On This Day

On This Day in Sport for November 26

Events in Sport

  • 1868 1st baseball game played in enclosed field in San Francisco, at 25th & Folsom
  • 1905 1st Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Melbourne: Rodney Heath beats Albert Curtis 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
  • 1910 CFL Grey Cup, AAA Grounds, Hamilton: University of Toronto Blues retain title; beat Hamilton Tigers, 16-7
  • 1917 NHL forms with Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Maroons, Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators & Quebec Bulldogs; National Hockey Association disbands
  • 1927 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Balmy Beach defeat Hamilton Tigers, 9-6 for their first of 2 Championships

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1941 Amateur tennis champ Bobby Riggs turns pro

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • 1949 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Montreal Alouettes beat Calgary Stampeders, 28-15 for their first Championship
  • 1954 Test Cricket debut of Colin Cowdrey v Australia at Gabba
  • 1955 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Edmonton Eskimos retain Championship with 34-19 win over Montreal Alouettes
  • 1955 20th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 26-0 in Birmingham
  • 1956 USSR single sculls winner Vyacheslav Ivanov wins Olympic gold medal in his excitement he jumps for joy, & loses his medal, it sinks
  • 1956 Egil Danielsen of Norway sets a new world record throw of 85.71m to win the men's javelin gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics
  • 1956 Australian sprinter Betty Cuthbert wins the coveted 100m gold medal in 11.5 at the Melbourne Olympics; takes sprint double winning 200m final four days later
  • 1956 American weightlifter Charles Vinci wins bantamweight gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics with world-record 3-lift (snatch, clean & jerk, overhead press) total of 342.5 kilograms
  • 1960 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Edmonton Eskimos, 16-6 for their 5th Championship
  • 1960 Minneapolis-St Paul baseball club takes the name Twins

  • 1960 25th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 3-0 in Birmingham
  • 1961 Pro Baseball Rules Committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball
  • 1963 29th Heisman Trophy Award: Roger Staubach, Navy (QB)

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1963 Cincinnati 2nd baseman Pete Rose wins NL Rookie of Year

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1964 29th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 21-14 in Birmingham
  • 1965 Dodgers 2nd baseman Jim Lefebvre is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • 1966 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Saskatchewan Roughriders win their first Championship; defeat Ottawa, 29-14

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1968 34th Heisman Trophy Award: O.J. Simpson, Southern Cal (RB)

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1969 35th Heisman Trophy Award: Steve Owens, Oklahoma (RB)
  • 1974 Greenidge scores 107 in 2nd innings of Test Cricket debut v India
  • 1975 Boston Red Sox center fielder Fred Lynn becomes the first rookie ever to be named American League MVP
  • 1977 42nd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 48-21 in Birmingham
  • 1978 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Edmonton Eskimos first of 5 straight titles; beat Montreal Alouettes, 20-13
  • 1979 Intl Olympic Committee votes to readmit China after 21 years

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1980 Mike Schmidt is unanimous choice as NL MVP

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1982 Clyde King named Yankee manager

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1984 After 518 goals & 14 years with Montreal Canadiens, Guy Lafleur retires

NHL Legend Guy Lafleur
NHL Legend
Guy Lafleur
  • 1984 John W Mercom Jr announces New Orleans Saints are up for sale for $75 million
  • 1984 Kim Hughes tearfully resigns as Australian cricket captain
  • 1989 CFL Grey Cup, SkyDome, Toronto: Saskatchewan Roughriders defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 43-40 on Dave Ridgway's field goal winner was known as 'The Kick'

  • 1990 Buffalo Bills become 6th 1st place NFL team to lose on same weekend
  • 1992 57th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 17-0 in Birmingham
  • 1995 33rd Tennis Fed Cup: Spain beats USA in Valencia Spain (3-2)

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1995 Dolphins QB Dan Marino sets NFL record with 343rd touchdown pass

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • 1995 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Valencia, Spain: Conchita Martínez beats American Mary Joe Fernández 6-3, 6-4 to give Spain an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends 3-2) and their 4th title
  • 1996 Baseball owners approve interleague play, 26-4
  • 1997 Wash Capitals final game at USAir Arena, retire Rod Langway's #5

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1999 Steve Yzerman scores his 600th career goal

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • 2000 CFL Grey Cup, McMahon Stadium, Calgary: BC Lions defeat Montreal Alouettes, 28-26; Lions, first team ever to finish with regular season record below .500 and win Grey Cup
  • 2006 The last international rugby match before demolition of Dublin's famous Lansdowne Road Stadium is Ireland's 61-17 win over the Pacific Islanders
  • 2010 75th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 28-27 in Tuscaloosa
  • 2011 76th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 42-14 in Auburn

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2017 British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finishes 2nd in season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit to claim his 4th F1 World Drivers Championship; wins title by 46 points from Sebastian Vettel

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel
  • 2017 CFL Grey Cup, TD Place Stadium, Ottawa: Toronto Argonauts win 17th Championship with 27-24 victory over Calgary Stampede
  • 2018 Australian surfer Stephanie Gilmore is handed her record equalling 7th world title as American contender Lakey Peterson is a shock 2nd round elimination at the season-ending Maui Pro in Hawaii

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1873 Fred Herd, Scottish golfer (US Open 1898), born in St. Andrews, Scotland (d. 1954)
  • 1878 Marshall Taylor, American track cyclist (first African-American world champion; 1899 World Track C'ships), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1932)
  • 1892 Joe Guyon, American NFL halfback (Canton, Cleveland, Oorang, Rock I, etc), born in White Earth, Minnesota (d. 1971)
  • 1905 Bob Johnson, American baseball player, born in Pryor, Oklahoma (d. 1982)
  • 1908 Lefty Gomez, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Rodeo, California (d. 1989)
  • 1911 Samuel Reshevsky, Polish-American chess grandmaster, born in Ozorków, Congress Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Foy Draper, American athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 100m relay 1936 WR 39.8s), born in Georgetown, Texas (d. 1943)
  • 1916 Bob Elliott, MLB player (Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Braves), born in San Francisco (d. 1966)
  • 1922 Étienne Gailly, Belgian long distance runner (famous Olympic bronze finish 1948), born in Beringen, Belgium (d. 1971)
  • 1924 Jasu Patel, Indian cricketer (Indian off-spinner, 9-69 v Aust 1959), born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India (d. 1992)
  • 1928 Don Tregonning, Australian tennis player and coach, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1931 Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo, Italian downhill skier (Olympic bronze 1952, 60), born in Vallonara di Marostica, Italy
  • 1934 Lyudmila Shevtsova, Soviet 800m runner (Olympic gold 1960), born in Taman, Krasnodar Krai, Russian SFSR
  • 1936 Jan Liberda, Polish soccer forward (35 caps; Polonia Bytom), born in Bytom, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Jeff Torborg, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1943 Jan Stenerud, Norwegian-American NFL place kicker (Kansas City Chiefs), born in Fetsund, Norway
  • 1947 Larry Gura, American MLB baseball player, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1947 Richie Hebner, American baseball player, born in Norwood, Massachusetts
  • 1948 Galina Prozumenshchikova, Soviet 200m backstroke (Olympic gold 1964), born in Sevastopol, Russian SFSR
  • 1948 Krešimir Ćosić, Croatian basketball player, born in Zagreb, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia (d. 1995)
  • 1950 Jorge Orta, Mexican baseball second baseman and outfielder (MLB All Star 1975, 80; Chicago WS), born in Mazatlán, Mexico
  • 1952 Wendy Turnbell, Australian tennis player (1979,82 US Opens Double), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1953 Harry Carson, American football player (New York Giants), born in Florence, South Carolina
  • 1955 Bob Walk, American baseball player, born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1955 Jay Howell, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, Oakland A's), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1956 Dale Jarrett, American race car driver (Daytona 500 champion 1993, 96, 2000), born in Conover, North Carolina
  • 1956 Marty Smith, American motocross racer (AMA 125cc 1974, 75; AMA 500cc 1977), born in San Diego, California (d. 2020)
  • 1959 Mike Moore, American baseball player, born in Eakly, Oklahoma
  • 1960 Harold Reynolds, American baseball player, born in Eugene, Oregon
  • 1961 Dave Hannan, Canadian NHL center (Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche), born in Onaping Falls, Ontario
  • 1962 Chuck Finley, American baseball pitcher (California Angels), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • 1962 Mike Johnson, American NFL inside linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Southport, North Carolina
  • 1963 Mario Elie, American NBA forward and guard (Houston Rockets), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Al Smith, American former NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Jeff Jaeger, American NFL kicker (Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1964 Vreni Schneider, Swiss alpine skier (Olympic gold 1988, 94), born in Elm, Switzerland
  • 1966 Jay Berger, American tennis star, born in Fort Dix, New Jersey
  • 1966 Sue Wicks, American Women's Basketball Hall of Fame forward (WNBA All Star 2000; NY Liberty), born in Center Moriches, New York
  • 1967 Ridley Jacobs, Antiguan cricket wicket-keeper (West Indian ODI 1996), born in Swetes Village, Antigua and Barbuda
  • 1968 Steve Lofton, American NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers, NE Patriots), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • 1969 Sam Militello, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1969 Shawn Kemp, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics), born in Elkhart, Indiana
  • 1970 Greg Graham, American NBA guard (NJ Nets), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1970 John Amaechi, English psychologist and NBA player (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Mark Dixon, CFL offensive linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1971 Emma Robinson, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1971 Vince Danielsen, CFL slot back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1971 Winky Wright, American professional boxer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1973 John Zimmerman, American pairs skater (with partner Steigler), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1974 Richard Ikeda, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Kamloops, British Columbia
  • 1976 Brian Schneider, American baseball player (Washington Nationals), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1977 Ivan Basso, Italian cyclist, born in Gallarate, Province of Varese, Italy
  • 1977 John Parrish, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Paris Lenon, American football player, born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1981 Stephan Andersen, Danish international footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1981 Gina Kingsbury, Canadian hockey player, born in Uranium City, Saskatchewan
  • 1984 Antonio Puerta, Spanish footballer, born in Seville, Spain (d. 2007)
  • 1986 Konstadinos Filippidis, Greek pole vaulter, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1988 Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Icelandic weightlifter (World's Strongest Man 2018; deadlifting WR 501kg 2020) and actor ("The Mountain" Game of Thrones), born in Reykjavík, Iceland

Deaths in Sport

  • 1918 Charlie McLeod, cricketer (all-rounder for Australia 1894-1905), dies
  • 1920 Howard Taylor, American tennis player (US National C'ships doubles 1879; singles 1884, 86, 87, 88 runner-up), dies at 55
  • 1954 Bill Doak, American baseball pitcher (NL ERA leader 1914, 21; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 63
  • 1960 Helen Hellwig, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1894), dies at 86
  • 1981 Max Euwe, Dutch world chess champion (1935-37), dies at 80
  • 1991 Bob Johnson, US hockey coach (Pittsburgh Penguins), dies at 60
  • 2006 Isaac Gálvez, Spanish procyclist (b. 1975)
  • 2006 Graham Roope, Englishcricketer (England batsman in 21 Tests 1972-78), dies at 60
  • 2007 Herb McKenley, Jamaican 4 X 400m relay runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 85
  • 2020 Dimitar Largov, Bulgarian soccer midfielder (20 caps; Slavia Sofia 220 games), dies at 84