November 1940 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Nov 5 Walter Johnson, won 416 games for Washington Senators, loses Maryland congressional race (R)

  • Nov 10 Pittsburgh Steelers & Philadelphia Eagles play one of only 4 penalty free games in NFL history; Steelers win 7-3 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
  • Nov 17 Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane

Sports History

Nov 25 Football team University of Michigan retires Tom Harmon's #98

  • Nov 27 6th Heisman Trophy Award: Tom Harmon, Michigan (HB)
  • Nov 30 CFL Grey Cup (Game 1), Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Ottawa beats Toronto Balmy Beach, 8-2

Birthdays in Sport

  • Nov 2 Ed Budde, American AFL and NFL guard (Pro Bowl 1970-71; Super Bowl 1970; KC Chiefs), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • Nov 2 Jim Bakken, American NFL punter and place kicker (Pro Bowl 1965, 67, 75-76; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Nov 3 Charlie Gallagher, Scottish soccer inside forward (2 caps Republic of Ireland; Celtic, Dumbarton), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2021)
  • Nov 11 Barbara Boxer, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-92/Sen-D-CA, 1993-2017), born in New York City
  • Nov 13 Jack Birkenshaw, English cricketer (England off-spinner 1973-74), born in Rothwell, England
  • Nov 13 Joan Haanappel, Dutch figure skater and sports reporter, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Nov 16 Chris Balderstone, English cricket batsman (England, belated faced WI in 1976), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 2000)
  • Nov 20 Erwin Wilczek, Polish soccer midfielder, forward (16 caps; Górnik Zabrze), born in Wirek, Poland (d. 2021)
  • Nov 21 Javed Akhtar, cricketer (Pakistani off-spinner took 0-52 in 1962 Test)
  • Nov 23 Gene Visscher, American college basketball coach (Weber State University 1971-74; Northern Arizona University 1981-83), born in Muskegon, Michigan (d. 2022)
  • Nov 23 Luis Tiant, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1968, 74, 76), born in Marianao, Cuba
  • Nov 24 Paul Tagliabue, American NFL commissioner, born in Jersey City, Jersey

Joe Gibbs

Nov 25 Joe Gibbs, American Pro Football HOF coach (Super Bowl 1982, 87, 91 Washington Redskins; NFL Coach of the Year 1982, 83) and auto race team owner (5 × NASCAR Cup Series), born in Mocksville, North Carolina


Deaths in Sport

  • Nov 21 Geoffrey Legge, cricketer (WWII 196 Eng v NZ Auckland 1930), dies