Blast from the past: Lucky 13 for Gary Player at SA Open

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Blast from the past: Lucky 13 for Gary Player at SA Open

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Today in SA sports history: December 6

1931 — SA’s cricketers get their first taste of Australian great Don Bradman as they crash to defeat in the first Test in Brisbane by an innings and 163 runs. Bradman scored 226 in the home team’s total of 450. The tourists were bowled out for 170 and 117, Bruce Mitchell top-scoring with 58 in SA’s first innings. 

1955 — Jake Tuli’s bid to regain his Empire flyweight crown from Dai Dower ends in defeat after 15 rounds in London. But he gave the Welsh champion hell in the early rounds, cutting both his eyes and then dropping him in the fourth round. Tuli, having lost six of his last 10 bouts at that stage, quit the ring to seek a normal life in Britain. But he made a comeback nearly two years later after failing to find suitable work in Britain. He had wanted a job in printing, where he had served a six-year apprenticeship at home, but the union in SA didn’t give him the credentials he needed to work in England. The married father-of-three was doing a graveyard shift at a cable factory instead. Tuli lost his three comeback fights and retired again, but made two more comebacks before retiring for good in 1967...

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