On This Day

November 1950 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Nov 1 Celtics' forward Chuck Cooper becomes first African American to play in the NBA in Boston's 107-84 loss at Fort Wayne Pistons; future Hall of Famer Bob Cousy also debuts for Celtics

  • Nov 5 Cleveland Browns' Tommy James intercepts 3 passes, club record

Contract of Interest

Nov 6 Branch Rickey signs 5-yr contract as VP/GM of Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Nov 8 Walt Dropo of Boston Red Sox selected AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 9 Phillies skipper Eddie Sawyer selected as Manager of Year
  • Nov 9 White Sox release Luke Appling, who had been a Sox since 1930
  • Nov 10 After 9 years, Cleveland Indians fire manager Lou Boudreau
  • Nov 12 Gene Roberts sets NFL NY Giant rushing record (218 yds) vs Chic Cards
  • Nov 22 7,021 see Fort Wayne Pistons edge Minneapolis Lakers, 19-18 at Minneapolis Auditorium; lowest ever NBA score of 37 combined points
  • Nov 25 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts claim 9th title; shutout Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 13-0
  • Nov 27 Red Sox sign shortstop Lou Boudreau as a player to 2-year contract
  • Nov 28 Walter O'Malley fires Burt Shotton as Dodgers manager

Birthdays in Sport

  • Nov 3 Karen Stives, American equestrian rider (Olympic gold team, silver individual 1984), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Nov 3 Skip Prosser, American basketball coach (only coach to take 3 schools to NCAA Tournament in first year; Loyola [MD], Xavier, Wake Forest), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • Nov 5 Debbie Massey, American golfer (3-time LPGA Tour winner), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • Nov 11 Otis Armstrong, American College Football HOF running back (Purdue; All-Pro 1974; Pro Bowl 1974, 76; Denver Broncos), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • Nov 11 Rex Samuel Sellers, Tornado class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Nov 11 Ed Ordynski, Australian rally driver

Gilbert Perreault

Nov 13 Gilbert Perreault, Canadian NHL center (over 500 goals), born in Victoriaville, Quebec

  • Nov 15 Mac Maurice Wilkins, discus thrower (1st to break 70m)
  • Nov 17 Roland Matthes, German swimmer (Olympic gold 100, 200m backstroke 1968, 72; WR x 19), born in Pößneck, Thuringia, Germany
  • Nov 17 Tom Walkinshaw, Scottish race car driver and race team owner
  • Nov 21 Alberto Juantorena, Cuba, 400m dash (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Nov 21 Bruce Laird, Australian cricket batsman (21 Tests; 23 ODIs; 13 "Supertests" in World Series Cricket), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • Nov 22 Greg Luzinski, baseball player (Phillies, White Sox)
  • Nov 22 Lyman Bostock, baseball player
  • Nov 26 Jorge Orta, Mexican baseball second baseman and outfielder (MLB All Star 1975, 80; Chicago WS), born in Mazatlán, Mexico
  • Nov 30 Paul Westphal, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard (NBA C'ship 1974; NBA All-Star 1977–81; Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns) and coach (Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, Sacramento Kings), born in Torrance, California (d. 2021)

Deaths in Sport

  • Nov 4 Grover Cleveland Alexander, American baseball player (b. 1887)

James Braid

Nov 27 James Braid, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1901, 05-06, 08, 10), dies at 80