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October 2
1920 The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates played the first and only tripleheader this century. The Reds won the first two games, while the Pirates won the third game on a game called due to darkness.
1949 The pennant races in both leagues were decided on the final day of the season, the first time it had occurred in 41 years. The Yankees upended the Boston Red Sox and the Dodgers beat the Cardinals to take their respective pennants.
1950 Chicago Cardinals QB Jim Hardy tossed six touchdown passes, including five to Bob Shaw, as the Cards blew out the Baltimore Colts, 55-13.
1954 The New York Giants defeated the Cleveland Indians, 7-4 to win the World Series.
1970 Fourteen members of the Wichita State football team were killed in a plane crash in the Rocky Mountains.
1978 Bucky Dent blasted a three-run homer off Mike Torrez to give the New York Yankees a 5-4 win in a one game playoff to decide the AL East champion.
1980 Larry Holmes scored an 11th round decision over Muhammad Ali to capture the world heavyweight title in Las Vegas.
1982 Fan Hanover set the world record for female pacers in 1:50.4 at the Red Mile.
1983 The Green Bay Packers erupted for 49 points in the first half, 35 of which came in the second quarter, as the Packers clobbered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 55-14.
1986 New York's Dwight Gooden became the first pitcher to collect 200 strikeouts in each of his first three seasons when he recorded seven in his 8-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1991 Steffi Graf became the fastest woman to win 500 matches as a pro when she ousted Petra Langgrova of Czechoslovakia in the Leipzig International Tournament.
1993 Lennox Lewis KO'd Frank Bruno in the seventh round to retain his WBC heavyweight title, the first all-British world heavyweight bout.
1994 Miami's Don Shula defeated Cincinnati head coach and his son David, 23-7, in the first-ever meeting between father and son.
1995 The Seattle Mariners clobbered the California Angels in a one-game playoff to decide the AL West Division title.
1995 Long-time Detroit manager Sparky Anderson officially stepped down as skipper.
1999 In college football, Alabama defeated the Florida 40-39 OT victory to snap Florida's 30-game home game win streak.
2001 Cubs OF Sammy Sosa became the first person to hit at least 60 home runs in three seasons.
2004 The Philadelphia Phillies fired manager Larry Bowa and replaced him with Gary Varsho for the final two games of the season.
2005 Jack McKeon stepped down as manager of the Florida Marlins.
2006 The Chicago Cubs declined to renew the contract of manager Dusty Baker.
2006 The San Francisco Giants declined to renew the contract of manager Felipe Alou.
2006 The National Football League suspended Tennessee Titans DE Albert Haynesworth for a record five games without pay. Haynesworth stomped on the head of Cowboys OL Andre Gurode, who had lost his helmet. Gurode needed nearly 30 stitches to close a gash on his forehead and beneath his eye.
2007 A jury ruled that New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas and Madison Square Garden sexually harassed former team executive Anucha Browne Sanders. The jury then awarded Browne Sanders, who was asking for $10 million dollars, $11.6 million.
2007 Major League Baseball announced that Carlos Pena of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Dmitri Young of the Washington Nationals were the recipients of the 2007 Comeback Player of the Year Award.
2009 Rio de Janeiro was awarded the 2016 Summer Olympics.
2010 Leading thoroughbred Zenyatta extended her career unbeaten streak to 19 with a victory in the $250,000 Lady's Secret Stakes in the Oak Tree meeting at Hollywood Park.
2012 Major League Baseball announced new television agreements with broadcast partners FOX and Turner through the 2021 season.
2013 The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Cleveland Indians, 4-0, in the American League wild-card game.
Birthdays Mark Rypien (1962) - NFL quarterback; Jana Novotna (1968) - tennis player; Thomas Muster (1967) - tennis player.
As of October 1, 2014, at 06:00 PM ET