On This Day in Sport for November 17

Events in Sport

  • 1869 Englishman James Moore wins 1st bicycle race, racing 13K Paris to Rouen
  • 1883 23rd British Golf Open: Willie Fernie shoots a 158 at Musselburgh Links
  • 1900 5th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 53-5 in Montgomery
  • 1906 11th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 10-0 in Birmingham
  • 1926 NHL's Chicago Black Hawks play their 1st game, beat Tor St Pats 4-1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1931 Bradman scores 135 NSW v South Africa, 128 mins, 15 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1940 Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane
  • 1953 St Louis Browns officially become the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 Syracuse fullback Jim Brown, scores NCAA record of 43 pts (vs Colgate)

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 1960 New MLB Washington franchise is awarded to Elwood Quesada

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1963 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Mary Mills Miss Gulf Coast Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1965 William Eckert is unanimously elected commissioner of baseball
  • 1968 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Pensacola Ladies' Golf Invitational
  • 1974 Bonnie Bryant wins Bill Branch LPGA Golf Classic
  • 1979 Daniel Okrent sketches out 1st draft rules for Rotisserie Baseball on a flight to Austin, TX
  • 1981 NBA NY Knick Bill Cartwright, ties record of 19 of 19 free throws
  • 1983 Philadelphia Flyers win 13th straight NHL game
  • 1984 Golden State Warrior scores 59 points losing to NJ Nets 124-110
  • 1984 Islanders score 20 assists against Rangers
  • 1985 NY Jets best offensive production beating Tampa Bay 62-28
  • 1985 35th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Darrell Waltrip wins
  • 1987 George Bell is 1st Blue Jay ever to win the AL MVP
  • 1989 Bret Saberhagen signs record $2,966,667 per year KC Royal contract
  • 1991 Detroit Lion Mike Utley is paralized in a game vs LA Rams
  • 1991 41st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins
  • 1992 Blue Jay Nigel Wilson is 1st pick of Marlins in expansion draft

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1997 Mario Lemieux enters NHL Hall of Fame

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • 2001 66th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-7 in Auburn
  • 2002 54th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tony Stewart wins
  • 2013 102nd Davis Cup: Czech Republic beats Serbia in Belgrade (3-2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Sebastian Vettel wins a record breaking eighth consecutive Formula One race in the 2013 United States Grand Prix

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel
  • 2013 Jimmie Johnson wins the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the sixth time

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1877 Frank Calder, the first NHL President (d. 1943)
  • 1883 Harold Baumgartner, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1913)
  • 1901 Joyce Wethered, Surrey England, golfer (4 time British Amateur champ)
  • 1905 Arthur Chipperfield, cricketer (Aus batsman & leggie 99 on Test debut)
  • 1906 Rollie Stiles, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Hershy Kay, composer/arranger (Olympic Hymn), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1923 Bert Sutcliffe, cricketer (all-time great NZ left-handed bat)
  • 1923 Mike Garcia, American baseball player (d. 1986)
  • 1928 Colin McDonald, cricketer (stalwart Australian opening bat for 1950's)
  • 1929 Edgar White, American yachtsman (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1929 Sumner White, US yachtsman (Olympic gold 1952), born in New York City (d. 1988)
  • 1929 Norm Zauchin, baseball player (d. 1999)
  • 1930 Bob Mathias, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1948, 52) and congressman, born in Tulare, California (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Orlando Peña, Cuban baseball player
  • 1935 Anton Sailer, Austrian skier (Olympic-3 golds-1956)
  • 1938 Peter Snell, New Zealand 800m/1500m runner (Olympic gold 1960, 64)
  • 1944 Tom Seaver, American MLB pitcher (NY Met, 300 game winner, Cy Young '69 '73 '75), born in Fresno, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1945 Elvin Hayes, American NBA star (San Diego, Houston, Baltimore), born in Rayville, Louisiana

NBA Forward Elvin Hayes
NBA Forward
Elvin Hayes
  • 1948 Jaime Huelamo, Spanish cyclist (Olympic bronze 1972) drug disqualified
  • 1949 Thomas Lionel Hill, American 110m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1972), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1950 Tom Walkinshaw, Scottish race car driver and race team owner
  • 1951 Butch Davis, American football coach
  • 1952 Roman Codreanu, Romania, wrestler (Olympic-1980)
  • 1955 Bill McCreary, Ontario, NHL referee
  • 1955 Dennis Maruk, Canadian hockey player
  • 1958 Allison Finney, Winnetka IL, LPGA golfer (1989 Standard Register)
  • 1959 Terry Fenwick, English footballer
  • 1963 Marco T Dawson, Freising Germany, PGA golfer (1995 Greater Milw-2nd)
  • 1964 Marina Tcherkasova, American pairs figure skater (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1964 Michelle Knox-Zaloom, rower (Olympics-96), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • 1965 Grant Connell, Regina Saskatchawan, tennis player (Olympics-96)
  • 1965 Paul Sorrento, Somerville MA, infielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1965 Raffaella Reggi, Italian tennis star
  • 1965 Rob Koll, Bellefonte PA, 163 lbs/74 kg freestyle wrestler (Olymp-96)
  • 1965 Winthrop Graham, Jamaica, 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1966 Jeff Nelson, pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1967 Howard Griffith, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1968 Cacho Conde, WLAF tight end/running back (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1968 Sean Miller, American basketball coach
  • 1969 Takako Inque, Toride Japan, wrestler (Japan)
  • 1970 Chris Tamer, Dearborn, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins)
  • 1970 Max Huiberts, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1971 Audra Keller, Macon Georgia, tennis star (1993 Futures-Evansville IN)
  • 1972 Ron Lewis, WLAF OL (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1973 Scott Rehberg, tackle (New England Patriots)
  • 1973 Eli Marrero, American baseball player
  • 1973 Bernd Schneider, German footballer
  • 1974 Marc Edwards, NFL fullback (SF 49ers)
  • 1977 Ryk Neethling, South African swimmer
  • 1978 Reggie Wayne, American football player
  • 1979 Matthew Spring, English footballer
  • 1982 Katie Feenstra, American basketball player
  • 1982 Yusuf Pathan, Indian cricketer
  • 1983 Yiannis Bourousis, Greek basketball player
  • 1983 Ryan Braun, American baseball player (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1983 Scott Moore, American baseball player
  • 1983 Nick Markakis, American baseball player
  • 1986 Nani, Portuguese football player
  • 1987 Darren McKillion, Northern Irish sportsman

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1995 Retired MLB player Johnny Bench (47) divorces Laura Cwikowski after nearly 8 years of marriage

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

Deaths in Sport

  • 1921 John McLaren, cricketer (one Test Aust v Eng 1912), dies
  • 1929 A F A Lilley, cricketer (92 dismissals in 35 Tests 1896-1909), dies
  • 1937 Jack Worrall, cricketer (Australian batsman 1885-99, 11 Tests), dies
  • 1944 A C MacLaren, cricketer (England batsman from turn of century), dies
  • 1958 Mort Cooper, baseball player (b. 1913)
  • 1982 Duk Koo Kim, South Korean boxer, legally declared dead
  • 2004 Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (b. 1970)
  • 2004 Alexander Ragulin, Russian hockey player (b. 1941)
  • 2006 Bo Schembechler, American football coach (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian footballer (b. 1927)
  • 2008 Pete Newell, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • 2011 Kurt Budke, American basketball coach (b. 1961)
  • 2014 Ray Sadecki, American MLB player, dies from blood cancer at 73