On This Day

On This Day in Sport for November 16

Events in Sport

  • 1907 12th Iron Bowl: Auburn and Alabama tie 6-6 in Birmingham
  • 1909 EVV Eindhoven soccer team forms
  • 1924 Cleveland Bulldogs (formerly Canton) lose to Frankford Yellowjackets, ends 31-game undefeated streak (NFL & major-league football record)
  • 1926 NY Rangers 1st game, beat Montreal Maroons 1-0

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1957 Celtic Bill Russell sets NBA record of 49 rebounds beat Philadelphia 111-89

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 1957 Oklahoma Football's NCAA win streak ends at 47 after losing to Notre Dame, 7-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 73 points vs NY Knicks

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

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1966 Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente is named NL MVP

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 1969 US President Nixon becomes first president to attend a season NFL game while in office: the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 41-28
  • 1974 Milwaukee Bucks lose their 11th straight NBA game (team record)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Rick Barry (San Francisco), ends then longest NBA free throw streak of 60

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry

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1977 Rod Carew wins AL MVP award

Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew
  • 1978 Major Indoor Soccer League holds its 1st draft
  • 1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneer QB Doug Williams throws for 486 yards
  • 1981 Dennis Lillee kicks Javed Miandad after he had waved his bat at Dennis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Kapil Dev takes 9-83 v WI at Ahmedabad, but India still lose

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev

  • 1984 Houston blocks 20 Denver shots tying NBA regulation game record

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Imran Khan makes his 1st appearance for NSW Cricket

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan

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1986 36th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins

Auto Racer Dale Earnhardt
Auto Racer
Dale Earnhardt

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1988 Jose Canseco is 1st unanimous AL MVP since Reggie Jackson

MLB Player José Canseco
MLB Player
José Canseco
MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Robin Givens sues Mike Tyson for $125 million for libel

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Model and Actress Robin Givens
Model and Actress
Robin Givens
  • 1997 CFL Grey Cup, Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton: heavily favoured defending champion Toronto Argonauts beat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 47-23
  • 1997 47th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jeff Gordon wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 American tennis great Pete Sampras wins back-to-back ATP Tour World Championship titles with a 6–3, 6–2, 6–2 over Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov in Hanover, Germany

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • 2003 CFL Grey Cup, Taylor Field, Regina: Edmonton Eskimos reverse previous year result; beat Montreal Alouettes, 34-22 for 12th title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Lionel Messi makes his official debut for FC Barcelona in a friendly against Porto

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • 2003 55th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Matt Kenseth wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Roger Federer of Switzerland wins his first of 6 season-ending Tennis Masters Cup titles with a 6–3, 6–0, 6–4 victory over American Andre Agassi in the final in Houston, Texas

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 2008 60th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jimmie Johnson wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 Novak Đoković of Serbia wins his first career season-ending Tennis Masters Cup title beating Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 7-5 in the final in Shanghai, China

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Sachin Tendulkar plays his very last cricket match before retiring in Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium against the West Indies

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar
  • 2014 Kevin Harvick driving for Stewart-Haas Racing, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series by 1 point from Ryan Newman
  • 2014 Novak Đoković claims 3 straight ATP World Tour Finals tennis titles after Roger Federer is forced to withdraw from the final in London through injury

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1827 James Southerton, English cricketer (Test debut in the 1st ever Test at 49), born in Petworth, Sussex, England (d. 1880)
  • 1862 Charles Turner, Australian cricket fast bowler (17 Tests; 101 wickets @ 16.53; fastest to 50 Test wickets), born in Bathurst, Australia (d. 1944)
  • 1881 Joel H. Hildebrand, American chemist and educator (research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1983)
  • 1892 Tazio Nuvolari, Italian racing driver, born in Castel d'Ario, Italy (d. 1953)
  • 1920 Betty Hicks, American golfer, author (US Open runner-up 1948, 54), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2011)
  • 1924 Mel Patton, American sprinter & Olympic champion, born in Los Angeles, California, (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Frank Bolling, American baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1961–62²; Gold Glove Award 1958; Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2020)
  • 1932 Barbara Romack, American golfer (US Curtis Cup team 1954, 56, 58), born in Sacramento, CA (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Chris Balderstone, English cricket batsman (England, belated faced WI in 1976), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 2000)
  • 1942 Willie Carson, Scottish jockey, born in Stirling, Scotland
  • 1944 David O'Sullivan, New Zealand cricket left-arm spinner (in 11 Tests 1973-76), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • 1946 Jo Jo White, American basketballer (Olympic gold - 1968), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1947 Ebby Thust, German boxing promoter and writer, born in Frankfurt-Sossenheim, Germany
  • 1954 Bruce Edwards, American golf caddie for Hall of Fame golfer Tom Watson (d. 2004)
  • 1956 Terry Labonte, American NASCAR driver
  • 1959 Bert Cameron, Spanish Town Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1959 Corey Pavin, American golfer (US Open 1995; 15 PGA Tour titles), born in Oxnard, California

Person of interestFrank Bruno

1961 Frank Bruno, English boxer (European champion), born in Hammersmith, England

Person of interestZina Garrison

1963 Zina Garrison, American tennis player (Wimbledon runner-up 1990, Olympic doubles gold 1988), born in Houston, Texas

Tennis Player Zina Garrison
Tennis Player
Zina Garrison

Person of interestDwight Gooden

1964 Dwight Gooden, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, NY Mets), born in Tampa, Florida

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden
  • 1966 Dan Nowosielski, fencing epee (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1966 Tim Scott, pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Hanford, California
  • 1967 Lawrence Dawsey, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1968 Chris Haney, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1968 Ebrahim Essop-Adam, cricketer (one ODI for Zimbabwe 1992)
  • 1968 Vlado Šola, Croatian handball goalkeeper
  • 1969 Mike Devlin, American NFL guard/center (Buffalo Bills, Cardinals), born in Blacksburg, Virginia
  • 1969 Thomas Ingalsbe, 238+ lbs (108+ kg) US weightlifter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Waqar Younis, cricketer (brilliant Pakistani fast/swing bowler)
  • 1971 Mustapha Hadji, Moroccan footballer
  • 1971 Alexander Popov, Russian swimmer
  • 1973 Howard Smothers, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Joe Hudepohl, American 800m freestyle relay (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1973 Sedrick Shaw, running back (New England Patriots)
  • 1973 Christian Horner, British Formula One team owner
  • 1973 Brendan Laney, New Zealand rugby player, born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 1974 Maurizio Margaglio, Italian ice dancer, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1974 Paul Scholes, British footballer, born in Salford, United Kingdom
  • 1976 Juha Pasoja, Finnish footballer, born in Kemi, Finland
  • 1977 Oksana Baiul, Ukrainian figure skater (Olympic gold 1994), born in
  • 1978 Gary Naysmith, Scottish footballer, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 1978 Kip Bouknight, American baseball player, born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1978 Eric Crouch, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2001, U of Nebraska; Green Bay Packers; Toronto Argonauts), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1979 Salli Wills, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1979 Bruce Irons, American surfer, born in Lihue, Hawaii
  • 1980 Kayte Christensen, American basketball player, born in Lakeview, Oregon
  • 1981 Osi Umenyiora, English-born NFL football player, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Jannie du Plessis, South African rugby player, born in Bethlehem, South Africa
  • 1982 Ronald Pognon, French athlete, born in La Lamentin, Martinique
  • 1982 Amar'e Stoudemire, American basketball player, born in Lake Wales, Florida
  • 1983 Kari Lehtonen, Finnish ice hockey goaltender, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1983 Britta Steffen, German swimmer (Olympic gold 50/100m 2008), born in Schwedt, Germany

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1996 Golf champ Phil Mickelson (26) weds Amy McBride

LoveWedding of Interest

2017 Tennis champion Serena Williams marries Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Deaths in Sport

  • 1944 Charles Kelleway, Australian cricketer (26 Tests 1910-1928), dies at 58
  • 1964 Piet Moeskops, Dutch track cyclist (world sprint champion 1921-24, 26), dies at 71
  • 1979 Bert Baston, American College Football Hall of Fame end (University of Minnesota), dies at 84
  • 1987 Jim Brewer, Major League Baseball relief pitcher (b. 1937)
  • 1994 David Rayner, cyclist, dies
  • 1997 Headley Keith, South African cricket batsman (8 Tests @ 21.19), dies at 70
  • 1997 Russ "Mad Monk" Meyer, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 74
  • 2005 Preston Robert Tisch, American NFL co-owner (NY Giants), dies at 79
  • 2006 Geoff Griffin, South African cricket fast bowler (2 Tests; first RSA Test hat-trick 1960; throwing controversy), dies at 67
  • 2009 Antonio de Nigris, Mexican footballer (b. 1978)
  • 2009 Robert J. Frankel, American thoroughbred race horse trainer, dies at 68
  • 2010 Britton Chance, American molecular biologist and yachtsman (b. 1913)
  • 2012 Bob Scott, New Zealand Rugby player, dies at 91
  • 2013 Arne Pedersen, Norwegian soccer inside forward (40 caps; Fredrikstad), dies at 82
  • 2014 Ian Craig, Australian cricket batsman and captain (11 Tests), dies from cancer at 79
  • 2015 Bert Olmstead, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 89
  • 2017 Ferdie Pacheco, American boxer and physician (the "Fight Doctor"), dies at 89
  • 2020 Antonis Georgiadis, Greek soccer manager (Greece, South Africa; AEK Athens, Olympiacos), dies at 87