On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 11

Events in Sport

  • 1866 1st yacht race across Atlantic Ocean; schooners Fleetwing, Vesta and the Henrietta, with NY playboy Gordon Bennett on board, leave Sandy Hook for the Scilly Isles (the Henrietta wins)
  • 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
  • 1938 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: New York Giants beat Green Bay Packers, 23-17; record title game attendance 48,120
  • 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
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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)
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Weddings in Sport

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

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Deaths in Sport

  • 1903 Patrick McShane, Australian cricket player and umpire (1884-85 Ashes series), dies at 45
  • 1959 Jim Bottomley, American Baseball HOF first baseman (MLB all-time single game RBI record [12] 1924; World Series 1926, 31; NL MVP & NL HR leader 1928; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 59
  • 1972 John Mills, New Zealand cricket batsman (7 Tests, 241 runs, 1 x 100), dies at 67
  • 1978 Paul O'Dea, American baseball player (b. 1920)
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