Events in Sport on December 11

  • 1866 1st yacht race across Atlantic Ocean; schooners Fleetwing, Vesta and the Henrietta, with NY playboy Gordon Bennett on board, leave Sandy Hook for the Scilly Isles (the Henrietta wins)
  • 1926 Leo O'Connor is unbeaten on 143 as Queensland wins their first Sheffield Shield match by 5 wickets vs NSW at the Sydney Cricket Ground
  • 1934 1st Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher unsuccessful vs Rangers
  • 1934 Ford C. Frick becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1934 NL votes to permit night baseball (up to 7 games per home team)
  • 1937 25th CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts claim their 4th Championship; beat Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 4-3

NFL Championship

1938 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: New York Giants beat Green Bay Packers, 23-17; record title game attendance 48,120

Sports History

1941 Australian state cricket associations, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales decide at meetings with new Prime Minister John Curtin to abandon all interstate first class matches for the duration of WWII

  • 1941 NY Giants acquire future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Johnny Mize from Cardinals for 3 players & $50,000
  • 1947 Pacific Coast League application for major league status rejected
  • 1949 Chicago Bear Johnny Lujack passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chicago Cards (52-29)
  • 1949 Cleveland Browns beat SF '49ers 21-7 in final AAFC championship game

Sports History

1951 Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball

  • 1954 Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium

Sports History

1959 NY Yankees trade Marv Thronberry, Don Larsen, Hank Bauer and Norm Seibern for Roger Maris, Kent Hadley and Joe Deaestri

  • 1966 Al Nelson sets NFL record returning missed field goal, 100 yards
  • 1972 New York Jets' Don Maynard becomes all time pro reception leader (632)
  • 1973 NA Soccer League awards LA, San Francisco, Seattle & Vancouver franchises

Sports History

1975 Great Yankee trade getting Willie Randolph, Dock Ellis & Ken Brett from Pirates for George "Doc" Medich

  • 1979 Geoff Boycott scores cricket century in a limited-over international

Boxing Title Fight

1981 Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali's 61st and last fight; loses to Trevor Berbick by unanimous decision in 10 rounds at Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, Nassau, Bahamas

  • 1981 Wash Capitals biggest margin of victory (9) beating Toronto 11-2
  • 1985 NHL Record 62 points scored, Edmonton (36) beats Chicago (26) 12-9 & ties record of 21 goals
  • 1989 Mark Davis signs record $3.25 million per year KC Royals contract
  • 1993 59th Heisman Trophy Award: Charlie Ward, Florida State (QB)
  • 1995 Thomas O Hicks buys NHL Dallas Stars for $84 million
  • 2000 66th Heisman Trophy Award: Chris Weinke, Florida State (QB)

NHL Record

2002 Joe Sakic scores his 500th career goal at Vancouver

  • 2004 70th Heisman Trophy Award: Matt Leinart, USC (QB)

Sports History

2009 Tiger Woods announces an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.

  • 2021 87th Heisman Trophy Award: Bryce Young, Alabama (QB)