On This Day

On This Day in Sport for November 2

Events in Sport

  • 1895 Belmont Stakes: Fred Taral aboard Preakness winner Belmar wins in 2:11½; race run in November as NY Jockey Club closed out its affairs
  • 1895 First organised auto race in the United States is run in Chicago; 6 cars race over 52-mile lakefront course; 2 finish because of blizzard conditions
  • 1913 St. Louis Browns player-manager George Stovall, fired the previous summer, is the first MLB player to jump to the Federal League, signing to manage the Kansas City Packers

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1934 MLB All-Star team led by Connie Mack and including Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig starts 18-game tour against Japanese Big-Six University League

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

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1938 Boston Red Sox first baseman Jimmie Foxx is voted Most Valuable Player of the American League for the third time

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Sport awardRyder Cup

1947 Ryder Cup Golf, Portland GC: US wins first post WWII event, 11-1; Ben Hogan American captain; Henry Cotton GB skipper

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1947 After just 6 games of the season, Chicago Blackhawks trade NHL scoring leader Max Bentley along with Cy Thomas to Toronto Maple Leafs for Gus Bodnar, Bud Poile, Gaye Stewart, Bob Goldham, and Ernie Dickens
  • 1958 Los Angeles Rams beat Chicago Bears, 41-35 before 90,833 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum; NFL single-game attendance record

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1960 New York Yankees outfielder Roger Maris beats teammate Mickey Mantle for American League MVP Award, 225-222; second-closest vote ever

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1964 Columbia Broadcasting System buys 80% share in the New York Yankees Baseball Club for $11.2 million; later purchases club outright
  • 1969 Quarterbacks Billy Kilmer of New Orleans and St Louis' Charlie Johnson each pass for 6 touchdowns for combined NFL record of 12 passing TDs in a game; Saints beat Cardinals, 51-42 at Busch Memorial Stadium

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1969 41-year old Detroit center Gordie Howe picks up his 19th and final NHL hat trick as the Red Wings beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3; Howe is the oldest player to score an NHL hat-trick

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 1971 Baltimore Orioles pitcher Pat Dobson no-hits the Yomiuri Giants, 2 - 0; first no-hitter in history of exhibition play between American and Japanese teams
  • 1972 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton is unanimously selected National League Cy Young Award winner; wins 27 games for Phillies, who as a team win only 57 games

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1974 Atlanta Braves trade then MLB home run king Hank Aaron to Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Dave May

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1975 First sports event at The Summit arena in Houston - NBA's Houston Rockets beat Milwaukee Bucks, 104-89; future Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich top scores with 24 points

  • 1977 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton wins his second Cy Young Award, outpointing Tommy John of the LA Dodgers; Carlton leads National League with 23 wins and posts 2.64 ERA

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1978 Wayne Gretzky is sold to the Edmonton Oilers after just 8 games with the Indianapolis Racers of the WHA (scoring 6 points); scores 104 points in 72 games (both teams combined) and is named WHA rookie of the year

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1985 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Aqueduct Racetrack; winners: Cozzene, Life's Magic, Pebbles, Precisionist, Proud Truth, Tasso, Twilight Ridge
  • 1985 LA Kings score 5 goals in a span of 5:37, the fastest in NHL team history; rout Hartford Whalers, 8-1 at Hartford Civic Center
  • 1985 Tulsa's Gordon Brown (214) and Steve Gage (206) set NCAA football record for combined rushing yards in one game for 2 teammates who gained more than 200 yards each in 42-26 win at Wichita State
  • 1986 New York City Marathon: Grete Waitz of Norway wins her 8th NYC event in 2:28:06; Gianni Poli of Italy, men's champion in 2:11:06
  • 1986 Ayako Okamoto wins Nichirei Ladies Cup US-Japan Team Golf Championship

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1986 German tennis star Boris Becker wins his third tournament in 3 weeks in different continents; beats Sergio Casal of Spain 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 in the final of the Paris Open after victories in Japan and Australia

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker

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1988 Mexican radio station erronously reports Mike Tyson dies in car crash

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

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1988 A's shortstop Walt Weiss wins AL rookie of year; 3rd straight for Oakland; Jose Canseco 1986, Mark McGwire 1987

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1990 First NBA game at Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Rolando Blackman top scores with 21 points as Timberwolves beat Mavericks, 98-85
  • 1990 First regular season game played outside North America by any major professional sports league the NBA's Phoenix Suns beat the Utah Jazz, 119-96 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Japan
  • 1990 Golden State Warriors register a 162-158 win over the Denver Nuggets at McNichols Arena, with the 320 total points setting an NBA record for most points scored by 2 teams in a non-overtime game
  • 1991 Nevada makes biggest comeback in NCAA football history, overcoming a 35 point 3rd quarter deficit to rally and beat Weber State, 55-49
  • 1991 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; winners: Arazi, Black Tie Affair, Dance Smartly (leading female thoroughbred money-earner, with $3,083,456), Miss Alleged, Opening Verse, Pleasant Stage, Sheikh Albadou
  • 1991 2nd Rugby World Cup Final, Twickenham: Australia beats England, 12-6 with Wallabies fly-half Michael Lynagh landing 2 penalties and a conversion
  • 1994 NFL announces the expansion Carolina Panthers would play in the NFC West, while the Jacksonville Jaguars is assigned to the AFC Central
  • 1996 Miami Heat’s Pat Riley becomes eighth coach to win 800 games in 97-95 win at Indiana; milestone accomplished 2 weeks shy of his 15th coaching anniversary, faster than any coach in NBA history
  • 1997 New York City Marathon: John Kagwe of Kenya wins men's race in 2:08:12; Franziska Rochat-Moser of Switzerland women's champion in 2:28:43
  • 1997 Eric Metcalf of the San Diego Chargers returns punts for touchdowns of 85 & 67 yards in 38-31 loss at Cincinnati; joins Hall of Famer Jack Christiansen as only players in NFL history to return punts for TDs twice in a game
  • 2002 14th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 14-7 in South Bend

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2002 Mark Messier plays his 1,616th NHL game, a 3-2 Rangers loss against the St. Blues, to move into 2nd place on the all-time games played list; passes Larry Murphy and ends career with 1,756 games, just 11 shy of Gordie Howe

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 2003 New York City Marathon: Margaret Okayo of Kenya wins in 2:22:31 to break her own record; her countryman Martin Lel wins men's race in 2:10:30

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2008 British McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton finishes 4th in season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Autódromo José Carlos Pace to clinch his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Felipe Massa

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton
  • 2012 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 1 winners: Hightail, Calidoscopio, Flotilla, Beholder, Zagora, Royal Delta

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2013 Brazilian surfer Gabriel Medina claims ASP World Junior Title by beating Ramzi Boukhiam of Morocco in a high-scoring final at Joaquina Beach in Florianopolis, Brazil

  • 2013 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 2 winners: Ria Antonia, Dank, Groupie Doll, Mizdirection, New Year's Day, Magician, Secret Circle, Wise Dan, Mucho Macho Man
  • 2013 Masahiro Tanaka's record streak of 30 consecutive starts without a loss ends when the Rakuten Golden Eagles' ace is beaten, 4-2, by the Yomiuri Giants in Game 6 of the Japan Baseball Series
  • 2014 New York City Marathon: Wilson Kipsang of Kenya wins in 2:10:59; compatriot Mary Keitany wins first of 3 straight women's titles in 2:25:07
  • 2016 Chicago Cubs beat Cleveland Indians, 8-7 in Game 7 at Progressive Field, Cleveland; first Cubs' Baseball World Series win in 108 years
  • 2018 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; Day 1 winners: Bulletin, Newspaperofrecord, Jaywalk, Line of Duty, Game Winner
  • 2019 9th Rugby World Cup, Yokohama: South African fly-half Handré Pollard lands 6 penalties and 2 conversions as Springboks beat favourites England, 32-12 for their 3rd title

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1877 Victor Trumper, Australian cricket batsman (48 Tests, top score 214; key figure foundation of rugby league in Australia), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 1915)
  • 1879 Marion Jones, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1899, 1902), born in Gold Hill, Nevada (d. 1965)
  • 1888 Dutch Zwilling, American baseball outfielder (Federal League HR all-time leader), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1978)
  • 1894 Bill Johnston, American tennis player (US Open 1915, 19; Wimbledon 1923), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1946)
  • 1903 Travis Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (World Series 1933; MLB All Star 1934; NY Giants), born in Waldo, Arkansas (d. 1987)
  • 1906 Paul Thompson, Canadian ice hockey forward and coach (Stanley Cup 1928 [NY Rangers], 1934, 38 Chicago Black Hawks), born in Calgary, Alberta (d. 1991)
  • 1908 Fred Bakewell, English cricket batsman (6 Tests, top score 107; Northamptonshire), born in Walsall, Staffordshire (d. 1983)
  • 1914 Johnny Vander Meer, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1938-39, 42-43; World Series 1940; Cincinnati Reds), born in Prospect Park, New Jersey (d. 1997)
  • 1916 Al Campanis, Greek baseball second baseman and executive (first Greek player in MLB history; GM LA Dodgers 1968-87), born in Kos, Greece (d. 1998)
  • 1917 Durward Knowles, Bahamas yachtsman (Olympic gold, Star class 1968), born in Nassau, Bahamas (d. 2018)
  • 1920 Dick Sisler. American baseball utility, coach and manager (Cincinnati Reds; MLB All Star 1950), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Bill Mosienko, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (fastest hat trick in NHL history, 21 seconds 1952; 5-time All Star), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1994)
  • 1924 David Bauer, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame player and builder (priest, school coach; National Team manager), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 1988)
  • 1926 Myer Skoog, American basketball guard (NBA C'ship 1952-4; Minneapolis Lakers), born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 2019)
  • 1928 Leon Hart, American College Football Hall of Fame end and fullback (Heisman Trophy 1949, Notre Dame), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1932 George Sholty, American harness driver (2,934 career wins; $20 million+ purse money), born in Logansport, Indiana (d. 2000)

Person of interestKen Rosewall

1934 Ken Rosewall, Australian tennis player (8 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Sydney, New South Wales

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • 1935 Mohammad Munaf, Pakistan cricket pace bowler (4 Tests, 11 wickets), born in Mumbai, India (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Lawrence Robert Shreve, Canadian pro wrestler (Abdullah the Butcher), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1939 Tom Thacker, American basketball forward (only player to play on NCAA, ABA and NBA C'ship teams), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • 1940 Jim Bakken, American NFL punter and place kicker (Pro Bowl 1965, 67, 75-76; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1940 Ed Budde, American AFL and NFL guard (Pro Bowl 1970-71; Super Bowl 1970; KC Chiefs), born in Highland Park, Michigan

Person of interestDave Stockton

1941 Dave Stockton, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1970, 76), born in San Bernardino, California

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
  • 1942 Ron Reed, American NBA forward and MLB pitcher (Detroit Pistons; Philadelphia Phillies), born in LaPorte, Indiana
  • 1944 Liesel Westermann, German discus thrower (Olympic silver 1968; world record 63.96m 1969), born in Sulingen, Germany
  • 1945 Larry Little, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (5-time Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 1972-73; Miami Dolphins), born in Groveland, Georgia
  • 1946 Alan Jones, Australian auto racer, broadcaster (World Formula 1 champion 1980), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1946 Tom Paciorek, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1981; Seattle Mariners), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1948 Víctor Galíndez, Argentine boxer (WBA light heavyweight title 1974-79), born in Vedia, Buenos Aires (d. 1980)
  • 1951 Kathy Hammond, American athlete (Olympic bronze 400m, silver 4x400m relay 1972), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1953 Rick Meagher, Canadian ice hockey center (NHL Frank J. Selke Trophy 1990; St. Louis Blues captain), born in Belleville, Ontario
  • 1954 Pat Croce, American entrepreneur, sports team executive and owner, TV personality (Philadelphia 76ers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Mark Reynolds, American yachtsman (Olympic gold, Star class 1992, 2000), born in San Diego, California
  • 1958 Willie McGee, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1983, 85, 87-88; NL MVP 1985; St Louis Cardinals), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1959 Saïd Aouita, Moroccan athlete (Olympic gold 5,000m 1984), born in Kenitra, Morocco
  • 1959 Mark May, American College Football Hall of Fame guard and broadcaster (Super Bowl 1982, 87; Washington Redskins), born in Oneonta, NY
  • 1960 Bruce Baumgartner, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984, 92), born in Haledon, New Jersey
  • 1960 Rosalyn Fairbank, South African tennis player (French Open doubles 1981, 83), born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
  • 1961 Kōki Idoki, Japanese golfer (Senior PGA C'ship 2013), born in Ibaraki, Osaka
  • 1961 Jim Tedford, American football coach (Fresno State; BC Lions [CFL]), born in Lynwood, California
  • 1963 Ines Diers, German swimmer (GDR Olympic gold 400m, 4x100m relay 1980), born in Rochlitz, Sachsen, Germany
  • 1964 Kevin Gogan, American NFL guard (Pro Bowl 1994, 97-98; Super Bowl 1992-93, Dallas Cowboys), born in Pacifica, California
  • 1967 Derek Porter, Canadian rower (Olympic gold M8 1992; World C'ship gold single sculls 1993), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1972 Alfred Schreuder, Dutch soccer midfielder and manager (NAC Breda; manager: 1899 Hoffenheim), born in Barneveld, Netherlands
  • 1972 Marie-Josée Gilbeau-Ouimet, Canadian kayaker (World C'ships 3 gold K-2 200m 1995, 98; K-4 200m 1995), born in Lachine, Quebec
  • 1972 Darío Silva, Uruguayan soccer striker (49 caps, 14 goals; Málaga, Cagliari), born in Treinta y Tres, Uruguay
  • 1973 Jason Smith, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (1,008 NHL games; NJ Devils, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973 Ben Graham, Australian Football League ruckman and executive (Geelong, Western Bulldogs) and NFL punter (Arizona Cardinals), born in Geelong, Victoria
  • 1974 Ruslan Salei, Belarusian ice hockey defenceman (917 NHL games; died in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash), born in Minsk, Belarus (d. 2011)
  • 1974 Orlando Cabrera, Colombian baseball shortstop (Gold Glove Award 2001, 07; Montreal Expos; Boston Red Sox), born in Cartagena, Colombia
  • 1975 Stéphane Sarrazin, French auto racer (Le Mans Series 2007, 10; French Formula Renault 1994; 24 Hours of Le Mans x 4 runner-up), born in Barjac, Gard, France
  • 1977 Leon Taylor, English diver and broadcaster (Olympic silver 10m synchro 2004; BBC), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
  • 1980 Diego Lugarno, Uruguayan soccer defender (95 caps; São Paulo, Fenerbahçe), born in Canelones, Uruguay
  • 1981 Roddy White, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 2008-11; Atlanta Falcons), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1981 Mitchell Johnson, Australian cricket fast bowler (73 Tests, 313 wickets @ 28.40; 153 ODIs), born in Townsville, Queensland
  • 1981 Rafael Márquez Lugo, Mexican soccer forward (16 caps; Morelia, Guadalajara), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1982 Charles Itandje, Cameroon soccer goal-keeper (12 caps; Lens), born in Bobigny, France
  • 1987 Danny Cipriani, English rugby union fly-half, fullback (16 caps; Wasps, Gloucester), born in London, England
  • 1988 Julia Görges, German tennis player (7 WTA, 6 ITF titles), born in Bad Oldesloe, Schleswig-Holstein
  • 1989 Stevan Jovetić, Montenegrin soccer striker (51 caps; Fiorentina, Monaco), born in Podgorica, Montenegro
  • 1995 Hanna Öberg, Swedish biathlete (Olympic gold 15k individual 2018; World C'ship gold 2019), born in Kiruna, Lapland

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1887 Baseball legend Connie Mack (24) weds Margaret Hogan

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 2012 BMX icon TJ Lavin weds longtime fiancee Roxanne Siordia (32) in Las Vegas

Deaths in Sport

  • 1895 Jack 'The Nonpareil' Dempsey, Irish boxer (first holder of World Middleweight Championship 1886-90), dies from tuberculosis at 32
  • 1914 Jack Sheridan, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (World Series 1905, 07-08, 10), dies from effects of sunstroke at 52
  • 1931 Henry Musgrove, Australian cricket batsman (1 Test 1885), dies at 72
  • 1935 Jock "Herbie" Cameron, South African cricket wicket-keeper and captain (26 Tests; 51 dismissals), dies of typhoid at 30
  • 1957 Ted Meredith, American athlete (Olympic gold 800m in world record 1:51.9s 1912), dies at 64
  • 1973 Earl Neale, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Virginia; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles) and MLB outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), dies at 81
  • 1985 Fred Enke, American College basketball coach (University of Arizona 1925–1961, record 522–344), dies at 88
  • 1995 Bill Blair, American auto racer (NASCAR pioneer; 54 top-10 finishes), dies at 84

Person of interestToni Stone

1996 Toni Stone, American baseball second baseman (first woman to play in men's Negro League), dies at 75

Baseball Player Toni Stone
Baseball Player
Toni Stone
  • 1997 Roy McMillan, American baseball infielder, coach and manager (MLB All Star 1956-57; Gold Glove 1957-59; Cincinnati Reds), dies of heart failure at 68
  • 1998 Fred Freer, Australian cricket pace bowler (1 Test 1946), dies at 82
  • 2004 Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch road cyclist (World Road Race Champion 1978; Amstel Gold Race 1974, 85), dies from a heart attack at 53
  • 2005 Ferruccio Valcareggi, Italian soccer midfielder and manager (Bologna; Atalanta, Italy 1974 World Cup), dies at 86
  • 2010 Andy Irons, American surfer (ASP World Champion 2002-04), dies of heart attack due to acute mixed drug ingestion at 32
  • 2010 Clyde King, American baseball pitcher, coach, manager and executive (Brooklyn Dodgers; New York Yankees), dies at 86
  • 2012 Milt Campbell, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1956), dies from prostate cancer and diabetes at 78
  • 2013 Walt Bellamy, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All-Star 1962–65; NBA Rookie of the Year 1962; Olympic gold 1960), dies at 74
  • 2015 Mike Davies, Welsh tennis player, entrepreneur and administrator (ED ATP; GM ITF; Grand Slam Cup creator), dies from mesothelioma at 79