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This Day in Sports History — October 20

Johnny Damon Game 7
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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on October 20:

1968 — U.S. jumper Dick Fosbury, the innovator of the head-first, upward-looking ‘Fosbury Flop’ that became the dominant form of competitive jumping, set an Olympic record in the high jump of 7 feet, 4 and 1/4 inches at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. (More info.)

1976 — The New York Nets sold the contractual rights of Julius “Dr J” Erving to the Philadelphia 76ers. (More info.)

1982 — Sixty-six people were crushed to death during a soccer match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem at Luzhniki Stadium. (More info.)

1988 — Orel Hershiser of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who finished the regular season with a streak of 59 consecutive scoreless innings, beat the Oakland A’s, 5-2 in Game 5 to clinch the World Series title. (More info.)

1991 — Ayrton Senna of Brazil won his third Formula One world racing championship by finishing second at the Japanese Grand Prix. (More info.)

1996 — Andruw Jones of the Atlanta Braves, 19 years and 180 days-old, became the youngest player ever to homer in a World Series game. (More info.)

2004 — Johnny Damon hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees, 10-3, in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series to become the first major league team to overcome a 3-0 postseason series deficit and advance to the World Series. (More info.)

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