On This Day in Sport for December 11

Events in Sport

  • 1866 1st yacht race across Atlantic Ocean
  • 1926 Queensland win their 1st Sheffield Shield cricket match, v NSW
  • 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 New York Giants win NFL championship
  • 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
  • 1947 Pacific Coast League application for major league status rejected
  • 1949 Chic Bear Johnny Lujack passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chic Cards (52-29)
  • 1949 Cleveland Browns beat SF '49ers 21-7 in final AAFC championship game

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1951 Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball

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

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

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1966 Al Nelson sets NFL record returning missed field goal, 100 yards
  • 1970 Test Cricket debut of Gregory Stephen Chappell

  • 1973 NA Soccer League awards LA, San Francisco, Seattle & Vancouver franchises

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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

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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 awardGolf Tournament

1983 Jan Stephens and Fred Couples wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples

Sport awardTennis 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

Sport awardTennis Open

1983 72nd Women's Australian Open: Martina Navratilova beats Kathy Jordan (6-2, 7-6)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1985 NHL Record 62 points scored, Edmonton (36) beats Chicago (26) 12-9 & ties record of 21 goals
  • 1986 A Bartlett Giamatti becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1989 Mark Davis signs record $3.25 million per year KC Royals contract
  • 1993 59th Heisman Trophy Award: Charlie Ward, Florida State (QB)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1994 Kelly Robbins & Tammie Green wins LPGA Diner's Club Golf Matches

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • 1995 Thomas O Hicks buys NHL Dallas Stars for $84 million
  • 2000 66th Heisman Trophy Award: Chris Weinke, Florida State (QB)

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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)

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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)
  • 1927 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian giant slalom (Olympic 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
  • 1942 Karen Susman, American tennis pro (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 Dub Bryant, American PGA golfer (1995 Walt Disney), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1954 Sylvester Clarke, West Indian cricketer (West Indian fast bowler & brick-thrower), born in Christ Church, Barbados
  • 1955 Stu Jackson, NBA coach (NY Knicks (1989-90), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1958 Regina Marsikova, Czech tennis player, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1959 David Iwasaki-Smith, Australian golfer, born in Warragul, Victoria
  • 1959 Jean-Louis Lamarre, Canadian golfer (Quebec PGA-1982, 85)
  • 1960 Danny Mijovic, Canadian Tour golfer (1984 Mexican), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • 1960 Mary Beth Zimmerman, American LPGA golfer (1987 Henredon Classic), 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 Davidson Matyczuk, Candian golfer (Thunder Bay-1986, 87), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • 1967 Jackie Gallagher-Smith, LPGA golfer, born in Marion, Indiana
  • 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 New York City, New York
  • 1969 Alessandro Melli, Italian footballer, born in Agrigento, Italy
  • 1970 Danan Hughes, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1970 Doug Nussmeier, NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1970 Errict Rhett, 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, NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1972 Daniel Alfredsson, 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 (& 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, Canada
  • 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 (b. 1917)
  • 2004 José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian footballer (b. 1962)
  • 2010 Dick Hoerner, American football player (b. 1922)
  • 2015 John "Hot Rod" Williams, American NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), dies of cancer at 53