On This Day in Sport for November 4

  • November

Events in Sport

  • 1889 Players League begins, declaring independence from baseball's NL
  • 1924 California legalizes professional boxing (illegal since 1914)
  • 1934 After posting 7 straight shutouts to start the NFL season, Detroit Lions beat Pittsburgh, 40-7 at University of Detroit Stadium; scored upon for the first time of the season; rush for NFL single game record 426 yards
  • 1939 1940 Olympics awarded to Helsinki, Finland

Sport awardRyder Cup

1951 Ryder Cup Golf, Pinehurst Resort: US wins 9½-2½; Sam Snead playing captain for US; Arthur Lacey non-playing GB skipper

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead
  • 1951 NY Giants & NY Yanks score back-to-back TDs on kickoff returns
  • 1951 Vijay Merchant scores 154 v England in his last Test Cricket innings
  • 1953 New baseball balk rule gives the batter option of accepting the outcome of the pitch or the balk

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1959 Ernie Banks, Cubs shortstop, wins 2nd consecutive NL MVP

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1972 Kings score 3 goals within 45 seconds against Islanders
  • 1973 New Orleans Saints 1st shutout victory, 13-0 vs Buffalo Bills
  • 1973 Chicago centre Stan Mikita registers his 1,000 NHL career point in the Black Hawks 5-3 loss to the Minnesota North Stars at the Met Centre, Bloomington, Minnesota
  • 1975 Orioles Jim Palmer wins his 2nd Cy Young Award

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1976 1st mass-market free-agent reentry draft, Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Gullett, Tenace, Fingers, Baylor, Grich & McCovey, available

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1978 Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3)

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1978 3rd annual reentry free-agent draft, Pete Rose, Tommy John, & Darrell Evans, available

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

  • 1980 Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2)
  • 1980 Sadaharu Oh, 40, pro-baseball's all-time HR run king with 868, retires
  • 1983 Washington Capitals first NHL overtime victory beating Vancouver 5-4
  • 1987 Benito Santiago, Padres catcher, wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1987 NBA announces 4 new franchises; Charlotte & Miami for 1988 & Minneapolis & Orlando for 1989
  • 1988 First NBA game at Charlotte Coliseum - Hornets lose to Cavs, 133-93
  • 1989 First NBA game at Orlando Arena, Orlando Magic loses to NJ Nets, 111-106
  • 1989 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Gulfstream Park; winners: Bayakoa, Dancing Spree, Go for Wand, Prized, Rhythm, Steinlen, Sunday Silence
  • 1990 20th NYC Women's Marathon won by Wanda Panfil in 2:30:45
  • 1990 21st NYC Marathon won by Douglas Wakiihuri in 2:12:39

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1990 Ayrton Senna retires with gearbox trouble during the season-ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins by 7 points from Alain Prost; McLaren-Honda wins Constructors title for 3rd straight year

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 1992 NY Giants announce they will quit WNEW Radio after 32 years for WOR
  • 1992 NY Jets announce they are moving from WABC to WFAN radio
  • 1994 United Center in Chicago opens - Bulls beat Charlotte Hornets, 89-83
  • 1995 1st-class Cricket debut of Paul Adams, W Province v N Transvaal
  • 1995 Key Arena opens, Seattle Supersonics beat LA Lakers 103-89
  • 2000 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; winners: Tiznow, Macho Uno, Spain, Kalanisi, War Chant, Perfect Sting, Kona Gold, Caressing
  • 2001 Arizona beats New York Yankees, 3-2 in Game 7 at Bank One Ballpark, Phoenix for Diamondbacks' first Baseball World Series; Arizona pitchers Randy Johnson & Curt Schilling co-MVP's

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2001 American tennis star Serena Williams wins the WTA Tour Championship in Munich, Germany after Lindsay Davenport defaults the final due to a knee injury; Williams' first season-ending title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2006 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs, winners: Invasor, Street Sense, Round Pond, Ouija Board, Dreaming of Anna, Miesque's Approval, Thor's Echo, Red Rocks
  • 2009 NY Yankees beat Philadelphia Phillies, 7-3 in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium to win Bronx Bombers' record 27th Baseball World Series; NY outfielder Hideki Matsui MVP
  • 2011 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; Day 1 winners: Secret Circle, Stephanie's Kitten, Musical Romance, My Miss Aurelia, Perfect Shirl, Royal Delta
  • 2012 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Prague, Czech Republic: Lucie Šafářová beats Jelena Janković of Serbia 6-1, 6-1 to give the home team a 3-1 win in the final
  • 2016 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 1 winners: Oscar Performance, Tamarkuz, New Money Honey, Beholder
  • 2017 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Del Mar Racetrack; Day 2 winners: Caledonia Road, Stormy Liberal, Bar of Gold, Wuheida, Roy H, World Approval, Good Magic, Talismanic, Gunrunner

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1899 Nicolas Frantz, Luxembourgish cyclist (d. 1985)
  • 1906 Bob Considine, sports columnist (Bob Feller Story)
  • 1909 Skeeter Webb, American baseball player (d. 1986)
  • 1909 Bert Patenaude, American soccer player (d. 1974)
  • 1912 H "Giff" Vivian, cricketer (father of Graham 1st Test for NZ at 18)
  • 1924 Howie Meeker, Canadian ice hockey player and politician
  • 1929 Jimmy Piersall, baseball player (Red Sox, Senators, Indians)
  • 1930 Dick Groat, shortstop (NL MVP 1960)
  • 1933 Mildred McDaniel, US high jumper (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1933 Tito Francona, American baseball player
  • 1938 Alan Jones, cricketer (England v ROW 1970 his only intl honour)
  • 1943 Clark Graebner, American tennis player
  • 1947 Aleksandr Tkachev, USSR, parallel bars gymnast (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1947 Alexei Ulanov, USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1972, 76)
  • 1947 Rodney Marsh, cricketer (AKA "Iron Gloves" AKA "Bacchus" Kept wickets)
  • 1953 Jacques Villeneuve (elder), Canadian racing driver
  • 1961 Nigel Worthington, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1962 Andre Wasiman, soccer player (FC Volendam), born in Paramibo, Suriname
  • 1963 David Williams, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (3 Tests 1992)
  • 1963 Michel Therrien, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • 1965 Erik Norgard, NFL center/guard (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1966 Bubba McDowell, NFL safety (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1967 Alex Rousseau, US water polo 2m Offense (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Paris, France
  • 1967 Asif Mujtaba, cricketer (Pakistani lefty batsman)
  • 1967 Eric Karros, Hackansack NJ, infielder (LA Dodgers)
  • 1968 Carlos Baerga, Puerto Rico, infielder (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1968 Domingo Cedeno, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in La Ramona, Dominican Republic
  • 1968 Osvaldo Fernandez, Holguin Cuba, pitcher (SF Giants)
  • 1969 Jan Apell, Swedish tennis star
  • 1969 Katrin Borchert, Australian sprint canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Waren (Müritz), Germany
  • 1969 Tommy Henry, CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1970 Corey Schwab, Canadian NHL goalie (NJ Devils), born in North Battleford, Canada
  • 1970 Tim DeBoom, American triathlete, born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1971 Russell Copeland, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Luís Figo, Portuguese footballer
  • 1975 Eric Fichaud, Anjou Canada, NHL goalie (NY Islanders)
  • 1975 Lorenzen Wright, NBA forward (LA Clippers)
  • 1975 Orlando Pace, tackle (St Louis Rams)
  • 1976 Bruno Junqueira, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1976 Mario Melchiot, Dutch footballer
  • 1977 Larry Bigbie, American baseball player
  • 1977 So Ji-sub, South Korean swimmer, model and actor
  • 1978 Carmen Cali, American baseball player
  • 1978 John Grabow, American baseball player
  • 1980 Jerry Collins, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Apia, Samoa
  • 1980 Richard Owens, American football player
  • 1981 Vince Wilfork, American football player
  • 1982 Devin Hester, American football player
  • 1985 Marcell Jansen, German footballer, born in Mönchengladbach, West Germany
  • 1986 Adrian Zaugg, South African racing driver
  • 1988 Dez Bryant, American football wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in Galveston County, Texas

Weddings in Sport

  • 2006 1996 summer Olympic gold medalist gymnast Dominique Moceanu (25) weds podiatrist Dr. Michael Canales (29) in Houston, Texas

Deaths in Sport

  • 1904 Jack Brown, cricketer (8 Tests for England 1894-99), dies
  • 1950 Grover Cleveland Alexander, American baseball player (b. 1887)

Person of interestCy Young

1955 Cy Young, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (most wins in MLB history 511), dies of a heart attack at 88

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1993 Cliff Young, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), dies in car accident at 29
  • 1999 Malcolm Marshall, West Indian cricketer (WI quickie 1978-91, WI top wicket-taker), dies at 41

Person of interestSparky Anderson

2010 Sparky Anderson, American baseball manager, dies at 76

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • 2013 Hakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor and Olympic champion, dies at 87
  • 2017 Gilbert Rogin, American journalist and author (The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated), dies at 87