1887 International Baseball League disbands; teams in Syracuse, Toronto, Hamilton, and Buffalo form the International Association; those in Newark, Jersey City, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton become the Central League
1902 Dutch soccer club Be Quick – later Go Ahead, forms in Deventer; suffix ‘Eagles’ added in 1971
1907 Association of Football Players’ and Trainers’ Union (English Professional Football Players’ Association) is formed by Charlie Roberts and Billy Meredith in Manchester, England
1909 National Hockey Association (NHA) is formed in Montreal; original members include Montreal Wanderers and Montreal Canadiens; becomes NHL after some NHA teams leave due to ownership disagreements, and create their own league
1916 National Baseball Commission orders that injured players get full pay for duration of their contracts; injury clause previously let clubs suspend players after 15 days’ pay
1922 CFL Grey Cup, Richardson Stadium, Kingston: Queen’s University win first of 3 straight titles; defeat Edmonton Elks, 13-1
1932 Australia ends Day 1 of controversial ‘Bodyline’ cricket series v England at 290/6 in Sydney; Stan McCabe 127no (finishes at 187no); notorious England fast bowler Harold Larwood takes 4 wickets; England wins by 10 wickets
1941 New York Giants name Mel Ott as player-manager; replaces another future Baseball Hall of Famer Bill Terry, who heads Giants’ farm system
1944 10th Heisman Trophy Award: Les Horvath, Ohio State (QB)
1947 13th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Lujack, Notre Dame (QB)
1950 South African world bantamweight boxing champion Vic Toweel sets a record for knockdowns in a title fight against Englishman Danny Sullivan in Johannesburg; Sullivan floored 14 times in 10 rounds before fight stopped
1950 15th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-0 in Birmingham
1951 Philadelphia Eagles set NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing in 35-21 win over Washington Redskins at Griffith Stadium
1951 16th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-7 in Birmingham
1952 18th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Vessels, Oklahoma (HB)
1954 Milwaukee Hawks shooting guard Frank Selvey sets then NBA record of 24 of 26 free throws as he scores 42 points in 117-108 win over the Minneapolis Lakers at Milwaukee Arena
1957 NFL Draft: Rice quarterback King Hill #1 pick by Chicago Cardinals
1957 Pacific Coast League franchises forced to relocate when Dodgers and Giants confirm their move to California for 1958 MLB season; Hollywood Stars move from LA to Salt Lake City; LA Angels move to Spokane, and San Francisco Seals transfer to Phoenix
1958 24th Heisman Trophy Award: Pete Dawkins, Army (HB)
1958 1959 NFL Draft: Randy Duncan from University of Iowa first pick by Green Bay Packers
1961 26th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-0 in Birmingham
1961 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: A 6th title for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers; beat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 21-14
1962 50th Grey Cup, Exhibition Stadium, Toronto: Winnipeg Blue Bombers edge Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 28-27; play starts 1 December; only final ever suspended during play (fog), and first to be finished on a Sunday
1963 MLB Rules Committee bans oversized catcher’s mitts; rule effective only in 1965
1963 1964 NFL Draft: Dave Parks from Texas Tech first pick by San Francisco 49ers
1967 CFL Grey Cup, Landsdowne Park, Ottawa: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 24-1; Alan Ford’s 87 yard punt, on a quick kick, is the longest in Grey Cup history
1967 32nd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 7-3 in Birmingham
1969 Two years after doubling its size from six to 12, the NHL announces 2 new teams would be joining the League the following year; Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks
1972 In 1 of their worst trades Yanks get Rich McKinney for Stan Bahnsen
1972 37th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-16 in Birmingham
1973 Capital Centre (USAir Arena) opens in Landover Maryland; NBA’s Washington Bullets beat Seattle SuperSonics, 98-96 in opening game; arena demolished 2002
1974 MLB Rules Committee changes long time philosophy to permit the use of cowhide, rather than just horsehide in the manufacture of baseballs
1975 Greg Chappell in his debut as Australian cricket captain completes a fine double in 8 wicket win in 1st Test v West Indies in Brisbane; scores 109no in 2nd innings to follow his 1st innings 123
1977 First day of World Series Cricket at VFL Park in Melbourne; barely 200 people see Australia dismissed for 256 by West Indies; Ray Bright top scores with 69; Michael Holding captures 4 wickets & Andy Roberts 3; WI go on to win 1st WSC ‘Test’ by 3 wickets
1978 43rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-16 in Birmingham
1978 The Sporting News announces Baltimore Orioles shortstop Mark Belanger winner of his 8th (and final) MLB Gold Glove Award
1981 American 1,500m record holder Steve Scott sets record for fastest round of golf played on a regulation course; posts a 92, completing 18 holes in 29:33.05s at Miller GC in Anaheim, California
1984 Australian Test cricket spin bowler Bob Holland takes a career best 9-83 for NSW in the Sheffield Shield match against South Australia in Sydney
1985 NFL quarterback legends Dan Marino and John Elway (Denver Broncos) face each other for the first time, a 30-26 win for Marino’s Miami Dolphins (390 yards and 3 TDs)
1987 ”334” club forms as 334 brave Devil fans journey through 20” of snow to attend New Jersey Devils 7-5 NHL victory over Calgary at Meadowlands
1989 55th Heisman Trophy Award: Andre Ware, Houston (QB)
1989 54th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 30-20 in Auburn
1991 Former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bobby Bonilla becomes highest paid player in MLB when he agrees to record $29 million-5 year deal with New York Mets
1991 Australia routs India by 10 wickets in the 1st cricket Test in Brisbane; first Test to be officiated by a match referee; former England captain MJK Smith does the honours
1992 Kiwi opening batsman John Wright becomes first New Zealander to make 5,000 runs in Test cricket when he scores 14 in the 2nd innings of the drawn 1st Test against Sri Lanka in Moratuwa
1995 4th SEC Championship Game: #2 Florida beats #23 Arkansas, 34-3
1997 MCI Center opens in Washington, D.C., Wizards vs SuperSonics
2000 England holds off a determined comeback by South Africa to notch up their 3rd Southern Hemisphere rugby scalp of the autumn with a 25-17 win at Twickenham; previously beat Australia, 22-19 and Argentina, 19-0
2000 9th SEC Championship Game: #7 Florida beats #18 Auburn, 28-6
2000 5th Big 12 Championship Game: #1 Oklahoma beats #8 Kansas State, 27-24
2001 Davis Cup Tennis, Melbourne: Nicolas Escudé defeats Wayne Arthurs of Australia 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 to give France a 3-2 victory; 9th French title, despite not playing a single match on home soil
2006 15th SEC Championship Game: #4 Florida beats #8 Arkansas, 38-28
2006 2nd ACC Championship Game: #16 Wake Forest beats #23 Georgia Tech, 9-6
2006 11th Big 12 Championship Game: #8 Oklahoma beats #19 Nebraska, 21-7
2014 After featuring in a magazine article with long-time life partner, veteran MLB umpire and crew chief Dale Scott openly acknowledges his homosexuality; overwhelmingly positive reaction from baseball circles
2016 For 6th time in 7 years, Cincinnati Reds 1st baseman Joey Votto wins Tip O’Neill Award as best Canadian MLB player; hit .326 with NL-leading .434 OBP, 29 HRs & 97 RBIs in an outstanding all-around season for last-place club

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