Oct. 20, 2004 - The Red Sox overcome 3-0 deficit to advance to World Series

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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. 

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Oct. 18, 1974 - Nate Thurmond records first quadruple-double in NBA history

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Nate Thurmond of the Chicago Bulls completed the first quadruple-double in NBA history: 22 points, 14rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocked shots. Since the NBA started recording blocks and steals in 1973, there have only been four officially recorded quadruple-doubles. Alvin Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon, and David Robinson are the other three players to record one. There have been very few performances in which a player has come close to getting a quadruple-double. Clyde Drexler was close in 1996, when he recorded 25 points, 10 rebounds, 10 steals and 9 assists in a game.

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"Whatever you do, don’t do it halfway." - Bob Beamon

I’m all in.

Oct. 17, 1968 - Bob Beamon long jumped 29 feet, 2 1/2 inches

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Dubbed by many as the ‘Leap of the Century’ Bob Beamon’s long jump remained the world record for 22 years, 316 days until it was broken in 1991 by Mike Powell. This is the second longest holding of this record, as Jesse Owens held the record for 25 years, 1935-1960. 

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Oct. 15, 1989 - Wayne Gretzky surpassed Gordie Howe to become the greatest scorer in NHL history

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With less than a minute remaining in the game, Wayne Gretzky earns his 1,851st career point against his old team, the Edmonton Oilers. As soon as the puck lands in the net, the Edmonton crowd erupts in applause, showing that they still love number 99, despite Gretzky’s Los Angeles Kings jersey. 

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Oct. 14, 1979 - Wayne Gretzky scored his first NHL goal

The 18-year-old Wayne Gretzky needed three regular-season games to score his first NHL goal. It came against Glen Hanlon of the Vancouver Canucks during a 4-4 tie in Edmonton. Gretsky went on to score 50 more goals that season, which was the highest total for a rookie in NHL history. He also won the NHL’s MVP award and was tied for the scoring lead at the end of the season with 137 points.

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Oct. 13, 1996 - Nick Lowery kicked his 374 career field goal to set the NFL record

Nick Lowery was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and when he retired was ranked first in field goal percentage and also had the most field goals in NFL history (384).

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Oct. 12, 1992 - Art Monk set an NFL record with 820 career receptions

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Art Monk finished his career with 940 receptions for 12,721 yards and 68 touchdowns, along with 332 rushing yards. He was the first player in NFL history to record over 102 receptions in a season and over 900 receptions in a career. His most noteworthy NFL accomplishment was his record for career receptions (940), which was broken by Jerry Rice in the final week of the 1995 during Monk’s last season in the league.

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"Never die easy. Why run out of bounds and die easy? Make that linebacker pay. It carries into all facets of your life. It’s okay to lose, to die, but don’t die without trying, without giving it your best." - Walter Payton

Sweetness!

Oct. 7, 1984 - Walter Payton passed Jim Brown to become the NFL leading rusher

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Walter Payton finished Chicago Bears' victory over the New Orleans Saints with 154 yards on 32 carries, giving him a career total of 12,400 yards, 88 more than Brown. Many modern NFL running backs have cited Payton as a source of inspiration. Emmitt Smith tearfully paid homage to Payton after breaking Payton’s rushing record. LaDainian Tomlinson, who set numerous records during the 2006 NFL season, named Payton as one of his foremost mentors and inspirations.

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Oct. 5, 2001 - Barry Bonds hit his 71st and 72nd home runs to set the MLB single season HR record

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On October 4, Barry Bonds tied the previous record of 70 set by Mark McGwire (which McGwire set in the 162nd game in 1998) by homering off of Wilfredo Rodríguez in the 159th game of the season. He then hit numbers 71 and 72 the following night off of Chan Ho Park. Bonds added his 73rd off of Dennis Springer on October 7. The ball was later sold to toy manufacturer Todd McFarlane for $450,000. McFarlane previously bought Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball from 1998. Bonds received the Babe Ruth Home Run Award for leading MLB in homers that season.

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Sept. 28, 1941 - Ted Williams finished the season with a .406 batting average

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Ted Williams batting average stood at .39955 with a season-finale doubleheader to be played the next day at Shibe Park, home of Connie Mack’s Athletics. Since batting averages are rounded to the next decimal, Williams could have sat out the final two games and still officially crested baseball’s imposing .400 barrier.

At the time, Williams said, “If I’m going to be a .400 hitter, I want more than my toenails on the line.”

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"A muscle is like a car. If you want it to run better in the morning, you have to warm it up." - Florence Griffith Joyner

Stretch it out.

Sept. 26, 1988 - Ben Johnson tested positive for steroids and stripped of his 100-meter gold medal

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On September 24, 1988, Johnson won the 100m final at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, lowering his own world record to 9.79 seconds. Johnson would later remark that he would have been even faster had he not raised his hand in the air just before he finished the race. However, Johnson’s urine samples were found to contain stanozolol, and he was disqualified two days later. He later admitted having used steroids when he ran his 1987 world record, which caused the IAAF to rescind that record as well. Johnson and coach Charlie Francis complained that they used doping in order to remain on an equal footing with the other top athletes on drugs they had to compete against.

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"The medals don’t mean anything and the glory doesn’t last. It’s all about your happiness. The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing." - Jackie Joyner-Kersee

"Because I’m Happy." Pharrell Williams

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