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October 23
1884 The New York Metropolitans hosted the Providence Grays in the first World Series game and lost, 6-0.
1945 Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson to a
1949 Detroit's Don Doll picked off four passes as the Lions defeated the Chicago Cardinals, 24-7.
1964 The U.S. basketball team defeated the Soviet Union, 73-59 to win the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics.
1968 Kenya's Kip Keino won the 1500-meter gold medal in the Mexico City Olympics.
1971 Oklahoma's Greg Pruitt rushed for 297 yards to lead an NCAA record running attack that gained 711 yards as the Sooners crushed Kansas State, 78-25.
1973 Southern Illinois' Andre Herrera rushed for 214 yards on 17 carries in the first quarter alone and finished the game with 319 yards, as the Salukis crushed Northern Illinois, 54-0.
1976 Pittsburgh's Tony Dorsett rushed for 180 yards en route to a 45-0 victory of Navy and became the all-time leading rusher in NCAA history with 5,206 yards.
1978 New York Islanders' Bryan Trottier broke an NHL record by scoring six points in one period.
1988 Miami's Dan Marino passed for 521 yards, including three touchdowns to lead the Dolphins past the New York Jets, 44-30.
1993 The Toronto Maple Leafs set an NHL record with their ninth straight win at the start of the season with a 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
1996 The O.J.Simpson civil suit began. The suit was filed by the families of murdered victims Nicole Brown Simpson and Robert Goldman.
1998 The Los Angeles Dodgers named Davey Johnson their new manager.
1998 Mark Messier became only the 10th player in NHL history to reach 600 career goals in helping the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-0 win over the Florida Panthers.
1999 Florida State coach Bobby Bowden won his 300th game defeating Clemson, 17-14.
2003 Colorado's Peter Fosberg scored three goals, including his 200th of his career in the Avalanche's 6-1 win over Edmonton.
2003 The Western Athletic Conference announced that New Mexico State and Utah State would join the conference in 2005.
2008 Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson announced his retirement.
2009 The NBA and the National Basketball Referees Association entered into a new two-year labor agreement.
2010 Juan Uribe belted the go-ahead solo homer off Ryan Madson with two outs in the eighth inning, and the San Francisco Giants secured their first trip to the World Series since 2002 with a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
2011 DeMarco Murray set a Dallas Cowboys rookie record with 253 yards rushing in a 34-7 win over the St. Louis Rams.
2011 Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow's first NFL start resulted in Denver's 18-15 win over Miami, as Matt Prater booted a 52-yard FG in overtime.
2012 The Miami Marlins fired manager Ozzie Guillen.
2013 The NBA Board of Governors voted unanimously to change the Finals format to 2-2-1-1-1 after nearly 30 years of the 2-3-2 setup.
Birthdays John Heisman (1869) - college football coach and namesake for College Football's most coveted award; Jim Bunning (1931) - MLB pitcher; Edson Arantes De Nascimento (PELE) (1940) - international soccer player; Doug Flutie (1962) - NFL quarterback.
As of October 22, 2014, at 06:02 PM ET