On This Day in Sport for November 1

Events in Sport

  • 1884 Gaelic Athletic Association is established in a meeting at Hayes' Hotel, Thurles, County Tipperary; Clare teacher Michael Cusack is credited as founder; objective to promote Irish sport & games
  • 1897 Italian football club Juventus F.C. is founded by students in Turin as Sport-Club Juventus
  • 1913 Notre Dame upsets Army, 35-13 in the colleges' inaugural football game; quarterback Gus Dorais (14 of 17 passes, 243 yards, 2 TDs) and receiver Knute Rockne use forward pass effectively
  • 1916 Broadway theatre owner and producer Harry H. Frazee and Hugh Ward buy MLB club the Boston Red Sox for approximately $700,000 from Joseph Lannin
  • 1922 In an all-American bout, Mickey Walker upsets defending champion Jack Britton in a 15-round points decision at Madison Square Garden, NYC; wins world welterweight boxing crown
  • 1924 Boston Bruins officially join the NHL, becoming the first United States based team to enter the League; Montreal Maroons also join NHL, but only last until 1938

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1928 Australian cricket batting prodigy Dob Bradman scores 133 not out in NSW 2nd innings v Queensland in Brisbane; follows his 131 in the Blues' 1st innings

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1938 NL batting champion Ernie Lombardi of the Cincinnati Reds is named National League MVP; first catcher to win award; Boston Red Sox 1st baseman Jimmie Foxx takes AL award
  • 1938 Seabiscuit, with George Woolf aboard, beats 1937 Triple Crown winner War Admiral by 3 lengths in Pimlico track record time to win $15,000 in what is regarded as one of the greatest match races in horse racing history
  • 1946 First Basketball Association of America game; New York Knicks beat Toronto Huskies 68-66 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto
  • 1950 Celtics' forward Chuck Cooper becomes first African American to play in the NBA in Boston's 107-84 loss at Fort Wayne Pistons; future Hall of Famer Bob Cousy also debuts for Celtics

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1951 Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella wins first of his 3 National League MVP awards

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1953 Czech long distance runner Emile Zatopek sets world 10,000m record 29:01.6 & 6 mile mark 28:08.4 in Stara Boleslav, Czech Republic
  • 1953 Herb Thomas, driving his own No. 92 Hudson Hornet wraps up the NASCAR Grand National Championship with 14th-place in 100-mile finale at Atlanta's Lakewood Speedway; Thomas first repeat champion of the series
  • 1954 Lee Petty with 32 top-10 finishes from 34 races wins NASCAR Grand National Championship by 283 points from Herb Thomas; Petty fails to finish season ending Wilkes 160

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1959 Montreal Canadiens’ goal tender Jacques Plante becomes first NHL net-minder to wear a fibreglass protective face mask

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante

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1959 Future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown runs for 5 touchdowns in Cleveland Browns, 38-31 win over Baltimore Colts at Memorial Stadium

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 1964 Houston Oilers quarterback George Blanda attempts an AFL record 68 passes (37 completions) in 24-10 loss v Buffalo Bills at War Memorial Stadium
  • 1964 Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson passes for 435 yards and 6 TDs in 49-39 win over Denver Broncos at Municipal Stadium
  • 1964 Cleveland running back Jim Brown runs for 149 yards in Browns' 30-17 win at Pittsburgh to become the first NFL player to exceed 10,000 yards career rushing
  • 1965 Ernie Terrell retains WBA heavyweight boxing title; beats Canadian George Chuvalo in 15 round points decision in Toronto
  • 1966 NFL awards a franchise to New Orleans; name "Saints" alludes to November 1, All Saints Day in Catholic faith
  • 1966 LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax becomes first 3-time winner of Cy Young Award; unanimous winner for 2nd straight year; final year only 1 award given for pitchers in both major leagues
  • 1968 Detroit pitcher Denny McLain is named unanimous AL Cy Young winner after finishing MLB season, 31-6 for World Series winning Tigers
  • 1970 First NFL regular season New York Giants-Jets game; Giants win 22-10 at Shea Stadium
  • 1981 Darrell Waltrip wins his 4th straight NASCAR Cup race, the American 500 at North Carolina Motor Speedway; ties Richard Petty record 1967; 12th win of season; goes on to win Winston Cup crown
  • 1982 MLB owners vote not to renew Commissioner Bowie Kuhn's contract; AL owners vote for Kuhn, 11-3, and NL, 7-5, 2 shy of 3/4 majority required for re-election; eventually replaced by Peter Ueberroth
  • 1984 First NBA game at LA Memorial Sports Arena - LA Clippers beat NY Knicks, 107-105
  • 1986 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; winners: Brave Raj, Capote, Lady's Secret, Last Tycoon, Manila, Skywalker, Smile
  • 1987 New York City Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya wins men's race, 2:11:01; English runner Priscilla Welch women's champion, 2:30:17
  • 1987 New York Jets retire Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Maynard's jersey #13
  • 1987 Brazilian Williams driver Nelson Piquet finishes 15th in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka but clinches his 3rd World Formula 1 Drivers Championship
  • 1987 New Zealand All Blacks create a rugby union international world record score when they beat Japan, 106-4 at the National Stadium in Tokyo
  • 1989 Despite 107 from Desmond Haynes, Saleem Malik with 71 leads Pakistan to 4 wicket win v West Indies in cricket's Nehru Cup Final in Kolkata, India

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1990 Sandra Miller awarded $100 for Mike Tyson fondling her breasts

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1992 New York City Marathon: Willie Mtolo of South Africa wins men's race, 2:09:29; Australian Lisa Ondieki women's champion, 2:24:40
  • 1992 NY Jets wide receiver Al Toon becomes 10th NFL player to make a reception in 100 straight games; Jets beat Miami Dolphins, 26-24 at The Meadowlands
  • 1993 After playing 12 Tests for Australia, fast bowler Michael Whitney plays his final day in 1st class cricket for NSW in a tour match loss v New Zealand in Newcastle
  • 1994 Chicago Bulls retire basketball superstar Michael Jordan's jersey #23 in a 2-hour ceremony at the United Center
  • 1996 Philadelphia 76ers inaugurate NBA season with opening of the CoreStates Center before 20,444; largest crowd to see a basketball game in state of Pennsylvania; lose to Milwaukee Bucks, 111-103
  • 1996 Shaquille O'Neil makes his Hollywood debut as Los Angeles Lakers beat Phoenix Suns, 96-82 at the Forum, Inglewood; O'Neil scores 23 points and pulls down 14 rebounds in 35 minutes
  • 1997 North Carolina State University wide receiver Torry Holt catches 5 touchdown passes in a 48-35 loss to Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee
  • 1997 Louisiana State University running back Kevin Faulk rushes for 212 yards and a school record 5 touchdowns in a 63-28 win at Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington
  • 1998 Finnish McLaren driver Mika Häkkinen wins season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka to claim his first World F1 Drivers title; wins Championship by 14 points from Michael Schumacher
  • 1998 Steve Young and Jerry Rice hook up for their 80th career touchdown in Niners' 36-22 loss to GB Packers at Lambeau Field; eclipse previous NFL mark held by Miami Dolphins tandem Dan Marino & Mark Clayton
  • 2000 Pat Riley becomes only 2nd coach in NBA history to accumulate 1,000 regular season victories when Miami Heat open season with a 105-79 victory v Orlando Magic; Lenny Wilkens is first to achieve the mark
  • 2001 In the Wallabies’ 400th rugby union Test match in history, Australia routs Spain 92-10 (Australian record score) in Madrid; Matt Burke kicks an Australian record 10 conversions
  • 2003 Arkansas beats Kentucky 71-63 in 7 OTs at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington; ties NCAA record for longest game in college football history
  • 2003 John Gagliardi ties Eddie Robinson as college football's career victory leader with his 408th win, guiding Division III St. John's to a 15-12 victory over St.Thomas at St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 2003 University of Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald establishes a new NCAA record with a touchdown reception in his 14th straight game as Pittsburgh beats Boston College, 24-13 at Alumni Stadium
  • 2003 Arkansas beats Kentucky, 71-63 at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington; ties NCAA record for longest football game ever played, with 7 overtime periods
  • 2007 Joe Torre, the winningest manager in MLB postseason history, moves from one storied franchise (NY Yankees) to another (LA Dodgers), agreeing to a 3-year, $13 million contract
  • 2009 British Mercedes driver Jenson Button finishes 3rd in inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit to win his first World F1 Drivers title by 11 points from Sebastian Vettel
  • 2009 Tennis sisters Serena and Venus Williams clash in the season-ending WTA Championship decider at Doha, Qatar; Serena wins 6-2, 7-6
  • 2010 San Francisco beats Texas Rangers, 3-1 in Game 5 at Arlington to clinch Giants first Baseball World Series since relocating from NYC in 1958; SF shortstop Édgar Rentería MVP
  • 2013 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 1 winners: London Bridge, Outstrip, Goldencents, Chriselliam, Beholder
  • 2014 Australian A-League soccer club Western Sydney Wanderers draw 0-0 with Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh to win the AFC Champions League, 1-0 on aggregate
  • 2014 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 2 winners: Take Charge Brandi, Dayatthespa, Judy The Beauty, Bobby's Kitten, Texas Red, Main Sequence, Work All Week, Karakontie, Bayern
  • 2015 Kansas City Royals win their first Baseball World Series since 1985; rally in the 9th and then break away in 12th to beat Mets, 7-2 in Game 5 in NYC; Royals catcher Salvador Perez Series MVP
  • 2017 Houston Astros win their first Baseball World Series; beat LA Dodgers, 5-1 in Game 7 at Dodger Stadium; Astros outfielder George Springer III MVP

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1865 Monty Bowden, cricketer (England Test capt v South Africa at 23)
  • 1880 Grantland Rice, sportswriter (NY Her Trib 1914-30, Colliers 1925-37)
  • 1892 Alexander Alekhine, Russian world chess champion (1927-35, 37-46)
  • 1898 Arthur Legat, Belgian racing driver (d. 1960)
  • 1911 Sidney Wood Jr, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1931), born in Black Rock, Connecticut (d. 2009)
  • 1920 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (Pot Black), born in Lambourn, England (d. 2011)
  • 1923 Bruce Dooland, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner, 3 Tests mid-forties)
  • 1928 James Bradford, American heavyweight weightlifter (Olympic silver 1952, 56), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Leon Hart, NFLer (Heisman Trophy)
  • 1932 Al Arbour, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, born in Sudbury, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Davey Moore, American featherweight world champion boxer who died after injuries sustained in a match against Sugar Ramos, born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1963)

Person of interestGary Player

1935 Gary Player, South African golfer (9-time major title winner), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • 1936 Eddie Colman, English footballer (d. 1958)
  • 1941 Joe Louis Caldwell, basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in Texas City, Texas
  • 1947 Rolando Garbey, Cuban light middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1968), born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • 1948 Phil Myre, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1951 Craig Serjeant, cricketer (Australian batsman late seventies)
  • 1954 Ruben Guerrero, Mexican relay swimmer (Olympic-1968)
  • 1960 Fernando Valenzuela, Navajua Mexico, pitcher (LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres)
  • 1960 Said Aquita, runner (Olympic gold/bronze-1984)
  • 1961 Anne Donovan, basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 1961 Paul Jackson, cricketer (slow lefty bowler for Victoria & Queensland)
  • 1962 Sharron Davies, British Olympic swimmer and tv presenter (BBC), born in Plymouth, Devon
  • 1962 Kelly Kelland, softball 1st baseman (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • 1962 Michelle Estill, LPGA golfer (1991 PING-Cellular One), born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1962 Robert Willis, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1963 Brian Forde, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1963 Mark Hughes, Welsh footballer
  • 1964 Kosala Kuruppuarachchi, cricketer (bowls 2 Tests for Sri Lanka 86-87)
  • 1964 Richard Cooper, NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1965 Richard Stephens, NFL guard/tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1966 Bob Wells, pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Yakima, Washington
  • 1966 Danny Everett, 4x400m runner (Olympic gold 1988)
  • 1966 Paul Lewis, Australian field hockey forward (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • 1966 Ruud Cabbage, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1968 Bernard Dafney, NFL tackle (Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1968 Kent Graham, NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1969 Barron Wortham, NFL linebacker (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1969 Darryl Ashmore, NFL tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • 1969 Jill Reeve, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Hoosick Falls, New York
  • 1969 Tie Domi, Windsor, NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1970 Dawn Marple, team handball wing/back (Olympics 1996), born in Salem, Ohio
  • 1970 Sherwin Campbell, cricketer (WI opening batsman 1995)
  • 1971 Keith Whitecotton, Camrose Alberta, golfer (Alberta Jr-1989, 90)
  • 1971 Rob Waldrop, CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1971 Terry Dean, WLAF quarterback (Rhein Fire)
  • 1972 Glen Murray, NHL right wing (Pitts Penguins), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1972 Paul Dickov, Scottish footballer
  • 1973 Geoff Horsfield, English footballer
  • 1974 V. V. S. Laxman, Indian cricketer (281 vs Australia 2001), born in Hyderabad, India
  • 1975 Van Hiles, NFL safety (Chicago Bears)
  • 1979 Delgado, Angolan footballer
  • 1979 Milan Dudić, Serbian footballer
  • 1979 Coco Crisp, American baseball player
  • 1983 Josh Wicks, American soccer player
  • 1983 Jon Wilkin, English rugby league footballer
  • 1988 Ross Montague, English footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1986 MLB player Kirby Puckett (24) weds Tonya Hudson (20)

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett

Deaths in Sport

  • 1926 Wilfred Flowers, cricketer (England spinner in 8 Tests 1884-93), dies
  • 1947 Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 1917)
  • 1949 Leslie Gay, cricket wicket-keeper/goalkeeper (England in 1890's), dies
  • 1956 Lajos Asztalos, International Chess Master (1950), dies at 67
  • 1962 Ricardo Rodríguez, Mexican racing driver (b. 1942)
  • 1993 George Sheehan, cardiologist/marathoner, dies of prostate cancer at 74

Person of interestWalter Payton

1999 Walter Payton, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Chicago Bears, 9-time Pro Bowl), dies of Cholangiocarcinoma at 45

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 2012 Pascual Perez, Dominican baseball player, bludgeoned to death at 55