spotlight Today in sports history: Maris's 61st home run; Ali-Frazier's 'Thrilla'; and Pele's final game Oct 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 Updated Oct 1, 2020 Here's a look back at sports happenings on this date in history, Oct. 1. 1903: Pittsburgh Pirates win first World Series game 1903 — The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Pilgrims 7-3 in the first World Series game. Jimmy Sebring hits the first Series homer, Deacon Phillippe is the winning pitcher and Cy Young the loser.This aerial view shows the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds during the first World Series game between the Boston Pilgrims and the Pittsburgh Pirates in Boston, Ma., on Oct. 1, 1903. The Pirates defeated the Pilgrims in game one, 7-3. Boston went on to win the first American League versus the National League World Series, five games to three. (AP Photo) AP FILE 1961: Roger Maris hits his 61st home run of the season, eclipsing Babe Ruth's mark 1961 — Roger Maris hits his 61st home run of the season, against Tracy Stallard of the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The blow gives New York a 1-0 victory and eclipses Babe Ruth’s 34-year-old single-season home run record.Baseball player Roger Maris of the New York Yankees watches his record-breaking 61st home run leave Yankee Stadium on the last day of the season in New York, on Oct. 1, 1961. AP FILE 1975: Ali beats Frazier in 'Thrilla in Manila' 1975 — In the “Thrilla in Manila,” Muhammad Ali beats Joe Frazier in 14 rounds to retain his world heavyweight title.In this Oct. 1, 1975, file photo, spray flies from the head of Joe Frazier as Muhammad Ali connects with a right in the ninth round of their title fight in Manila, Philippines, Ali won the fight on a decision to retain the title. The two fought three times, including two of the most famous matches ever. (AP Photo/Mitsunori Chigita, File) AP FILE 1977: Pele plays his final game 1977 — 75,646 fans come to the Meadowlands to see soccer great Pele play his farewell game. Pele plays the first half with the New York Cosmos and the second half with his former team, Santos of Brazil.Waving the flags of Brazil and the U.S. in a driving rain, soccer superstar Pele is carried off the field by players of both teams at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Oct. 1, 1977 after his final game. Pele played for both teams in the exhibition -- the New York Cosmos and Santos, his former team in Brazil. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) AP FILE 2004: Ichiro Suzuki sets MLB record for hits in a season with 257 2004 — Ichiro Suzuki sets the major league record for hits in a season, breaking George Sisler’s 84-year-old mark with a pair of early singles as the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 8-3. Sisler set the hits record of 257 in 1920 with the St. Louis Browns over a 154-game schedule. Suzuki breaks it in the Mariners’ 160th game of the year.Seattle Mariners Ichiro Suzuki tips his hat to the fans after hitting a ball into left field which tied George Sisler's 1920 single season record of 257 first in the inning at Safeco Field on Friday, Oct. 1, 2004 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant) AP FILE 2006: Joe Mauer becomes first catcher to win AL batting title 2006 — Joe Mauer becomes the first catcher to win an AL batting title as Minnesota beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1. Mauer, finishing at .347, ends up four points ahead of New York shortstop Derek Jeter.Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer doffs his cap after it was announced that he took the American League batting title during a baseball game Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, in Minneapolis against the Chicago White Sox. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) AP FILE 2006: Tiger Woods matches his longest PGA Tour winning streak of six 2006 — Tiger Woods matches his longest PGA Tour winning streak of six at the American Express Championship. Woods finishes with a 4-under 67 for an eight-shot victory. It’s also his eighth victory of the year, making him the first player in PGA Tour history to win at least eight times in three seasons.U.S. golfer Tiger Woods waves to the crowd after winning the American Express Golf Championship at The Grove, Chandler's Cross, England, Sunday Oct. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi) AP FILE 2011: Record day for QB-WR duo sparks Arkansas comeback 2011 — Tyler Wilson throws for a school-record 510 yards and Jarius Wright catches 13 passes for a school-record 281 yards as Arkansas turns an 18-point halftime deficit into a 42-38 victory over Texas A&M.Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson (8) celebrates the game-winning touchdown against Texas A&M in the final minutes of the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. Arkansas won 42-38. 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