On This Day

On This Day in Sport for November 25

Events in Sport

  • 1908 Dorando Pietri (It) beats Johnny Hayes (US) in Madison Square Garden marathon by 60 yds
  • 1911 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: UT Blues win 3rd straight title; beat Toronto Argonauts, 14-7
  • 1911 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Melbourne: 1907 Wimbledon champion Norman Brookes of Australia beats countryman Horace Rice 6-1, 6-2, 6-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1930 Sporting News picks Bill Terry as NL MVP & Joe Cronin as AL MVP

Baseball Player and Manager Joe Cronin
Baseball Player and Manager
Joe Cronin
  • 1940 Football team University of Michigan retires Tom Harmon's #98
  • 1941 Lou Boudreau, 24, becomes Cleveland Indians player manager
  • 1944 32nd CFL Grey Cup: Montreal HMCS defeat Hamilton Flying Wildcats, 7-6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949 Ted Williams wins AL MVP

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1950 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts claim 9th title; shutout Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 13-0
  • 1951 Cleveland Browns penalized a record 209 yards against Chicago Bears
  • 1951 3rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Herb Thomas wins
  • 1951 Cleveland halfback Dub Jones ties the NFL record for most touchdowns in a game crossing for 6 in Browns 42-21 win v Chicago Bears at Cleveland Stadium
  • 1952 Only win ever for NFL's Dallas Texans (1-11) beating the Bears 27-23
  • 1953 Hungary beats England in soccer match, 6-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 NBA's Bob Cousy becomes 2nd player to score 15,000 points

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • 1966 Cincinnati infielder Tommy Helms is voted NL Rookie of Year

  • 1969 KC outfielder Lou Piniella is voted AL Rookie of Year
  • 1970 New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson wins AL Rookie of Year
  • 1971 37th Heisman Trophy Award: Pat Sullivan, Auburn (QB)
  • 1973 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Vancouver: Ottawa Rough Riders 8th Championship; defeat Edmonton Eskimos, 22-18

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 O.J. Simpson gains 273 yards for Buffalo vs Detroit

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1977 Thomas Hearns KOs Jerome Hill in 2 rounds in his 1st pro fight

  • 1979 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: Edmonton Eskimos retain Championship; defeat Montreal Alouettes, 17-9; Eskimos shut out of MVP and MV Canadian awards

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Pat Summerall and John Madden broadcast a game together for the first time, a pairing that lasts 22 years and becomes one of the most well-known partnerships in TV sportscasting history

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Imran Khan scores his 1st Test Cricket ton, 123 v WI Lahore

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1980 Sugar Ray Leonard regains WBC welterweight boxing crown when Roberto Durán quits in the 8th round of infamous “no mas” fight at the Superdome, New Orleans

  • 1981 Rollie Fingers is 1st relief pitcher to win AL MVP

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1983 Larry Holmes TKOs Marvis Frazier in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1985 Chicago White Sox shortstop Ozzie Guillén is named AL Rookie of Year

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 A's Jose Canseco wins AL Rookie of Year

MLB Player José Canseco
MLB Player
José Canseco
  • 1987 Pakistan cricket leg-spin bowler Abdul Qadir takes 9-56 against England in 1st Test at Lahore; best figures by a Pakistani, and by any bowler against England
  • 1988 US & Soviet chess grand masters Donaldson & Akhmilovskaya wed
  • 1988 53rd Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 15-10 in Birmingham
  • 1989 David Boon scores 200 v NZ at cricket WACA
  • 1990 CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: Winnipeg Blue Bombers' 10th Championship: beat Edmonton Eskimos, 50-11; Winnipeg's 28 points in 3rd quarter is Grey Cup record
  • 1990 India bowl the Sri Lankan cricket team out for 82; Venkatapathy Raju (I) takes 6-12 off 17.5 overs
  • 2000 12th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats New Zealand 40-12
  • 2000 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Las Vegas, Nevada: Lindsay Davenport beats Conchita Martínez of Spain 6-1, 6-2 to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 5-0) and record extending 17th title
  • 2001 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: Calgary Stampeders claim their 5th Championship in team history; beat Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 27-19
  • 2007 CFL Grey Cup, Rogers Center, Toronto: Saskatchewan Roughriders win 3rd title; defeat Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 23-19
  • 2012 100th CFL Grey Cup, Rogers Center, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts defeat Calgary Stampeders, 35-22; Argos owner David Braley first team boss to win back-to-back Grey Cups with 2 different teams (also 2011 champion BC Lions

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel finishes 4th in season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Autódromo José Carlos Pace to claim his 3rd consecutive F1 World Drivers Championship by 3 points from Fernando Alonso

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Lionel Messi becomes the UEFA Champions League all-time top scorer

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to claim his 5th Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 88 points from Sebastian Vettel; Mercedes' 5th straight Constructors title

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel
  • 2018 Davis Cup Tennis, Lille: Marin Čilić beats Frenchman Lucas Pouille 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 to wrap up the final for Croatia, 3-1
  • 2018 CFL Grey Cup, Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Alberta: Calgary Stampeders beat Ottawa RedBlacks, 27-16; in Calgary's 8th Cup win Terry Williams scores a record 97-yard punt-return touchdown
  • 2018 LA Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers sets NFL single-game record, completing 25-straight passes in 45-10 win v Arizona Cardinals; Mark Brunell & David Carr previously share record (22); also sets NFL record for best single-game completion % (96.6)
  • 2019 Baltimore's 2nd-year quarterback Lamar Jackson becomes first QB in NFL history to throw for 3,000 passing yards and rush for 1,500 yards in his first 2 NFL seasons as the Ravens beat LA Rams, 45-6

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1874 Joe Gans, American boxer (world lightweight champion), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1910)
  • 1886 Percy Holmes, English cricketer (Engl, 555 partners with Sutcliffe for Yorks), born in Oakes, Huddersfield, Yorkshire (d. 1971)

Person of interestEddie Shore

1902 Eddie Shore, Canadian NHL hall of famer, born in Fort Qu'Appelle, Northwest Territories (d. 1985)

NHL Star Eddie Shore
NHL Star
Eddie Shore
  • 1903 Dehart Hubbard, American athlete (Olympic gold, long jump 1924; first African American to win individual event; WR 7.89m 1925), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1976)
  • 1904 Lillian Copeland, US discus thrower (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1907 John Stuart Hindmarsh, British racing driver and aviator (d. 1938)
  • 1909 Manny Martindale, West Indian cricket fast bowler (10 Tests, 37 wickets; Barbados), born in St Lucy, Barbados (d. 1972)

Person of interestJoe DiMaggio

1914 Joe DiMaggio, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (13 × MLB All-Star; 9 x World Series; 3 x AL MVP; MLB record 56-game hitting streak; NY Yankees), born in Martinez, California (d. 1999)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1915 George Mudie, cricketer (WI all-rounder in one Test 1935, 5 & 3-40)
  • 1915 Ron Hamence, cricketer (Australian batsman post-WWII)
  • 1923 Art Wall Jr, American golfer (Masters 1959), born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1931 Dickie Jeeps, English rugby international/chairman Sports Council
  • 1933 Lenny Moore, NFL back (Baltimore Colts)

Person of interestJoe Gibbs

1940 Joe Gibbs, American football coach (Washington Redskins), born in Mocksville, North Carolina

NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner
Joe Gibbs
  • 1945 George Webster, American football player (d. 2007)
  • 1949 Kerry O'Keeffe, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1971-77)
  • 1951 Bucky Dent, all star shortstop (Chicago White Sox, NY Yankees)
  • 1951 Johnny Rep, Dutch soccer player
  • 1956 Liana Vicens, Puerto Rico, 100m breaststroke (Olympics 1968)
  • 1957 Terry Stotts, American basketball head coach (Portland Trail Blazers 2012-19; Atlanta Hawks 2002-04; Milwaukee Bucks 2005-07), born in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • 1960 Mary Ostergren, biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1961 Kenny Monday, 163 lbs freestyles wrestler (Olympics 1988, 92, 96), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1962 Gilbert Delorme, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1963 Bernie Kosar, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns)
  • 1963 Steve Ave, St Germain Enlay France, US 1500m runner
  • 1964 Dan Saleaumua, NFL defensive tackle (KC Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1964 Wendy Wyland, American platform diver (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1965 Anthony Newman, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1965 Cris Carter, Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (8 × Pro Bowl 1993–2000; First-team All-Pro 1994, 99; NFL receiving TD leader 1995, 97, 99; Minnesota Vikings), born in Troy, Ohio
  • 1965 Jeff Norton, Acton, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 1965 Mike Gebhardt, mistral sailor (Olympic 6th 1996), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1965 Yasmin "Yaz" Farooq, Waupun Wisc, rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96)
  • 1966 Mark Whiten, American baseball outfielder (4 home runs in one game 1993; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1967 Andrea Stinson, WNBA guard (Charlotte Sting)
  • 1967 Anthony Nesty, Suriname swimmer (Suriname's 1st Olympic gold medal 100m butterfly 1988), born in Trinidad & Tobago
  • 1969 Anthony Peeler, NBA guard (LA Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1970 Shane Pahukoa, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1972 Kevin Han, US badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Shanghai, China
  • 1972 Petteri Nummelin, Turku FIN, hockey defenseman (Team Finland)
  • 1973 Erick Strickland, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1973 Yatil Green, wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1976 Donovan McNabb, American football player
  • 1976 Clint Mathis, American soccer forward (46 caps; Los Angeles Galaxy; MetroStars; Hannover 96), born in Conyers, Georgia
  • 1977 Guillermo Cañas, Argentine tennis player
  • 1977 Marcus Marshall, Australian racing driver
  • 1978 Lauren Hewitt, Australian 100m/200m runner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1980 Aaron Mokoena, South African soccer player
  • 1981 Xabi Alonso, Spanish soccer midfielder (114 caps; Real Sociedad, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich), born in Tolosa, Spain
  • 1981 Jared Jeffries, American basketball player

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1961 Racing car driver Mario Andretti (21) weds high school sweetheart Dee Ann Hoch (19)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti

Deaths in Sport

  • 1920 Gaston Chevrolet, French-born American race car driver and automobile pioneer (b. 1892)
  • 1923 Syd Callaway, cricket all-round (3 Tests for Australia 1891-95), dies

Person of interestKenesaw Mountain Landis

1944 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, American judge and 1st commissioner of baseball (1920-44), dies at 78

1st MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis
1st MLB Commissioner
Kenesaw Mountain Landis
  • 1961 Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (b. 1866)
  • 1981 Morris Kirksey, American 4 X 100m (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 86
  • 1985 Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 1989 Ratu Sir George Cakobau, Fiji cricketer/Gov-General, dies
  • 1990 Bill Vukovich, Indie 500 driver, dies in crash at 27
  • 1993 Burgess Whitehead, American baseball player (New York Giants), dies at 83
  • 2000 Hugh Alexander, American baseball player, dies at 83
  • 2005 George Best, Northern Irish footballer (Manchester United, Northern Ireland), dies at age 59 after suffering multiple organ failures
  • 2012 David Sexton, English football manager, dies at 82
  • 2013 Bill Foulkes, English footballer (Manchester United), dies at 81
  • 2016 Trevor Goddard, South African cricketer (South African opening batsman & opening bowler), dies at 85

Person of interestDiego Maradona

2020 Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer forward (91 caps; World Cup 1986 [captain]; FIFA Player of the 20th Century; Argentinos Juniors, Napoli), dies from a heart attack at 60

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • 2020 Zenon Plech, Polish motorcycle speedway rider (World C'ship individual 1979, pairs 1980 runner-up), dies at 67
  • 2020 Jacques Secrétin, French table tennis player (World C'ship gold mixed doubles 1977), dies at 71