On This Day

Events in Sport on February 11

  • 1851 Inaugural 1st-class cricket match in Australia; Tasmania v Victoria in Launceston; Tasmania wins by 3 wickets
  • 1878 1st US bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms
  • 1908 Australia regain the Ashes with a 308 run cricket victory vs England
  • 1928 II Winter Olympic Games open in St Moritz, Switzerland

Sports History

1938 Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

  • 1948 Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut Eng v WI, out for 140
  • 1948 Test cricket debut of Frank Worrell for the West Indies vs. England at Port-of-Spain
  • 1949 Willie Pep recaptures world featherweight boxing title
  • 1950 Englishman Jack Holden wins Empire Games marathon in Auckland, New Zealand in 2:32:57; runs last 9 miles barefoot after his shoes fell apart during the race

NBA All-Star Game

1952 2nd NBA All-Star Game, Boston Garden: East beats West, 108-91; MVP: Paul Arizin, Philadelphia Warriors, F

Election of Interest

1957 NHL Players Association forms (NYC), Red Wings' Ted Lindsay elected president

  • 1959 Vinoo Mankad ends his final Test Cricket (v WI at Delhi)
  • 1965 Braves propose to pay 5 cents from each ticket to bring a new team to Milwaukee

Contract of Interest

1966 SF Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year

  • 1969 Diana Crump becomes 1st US woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah

Sports History

1970 John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland

  • 1971 Montreal Canadien John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal
  • 1973 1st sub 17-min 1,500m female free style swim (Shane Gould 16m56.9s)
  • 1973 Philadelphia 76ers lose their 20th NBA game in a row
  • 1974 Minnesota Twins pitcher Dick Woodson is first of 48 to invoke Major League Baseball's new arbitration rule
  • 1974 First Major League Baseball arbitration case; Minnesota Twins pitcher Dick Woodson seeking $29,000 wins; Twins offered $23,000
  • 1976 John Curry wins Britain's first Olympic gold medal in figure skating at Innsbruck Winter Games; finishes men's singles ahead of Soviet skater Vladimir Kovalyov and Canadian Toller Cranston

Sports History

1978 25th hat trick in NY Islander history, Denis Potvin's 2nd

Sports History

1982 Ozzie Smith for Garry Templeton trade finally goes through

Sports History

1984 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL short handed season scoring record at 11

  • 1985 Kent Hrbek signs 5-year $6 million contract with Minnesota Twins
  • 1985 Wasim Akram takes 10 wickets in his 2nd Test Cricket, NZ still wins

Sports History

1986 Australia beat India 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup, David Boon scores the most runs in the series (418)

  • 1987 England beat Australia 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup

NBA All-Star Game

1990 40th NBA All-Star Game, Miami Arena, Miami, FL: East beats West, 130-113; MVP: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers, F

Boxing Title Fight

1990 In a huge upset, James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10th round in Tokyo, Japan to win the world heavyweight boxing title

  • 1990 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
  • 1995 Danyon Loader swims world record 400m freestyle (340.46)
  • 1995 Mark Foster swims world record 50m butterfly (23.55 sec)
  • 1995 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge

NBA All-Star Game

1996 46th NBA All-Star Game, Alamodome, San Antonio, TX: East beats West, 129-118; MVP: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls, F

Sports History

1997 Bill Parcells becomes head coach of NY Jets

  • 2001 50th NBA All-Star Game, MCI Centre, Washington, D.C.: East beats West, 111-110; MVP: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers, G
  • 2014 Slopestyle freestyle skiing event makes Olympic debut at Sochi Winter Games; Canadian Dara Howell is inaugural women's gold medallist
  • 2018 Dutchman Sven Kramer becomes only male speed skater to win same Olympic event 3 times, claiming gold in the 5,000m at Pyongchang; first man to win total 8 Olympic medals in the sport
  • 2018 Norway sweeps the medals in the Olympic 30k cross country skiathlon at Pyeongchang; Simen Hegstad Krüger wins gold ahead of teammates Martin Johnsrud Sundby & Hans Christer Holund