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This Day in Sports History — October 15

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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on October 15:

1923 — The New York Yankees beat the New York Giants, 6-4, at the Polo Grounds to win their first World Series, four games to two. (More info.)

1946 — Enos Slaughter of the Cardinals scored from first base on a single in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the World Series, as St. Louis beat the Boston Red Sox, 4-3, to win the championship. (More info.)

1968 — Al Oerter became the first track and field athlete to win four gold medals in the same Olympic event by throwing the discus 216 feet 6 inches at the Summer Games in Mexico City. (More info.)

1970 — Thanks to the fielding and hitting of third baseman Brooks Robinson, the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cincinnati Reds, 9-3, in Game 5 to win the World Series, four games to one. (More info.)

1986 — The New York Mets beat the Houston Astros, 7-6, in a MLB postseason-record 16 innings in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series at the Astrodome to win the National League pennant. (More info.)

1988 — A hobbled Kirk Gibson of the Los Angeles Dodgers hit a game-winning, pinch-hit two run homer off Dennis Eckersley of the Oakland A’s in the ninth inning of Game 1 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium. (More info.)

1989 — Wayne Gretzky, 28, of the Los Angeles Kings became the greatest scorer in NHL history, surpassing Gordie Howe’s record of 1,850 points. (More info.)

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