On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 11

Events in Sport

  • 1866 1st yacht race across Atlantic Ocean
  • 1926 Leo O'Connor is unbeaten on 143 as Queensland wins their first Sheffield Shield match by 5 wickets vs NSW at the Sydney Cricket Ground
  • 1934 1st Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher unsuccessful vs Rangers
  • 1934 Ford C Frick becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1934 NL votes to permit night baseball (up to 7 games per home team)
  • 1937 25th CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts claim their 4th Championship; beat Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 4-3

Sport awardNFL Championship

1938 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: New York Giants beat Green Bay Packers, 23-17; record title game attendance 48,120

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 1941 Australian state cricket associations, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales decide at meetings with new Prime Minister John Curtin to abandon all interstate first class matches for the duration of WWII
  • 1941 NY Giants acquire future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Johnny Mize from Cardinals for 3 players & $50,000
  • 1947 Pacific Coast League application for major league status rejected
  • 1949 Chicago Bear Johnny Lujack passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chicago Cards (52-29)
  • 1949 Cleveland Browns beat SF '49ers 21-7 in final AAFC championship game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1951 Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1954 Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 NY Yankees trade Marv Thronberry, Don Larsen, Hank Bauer and Norm Seibern for Roger Maris, Kent Hadley and Joe Deaestri

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1966 Al Nelson sets NFL record returning missed field goal, 100 yards

  • 1972 New York Jets' Don Maynard becomes all time pro reception leader (632)
  • 1973 NA Soccer League awards LA, San Francisco, Seattle & Vancouver franchises

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Great Yankee trade getting Willie Randolph, Dock Ellis & Ken Brett from Pirates for George "Doc" Medich

MLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie Randolph
MLB Second Baseman and Manager
Willie Randolph
  • 1979 Geoff Boycott scores cricket century in a limited-over international

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Muhammad Ali's 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1981 Wash Capitals biggest margin of victory (9) beating Toronto 11-2

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1983 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Mats Wilander of Sweden wins 2nd career Grand Slam title; beats Ivan Lendl 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • 1985 NHL Record 62 points scored, Edmonton (36) beats Chicago (26) 12-9 & ties record of 21 goals
  • 1989 Mark Davis signs record $3.25 million per year KC Royals contract
  • 1993 59th Heisman Trophy Award: Charlie Ward, Florida State (QB)
  • 1995 Thomas O Hicks buys NHL Dallas Stars for $84 million
  • 2000 66th Heisman Trophy Award: Chris Weinke, Florida State (QB)

Sports record brokenNHL Record

2002 Joe Sakic scores his 500th career goal at Vancouver

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 2004 70th Heisman Trophy Award: Matt Leinart, USC (QB)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2009 Tiger Woods announces an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1880 Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer, born in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1951)
  • 1909 John Wyer, English sports car racing team manager, born in Kidderminster, England (d. 1989)
  • 1924 Doc Blanchard, American College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Heisman Trophy 1945; National C'ship 1944, 45, 46; Army), born in McColl, South Carolina (d. 2009)
  • 1927 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian alpine skier (first Olympic giant slalom gold 1952), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Subhash "Fergie" Gupte, Indian cricketer (brilliant Indian leg-spinner), born in Bombay, British India (d. 2002)
  • 1934 Salim Durani, Indian cricketer (successful Indian batsman of 60's), born in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 1938 Fred Cox, American NFL kicker (NFL champion 1969; Pro Bowl 1970; Minnesota Vikings all-time leading scorer), born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • 1942 Karen Susman, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1962), born in San Diego, California
  • 1946 Rick McCosker, Australian cricketer (fine Australian opener 1975-80), born in Inverell, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1951 Robert Cochran, American skier (Olympics 1972), born in Claremont, New Hampshire
  • 1954 Bradley Bryant, American golfer (US Senior Open 2007), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1954 Sylvester Clarke, West Indian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 42 wickets), born in Christ Church, Barbados (d. 1999)
  • 1954 Brad Bryant, American golfer (US Senior Open 2007), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1955 Stu Jackson, NBA coach (NY Knicks (1989-90), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1958 Regina Marsikova, Czech tennis player, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1960 Mary Beth Zimmerman, American golfer (4 LPGA Tour titles), born in Mount Vernon, Illinois
  • 1961 Mike Henneman, American baseball pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Saint Charles, Missouri
  • 1962 Ejo Elburg, Dutch soccer player (Pax, NEC)
  • 1962 Kim Linehan, American swimmer (1979 1500m World record), born in Bronxville, New York
  • 1963 Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, German tennis star, born in Saarbrücken, West Germany
  • 1963 John Lammers, Dutch soccer player (NAC), born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 1963 Mark Greatbatch, New Zealand cricketer (big-hitting NZ opener), born in Auckland
  • 1964 Dave Gagner, Canadian NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Chatham, Ontario, Canada
  • 1964 Thomas Howard, American baseball outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • 1965 Jay Bell, American infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Eglin AFB, Florida
  • 1967 Katy Steding, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1967 Richard Stemp, English cricketer (Yorkshire & England A left-arm spinner), born in Erdington, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Derek Bell, American baseball outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1968 Mark Dailey, American 1.5k runner, born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1969 Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Norwegian footballer, born in Elverum, Norway
  • 1969 Vishwanathan Anand, Indian chess grandmaster, born in Mayiladuthurai, India
  • 1969 Sean Grande, American sportscaster, born in NYC, New York
  • 1969 Alessandro Melli, Italian footballer, born in Agrigento, Italy
  • 1970 Danan Hughes, American NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1970 Doug Nussmeier, American NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1970 Errict Rhett, American NFL running back (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Pembroke Pines, Florida
  • 1971 Cedric Ihalauw, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Geleen, Netherlands
  • 1971 Willie McGinest, American NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1972 Daniel Alfredsson, Swedish NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1972 Francisco Rodriguez, American pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1972 Robert Robinson, CFL defensive linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1973 Erin Moorad, America pairs skater (with partner Richard Gillam), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1973 Luke Casserly, Australian soccer defender (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1973 Ralph Intranuovo, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers), born in East York, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1974 Kevin Devine, American football cornerback and kick returner (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1975 Gerben de Knegt, Dutch cyclist, born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 1976 Shareef Abdur-Rahim, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Marietta, Georgia
  • 1977 Mark Streit, Swiss ice hockey player, born in Englisberg, Switzerland
  • 1981 Javier Saviola, Argentine footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1982 Pablo Pérez Companc, Argentine racing driver, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1984 Leighton Baines, English footballer, born in Kirkby, United Kingdom
  • 1988 Murugan Thiruchelvam, English chess player, born in England
  • 1988 Tim Southee, New Zealand cricketer, born in Whangarei, New Zealand

Weddings in Sport

  • 2010 Actress Joanna Garcia (32) weds New York Yankees` Nick Swisher (31) at Breakers Hotel & Resort in Palm Beach, Florida

Deaths in Sport

  • 1903 Patrick McShane, cricket player/ump (1884-85 Ashes series), dies
  • 1959 Jim Bottomley, American baseball player, dies at 59
  • 1972 John Mills, New Zealand cricketer (7 Tests for NZ in early 1930's, 241 runs), dies at 67
  • 1978 Paul O'Dea, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach, dies at 87
  • 2004 José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian soccer defender (21 caps; Vélez Sársfield, Boca Juniors, Nîmes Olympique), dies from gunshot wound in stomach while hunting at 43
  • 2009 Claudia Boyarskikh, Soviet cross country skier (5 Olympic gold 1964, 1968), dies at 70
  • 2010 Dick Hoerner, American football player (b. 1922)
  • 2012 Colleen Walker, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1997), dies of cancer at 56
  • 2015 John "Hot Rod" Williams, American NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), dies of cancer at 53
  • 2016 Sid O'Linn, South African cricketer (soccer for South Africa 1947, cricket 1960), dies at 89