Events in Sport in 1996 (Part 2)

  • Oct 14 Braves blow out St Louis, 14-0 in an NLCS game
  • Oct 17 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 19 Braves beat NY Yanks by record tying 11 runs, 12-1 in a World Series
  • Oct 20 Braves Andruw Jones is youngest player to homer in World Series

Sports History

Oct 20 Wasim Akram (257) & Saqlain Mushtaq gets cricket Test record 313 for 8th wicket, vs Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura

  • Oct 22 NY Yankee Bernie Williams hits record tying 7th post season HR, as Yanks tie record of 6th straight post season road win (en route to 8)
  • Oct 23 New York Yankees set record recovering from 0-6 in Baseball World Series game to beat Braves, 8-6 in Game 4 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium; record 7th straight post-season road win
  • Oct 24 Hasan Raza makes Test Cricket debut for Pakistan age 14 yrs 238 days
  • Oct 24 Last game at Atlanta County Fulton Stadium. Yanks win record 8th straight road post season win (with no loses)
  • Oct 25 Frank, brother of Yank manager Joe Torre, receives a heart transplant
  • Oct 26 Baseball World Series: New York beats Atlanta Braves, 3-2 in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium to win club's 23rd title; MVP: Bronx Bombers' reliever John Wetteland
  • Oct 26 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Woodbine Racetrack; winners: Lit de Justice, Storm Song, Jewel Princess, Da Hass, Boston Harbor, Pilsudski, Alphabet Soup
  • Oct 27 US beats Japan, 21½-14½, at Nichirei International Golf Tournament
  • Oct 28 Goa upset Karnataka to win their 1st Ranji Cricket Trophy game ever
  • Nov 1 Philadelphia 76ers inaugurate NBA season with opening of the CoreStates Center before 20,444; largest crowd to see a basketball game in state of Pennsylvania; lose to Milwaukee Bucks, 111-103
  • Nov 1 Shaquille O'Neil makes his Hollywood debut as Los Angeles Lakers beat Phoenix Suns, 96-82 at the Forum, Inglewood; O'Neil scores 23 points and pulls down 14 rebounds in 35 minutes
  • Nov 2 Miami Heat’s Pat Riley becomes eighth coach to win 800 games in 97-95 win at Indiana; milestone accomplished 2 weeks shy of his 15th coaching anniversary, faster than any coach in NBA history

Sports History

Nov 3 Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant becomes the then youngest player to make his NBA debut (18 years, 2 months, 11 days) in 91-85 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Great Western Forum

  • Nov 3 New York City Marathon: Giacomo Leone of Italy, man's champion in 2:09:54; Anuta Catuna of Romania takes women's title in 2:28:18

Sports History

Nov 3 San Francisco 49ers receiver Jerry Rice grabs 3 passes for 45 yards and a TD to become 1st player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions in 24-17 win over New Orleans Saints; finishes career with 1,549

Sports History

Nov 5 Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is the unanimous choice as AL Rookie of the Year

  • Nov 6 LA Dodger Todd Hollandsworth wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 7 Ex-NFL running back and Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier, is shot several times in his hometown of Camden, New Jersey; recovers
  • Nov 7 Wasim Jaffer gets 314* in 2nd cricket FC game for Mumbai v Saurashtra
  • Nov 9 8th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 48-21 in Chestnut Hill

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 9 Evander Holyfield upsets Mike Tyson in 11th-round knockout in Las Vegas to regain WBA heavyweight boxing title; second boxer, after Muhammad Ali, to win a heavyweight title 3 times

  • Nov 10 46th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Terry Labonte wins
  • Nov 11 Atlanta Braves starting pitcher John Smoltz wins NL Cy Young Award; Pat Hentgen of the Toronto Blue Jays claims AL Award
  • Nov 13 Padres third baseman Ken Caminiti is 4th unanimous winner of NL MVP
  • Nov 14 Texas Ranger Juan Gonzalez wins AL MVP
  • Nov 19 Albert Belle, signs record five-year, $55 million with White Sox

Sports History

Nov 22 O.J. Simpson takes stand as hostile witness in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him, saying it is "absolutely not true"

  • Nov 23 61st Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 24-23 in Birmingham

Sports History

Nov 24 American Pete Sampras wins his 3rd ATP Tour World Championship tennis titles with a classic 3–6, 7–6, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4 victory over defending champion Boris Becker in Hanover, Germany

Grey Cup

Nov 24 CFL Grey Cup, Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton: MVP Doug Flutie leads Toronto Argonauts to 13th title; beat Edmonton Eskimos, 43-37

Sports History

Nov 24 German tennis star Steffi Graf retains her WTA Tour Championship with a 6–3, 4–6, 6–0, 4–6, 6–0 win over Martina Hingis at Madison Square Garden, NYC

  • Nov 24 Mashonaland defeat Matabeleland to win the Logan Cricket Cup
  • Nov 24 Mohammad Wasim scores 109 on Test Cricket debut, Pakistan v NZ Lahore
  • Nov 26 Baseball owners approve interleague play, 26-4
  • Nov 30 South African cricket opening batsman Gary Kirsten follows his 1st innings 102 with 133 in the Proteas' 329 run 2nd Test win v India in Kolkata
  • Dec 1 Davis Cup Tennis, Malmo, Sweden: Arnaud Boetsch beats Sweden's Nicklas Kulti in closest deciding match in Cup history 7-6, 2-6, 4-6, 7-6, 10-8 to give France 3-2 victory
  • Dec 1 Flamboyant Australian rugby union winger David Campese ends his 15-year, 101 Test career at Cardiff Arms Park in Wales; Wallabies beat Wales, 28-19; Campese scores record 64 career tries
  • Dec 1 South African cricket all-rounder Lance Klusener takes 8-64 on debut in Proteas' 329 run 2nd Test win v India in Kolkata

Sports History

Dec 1 Wayne Gretzky becomes first and only player in NHL history to reach 3,000-point plateau (including playoffs); records an assist in NY Rangers' 6-2 win over Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden

  • Dec 4 Orlando Magic tie NBA record of fewest points scored since inception of 24 second clock losing to Cleveland Cavalier, 84-57
  • Dec 5 Portland's Jermaine O'Neal at 18 becomes the youngest NBA player
  • Dec 7 1st Big 12 Championship Game: Texas beats #3 Nebraska, 37-27
  • Dec 7 5th SEC Championship Game: #4 Florida beats #11 Alabama, 45-30
  • Dec 7 Australian rugby union team ends 12-game European tour unbeaten after 39-19 victory over the Barbarians at Twickenham; Wallabies fullback Matt Burke scores 2 tries and lands 4 conversions, 2 penalties

Sports History

Dec 13 Free agent Roger Clemens signs with Toronto Blue Jays

  • Dec 14 62nd Heisman Trophy Award: Danny Wuerffel, Florida (QB)
  • Dec 18 Start of 1st Test Cricket match between Zimbabwe & England

NHL Record

Dec 22 St Louis Blues’ right wing Brett Hull scores his 26th NHL career hat trick to reach 500 career goals in a 7-4 win over the LA Kings; with father Bobby Hull, first father/son combo to each record 500 goals

  • Dec 22 Steelers' Kordell Stewart runs quarterback record 80 yds for TD
  • Dec 22 Zimbabwe & England draw Bulawayo Test Cricket with England needing 1 run to win

Football Awards

Dec 24 Ballon d'Or: Borussia Dortmund's German sweeper Matthias Sammer is named best football player in Europe ahead of PSV/Barcelona striker Ronaldo and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer

  • Dec 28 India all out for 66 at Durban after making 100 in cricket 1st innings
  • Dec 31 63rd Orange Bowl: #6 Nebraska beats #10 Virginia Tech, 41-21