On This Day

On This Day in Sport for November 12

Events in Sport

  • 1885 Montreal & Britannia Football Clubs (QRFU) defeat Ontario Combined Team (ORFU) 3-0 in CRFU Championship game
  • 1892 Pudge Heffelfinger receives $500 to become first professional football player in the Allegheny Athletic Association's 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Athletic Club
  • 1904 9th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 29-5 in Birmingham

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1920 Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis elected 1st baseball commissioner

1st MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis
1st MLB Commissioner
Kenesaw Mountain Landis
  • 1931 Maple Leaf Gardens opens in Toronto - Chic Blackhawks beat Leafs, 2-1
  • 1933 1st game at NFL Pitts Pirate's Forbes Field, lose to Bkln Dodgers 32-0
  • 1950 Gene Roberts sets NFL NY Giant rushing record (218 yds) vs Chic Cards
  • 1952 Philadelphia A's pitcher Bobby Shantz wins AL MVP
  • 1952 White Sox place Jim Rivera on 1 year probation after cleared of rape
  • 1953 US district Judge Grim, rules NFL can black out TV home games

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1955 Eddie Arcaro, Earl Sande and George Woolf inaugural inductees in (Horse) Racing Hall of Fame

Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Eddie Arcaro
Racing Hall of Fame Jockey
Eddie Arcaro
  • 1958 Bob Turley of Yankees wins Cy Young Award
  • 1959 White Sox 2B Nellie Fox wins AL's MVP
  • 1966 Dodgers complete an 18-game tour of Japan with a 9-8-1 record

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Minnesota's Harmon Killebrew is voted AL MVP

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew
  • 1970 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st NBA victory (11th game), beating Portland 105-103

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 NY Mets Tom Seaver wins his 3rd Cy Young Award

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • 1975 25th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
  • 1975 7h Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats England 25-0
  • 1979 Tony Franklin of Philadelphia Eagles kicks 59-yard field goal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Oakland A's)

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 1982 Zaheer Abbas gets his 100th 100 in Test Cricket for Pakistan v India, goes to 215
  • 1982 Aaron Pryor scores a 14th round KO of Alexis Argüello in Miami to retain his WBA super lightweight boxing title in the first of 2 meetings between the Hall of Famers; The Ring’s 'Fight of the Decade'
  • 1983 NJ Devils 1st overtime game, lose to Calgary Flames 4-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Richard Hadlee takes 15-123 for cricket match New Zealand v Australia at Brisbane

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Richard Hadlee

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Roger Clemens wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 1988 Japan beats MLB All-Star team 5-4 in Tokyo (Game 6 of 7)
  • 1990 "The Body Bag Game" - after Eagles coach Buddy Ryan threatens beating Redskins so badly "they'll have to be carted off in body bags" the Eagles defense score 3 touchdowns winning 28–14, knocking 8 Redskins out of the game
  • 1991 Atlanta Brave Tom Glavine wins NL Cy Young Award
  • 1992 NY Yankee pitcher Steve Howe is reinstated for 8th time
  • 1995 25th NYC Women's Marathon won by Tegla Loroupe in 2:28:06
  • 1995 26th NYC Marathon won by German Silva in 2:10:00

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Last day of Test cricket for New Zealand batsman Martin Crowe

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Martin Crowe
  • 1995 Marino breaks Tarkenton's NFL all-time passing yardage mark of 47,003

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 German Benetton driver Michael Schumacher crashes in the season-ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide but claims second straight F1 World Drivers Championship by 33 points from Damon Hill

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • 1995 45th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jeff Gordon wins
  • 1998 NY Islanders tie Detroit Red Wings 1-1, to end 10 game losing streak
  • 2006 Belgian tennis star Justine Hénin-Hardenne wins WTA Tour Championship title decider in Madrid, Spain; beats defending champion Amélie Mauresmo 6-4, 6-3

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2012 Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
Ice Hockey Great Pavel Bure
Ice Hockey Great
Pavel Bure

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 Novak Đoković of Serbia wins his second season-ending ATP World Tour Finals tennis title beating 6-time champion Roger Federer 7-6, 7-5 in the final in London. England

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2017 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Minsk, Belarus: American pair Shelby Rogers & Coco Vandeweghe beats Aryna Sabalenka & Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-3, 7-6 to wrap up 3-2 win and record extending 18th title for the US
  • 2019 Former Houston Astros MLB pitcher Mike Fiers reveals team secretly “stole signs” via camera from visiting teams 2015-17; comms between opposing pitchers & catchers intercepted and relayed to Astros batters

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1850 Mikhail Chigorin, Russian chess player (d. 1908)
  • 1890 Lily Kronberger, Hungarian figure skater (d. 1974)
  • 1898 Leon Štukelj, Slovene gymnast (d. 1999)
  • 1910 A "Dudley" Nourse, cricketer (son of Dave, brilliant South African batsman)
  • 1912 Alphonse [Tuffy] Leemans, NFL fullback (NY Giants)
  • 1914 Roberto Cavanagh, Argentina, polo (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1914 Sylvi Saimo, Finland, 500m kayaker (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1916 Paul Emery, British racing driver (d. 1993)
  • 1927 Jack Butler, NFL hall of famer (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Peter Post, Dutch cyclist (8x European Champion at Derny-drive)
  • 1936 Ruth Jessen, American golfer (11 LPGA Tour wins, 3-time major runner-up), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Mills Lane, American judge and boxing referee
  • 1943 Bjorn Waldegard, Swedish rally driver, born in Ro, Sweden (d. 2014)

Person of interestAl Michaels

1944 Al Michaels, American sportscaster (Miracle on Ice, American Football), born in Brooklyn, New York

Television Sportscaster Al Michaels
Television Sportscaster
Al Michaels
  • 1947 Ron Bryant, American baseball player
  • 1954 Bharat Reddy, cricket wicket-keeper (India 1979)
  • 1954 Paul McNamee, Australia, tennis star
  • 1957 Gail Castro, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-1991, Olympics 1996), born in Glendale, California
  • 1961 Greg Gagne, Fall River MA, infielder (LA Dodgers)
  • 1961 Nadia Comăneci, Romanian gymnast (5 x Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Onești, Romania
  • 1961 Enzo Francescoli, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1962 Jeff Reed, Joliet IL, catcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1962 Wim Kieft, Dutch soccer star (Ajax/Gir de Bordeaux/PSV)
  • 1964 Erik Howard, NFL defensive tackle/end (NY Jets)
  • 1964 Gerald Perry, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1964 Jakob Hlasek, Swiss tennis player (French Open doubles 1992, Hopman Cup 1992), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1965 Mike Keim, NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks)

Person of interestMichael Moorer

1967 Michael Moorer, American boxing heavyweight champ (defeated Holyfield-1994), born in Brooklyn, New York

World Boxing Champion Michael Moorer
World Boxing Champion
Michael Moorer
  • 1968 Irina Privalova, Russian runner (indoor world record 50/60m)

Person of interestSammy Sosa

1968 Sammy Sosa, Dominican baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • 1969 Iain Sydie, American badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in North York, Ontario
  • 1969 Trevor Shaw, CFL slot back (BC Lions), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • 1969 Jason Cundy, English footballer and broadcaster, born in London, United Kingdom

Person of interestTonya Harding

1970 Tonya Harding, American figure skater (Olympic 8th-1994/US Champ 1994), born in Portland, Oregon

Figure Skater Tonya Harding
Figure Skater
Tonya Harding
  • 1971 Heidi Burge, WNBA forward (LA Sparks), born in Harbor City, California
  • 1971 Shakeel Ahmed, Pakistani cricket wicket-keeper (v West Indies 1993), born in Daska, Pakistan
  • 1972 Vassilis Tsiartas, Greek footballer, born in Alexandria, Greece
  • 1973 Colin Morgan, Canadian 78 kg judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973 Keith Morgan, Canadian 95 kg judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973 Zahir Shah, Afghan cricketer (attention-grabbing Rawalpindi leg-spinner), born in Kunar Province, Afghanistan
  • 1975 Jason Lezak, American swimmer, born in Irvine, California
  • 1976 Scott Mark Cameron, NZ 4x200m relay swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1976 Mirosław Szymkowiak, Polish footballer, born in Poznań, Poland
  • 1977 Benni McCarthy, South African footballer, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1977 James Borrego, American basketball head coach (Charlotte Hornets 2018-19), bon in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1978 Lena Yada, American actress, model, surfer and WWE Diva, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1979 Lucas Glover, American golfer (US Open 2009), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1979 Corey Maggette, American professional basketball player, born in Melrose Park, Illinois
  • 1981 DJ Campbell, English football player, born in Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Mikele Leigertwood, English footballer, born in London Borough of Enfield, United Kingdom
  • 1983 Carlton Cole, English football player, born in Croydon, United Kingdom
  • 1984 Sepp De Roover, Belgian footballer, born in Geel, Belgium
  • 1984 Conrad Rautenbach, Zimbabwean rally driver, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1987 Jason Day, Australian golfer (PGA Championship 2015, World Number #1 2015-16, 51 weeks), born in Beaudesert, Australia
  • 1988 Russell Westbrook, American basketball guard (NBA MVP 2017; NBA All-Star Game MVP 2015, 16; OKC Thunder, Houston Rockets), born in Long Beach, California

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1973 MLB baseball player Hank Aaron (39) weds Billye Aaron

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Deaths in Sport

  • 1942 'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien, American boxer (World light heavyweight champion 1905), dies at 64
  • 1955 Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer (b. 1878)
  • 1960 John Trim, cricketer (occasional WI quick 1948-52, 18 wkts), dies
  • 1991 Howard Brunner, dies of AIDS at 51
  • 1993 Bill Dickey, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; 14 × World Series; NY Yankees) and manager (NY Yankees), dies at 86
  • 1994 Wilma Rudolph, American athlete (3 Olympic gold 100/200/4x100m 1960), dies of brain cancer at 54
  • 1996 Don Kenyon, cricketer, dies at 72
  • 1999 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr., English thoroughbred horse owner (Bed O' Roses, Native Dancer), dies at 87
  • 2001 Tony Miles, English chess grandmaster, dies at 46
  • 2007 Khanmohammed Ibrahim, Indian cricketer (b. 1919)
  • 2011 Peter Roebuck, English cricketer and journalist, dies at 55
  • 2015 Márton Fülöp, Hungarian footballer and goalkeeper, dies of cancer at 32
  • 2016 Dawn Coe-Jones, Canadian golfer (3 LPGA wins), dies of cancer at 56
  • 2020 Albert Quixall, English soccer inside-forward (5 caps; Sheffield Wednesday, Manchester United), dies at 87
  • 2020 Krasnodar Rora, Croatian soccer midfielder (5 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb, Standard Liège) and manager (Šibenik), dies at 75