. The loss was last at home for the man that replaced Don Howell, head coach Charlie Boston, who himself would be replaced by Wally McCormack the next season.

  • 2009 – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady set a record by throwing five touchdown passes in the second quarter of a game against the Tennesee Titans.

  • 2013 – Sophomore tailback Alex Mis runs for 198 yards on just 19 carries as the Mustangs defeat the KV Kougars 48-28 down on The Farm.

  • 2013 – Portage outscores LaPorte 36-35 in double overtime.

  • 2013 – Andrean outscores Lowell 42-28 at the Inferno to finish the regular season at 9-0. The Niners would run the table, winning the 3A championship and going a perfect 15-0 in the process. (See video highlights below)

  • 2013 – Merrillville beats Chesterton 31-7 to secure their third consecutive Duneland Conference championship under head coach Zac Wells.

  • 2013 – The Cardinals win the NLCS four games to two over the Dodgers.

  • 2013 – With a 47-14 victory at the Governors Mansion, Morton extends its winning streak over cross city rival Gavit to 13 games. (See video highlights below)

This Day in Sports History: 10/17

  • 1860 – Willie Park wins the first professional golf tournament held in Scotland

  • 1920 – The Bears, then known as the Decatur Staleys, play in their first NFL game

  • 1935 – The Pacific Association of AAU votes to not participate in the Berlin Olympics

  • 1943 – The Detroit Lions set the record for fewest rushing yards in a game as the have a total of negative 53 yards on the ground against the Chicago Cardinals

  •  1964 – Yogi Berra is fired as manager of the Yankees

  • 1964 – Willis Reed makes his pro basketball debut with the Knicks

  • 1968 – Bob Beamon sets the long jump record at 29 feet 2 1/2 inches at the Olympics in Mexico

  • 1968 – US Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos are forced to return their medals because of the black power salute they displayed during the medal ceremony.

  • 1975 – The Valparaiso Vikings improve to 8-0 with a 34-14 thrashing of the Merrillville Pirates. The Green Machine would eventually go on to become the first state champion in the history of NWI football, when later that season they beat Carmel 14-13 in the AAA (large class) state title game.

  • 1975 – The Lew Wallace Hornets, behind the backfield duo of Mark Traveline and Pete Bardeson, put the sting on the Emerson Golden Tornado with a 49-6 victory on Homecoming Night in Glen Park.

  • 1980 – The Hobart Brickies record their fifth of six shutouts on the season, white washing the LaPorte Slicers 25-0.

  • 1985 – In the last meeting between the two schools before the merger, East Chicago Roosevelt plays East Chicago Washington on a Thursday night. The Roughriders downed the Senators 21-19.

  • 1986 – The unbeaten Lake Central Indians shutout eventual regional champion Munster 27-0 at the Burial Grounds. LC would finish 10-1, while the Mustangs with a 9-4 record, advanced to the semi-state for the only time in school history later that season.

  • 1986 – Ivan Zimmer’s Andrean 59ers travel to the Badlands off Broadway for a showdown with Dave Templin and the Lew Wallace Hornets. The Niners prevailed 8-0, despite being in hostile territory just a mile from the Holy Lands.

  • 1986 – Russ Radtke and the North Judson Blue Jays improve to 8-0 with a 50-6 beat down of the Knox Redskins. Radtke and the Jays would finish as Class A state runners up with an overall record 13-1. It was the second runner-up finish in three season for North Judson under Radtke.

  • 1986 – The Whiting Oilers beat the Clark Pioneers 19-0 in the Oil. City The win was second of only three for the Oilers against their arch-rivals during the decade.

  • 1987 – The first indoor World Series game is played at the Metrodome in Minnesota

  • 1989 – An earthquake in San Francisco cancels the 3rd game of the World Series. 67 people are killed in the quake.

  • 1991 – Paul Coffey sets the record for scoring for an NHL defenseman with 1,053 points

  • 1992 – The Toronto Blue Jays are the first non-U.S. team to play in the World Series

  • 1997 – In the final regular season game, the Griffith Panthers roll the outmanned Gavit Gladiators 69-7. The lopsided score helped fuel a greater dislike of Russ Radtke and his program, who had been accused of “running up the score” on several occasions that season. The Panthers would go on to win the Class 4A state title in ’97.

  • 1997 – Hobart downs Valpo 28-14 at Viking Field to win what would become their 16th and final Duneland Conference championship. The Brickies won their first 12 games that season before falling to Griffith 35-21 in the regional championship at the Boneyard in Griffith.

  •  2000 – Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy wins his 448th career game in net, passing Terry Sawchuck for the most all-time

  • 2003 – Quarterback Tommy Finn led the Andrean 59ers to their third straight Lake Athletic Black Division championship with a 28-20 win over Munster at the Marsh Lands. Had the Stangs pulled off the upset, the conference title would have been a three-way split with Andrean, Munster and Lowell.

  • 2003 – The Duneland Conference championship game is played at Kiwanis Field between the LaPorte Slicers, 5-1 in conference, and the DAC undefeated Portage Indians (6-0). In what turned out to be a game for the ages, the Slicers upset the Tribe, who was heavily favored, by a score of 22-21 gaining a share of the Duneland championship for just the second time in school history.

  • 2003 – With a 48-37 victory over Bishop Noll, the Wheeler Bearcats finish the regular season at 9-0. Wheeler would be eliminated the following week at Rensselaer in the opening game of sectionals.

  • 2008 – The Lowell Red Devils wrapped up a perfect Northwest Crossroads season by spanking the Andrean 59ers 35-6. The Devils finished 6-0 to win conference by two games.

  • 2008 – Valpo gets a 34-7 win at the Burial Grounds, while Merrillville thumps Chesterton 28-14. The week nine results give the Vikings a share of the Duneland title with Chesterton, who would have won it outright had they defeated the Pirates.

  • 2014 – Brett St. Germain’s Lake Central Indians down the Valpo Vikings 24-7 at Viking Field to complete a perfect 7-0 DAC schedule and capture their first ever Duneland Conference football championship. The Indians joined the DAC 2003.

  • 2014 – Whiting blanks River Forest 26-0 to win the Greater South Shore North Division. An Ingots upset would have meant a Whiting tie with the Calumet Warriors.

  • 2014 – The Andrean 59ers win a fourth straight Northwest Crossroads title with a 26-14 win over Lowell Red Devils at the Holy Lands of 5959 Broadway. (Highlights below)

This Day in Sports History: 10/11

  • 1890 – American sprinter John Owen Jr. becomes the first amateur to run the 100 yard dash in under 10 seconds

  • 1911 – Ty Cobb wins the first AL MVP award while Frank Schulte wins the NL MVP. Both players receive automobiles as part of their prize

  • 1923 – Babe Ruth hits two homers in a World Series game

  • 1924 – The Boston Bruins and Montreal Maroons were granted NHL franchises

  • 1925 – The New York Giants play in their first NFL game, a 14-0 loss to Providence

  • 1927 – Lou Gehrig is named AL MVP

  • 1943 – The Yankees beat the Cardinals in Game #5 to win the 40th World Series. They are the first team to win 10 championships

  • 1959 – NFL Commissioner Bert Bell dies of a heart attack during a Philadelphia Eagles game at Franklin Field

  • 1975 – Future NHL Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier records his first career hat trick

  • 1984 – Mario Lemieux makes his NHL debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He scores his first career goal on his first shot on his first shift

  • 1992 – Deion Sanders suits up for both the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves in the same day

  • 1998 – Steve Young becomes the 20th quarterback in NFL history to throw for 30,000 career yards

  • 1999 – After not starting due to back pain, Pedro Martinez of the Red Sox comes out of the bullpen to throw six innings of no-hit baseball to help Boston win Game #5 in an ALDS matchup against the Indians

  • 2004 – The Houston Astros win a post-season series for the first time in franchise history, defeating the Braves in the NLDS

  • 2006 – Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and his flight instructor are killed when Lidle’s plane crashes into a high-rise apartment building in New York City

  • 2013 – Merrillville snaps Lake Central’s six game winning streak with a 20-17 Pirate win at “The Burial Grounds”. The Indians do get revenge in the sectional championship in early November. Highlights of the Merrillville win over LC & other games from October 11 below!

This Day in Sports History: 10/10

  • 1865 – The billiard ball was patented by John Wesley Hyatt

  • 1892 – The entire Hong Kong national cricket team is killed in a shipwreck off the coast of Taiwan

  • 1916 – Dodgers owner Charles Ebbets is the first owner to raise ticket prices for a World Series game. Grandstand seats were raised from $3 to $5

  • 1920 – The Cardinals, then in Chicago, play in their first NFL game

  • 1920 – Indians second baseman Bill Wambsganss records the first, and to date only, unassisted triple play in World Series history

  • 1945 – The Tigers defeat the Cubs in Game #7 to win the World Series

  • 1951 – The Yankees defeat the Giants in Game #6 to win the World Series in Joe Dimaggio’s final game

  • 1961 – An expansion draft is held to fill out the rosters for both the Mets & Astros

  • 1973 – Andrean shuts out Gary Emerson 24-0 – the Niners gave up the fewest points in the Northwestern Conference that season (highlights below)

  • 1976 – Dimitrion Yordanidis, a 98 year old Greek man, is the oldest person to complete a marathon, finishing in 7 hours and 33 minutes

  • 1977 – Joe Namath plays in his final career game

  • 1979 – Mark Messier makes his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers

  • 1980 – Kevin McHale makes his NBA debut with the Boston Celtics

  • 1987 – Tom McLean finishes rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, setting a record time at 54 days and 18 hours

  • 1994 – The New York Giants retire Lawrence Taylor’s jersey (#56)

  • 2011 – Nelson Cruz of the Rangers his the first walk-off grand slam in post-season history, helping Texas defeat Detroit 7-3

This Day in Sports History: 10/9

  • 1909 – Lowell plays in their first ever football game, falling to Morocco 10-5.

  • 1915 – Woodrow Wilson becomes the first US President to attend a World Series game.

  • 1919 – The Cincinnati Reds defeat the White Sox to win the World Series. The win would later be tainted when its discovered that eight Sox players threw the series.

  • 1928 – The Yankees complete a sweep of the Cardinals to win the World Series.

  • 1934 – The Cardinals defeat the Tigers in game #7 to win the World Series.

  • 1938 – The Yankees win their third straight World Series title by finishing a sweep of the Cubs.

  • 1947 – East Chicago Roosevelt beats Clark 28-0 as part of an undefeated 9-0 season.

  • 1953 – Morton loses to Clark 28-7 – it’s the Governors’ 11th loss in total games in program history. The losing streak ends the next week when they tie Crown Point.

  • 1956 – Calumet football suffers their first loss in program history, losing to East Gary 32-0.

  • 1964 – Merrillville defeats Highland 41-6 as part of a 9-0-1 campaign.

  • 1966 – The Orioles sweep the Dodgers to win the World Series.

  • 1970 – Valparaiso defeats Munster 14-7. It’s the only loss of the season for the Mustangs.

  • 1974 – The Washington Capitals play in the franchise’s first NHL game.

  • 1975 – Bishop Noll shuts out EC Washington as part of a perfect 10-0 season.

  • 1986 – Buffalo Sabre Gilbert Perreault becomes the 12th player in NHL history to record 500 career goals.

  • 1987 – Hobart defeats Merrillville 24-14 as part of their state championship winning season.

  • 1997 – The New York Rangers become the first team in NHL history to open a season with four consecutive ties.

  • 1997 – Legendary college basketball coach Dean Smith announces his retirement after 36 years and 879 victories at North Carolina.

  • 1998 – Highland defeats Griffith 14-7. It’s the first time the Trojans beat the Panthers since 1987.

  • 2000 – Brett Hull, then with the Dallas Stars, scores his 611th career goal, putting him at #9 on the NHL’s all-time list and passing his father Bobby Hull.

  • 2002 – The Los Angeles Kings retire Wayne Gretzky’s #99.

  • 2005 – The Astros beat the Braves 7-6 in 18 innings – the longest post-season game in MLB history.

  • 2009 – Munster defeats Lowell 15-13. It’s the final regular season loss of the Kirk Kennedy era at Lowell.

1910, 2017

This Day in Sports History: 10/19

  • 1907 – Hammond High shuts out Crown Point 21-0.

  • 1912 – Gary High, coached by Jack Gilroy, falls to Hammond High 13-0.

  • 1919 – The Reds defeat the White Sox in Game #8 to win the World Series, five games to three. It’s later discovered the White Sox threw the series in what’s known as “The Black Sox Scandal”

  • 1923 – Gary Froebel travels south to play tiny Morroco High School (now North Newton), where they fail to score any points and lose 7-0.

  • 1934 – Gary Emerson and Horace Mann battle to 0-0 tie at old Gleason Park on the grounds of US Steel, Gary Works.

  • 1936 – The AP releases its first ever poll ranking college football teams. The University of Minnesota is at the #1 spot

  • 1949 – The A’s trade future Hall of Fame 2nd Baseman Nellie Fox to the White Sox

  • 1957 – Maurice “Rocket” Richard becomes the first player in NHL history to score 500 career goals

  • 1960 – Oscar Robertson and Jerry West both make their NBA debuts

  • 1962 – The Hammond High Wildcats down East Chicago Washington 26-0. The Wildcats were 10-0 that season and voted mythical state champs.

  • 1966 – Bobby Orr makes his NHL regular season debut with the Boston Bruins

  • 1968 – American Bill Toomey wins the decathlon at the Olympics in Mexico, setting an Olympic record of 8,193 points

  • 1973 – Gavit improves to 8-0 with a 21-7 victory over arch rival Morton. The Gladiators would go on to finish the regular season 10-0 and were the first team ever chosen to represent Northwest Indiana in the inaugural state football tournament.

  •  1974 – Under the Saturday night lights, EC Roosevelt hammers Hammond Tech 34-0 on the campus of Hammond High.

  • 1979 – Clark Labitan had a big night rushing and returning kicks for the Mustangs, who got the better of Calumet 23-8, in a game played in No Man’s Land along Ridge Rd.

  • 1979 – Unbeaten Hobart improves to 8-0 with a 22-6 win over LaPorte at Kiwanis Field.

  • 1981 – The Dodgers defeat the Expos to win the NL pennant thanks to a two run homer by Rick Monday with two outs in the ninth inning

  • 1990 – Highland beats Munster 14-12 in week one of the sectionals. The Trojans tournament triumph was the second win of the year over their arch rival – the only time that’s ever happened.

  • 1991 – The longest NCAA football games is played as it takes 3 hours and 51 minutes to complete a game between Rhode Island and Maine. Rhode Island would win 52-30 in six overtimes

  • 1998 – Mike Tyson gets his boxing license back after having it suspended for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear

  • 1999 – Andrew Jones of the Braves draws a walk against Mets pitcher Kenny Rogers with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning to win the NLCS by a 10-9 final score

  • 2001 – Under the direction of their fiery football leader Jeff Karras, the Andrean 59ers embarked on a playoff journey that would take them all the way to the Hoosier Dome, where they gave Indy Chatard all it could handle before losing by a score of 3-0.

  • 2001 – Led by quarterback Jason Wren and wide receiver Jeff Samardzija, and with a packed house watching, the Valparaiso Vikings end Portage’s season with a 32-14 victory on the artificial turf at the Warpath on Rt 6. The Vikings would make it all the way to the Hoosier Dome, where they fell to Ben Davis.

  • 2004 – Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling pitches Game #6 of the ALCS with a sock bloodied by stitches from ankle tendon surgery. Boston wins the game 4-2 to even up the series.

  • 2005 – The Houston Astros win the NLCS, advancing to the World Series for the first time in franchise history

  • 2007 – The Merrillville Pirates shutout the Chesterton Trojans 21-0 in a Class 5A sectional one opening round game at Banary Field. The Bucs blasted the Trojans in week nine at Demarree Stadium 38-10, and finished the season 12-2, advancing to their second semi-state game under Zac Wells.

  • 2007 – In the sectional opener, Lowell levels Logansport 54-13, en route to the Hoosier Dome.

  • 2007 – Griffith beats Morton 37-34 in a thriller at the Governors Mansion.

  • 2012 – The Merrillville Pirates make their first appearance at Munster since the 1982 season. Despite being out manned, the Mustangs hang with the Bucs before falling 28-21 in the Class 5A sectional one opener. After barely escaping from the Town of Integrity, the Pirates make it all the way to Ft. Wayne for the semi-state. (See video highlights below)

  • 2012 – Andrean whips Wheeler 63-16 in a Class 2A sectional opening round game to get a measure of revenge against the team that knocked them out early in 2011. The Niners went on to win their first regional under Phil Mason and finished the season at 12-2.

  • 2012 – The Griffith Panthers lose to the Highland Trojans 20-18 at the Boneyard in the opening game of the Class 4A sectional. This was the first state tournament game for Griffith that wasn’t coached by Les Thorton or Russ Radtke.

  • 2014 – Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray becomes the first player in NFL history to rush for more than 100 yards in each of his team’s first seven games

1810, 2017

This Day in Sports History: 10/18

  • 1889 – The first all New York World Series starts between the Giants and Brooklyn.

  • 1902 – Auburn beats Alabama 23-0 in Birmingham in the seventh Iron Bowl.

  • 1924 – Red Grange of Illinois scores six touchdowns against Michigan in the first ever game at Memorial Stadium. The “Galloping Ghost” scored four touchdowns in the first quarter alone, including a 95-yard kickoff return. For the day, Grange totaled well over 300 all-purpose yards.

  • 1935 – Behind the spectacular running of future Michigan star Tom Harmon and the stellar blocking of pulling guard sensation Eddie Herbert, the Horsemen of Mann travel to East Chicago Roosevelt, where they shutout the Roughriders 14-0.

  • 1950 – Connie Mack retires as manager of the Philadelphia Athletics after 50 years on the job – the longest in Major League history.

  • 1953 – Willie Thrower, with one of the great names in sports history, becomes the first black quarterback in modern pro football.

  • 1957 – On their way to an 8-0-1 season, the Roughriders of EC Roosevelt defeat Whiting 26-7 in the Oil City.

  •  1960 – Casey Stengel retires after wining 10 pennants in 12 years as Yankee manager.

  • 1962 – The Lew Wallace Hornets and Tolleston Blue Raiders play to a 26-26 tie.

  • 1969 – The Andrean 59ers improve to 6-0 with a 6-0 shutout of Horace Mann on a Saturday night at Gary’s old Gilroy Stadium.

  • 1973 – The Wirt Troopers defeat the Horace Mann Horsemen 28-12 on a Thursday night at Gilroy Stadium in Gary.

  • 1974 – Chicago Bulls forward Nate Thurmond becomes the first player to record a quadruple double with 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocked shots.

  • 1977 – Reggie Jackson hits three consecutive home runs in an 8-4 game six victory over the Dodgers, as the Yankees capture their 21st World Series championship. Yankee catcher Thurman Munson nicknames Jackson Mr. October.

  • 1985 – In a couple of old-school Duneland slugfests, the Portage Indians defeat the Chesterton Trojans 7-0 in double overtime and the Merrillville Pirates edge the LaPorte Slicers by a score of 5-0.

  • 1991 – The Brickies beat Michigan City Rogers 35-0 to improve to 7-1 on the season. Hobart would eventually capture the 4A state title that year with a 13-1 overall record, their third of four overall.

  • 1996 – The Munster Mustangs score 69 points for the second straight game, as they bury the Warriors of Calumet 69-14. The previous week the Stangs won by a nearly identical score of 69-13 over Hammond High.

  • 1996 – Hobart handles Michigan City 63-7 en route to becoming state runner-up. The Bricks would finish the season 13-1. The trip to state they would eventually make was to be their last.

  • 1999 – The Yankees beat the Red Sox to win the ALCS.

  • 2002 –  Valpo batters the Brickies 38-0 in front of fewer than 1000 fans on a cold and windy night at Brickie Bowl. The loss was last at home for the man that replaced Don Howell, head coach Charlie Boston, who himself would be replaced by Wally McCormack the next season.

  • 2009 – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady set a record by throwing five touchdown passes in the second quarter of a game against the Tennesee Titans.

  • 2013 – Sophomore tailback Alex Mis runs for 198 yards on just 19 carries as the Mustangs defeat the KV Kougars 48-28 down on The Farm.

  • 2013 – Portage outscores LaPorte 36-35 in double overtime.

  • 2013 – Andrean outscores Lowell 42-28 at the Inferno to finish the regular season at 9-0. The Niners would run the table, winning the 3A championship and going a perfect 15-0 in the process. (See video highlights below)

  • 2013 – Merrillville beats Chesterton 31-7 to secure their third consecutive Duneland Conference championship under head coach Zac Wells.

  • 2013 – The Cardinals win the NLCS four games to two over the Dodgers.

  • 2013 – With a 47-14 victory at the Governors Mansion, Morton extends its winning streak over cross city rival Gavit to 13 games. (See video highlights below)

1710, 2017

This Day in Sports History: 10/17

  • 1860 – Willie Park wins the first professional golf tournament held in Scotland

  • 1920 – The Bears, then known as the Decatur Staleys, play in their first NFL game

  • 1935 – The Pacific Association of AAU votes to not participate in the Berlin Olympics

  • 1943 – The Detroit Lions set the record for fewest rushing yards in a game as the have a total of negative 53 yards on the ground against the Chicago Cardinals

  •  1964 – Yogi Berra is fired as manager of the Yankees

  • 1964 – Willis Reed makes his pro basketball debut with the Knicks

  • 1968 – Bob Beamon sets the long jump record at 29 feet 2 1/2 inches at the Olympics in Mexico

  • 1968 – US Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos are forced to return their medals because of the black power salute they displayed during the medal ceremony.

  • 1975 – The Valparaiso Vikings improve to 8-0 with a 34-14 thrashing of the Merrillville Pirates. The Green Machine would eventually go on to become the first state champion in the history of NWI football, when later that season they beat Carmel 14-13 in the AAA (large class) state title game.

  • 1975 – The Lew Wallace Hornets, behind the backfield duo of Mark Traveline and Pete Bardeson, put the sting on the Emerson Golden Tornado with a 49-6 victory on Homecoming Night in Glen Park.

  • 1980 – The Hobart Brickies record their fifth of six shutouts on the season, white washing the LaPorte Slicers 25-0.

  • 1985 – In the last meeting between the two schools before the merger, East Chicago Roosevelt plays East Chicago Washington on a Thursday night. The Roughriders downed the Senators 21-19.

  • 1986 – The unbeaten Lake Central Indians shutout eventual regional champion Munster 27-0 at the Burial Grounds. LC would finish 10-1, while the Mustangs with a 9-4 record, advanced to the semi-state for the only time in school history later that season.

  • 1986 – Ivan Zimmer’s Andrean 59ers travel to the Badlands off Broadway for a showdown with Dave Templin and the Lew Wallace Hornets. The Niners prevailed 8-0, despite being in hostile territory just a mile from the Holy Lands.

  • 1986 – Russ Radtke and the North Judson Blue Jays improve to 8-0 with a 50-6 beat down of the Knox Redskins. Radtke and the Jays would finish as Class A state runners up with an overall record 13-1. It was the second runner-up finish in three season for North Judson under Radtke.

  • 1986 – The Whiting Oilers beat the Clark Pioneers 19-0 in the Oil. City The win was second of only three for the Oilers against their arch-rivals during the decade.

  • 1987 – The first indoor World Series game is played at the Metrodome in Minnesota

  • 1989 – An earthquake in San Francisco cancels the 3rd game of the World Series. 67 people are killed in the quake.

  • 1991 – Paul Coffey sets the record for scoring for an NHL defenseman with 1,053 points

  • 1992 – The Toronto Blue Jays are the first non-U.S. team to play in the World Series

  • 1997 – In the final regular season game, the Griffith Panthers roll the outmanned Gavit Gladiators 69-7. The lopsided score helped fuel a greater dislike of Russ Radtke and his program, who had been accused of “running up the score” on several occasions that season. The Panthers would go on to win the Class 4A state title in ’97.

  • 1997 – Hobart downs Valpo 28-14 at Viking Field to win what would become their 16th and final Duneland Conference championship. The Brickies won their first 12 games that season before falling to Griffith 35-21 in the regional championship at the Boneyard in Griffith.

  •  2000 – Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy wins his 448th career game in net, passing Terry Sawchuck for the most all-time

  • 2003 – Quarterback Tommy Finn led the Andrean 59ers to their third straight Lake Athletic Black Division championship with a 28-20 win over Munster at the Marsh Lands. Had the Stangs pulled off the upset, the conference title would have been a three-way split with Andrean, Munster and Lowell.

  • 2003 – The Duneland Conference championship game is played at Kiwanis Field between the LaPorte Slicers, 5-1 in conference, and the DAC undefeated Portage Indians (6-0). In what turned out to be a game for the ages, the Slicers upset the Tribe, who was heavily favored, by a score of 22-21 gaining a share of the Duneland championship for just the second time in school history.

  • 2003 – With a 48-37 victory over Bishop Noll, the Wheeler Bearcats finish the regular season at 9-0. Wheeler would be eliminated the following week at Rensselaer in the opening game of sectionals.

  • 2008 – The Lowell Red Devils wrapped up a perfect Northwest Crossroads season by spanking the Andrean 59ers 35-6. The Devils finished 6-0 to win conference by two games.

  • 2008 – Valpo gets a 34-7 win at the Burial Grounds, while Merrillville thumps Chesterton 28-14. The week nine results give the Vikings a share of the Duneland title with Chesterton, who would have won it outright had they defeated the Pirates.

  • 2014 – Brett St. Germain’s Lake Central Indians down the Valpo Vikings 24-7 at Viking Field to complete a perfect 7-0 DAC schedule and capture their first ever Duneland Conference football championship. The Indians joined the DAC 2003.

  • 2014 – Whiting blanks River Forest 26-0 to win the Greater South Shore North Division. An Ingots upset would have meant a Whiting tie with the Calumet Warriors.

  • 2014 – The Andrean 59ers win a fourth straight Northwest Crossroads title with a 26-14 win over Lowell Red Devils at the Holy Lands of 5959 Broadway. (Highlights below)

1110, 2017

This Day in Sports History: 10/11

  • 1890 – American sprinter John Owen Jr. becomes the first amateur to run the 100 yard dash in under 10 seconds

  • 1911 – Ty Cobb wins the first AL MVP award while Frank Schulte wins the NL MVP. Both players receive automobiles as part of their prize

  • 1923 – Babe Ruth hits two homers in a World Series game

  • 1924 – The Boston Bruins and Montreal Maroons were granted NHL franchises

  • 1925 – The New York Giants play in their first NFL game, a 14-0 loss to Providence

  • 1927 – Lou Gehrig is named AL MVP

  • 1943 – The Yankees beat the Cardinals in Game #5 to win the 40th World Series. They are the first team to win 10 championships

  • 1959 – NFL Commissioner Bert Bell dies of a heart attack during a Philadelphia Eagles game at Franklin Field

  • 1975 – Future NHL Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier records his first career hat trick

  • 1984 – Mario Lemieux makes his NHL debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He scores his first career goal on his first shot on his first shift

  • 1992 – Deion Sanders suits up for both the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves in the same day

  • 1998 – Steve Young becomes the 20th quarterback in NFL history to throw for 30,000 career yards

  • 1999 – After not starting due to back pain, Pedro Martinez of the Red Sox comes out of the bullpen to throw six innings of no-hit baseball to help Boston win Game #5 in an ALDS matchup against the Indians

  • 2004 – The Houston Astros win a post-season series for the first time in franchise history, defeating the Braves in the NLDS

  • 2006 – Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and his flight instructor are killed when Lidle’s plane crashes into a high-rise apartment building in New York City

  • 2013 – Merrillville snaps Lake Central’s six game winning streak with a 20-17 Pirate win at “The Burial Grounds”. The Indians do get revenge in the sectional championship in early November. Highlights of the Merrillville win over LC & other games from October 11 below!

1010, 2017

This Day in Sports History: 10/10

  • 1865 – The billiard ball was patented by John Wesley Hyatt

  • 1892 – The entire Hong Kong national cricket team is killed in a shipwreck off the coast of Taiwan

  • 1916 – Dodgers owner Charles Ebbets is the first owner to raise ticket prices for a World Series game. Grandstand seats were raised from $3 to $5

  • 1920 – The Cardinals, then in Chicago, play in their first NFL game

  • 1920 – Indians second baseman Bill Wambsganss records the first, and to date only, unassisted triple play in World Series history

  • 1945 – The Tigers defeat the Cubs in Game #7 to win the World Series

  • 1951 – The Yankees defeat the Giants in Game #6 to win the World Series in Joe Dimaggio’s final game

  • 1961 – An expansion draft is held to fill out the rosters for both the Mets & Astros

  • 1973 – Andrean shuts out Gary Emerson 24-0 – the Niners gave up the fewest points in the Northwestern Conference that season (highlights below)

  • 1976 – Dimitrion Yordanidis, a 98 year old Greek man, is the oldest person to complete a marathon, finishing in 7 hours and 33 minutes

  • 1977 – Joe Namath plays in his final career game

  • 1979 – Mark Messier makes his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers

  • 1980 – Kevin McHale makes his NBA debut with the Boston Celtics

  • 1987 – Tom McLean finishes rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, setting a record time at 54 days and 18 hours

  • 1994 – The New York Giants retire Lawrence Taylor’s jersey (#56)

  • 2011 – Nelson Cruz of the Rangers his the first walk-off grand slam in post-season history, helping Texas defeat Detroit 7-3

910, 2017

This Day in Sports History: 10/9

  • 1909 – Lowell plays in their first ever football game, falling to Morocco 10-5.

  • 1915 – Woodrow Wilson becomes the first US President to attend a World Series game.

  • 1919 – The Cincinnati Reds defeat the White Sox to win the World Series. The win would later be tainted when its discovered that eight Sox players threw the series.

  • 1928 – The Yankees complete a sweep of the Cardinals to win the World Series.

  • 1934 – The Cardinals defeat the Tigers in game #7 to win the World Series.

  • 1938 – The Yankees win their third straight World Series title by finishing a sweep of the Cubs.

  • 1947 – East Chicago Roosevelt beats Clark 28-0 as part of an undefeated 9-0 season.

  • 1953 – Morton loses to Clark 28-7 – it’s the Governors’ 11th loss in total games in program history. The losing streak ends the next week when they tie Crown Point.

  • 1956 – Calumet football suffers their first loss in program history, losing to East Gary 32-0.

  • 1964 – Merrillville defeats Highland 41-6 as part of a 9-0-1 campaign.

  • 1966 – The Orioles sweep the Dodgers to win the World Series.

  • 1970 – Valparaiso defeats Munster 14-7. It’s the only loss of the season for the Mustangs.

  • 1974 – The Washington Capitals play in the franchise’s first NHL game.

  • 1975 – Bishop Noll shuts out EC Washington as part of a perfect 10-0 season.

  • 1986 – Buffalo Sabre Gilbert Perreault becomes the 12th player in NHL history to record 500 career goals.

  • 1987 – Hobart defeats Merrillville 24-14 as part of their state championship winning season.

  • 1997 – The New York Rangers become the first team in NHL history to open a season with four consecutive ties.

  • 1997 – Legendary college basketball coach Dean Smith announces his retirement after 36 years and 879 victories at North Carolina.

  • 1998 – Highland defeats Griffith 14-7. It’s the first time the Trojans beat the Panthers since 1987.

  • 2000 – Brett Hull, then with the Dallas Stars, scores his 611th career goal, putting him at #9 on the NHL’s all-time list and passing his father Bobby Hull.

  • 2002 – The Los Angeles Kings retire Wayne Gretzky’s #99.

  • 2005 – The Astros beat the Braves 7-6 in 18 innings – the longest post-season game in MLB history.

  • 2009 – Munster defeats Lowell 15-13. It’s the final regular season loss of the Kirk Kennedy era at Lowell.