On This Day

On This Day in Sport for November 13

Events in Sport

  • 1875 Harvard-Yale game is 1st college football contest with uniforms
  • 1900 Baltimore Orioles (now NY Yankees) enter baseball's American League
  • 1907 French cyclist Paul Cornu flies 1st helicopter (twin rotor)

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1946 Bradman scores 106 for an Australian XI v the MCC

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

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1951 Lefty O'Doul's all-stars, including Joe DiMaggio and Billy Martin, lose 3-1 to Pacific League all-star team (Japan)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1954 1st Rugby League World Cup: Great Britain beats France 16-12
  • 1958 NYC Mayor Robert Wagner announces plans to begin a new baseball called the Continental League
  • 1964 Bob Petit (St Louis Hawks) becomes 1st NBAer to score 20,000 points

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1968 Bob Gibson edges Pete Rose to win NL MVP

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

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1973 Oakland A's Reggie Jackson wins AL MVP unanimously

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1974 Dodgers Steve Garvey wins NL MVP

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1979 Willie Stargell and Keith Hernandez share NL MVP Award NL

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • 1982 WBA lightweight champion Ray Mancini beats South Korean challenger Duk Koo Kim by TKO in 14th round in Las Vegas; Kim collapses, falls into a coma and dies 4 days later; as a result, WBC shortens title bouts to 12 rounds; WBA & WBO follow in 1988, and IBF in 1989

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1988 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna finishes 2nd in the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide to win his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins title by 3 points from Alain Prost

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna

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1991 Boston Red Sox Roger Clemens wins AL Cy Young Award

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1992 Riddick Bowe wins the undisputed world heavyweight boxing crown with a unanimous points decision over Evander Holyfield in Las Vegas; first of their 3 meetings

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1994 Title contenders Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill famously collide on lap 35 of the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; Schumacher wins his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Hill

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • 1994 44th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins
  • 1996 Padres third baseman Ken Caminiti is 4th unanimous winner of NL MVP

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2005 French tennis star Amélie Mauresmo beats countrywoman Mary Pierce 5–7, 7–6, 6–4 for the season ending WTA Tour Championship at the Staples Center, Los Angeles

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • 2014 Rohit Sharma of India sets a new record of 264 runs against Sri Lanka in an ODI innings in cricket
  • 2014 Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout wins the MVP awards in MLB for 2014
  • 2016 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Strasbourg, France: Czech pair Karolína Plíšková & Barbora Strýcová beats Caroline Garcia & Kristina Mladenovic of France 7-5, 7-5 to wrap up 3-2 win and 3rd straight title
  • 2017 Italy fails to qualify for 2018 Football World Cup (first time since 1958), after play-off defeat against Sweden
  • 2017 First Barbie doll to wear a hijab, modeled on Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad unveiled in New York

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1858 Percy McDonnell, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman of the 1880's), born in Kensington, London (d. 1896)
  • 1898 Earl Sande, American jockey (Hall of Famer), born in Groton, South Dakota (d. 1968)

Person of interestBuck O'Neil

1911 Buck O'Neil, American baseball player (Kansas City Monarchs, 1st African-American coach in Major League Baseball), born in Carrabelle, Florida (d. 2006)

Baseball Player and Coach Buck O'Neil
Baseball Player and Coach
Buck O'Neil
  • 1927 John Pont, American college football coach (Miami, Yale, Northwestern, Indiana), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Steve Bilko, American baseball player, born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • 1932 Olga Connolly-Fikotova, US discus thrower (Olympic gold 1956), born in Libiš, Czech Republic
  • 1939 Karel Brückner, Czech football manager, born in Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • 1940 Jack Birkenshaw, English cricketer (England off-spinner 1973-74), born in Rothwell, England
  • 1940 Joan Haanappel, Dutch figure skater and sports reporter, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1941 Mel Stottlemyre, American baseball pitcher, coach (5-time MLB All Star), born in Hazleton, Missouri (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Jay Sigel, American golfer (US Amateur C'ship 1982-83), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Roberto Boninsegna, Italian footballer, born in Mantua, Italy
  • 1944 Ken Shuttleworth, English cricketpaceman (England on 1970-71 Ashes tour), born in St Helens, Lancashire
  • 1945 Masahiro Hasemi, Japanese racing driver, born in Ome, Tokyo
  • 1946 Al Luginbill, American football coach (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Pomona, California
  • 1947 Gene Garber, American baseball player, born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Yoshimi Ishibashi, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo, Japan

Person of interestGilbert Perreault

1950 Gilbert Perreault, Canadian NHL center (over 500 goals), born in Victoriaville, Quebec

  • 1951 Beth Anders, American field hockey sweeper (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • 1958 Linda Jackson, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1959 Rosie Jones, American golfer (13 LPGA Tour titles), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1962 Blair Rasmussen, NBA center (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1963 Vinny Testaverde, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1986, U of Miami; Pro Bowl 1996, 98; Tampa Bay Bucs, NY Jets), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1964 Ronald Agenor, Rabat Morocco, tennis player (1989 French quarters)
  • 1965 Kevin Gamble, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1965 Rob Natal, catcher (Florida Marlins), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1965 Sheryl Boyle, Renfrew Ontario, kayaker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1965 Zeljko Petrovic, soccer player (FC The Bosch/RKC)
  • 1966 Rumeal Robinson, NBA guard (Portland Trail Blazers, Detroit Pistons)
  • 1967 Steve Christie, NFL kicker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1968 Mark Fitzpatrick, NHL goalie (Florida Panthers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968 Pat Hentgen, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1968 Tami Whitlinger-Jones, tennis star (1995 Futures-Sedona), born in Neenah, Wisconsin
  • 1971 Anthony Whiteman, England, 800m/1500m runner
  • 1971 Craig Powell, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1971 Matthew Minagall, cricketer (S Australian lefty wrist-spinner 1991-95)
  • 1971 Ron Rivers, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 1973 Samantha Riley, Brisbane Australia, breastroker (Olympic 2 bronze-92, 96)
  • 1975 Sarah Pitkowski, Seclin France, tennis star (1995 Futures-Koksijde)
  • 1975 Ivica Dragutinović, Serbian footballer
  • 1975 Quim, Portuguese footballer
  • 1975 Tom Compernolle, Belgian athlete (d. 2008)
  • 1976 Kelly Sotherton, English heptathlete
  • 1979 Ron Artest, American basketball player
  • 1980 François-Louis Tremblay, Canadian short track speed skater
  • 1981 Kirsty-Leigh Brown, Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1981 Mark Cardona, Filipino basketball player
  • 1982 Samkon Gado, American football player
  • 1985 Asdrúbal Cabrera, Venezuelan baseball player

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1987 MLB baseball player Cal Ripken Jr (27) weds Kelly Geer at Towson United Methodist Church in Maryland

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • 2010 Major League Baseball pitcher Kyle Kendrick (26) married three-time "Survivor" contestant Stephanie LaGrossa (30) at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2012 Soccer goalkeeper and a double Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo (31) weds former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens (33) in Washington

Football Star Hope Solo
Football Star
Hope Solo

Deaths in Sport

  • 1916 Frederik Septimus Kelly, Australian-British composer and rower (Summer Olympic gold 1908), dies at 35
  • 1978 George Hearne, South African cricketer (open bat in 3 Tests 1922-24), dies
  • 1982 Dorothy [Little-]Round, England, tennis star (Never on Sunday), dies
  • 1989 Victor Davis, Canadian swimmer (b. 1964)
  • 1998 William "Red" Holzman, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (New York Knicks 14 seasons), dies leukemia at 78
  • 1999 Jaswick Taylor, West Indian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; 5/109 in Test debut 1958), dies at 67
  • 2007 John Doherty, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • 2007 Kazuhisa Inao, Japanese baseball player (b. 1937)
  • 2010 Ken Iman, American football player (b. 1939)
  • 2013 Todd Christensen, NFL player (Oakland) and sportscaster, dies from complications during liver transplant surgery at 57
  • 2014 Alvin Dark, American baseball player and manager, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92
  • 2016 Enzo Maiorca, Italian freediver (17 world records), dies at 85
  • 2017 Bobby Doerr, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (9-time All Star, Boston Red Sox), dies at 99