On This Day in Sport for November 20

Events in Sport

  • 1866 Pierre Lalemont patents rotary crank bicycle
  • 1902 Geo Lefevre & Henri Desgrange create Tour de France bicycle race
  • 1915 7th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tigers defeats Toronto Rowing, 13-7
  • 1928 Boston Gardens opens, Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 1-0

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1934 Eiji Sawamura, 17, gives up 1 hit, Lou Gehrig's HR, US beats 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 11th Formula One WDC: Jack Brabham wins by nine points

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1962 Mickey Mantle wins AL MVP for the 3rd time

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1966 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Success Golf Open
  • 1966 Dallas sacks Pittsburgh QBs an NFL record 12 times
  • 1967 Mets pitcher Tom Seaver (16-12) is named NL Rookie of Year
  • 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
Pele
  • 1969 SF Giant Willie McCovey edges Tom Seaver as NL MVP
  • 1971 21st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
  • 1976 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Colgate-Hong Kong Golf Open
  • 1977 Steve Largent begins NFL streak of 177 consecutive game receptions

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

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 1977 27th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Cale Yarborough wins
  • 1983 Cleveland Browns shutout Patriots 30-0
  • 1983 NY Giants Butch Woolfolk ties NFL record of 43 attempts rushing
  • 1983 33rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bobby Allison wins
  • 1984 Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1985 NY Yankee Don Mattingly easily wins AL MVP
  • 1988 38th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bill Elliott wins
  • 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
  • 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)

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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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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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1866 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, judge/1st commissioner of baseball
  • 1869 Clark Griffith, Mo, baseball player/manager (NY Yankees)
  • 1880 George McBride, baseball player (d. 1973)
  • 1882 Andy Coakley, baseball player and long-time coach at Columbia University (d. 1963)
  • 1891 Leon Cadore, pitcher (pitched all of 26 inning game)
  • 1911 Jean Shiley, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1917 Bobby Locke, South African golfer (d. 1987)
  • 1918 Dora Ratjen, German man possing as woman high jumper (Oly-4th-1936)
  • 1928 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), born in Corris, Gwynedd (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Donald Ray January, Plainview TX, PGA golfer (1960 Tucson Open)
  • 1938 Tony White, cricketer (2 Tests WI v Australia 1965)
  • 1944 Anthea Stewart, Zimbabwe, field hockey coach/player (Olympic-1980)
  • 1946 Greg Cook, American football player
  • 1947 Mardell Wilkins, LPGA golfer
  • 1949 Juha Mieto, Finland, 15KM skier (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1953 Greg Gibson, Stafford Va, Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1956 Mark Gastineau, NFL end (NY Jets, Pro Bowl 1981-85)
  • 1957 Mike Craven, former English professional footballer
  • 1961 Tim Harvey, British racing driver
  • 1961 Dave Watson, English footballer
  • 1964 John Maclean, Oshawa, NHL right wing (NJ Devils)
  • 1965 Andrew Stewart, CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1967 Alex Arias, American infielder (Florida Marlins), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Chris Childs, NBA guard (NJ Nets, NY Knicks)
  • 1967 Chris Patton, American professional golfer (1989 U.S. Amateur), born in Fountain Inn South Carolina
  • 1968 Jeff Tarango, California, tennis star (defaulted 1995 Wimbledon)
  • 1968 Keith Rucker, NFL defensive tackle (Cin Bengals)
  • 1968 Richard Clarke, Yachter Finn (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1969 Chris Harris, cricketer (son of Zin NZ all-rounder in ODI's)
  • 1969 Konstantin Semyonov, Israel, Men's pole vaulter (Oly-11th-1996)
  • 1969 Malvin Hunter, CFL defensive end (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1969 Richard Dickson Reid, New Zealand road race cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Silvia Sommaggio, Italian 5k runner
  • 1970 Trevor Cobb, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1970 Delia Gonzalez, American-Mexican boxer, born in Anthony, New Mexico
  • 1971 Dion Nash, cricketer (NZ right-arm medium-pacer 1992- )
  • 1971 Joey Galloway, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1971 Robert Wijnands, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1972 Riddick Parker, WLAF defensive tackle (Rhein Fire, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 Trent Pollard, NFL guard (Cin Bengals)
  • 1972 Yanick Dupre, NHL left wing (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1973 Brad Keeney, WLAF defensive tackle (Scotland Claymores)
  • 1973 Matthew Smith, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Brad Williams, cricketer (Victoria & Young Australia fast bowler)
  • 1974 Drew Ginn, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Jerald Moore, running back (St Louis Rams)
  • 1974 Kirk Reynolds, Outlook Saskatchwan, trap shooter (Olympics-96)
  • 1975 J. D. Drew, American baseball player
  • 1976 Dominique Dawes, gymnast (Olympics-gold/brz-92, 96), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1976 Elisa Blair, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1976 Theodoros Velkos, badminton player
  • 1979 Maree Bowden, New Zealand netball player (Silver Ferns)
  • 1980 James Chambers, English footballer
  • 1981 Jilen Siroky, 200m breaststroke (Olympics-96)
  • 1981 Carlos Boozer, American basketball player
  • 1984 Ferdinando Monfardini, Italian racing driver
  • 1985 Juan Cruz Álvarez, Argentine racing driver
  • 1990 Sam Burton, English footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding 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

  • 1993 Heather Farr, golfer, dies of cancer at 28
  • 1995 Sergei Grinkov, figure skater (Oly-gold), dies of heart attack at 28
  • 1997 Dick Littlefield, baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 2006 Andre Waters, American football player (b. 1962)
  • 2009 Max Robertson, British sports commentator, radio and television presenter and author (b. 1915)
  • 2010 Rob Lytle, American football player (b. 1954)
  • 2010 Danny McDevitt, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • 2012 William Grut, Swedish pentathlete, dies at 98