BOXING October 18, 2008 Bernard Hopkins defeats Kelly Pavlik by unanimous decision. The middle weight fight had no belt at stake, but it was nevertheless an unexpected victory for Hopkins who at 43 was 17 years older than his opponent. ‘Ring Magazine’ and ‘Sports Illustrated’ named the encounter the “upset fight of the year” for 2008.
FOOTBALL October 19, 1998 The NY Jets take down the NE Patriots 24-14 in Week 7 of the NFL. Under the guidance of Coach Bill Parcells the Jets finished the season 12-4, the best in the team’s history; they would move on to the Conference but lose to Denver. Just 2 years earlier before Parcells arrived, the hapless squad posted a 1-15 record.
BASEBALL October 20, 1988 The Los Angeles Dodgers upset the heavily favored Oakland A’s 4-1 at the World Series. Pitcher Orel Hershiser took home the series MVP, shutting out the A’s in Game 2 and pitching a 2-run complete game in the decisive Game 5 victory. It was the Dodgers’ 5th World Series title since moving from Brooklyn in 1958.
RUNNING October 22, 1978 Bill Rodgers wins the New York City Marathon, clearing the finish line in 2:12:12. It was the third of his four consecutive victories running the 26.2 mile event in the Big Apple. A virtual road pounding superman, the Connecticut native also won the Boston Marathon four times, in 1975 and 1978-80. His best ever record was 2:09:27.