On This Day – 25 November: Raja Maharaj Singh, the oldest first-class cricketer at 72!
1903 – Birth of American Athlete Dehart Hubbard, the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual event
1950 – The first day of a match between the Bombay Governor’s XI and Frank Worrell’s Commonwealth XI which marked the debut of the oldest man ever to play first-class cricket, the 72-year-old Raja Maharaj Singh who scored four runs and didn’t play again
1977 – Thomas Hearns plays in his first pro fight. Nicknamed the “The Hitman”, Hearns went onto become the first boxer in history to win world titles in five weight divisions: welterweight, light middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight
1980 – Sugar Ray Leonard regains World Boxing Championship (WBC) welterweight title in the “No mas” fight. His opponent Roberto Durán quits in the eighth round saying in Spanish “no mas”, meaning “no more”!
1981 – Birth of Spanish soccer midfielder Xabi Alonso who won Euro 2008, Euro 2012, and the 2010 World Cup
1982 – Birth of one of the finest women cricketers Jhulan Goswami who helped India to their first series victory over England in 2006
1984 – Birth of Australian seamer Peter Siddle
2005 – Death of Northern Irish footballer and Manchester United legend George Best aged 59
2012 – German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel finishes fourth in season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix
2020 – Death of ultimate footballing legend Diego Maradona, the Argentinean World Cup winner