On This Day

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 II Winter Olympic Games open in St Moritz, Switzerland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938 Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

Professional Wrestler Lou Thesz
Professional Wrestler
Lou Thesz
  • 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
  • 1950 Englishman Jack Holden wins Empire Games marathon in Auckland, New Zealand in 2:32:57; runs last 9 miles barefoot after his shoes fell apart during the race
  • 1952 2nd NBA All-Star Game, Boston Garden: East beats West, 108-91; MVP: Paul Arizin, Philadelphia Warriors, F

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

  • 1971 Montreal Canadien John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal
  • 1973 1st sub 17-min 1,500m female free style swim (Shane Gould 16m56.9s)
  • 1973 Philadelphia 76ers lose their 20th NBA game in a row
  • 1974 Minnesota Twins pitcher Dick Woodson is first of 48 to invoke Major League Baseball's new arbitration rule
  • 1974 First Major League Baseball arbitration case; Minnesota Twins pitcher Dick Woodson seeking $29,000 wins; Twins offered $23,000
  • 1976 John Curry wins Britain's first Olympic gold medal in figure skating at Innsbruck Winter Games; finishes men's singles ahead of Soviet skater Vladimir Kovalyov and Canadian Toller Cranston

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL short handed season scoring record at 11

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 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

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1990 40th NBA All-Star Game, Miami Arena, Miami, FL: East beats West, 130-113; MVP: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers, F

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1990 In a huge upset, James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10th round in Tokyo, Japan to win the world heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1990 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
  • 1995 Danyon Loader swims world record 400m freestyle (340.46)
  • 1995 Mark Foster swims world record 50m butterfly (23.55 sec)
  • 1995 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1996 46th NBA All-Star Game, Alamodome, San Antonio, TX: East beats West, 129-118; MVP: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls, F

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Bill Parcells becomes head coach of NY Jets

NFL Coach Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coach Legend
Bill Parcells
  • 2001 50th NBA All-Star Game, MCI Centre, Washington, D.C.: East beats West, 111-110; MVP: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers, G
  • 2014 Slopestyle freestyle skiing event makes Olympic debut at Sochi Winter Games; Canadian Dara Howell is inaugural women's gold medallist
  • 2018 Dutchman Sven Kramer becomes only male speed skater to win same Olympic event 3 times, claiming gold in the 5,000m at Pyongchang; first man to win total 8 Olympic medals in the sport
  • 2018 Norway sweeps the medals in the Olympic 30k cross country skiathlon at Pyeongchang; Simen Hegstad Krüger wins gold ahead of teammates Martin Johnsrud Sundby & Hans Christer Holund

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1891 J. W. Hearne, English cricket leg-spinner (all-rounder for England in 24 Tests), born in Hillingdon, England (d. 1965)
  • 1907 E W Swanton, author & sports commentator
  • 1909 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1959)
  • 1911 Helen Hicks, American golfer (Western Open 1937, Titleholders Championship 1940), born in Cedarhurst, NY (d. 1974)
  • 1919 Gretchen Fraser, slalom skier (Olympic gold 1948), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1924 Budge Patty, American tennis player (French C'ship, Wimbledon 1950), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • 1928 Gerry Alexander, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (25 Tests, top score 108, 90 dismissals), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Alevtina Koltschina, USSR, cross coutry relay skier (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1931 Larry Merchant, American boxing author and analyst (International Boxing Hall of Fame; HBO, Showtime), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1933 Mildred Sampson, New Zealand distance runner (world marathon record 3:19:33 1964), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1934 John Surtees CBE, British auto racer (World F1 C'ship 1964) and motorcycle racer (World C'ships: 350 cc – 1958, 59, 60; 500 cc – 1956, 58, 59, 60), born in Tatsfield, England (d. 2017)
  • 1937 Bill Lawry AM, Australian cricket batsman and captain (67 Tests, 5,234 runs @ 47.15, 13 x 100s) and broadcaster (9 Network), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1937 Peter Lashley, cricketer (4 Tests for West Indies 1960-66)
  • 1937 Eddie Shack, Canadian ice hockey left wing (NHL All Star 1962, 63, 64; Stanley Cup 1962, 63, 64, 67; Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Sudbury, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Bevan Congdon OBE, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and captain (61 Tests; 3448 runs @ 32.22, 7 x 100; 59 wickets), born in Motueka, New Zealand (d. 2018)
  • 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 golfer (PGA C'ship 1969 3rd), born in Gray, Georgia
  • 1946 Ian Porterfield, English footballer, born in Dunfermline, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • 1950 Clarence Ellis, American football safety, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1961 Mary Docter, American 3000m speed skater (Olympics 1980, 84, 88, 92), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1962 Eric Vanderaerden, Belgian cyclist, born in Herk-de-Stad, Belgium
  • 1963 Todd Benzinger, American baseball player (SF Giants), born in Dayton, Kentucky
  • 1963 José Mari Bakero, Spanish footballer, born in Goizueta, Spain
  • 1965 Vicki Wilson, Australian netballer, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1966 Alexander Semak, Russian NHL center (NY Islanders), born in Ufa, Russia
  • 1966 Anthony Parker, American NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Sylacauga, Alabama
  • 1966 Patrick Kuhnen, German tennis player, born in Püttlingen, Germany
  • 1967 Barbara Byrne, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1967 Chris Reohr, American fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Derek King, Canadian NHL left wing (NY Islanders), born in Hamilton, Canada
  • 1967 John Patterson, American baseball infielder (SF Giants), born in Orange, Texas
  • 1967 Uwe Daßler, German swimmer, born in Ebersbach, Görlitz
  • 1969 Bryan Eversgerd, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Centralia, Illinois
  • 1969 Joe Valerio, American NFL outside corner/tackle (KC Chiefs), born in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Kevin King, American baseball pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Atwater, California
  • 1969 Mark Atkinson, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (Tasmanian batsman), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1970 Alistair Brown, English cricketer (Surrey & England ODI opening batsman 1996), born in Beckenham, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Jason Allyn Scott, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1971 John Bock, Americn NFL center (NY Jets, Miami Dolphins), born in Crystal Lake, Illinois
  • 1971 Linda Wild, American tennis star (1993 Melbourne Open), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1972 Dennis Iliohan, Dutch soccer player (FC Lisse, ADO Den Haag), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1972 Steve McManaman, English footballer, born in Kirkdale, Liverpool
  • 1972 Kelly Slater, American surfer, born in Cocoa Beach, Florida
  • 1973 Tom Tumulty, American linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania
  • 1974 Brian Newman, American football guard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1974 Ronnie Ward, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1974 Wally Richardson, American NFL quarterback (Baltimore Ravens), born in Orangeburg, United States
  • 1974 Jaroslav Špaček, Czech NHL defenseman (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Rokycany, Czechoslovakia
  • 1975 Jacque Vaughn, American basketball guard (Utah Jazz) and coach (Orlando Magic), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Andrew "Andy" Lally, American sports car & stock car racing driver, born in Northport, New York
  • 1976 Tony Battie, American NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1977 Stephanie Richardson, Canadian 200m/800m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1980 Titi Buengo, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • 1980 Marco Bresciano, Australian soccer player, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1981 Scot Thompson, American soccer player, born in NYC, New York
  • 1982 Neil Robertson, Australian snooker player (2010 world champion), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1983 Rafael Van der Vaart, Dutch footballer, born in Keemskerk, Netherlands
  • 1985 Mike Richards, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Kenora, Canada
  • 1996 Daniil Medvedev, Russian tennis player (US Open 2019 runner-up; Australian Open 2021 runner-up), born in Moscow, Russia

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1989 MLB pitcher Dave Righetti (30) weds Kandice Owen

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

LoveWedding 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

  • 1940 Gunnar Höckert, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 5,000m 1936), dies of war wounds at 29
  • 1959 Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • 1993 Oksana Kostina, Russian gymnast, dies in an auto accident
  • 1994 Neil Bonnett, American race car driver, dies at 47
  • 1994 Antonio Martin, Spanish cyclist, dies in cycling accident at 23
  • 1996 Cyril Poole, English cricketer (Notts 1946-62, England 1951-52 in 3 Tests), dies at 74
  • 2002 Frankie Crosetti, American baseball shortstop and 3rd base coach (record 17 World Series titles as player & coach; NY Yankees), dies from complications of a fall at 91
  • 2011 Tom Carnegie, American sports announcer (b. 1919)
  • 2011 Chuck Tanner, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 82
  • 2020 Katsuya Nomura, Japanese baseball catcher and manager (first NPB batter to win Triple Crown 1965; Nankai Hawks), dies of heart failure at 84
  • 2021 Phil Horrocks-Taylor, English rugby union fly half (9 caps England, 1 British & Irish Lions; Leicester Tigers), dies at 86