On This Day

On This Day in Sport for November 15

Events in Sport

  • 1900 Dutch soccer club NEC is established in Nijmegen

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1901 James J. Jeffries TKOs Gus Ruhlin in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in San Francisco

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1901 6th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-0 in Tuscaloosa
  • 1913 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Perth: Australian Ernie Parker beats NZ namesake Harry Parker 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2

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1946 Ted Williams is picked as AL MVP

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

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1947 Bradman scores his 100th 100, 172 v Indians at the SCG

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1947 Soccer team GVVV forms in Veenendaal
  • 1951 1st-class cricket debut of future great Pakistani batsman Hanif Mohammad; scores 26 in drawn tour match, Pakistan XI v MCC, Lahore
  • 1951 NY Yankee Gil McDougald wins AL Rookie of Year
  • 1959 Cleveland Browns' halfback Bobby Mitchell sets club record for longest run from scrimmage (90-yards), beat Wash 31-17

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1960 Elgin Baylor of NBA LA Lakers scores 71 points vs NY Knicks

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor

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1961 Roger Maris is voted AL MVP

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris

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1964 Mickey Wright shoots a 62, lowest golf score for a woman pro at the Tall City Open, Midland, Texas

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

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1967 Boston's Carl Yastrzemski wins AL MVP

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski

  • 1968 1st date in controversial Jim Bouton baseball diary "Ball Four"

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1970 Paul Brown, as head coach of the expansion Cincinnati Bengals, defeats his former team the Cleveland Browns, a moment he calls his "greatest victory"

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 1972 White Sox Dick Allen wins AL MVP
  • 1978 Pirates outfielder Dave Parker wins NL MVP

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1980 30th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins

Auto Racer Dale Earnhardt
Auto Racer
Dale Earnhardt

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1983 75th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1987 Carla Beurskens runs Dutch female record marathon (2:26:34)

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1987 Brazilian Williams driver Nelson Piquet retires from Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide with break trouble but wins his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 12 points from Nigel Mansell

Auto Racer Nigel Mansell
Auto Racer
Nigel Mansell
  • 1988 Dodgers outfielder Kirk Gibson wins NL MVP Award

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1989 Test Cricket debut of Waqar Younis & Sachin Tendulkar at Karachi

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar
  • 1989 Walter Davis (Denver) begins NBA free throw streak of 53 games
  • 1991 Ricky Pierce (Seattle) begins NBA free throw streak of 75 game
  • 1992 Praveen Amre scores century on Test Cricket debut (103 v SA, Durban)
  • 1992 42nd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Alan Kulwicki wins

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2004 Maria Sharapova becomes the first Russian to win the tennis season-ending WTA Tour Championship; beats American Serena Williams 4–6, 6–2, 6–4 at the Staples Center, Los Angeles

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2015 Holly Holm defeats UFC Champion Ronda Rousey in an upset in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2015 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Prague, Czech Republic: Czech pair Karolína Plíšková & Barbora Strýcová beats Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova & Elena Vesnina of Russia 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for a 3-2 win and 9th title for the home country

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2017 3 UCLA basketball players suspended after admitting shoplifting in China, only released at President Trump's request

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

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2018 LeBron James passes Wilt Chamberlain for 5th on the NBA's career scoring list with 44 points for the LA Lakers in 126-117 victory over Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center, Los Angeles

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 2020 84th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: American Dustin Johnson fires record total -20 to win his first Masters title by 5 strokes from Cameron Smith of Australia & South Korean Sungjae Im

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2020 British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton clinches 4th straight and record equalling 7th F1 World Drivers C'ship by winning Turkish GP at Intercity Istanbul Park, Tuzla

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1874 Dimitrios Golemis, Greek athlete (d. 1941)
  • 1903 Stewie Dempster, cricketer (1st great NZ Test batsman)
  • 1915 Bea Barrett, American golfer (Western Open 1938), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1939 Erik Hansen, Danish canoeist (Olympic gold K-1 1000m 1960; World C'ship gold 1963), born in Randers, Denmark (d. 2014)
  • 1950 Mac Maurice Wilkins, discus thrower (1st to break 70m)
  • 1956 Zlatko Kranjčar, Croatian soccer striker (2 caps; Dinamo Zagreb, Rapid Wien) and manager (Croatia, Montenegro, Dinamo Zagreb), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 2021)
  • 1958 Marty Davis, American tennis star, born in San Jose, California
  • 1963 Gideon Joe Ng, table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1963 Michele McAnany, female infielder (Colorado Silver Bullets), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Stefan Pfeiffer, German swimmer
  • 1967 Greg Anthony, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies, Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1967 Laura Garrone, Italian tennis star
  • 1967 Gustavo Poyet, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1969 Helen Kelesi, Canadian tennis star
  • 1969 Peter Martin, cricketer (Lancashire & England pace bowler 1995)
  • 1970 Lesley Reddon, ice hockey goalie (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1970 Patrick Mboma, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1971 Natalia Medvedeva, tennis star (1993 Prague Essen), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1971 Rohan Robinson, Australian hurdler (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Christian van der Weerden, Dutch soccer player (NEC, Vitesse)
  • 1972 Greg Bloedorn, NFL center (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1973 Jason Dunn, tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1974 Fred Brock, wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1975 Yannick Tremblay, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1976 Jessica Amey, 100m butterfly/4 x 100 (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1979 Josemi, Spanish footballer
  • 1979 Brett Lancaster, Australian cyclist
  • 1981 Natalie Lacuesta, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1981 Lorena Ochoa, Mexican golfer (British Open 2007, ANA Inspiration 2008), born in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 1981 Drew Hodgdon, American football player
  • 1982 Joe Kowalewski, American football player
  • 1983 Fernando Verdasco, Spanish tennis player
  • 1986 Sania Mirza, Indian tennis player, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1987 Isaiah Osbourne, English footballer
  • 1995 Karl-Anthony Towns, American basketball center (2015 NBA Draft: #1 pick Minnesota Timberwolves), born in Edison, New Jersey
  • 1998 Hinako Shibuno, Japanese golfer (Women's British Open 2019), born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1986 Golfer Byron Nelson (74) weds advertising copy writer Peggy Simmons (42)

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson

Deaths in Sport

  • 1933 Affie Jarvis, cricketer (11 Tests for Australia, 9 catches), dies
  • 1938 George Glover, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1959 Alex Kennedy, cricketer (31 wkts in 5 Tests for England 1922-23), dies
  • 1966 Dimitrios Tofalos, Greek weightlifter (b. 1877)
  • 1978 Dick Chapman, American golfer (1940 US amateur, 1951 British amateur), dies of a stroke at 67
  • 1982 Martin De Alzaga, Argentine racing driver, dies at 81
  • 1983 Dai Rees, Scottish golfer (British Open runner-up 1953-54, 61), dies of car accident injuries at 70
  • 1990 Alydar, American racehorse (b. 1975)
  • 1998 Ludvik Danek, Czechoslovak discus thrower (b. 1937)
  • 2002 Sohn Kee-chung, Korean athlete and long-distance runner, dies at 90
  • 2003 Ray Lewis, Canadian 4X400 relayer (Olympic bronze 1932), dies at 93
  • 2007 Joe Nuxhall, American baseball pitcher and sportscaster (youngest MLB player at 15 years, 316 days), dies at 79
  • 2008 Glen Brand, American wrestler (Olympic gold middleweight 1948), dies at 85
  • 2009 Antonio de Nigris, Mexican soccer striker (16 caps; Monterrey, Villarreal), dies from a heart attack at 31
  • 2010 Ed Kirkpatrick, American baseball player (b. 1944)
  • 2010 Larry Evans, American chess grandmaster, author and journalist (5 x US Chess C'ship; 20+ books), dies following gallbladder surgery at 78
  • 2010 Imre Polyák, Hungarian featherweight (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 78
  • 2013 Mike McCormack, American NFL offensive tackle (NY Yankees, Cleveland, Philadelphia), dies at 83
  • 2020 Ray Clemence MBE, English soccer goalkeeper (England 61 caps, Liverpool, Tottenham), dies from prostate cancer at 72
  • 2020 Campbell Forsyth, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (4 caps; St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Southampton), dies at 86