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This Day in Sports History — November 12

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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on November 12 :

1892 — Guard William (Pudge) Heffelfinger became the first professional football player when he was paid $500 to play by the Allegheny Athletic Association. (More info.)

1920 — Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis was elected the first commissioner of Major League Baseball. (More info.)

1953 — U.S. District Judge Allan Grim ruled that the NFL can black-out televised broadcasts of home games to protect teams’ markets. (More info.)

1979 — Tony Franklin, the barefoot place-kicker of the Philadelphia Eagles, made a 59-yard field goal against the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium. (More info.)

1995 — Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins threw for 333 yards in a 34-17 loss to the New England Patriots, breaking Fran Tarkenton’s NFL record for career passing yards (47,003). (More info.)

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