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This Day In Sports

October 21
1950 Duke's Tom Powers scored six touchdowns, three on the ground and three in the air, en route to a 41-0 shutout vs. Richmond.
1956 Green Bay's Billy Howton caught seven passes for an astonishing 257 yards and two TDs en route to a 42-17 rout of the Los Angeles Rams.
1966 Congress approved the AFL-NFL merger, passing legislation exempting the agreement itself from antitrust action.
1973 Fred Dryer of the Rams became the first and only NFL player to record two safeties in a 24-7 win over the Green Bay Packers.
1975 Carlton Fisk's dramatic home run in the 12th inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds in game six of the World Series.
1976 Philadelphia 76ers purchased the rights for Julius Erving from the New Jersey Nets.
1980 The Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series in club history with a 4-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
1984 Cleveland's Steve Cox connected for the second longest field goal in NFL history, a 60 yarder in a 12-9 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
1994 Vada Pinson, who twice led the National League in hits, died at the age of 57.
1996 New Orleans' head coach Jim Mora resigned one day after blasting his team following the Saints 19-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
1996 The Cincinnati Bengals fired head coach David Shula after a 1-6 start.
1997 Boston's Ray Bourque became the fifth defenseman in history to play in 1,300 regular-season games.
1998 The New York Yankees wound up the best single-season in professional sports history by completing a four-game sweep of the San Diego Padres to record their 24th World Championship, one more than the NHL's Montreal Canadiens for most by a professional organization.
2000 The New York Yankees defeated the New York Mets 4-3 in twelve innings. It was the longest games in World Series history at 4 hours and 51 minutes.
2004 Val Ackerman stepped down as WNBA President after eight seasons.
2004 The Scottish Claymores, an NFL Europe franchise, folded due to decreasing attendance.
2006 Brett Swenson's 28-yard field goal with 13 seconds left capped the largest comeback in NCAA Division I-A history, as Michigan State overcame a 35-point third-quarter deficit to defeat the Northwestern Wildcats, 41-38.
2007 Tennessee's Rob Bironas made a NFL record eight field goals during its 38-36 win over the Houston Texans.
2007 The Boston Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games in the ALCS, to advance to the World Series.
2009 The Philadelphia Phillies advanced to their second straight World Series with a 10-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
2011 Theo Epstein resigned from the Boston Red Sox and became the new president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs.
2012 The Boston Red Sox named John Farrell manager.
2012 The Indiana Fever captured their first WNBA title on by knocking off the defending champion Minnesota Lynx three games to one.
2013 Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland stepped down after eight seasons.
2013 St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford would miss the remainder of the season because of a torn ACL.
Birthdays Whitey Ford (1928) - MLB player; Bill Russell (1948) - NBA Hall-of-Fame player and coach; George Bell (1959) - MLB player; Joey Harrington (1978) - NFL quarterback; Willis McGahee (1981) - NFL running back.
As of October 20, 2014, at 06:00 PM ET