On This Day

On This Day in Sport for November 19

Events in Sport

  • 1906 London selected to host 1908 Olympics
  • 1932 Joe Kershalla scores 71 points in a college football game
  • 1939 Don Lash wins 6th straight AAU cross-country 10K championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1951 Roy Campanella named NL MVP on his 30th birthday

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1953 US Supreme Court rules (7-2) baseball is a sport not a business
  • 1968 Yankees pitcher Stan Bahnsen wins AL Rookie of Year

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Reds 2nd baseman Joe Morgan is named NL MVP

MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster Joe Morgan
MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster
Joe Morgan
  • 1977 Canuck's Ron Sedlbauer fails on 3rd penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1978 "The Miracle at the Meadowlands", Eagles Herman Edwards returns a fumble for a touchdown with 31 seconds left to give Philadelphia a 19-17 victory over the rival New York Giants
  • 1978 28th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Cale Yarborough wins

AgreementContract of Interest

1979 Astros sign Nolan Ryan, to record 4 year, $4.5 million contract

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Edmonton Oilers beat NJ Devils, 13-4, Wayne Gretzky calls the Devils "a Mickey Mouse organization"

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Jari Kurri becomes the first (and only) Finnish player to score five goals in a game

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 NY Met Dwight Gooden, 20, is youngest to be named NL Rookie of Year

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt wins NL MVP

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1989 US beats Trinidad, 1-0 qualifing for 1990 world soccer cup finals it was US' 1st qualification since 1950

  • 1989 39th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Rusty Wallace wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 German tennis No. 1 Steffi Graf regains the WTA Tour Championship in NYC; beats Martina Navratilova 6–4, 7–5, 2–6, 6–2

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Barry Bonds wins NL MVP

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken wins his 2nd AL MVP

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • 1994 59th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 21-14 in Birmingham
  • 1995 CFL Grey Cup, Taylor Field, Regina: Baltimore Stallions become only American-based team ever to win Grey Cup; defeat Calgary Stampeders, 37-20
  • 1995 German tennis No. 1 Steffi Graf outlasts No. 2 Anke Huber 6–1, 2–6, 6–1, 4–6, 6–3 to win the WTA Tour Championship at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Home crowd favourite Boris Becker wins his 3rd and final ATP Tour World Championship tennis title with a 7–6, 6–0, 7–6 win over American Michael Chang in Frankfurt, Germany

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang
  • 1996 Albert Belle, signs record five-year, $55 million with White Sox

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis wins WTA Tour Championship at Madison Square Garden, NYC; beats Monica Seles, 6–7, 6–4, 6–4

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
  • 2005 70th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 28-18 in Auburn
  • 2006 CFL Grey Cup, Canad Inns Stadium, Winnipeg: BC Lions win 5th Championship; defeat Montreal Alouettes, 25-14

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 Roger Federer captures his 3rd Tennis Masters Cup title with a comfortable 6–0, 6–3, 6–4 win over American James Blake in the final in Shanghai, China

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2011 21st College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 16-14 in South Bend
  • 2017 Martin Truex Jr., driving for Furniture Row Racing, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series by 5 points from Kyle Busch
  • 2017 Bulgarian tennis star Gregor Dimitrov breaks through for a first season-ending ATP World Tour Finals title with a 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 win in London over David Goffin of Belgium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Rams beat Kansas City Chiefs, 54-51 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum; 3rd-highest scoring game in NFL history; first time 2 teams score 50 points in same game; Patrick Mahomes' 6 TD passes for KC most in "Monday Night Football" history

NFL Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
NFL Quarterback
Patrick Mahomes
  • 2019 EPL club Tottenham sacks high profile manager Mauricio Pochettino after disappointing start to season; replacement is higher profile ex-Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho

Sports record brokenNBA Record

2019 LeBron James hits 25 points, 11 rebounds & 10 assists as LA Lakers' beat Oklahoma City Thunder, 112-107 to become first player in NBA history to record a triple-double against all 30 franchises

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1855 Billy Bates, English cricketer (England all-rounder 1882-87, hat-trick 1883), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 1900)
  • 1888 José Raúl Capablanca, Cuban world chess champion (1921-27), born in Havana, Cuba, Spanish Empire (d. 1942)
  • 1900 Bunny Ahearne, Britsih ice hockey promoter, born in County Wexford, Ireland (d. 1985)
  • 1915 Anita Lizana, Chilean tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1937; first Latin American major winner), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1994)

Person of interestRoy Campanella

1921 Roy Campanella, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL MVP 1951,53,55 Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

Person of interestKurt Nielsen

1930 Kurt Nielsen, Danish tennis player, (Wimbledon 1953, 55 runner-up), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2011)

Tennis Player Kurt Nielsen
Tennis Player
Kurt Nielsen
  • 1938 Frank Misson, Australian cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 16 wickets; NSW), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1938 Richard Dumbrill, cricketer (South African all-rounder in 5 Tests 1965-67)

Person of interestTed Turner

1938 Ted Turner, American founder of CNN, owner of the Atlanta Braves and winner of the America's Cup in 1977, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • 1941 Ivanka Khristova, Bulgaria, shot putter (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1942 Larry Gilbert, American golfer (Senior Players Championship 1997), born in Fort Knox, Kentucky (d. 1998)
  • 1944 Dennis Hull, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1947 Bob Boone, baseball player and manager (Phillies, Angels), born in San Diego, California
  • 1949 Ahmad Rashad [Bobby Moore], NFL receiver (Minnesota Vikings)/sportscaster
  • 1957 George Leary, Newmarket Ontario, trap shooter (Olympics-16-92, 96)
  • 1957 Otis J Anderson, NFL running back (NY Giants, 1990 Super Bowl MVP)
  • 1958 Michael Wilbon, sports analyst
  • 1961 Grant Ledyard, Winnipeg, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • 1962 Salim Jaffer, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 14 Tests 1986-91)
  • 1962 Dodie Boy Peñalosa, Philippine boxer
  • 1964 Jeni Lidgett, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1964 Irina Laricheva, Russian trap shooter (World C'ships x 6 gold individual, team, double trap), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2020)
  • 1965 Erik Wilhelm, NFL quarterback (NY Jets)
  • 1965 Laurent Blanc, French footballer
  • 1966 Brian Wilsterman, soccer player (Dordreecht '90)
  • 1966 Gail Devers, American athlete (Olympics gold 100m 1992, 96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1967 Gary Disarcina, Maiden MA, infielder (California Angels)
  • 1968 Gord Fraser, road race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1968 Matt Darby, NFL safety (Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1968 Steven Penn, Brevard NC, team handball center back (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Rod Mapstone, Australian long jumper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Berthil de Avest, soccer player (Roda JC/FC Twente)
  • 1970 Bhupinder Singh Jr, cricketer (Punjab & Indian ODI batsman)
  • 1970 Jenni Meno, Pompton Plains NJ, pairs skaters (Olympics 1994)
  • 1970 Larry Tharpe, NFL tackle (Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions)
  • 1970 Rickey Brady, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1971 Adrian Griffith, Barbadian cricketer (West Indian Test opening batsman), born in Saint James, Barbados
  • 1971 Andy Sheets, Baton Rouge LA, infielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1971 Dimitri Yushkevich, Yaroslavl Russia, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leaf)
  • 1971 Michelle Andrews, Newcastle NSW Aust, field hockey striker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Jeremy McGrath, American motorcycle racer
  • 1972 David Palmer, American NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings 1994-2002), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1973 Daniel Meech, Hastings NZ, equestrian showjumper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Jamir Miller, NFL outside linebacker (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1974 Orlando Fuentes, Ellsworth AFB SD, half-lightweight judoka (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Ju-Yeon Choi, Pusan Korea, tennis star (1995 Futures-Seoul-KOR II)
  • 1976 Petr Sykora, Pizen CZE, NHL forward (Team Czech Rep, NJ Devils)
  • 1976 Benny Vansteelant, Belgian duathlete (d. 2007)
  • 1976 Stylianos Venetidis, Greek soccer player
  • 1977 Kerri Strug, gymnast (Olympic gold 1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1978 Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová, Czech athlete
  • 1979 Ryan Howard, American baseball player
  • 1979 Larry Johnson, American football player
  • 1979 Leam Richardson, English soccer player
  • 1979 John-Ford Griffin, American baseball player
  • 1980 Courtney Anderson, American football player
  • 1983 Chandra Crawford, Canadian cross-country skier
  • 1985 Chris Eagles, English footballer
  • 1988 Patrick Kane, American ice hockey player

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1939 Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio (24) weds "Freshies" actress Dorothy Arnold at St. Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio

LoveWedding of Interest

1986 Hall of Fame boxing champ Muhammad Ali (44) weds Yolanda Williams

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 2005 Indianapolis 500 racer Danica Patrick (23) weds physical therapist Paul Hospenthal in Scottsdale, Arizona

Deaths in Sport

  • 1917 Basil Grieve, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests England v South Africa 1889), dies
  • 1935 F S Gough-Calthorpe, cricketer (England captain v WI 1930), dies
  • 1971 Bill Stern, American sportscaster (first televised college football game), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1973 Cyril Allcott, cricketer (6 Tests for NZ, 113 runs & 6 wickets), dies
  • 1985 Lall Singh, cricketer (Test for India 1932), dies
  • 2002 George Fullerton, South African cricketer (South African keeper-batsman 1947-51), dies at 79
  • 2003 Ian Geoghegan, Australian racing driver (b. 1940)
  • 2007 Mike Gregory, English rugby league footballer, dies from progressive muscular atrophy at 43
  • 2007 Jim Ringo, American NFL center (Green Bay, Philadelphia), dies at 75
  • 2008 Carole Caldwell Graebner, American tennis player (US Open doubles 1965, Australian Open doubles 1966), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2011 Basil D'Oliveira, English cricket all-rounder (44 Tests, 2,484 @ 40.06, 47 wickets), dies form Parkinson's disease at 80

Person of interestJana Novotna

2017 Jana Novotná, Czech tennis player (Wimbledon 1998), dies of cancer at 49

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
  • 2020 André Quilis, French rugby union flanker (5 caps; RC Narbonne), dies at 79
  • 2020 Jake Scott, American College Football Hall of Fame safety (Uni of Georgia; 5×Pro Bowl; 2×First-team All-Pro; Super Bowl 1972 [MVP], 73; Miami Dolphins), dies from head injuries in a fall at 75