This Day in History: 11th September

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Lala Amarnath, India’s first Test centurion, was born 102 years ago to the day(Getty Images)


1911: Nanik Lala Amarnath, India’s first Test centurion, is born. Father of former Indian cricketers Mohinder and Surinder, Lala scored a Test century on debut against England in 1933-34. Amarnath captained India to victory in their first official series against Pakistan in 1952-53.

1976: The birth of Indian left-arm spinner Murali Kartik. He only played eight Test matches in a four year span as the Harbhajan-Kumble spin axis meant his chances were limited.

1985: Sri Lanka record their first win in Test cricket, on their 14th attempt, as they beat India by 149 runs.

1999: Tasmanian batsman Jamie Cox scored a double century and a century in the same first-class match, making 216 and 129 not out for Somerset v Hampshire in Southampton.


1895: The FA Cup is stolen in Birmingham. Aston Villa won the Cup in 1895 and gave it to a local shop-owner to display in his window. On the night of September 11th, 1895 it was stolen and never recovered. A petty criminal told a newspaper in 1958 it was he who had stolen it to melt and make coins out of, but this was never proven.

1945: Birthday of Germany and Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer. “Der Kaiser” is accredited with the invention of the sweeper or ‘libero’ position. Beckenbauer won the FIFA World Cup as a player in 1974 and as manager in 1990.

1978: Birth of former Serbia captain and Inter Milan player Dejan Stankovic. He won the Serie A 5 times and the UEFA Champions League once in his 9 and a half years at Inter.

1981: Birth of Sunderland’s Italian footballer Andrea Dossena. Dossena has made 10 Italy appearances since his debut in 2007.


1982: Chris Evert wins her 6th and final US Open Tennis Championship West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills NY.

1983: 103rd US Men’s Tennis final – Jimmy Connors beats Ivan Lendl 6-3 6-7 7-5 6-0

1988: 108th US Men’s Tennis – Mats Wilander beats Ivan Lendl 6-4 4-6 6-3 5-7 6-4 in 4 hours and 55 minutes in the longest men’s final in US Open history.


1927: Babe Ruth hits his 50th of 60 home runs.

1976: Minnie Minoso bats for White Sox after a 12-year hiatus.

1985: Pete Rose of Cincinnati Reds gets career hit 4,192 off Eric Show of San Diego Padres, eclipsing Ty Cobb’s record.

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