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This Day in Sports History — October 17

World Series Earthquake
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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on October 17:

1974 — The Oakland A’s beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2, in the fifth and deciding game to win their third straight World Series. (More info.)

1964 — U.S. athlete Fred Hansen won the gold medal in the pole vault at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo using a flexible fiberglass pole. (More info.)

1968 — U.S. Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos were forced to return their medals because of the black-power salute they gave during the medal ceremony. (More info.)

1987 – The Minnesota Twins beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-1, in the first World Series game ever played indoors. (More info.)

1989 — A 6.9 magnitude earthquake rattled the Bay Area before the start of Game 3 of the World Series at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. (More info.)

1994 — Joe Montana, then of the Kansas City Chiefs, led a late touchdown drive to defeat John Elway and the Denver Broncos, 31-28, at Mile High Stadium. (More info.)

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