Events in Sport on December 11

  • 1866 1st yacht race across Atlantic Ocean
  • 1926 Queensland win their 1st Sheffield Shield cricket match, v NSW
  • 1928 NL President John Heydler proposes designated hitter for pitchers
  • 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: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 30-7
  • 1938 New York Giants win NFL championship
  • 1947 Pacific Coast League application for major league status rejected
  • 1949 Chic Bear Johnny Lujack passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chic Cards (52-29)
  • 1949 Cleveland Browns beat SF '49ers 21-7 in final AAFC championship game

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1951 Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1954 Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium

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

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1966 Al Nelson sets NFL record returning missed field goal, 100 yards
  • 1970 Test Cricket debut of Gregory Stephen Chappell
  • 1973 NA Soccer League awards LA, SF, Seattle & Vancouver franchises

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

MLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie Randolph
MLB Second Baseman and Manager
Willie Randolph
  • 1979 Geoff Boycott scores cricket century in a limited-over international

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1981 Muhammad Ali's 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1981 Wash Capitals biggest margin of victory (9) beating Toronto 11-2

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1983 Jan Stephens and Fred Couples wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples

Sport awardTennis Open

1983 72nd Men's Australian Open: Mats Wilander beats Ivan Lendl (6-1, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Sport awardTennis Open

1983 72nd Women's Australian Open: Martina Navratilova beats Kathy Jordan (6-2, 7-6)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1985 NHL Record 62 points scored, Edmonton (36) beats Chicago (26) 12-9 & ties record of 21 goals
  • 1986 A Bartlett Giamatti becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1989 Mark Davis signs record $3.25 million per year KC Royals contract
  • 1993 59th Heisman Trophy Award: Charlie Ward, Florida State (QB)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1994 Kelly Robbins & Tammie Green wins LPGA Diner's Club Golf Matches

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • 1995 Thomas O Hicks buys NHL Dallas Stars for $84 million
  • 2000 66th Heisman Trophy Award: Chris Weinke, Florida State (QB)

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2003 Joe Sakic scores his 500th career goal at Vancouver

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 2004 70th Heisman Trophy Award: Matt Leinart, USC (QB)

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

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods