On This Day in Sport for February 11

Events in Sport

  • 1851 1st cricket 1st-class game in Australia, Tasmania v Victoria, Launceston
  • 1878 1st US bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms
  • 1908 Australia regain the Ashes with a 308 run cricket victory vs England
  • 1928 2nd Winter Olympic games opens in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1938 Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title
  • 1948 Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut Eng v WI, out for 140
  • 1948 Test cricket debut of Frank Worrell for the West Indies vs. England at Port-of-Spain
  • 1949 Willie Pep recaptures world featherweight boxing title
  • 1952 2nd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 108-91 at Boston

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1957 NHL Players Association forms (NYC), Red Wings' Ted Lindsay elected president

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • 1959 Vinoo Mankad ends his final Test Cricket (v WI at Delhi)
  • 1965 Braves propose to pay 5 cents from each ticket to bring a new team to Milwaukee

AgreementContract of Interest

1966 SF Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1969 Diana Crump becomes 1st US woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah
  • 1970 John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland
  • 1971 Montreal Canadien John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1973 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Naples-Lely Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1973 Philadelphia 76ers lose their 20th NBA game in a row
  • 1974 Dick Woodson is 1st of 48 to invoke baseball's new arbitration rule
  • 1974 1st baseball arbitration Twins pitcher Dick Woodson seeking $29,000 wins, Twins offered $23,000
  • 1976 John Curry wins the UK’s 1st Olympic gold medal in figure skating; the country's 1st medal for 12 years at the winter games

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1978 25th hat trick in NY Islander history, Denis Potvin's 2nd

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • 1984 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL short handed season scoring record at 11
  • 1985 Kent Hrbek signs 5-year $6 million contract with Minnesota Twins
  • 1985 Wasim Akram takes 10 wickets in his 2nd Test Cricket, NZ still wins
  • 1986 Australia beat India 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup, David Boon scores the most runs in the series (418)
  • 1987 England beat Australia 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1990 40th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 130-113 at Miami

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1990 James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10 to win heavyweight boxing crown

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1995 Danyon Loader swims world record 400m freestyle (340.46)
  • 1995 Mark Foster swims world record 50m butterfly (23.55 sec)
  • 1996 46th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 129-118 at San Antonio

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1997 Bill Parcells becomes head coach of NY Jets

NFL Coaching Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coaching Legend
Bill Parcells
  • 2001 50th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 111-110 at Washington

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1891 J W Hearne, cricket leg-spinner (all-rounder for England in 24 Tests), (d. 1965)
  • 1907 E W Swanton, author & sports commentator
  • 1909 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1959)
  • 1919 Gretchen Fraser, slalom skier (Olympic gold 1948), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1928 Gerry Alexander, cricket wicketkeeper (WI of 50s & 60s)
  • 1931 Larry Merchant, author/boxing commentator (Showtime)
  • 1934 John Surtees, British F1 driver (1964 Championship) and motorcyclist (7 world championships), born in Tatsfield (d. 2017)
  • 1937 Bill Lawry, cricketer (dour Australian lefty opener, Can talk a bit)
  • 1937 Peter Lashley, cricketer (4 Tests for West Indies 1960-66)
  • 1938 Bevan Congdon, cricketer (NZ batsman of 60s & 70s)
  • 1938 Boris Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1938 Yevgeniy Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1940 Calvin Fowler, Pitts, basketball player (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1944 Bert Greene, American PGA golfer, born in Gray, Georgia
  • 1946 Ian Porterfield, English footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1950 Clarence Ellis, NFLer, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1959 Corinne Shigemoto, US judo coach (Olympics-96)
  • 1961 Mary Docter, American 3000m speed skater (Olympics-1980, 84, 88, 92)
  • 1962 Eric Vanderaerden, Belgian cyclist
  • 1963 Todd Benzinger, US baseball player (SF Giants)
  • 1963 José Mari Bakero, Spanish footballer
  • 1965 Angie Ridgeway, Wabash IN, LPGA golfer (1992 Sara Lee-8th)
  • 1965 Vicki Wilson, Australian netballer
  • 1966 Alexander Semak, Ufa Russia, NHL center (NY Islanders)
  • 1966 Anthony Parker, NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams, TB Bucs)
  • 1966 Patrick Kuhnen, West Germany, tennis star
  • 1967 Barbara Byrne, Princeton NJ, rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1967 Chris Reohr, Ridley Park Pa, fencer (Olympics-96)
  • 1967 Derek King, Hamilton, NHL left wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1967 John Patterson, US baseball infielder (SF Giants)
  • 1967 Uwe Daßler, German swimmer
  • 1969 Bryan Eversgerd, US baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1969 Joe Valerio, NFL outside corner/tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • 1969 Kevin King, US baseball pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1969 Mark Atkinson, cricket wicket-keeper (Tasmanian batsman)
  • 1970 Alistair Brown, cricketer (Surrey & England ODI opening batsman 1996)
  • 1970 Jason Allyn Scott, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1971 John Bock, NFL center (NY Jets, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1971 Linda Wild, tennis star (1993 Melbourne Open), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1972 Dennis Iliohan, Dutch soccer player (FC Lisse, ADO Den Haag)
  • 1972 Steve Mcmanaman, English footballer
  • 1972 Kelly Slater, American surfer
  • 1973 Tom Tumulty, linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1974 Brian Newman, guard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1974 Ronnie Ward, linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1974 Wally Richardson, quarterback (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1974 Jaroslav Špaček, NHL defenseman (Team Czech Oly-Gold-1998), born in Rokycany, Czechoslovakia
  • 1975 Chuck Watanabe, kayak (alt-Olympics-96)
  • 1975 Jacque Vaughn, NBA guard (Utah Jazz)
  • 1975 Andy Lally, American race car driver
  • 1976 Tony Battie, NBA forward (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1977 Jessica Carlson, Kalamazoo Mich, archer (alt-Olympics-1996)
  • 1977 Stephanie Richardson, 200m/800m swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1980 Titi Buengo, Angolan footballer
  • 1980 Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish Gaelic footballer (d. 2004)
  • 1980 Marco Bresciano, Australian soccer player
  • 1981 Scot Thompson, American soccer player
  • 1983 Rafael Van der Vaart, Dutch footballer
  • 1985 Mike Richards, Canadian ice hockey player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1989 MLB pitcher Dave Righetti (30) weds Kandice Owen

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti

HeartWedding of Interest

1995 Tennis star Yannick Noah (34) weds Victoria's Secret model Heather Stewart-Whyte (25) in France

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Yannick Noah
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Yannick Noah

Deaths in Sport

  • 1959 Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • 1993 Oksana Kostina, Russian gymnist, dies in an auto accident
  • 1994 Antonio Martin, Spanish cyclist, dies in cycling accident at 23
  • 1996 Cyril Poole, cricket (Notts 1946-62, England 1951-52 in 3 Tests), dies
  • 2002 Frank Crosetti, baseball player (b. 1910)
  • 2004 Shirley Strickland, Australian athlete (b. 1925)
  • 2006 Jackie Pallo, wrestler (b. 1926)
  • 2011 Tom Carnegie, American sports announcer (b. 1919)
  • 2011 Chuck Tanner, American Baseball player (b. 1928)