On This Day

On This Day in Sport for November 27

Events in Sport

  • 1870 The New York Times dubs baseball "The National Game"
  • 1940 6th Heisman Trophy Award: Tom Harmon, Michigan (HB)

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1941 Joe DiMaggio is named AL MVP

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1943 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Hamilton Flying Wildcats defeat Winnipeg RCAF Bombers, 23-14
  • 1946 English soccer team beats Netherlands, 8-2
  • 1947 Joe DiMaggio wins his 3rd MVP, beating Ted Williams by 1 vote
  • 1948 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Calgary Stampeders win their first Championship; defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 12-7
  • 1950 Red Sox sign shortstop Lou Boudreau as a player to 2-year contract
  • 1953 Indians 3rd baseman Al Rosen is unanimously named AL's MVP
  • 1954 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Edmonton Eskimos win first of 3 straight Championships; defeat Montreal Alouettes, 26-25
  • 1954 19th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 28-0 in Birmingham
  • 1956 1957 NFL Draft: Paul Hornung from University of Notre Dame first pick by Green Bay Packers
  • 1956 Bobby Morrow takes out the Melbourne Olympics sprint double when he wins the 200m gold medal in equal world record 20.75s; beats American teammates Andy Stanfield and Thane Baker
  • 1956 Al Oerter wins first of 4 consecutive men's discus gold medals when he throws Olympic record 56.36m to lead an American medal sweep at the Melbourne Games; Fortune Gordien silver, Desmond Koch bronze
  • 1956 Elżbieta Krzesińska of Poland equals world record with leap of 6.53m to win the women's long jump gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics

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1960 Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHLer to score 1,000 points

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe

  • 1960 Trailing 38-7 late in 3rd quarter, Buffalo Bills tie Broncos at 38-38
  • 1961 Gordie Howe becomes 1st to play in 1,000 NHL games
  • 1965 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat Winn Blue Bombers, 22-16; strong winds meant all scoring occurred by the team going with the wind
  • 1965 1966 NFL Draft: Tommy Nobis from University of Texas first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • 1965 30th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 30-3 in Birmingham

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1966 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Kathy Whitworth wins back-to-back titles by 2 shots from Judy Kimball and Mary Mills

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • 1966 In highest-scoring NFL game, Washington Redskins defeat NY Giants 72-41
  • 1970 Test Cricket debut of Rodney "Iron Gloves" Marsh v England, Brisbane
  • 1971 36th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-7 in Birmingham
  • 1972 Yanks trade Ellis, Torres & Spikes to Indians for Nettles & Moses
  • 1974 Cardinals outfielder Bake McBride wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1976 41st Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 38-7 in Birmingham
  • 1977 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: Montreal Alouettes beat Edmonton Eskimos, 41-6; record Grey Cup crowd 68,318; game referred to as the 'Ice Bowl'; Dan Sweet record 23 points
  • 1979 1st day-night one-day cricket international, Australia v WI at SCG
  • 1982 Kepler Wessels scores century in 1st Test Cricket (162 v England)

Sport awardDavis Cup

1982 Davis Cup, Grenoble, France: US takes unassailable, 3-0 lead over France as John McEnroe & Peter Flemming take the doubles 6-3, 6-4, 9-7 over Henri Leconte & Yannick Noah; tie ends 4-1

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player Henri Leconte
Tennis Player
Henri Leconte
  • 1982 47th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 23-22 in Birmingham, Auburn's first win in the series in 10 years
  • 1983 CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: Toronto Argonauts defeats BC Lions, 18-17; Argos' first Grey Cup victory in 31 years
  • 1985 Cards Vince Coleman wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1987 52nd Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 10-0 in Birmingham

  • 1988 CFL Grey Cup, Landsdowne Park, Ottawa: Winnipeg Blue Bombers edge BC Lions, 22-21; first Grey Cup game won by a team with only a .500 season
  • 1993 David Boon completes his 18th Test Cricket century (106 v NZ, Hobart)
  • 1993 India defeat West Indies in Bengal Jubilee Cricket Final, Kumble 6-12
  • 1994 CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: BC Lions beat Baltimore FC, 26-23; first-ever championship in pro football history featuring a US v Canada matchup; Lions win on last second Lui Passaglia field-goal
  • 1997 Lions' Barry Sanders becomes NFL's 2nd all-time rusher
  • 2004 New Zealand's All Blacks thump Six Nations Rugby Union Champions France 45-6 in Paris
  • 2004 Marco Antonio Barrera beats Erik Morales by majority decision to win WBC super featherweight boxing title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas; final fight of legendary trilogy; The Ring's 'Fight of the Year'
  • 2005 CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: Edmonton Eskimos beat Montreal Alouettes, 38-35; first time in 44 years Grey Cup goes into overtime
  • 2006 Ballon d'Or: Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus/Real Madrid) is named best football player in Europe ahead of Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Arsenal forward Thierry Henry
  • 2009 74th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 26-21 in Auburn
  • 2011 CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: BC Lions beat Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 34-23 for their 6th Championship

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2011 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel finishes 2nd in season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Autódromo José Carlos Pace to retain his F1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 122 points from Jenson Button

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel

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2011 Roger Federer claims a record 6th ATP World Tour Finals tennis title with a 6–3, 6–7, 6–3 win over Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final in London, England

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

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2013 Tiger Woods is named PGA Tour's Player of the Year for the 11th time

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • 2014 Stephanie Gilmore wins her 6th women's world surfing title
  • 2014 Cricketer Phillip Hughes dies two days after being struck on the head by a bouncer

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2016 German Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg clinches his only F1 World Driver's Championship with victory in season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; wins title by 5 points from teammate Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton
  • 2016 CFL Grey Cup, BMO Field, Toronto: Ottawa Redblacks upset the heavily favoured Calgary Stampeders, 39–33 in overtime to win a championship in just their 3rd season of existence

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1858 Henry Musgrove, Australian cricket batsman (1 Test 1885), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1931)
  • 1901 Ted Husing, American sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), born in NYC, New York
  • 1903 Johnny "Blood" McNally, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (NFL champion 1929-31, 36; Green Bay Packers), born in New Richmond, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • 1916 Chick Hearn, American NBA broadcaster (called 3,338 LA Lakers games), born in Aurora, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1920 Abe Lenstra, Dutch soccer star
  • 1920 Johnny Schmitz, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1946, 48; NL saves leader 1946), born in Wausau, Wisconsin (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Carlos José Castilho, Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1987)
  • 1932 Ken Schinkel, Canadian ice hockey right wing (NY Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins 636 NHL games) and coach (Pittsburgh Penguins 1972-77), born in Jansen, Saskatchewan (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Ammo Baba, Iraqi-Assyrian footballer and coach, born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 2009)
  • 1935 Prakash Bhandari, Indian cricketer (3 Tests for India in mid-50's, 77 runs), born in Delhi, British India
  • 1937 Marvin Luster, American CFL Hall of Fame defensive back (6 x CFL All Star; Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Jose Tartabull, Cuban NLB player, born in Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • 1939 Dave Giusti, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Seneca Falls, New York
  • 1941 Aimé Jacquet, French football manager (France 1998 FIFA World Cup), born in Sail-sous-Couzan, France
  • 1942 Henry Carr, American athlete (200m/4x400m Olympic gold 1964), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1949 Masanori Sekiya, Japanese racing driver, born in Ikawa, Japan
  • 1955 Pierre Mondou, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Sorel, Quebec
  • 1957 Kenny Acheson, Northern Irish racecar driver
  • 1958 Julia Celotto, American WPVA volleyballer (Santa Cruz/Pismo-9th-1994), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Mike Scioscia, American baseball player and manager (LA Dodgers), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1960 Martin van Geel, Dutch soccer player (Willem II), born in Goirle, Netherlands
  • 1960 Ken O'Brien, American football quarterback (NY Jets), born in Rockville Centre, New York
  • 1961 Lee Johnson, American NFL punter/kicker (Cin Bengals). born in Conroe, Texas
  • 1964 David Giles, Australian sailor (Olympics-84, 88, 92, 96)
  • 1965 Raffaella Reggi, Italian tennis player (US Open mixed doubles 1986), born in Faenza, Italy
  • 1965 Danielle Ammaccapane, American golfer (7 LPGA Tour titles), born in Babylon, New York
  • 1965 Kathleen Heddle OBC, Canadian rower (Olympic gold coxless pair, 8's 1992; double sculls 1996), born in Trail, British Columbia (d. 2021)
  • 1966 Chryssandra Hines, American team handball wing (Olympics 1996), born in Bristol Connecticut
  • 1966 Dean Garrett, NBA center (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1967 Garry Valk, Canadian NHL left wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) and broadcaster, born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1967 Laura Golarsa, Italian tennis star (Oklahoma City doubles), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1970 Calvin Jones, American NFL running back (Oakland Raiders), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1970 Chris Underwood, American volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Todd Kelly, American NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1971 Larry Allen, American NFL guard/tackle (Dallas Cowboys), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971 Nick Van Exel, American NBA guard (LA Lakers), born in Kenosha, Winconsin
  • 1972 Jason Burns, American NFL running back (Cin Bengals), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1973 Jon Runyan, American politician (Rep-R-NJ 2011-15), NFL tackle (Tennessee Oilers), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1975 Martin Gramatica, Argentinian-American football player
  • 1976 Chad Kilger, Cornwall, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1976 Saqlain Mushtaq, cricketer (Pakistan Test off-spinner 1995)
  • 1978 Jimmy Rollins, American baseball player
  • 1979 Ricky Carmichael, American motocross racer
  • 1979 Teemu Tainio, Finnish footballer
  • 1980 Michael Yardy, English cricketer
  • 1981 Matthew Taylor, English footballer
  • 1984 Domata Peko, American football player
  • 1986 Suresh Raina, Indian cricketer (Gujarat Lions, Chennai Super Kings), born in Muradnagar, India
  • 1991 Nur Atikah Nabilah, Singaporean gymnast, born in Singapore

Weddings in Sport

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1971 MLB center fielder Willie Mays (40) weds Mae Louise Allen in Mexico City

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Deaths in Sport

  • 1930 Johnny Tyldesley, English cricketer (brother of Ernest, 1661 runs in 31 Tests for England), dies at 57
  • 1942 Arthur Langton, South African cricket medium pace bowler (15 Tests, 40 wickets), dies in a military air crash at 30
  • 1950 James Braid, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1901, 05-06, 08, 10), dies at 80
  • 1960 Frederick Fane, English cricketer (682 runs in 14 Tests for Eng 1905-10), dies at 85
  • 1971 Joe Guyon, American NFL halfback (Canton, Cleveland, Oorang, Rock I, etc), dies at 79
  • 1988 Jan Hein Donner, Dutch chess grand master, dies at 61
  • 1995 Giancarlo Baghetti, racing driver/journalist, dies at 60
  • 1999 Yasuhiro Kojima, wrestler (b. 1937)
  • 2000 Len Shackleton, English former footballer, dies at 78
  • 2006 Casey Coleman, American sportscaster (b. 1951)
  • 2007 Bill Willis, American NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), dies at 86
  • 2007 Sean Taylor, American NFL free safety (Pro Bowl 2006, 07; All Pro 2007; Washington Redskins), dies when shot by an armed intruder at 24
  • 2008 Paul Hibbert, Australian cricketer (one Test Aust v India 1977, scored 13 & 2), dies at 56
  • 2011 Gary Speed, Welsh footballer and Wales national football team manager, dies at 42
  • 2012 Marvin Miller, American baseball executive (Major League Baseball Players Association 1966-1982), dies at 95
  • 2013 Nilton Santos, Brazilian footballer, dies from a lung infection at 88
  • 2014 Phillip Hughes, Australian cricketer, dies in a coma after being hit by cricket ball 2 days earlier at 25
  • 2020 Kevin Burnham, American sailor (Olympic gold 470 class 2004; silver 470 1992), dies from pulmonary disease at 63