On This Day

On This Day in Sport for November 18

Events in Sport

  • 1905 10th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 30-0 in Birmingham

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949 NL batting leader (.342) Jackie Robinson wins NL MVP

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1951 Former Cubs 1st baseman & future TV star of Rifleman Chuck Connors is 1st player to oppose the major league draft
  • 1960 Charlie Finley makes a bid to purchase expansion LA Angels
  • 1964 Baltimore Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson wins American League MVP

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Sandy Koufax announces his retirement due to arthritic left elbow

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1970 Joe Frazier KOs Bob Foster in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Johnny Bench wins NL MVP

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • 1975 Calvin Murphy (Houston) ends NBA free throw streak of 58 games
  • 1976 Yanks sign free agent Don Gullett

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 29th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Despite missing 45 games, George Brett wins AL MVP

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett

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1981 Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt wins his 2nd consecutive NL MVP

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1982 South Korean boxer Duk Koo Kim dies from injuries sustained during a 14-round beating by Ray Mancini in Las Vegas; WBC shortens title bouts to 12 rounds; WBA and WBO follow in 1988, and IBF in 1989
  • 1984 CFL Grey Cup, Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton: Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 47-17; Winnipeg scores final 44 points of the game
  • 1984 Flyers' Ron Sutter fails on 11th penalty shot against Islanders

  • 1984 NJ Devils shutout NY Rangers 6-0
  • 1984 34th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Terry Labonte wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Dwight Gooden (NL) & Bret Saberhagen (AL) win Cy Young

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Roger Clemens wins AL MVP

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Cubs Andre Dawson is 1st player from a last-place club to win an MVP

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson

Sport awardSolheim Cup

1990 1st Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Lake Nona G & CC: US beats Europe 11½-4½ in inaugural event; Kathy Whitworth US captain; Mickey Walker Europe skipper

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1990 NFL NY Giants beat Det Lions 20-0, to run 1990 record to 10-0

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1990 40th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins

Auto Racer Dale Earnhardt
Auto Racer
Dale Earnhardt

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1990 Yugoslavian tennis star Monica Seles beats Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina 6–4, 5–7, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2 to win her first of 3 straight WTA Tour Championships in NYC; first 5-set women's final since 1901

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Andre Agassi claims his first and only season-ending ATP Tour World Championship tennis title with a 5–7, 7–6, 7–5, 6–2 win over defending champion Stefan Edberg in Frankfurt, Germany

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 1991 Auburn men's basketball team placed on 2 yr probation for recruiting violations and not eligible for post-season play 1991-92
  • 1995 60th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 31-27 in Auburn
  • 1997 Arizona Diamondbacks & Tampa Bay Devil Rays expansion draft
  • 1997 Mavericks' A C Green ties Randy Smith's NBA record of 906 cons games
  • 2000 65th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 9-0 in Tuscaloosa
  • 2001 Home crowd favourite Leyton Hewitt wins his first of 2 season-ending Tennis Masters Cup titles with a 6–3, 6–3, 6–4 victory over Frenchman Sébastien Grosjean in Sydney, Australia
  • 2006 71st Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 22-15 in Tuscaloosa
  • 2007 59th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jimmie Johnson wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007 Roger Federer scores back-to-back season-ending Tennis Masters Cup titles beating Spaniard David Ferrer 6–2, 6–3, 6–2 in the final in Shanghai, China

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

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2012 Lewis Hamilton wins the 2012 US Formula One Grand Prix

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton
  • 2012 Brad Keselowski wins the 2012 Nascar Sprint Cup
  • 2012 101st Davis Cup: Czech Republic beats Spain in Prague (3-2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 21 year old German Alexander Zverev breaks through for a maiden season-ending ATP World Tour Finals tennis title with a 6-4, 6-3 upset win in London over 5-time champion Novak Đoković

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1881 Percy LeSueur, Canadian hockey player and inventor (large goalie glove), born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 1962)
  • 1901 Craig Wood, American golfer (US Masters, US Open 1941), born in Lake Placid, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1915 Ken Burkhart, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals) and umpire, born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Marjorie Gestring, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1936) (d. 1992)
  • 1926 Estanislao Basora, Spanish footballer (The Monster of Colombes, 22 caps for Spain, 301 matches for Barcelona), born in Barcelona, Catalonia (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Sonja Edström-Ruthström, Swedish cross-country skier (Olympic gold 3 × 5k relay 1960), born in Luleå, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Karl Schranz, Austrian slalom (Olympic-1968)
  • 1941 Peter Pocklington, Canadian NHL team owner (Edmonton Oiler), born in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 1948 Jack Tatum, American NFL defensive back (Raiders), born in Cherryville, North Carolina
  • 1949 Ted Sator, NHL coach (NY Rangers, Buffalo Sabres), born in Utica, New York
  • 1954 Evan Gray, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1956 Tony Franklin, NFL kicker (Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots)
  • 1956 Warren Moon, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Seahawks, Vikings)
  • 1956 Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1995)
  • 1959 Jimmy Quinn, Irish soccer striker (46 caps, Northern Ireland; Reading) and manager (Reading, Swindon, Cambridge, Bournemouth), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1962 Jamie Moyer, Sellersville PA, pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1963 Dante Bichette, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1963 Peter Schmeichel, Danish footballer
  • 1963 Len Bias, American basketball player (Boston Celtics pick for 1986 draft), born in Landover, Maryland (d. 1986)
  • 1964 Mike Withycombe, CFL corner (BC Lions)
  • 1964 Seth Joyner, NFL linebacker (Ariz, Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1965 Mark Petkovsek, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1966 Darren Flutie, American CFL wide receiver (Grey Cup 1994, 99; CFL All-Star 1996, 97, 99; Edmonton Eskimos, Hamilton Tiger-Cats), born in Manchester, Maryland
  • 1966 Ron Coomer, Crest Hill IL, infielder (Minnesota Twins)
  • 1967 Jocelyn Lemieux, Mont Laurier, NHL right wing (Calgary Flames)
  • 1967 Tom Gordon, Sebring FL, pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1968 Gary Sheffield, outfielder (Florida Marlins), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1968 Lubomir Sekeras, Liptovsky CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • 1968 Mel Stewart, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1992), born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • 1968 Milica Vukadinovic, WNBA guard (Charlotte Sting)
  • 1968 Barry Hunter, Irish soccer defender (14 caps Northern Ireland; Wrexham, Reading) and manager (Rushden & Diamonds), born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland
  • 1969 Lee Anne Ketcham, female pitcher (Silver Bullets), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1969 Raghib Ismail, American NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Oakland Raiders), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 1969 Sam Cassell, American NBA guard (NJ Nets, Houston Rockets), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1970 Allen Watson, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1970 Toby Wright, safety (St Louis Rams)
  • 1971 Kylie Hanigan, Australian 200m/400m runner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Jason Arnberger, cricketer (NSW opening batsman 1994-95 -)
  • 1975 Jason Williams, American basketball point guard (NBA C'ship 2006, Miami Heat; NBA All-Rookie First Team 1999) born in Belle, West Virginia
  • 1975 Shawn Camp, American baseball player
  • 1975 David Ortiz, Dominican American MLB player (Boston Red Sox), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1976 Sandy Zubrin, Tamuning Guam, US diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Trent Barrett, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1978 Damien Johnson, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1980 François Duval, Belgian rally driver
  • 1980 Luke Chadwick, English footballer
  • 1980 Denny Hamlin, American auto racer (Daytona 500 2016, 19, 20), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1983 Travis Buck, American baseball player
  • 1985 Allyson Felix, American athlete (6-time Olympic gold 200m/400m/relays 2008, 12, 16), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1988 Jeffrey Jordan, American college basketball player; son of Michael Jordan

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1966 MLB baseball player Hank Greenberg (55) weds actress Mary Jo Tarola

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg

LoveWedding of Interest

2010 Cricketer Glenn McGrath (40) weds interior designer Sara Leonardi in Cronulla, New South Wales

Cricketer Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath

Deaths in Sport

  • 1918 Reggie Schwartz, South African cricketer (55 wickets for South Africa), dies at 43
  • 1946 John King, cricketer (scored 60 & 4 in only Test Eng v Aus 1909), dies
  • 1946 Johnny Lush, American MLB pitcher (2 no-hitters), dies at 61
  • 1958 Sivert Samuelson, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1910), dies
  • 1961 Clarence "Bud" Pinkston, American diver (Olympic gold 10m platform, silver 3m springboard 1920), dies at 61
  • 1977 Davey O'Brien, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1938, Texas Christian University; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles), dies from cancer at 60
  • 1979 Freddie Fitzsimmons, American baseball pitcher (MLB record career double plays [79] 1938-64) and manager (Philadelphia Phillies), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • 1980 Conn Smythe, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs 1927-61; Stanley Cup x 8), dies of heart failure at 85
  • 1987 Jacques Anquetil, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1957, 61-64; first 5-time winner), dies of stomach cancer at 53
  • 1997 Joyce Wethered, British golfer (English Ladies' champion 1920–24), dies at 96
  • 2003 Ken Brett, American baseball player, dies at 55
  • 2009 Red Robbins, American basketball player (b. 1944)
  • 2011 Walt Hazzard, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 69
  • 2012 Elena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya, Russian Woman Grandmaster of chess, dies from brain cancer at 55

Person of interestJonah Lomu

2015 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union winger (youngest ever All Black, 63 internationals), dies of a heart attack linked to kidney disease at 40

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • 2015 Mal Whitfield, American track athlete (Olympic 3 gold, silver & bronze 1948, 52), dies at 91
  • 2017 Gillian Rolton, Australian equestrian (Summer Olympics 1992, 1996- gold), dies from endometrial cancer at 61
  • 2020 Adam Musiał, Polish soccer defender (34 caps; Wisła Kraków) and manager (Wisła Kraków, Lechia Gdańsk, Stal Stalowa Wola), dies at 71
  • 2020 Pim Doesburg, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (8 caps; Eredivisie record 687 games; Sparta, PSV), dies at 77