On This Day

On This Day in Sport for November 8

Events in Sport

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1947 Bradman scores his 99th 1st-class cricket century, 100 South Australia v Victoria

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1950 Walt Dropo of Boston Red Sox selected AL Rookie of Year

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1951 NY Yankee Catcher Yogi Berra wins 1st of his 3 MVP awards

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra

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1961 Whitey Ford is voted Cy Young Award winner over Warren Spahn

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford

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1966 Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles outfielder, selected as AL MVP,first player to win MVP in both leagues

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

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1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs anti-trust immunity to AFL-NFL merger

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1970 Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints kicks NFL record 63 yard field goal
  • 1970 5th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 12-7
  • 1984 1st-class cricket debut of Wasim Akram, 2 months before his 1st Test
  • 1987 Cricket World Cup, Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India: David Boon scores 75 as Australia beats England by 7 runs for their first title;
  • 1988 Arco Arena in Sacramento CA opens, Sac Kings lose to Seattle, 97-75
  • 1989 Cubs Jerome Walton wins the NL Rookie of Year

AgreementContract of Interest

1990 Darryl Strawberry signs 5-year contract with LA Dodgers

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

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1991 Paul Coffey sets NHL defenseman scoring mark with 311th goal

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey

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1992 Nigel Mansell in a Williams crashes during the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide but wins his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 52 points; Mansell won record 9 GPs during the season

Auto Racer Nigel Mansell
Auto Racer
Nigel Mansell
  • 1994 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st game at Gund Arena, lose to Hous Rockets, 100-98
  • 1997 Tampa Bay Devil Rays name their 1st manager Larry Rothschild
  • 1997 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Hollywood Park; winners: Countess Diana, Elmhurst, Ajina, Spinning World, Favorite Trick, Chief Bearhart, Skip Away
  • 2008 18th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 17-0 in Chestnut Hill
  • 2009 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Reggio Calabria, Italy: Flavia Pennetta beats American Melanie Oudin 7-5, 6-2 to give the home team an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends 4-0) and their 2nd title
  • 2017 Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa breaks the world record for surfing the biggest-ever wave at 24.4m at Nazaré, Portugal

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1896 Bucky Harris, American baseball player and manager (Phillies, Yankees), born in Port Jervis, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1916 Frank McGuire, American basketball coach (won 550 games in 30 college seasons), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Ademir de Menezes, Brazilian footballer (Brazil national team 1945-53), born in Recife, Brazil (d. 1996)
  • 1924 John Burgess, English rugby coach and administrator (England coach 1971-75; RFU President 1987-88), born in Salford, England (d. 1997)
  • 1929 Trevor McMahon, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (v India & Pak 1955-56), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1929 Bobby Bowden, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Florida State 1976-2009; National C'ship 1993, 99), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1937 Dragoslav Šekularac, Serbian footballer, born in Štip, Yugoslavia (d. 2019)

Person of interestÁngel Cordero Jr.

1942 Ángel Cordero Jr, Puerto Rican jockey (Kentucky Derby 1974, 76, 85; US Racing Hall of Fame), born in Santurce, Puerto Rico

  • 1943 Martin Peters, English soccer midfielder (67 caps; West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City), born in Plaistow, Essex, England (d. 2019)
  • 1945 Tony Mann, Australian cricket leggie (1977 century as nightwatchman v India), born in Middle Swan, Western Australia
  • 1952 Jan Raas, Dutch cyclist (World champ 1979), born in Heinkenszand, Netherlands
  • 1952 Jerry Remy, American MLB player and commentator, born in Fall River, Massachusetts
  • 1952 John Denny, American baseball pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 1983; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Prescott, Arizona
  • 1957 Yohan Gunasekera, Sri Lankan cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka 1983), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1957 Alan Curbishley, English football manager (Charlton Athletic), born in Forest Gate, Essex, England
  • 1959 Simon Davis, Australian cricket pace bowler (Test v NZ 1986, no wkts), born in Brighton, Victoria, Australia
  • 1962 Ron Johnson, Australian baseball hitting coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1963 Dwight Smith, American outfielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1963 Paul Butcher, American NFL linebacker (Carolina Panthers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1964 Chuck Cecil, American NFL safety (Houston Oilers), born in Red Bluff, California
  • 1965 Jeff Blauser, American infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Los Gatos, California
  • 1965 Mike Peluso, American NHL left wing (NJ Devils), born in Pengilly, Minnesota
  • 1966 Michael Soles, CFL fullback (Montreal Alouettes), born in Pointe-Claire, Canada
  • 1966 Ulrich Cruden, Suriname soccer player (NEC), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1967 Frantisek Kaberle, Czech ice hockey forward (Team Czech Rep), born in Kladno, Czechia
  • 1967 Henry Rodriguez, Dominican baseball outfielder (Montreal Expos), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1967 Jay Taylor, American NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs), born in San Diego, California
  • 1967 Rhonda Kottke, WPVA volleyballer, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1968 Jose Offerman, Dominican infielder (KC Royals), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1968 Keith Jones, NHL right wing (Washington Capitals), born in Brantford, Canada
  • 1968 Michelle Kline, American speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Golden Valley, Minnesota
  • 1968 Sergio Porrini, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1969 Devon McDonald, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1969 Ricardo McDonald, American NFL linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1970 DeWayne Knight, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1970 Qadry Ismail, American NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1970 José Francisco Porras, Costa Rican footballer, born in Grecia, Costa Rica
  • 1971 Anna Katrina Simcic, backstroker (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1971 Twan Scheepers, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1972 Chris Fydler, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1972 Ken Blackman, American NFL guard (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Brunswick, Georgia
  • 1973 Frantisek Kaberle, Czech ice hockey defenceman (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Kladno, Czech Republic
  • 1973 Nicole Teter, American 800m runner, born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1975 Brevin Knight, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • 1975 José Pinto, Spanish footballer, born in El Puerto de Santa María, Spain
  • 1976 Brett Lee, Australian cricketer (brother of Shane, AIS representative), born in Wollongong, Australia
  • 1977 Nick Punto, American baseball player, born in San Diego, California
  • 1978 Ali Karimi, Iranian footballer, born in Karaj, Iran
  • 1978 Júlio Sérgio Bertagnoli, Brazilian footballer, born in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1978 Spyros Gogolos, Greek footballer, born in Corfu Island, Greece
  • 1978 Tim de Cler, Dutch footballer, born in Leiden, Netherlands
  • 1979 Aaron Hughes, Northern Irish footballer, born in Cookstown, Northern Ireland
  • 1980 Luis Fabiano, Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1981 Joe Cole, English footballer, born in Paddington, London
  • 1982 Mika Kallio, Finnish Grand Prix motorcycle racer, born in Valkeakoski, Finland
  • 1983 Blanka Vlašić, Croatian high jumper, born in Split, Croatia
  • 1983 Remko Pasveer, Dutch footballer, born in Enschede, Netherlands
  • 1987 Sam Bradford, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2008, U of Oklahoma; NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year 2010, St. Louis Rams), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1975 NBA legend Larry Bird (18) weds highschool sweetheart Janet Condra

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Deaths in Sport

  • 1886 Frederick J "Fred" Archer, English jockey, commits suicide at 29
  • 1917 Colyn Blythe, cricketer (2509 F-C wickets), dies at 38 during WW I
  • 1952 Claude Carter, South African cricket spin bowler (19 Tests, 28 wickets), dies at 71
  • 1976 Gottfried von Cramm, German tennis player (French C'ship 1934, 36), dies in a car accident at 67
  • 1977 Bucky Harris, American baseball player and manager (Phillies, Yankees), dies at 81

Person of interestBetty Nuthall

1983 Betty Nuthall, English tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1930), dies of a coronary arrest at 72

Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall
  • 1985 Nicolas Frantz, Luxembourgish road cyclist (Tour de France 1927-28), dies at 86
  • 1985 Masten Gregory, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1961, 65 [Jochen Rindt]), dies at 53
  • 1992 Kees [Cornelis] Broekman, speed skater (Olympic silver 1952), dies
  • 1999 Leon Štukelj, Slovenian gymnast (b. 1898)
  • 2004 Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player (World #3 1976-81; Pot Black 1972, 73, 80), dies at 75
  • 2004 Chandler Harper, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1950), dies of pneumonia at 90
  • 2006 Lyudmila Buldakova, Russian volleyball player (Olympic gold 1972), dies at 68
  • 2010 Quintin Dailey, American basketball player (b. 1961)
  • 2011 Ed Macauley, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (7-time NBA All Star), dies of Alzheimer’s disease at 83
  • 2012 Lee MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (AL President), dies at 95
  • 2014 Don Paul, 89, American football player, dies at 89
  • 2020 Howie Meeker, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing, coach, broadcaster (NHL All Star 1947-49; Stanley Cup 1947, 48, 49, 51; Toronto Maple Leafs) and politician (Canada MP), dies at 97