On This Day

On This Day in Sport for November 24

Events in Sport

  • 1897 Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union forms in Kingston
  • 1934 CFL Grey Cup: Sarnia Imperials win their first Championship with a 20-12 win over Regina Roughriders
  • 1938 National Semi-Pro Basketball Congress authorizes yellow basketball
  • 1949 Syracuse Nationals beat Anderson Packers, 125-123 in 5 OTs
  • 1951 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Ottawa Rough Riders claim their 4th Championship with 21-14 win over Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • 1953 Los Angeles Dodgers sign Walter Alston to a 1-year pact as manager for 1954; signs 23 one year agreements until 1976
  • 1956 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Edmonton Eskimos make it 3rd consecutive Championships; defeat Montreal Alouettes for 3rd straight year, 50-27
  • 1956 Americans go 1-2 in the men's 100m final at the Melbourne Olympics; Bobby Morrow and Thane Baker both record hand-timed 10.50s but automatic timing gives gold medal to Morrow
  • 1956 Glenn Davis leads an American trifecta in the men's 400m hurdles at the Melbourne Olympics; hurdles Olympic record equalling 50.1s to beat teammates Eddie Southern and Joshua Culbreath

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 Cleveland Browns' fullback Jim Brown sets club record of 237 yds rushing

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1960 Wilt Chamberlain pulls down 55 rebounds in a game (NBA record)

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1964 30th Heisman Trophy Award: John Huarte, Notre Dame (QB)
  • 1964 Cards' 3rd baseman Ken Boyer is voted NL MVP
  • 1970 36th Heisman Trophy Award: Jim Plunkett, Stanford (QB)
  • 1971 Braves catcher-infielder Earl Williams, wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1974 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Montreal Alouettes defeat Edmonton Eskimos, 20-7 on a slick, wet field

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 24th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty
  • 1976 NBA Atlanta Hawks end a 28 game road losing streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Reds Joe Morgan wins his 2nd straight NL MVP Award

MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster Joe Morgan
MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster
Joe Morgan
  • 1979 Kings' Charley Simmer fails on 8th penalty shot against Islanders

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Orioles Cal Ripken is named AL Rookie of Year

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • 1983 Test Cricket debut of Richie Richardson for the West Indies vs India in Bombay
  • 1985 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: BC Lions defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 37-24; final CFL game played with 25-yard long endzone
  • 1986 Wrestler John Tatum charged with possession of marijuana

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Sachin Tendulkar scores a Test Cricket fifty aged 16 years 214 days, a record

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar

Sport awardGrey Cup

1991 CFL Grey Cup, Winnipeg Stadium: Toronto Argonauts defeat Calgary Stampeders, 36-21; Argos under new ownership of LA Kings owner Bruce McNall, hockey player Wayne Gretzky and actor John Candy

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy
  • 1991 After going 12-0, Washington Redskins lose to Dallas 24-21

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Monica Seles sets female tennis record, winning prize money of $2,457,758 in a year

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
  • 1991 Yugoslavian tennis star Monica Seles beats Martina Navratilova 6–4, 3–6, 7–5, 6–0 to win her 2nd straight WTA Tour Championship at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1996 CFL Grey Cup, Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton: MVP Doug Flutie leads Toronto Argonauts to 13th title; beat Edmonton Eskimos, 43-37
  • 1996 Mashonaland defeat Matabeleland to win the Logan Cricket Cup
  • 1996 Mohammad Wasim scores 109 on Test Cricket debut, Pakistan v NZ Lahore

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1996 German tennis star Steffi Graf retains her WTA Tour Championship with a 6–3, 4–6, 6–0, 4–6, 6–0 win over Martina Hingis at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis

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1996 American Pete Sampras wins his 3rd ATP Tour World Championship tennis titles with a classic 3–6, 7–6, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4 victory over defending champion Boris Becker in Hanover, Germany

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • 2002 CFL Grey Cup, Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton: Montreal Alouettes beat Edmonton Eskimos, 25-16; Don Matthews' 5th Grey Cup title as a head coach
  • 2007 72nd Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-10 in Auburn
  • 2012 The continued NHL lockout results in all games to December 14 being cancelled
  • 2012 77th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 49-0 in Tuscaloosa
  • 2013 CFL Grey Cup, Taylor Field, Regina: Saskatchewan Roughriders win 4th title; defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 45-23; Roughriders running back Kory Sheets MVP, sets Grey Cup record rushing for 197 yards with 2 TDs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel wins season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix; his record 9th straight GP victory; record equalling 13th consecutive GP win; 4th straight World Drivers Championship

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel
  • 2018 ICC T20 World Cup Women's Cricket, Antigua: Ashleigh Gardner with 33 from 26 balls and 3 for 22 leads Australia (106/2) to 4th T20 WC; beat England (105)

Sport awardDavis Cup

2019 Davis Cup Tennis, Madrid: Rafael Nadal beats Denis Shapovalov of Russia 6-3, 7-6 to give Spain an unassailable 2-0 lead and a 6th Cup title; first competition under new week-long format at one venue

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 2019 New Zealand cricket batsman BJ Watling scores a marathon 205 off 473 balls to lead the home side to an innings and 65 run 1st Test victory over England at Mount Maunganui

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1806 William Webb Ellis, credited with the invention of Rugby (d. 1872)
  • 1874 Charles William Miller, Brazilian footballer (d. 1953)
  • 1894 Herbert Sutcliffe, cricketer (all-time great opening batsman for Engl)
  • 1910 Lennox Brown, cricketer (South African leg-spinner on 1931-32 Aust/NZ tour)
  • 1911 Joe "Ducky" Medwick, American baseball player, born in Carteret, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • 1913 Gisela Mauermeyer, German discus thrower (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1918 Roley Jenkins, English cricket spin bowler (9 Tests, 32 wickets), born in Worcester, England (d. 1995)
  • 1930 C T Patankar, cricketer (kept wicket in one Test India v NZ 1955-56)
  • 1930 Ken Barrington, cricketer (tough England batsman)
  • 1930 Bob Friend, American baseball pitcher (4-time MLB All Star), born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Yale Lary, American NFL safety Hall of Famer (Detroit Lions), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1932 Fred Titmus, cricketer (long-running England off-spinner)

Person of interestOscar Robertson

1938 Oscar Robertson [The Big O], NBA guard (Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Olympic gold 1960), born in Charlotte, Tennessee

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 1938 Wynne Bradburn, cricketer (father of Grant NZ batsman v South Africa 1964)
  • 1939 Jim Northrup, baseball player
  • 1939 Yoshinobu Miyake, Japan, featherweight (Olympic gold 1964, 68)
  • 1940 Paul Tagliabue, commissioner (NFL)
  • 1943 Dave Bing, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (7-time NBA All Star), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1943 Barry Milburn, cricketer (NZ wicket-keeper in three Tests 1969)
  • 1943 Joël Robert, Belgian motocross racer (Motocross World C'ships 250cc 1964, 68–72), born in Grandrieu, Belgium (d. 2021)
  • 1946 Jimmy Collins, American basketball shooting guard (Chicago Bulls) and coach (University of Illinois, Chicago 1996-2010), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Ashok Gandotra, cricketer (in Rio de Janiero Two Tests for India 1969)
  • 1948 Steve Yeager, catcher (LA Dodger)
  • 1951 Graham Price, British rugby player
  • 1952 Brijesh Patel, cricketer (Indian batsman 1974-77)
  • 1952 Norbert Haug, German motorsport executive (Mercedes Benz)

Person of interestIan Botham

1955 Ian Botham, England cricket captain, all-rounder (102 Tests, 5,200 runs, 383 wickets), born in Heswall, England

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham
  • 1955 Scott Hoch, American golfer (US Masters 1989 runner-up, Ryder Cup 1997, 2002), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1958 Roy Aitken, Scottish former footballer
  • 1961 Carl Sundquist, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1965 Nyla Jane Carroll, New Plymouth NZ, 5k/10k/marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Ledell Eackles, NBA guard (Wash Wizards/Bullets)
  • 1967 Al Martin, Covina CA, outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1967 Ben McDonald, Baton Rouge LA, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1967 Cal Eldred, baseball player
  • 1968 Ken Johnson, Quincy Mass, 3x40 rifle (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Bülent Korkmaz, Turkish footballer
  • 1969 Romesh Kaluwitharana, cricket (big-hit SL batsman, ton on Test debut)
  • 1970 Brett Wallerstedt, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals)
  • 1970 Doug Brien, kicker (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1970 Jason Jacome, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1970 Lemanski Hall, NFL linebacker (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1970 Nancy Mason, Belleville Ill, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-17th-1995)
  • 1971 Keith Primeau, NHL forward (Carolina, Detroit), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1971 Tony Cline, NFL tight end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Barry Potomski, Windsor, NHL left wing (LA Kings)
  • 1972 Fred Brathwaite, NHL goalie (Edmonton Oilers), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1973 Donny Brady, defensive back (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1973 Kendel Shello, DL (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1976 Chen Lu, China, figure skater (Olympic bronze 94)
  • 1982 Sean O'Loughlin, English rugby league footballer
  • 1983 Dean Ashton, English footballer
  • 1989 Johnny Exantus, Haitian soccer player

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1984 MLB pitcher Roger Clemens (22) weds Debra Lynn Godfrey

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens

Deaths in Sport

  • 1959 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league footballer, dies at 76
  • 1990 Juan Manuel Bordeu, Argentine racing driver (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Warren Spahn, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (17 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1957; Cy Young Award 1957; 8 × NL wins leader; Boston/Milwaukee Braves), dies at 82
  • 2009 Abe Pollin, owner of the Washington Wizards (b. 1923)
  • 2011 Tatyana Shchelkanova, Soviet long jumper (Olympic bronze 1964), dies at 74
  • 2012 Héctor Camacho, Puerto Rican boxer (WBC super featherweight 1983-84, WBC lightweight 1985-87, WBO jr. welterweight twice 1989-1992), dies from gunshot wounds at 50
  • 2018 David Defiagbon, Nigerian-Canadian boxer (Olympic silver 1996), dies at 48
  • 2020 Christophe Dominici, French rugby union winger (65 caps; Stade Français), dies from suicide at 48