On This Day

On This Day in Sport for November 20

Events in Sport

  • 1866 French inventor Pierre Lallement patents rotary crank bicycle

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1902 Geo Lefevre and Henri Desgrange create Tour de France bicycle race

Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France Henri Desgrange
Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France
Henri Desgrange
  • 1915 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Hamilton Tigers win 2nd title; beat Toronto Rowing Association, 13-7

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1928 Boston Gardens opens, Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 1-0

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth

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1934 17 year old pitcher Eiji Sawamura gives up just 1 hit, a Lou Gehrig HR, as US All Stars beat Japan, 1-0

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1934 Toronto Maple Leaf Harvey Jackson is 1st to score 4 goals in a period
  • 1942 NHL abolishes regular season OT until WW II is over
  • 1952 Cubs slugger Hank Sauer wins NL MVP
  • 1955 Kripal Singh scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, India v NZ
  • 1955 Polly Umrigar scores India's 1st Test Cricket double century, 223 v NZ
  • 1960 Australian driver Jack Brabham finishes 4th in season-ending US Grand Prix at Riverside Raceway to retain his F1 World Drivers Championship by 9 points from Bruce McLaren of New Zealand

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1962 Mickey Mantle wins AL MVP for the 3rd time

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1966 Dallas sacks Pittsburgh QBs an NFL record 12 times

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1967 Mets pitcher Tom Seaver (16-12) is named NL Rookie of Year

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • 1969 Gundappa Viswanath scores 137 on Test Cricket debut v Australia Kanpur

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1969 Brazilian soccer icon Pele scores his 1,000th goal

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend

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1969 San Francisco Giant Willie McCovey edges Tom Seaver as NL MVP

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver

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1971 21st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty
  • 1977 Steve Largent begins NFL streak of 177 consecutive game receptions

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1977 Walter Payton (Bears) rushes for NFL record 275 yards

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton

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1984 Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden wins NL Rookie of Year

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden

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1985 NY Yankee Don Mattingly easily wins AL MVP

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly
  • 1988 Boston College beats Army 38-24 in the 'Emerald isle Classic' at Dublin's Lansdowne Road Stadium, the first NCAA American Football game to be played in Europe
  • 1988 38th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bill Elliott wins
  • 1988 Argentine tennis star Gabriela Sabatini beats Pam Shriver 7–5, 6–2, 6–2 to win her first WTA Tour Championship at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1989 Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Robin Yount wins AL MVP

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1990 Oakland's Rickey Henderson wins AL MVP

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1990 Sacramento Kings last NBA win on the road for over a year
  • 1991 Atlanta Braves Terry Pendleton wins NL MVP

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1992 Home crowd favourite Boris Becker claims his 2nd ATP Tour World Championship tennis title beating American Jim Courier 6–4, 6–3, 7–5 in the final in Frankfurt, Germany

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • 1993 58th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 22-14 in Auburn

  • 1993 5th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 41-39 in South Bend (Boston College's first win in the series)
  • 1994 Unseeded Argentine tennis star Gabriela Sabatini claims WTA Tour Championship with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over American Lindsay Davenport at Madison Square Garden, NYC

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1994 American tennis star Pete Sampras beats Boris Becker 4–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–4 to win his second ATP Tour World Championship title in Frankfurt, Germany

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker

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1997 Flyers Eric Lindros tries to bite San Jose defenseman Marty McSorley

NHL Star Eric Lindros
NHL Star
Eric Lindros
  • 1997 Last original Florida Marlin, Jeff Conine, traded to KC Royals
  • 1997 Mavericks' A C Green sets NBA record of 907 consecutive games played
  • 1997 NY Islanders lose, beginning a 10 game losing streak
  • 1999 64th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 28-17 in Auburn
  • 1999 11th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 31-29 in South Bend
  • 2000 52nd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bobby Labonte wins
  • 2004 69th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 21-13 in Tuscaloosa
  • 2005 57th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tony Stewart wins

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2005 David Nalbandian of Argentina outlasts defending champion Roger Federer 6–7, 6–7, 6–2, 6–1, 7–6 in Shanghai, China to win his only career season-ending Tennis Masters Cup title

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

AgreementContract of Interest

2006 Moises Alou signs a one year-contract with the New York Mets worth $7.5 million

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou
  • 2006 58th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jimmie Johnson wins
  • 2011 Presidents Cup Golf, Royal Melbourne GC: Jim Furyk wins all 5 of his matches as US beats International team, 19-15
  • 2016 Jimmie Johnson driving for Hendrick Motorsports, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim record equalling 7th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; Richard Petty & Dale Earnhardt, 7 titles

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2016 Scotsman Andy Murray breaks through for a first season-ending ATP World Tour Finals tennis title with a 6-3, 6-4 win in London over 5-time defending champion Novak Đoković

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković

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2018 South African golfer Gary Player receives PGA recognition for his 3 Senior British Open wins (1988, 90, 97) from before event recognised as a major title (2003); takes him to 9 Senior majors

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player

Birthdays in Sport

Person of interestKenesaw Mountain Landis

1866 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, American judge and 1st commissioner of baseball (1920-44), born in Millville, Ohio (d. 1944)

1st MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis
1st MLB Commissioner
Kenesaw Mountain Landis
  • 1869 Clark Griffith, American MLB baseball player and manager (NY Yankees), born in Clear Creek, Missouri (d. 1955)
  • 1880 George McBride, American MLB shortstop and manager (AL fielding leader 1912-15), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1973)
  • 1882 Andy Coakley, American baseball player and long-time coach at Columbia University, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1963)
  • 1891 Leon Cadore, American baseball pitcher (pitched all of 26 inning game), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1958)
  • 1911 Jean Shiley, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1932), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1998)
  • 1917 Bobby Locke, South African golfer (British Open 1949-50, 52, 57), born in Germiston, South Africa (d. 1987)
  • 1918 Dora Ratjen, German man who posed as a female high jumper (Olympic 4th 1936), born in Erichshof, Bremen, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Pete Rademacher, American boxer (Olympic gold +81kg 1956; first challenger for world heavyweight title in first pro bout; lost), born in Tieton, Washington (d. 2020)
  • 1928 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), born in Corris, Gwynedd (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Don January, American golfer (PGA Championship 1967), born in Plainview Texas
  • 1929 Gabriel Ochoa Uribe, Colombian soccer manager (record 14 x league titles; Millonarios [6], Santa Fe [1], América de Cali [7]; Columbia), born in Sopetrán, Colombia (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Tony White, West Indian cricketer (2 Tests WI v Australia 1965), born in Brighton, Saint Michael, Barbados
  • 1944 Anthea Stewart, Zimbabwean field hockey coach and player (Olympic gold 1980), born in Blantyre, Nyasaland
  • 1946 Greg Cook, American football player ( Cincinnati Bengals), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • 1948 Jacqueline Hansen, American long distance athlete (world women's marathon record 1974 2:43:54; 1975 2:38:10; Boston Marathon 1973), born in Binghamton, New York
  • 1949 Juha Mieto, Finnish 15KM skier (Olympic silver 1980), born in Kurikka, Finland
  • 1953 Greg Gibson, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic silver 1984), born in Stafford, Virginia
  • 1954 Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league centre (24 Tests; NSW; Cronulla-Sutherland), born in Gold Coast, Australia (d. 2006)
  • 1956 Mark Gastineau, American NFL end (NY Jets, Pro Bowl 1981-85), born in Ardmore, Oklahoma
  • 1961 Tim Harvey, British racing driver, born in Farnborough, England
  • 1961 Dave Watson, English footballer, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1964 John Maclean, Canadian NHL right wing (NJ Devils), born in Oshawa, Ontario
  • 1965 Andrew Stewart, American CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1967 Alex Arias, American infielder (Florida Marlins), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Chris Childs, NBA guard (NJ Nets, NY Knicks), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1968 Jeff Tarango, American tennis player (famously defaults match 1995 Wimbledon), born in Manhattan Beach, California
  • 1968 Keith Rucker, NFL defensive tackle (Cin Bengals), born in University Park, Illinois
  • 1968 Richard Clarke, Canadian sailor Finn (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1969 Chris Harris, New Zealand cricketer (NZ all-rounder in ODI's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1969 Richard Dickson Reid, New Zealand road race cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Silvia Sommaggio, Italian 5k runner, born in Camposampiero., Italy
  • 1970 Delia Gonzalez, American-Mexican boxer, born in Anthony, New Mexico
  • 1971 Dion Nash, New Zealand cricketer (NZ right-arm medium-pacer 1992- ), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971 Joey Galloway, American NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks), born in Bellaire, Ohio
  • 1971 Robert Wijnands, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1972 Riddick Parker, American football defensive tackle (New England Patriots), born in Emporia, Virginia
  • 1972 Trent Pollard, American NFL guard (Cin Bengals), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1972 Yanick Dupre, Canadian NHL left wing (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1997)
  • 1973 Matthew Smith, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1974 Brad Williams, Australian cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 9 wickets; 25 ODIs, 35 wickets), born in Frankston, Australia
  • 1974 Drew Ginn, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in South Gippsland Shire, Australia
  • 1974 Jerald Moore, American football running back (St Louis Rams), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1974 Kirk Reynolds, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Outlook, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1975 J. D. Drew, American baseball player, born in Valdosta, Georgia
  • 1976 Dominique Dawes, American gymnast (Olympics-gold/brz-92, 96), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1976 Elisa Blair, Australian rower (1997 World Champion)
  • 1976 Theodoros Velkos, Greek badminton player, born in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria
  • 1979 Maree Bowden, New Zealand netball player (15 caps, Silver Ferns), born in Clyde, New Zealand
  • 1980 James Chambers, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • 1981 Jilen Siroky, American 200m breaststroke (Olympics 1996), born in Winter Park, Florida
  • 1981 Carlos Boozer, American basketball forward (2-time NBA All Star), born in Aschaffenburg, Germany
  • 1984 Ferdinando Monfardini, Italian racing driver, born in Isola della Scala, Italy
  • 1985 Juan Cruz Álvarez, Argentine racing driver, born in Arrecifes, Argentina
  • 1990 Sam Burton, English footballer, born in Swindon, United Kingdom

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1954 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (21) weds his high school sweetheart Dorothy Hoelle

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

Deaths in Sport

  • 1924 Ebenezer Cobb Morley, English sportsman (drafted first FA rules), dies at 93
  • 1995 Sergei Grinkov, Russian figure skater (Olympic gold pairs 1988, 94; World C'ship gold pairs 1986-87, 89-90), dies of heart attack at 28
  • 1997 Dick Littlefield, American MLB pitcher, dies at 71
  • 1998 Meredith Gourdine, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1952), dies at 69
  • 1998 Dick Sisler. American baseball utility, coach and manager (Cincinnati Reds; MLB All Star 1950), dies at 78
  • 2006 Andre Waters, American football player (b. 1962)
  • 2009 Max Robertson, British sports commentator, dies at 94
  • 2010 Rob Lytle, American football player (b. 1954)
  • 2010 Danny McDevitt, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • 2012 William Grut, Swedish pentathlete, dies at 98
  • 2019 Fred Cox, American NFL kicker (NFL champion 1969; Pro Bowl 1970; Minnesota Vikings all-time leading scorer), dies at 80
  • 2020 Ernesto Canto, Mexican race walker (Olympic gold 20k 1984; World C'ship gold 20k 1983), dies from pancreatic and liver cancer at 61
  • 2020 Ken Schinkel, Canadian ice hockey right wing (NY Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins 636 NHL games) and coach (Pittsburgh Penguins 1972-77), dies at 87