Thursday, November 01, 2012


On this day, November 1, 1872, England's first FIFA-recognised international football match was a 0-0 draw against Scotland at Hamilton Crescent in Partick, Glasgow.

In this game, Scotland was represented by players from Glasgow's Queens Park F.C..

The first "official" English team was:R Barker (Hertfordshire Rangers), goal; E H Greenhalgh (Notts Club), three-quarter back; R C Welch (Harrow Chequers), half back; F Chappell (Oxford University), fly-kick; capt. Cuthbert Ottaway (Oxford University), middle; C J Chenery (Crystal Palace), middle; J C Clegg (Sheffield), middle; A S Kirke Smith (Oxford University), middle; J Brockbank (Oxford University) right side; W J Maynard (1st Surrey Rifles) left side; J F Morris (Barnes Club) left side.

Other sport history and happenings on this day are as follows;

1938  Before a crowd of 40,000 spectators, Seabiscuit, under jockey George Woolf, defeated odds-on favorite War Admiral in the Pimlico Special. The race was run as a winner-take-all match race with a purse of $15,000. 
1944  Racing returned to Hollywood Park after a three-year hiatus, which followed the attack on Pearl Harbor. 
1946  In the first Basketball Association of America game, the New York Knicks beat the Toronto Huskies 68-66 at Maple Leaf Gardens. 
1950  Chuck Cooper, the first black player drafted by the National Basketball Association, played in his first game for the Boston Celtics. 
1959  Montreal Canadien Jacques Plante became the first goaltender to wear a plastic mask. 
1959  Jim Brown rushed for five TDs against the Colts in Cleveland's 38-31 win. 
1964  Kansas City's Len Dawson passed for 435 yards and six TDs en route to a 49-39 win over the Denver Broncos. 
1964  Cleveland's Jim Brown rushed for 149 yards and eclipsed the 10,000 yard mark for his career, as the Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 
1966  The NFL awarded an NFL franchise to New Orleans. 
1996  The NBA tipped off their 50th season. 
1996  The Philadelphia 76ers inaugurated their season with the opening of the CoreStates Center before 20,444, the largest crowd ever to see a basketball game in the state of Pennsylvania. The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Sixers, 111-103. 
1996  Shaquille O'Neil made his Hollywood debut as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns, 96-82. 
1996  Michelle's Jackpot won the Three Diamonds in 1:54.4 at Garden State Park in New Jersey. 
1997  Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne recorded his 250th career victory with a 67-7 win over Oklahoma, the worst loss in Sooner history. 
1997  North Carolina State's Torry Holt caught five touchdown passes in a 48-35 loss to Florida State. 
1997  Louisiana State's Kevin Faulk rushed for 212 yards and a school record five touchdowns in a 63-28 win at Kentucky. 
1998  Steve Young and Jerry Rice hooked up for their 80th career touchdown, and eclipsed the previous mark held by the tandem of Dan Marino and Mark Clayton of the Miami Dolphins, but it wasn't enough as the Green Bay Packers defeated the Niners, 36-22. 
1998  Ex-Bears running back Walter Payton died from complications of liver disease. He was 45-years old. 
1998  The Yankees re-signed FA OF Bernie Williams to a 7-year, $87.5 million contract. 
2000  Miami Heat coach Pat Riley became the second NBA coach to win 1,000 games. 
2000  The Philadelphia Phillies named Larry Bowa their new manager. 
2000  The Los Angeles Dodgers promoted bench coach Jim Tracy as the team's new manager. 
2001  The Houston Astros named Jimy Williams their new manager. 
2002  The Minnesota Vikings finally signed their first-round draft pick, OT Bryant McKinnie out of Miami-FLA. McKinnie held out for 98 days. 
2003  University of Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald established a new NCAA record with a touchdown reception in his 14th straight game, as Pittsburgh defeated Boston College, 24-13. 
2003  Arkansas defeated Kentucky 71-63 in seven OTs, which tied a NCAA record for longest game in college football history. 
2003  John Gagliardi tied Eddie Robinson as college football's career victory leader with his 408th victory. He guided Division III St. John's to a 15-12 victory over St. Thomas. 
2004  Gerry Hunsicker resigned as general manager of the Houston Astros. Tim Purpura was named the new GM of the team. 
2004  Ken Caminiti, who won the National League MVP in 1996 and later admitted to using steroids during his playing career, passed away due to complications from a drug overdose. 
2005  The Phillies sent Jim Thome to the White Sox for Aaron Rowand and Gio Gonzalez. 
2006  Michigan State fired head football coach John L. Smith. 
2006  Pitcher Guillermo Mota, who finished the 2006 season with the New York Mets, was suspended 50 games for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy. 
2007  The Los Angeles Dodgers named Joe Torre their new manager. 
2009  Meb Keflezighi became the first American male winner of the New York City Marathon in more than 20 years and Ethiopia's Derartu Tulu ended Paula Radcliffe's two-year reign on the women's side. 
2009  Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson rushed for a franchise record 228 yards, during their 30-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. 
2010  The San Francisco Giants won their first World Series since 1954 defeating the Texas Rangers four games to one. Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria was named World Series MVP. 
2011  The Chicago Cubs named Jed Hoyer their new general manager. 
Birthdays Grantland Rice (1880) - American Sportswriter; Al Arbour (1932) - NHL coach; Gary Player (1936) - Golfer. 

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