Sandy Koufax refuses to pitch the first game of the World Series against the Twins because the game is scheduled on Yom Kippur, the most sacred of the Jewish holidays. As the Dodgers' southpaw attended shul and fasted on the Day of Atonement, his teammates loses to Minnesota, 8-2.
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At the age of 20, Jim Palmer becomes the youngest player to pitch shutout in World Series as the young Oriole hurler blanks Sandy Koufax and Dodgers, 6-0.
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In a 7-4 victory over the Penguins, Islander Mike Bossy records his 25th career hat trick.
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On the last day of the season, Yankee knuckleballer Phil Niekro becomes the 18th and oldest player in major league history to win his 300th game as he blanks the Blue Jays, 8-0. The forty-six year and 188 days old, who will win 318 games, also surpasses Satchel Paige (46 yrs, 75 days) to become the oldest pitcher to throw a shutout in the big leagues.
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Seattle wide receiver Steve Largent catches a pass in his 128th straight game, breaking the NFL record for most consecutive games with a reception.
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In an effort to promote his nearby Billy Goat Tavern, William Sianis buys tickets to Game 4 of the Fall Classic for himself and Murphy, his pet goat. The bar owner becomes so upset when Wrigley Field ushers his guest to leave, the Greek immigrant places a curse on the team preventing the Cubs from ever winning a World Series again.
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With their 17th win in 18 games, the Rockies beat the Phillies at Coors Field, 2-1, completing a NLDS three-game sweep of Philadelphia to advance to their first-ever National League Championship Series.
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Born on this Day
Bruno Sammartino (1935) Tony Dungy (1955) Oil Can Boyd (1959) Ruben Sierra (1965) Darren Oliver (1970) Rebecca Lobo (1973) Daniel Briere (1977) Ricky Hatton (1978) Richard Seymour (1979)
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