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
  • 1928 NL President John Heydler proposes designated hitter for pitchers
  • 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: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 30-7
  • 1938 New York Giants win NFL championship
  • 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

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

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, SF, 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

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 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 72nd Men's Australian Open: Mats Wilander 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 announced an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1880 Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer (d. 1951)
  • 1909 John Wyer, English sports car racing team manager (d. 1989)
  • 1927 Stein Eriksen, giant slalom (Olympic gold 1952), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2015)
  • 1929 S P "Fergie" Gupte, cricketer (brilliant Indian leg-spinner)
  • 1934 Salim Durani, cricketer (successful Indian batsman of 60's)
  • 1942 Karen Susman, tennis pro (Wimbledon 1962)
  • 1946 Rick McCosker, cricketer (fine Australian opener 1975-80)
  • 1951 Robert Cochran, Claremont Vt, skier (Olympics-1972)
  • 1954 Bradley Dub Bryant, Amarillo TX, PGA golfer (1995 Walt Disney)
  • 1954 Sylvester Clarke, cricketer (West Indian fast bowler & brick-thrower)
  • 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, Warragul VIC, Australian golfer
  • 1959 Jean-Louis Lamarre, La Prairie Que, golfer (Quebec PGA-1982, 85)
  • 1960 Danny Mijovic, Canadian Tour golfer (1984 Mexican), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • 1960 Mary Beth Zimmerman, Mt Vernon IL, LPGA golfer (1987 Henredon Classic)
  • 1961 Mike Henneman, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Saint Charles, Missouri
  • 1962 Ejo Elburg, Dutch soccer player (Pax, NEC)
  • 1962 Kim Linehan, swimmer (1979 1500m World record)
  • 1963 Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, German FR, tennis star
  • 1963 John Lammers, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • 1963 Mark Greatbatch, cricketer (big-hitting NZ opener)
  • 1964 Dave Gagner, Chatham, NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1964 Thomas Howard, outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • 1965 Jay Bell, Eglin AFB FL, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1967 Davidson Matyczuk, Thunder Bay Ont, golfer (Thunder Bay-1986, 87)
  • 1967 Jackie Gallagher-Smith, LPGA golfer
  • 1967 Katy Steding, Lake Oswego Oregon, basketball forward (Oly-gold-96)
  • 1967 Richard Stemp, cricketer (Yorkshire & England A left-arm spinner)
  • 1968 Derek Bell, American baseball outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1968 Mark Dailey, Parma Ohio, 1.5k runner
  • 1969 Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Norwegian footballer
  • 1969 Sean Grande, American sportscaster
  • 1969 Alessandro Melli, Italian footballer
  • 1970 Danan Hughes, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • 1970 Doug Nussmeier, NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1970 Errict Rhett, NFL running back (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1971 Cedric Ihalauw, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1971 Willie McGinest, NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • 1972 Daniel Alfredsson, Grums Swe, NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators)
  • 1972 Francisco Rodriguez, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1972 Robert Robinson, CFL defensive linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1973 Erin Moorad, pairs skater (& Richard Gillam), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1973 Luke Casserly, Australian soccer defender (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Ralph Intranuovo, East York, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 1974 Kevin Devine, cornerback/kick returner (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1975 Gerben de Knegt, Dutch cyclist
  • 1976 Shareef AbdurRahim, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1977 Mark Streit, Swiss ice hockey player
  • 1981 Javier Saviola, Argentine footballer
  • 1982 Pablo Pérez Companc, Argentine racing driver
  • 1984 Leighton Baines, English footballer
  • 1988 Tim Southee, New Zealand cricketer

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 (b. 1900)
  • 1972 John Mills, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ in early 1930's, 241 runs), dies
  • 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