On This Day

On This Day in Sport for November 28

Events in Sport

Car1st Car Race in America

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

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The winning vehicle, a Duryea Motor Wagon Company vehicle driven by Frank Duryea
The winning vehicle, a Duryea Motor Wagon Company vehicle driven by Frank Duryea
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Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1906 Canadian Tommy Burns retains his world heavyweight boxing title after being pushed to a 20-round draw by "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien in Los Angeles, California

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1913 Heavyweight Jack Johnson KOs Andre Spaul in Paris
  • 1914 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Melbourne: All-Australian final; 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 Australian cricket master batsman Don Bradman scores 226 in his first Test appearance v South Africa in 1st Test in Brisbane

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 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 12-6
  • 1953 18th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 10-7 in Birmingham
  • 1955 1956 NFL Draft: Gary Glick from University of Colorado A&M first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 1956 Leonid Spirin leads a Soviet Union 1-2-3 to win the men's 20 kilometre walk gold medal in 1:31:27.4 at the Melbourne Olympics; beats teammates Antanas Mikėnas and Bruno Junk
  • 1956 Lee Calhoun leads an American trifecta in the men's 110m hurdles at the Melbourne Olympics; hurdles Olympic record 13.5s to beat teammates Jack Davis and Joel Shankle
  • 1956 Soviet runner Vladimir Kuts wraps up the Olympic middle distance double by winning the 5,000m gold medal at the Melbourne Games; runs Olympic records in both 5k and 10,000m events

  • 1956 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty of Australia retains her 80m hurdles Olympic title in OR 10.7s beating German Gisela Birkemeyer by just 0.2s at the Melbourne Games
  • 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 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat Hamilton Tiger-Cats (21-7) for a second straight year
  • 1959 24th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 10-0 in Birmingham, breaking a streak of five consecutive victories by Auburn in the series
  • 1964 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: BC Lions defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 34-24; BC's Bill Munsey scores 2 touchdowns in the 3rd quarter, one on offence and another on defence
  • 1964 1965 NFL Draft: Tucker Frederickson from Auburn University first pick by New York Giants

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1965 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, 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)
  • 1969 Ted Sizemore becomes 7th Dodger to win NL Rookie of Year
  • 1970 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Montreal Alouettes defeat Calgary Stampeders, 23-10; game marred by woeful field conditions
  • 1970 35th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 33-28 in Birmingham
  • 1971 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Calgary Stampeders beat Toronto Argonauts, 14-11 on a slick, rain-covered field

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1972 LA Dodgers trade Frank Robinson to California Angels

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson

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1974 Bowie Kuhn suspends George Steinbrenner for 2 years

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • 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 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 23-20 in a thriller; 53,467 Grey Cup record attendance
  • 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
  • 1979 LA Dodger Rick Sutcliffe wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 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 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Edmonton Eskimos' record 5th straight Championship; defeat Toronto Argonauts, 32-16

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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

Tennis Player Sylvia Hanika
Tennis Player
Sylvia Hanika
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

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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
  • 1993 CFL Grey Cup, McMahon Stadium, Calgary: Edmonton Eskimos defeat Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 33-23; Sean Fleming lands record equalling 6 field goals
  • 1999 CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat Calgary Stampeders, 32-21; reverse previous year's result

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1999 In an all-American final, Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi 6–1, 7–5, 6–4 to win his 5th and final ATP Tour World Championship tennis title in Hanover, Germany

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 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

Sport awardFootball Awards

2005 Ballon d'Or: FC Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Ronaldinho is named best football player in Europe ahead of Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard and Liverpool's Steven Gerrard

Football Player Ronaldinho
Football Player
  • 2010 CFL Grey Cup, Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton: Montreal Alouettes retain Championship with 21-18 win over Saskatchewan Roughriders; Alouettes' quarterback Anthony Calvillo's 3rd title

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2010 In a classic matchup, Roger Federer wins his 5th season-ending ATP World Tour Finals tennis title with a 6–3, 3–6, 6–1 victory over Rafael Nadal of Spain in the final in London, England

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 2015 British boxer Tyson Fury beats Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision to win WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO, The Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles in Düsseldorf, Germany; ends Klitschko's 9 year reign as champion
  • 2015 Jamie Vardy scores for Leicester City in a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at the King Power Stadium; EPL record 11th consecutive game in which Vardy scores

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1841 E. M. Grace, English cricketer (one Test v Australia 1880, 36 & 0), born in Downend, Bristol, England (d. 1911)
  • 1866 Dick Lilley, English cricket wicket-keeper (35 Tests from 1896 to 1909), born in Holloway Head, Warwickshire, England (d. 1929)
  • 1868 William H. Lewis, American College football center and coach (first African-American selected as an All-American; Harvard), born in Berkley, Virginia (d. 1949)
  • 1876 Bert Vogler, South African cricketer (early South African googly bowler), born in Swartwater, South Africa (d. 1946)
  • 1906 Henry Picard, American golfer (Masters 1938, PGA 1939), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • 1919 Keith Miller, Australian cricketer (one of Australia's best ever all-rounders), born in Sunshine, Victoria, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Cecilia Colledge, British figure skater (Olympic silver 1936), born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Lorna Beal (née Larter), Australian cricket wicket-keeper (7 Tests; 16 dismissals), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1925 József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (d. 1978)
  • 1942 Paul Warfield, NFL/WFL wide receiver (Cleveland, Miami, Memphis)
  • 1945 Georg Volkert, German soccer striker (12 caps, FRG; 1. FC Nürnberg, Hamburger SV, VfB Stuttgart), born in Ansbach, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1953 Nadezhda Olizarenko, USSR, 800m/1500m runner (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1953 Sixto Lezcano, baseball player
  • 1955 Alessandro Altobelli, Italian soccer striker (61 caps; Internazionale 317 games), born in Sonnino, Italy

Person of interestDave Righetti

1958 Dave Righetti, American baseball pitcher (Yankees, Giants) and coach, 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, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2018)
  • 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, American baseball shortstop (AL Rookie of the Year 1988; World Series 1989; MLB All Star 1998; Oakland A's, Colorado Rockies) and manager (Colorado Rockies 2013-16), born in Tuxedo, New York
  • 1964 John Burkett, New Brighton PA, pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1965 Matt Williams, American baseball infielder (5 x MLB All Star; NL home run leader 1994; NL RBI leader 1990; SF Giants) and manager (Washington Nationals), born in Bishop, California
  • 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 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 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
  • 1977 Angela Stanford, American golfer (Evian C'ship 2018), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 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 F. Davis, American politician (49th United States Secretary of War) and founder of the Davis Cup, dies at 66
  • 1985 Johnny "Blood" McNally, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (NFL champion 1929-31, 36; Green Bay Packers), dies from a stroke at 82
  • 1995 Brunhilde Hendrix, German relay runner (Olympic silver 1960), dies at 57
  • 1996 Don McNeill, American tennis player (French C'ship 1939, US Nat C'ship 1940), dies of pneumonia at 78
  • 2003 Ted Bates, English former footballer, dies at 85
  • 2010 Gil McDougald, American baseball player (b. 1928)
  • 2020 Vítor Oliveira, Portuguese soccer midfielder (Braga, Portimonense) and manager (won 11 promotions to Primeira Liga, 6 as champion), dies from a heart attack at 67