On This Day in Sport for November 12

Events in Sport

  • 1892 Pudge Heffelfinger receives $500, becomes 1st pro football player
  • 1904 9th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 29-5 in Birmingham
  • 1920 Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis elected 1st baseball commissioner
  • 1931 Maple Leaf Gardens opens in Toronto - Chic Blackhawks beat Leafs, 2-1
  • 1932 10th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Navy beats Maryland 28-7 in Baltimore
  • 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
  • 1955 E Arcaro, E Sande & G Woolf 1st inductees in Jockey hall of fame
  • 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
  • 1967 Margie Masters wins LPGA Quality Chekd Golf Classic
  • 1970 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st NBA victory (11th game), beating Portland 105-103
  • 1972 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
  • 1975 NY Mets Tom Seaver wins his 3rd Cy Young Award
  • 1975 25th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
  • 1975 7h Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats England 25-0

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1978 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1979 Tony Franklin of Philadelphia Eagles kicks 59-yard field goal
  • 1982 Zaheer Abbas gets his 100th 100 in Test Cricket v India, goes to 215
  • 1983 NJ Devils 1st overtime game, lose to Calgary Flames 4-3
  • 1985 R Hadlee takes 15-123 for Cricket match v Australia at Brisbane

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 46th Formula One WDC: Michael Schumacher wins by 33 points

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

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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 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 bat)
  • 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 Pirates), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Peter Post, Dutch cyclist (8x European Champion at Derny-drive)
  • 1936 Ruth Jessen, LPGA golfer
  • 1936 Mills Lane, American judge and boxing referee
  • 1943 Bjorn Waldegard, Swedish rally driver, born in Ro, Sweden (d. 2014)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

American Television Sportscaster Al Michaels
American 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, Oly-96), born in Glendale, California
  • 1957 Marta Figueras-Dotti, LPGA golfer (1994 Hawaiian Open), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1961 Chela Quintana, Venezuela, LPGA golfer (8 time Venezuelan Amat Champ)
  • 1961 Greg Gagne, Fall River MA, infielder (LA Dodgers)
  • 1961 Nadia Comaneci, [Gheorghe], Romania, gymnist (1st 10/Olymp-gold-1976)
  • 1961 Enzo Francescoli, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1962 Jeff Reed, Joliet IL, catcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1962 Wim Kieft, Dutch soccer star (Ajax/Gir de Bordeaux/PSV)
  • 1963 Laurie Brower, LPGA golfer (1994 Lady Keystone-9th), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1964 Erik Howard, NFL defensive tackle/end (NY Jets)
  • 1964 Gerald Perry, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1964 Jakob Hlasek, Czech, tennis star
  • 1965 Mike Keim, NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1967 Michael Moorer, 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)
  • 1968 Randy Knorr, catcher (Houston Astros), born in San Gabriel, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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, North York Ontario, badminton player (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Trevor Shaw, CFL slot back (BC Lions)
  • 1969 Jason Cundy, English footballer and broadcaster
  • 1970 Tonya Harding, figure skater (Oly-8th-1994/US Champ 1994), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1971 Heidi Burge, WNBA forward (LA Sparks)
  • 1971 Shakeel Ahmed, Pakistani cricket wicket-keeper (v West Indies 1993)
  • 1972 Vassilis Tsiartas, Greek footballer
  • 1973 Colin Morgan, 78 kg judoka (Olympics-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973 Keith Morgan, 95 kg judoka (Olympics-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973 Zahir Shah, cricketer (attention-grabbing Rawalpindi leg-spinner)
  • 1975 Chris Wells, NHL center (Pitts Penguins), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1975 Jason Lezak, American swimmer
  • 1976 Scott Mark Cameron, Dunedin NZ, 4x200m relay swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 1976 Mirosław Szymkowiak, Polish footballer
  • 1977 Benni McCarthy, South African footballer
  • 1978 Lena Yada, American actress, model, surfer and WWE Diva
  • 1979 Corey Maggette, American professional basketball player
  • 1981 DJ Campbell, English football player
  • 1982 Mikele Leigertwood, English footballer
  • 1983 Carlton Cole, English football player
  • 1984 Sepp De Roover, Belgian footballer
  • 1984 Conrad Rautenbach, Zimbabwean rally driver
  • 1987 Jason Day, Australian golfer (2015 PGA Tournament, World Number #1), born in Beaudesert, Australia
  • 1988 Russell Westbrook III, American basketball player (Oklahoma City Thunder), born in Long Beach, California

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Deaths in Sport

  • 1937 Harry Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper (v WI 1928), dies
  • 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 Hall of Fame baseball catcher (NY Yankees, 1928-46) and manager, dies at 86
  • 1994 Wilma Glodean Rudolph, US sprinter (Olympics-3 gold-60), dies at 54
  • 1996 Don Kenyon, cricketer, dies at 72
  • 2007 Khanmohammed Ibrahim, Indian cricketer (b. 1919)
  • 2015 Márton Fülöp, Hungarian footballer and goalkeeper, dies of cancer at 32
  • 2016 Dawn Coe-Jones, Canadian LPGA golfer (3 LPGA wins), dies of cancer at 56