On This Day

On This Day in Sport for November 21

Events in Sport

  • 1902 Baseball's Philadelphia Athletics & Phillies form pro football teams, joining Pitts Stars in 1st attempt at a National Football League
  • 1905 1st match ever played in the Australian National Tennis Championships

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1925 Red Grange plays final Univ of Illinois game, signs with Chicago Bears

NFL Legend Red Grange
NFL Legend
Red Grange

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1934 NY Yankees buy Joe DiMaggio from SF Seals (Pacific Coast League)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio

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1947 Bill Longson beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to win National Wrestlingg Association world heavyweight title

Professional Wrestler Lou Thesz
Professional Wrestler
Lou Thesz

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1949 Bill Veeck sells Indians for $22 million

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • 1952 Dodgers pitcher Joe Black wins NL Rookie of Year

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1960 Bob Scheffing signs to manage Tigers after Casey Stengel turns it down

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel
  • 1968 Cin trades shortstop Leo Cardenas to Twins for pitcher Jim Merritt
  • 1970 NY Knicks 1st game against Cleve Cavalier, Knicks win 102-94 at Madison Square Garden
  • 1971 NY Rangers scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • 1972 Red Sox Carlton Fisk wins AL Rookie of Year, Mets Jon Matlack wins NL

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1973 Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) wins MLB's NL MVP

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

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1977 Orioles 1st baseman Eddie Murray wins AL Rookie of Year

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1978 Bob Horner of Braves wins NL Rookie of Year Award

  • 1980 Gene Michael named 25th New York Yankees manager, replacing Dick Howser, who resigns
  • 1982 32nd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Darrell Waltrip wins
  • 1987 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Hollywood Park; winners: Epitome, Ferdinand, Miesque, Sacahuista, Success Express, Theatrica, Very Subtle
  • 1992 Jan Karlsson swims world record 50m butterfly (23.80 sec)
  • 1992 Jani Sievinen swims world record 100m medley (53.78 sec)
  • 1992 Louise Karlsson swims world record 50m freestyle (31.19 sec)

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1993 Top seeded German tennis player Steffi Graf wins WTA Tour Championship; beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain 6–1, 6–4, 3–6, 6–1 at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Tennis Player
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

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1993 German tennis star Michael Stich scores a 7–6, 2–6, 7–6, 6–2 win over American Pete Sampras to win his first and only ATP Tour World Championship title in Frankfurt, Germany

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • 1994 1st-class cricket debut of Andrew Symonds (Queensland v NSW, SCG)
  • 1998 63rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-17 in Birmingham

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1999 Repeat of previous year's final, but different result; American tennis star Lindsay Davenport beats Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-2 for the WTA Tour Championship at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • 1999 51st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Jarrett wins
  • 2004 CFL Grey Cup, Frank Clair Stadium, Ottawa: Toronto Argonauts defeat BC Lions, 27-19; first Grey Cup game played on next-generation FieldTurf surface
  • 2004 56th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kurt Busch wins

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2004 Roger Federer of Switzerland wins back-to-back season-ending Tennis Masters Cup titles with a 6–3, 6–2 victory over Australian Leyton Hewitt in the final in Houston, Texas

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2012 Chelsea Manager Roberto Di Matteo is sacked and replaced by Rafael Benítez

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1870 Joe Darling, Australian cricket batsman and captain (34 Tests, 21 as captain), born in Glen Osmond, Australia (d. 1946)
  • 1870 Stanley Jackson, English cricketer (captain of England, governor of Bengal), born in Chapel Allerton, Leeds, Yorkshire, England (d. 1947)
  • 1870 Sigfrid Edström, Swedish sports official and 4th President of the International Olympic Committee, born in Morlanda, Sweden (d. 1964)
  • 1905 Fred Lindstrom, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (New York Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1916 Sid Luckman, American NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1998)

Person of interestStan Musial

1920 Stan Musial, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (24 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1942, 44, 46; NL MVP 1943, 46, 48; 7 × NL batting champion; St Louis Cardinals), born in Donora, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1922 Abe Lemons, American basketball coach, born in Ryan, Oklahoma (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Georgia Frontiere, American businesswoman and co-owner of the Cleveland/Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • 1932 Jim Ringo, American NFL center (Green Bay, Philadelphia), born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1934 Peter Philpott, cricketer (NSW & Australian leg spinner 1965-66)
  • 1934 Dietrich Weise, German soccer forward (Eintracht Frankfurt, FSV Mainz) and manager (FC Kaiserslautern, E Frankfurt, F Düsseldorf, Egypt, Liechtenstein), born in Gröben, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Javed Akhtar, cricketer (Pakistani off-spinner took 0-52 in 1962 Test)
  • 1942 Afa Anoa'i, Samoan-American wrestler
  • 1943 Jacques Laffite, French former racing driver
  • 1943 Robert Alner, British racehorse trainer (Cheltenham Gold Cup, Cool Dawn 1998), born in Droop, Dorset (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Earl "the Pearl" Monroe, NBA Guard (NY Knicks, Balt Bullets), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Basil Williams, West Indian cricket batsman (7 Tests, 2 x 100s; century on debut 1978), born in Caymanas Estate, St Catherine, Jamaica (d. 2015)
  • 1949 Barbara Jo Rubin, American jockey (first women to win a race on a major US track), born in Highland, Illinois
  • 1950 Alberto Juantorena, Cuba, 400m dash (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1950 Bruce Laird, Australian cricket batsman (21 Tests; 23 ODIs; 13 "Supertests" in World Series Cricket), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1952 Eamonn Coghlan, Irish 1500m runner (Olympic 4th 76)
  • 1955 Cedric Maxwell, American basketball player
  • 1956 Mariana Simionescu, Romanian tennis player (1st wife of Björn Borg), born in Tirgu Neamt, Romania
  • 1958 Evert van Benthem, Dutch skater (11 Cities Skating Race, 1985, 86)
  • 1958 Tim Robinson, cricketer (solid England opener in 29 Tests 1984-89)
  • 1959 Colin Beashel, Australian star sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1959 Tim Wilkison, American tennis player (6 ATP tiles), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1962 Sabine Busch, German athlete
  • 1963 Peter Bosz, Dutch soccer star (Toulon/Feyenoord)
  • 1964 Olden Polynice, NBA forward/center (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1964 Thomas Everett, NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1966 Jerry Fontenot, NFL center/guard (Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints)
  • 1966 Troy Aikman, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and broadcaster (Super Bowl 1992-93, 95; Pro Bowl 1991–96; Dallas Cowboys), born in West Covina, California
  • 1967 Tripp Cromer, American baseball player, born in Lake City, North Carolina
  • 1967 Toshihiko Koga, Japanese judoka (Olympic gold - 71kgs 1992; silver 1996), born in Kitashigeyasu, Saga, Japan (d. 2021)
  • 1968 Andy Caddick, English cricket fast bowler (62 Tests, 234 wickets; 54 ODIs, 69 wickets; Somerset), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1968 Antonio Tarver, light heavyweight boxer (Olympics-br-96), born in Orlando, Florida

Person of interestKen Griffey Jr.

1969 Ken Griffey Jr., American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (13-time MLB All Star, AL MVP 1997), born in Donora, Pennsylvania

Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.
Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder
Ken Griffey Jr.
  • 1970 Justin Langer, cricketer (gutsy Australian lefty bat 1993- )
  • 1970 Keith Crawford, wide receiver (St Louis Rams)
  • 1971 Michael Strahan, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (7 x Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 2007; NY Giants) and broadcaster (Fox NFL Sunday, co-host ABC's Good Morning America), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1971 Ramondo Stallings, NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals)
  • 1972 David Tua, Samoan boxer
  • 1973 Brent Smith, tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1973 Danny Kanell, quarterback (NY Giants)
  • 1974 Casey Patton, boxer (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • 1974 Tremain Mack, strong safety (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1975 Chad Levitt, running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1976 Saleem Elahi, cricketer (bro of Manzoor Pak, Test opener v Aust 1995)
  • 1976 Martin Meichelbeck, German footballer
  • 1976 Daniel Whiston, British ice skater
  • 1977 Bruno Berner, Swiss footballer
  • 1977 Jonas Jennings, American football player
  • 1979 Vincenzo Iaquinta, Italian footballer
  • 1979 Stromile Swift, American basketball player
  • 1979 Alex Tanguay, Canadian hockey player
  • 1980 Danielle Hartsell, pairs skater (with partner Steve Hartsell), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1980 Leonardo González, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1980 Hank Blalock, American MLB third baseman, 2002-10 (Texas Rangers), born in San Diego, California
  • 1981 Wesley Britt, American football player
  • 1981 Piet Rinke, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1981 Jonny Magallón, Mexican footballer
  • 1982 Georgios Kalogiannidis, Greek archer
  • 1983 Jamie Langley, English rugby player
  • 1984 Álvaro Bautista, Spanish motorcycle racer (125cc World Champion 2006), born in Talavera de la Reina, Spain
  • 1985 Jesús Navas, Spanish footballer
  • 1987 Brian Douwes, Dutch kickboxer and martial artist

Weddings in Sport

  • 1983 NY Ranger Ron Greschner marries model Carol Alt

Deaths in Sport

  • 1900 J. J. Ferris, Australian cricketer (48 wickets for Aust in 8 Tests in 1880's), dies at 33
  • 1907 Harry Boyle, round-arm cricket bowler (12 of Aust's early Tests), dies
  • 1925 Robert Wrenn, American tennis player (US Open 1893-94, 1896-97), dies at 52
  • 1940 Geoffrey Legge, cricketer (WWII 196 Eng v NZ Auckland 1930), dies
  • 1945 Jimmy Quinn, Scottish soccer striker (11 caps; Celtic 272 games, 188 goals), dies at 67
  • 1958 Mel Ott, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder and manager (12 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1933; 6 × NL home run leader; NY Giants), dies of injuries sustained in an auto accident at 49
  • 1959 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), dies at 50
  • 1970 Newsy Lalonde, Canadian ice hockey (Montreal Canadiens) and lacrosse player, dies at 83
  • 1980 Jim Parks Sr, Kent cricket all-rounder (only Test for England), dies
  • 1985 Ramnath Kenny, cricketer (5 Tests for India 1958-60), dies

Person of interestCarl Hubbell

1988 Carl Hubbell, American baseball pitcher (NY Giants)-253 wins, 2.97 lifetime ERA, dies at 85

Baseball Pitcher Carl Hubbell
Baseball Pitcher
Carl Hubbell
  • 1991 David "Sonny" Werblin, AFL owner (NY Jets), dies at 81
  • 1991 Prior Jones, West Indian cricket fast bowler (9 Tests, 25 wickets; Trinidad), dies at 74
  • 1991 Sonny Werblin, NY sports impresario, dies at 81
  • 2007 Tom Johnson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Noel McGregor, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1931)
  • 2013 Vern Mikkelsen, American HOF basketball player, dies at 85
  • 2015 Bob Foster, American boxer (world light-heavyweight champion 1968-74), dies at 76
  • 2015 Ken Johnson, American MLB player - 1st pitcher to lose a complete game nine-inning no-hitter, dies at 82
  • 2020 Ricky Yacobi, Indonesian soccer striker (31 caps; Arseto Solo, Matsushita), dies from a heart attack at 57