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 game ever played in the Australian Tennis Open

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

NFL halfback Red Grange
NFL halfback
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
  • 1947 Bill Longson beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to win National Wrestlingg Association world heavyweight title
  • 1952 Dodgers pitcher Joe Black wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 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
  • 1976 26th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Cale Yarborough wins

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

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1978 Bob Horner of Braves wins NL Rookie of Year Award
  • 1982 32nd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Darrell Waltrip wins
  • 1987 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Epitome, Ferdinand, Miesque, Sacahuista, Success Express, Theatrica, Very Subtle at Hollywood
  • 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)
  • 1994 1st-class cricket debut of Andrew Symonds (Queensland v NSW, SCG)
  • 1998 63rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-17 in Birmingham
  • 1999 51st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Jarrett wins
  • 2004 92nd CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats BC Lions, 27-19
  • 2004 56th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kurt Busch wins
  • 2012 Chelsea Manager Roberto Di Matteo is sacked and replaced by Rafael Benítez

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1870 Joe Darling, cricketer (Australian lefty batsman at turn of century)
  • 1870 Stanley Jackson, cricketer (captain of England, governor of Bengal)
  • 1870 Sigfrid Edström, Swedish sports official (d. 1964)
  • 1916 Esmond Kentish, cricketer (WI fast bowler in 2 Tests 1948 & 1954)
  • 1916 Sid Luckman, NFL QB (Chicago Bears)

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1920 Stan Musial, American MLB outfielder (St Louis Cardinal, 7 times NL bat champ), born in Donora, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1922 Abe Lemons, American basketball coach
  • 1927 Georgia Frontiere, co-owner of the St. Louis Rams (d. 2008)
  • 1932 Jim Ringo, NFL center (Green Bay, Philadelphia)
  • 1934 Peter Philpott, cricketer (NSW & Australian leg spinner 1965-66)
  • 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
  • 1944 Earl "the Pearl" Monroe, NBA Guard (NY Knicks, Balt Bullets), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Basil Williams, cricketer (century on debut for West Indies 1978)
  • 1950 Alberto Juantorena, Cuba, 400m dash (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1950 Bruce Laird, cricketer (tough Australian opener 1979-82)
  • 1952 Eamonn Coghlan, Irish 1500m runner (Oly-4th-76)
  • 1955 Cedric Maxwell, American basketball player
  • 1958 Evert van Benthem, Dutch skater (11 Cities Skating Race, 1985, 86)
  • 1958 Frank Edmonds, Thunder Bay Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 Alberta)
  • 1958 Tim Robinson, cricketer (solid England opener in 29 Tests 1984-89)
  • 1959 Colin Beashel, Australian star sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1959 Tim Wilkison, Shelby NC, tennis player (WCT Atlanta finals-1986)
  • 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, NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys - Super Bowl 1992)
  • 1967 Dominic Lavoie, hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1967 Tripp Cromer, American baseball player
  • 1968 Andy Caddick, English cricket pace bowler (NZ 1993)
  • 1968 Antonio Tarver, light heavyweight boxer (Olympics-br-96), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1969 Ken Griffey, Jr., Donora, Pennsylvania, American baseball center fielder (Seattle Mariners, MVP 1997)
  • 1970 Jorgen Gustafsson, WLAF guard (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1970 Justin Langer, cricketer (gutsy Australian lefty bat 1993- )
  • 1970 Keith Crawford, wide receiver (St Louis Rams)
  • 1971 Michael Strahan, NFL defensive end (NY Giants)
  • 1971 Ramondo Stallings, NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals)
  • 1971 Robert Flickinger, WLAF defensive end (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1972 David Tua, Samoan boxer
  • 1973 Brent Smith, tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1973 Danny Kanell, quarterback (NY Giants)
  • 1974 Casey Patton, boxer (Olympics-96), 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 (& Steve Hartsell), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1980 Leonardo González, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1980 Hank Blalock, American baseball player
  • 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
  • 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, cricketer (48 wickets for Aust in 8 Tests in 1880's), dies
  • 1907 Harry Boyle, round-arm cricket bowler (12 of Aust's early Tests), dies
  • 1940 Geoffrey Legge, cricketer (WWII 196 Eng v NZ Auckland 1930), dies
  • 1958 Mel Ott, NY Giant baseball star (1926-1947), dies 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
  • 1988 Carl Hubbell, American baseball player (b. 1903)
  • 1991 David "Sonny" Werblin, AFL owner (NY Jets), dies at 81
  • 1991 Prior Jones, West Indian cricket pace bowler (9 Tests 1948-52), dies
  • 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 [Robert] Foster, American professional boxer "The Deputy Sheriff", dies at 76
  • 2015 Ken Johnson, American MLB player - 1st pitcher to lose a complete game nine-inning no-hitter, dies at 82