On This Day

November 1944 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Nov 11 New York Rangers beat Detroit Red Wings, 5-2 to end NHL record 25 game winless streak (0-21-4)
  • Nov 25 32nd CFL Grey Cup: Montreal HMCS defeat Hamilton Flying Wildcats, 7-6
  • Nov 28 Detroit Tigers pitcher Hal Newhouser is named AL MVP

Birthdays in Sport

  • Nov 2 Liesel Westermann, German discus thrower (Olympic silver 1968; world record 63.96m 1969), born in Sulingen, Germany
  • Nov 3 Mel Farr, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1967, 70; Detroit Lions), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2015)
  • Nov 7 Joe Niekro, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1979; NL wins leader 1979; Houston Astros; World Series 1987; NY Yankees), born in Martins Ferry, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • Nov 7 Luigi Riva, Italian footballer (Cagliari), born in Leggiuno, Italy

Al Michaels

Nov 12 Al Michaels, American sportscaster (Miracle on Ice, American Football), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Nov 13 Ken Shuttleworth, English cricketpaceman (England on 1970-71 Ashes tour), born in St Helens, Lancashire
  • Nov 16 David O'Sullivan, New Zealand cricket left-arm spinner (in 11 Tests 1973-76), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand

Tom Seaver

Nov 17 Tom Seaver, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NY Mets; NL Cy Young Award 1969, 73, 75; 12 x MLB All Star), born in Fresno, California (d. 2020) [1]

  • Nov 17 Jim Boeheim, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Syracuse; John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award 2006), born in Lyons, New York
  • Nov 19 Dennis Hull, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Nov 20 Anthea Stewart, Zimbabwean field hockey coach and player (Olympic gold 1980), born in Blantyre, Nyasaland
  • Nov 21 Earl "the Pearl" Monroe, NBA Guard (NY Knicks, Balt Bullets), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Deaths in Sport

  • Nov 9 Frank Marshall, American chess player (US Champion 1909-36), dies at 67
  • Nov 16 Charles Kelleway, Australian cricket all-rounder (26 Tests, 3 x 100s, 52 wickets, 24 catches), dies at 58
  • Nov 17 Archie MacLaren, English cricket batsman and captain (35 Tests; 424 Lancashire v Somerset 1895), dies at 72

Kenesaw Mountain Landis

Nov 25 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, American judge and 1st commissioner of baseball (1920-44), dies at 78