On This Day in Sport for November 28

Events in Sport

  • 1895 America's 1st auto race organised by the "Chicago Times-Herald" Chicago to Evanston and back; 6 cars, 55 miles, winner avg 7 MPH

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1906 Tommy Burns & Jack O'Brien fight to a draw in 20 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1913 Heavyweight Jack Johnson KOs Andre Spaul in Paris
  • 1914 10th Australasian Championships: Arthur O'Hara Wood beats Gerald Patterson (6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1)

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1925 NHL goalie Georges Vezina collapses & dies 4 months later of TB

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina
  • 1929 Chicago fullback Ernie Nevers sets NFL record for most points scored in a single game with all 40 in the Cardinals' 40–6 rout of Chicago Bears; Nevers has NFL record 6 touchdowns and 4 extra points

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1931 Bradman scores 226, the 1st Test Cricket century at Gabba, v South Africa

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1938 4th Heisman Trophy Award: Davey O'Brien, Texas Christian (QB)
  • 1945 Australian Services draw second Victory Test Cricket v India at Calcutta
  • 1950 Walter O'Malley fires Burt Shotton as Dodgers manager
  • 1953 41st CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 12-6
  • 1953 18th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 10-7 in Birmingham
  • 1954 Cleveland Browns' Horace Gillom sets club record with 80-yard punt
  • 1955 1956 NFL Draft: Gary Glick from University of Colorado A&M first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 1957 Warren Spahn of the Braves wins Cy Young Award
  • 1958 George "Punch" Imlach becomes coach of NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs

  • 1958 Test Cricket debut for Wes Hall, v India at Bombay
  • 1959 47th CFL Grey Cup: Winn Blue Bombers defeats Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 21-7
  • 1959 24th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 10-0 in Birmingham, breaking a streak of five consecutive victories by Auburn in the series
  • 1964 52nd CFL Grey Cup: BC Lions defeats Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 34-24
  • 1964 1965 NFL Draft: Tucker Frederickson from Auburn University first pick by New York Giants

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1965 LPGA Titleholders Championship, Augusta CC: Kathy Whitworth wins by 10 shots from Peggy Wilson for her first major title

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1967 33rd Heisman Trophy Award: Gary Beban, UCLA (QB)
  • 1970 58th CFL Grey Cup: Montreal Alouettes defeat Calgary Stampeders, 23-10
  • 1970 35th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 33-28 in Birmingham
  • 1971 59th CFL Grey Cup: Calgary Stampeders defeats Toronto Argonauts, 14-11
  • 1972 LA Dodgers trade Frank Robinson to California Angels
  • 1975 Test Cricket debut of Michael Anthony Holding, WI v Australia Brisbane

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1975 Bobby Orr plays his last game for the Boston Bruins

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 1976 64th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Rough Riders defeats Saskatchewan, 23-20
  • 1978 44th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Sims, Oklahoma (RB)

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1978 Reds fire manager Sparky Anderson after 9 years

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • 1981 Bear Bryant wins his 315th game to out distance Almos Alonzo Stagg, becomes college football's winningest coach
  • 1981 46th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 28-17 in Birmingham
  • 1982 70th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Toronto Argonauts, 32-16
  • 1982 71st Davis Cup: USA beats France in Grenoble (4-1)
  • 1982 Germany's Sylvia Hanika stages remarkable comeback to upset tennis icon Martina Navratilova 1–6, 6–3, 6–4 and win her only WTA Tour Championship in NYC

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1989 Rickey Henderson signs record $3,000,000 per year Oak A's contract

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1989 Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci flees to Hungary
  • 1993 81st CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 33-23
  • 1999 87th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Calgary Stampeders, 32-21
  • 2004 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Anastasia Myskina & Vera Zvonareva beat French pair Marion Bartoli & Émilie Loit 7-6, 7-5 to clinch Russia's first title, 3-2
  • 2010 98th CFL Grey Cup: Montreal Alouettes defeats Saskatchewan Roughriders, 21-18

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1841 E M Grace, cricketer (brother of W G)
  • 1866 Arthur Frederick Augustus "Dick" Lilley, cricket keeper (England)
  • 1876 Bert Vogler,South African cricketer (early South African googly bowler), born in Swartwater, South Africa (d. 1946)
  • 1919 Keith Miller, cricketer (one of Australia's best ever all-rounders)
  • 1920 Cecilia Colledge, England, figure skater (Olympic silver 1936)
  • 1925 József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (d. 1978)
  • 1934 Dick Rhyan, PGA golfer (1994 GTE-5th), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1942 Paul Warfield, NFL/WFL wide receiver (Cleveland, Miami, Memphis)
  • 1953 Nadezhda Olizarenko, USSR, 800m/1500m runner (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1953 Sixto Lezcano, baseball player
  • 1955 Alessandro Altobelli, Italian footballer

Person of interestDave Righetti

1958 Dave Righetti, baseball pitcher (Yankees, Giants), born in San Jose, California

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti
  • 1958 Kriss Akabusi, Great Britain, 4X400 runner (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1960 Ken Howell, baseball player
  • 1962 Karen Marsden, field hockey goalie (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1963 Johnny Newman, NBA guard/forward (Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1963 Walt Weiss, Tuxedo NY, shortstop (Oakland A's, Colorado Rockies)
  • 1964 John Burkett, New Brighton PA, pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1965 David Ecob, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1965 Matt Williams, infielder (SF Giants)
  • 1967 José del Solar, Peruvian footballer
  • 1968 Jonathan Brown, American rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 1969 Dale Carter, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • 1969 Doug Petersen, CFL defensive end (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1969 Marc Spindler, NFL defensive tackle/end (NY Jets, Detroit Lions)
  • 1969 Nick Knight, cricketer (England opening batsman 1995- )
  • 1969 Pedro Astacio, Hato Mayor Dom Rep, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • 1969 Pio Sagapolutele, NFL defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns)
  • 1969 Robb Nen, San Pedro, California, American MLB pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1969 Sonia O'Sullivan, Irish 5k runner (Olympic 4th 1992, 96)
  • 1970 Arshad Laiq, cricket all-rounder (United Arab Emirates World Cup 1996)
  • 1970 Evan Droop, Yarrawonga VIC, Australian golfer
  • 1970 Jason Day, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Todd Perry, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970 Álex López Morón, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1971 William Simas Jr, pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Hanford, California
  • 1972 Paulo Figueiredo, Angolan footballer
  • 1974 Jason Ferguson, defensive tackle (NY Jets)
  • 1974 Joerg Heckenbach, WLAF receiver (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1974 András Tölcséres, Hungarian footballer
  • 1977 Fabio Grosso, Italian footballer
  • 1977 Gavin Rae, Scottish footballer
  • 1977 DeMya Walker, American basketball player
  • 1977 Greg Somerville, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1978 Mehdi Nafti, Tunisian footballer
  • 1978 Haytham Tambal, Sudanese footballer
  • 1978 Freddie Mitchell, American football player
  • 1980 Stuart Taylor, British footballer
  • 1982 Leandro Barbosa, Brazilian basketball player
  • 1984 Andrew Bogut, Australian basketball player
  • 1984 Marc-Andre Fleury, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 Caitlin McClatchey, Scottish swimmer

Weddings in Sport

  • 1986 NBC's Ahmad Rashad marriage proposal is accepted by Phylicia Ayers-Allen during halftime of Det Lions-NY Jets football game

Deaths in Sport

Person of interestJames Naismith

1939 James Naismith, Canadian-American physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), dies at 78

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1945 Dwight Davis, donator of tennis' Davis Cup, dies
  • 1995 Brunhilde Hendrix, German relay runner (Olympic silver 1960), dies at 57
  • 2003 Ted Bates, English former footballer, dies at 85
  • 2010 Gil McDougald, American baseball player (b. 1928)