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This Day in Sports History — October 16

1968 Black Power

Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on October 16:

1912 — Fred Snodgrass of the New York Giants dropped a fly ball in the 10th inning of the decisive Game 8 of the World Series at Fenway Park, as the Boston Red Sox won the game and the championship, 3-2. (More info.)

1962 — Bobby Richardson of the Yankees caught a line drive hit by Willie McCovey of the Giants with two base runners on and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning at Candlestick Park, as New York beat San Francisco, 1-0, in Game 7 of the World Series. (More info.)

1964 — Don Schollander became the first swimmer to win four gold medals in an Olympics at the Summer Games in Tokyo. (More info.)

1968 — U.S. Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their black-gloved fists in support of black power on the medals podium, after they had finished first and third in the 200 meters at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. (More info.)

1969 — The ‘miracle’ New York Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles, 5-3, in Game 5 of the World Series to improbably win the championship, which was the seven-year-old franchise’s first title. (More info.)

1987 — Mike Tyson scored a technical knockout of Tyrell Biggs in the seventh round of their fight at Convention Hall in Atlantic City to retain the heavyweight boxing title. (More info.)

2011 — Indy Car driver Dan Wheldon, 33, was killed in a 15-car crash at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada. (More info.)

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