FOOTBALL October 19, 2009 New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, throws five touchdowns in the 2nd quarter against the Tennessee Titans. It was an NFL record for most TDs in a single period and the Patriots went on to crush their opponents 59-0. They wrapped up the season with a 10-6 record and ranked 3rd in the AFC. But going into the playoffs, they lost to the wild card Ravens 33-14.
BASKETBALL October 12, 1999 Former basketball star Wilt Chamberlain dies of heart failure at the age of 63. The 7’1” Chamberlain was a Harlem Globetrotter in the late 1950s before joining the NBA to play for the Warriors, 76ers, and Lakers. One of the greatest in the sport, he is the only player in NBA history to score 100 points in a single game.
BASEBALL October 17, 1989 An earthquake in San Francisco with a magnitude of 6.9 cancels the 3rd game of the World Series between the two local teams, Giants and the Athletics. The quake caused significant infrastructure damage, including a power outage at the stadium. The Series was resumed on October 27th and 28th with the A’s sweeping their opponents 4-0 to capture the national title.
HOCKEY October 14, 1979 Future ice hockey star, Wayne Gretsky, scores his first goal in the NHL. Gretsky put in 20 years with the league, playing with the Oilers (4 Stanley Cups), Kings, Blues, and Rangers. “The Great One” led the NHL with more regular season goals (894), assists (1,963), and points (2,857) than any other player. Upon retirement, he was inducted immediately into the NHL HoF.