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October 1
1950 The Philadelphia Phillies won their first pennant since 1913 when Dick Sisler homered in the final game of the season against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1961 Roger Maris broke a 34-year old record for most home runs in a season by slugging his 61st of the season against righthander Tracy Stallard of the Boston Red Sox.
1971 Steady Star set the pacing world record of 1:52 in a time trial at the Red Mile.
1975 Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier squared off in one of the greatest bouts of all time, tabbed the "Thrilla in Manila". Ali won the fight in 14 rounds to retain his crown.
1977 Pele, who many recognize as the greatest soccer player in history, participated in his final game as a player. He played the first half of a game between the New York Cosmos and his former Brazilian team, Santos of Brazil.
1980 Niatross set the pacing world record of 1:49.1 in a time trial at the Red Mile.
1994 Pine Chip, driven by John Campbell, set the trotting world record of 1:51 in a time trial at The Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky.
1995 The Colorado Rockies captured the NL Wild Card berth when they came from behind to beat the San Francisco Giants, 10-9.
1995 The Jacksonville Jaguars celebrated their first-ever win with a 17-16 victory over the Houston Oilers.
1997 Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves, just two years out of high school, signed a six-year, $123 million contract, the richest in sports history.
1999 The Houston Rockets traded Scottie Pippen to the Portland Trail Blazers for Kelvin Cato, Stacey Augmon, Walt Williams, Carlos Rogers, Ed Gray and Brian Shaw.
2000 Mississippi State snapped No. 3 Florida's 72-game unbeaten streak against unranked opponents by defeating the Gators in Starksville, 47-35.
2002 The New York Mets fired manager Bobby Valentine.
2002 The Texas Rangers fired manager Jerry Narron.
2002 Minnesota Vikings WR Randy Moss was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana.
2002 Free agent center Wang Zhi Zhi, the first ever Asian-born player in the NBA, signed a three-year offer sheet with the Los Angeles Clippers.
2003 Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh resigned from his position on ESPN's "NFL Sunday Countdown" after making controversial remarks about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.
2004 Ichiro Suzuki singled in each of his first two at-bats to break George Sisler's record for hits in a season. Sisler, set the old mark in 154 games during the 1920 season. Ichiro broke the record in 159 games.
2006 The MLB regular season came to an end. Philadelphia's Ryan Howard lead all of baseball with 58 home runs and 149 RBI. Pittsburgh's Freddy Sanchez won the NL Batting Title at .344. In the AL, Boston's David Ortiz won the HR (54)and RBI (137) titles, while Minnesota's Joe Mauer (.347) won the batting title. The AL's top winners were Minnesota's Johan Santana (19-6) and New York's Chien-Ming Wang (19-6). No NL pitcher won more than 16 games.
2007 The Colorado Rockies clinched the National League wild card spot with a 9-8, 13-inning win over the San Diego Padres.
2009 The Colorado Avalanche retired the number 19 jersey of Joe Sakic.
2013 The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Phil Kessel to an eight-year contract extension worth $64 million.
2013 The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 6-2, in the National League wild-card game.
Birthdays Rod Carew (1945) - MLB player and Hall of Famer; Jeff Reardon (1955) - MLB pitcher; Mark McGwire (1963) - MLB player.
As of September 30, 2014, at 06:00 PM ET

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