On this day: October 3

Posted: 1:53 AM EDT Oct 03, 2012   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Oct 03, 2015

Bobby Thomson hits the "shot heard 'round the world," Woody Guthrie passes away, Germany comes together, and O.J. Simpson is found not guilty, all on this day.

OTD October 3 - John Heisman
47 / 61
Public domain

1936: John Heisman, the college football coach and innovator whom the Heisman Trophy is named after, dies of pneumonia at age 66 in New York City. Heisman had coached college football for 36 years before leaving coaching to become director of the Downtown Athletic Club of New York City in 1927. Beginning in 1935, the club has annually awarded a trophy, known since 1936 as the Heisman Trophy, to the top college football player. Heisman was posthumously inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.


The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the TERMS OF USE and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Your comments may be used on air. Please be polite. Inappropriate posts and those containing links to other sites may be removed by the moderator. Desktop and mobile versions of this site use independent comment threads.