On This Day

On This Day in Sport for November 5

Events in Sport

  • 1886 British Open Men's Golf, Musselburgh Links: David Brown beats fellow Scot Willie Campbell by 2 strokes
  • 1887 Ottawa College (ORFU) defeats Montreal Football Club (QRFU) 10-5 to win the Dominion championship

Sport awardPGA Championship

1927 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Cedar Crest CC: Defending champion Walter Hagen beats Joe Turnesa 1-up to win his 4th straight PGA title

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1933 Chicago Bears 30 game unbeaten streak ends to Patriots (10-0)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940 Walter Johnson, won 416 games for Washington Senators, loses Maryland congressional race (R)

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1950 Cleveland Browns' Tommy James intercepts 3 passes, club record

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Montreal Canadien center Jean Béliveau scores 3 goals in 44 seconds on future Hall of Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuk in 4-2 win v Boston Bruins; 2nd fastest NHL hat trick

NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • 1957 Mrs Nellie McGrail wins $574,658 on a 2½ cent soccer pool ticket
  • 1959 AFL announced with 8 teams
  • 1966 Brigham Young QB Virgil Carter sets NCAA record of 599 yards gained
  • 1967 New Orleans Saints 1st NFL victory, beat Philadelphia Eagles 31-24
  • 1968 1st AL pitcher to win MVP, Denny McLain (wins unanimously)
  • 1971 NBA's LA Lakers starts a 33 game consecutive victory streak
  • 1977 NCAA passing record set at 571 yards (Marc Wilson, Brigham Young)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 Oakland Raider's John Madden becomes 13th coach to win 100 NFL games

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1982 Cleveland Cavaliers lose 24th consecutive game (NBA record)

  • 1983 NY Rangers & Quebec Nordiques both score in 1st 14 secs of 3rd period
  • 1988 1st NBA game at Bradley Center, Milw Bucks lose to Atlnata Hawks 94-107
  • 1988 1st NBA game at Miami Arena, Miami Heat loss to LA Clippers, 111-91
  • 1988 1st NBA game at Palace of Auburn Hills, Pistons beat Hornets 94-85
  • 1988 Japan beats MLB all stars 2-1 in Tokyo (Game 1 of 7)
  • 1988 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; winners: Alysheba, Gt Communicator, Gulch, Is It True, Miesque, Open Mind, Personal Ensign
  • 1989 19th NYC Women's Marathon won by Ingrid Kristiansen in 2:25:30
  • 1989 20th NYC Marathon won by Juma Ikangaa in 2:08:01
  • 1989 US plays El Salvador in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 French McLaren driver Alain Prost withdraws early in wet Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide but wins his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 16 points from team mate Ayrton Senna

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 "Revenge Match of the 20th century" American chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer defeats Russian Boris Spassky to win an unofficial match in Belgrade

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • 1993 1st NBA game in Alamodome, San Antonio Spurs beat Warriors 91-85
  • 1994 Tony Rominger bicycles world record for distance covered in one hour for second time (55.291 km)
  • 1994 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; winners: Barathea, Cherokee Run, Concern, Flanders, One Dreamer, Tikkanen, Timber Country

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1994 George Foreman (45) KOs Michael Moorer to win boxing Heavyweight championship

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
World Boxing Champion Michael Moorer
World Boxing Champion
Michael Moorer
  • 1995 First NBA game at General Motors Place in Vancouver; Grizzlies beat Minnesota Timberwolves, 100-98 in OT

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is the unanimous choice as AL Rookie of

Baseball Player Derek Jeter
Baseball Player
Derek Jeter
  • 2010 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; Day 1 winners: Eldaafer, More Than Real, Dubai Majesty, Awesome Feather, Shared Account, Unrivaled Belle
  • 2011 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; Day 2 winners: Afleet Again, Wrote, Amazombie, Regally Ready, Caleb's Posse, St Nicholas Abbey, Hansen, Court Vision, Drosselmeyer
  • 2016 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 2 winners: Champagne Room, Queen's Trust, Drefong, Obviously, Classic Empire, Highland Reel, Finest City, Tourist, Arrogate
  • 2017 New York City Marathon: Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya wins men's race in 2:10:53, 3 seconds ahead of Wilson Kipsang; Shalane Flanagan (2:26:53) first American to win women's race since 1977

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestTeddy Flack

1873 Teddy Flack [Edwin], Australian athlete, double Olympic gold medallist in 1896, born in London, England (d. 1935)

Olympic Runner Teddy Flack
Olympic Runner
Teddy Flack
  • 1883 Ernie Parker, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1913), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 1918)
  • 1891 Herb McGirr, New Zealand cricketer (played in NZ's 1st Test series), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1964)
  • 1891 Earl Neale, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Virginia; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles) and MLB outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia (d. 1973)
  • 1901 Eddie Paynter, English cricketer (England batting hero in Bodyline series), born in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, England (d. 1979)
  • 1904 Cooney Weiland, Canadian NHL forward (Boston Bruins), born in Seaforth, Ontario (d. 1985)
  • 1905 George Bissett, South African cricketer (successful South African quick in 1927-28), born in Kimberley, Cape Province, South Africa (d. 1965)
  • 1916 Len Wilkinson, English cricketer (England leg-spinner just before WW II), born in Northwich, Cheshire, England (d. 2002)
  • 1916 Jim Tabor, American MLB 3rd baseman (2 x grand slams in one game), born in New Hope, Alabama (d. 1953)
  • 1918 George Sheehan, American doctor, athlete and author ("Running & Being: The Total Experience," NY Times best seller), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1993)
  • 1920 Tommy Godwin, British track cyclist (Great Britain coach; 2 x Olympic bronze 1948; President British Cycling Federation), born in Connecticut, United States (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Ian Munro, British medical journalist, humanitarian and cricketer, born in Bradford, England (d. 1997)
  • 1929 Lennart Johansson, Swedish soccer administrator (President Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) 1990–2007), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2019)
  • 1935 Lester Piggott, British jockey (11 time champ), born in Wantage, Berkshire, England
  • 1938 César Luis Menotti, Argentine football player (1978 FIFA World Cup) and coach, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1939 Kenneth Walter, South African cricket pace bowler (1961-62 series v NZ), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1947 Oļegs Antropovs, Latvian volleyball player (Olympic gold 1968), born in Shymkent, Kazakh SSR
  • 1950 Debbie Massey, American golfer (3-time LPGA Tour winner), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Person of interestBill Walton

1952 Bill Walton, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA C'ship 1977, 1986; NBA Finals MVP 1977; Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics), born in La Mesa, California

NBA Center and Television Sportscaster Bill Walton
NBA Center and Television Sportscaster
Bill Walton
  • 1952 Oleg Blokhin, Ukrainian footballer, born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
  • 1954 Alvin Gentry, American basketball head coach (New Orleans Pelicans 2015-19; Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1960 Mark West, American NBA center (Detroit Pistons), born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky
  • 1962 Abédi Pelé, Ghanaian footballer (captain of Ghana National Team), born in Kibi, Eastern Region, Ghana
  • 1963 Hans Gilhaus, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse), born in Helmond, Netherlands
  • 1966 Nayim [Mohamed Alí Amar], Spanish footballer, born in Ceuta, Spain
  • 1967 Frank Pollack, American NFL tackle (SF 49ers), born in Camp Springs, Maryland
  • 1967 Grant Leury, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1967 Steve Wagner, field hockey goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Bob Dahl, American NFL guard (Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Cary Blanchard, American NFL kicker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1968 Malcolm Frank, CFL cornerback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1970 Javier Lopez, Puerto Rican baseball pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1970 Ryan Wetnight, American NFL tight end (Chicago Bears), born in Fresno, California
  • 1971 Erick Walder, American triple jumper, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1971 Sergei Berezin, Russian NHL forward (Team Russia, Olympic silver 1998), born in Voskrensensk, Russia
  • 1971 Todd Collins, American NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills), born in Walpole, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Rob Jones, English footballer (Liverpool), born in Wrexham, Wales
  • 1972 Tracy Greene, American NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • 1973 Alexei Yashin, Russian NHL center (Team Russia Olympic silver 1998, Ottawa Senators), born in Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1973 James Collins, American NBA guard (LA Clippers), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1973 Johnny Damon, American professional baseball outfielder (Kansas City Royals), born in Fort Riley, Kansas
  • 1973 Kate Anderson, Australian 1.5k/3k/5k runner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Rupert Grant, American NFL fullback (NE Patriots), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1974 Conrad Hamilton, American football cornerback (NY Giants), born in Alamogordo, New Mexico
  • 1974 Jerry Stackhouse, American NBA guard and forward (Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers), born in Kinston, North Carolina
  • 1974 Dado Pršo, Croatian footballer, born in Zadar, SFR Yugoslavia
  • 1977 Tuula Puputti, Finnish ice hockey goalie (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Kuopio, Finland
  • 1977 Richard Wright, English football goalkeeper and coach (Manchester City), born in Ipswich, England
  • 1978 Bubba Watson Jr., American golfer (US Masters 2012, 2014), born in Bagdad, Florida
  • 1980 Christoph Metzelder, German footballer, born in Haltern, West Germany
  • 1980 Jaime Camara, Brazilian racing driver, born in Goiânia, Brazil
  • 1983 Mike Hanke, German footballer, born in Hamm, West Germany
  • 1984 Nick Folk, American football player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1984 Tobias Enstrom, Swedish hockey player, born in Nordingrå, Sweden
  • 1984 Eliud Kipchoge, Kenyan distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 2016; first under 2:00), born in Kapsisiywa, Kenya
  • 1986 Kasper Schmeichel, Danish footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark

Person of interestVirat Kohli

1988 Virat Kohli, Indian cricketer, star batsman and captain of India (2013-), born in Delhi, India

Cricketer Virat Kohli
Cricketer
Virat Kohli
  • 1992 Odell Beckham Jr., American NFL player (New York Giants), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Weddings in Sport

  • 2005 2004 Indianapolis 500 racecar driver winner Buddy Rice (29) weds Michelle Noonan in Arizona

Deaths in Sport

  • 1951 Reggie Walker, South African athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1908), dies at 62
  • 1971 Sam Jones, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1955, 59; no-hitter 1955; Chicago Cubs), dies of neck cancer at 45
  • 1975 Annette Kellerman, swimmer (Million Dollar Mermaid), dies at 87
  • 1992 Arpad Elo, Hungarian physicist (chess classification system), dies at 89
  • 2006 LaMar Clark, American boxer (record most consecutive knockouts 44, including unsanctioned bouts), dies at 71