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This Day in Sports History — October 18

Reggie Jackson

Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on October 18:

1924 — Halfback Harold (Red) Grange of Illinois returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and ran for scores of 66, 55 and 40 yards from scrimmage — all in the first quarter — in a 39-14 win over Michigan. (More info.)

1924 — After Notre Dame gained 310 yards while beating Army at the Polo Grounds in New York, sportswriter Grantland Rice compared Irish football players Harry Stuhldreher, Jim Crowley, Don Miller and Elmer Layden to the Biblical ‘Four Horsemen.’ (More info.)

1950 – Connie Mack, 87, resigned as manager of the Philadelphia Athletics after 50 years of guiding the team. (More info.)

1960 — The New York Yankees fired manager Casey Stengel, who won 10 pennants and 7 championships, five days after the team lost the World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates. (More info.)

1968 — U.S. athlete Bob Beamon broke the long jump world record with a 29 ft. 2½ in. leap at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. No jumper had ever cleared 27 feet 4 inches before Beamon. (More info.)

1974 — Nate Thurmond of the Chicago Bulls completed the first quadruple-double —22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocked shots — in NBA history. (More info.)

1977 — Reggie Jackson of the Yankees hit three home runs in three consecutive at-bats as New York beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-4, in Game 6 to win their first World Series in 15 years. (More info.)

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