On This Day in Sport for November 3

Events in Sport


Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1899 James J Jeffries beats Tom Sharkey in 25 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1926 Ty Cobb resigns as Detroit Tigers manager

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

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1934 Although Lou Gehrig wins Triple Crown, Mickey Cochrane wins AL MVP

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1935 Kitei Son runs world record marathon (2:26:42)
  • 1937 Maurice Archambaud bicycles world record for distance in one hour (45.796 km)
  • 1937 NHL Howie Morenz Memorial Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 6-5 in Mont

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1942 Despite Ted Williams winning Triple Crown, Yanks Joe Gordon wins AL MVP

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1948 2nd NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Toronto 3-1 at Chicago
  • 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates' Vern Law wins Cy Young Award

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1962 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 72 points vs LA Lakers

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1963 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Cavern City Golf Open
  • 1963 14th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Joe Weatherly wins
  • 1964 Philadelphia voters approve $25 million to build a new sports stadium

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1968 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Canyon Ladies Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1968 19th Formula One WDC: Graham Hill wins by 12 points
  • 1974 Chako Higuchi wins Japan LPGA Golf Classic

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1976 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA/Japan Mizuno Golf

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • 1977 Debbie Massey wins LPGA Mizuno-Japan Golf Classic
  • 1978 Michiko Okada wins LPGA Mizuno-Japan Golf Classic
  • 1979 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Mizuno Japan Golf Classic
  • 1981 Brewers reliever Rollie Fingers wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 1982 Detroit blocks 20 Cleve Cav shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • 1985 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Nichirei Cup Team Match Golf Tournament
  • 1985 36th Formula One WDC: Alain Prost wins by 20 points

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Oakland 1st baseman Mark McGwire wins AL Rookie of Year

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire

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1989 Lou Piniella is named manager of the Reds, replacing banned Pete Rose

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1989 Minn Timberwolves' 1st NBA game, loses to Seattle, 106-94
  • 1991 21st NYC Women's Marathon won by Liz McColgan of Scotland in 2:27
  • 1991 22nd NYC Marathon won by Salvador Garcia of Mexico in 2:09:28
  • 1991 Ayrton Senna wins shortest Formula One race ever run (17 laps)
  • 1991 42nd Formula One WDC: Ayrton Senna wins by 24 points
  • 1993 Ken Daneyko sets NJ Devil 'Ironman' record by playing 322nd cons game
  • 1995 1st NBA game at FleetCenter, Boston Celtics lose to Mil Bucks, 101-100
  • 1995 1st NBA game at Rose Garden, Port Trailblazers lose to Grizzlies 92-80
  • 1995 1st NBA game at Skydome, Toronto Raptors beat NJ Nets 94-79
  • 1996 26th NYC Women's Marathon won by Anuta Catuna of Romania in 2:28:18
  • 1996 27th NYC Marathon won by Giacomo Leone of Italy in 2:09:54
  • 1996 Mayumi Hirase wins LPGA Toray Japan Queens Cup
  • 1997 Boston shortstop Nomar Garciaparra is 6th unanimous AL Rookie of Year
  • 1997 David Duval wins Championship at the Champions Golf Club
  • 1997 Phillies 3rd baseman Scott Rolen selected unanimous Rookie of Year

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2003 Pat LaFontaine is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Bobby Orr's autobiography "Orr: My Story" debuts at the #8 position on The New York Times best seller list for nonfiction

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1856 Jim McCormick, Scottish-born American baseball player, born in Glasgow (d. 1918)
  • 1871 Albert Goldthorpe, English rugby league footballer
  • 1880 Edmond Barrett, heavyweight wrestler (Olympic bronze 1908)
  • 1893 R Lindley Murray, tennis champ (US Open-1918)
  • 1900 Roger Blunt, cricketer (NZ all-rounder in 9 Tests 1930-32)

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1908 Bronko Nagurski, Canadian-American NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Rainy River, Ontario (d. 1990)

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • 1918 Bob Feller, Van Meter, Iowa, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indian, 3 no-hitters)
  • 1930 Brian Robinson, British cyclist
  • 1934 Derek Richardson, cricketer (played one innings for England 1957)

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1936 Roy Emerson, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon-1964, 65, US Open-61), born in Blackbutt, Queensland

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • 1945 Ken Holtzman, American baseball pitcher and manager
  • 1945 Gerd Müller, German footballer
  • 1948 Helmut Koinigg, Austrian racing driver (d. 1974)

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1949 Larry Holmes, American heavyweight boxing champ (1978-85), born in Cuthbert, Georgia

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1949 Roswitha Krause, USSR, 4 X 100m swimmer (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1951 Azmat Rana, cricketer (one Test for Pakistan against Australia 1980)
  • 1953 Larry Herndon, baseball player
  • 1955 Phil Simms, NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Super Bowl 1986)
  • 1956 Bob Welch, American MLB pitcher (Oakland), born in Seal Beach, CA, (d. 2014)
  • 1958 Andrew Mapple, US water skier
  • 1958 Sue Daniels, Adelaide Australia, golfer (1983 Victorian Amateur Champ)
  • 1960 Sharon Monplaisir, American fencer-epee (Olympics-96), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 [Charles] Karch Kiraly, Jackson, Michigan, American volleyball player (Oly-3 g-84, 88, 96)
  • 1962 Kym Hampton, WNBA forward (NY Liberty)
  • 1963 Howard Ballard, NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1963 Stephen Corkin, judoka (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1963 Ian Wright, English footballer
  • 1963 Shigeaki Hattori, Japanese racing driver
  • 1964 Brian Young, cricketer (NZ Test opening batsman)
  • 1965 John Feskens, Dutch soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1965 Michael Paul Springer, PGA golfer (1994 Greater Milwaukee), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1966 Todd Reynolds, pairs skaters (Olympics-1994), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 1966 Tracey Fuchs, Centereach NY, field hockey midfielder (Olympics-88, 96)
  • 1967 Rob Cowie, NHL defenseman (LA Kings), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968 Antonio Pettigrew, Macon Ga, 400m (Olympics-96)
  • 1968 Lee Germon, cricketer (NZ keeper & captain 1995- )
  • 1968 Paul Quantrill, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in London, Ontario
  • 1969 Jim Mckenzie, Gull Lake, NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1969 Leslie Shepherd, NFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins)
  • 1970 Doug Zmolek, NHL defenseman (LA Kings), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1971 Bob Kronenberg, WLAF center (Rhein Fire)
  • 1971 Colbie Bell, 100kg Greco Roman wrestler (Oly-96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1971 Darrin Hancock, NBA guard/forward (Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1971 Matthew Lawton, Gulfport MS, outfielder (Minnesota Twins)
  • 1971 William Strong, NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971 Diego Alessi, Italian race car driver
  • 1972 Chris Shelling, NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals)
  • 1972 Verl Mitchell, NFL guard (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1973 Derrick Alexander, American NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1973 Nemone, athlete and broadcaster
  • 1974 Tariq Abdul Wahad, NBA forward (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1975 Darren Sharper, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1976 Guillermo Franco, Argentine-Mexican footballer
  • 1979 Pablo Aimar, Argentine footballer
  • 1981 Sten Pentus, Estonian racing car driver
  • 1982 Evgeny Plushenko, Russian figure skater
  • 1984 Christian Bakkerud, Danish racing driver
  • 1987 Felix Schütz, German ice hockey player
  • 1987 Colin Kaepernick, American football player, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1990 Ellyse Perry, Australian soccer player/cricket player

Weddings in Sport

  • 2012 Olympic gymnast Carly Patterson (24) weds Mark Caldwell (27) at the Main Street Garden Park in Dallas, Texas

Deaths in Sport

  • 1971 Etienne Gailly, Belgium marathoner (Oly-bron-48), dies in accident at 48
  • 2004 Sergei Zholtok, Latvian hockey player (b. 1972)
  • 2006 Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorean footballer (b. 1937)
  • 2012 Tommy Goodwin, British track cyclist, dies at 91
  • 2015 Tom [Thomas] Graveney, English cricket batsman, dies at 88