Events in Sport on November 4

  • 1889 Players League begins, declaring independence from baseball's NL
  • 1924 California legalizes professional boxing (illegal since 1914)
  • 1934 After posting 7 straight shutouts to start the NFL season, Detroit Lions beat Pittsburgh, 40-7 at University of Detroit Stadium; scored upon for the first time of the season; rush for NFL single game record 426 yards
  • 1939 1940 Olympics awarded to Helsinki, Finland

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1951 Ryder Cup Golf, Pinehurst Resort: US wins 9½-2½; Sam Snead playing captain for US; Arthur Lacey non-playing GB skipper

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 1951 NY Giants & NY Yanks score back-to-back TDs on kickoff returns
  • 1951 Vijay Merchant scores 154 v England in his last Test Cricket innings
  • 1953 New baseball balk rule gives the batter option of accepting the outcome of the pitch or the balk

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1959 Ernie Banks, Cubs shortstop, wins 2nd consecutive NL MVP

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1972 Kings score 3 goals within 45 seconds against Islanders
  • 1973 New Orleans Saints 1st shutout victory, 13-0 vs Buffalo Bills
  • 1973 Chicago centre Stan Mikita registers his 1,000 NHL career point in the Black Hawks 5-3 loss to the Minnesota North Stars at the Met Centre, Bloomington, Minnesota
  • 1975 Orioles Jim Palmer wins his 2nd Cy Young Award

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1976 1st mass-market free-agent reentry draft, Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Gullett, Tenace, Fingers, Baylor, Grich & McCovey, available

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1978 Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3)

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1978 3rd annual reentry free-agent draft, Pete Rose, Tommy John, & Darrell Evans, available

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

  • 1980 Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2)
  • 1980 Sadaharu Oh, 40, pro-baseball's all-time HR run king with 868, retires
  • 1983 Washington Capitals first NHL overtime victory beating Vancouver 5-4
  • 1987 Benito Santiago, Padres catcher, wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1987 NBA announces 4 new franchises; Charlotte & Miami for 1988 & Minneapolis & Orlando for 1989
  • 1988 First NBA game at Charlotte Coliseum - Hornets lose to Cavs, 133-93
  • 1989 First NBA game at Orlando Arena, Orlando Magic loses to NJ Nets, 111-106
  • 1989 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Gulfstream Park; winners: Bayakoa, Dancing Spree, Go for Wand, Prized, Rhythm, Steinlen, Sunday Silence
  • 1990 20th NYC Women's Marathon won by Wanda Panfil in 2:30:45
  • 1990 21st NYC Marathon won by Douglas Wakiihuri in 2:12:39

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1990 Ayrton Senna retires with gearbox trouble during the season-ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins by 7 points from Alain Prost; McLaren-Honda wins Constructors title for 3rd straight year

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 1992 NY Giants announce they will quit WNEW Radio after 32 years for WOR
  • 1992 NY Jets announce they are moving from WABC to WFAN radio
  • 1994 United Center in Chicago opens - Bulls beat Charlotte Hornets, 89-83
  • 1995 1st-class Cricket debut of Paul Adams, W Province v N Transvaal
  • 1995 Key Arena opens, Seattle Supersonics beat LA Lakers 103-89
  • 2000 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; winners: Tiznow, Macho Uno, Spain, Kalanisi, War Chant, Perfect Sting, Kona Gold, Caressing
  • 2001 Arizona beats New York Yankees, 3-2 in Game 7 at Bank One Ballpark, Phoenix for Diamondbacks' first Baseball World Series; Arizona pitchers Randy Johnson & Curt Schilling co-MVP's

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2001 American tennis star Serena Williams wins the WTA Tour Championship in Munich, Germany after Lindsay Davenport defaults the final due to a knee injury; Williams' first season-ending title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2006 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs, winners: Invasor, Street Sense, Round Pond, Ouija Board, Dreaming of Anna, Miesque's Approval, Thor's Echo, Red Rocks
  • 2009 NY Yankees beat Philadelphia Phillies, 7-3 in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium to win Bronx Bombers' record 27th Baseball World Series; NY outfielder Hideki Matsui MVP
  • 2011 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; Day 1 winners: Secret Circle, Stephanie's Kitten, Musical Romance, My Miss Aurelia, Perfect Shirl, Royal Delta
  • 2012 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Prague, Czech Republic: Lucie Šafářová beats Jelena Janković of Serbia 6-1, 6-1 to give the home team a 3-1 win in the final
  • 2016 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 1 winners: Oscar Performance, Tamarkuz, New Money Honey, Beholder
  • 2017 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Del Mar Racetrack; Day 2 winners: Caledonia Road, Stormy Liberal, Bar of Gold, Wuheida, Roy H, World Approval, Good Magic, Talismanic, Gunrunner