On This Day

On This Day in Sport for November 11

Events in Sport

  • 1889 British Open Men's Golf, Musselburgh Links: Willie Park Jr wins his second Open title; beats Andrew Kirkaldy by 5 in 36-hole playoff

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1926 Future Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman Eddie Collins is released as Chicago White Sox player/manager; replaced by another future HOF'er catcher Ray Schalk

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins

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1943 New York Yankees pitcher Spud Chandler wins AL MVP; St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stan Musial wins NL MVP

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1944 New York Rangers beat Detroit Red Wings, 5-2 to end NHL record 25 game winless streak (0-21-4)
  • 1946 New York Knicks play their first Basketball Association of American (BAA) home game at Madison Square Garden; lose, 78-68 to Chicago Stags in overtime
  • 1960 Record New York Knicks' crowd for the third Madison Square Garden venue on 49th Street, NYC; 18,499 see Knicks beat Syracuse Nationals, 112-108
  • 1972 Rugby League World Cup, Stade de Gerland, Lyon, France: Australia and Great Britain draw 10-10; Great Britain awarded the Trophy

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1980 NY Islanders' future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Mike Bossy scores 4 goals in a 6-6 tie against visiting Minnesota North Stars

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

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1981 LA Dodgers starter Fernando Valenzuela becomes first MLB rookie to win a Cy Young Award; Milwaukee Brewers' Rollie Fingers takes AL Award

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Fernando Valenzuela
  • 1982 Joe Altobelli succeeds retiring Earl Weaver as Baltimore Orioles manager
  • 1983 Australian cricket wicketkeeper/batsman Wayne Phillips scores 159 on Test debut vs Pakistan at WACA, Perth

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1987 Boston Red Sox starter Roger Clemens wins back-to-back AL Cy Young Awards; Philadelphia Phillies starter Steve Bedrosian takes NL Award

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 1987 Football striker Mark Hughes plays for Wales and Bayern Munich in 2 countries on same day; appears for Wales in 2-0 European Championship loss to Czechoslovakia in Prague, then jets to Munich for 3-2 Cup win over Borussia
  • 1996 Atlanta Braves starting pitcher John Smoltz wins NL Cy Young Award; Pat Hentgen of the Toronto Blue Jays claims AL Award
  • 1997 Canadian based players win Cy Young Awards for best MLB pitcher; Toronto Blue Jays' Roger Clemens wins his 4th AL Award; Pedro Martinez of Montreal Expos takes NL Award
  • 1997 WNBA announces franchises in Detroit (Shock) and Washington D.C. (Mystics) would join the League as expansion teams for the 1998 season
  • 1997 NHL’s new Columbus franchise (scheduled to begin play in 2000) announce team’s name would be “Blue Jackets” after soldiers in the Union army during the American Civil War
  • 2000 155 skiers and snowboarders die when a funicular railway catches fire in an alpine tunnel near Kaprun, Austria
  • 2000 12th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College, 28-16 in South Bend

Sport awardFederation Cup

2001 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Madrid, Spain: Kim Clijsters beats Elena Dementieva 6-0, 6-4 to clinch Belgium's first title with unassailable 2-0 lead (ends, 2-1)

Tennis Player Kim Clijsters
Tennis Player
Kim Clijsters

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2002 Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters beats American Serena Williams 7–5, 6–3 to win the season-ending WTA Tour Championship at the Staples Center, Los Angeles

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Kim Clijsters
Tennis Player
Kim Clijsters

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2007 Justine Henin of Belgium beats Russian Maria Sharapova 5–7, 7–5, 6–3 to win $1m winners cheque and her 2nd straight season-ending WTA Tour Championship in Madrid, Spain

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova

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2013 Novak Đoković claims back-to-back ATP World Tour Finals tennis titles with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the final in London, England

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 2014 Samsung Lions beat Nexen Heroes, 11-1 in Game 6 at Jamsil Baseball Stadium, Seoul to win the Korean Series
  • 2018 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Prague, Czech Republic: in a final denuded of both countries' top players Kateřina Siniaková beats American Sofia Kenin 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 to clinch a 3-0 win for the home side
  • 2020 Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians (AL) and Cincinnati Reds starter Trevor Bauer (NL) take Cy Young Award for best pitchers in MLB

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1891 Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (Boston Braves), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1954)
  • 1899 Pie Traynor, American baseball hall of fame 3rd baseman (Pirates), born in Framingham, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
  • 1910 Franz Kemser, German 4 man bobsled (Olympic gold 1952), born in Partenkirchen, Bayern, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 1921 Ron Greenwood CBE, English soccer defender (Brentford) and manager (West Ham Utd 1961-74; FA Cup 1964, European Cup Winners' Cup 1965; England 1977-82), born in Worsthorne, England (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Rusi Modi, Indian cricketer (strong Indian batsman in post-War years), born in Bombay, India (d. 1996)
  • 1926 Harry Lumley, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Owen Sound, Ontario (d. 1998)
  • 1926 Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing car driver (first woman to complete in Formula One), born in Naples (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Trevor Meale, New Zealand cricketer (batted in 2 Tests NZ v England 1958), born in Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2010)
  • 1934 Elzbieta Krzesinska, Polish long jumper (Olympic gold 1956), born in Warsaw (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Paula Myers-Pope, American platform diver, 2 silver, 1 bronze (Olympics 1952-60), born in Lackawanna, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1937 Warner Wolf, sportscaster (WABC-TV, WCBS-TV), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1938 Josef Odložil, Czech Athlete (1500m Olympic silver 1964), born in Otrokovice, Czech-Slovak Republic (d. 1993)
  • 1938 Haruhiro Yamashita, Japanese gymnast (2 golds 1964 Olympics), born in Uwajima, Japan
  • 1939 Claudia Boyarskikh, Soviet cross country skier (5 Olympic gold 1964, 1968), born in Verkhnyaya Pyshma, Russia (d. 2009)
  • 1940 Barbara Boxer, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-92/Sen-D-CA, 1993-2017), born in New York City
  • 1942 Roy Fredericks, West Indian cricketer (brilliant WI lefty opener 169 v Aust 1975), born in East Bank, Guyana (d. 2000)
  • 1943 Jan Adamski, Polish International Chess Master (1976)
  • 1945 Niaz Ahmed, Pakistani cricketer (1st & last East Pakistani to play Test cricket), born in Varanasi, British India (d. 2000)
  • 1945 Bryan 'Pop' Robson, English soccer forward (Newcastle, West Ham), born in Sunderland, County Durham
  • 1949 Kathy Postlewait, American golfer (4-time LPGA Tour winner), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1950 Otis Armstrong, NFL running back (Denver Broncos), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950 Rex Samuel Sellers, Tornado class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1950 Ed Ordynski, Australian rally driver
  • 1951 Fuzzy Zoeller, American golfer (US Masters 1981, US Open 1984), born in New Albany, Indiana
  • 1954 Gail Marquis, American basketball WBL forward (NY Stars, Olympic silver 1976)
  • 1961 Matt Ghaffari, Iranian-American greco-roman wrestler (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1964 Roberto Hernandez, Puerto Rican pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Santurce Puerto Rico
  • 1965 Ruthie Matthes, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Sun Valley Idaho
  • 1966 Gina Pillitiere, American WPVA volleyballer (National-25th-1994), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1967 Bill Musgrave, American NFL quarterback and coach (Denver Broncos), born in Grand Junction, Colorado
  • 1967 Gil de Ferran, Brazilian race car driver, born in Paris, France
  • 1968 John Jett, American NFL punter (Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1968 Lin Elliott, American NFL kicker (KC Chiefs), born in Euless, Texas
  • 1969 Damion Easley, American infielder (California Angels), born in NYC, New York
  • 1969 Dave Moore, NFL tight end/fullback (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1969 Jeff Sydner, NFL wide receiver/punt returner (NY Jets), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1969 Michael Owens, cricket pace bowler (NZ Test), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1971 Melvin Tuten, American NFL tackle and coach (Cin Bengals), born in Washington, D. C.
  • 1971 Ryan Hancock, American baseball pitcher (California Angels), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1971 Paul Chaloner, English TV esports commentator
  • 1972 Jack Jackson, NFL/CFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, Toronto Argonauts), born in Moss Point, Mississippi
  • 1972 Steve Konowalchuk, American NHL center (Washington Capitals), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1973 Jason Bowen, Canadian NHL defenceman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Port Alice, British Columbia
  • 1973 Terrance Shaw, American NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers), born in Marshall, Texas
  • 1974 Phillip Ward, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Gardena, California
  • 1976 Jason Grilli, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1977 Maniche, Portuguese footballer (Porto), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1977 Ben Hollioake, Australian born English cricketer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2002)
  • 1978 Lou Vincent, New Zealand cricketer, born in Warkworth, New Zealand
  • 1980 Willie Parker, American football player (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Clinton, North Carolina
  • 1983 Philipp Lahm, German footballer (Bayern Munich,), born in Munich, West Germany
  • 1983 Matt Garza, American baseball player ( Tampa Bay Rays), born in Selma, California
  • 1985 Robin Uthappa, Indian cricket player 'The Walking Assassin' , born in Kodagu, India
  • 1985 Luton Shelton, Jamaican soccer striker (75 caps; Vålerenga, Karabükspor, Sheffield United), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2021)
  • 1986 François Trinh-Duc, French rugby player, born in Montpellier, France
  • 1986 Victor Cruz, American football wide receiver (New York Giants), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1989 Adam Rippon, America ice skater (2018 Winter Olympics), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1990 Tom Dumoulin, Dutch road cyclist, born in Maastricht, Netherlands

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1957 Country singer June Carter Cash (28) weds former football player Edwin Nix

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • 2005 Millionaire Nasir Khan weds "Footballers' Wives" actress Laila Rouass (34) in London
  • 2006 Dutch Formula One racer Christijan Albers (27) weds Liselore Kooijman at The Grand in Amsterdam
  • 2011 TV personality Kim Zolciak (33) weds Atlanta Falcons football player Kroy Biermann (26) in Roswell, Georgia

Deaths in Sport

  • 1930 William Whysall, British cricketer (4 Tests for England 1924-30), dies at 43
  • 1976 Eric Davies, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 7 wickets; East Province, Transvaal), dies at 67
  • 1978 Bennie Borgmann, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward and coach (Kingston Colonials, Original Celtics; coach Syracuse Nationals), dies at 77
  • 1990 Attilio Demaría, Argentinian footballer (b. 1909)
  • 1994 Frank McGuire, American basketball coach (won 550 games in 30 college seasons), dies at 80
  • 1997 Rodney Milburn, American athlete (Gold 1972 Olympics), dies in an accident at 49
  • 1998 Frank Brimsek, American ice hockey player (b. 1913)
  • 2007 Dick Nolan, American NFL football coach (San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints), dies at 75
  • 2008 Herb Score, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1955, 56; Cleveland Indians) and announcer (Cleveland Indians 1964-97), dies at 75
  • 2019 Zeke Bratkowski, American NFL quarterback and coach (Green Bay Packers), dies from a heart attack at 88
  • 2020 Carlos Campos, Chilean soccer striker (39 caps; Universidad de Chile 259 games), dies from respiratory failure at 83