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This Day in Sports History — October 3

Bobby Thomson

Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on October 3:

1919 – Pitcher Adolfo Luque of the Cincinnati Reds became the first Latin player to appear in a World Series game. (More info.)

1920 — The American Professional Football Association, the forerunner of the NFL, played its first full week of games. (More info.)

1942 — Frank Crosetti of the New York Yankees was fined $200 and suspended for the first 30 days of the 1943 season for shoving umpire Bill Summers in the World Series. (More info.)

1947 — Pinch-hitter Cookie Lavagetto of the Brooklyn Dodgers broke up a potential no-hitter by Bill Bevens of the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the World Series by hitting a game-winning double. (More info.)

1951 — Bobby Thomson of the Giants hit a game-winning, three-run homer — ‘The Shot Heard Round the World’ — off Ralph Branca of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth inning of the third and deciding game of a special playoff series to win the National League pennant for New York. (More info.)

1970 — Major League Baseball umpires called their first-ever labor strike before the first game of the American and National League Championship Series. (More info.)

1974 — The Cleveland Indians named Frank Robinson their player-manager. Robinson became the major leagues’ first black manager. (More info.)

1989 — The Los Angeles Raiders named former player Art Shell, a Pro Football Hall of Fame member, as the first black head coach in the NFL since Fritz Pollard served as player-coach for the Hammond (Ind.) Pros from 1923 to 1925. (More info.)

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