On This Day

November 1939 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Nov 19 Don Lash wins 6th straight AAU cross-country 10K championship
  • Nov 29 Cor Klint swims world record 200 m backstroke (2:38.8)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Nov 2 Tom Thacker, American basketball forward (only player to play on NCAA, ABA and NBA C'ship teams), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • Nov 3 Frits Flinkevleugel, Dutch soccer defender (11 caps; DWS, FC Amsterdam), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • Nov 5 Kenneth Walter, South African cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 6 wickets), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2003)
  • Nov 6 Pat Dye, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (East Carolina, Wyoming, Auburn; record 153–62–5), born in Blythe, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • Nov 11 Claudia Boyarskikh, Soviet cross country skier (5 Olympic gold 1964, 1968), born in Verkhnyaya Pyshma, Russia (d. 2009)
  • Nov 13 Karel Brückner, Czech football manager, born in Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • Nov 15 Erik Hansen, Danish canoeist (Olympic gold K-1 1000m 1960; World C'ship gold 1963), born in Randers, Denmark (d. 2014)
  • Nov 24 Jim Northrup, baseball player
  • Nov 24 Yoshinobu Miyake, Japan, featherweight (Olympic gold 1964, 68)
  • Nov 27 Dave Giusti, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Seneca Falls, New York
  • Nov 29 Gennadiy Volnov, USSR, basketball player (Olympic gold 1972)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 19 Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio (24) weds "Freshies" actress Dorothy Arnold at St. Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestJames Naismith

Nov 28 James Naismith, Canadian-American physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), dies at 78

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith