On This Day

On This Day in Sport for November 6

Events in Sport

  • 1869 1st US college football game, players used their hands or feet, Rutgers 6 Princeton 4
  • 1883 NYAC organizes 1st American cross-country championship race
  • 1929 Providence Steam Roller become first NFL team to host a game at night under floodlights; lose 16-0 against the Chicago Cardinals at the Cycledrome, Providence, RI
  • 1934 NFL Philadelphia Eagles beat Cincinnati Reds 64-0

AgreementContract of Interest

1950 Branch Rickey signs 5-yr contract as VP/GM of Pittsburgh Pirates

Baseball Player and Sports Executive Branch Rickey
Baseball Player and Sports Executive
Branch Rickey
  • 1955 Ryder Cup Golf, Thunderbird Ranch & CC: US wins 8-4; Chick Harbert captains Americans to 7th consecutive event victory
  • 1956 Netherlands and Spain withdraw from Olympics in protest against Soviet actions in the Hungarian Revolution
  • 1961 US government issues a stamp honoring 100th birthday of James Naismith (invented game of basketball - actually Canadian)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Inaugural Cy Young Award is a tie between Mike Cuellar and Denny McLain

MLB Pitcher Denny McLain
MLB Pitcher
Denny McLain
  • 1974 Dodger Mike Marshall is 1st relief pitcher to win Cy Young Award
  • 1976 Former Twins relief ace Bill Campbell is 1st free-agent to sign with a new team, joining the Red Sox for $1 million over 4 years

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1981 Larry Holmes TKOs Renaldo Snipes in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1983 Tampa Bay Buccaneer James Wilder rushes for 219 yards vs Minnesota Vikings
  • 1988 Japan & MLB all stars played to a 6-6 draw (Game 2 of 7)
  • 1988 Steve Jones wins 19th NYC men's marathon (2:08:20); Grete Waitz wins record 9th women's title
  • 1990 Braves' Dave Justice wins NL Rookie of Year

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1993 Evander Holyfield beats Riddick Bowe in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1993 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; winners: Arcangues, Brocco, Cardmania, Hollywood Wildcat, Kotashaan, Lure, Phone Chatter
  • 1994 24th NYC Women's Marathon won by Tegla Loroupe in 2:27:37
  • 1994 25th NYC Marathon won by German Silva in 2:11:21
  • 1995 Art Modell officially announces Cleveland Browns are moving to Balt
  • 1996 LA Dodger Todd Hollandsworth wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1997 SF Giants manager Dusty Baker named NL Manager of the Year
  • 1999 4th Rugby World Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff: Wallabies fullback Matt Burke lands 7 penalties and 2 conversions as Australia beats France, 35-12
  • 1999 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Gulfstream Park; winners: Cat Thief, Anees, Beautiful Pleasure, Daylami, Silic, Soaring Softly, Cash Run, Artax
  • 2009 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 1 winners: Man of Iron, Tapitsfly, She Be Wild, Midday, Informed Decision, Life Is Sweet
  • 2010 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; Day 2 winners: Pluck, Big Drama, Chamberlain Bridge, Uncle Mo, Goldikova, Dakota Phone, Dangerous Midge, Blame
  • 2011 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Czech pair Lucie Hradecká & Květa Peschke beats Maria Kirilenko & Elena Vesnina of Russia to clinch a 3-2 win for the visitors in the final

Birthdays in Sport

Person of interestJames Naismith

1861 James Naismith, Canadian-American physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), born in Almonte, Ontario (d. 1939)

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1876 Ernie Hayes MBE, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests; Surrey, Leicestershire), born in London, England (d. 1953)

Person of interestWalter Johnson

1887 Walter Johnson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3x Triple Crown of Pitching; World Series, 1924; AL MVP, 1913, 1924; Washington Senators), born in Humboldt, Kansas (d. 1946)

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1906 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • 1919 Alan Lisette, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow left-armer vs West Indies 1956), born in Morrinsville, New Zealand (d. 1973)
  • 1920 Sir John Smith, English soccer executive (Chairman Liverpool F.C. 1973-90), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricket all-rounder, captain (NZ 12 Tests @ 31.22, 16 wickets), born in Gore, Southland (d. 2006)
  • 1923 Aleksandra Chudina, Soviet athlete, track jumper (Olympic-2 silver-1952), born in Kurkinsky District, Russia (d. 1990)
  • 1927 Eric St Eval Atkinson, West Indian cricketer (bro of Denis WI pace bowler 1958-59), born in Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados (d. 1998)
  • 1931 Peter Collins, English auto racer (British GP 1958), born in Kidderminster, England (d. 1958)
  • 1932 Ron Saunders, English soccer striker (Portsmouth) and manager (Manchester City, Aston Villa, Birmingham City), born in Birkenhead, England (d. 2019)
  • 1933 Knut Johannesen, Norwegian 5K/10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1964), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1939 Pat Dye, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (East Carolina, Wyoming, Auburn; record 153–62–5), born in Blythe, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Ray Perkins, American football coach (New York Giants, University of Alabama, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arkansas State University), born in Mount Olive, Mississippi (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Larry James, American track athlete, 4X400m relayer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Mount Pleasant, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1947 Jim Rosenthal, English sports presenter, born in Oxford, England
  • 1951 Jim Frick, Swedish harness racing driver (5,002 career race wins), born in Rättvik, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1956 Graeme Wood, Australian cricketer (Australian lefty opening batsman 1978-88), born in East Fremantle, Australia
  • 1963 Jean-Marc Chouinard, Canadian fencer (epee - Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1964 Erik Kramer [William Erik Kramer], American former NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Encino, California
  • 1965 Brian Givens, American baseball pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Lompoc, California
  • 1967 Dennis Brown, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Jackie Auzias de Turenne, WPVA volleyballer (Natl-17th-1995), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1967 Shuzo Matsuoka, Japanese tennis star (1995 USTA/Binghampton), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1968 Alfred Williams, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers, Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1968 Chad Curtis, American outfielder (NY Yankees, Detroit Tigers), born in Marion, Indiana
  • 1968 Edward Linskens, Dutch soccer player (PSV), born in Venray, Netherlands
  • 1969 Don Wengert, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1970 Eric Mueller, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1970 Maa Tanuvasa, American NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Nu'uuli, American Samoa
  • 1970 Rich Braham, American NFL center (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Morgantown, West Virginia
  • 1971 Derrick Alexander, American NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1972 Anthony Brown, American NFL tackle (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Okinawa, Japan
  • 1972 Vicki Movessian, American ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympic-98), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Garry Flitcroft, English soccer midfielder, manager (Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers), born in Bolton, Lancashire
  • 1972 Deivi Cruz, American baseball player, born in Nizao, Dominican Republic
  • 1973 Taje Allen, American football player (St Louis Rams), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1974 Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgian road racing cyclist, born in Mouscron, Belgium (d. 2009)
  • 1975 Mike Maurer, Canadian CFL fullback (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • 1976 Laurie Baker, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympic-gold-98), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1976 Pat Tillman, American football player and U.S. Army Ranger, born in Fremont, California (d. 2004)
  • 1978 Scott Piercy, American golfer (US Open 2016 runner-up), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1978 Zak Morioka, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1979 Lamar Odom, American basketball player, born in South Jamaica, New York
  • 1987 Ana Ivanović, Serbian tennis player (French Open 2008; world #1 08), born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1988 Erik Lund, Swedish footballer, born in Ljungskile, Sweden

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1983 Businessman Vidal Sassoon (55) weds dressage champion Jeanette Hartford-Davis

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Vidal Sassoon

LoveWedding of Interest

1998 "Some Like It Hot" actor Tony Curtis (73) weds horse trainer Jill Vandenberg at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada

LoveWedding of Interest

2010 Professional golfer Greg Norman (51) weds Australian interior decorator Kirsten Kutner (41) on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands

Golfer Greg Norman
Greg Norman
  • 2016 TV personality and actress Audrina Patridge (31) weds professional BMX dirt bike rider Corey Bohan in Hawaii

Deaths in Sport

  • 1931 Jack Chesbro, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NY Highlanders - won 41 games 1904), dies of heart attack at 57
  • 1964 Hugo Koblet, Swiss cyclist (1951 Tour de France, dies at 39
  • 1975 Annette Kellermann, Australian swimmer, silent-film actress (A Daughter of the Gods; Venus Of The South Seas), and author, dies at 87
  • 1978 Heiri Suter, Swiss cyclist, dies at 79
  • 1979 Chick Evans, American golfer (US Open 1916), dies at 89
  • 1996 Tommy Lawton, footballer, dies at 80
  • 1998 Marcel Gauthier [Sky Low Low], Canadian wrestler, dies at 70
  • 2003 Rie Mastenbroek, Dutch swimmer (3 x Olympic gold 1936), dies at 84
  • 2004 Johnny Warren, Australian soccer player, dies at 61
  • 2006 Federico (Fico) López, Puerto Rican basketball player, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 2006 Francisco Fernández Ochoa, Spanish alpine skier (slalom Olympic Gold 1972), dies of cancer at 56
  • 2007 George Grljusich, Australian sports broadcaster, dies at 68
  • 2012 M-16 [Ernest Mateen], American cruiserweight boxing champion, dies at 46
  • 2013 Clarence "Ace" Parker, American NFL quarterback (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks), dies at 101