On This Day

November 1961 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Nov 6 US government issues a stamp honoring 100th birthday of James Naismith (invented game of basketball - actually Canadian)

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Nov 8 Whitey Ford is voted Cy Young Award winner over Warren Spahn

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Nov 9 PGA eliminates caucasians only rule

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Nov 15 Roger Maris is voted AL MVP

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris

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Nov 22 Frank Robinson, Cincinnati Reds outfielder, selected as NL MVP

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Nov 22 St. Louis Hawk Bob Pettit sets NBA record, hitting 19 of 19 free throws

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit

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Nov 25 NBA's Bob Cousy becomes 2nd player to score 15,000 points

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Nov 26 Pro Baseball Rules Committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball

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Nov 27 Gordie Howe becomes 1st to play in 1,000 NHL games

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Nov 30 Billy Williams of the Cubs is voted NL Rookie of Year

Birthdays in Sport

  • Nov 1 Anne Donovan, Basketball Hall of Fame center and coach (Olympic gold 1984, 88; coach 2008), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • Nov 1 Nicky Grist, Welsh auto racer and broadcaster (World Rally C'ship 1993), born in Ebbw Vale, Wales
  • Nov 2 Kōki Idoki, Japanese golfer (Senior PGA C'ship 2013), born in Ibaraki, Osaka
  • Nov 2 Jim Tedford, American football coach (Fresno State; BC Lions [CFL]), born in Lynwood, California
  • Nov 4 Nigel Worthington, Irish soccer midfielder and manager (66 caps NI; Sheffield Wednesday; Norwich City), born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland
  • Nov 7 Mintcho Pachov, Bulgarian 67.5kg weightlifer (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • Nov 10 Ramona Pagel, American shot putter, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 10 John Walton, English darts player (BDO World Champion 2001), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England
  • Nov 11 Matt Ghaffari, Iranian-American greco-roman wrestler (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Tehran, Iran
  • Nov 12 Greg Gagne, Fall River MA, infielder (LA Dodgers)
  • Nov 12 Nadia Comăneci, Romanian gymnast (5 x Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Onești, Romania
  • Nov 12 Enzo Francescoli, Uruguayan footballer

Person of interestFrank Bruno

Nov 16 Frank Bruno, English boxer (European champion), born in Hammersmith, England

  • Nov 19 Grant Ledyard, Winnipeg, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • Nov 20 Tim Harvey, British racing driver, born in Farnborough, England
  • Nov 20 Dave Watson, English footballer, born in Liverpool, England
  • Nov 23 Merv Hughes, Australian cricket fast bowler (53 Tests, 212 wickets; 33 ODIs), born in Euroa, Australia
  • Nov 24 Carl Sundquist, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Nov 25 Kenny Monday, 163 lbs freestyles wrestler (Olympics 1988, 92, 96), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Nov 26 Dave Hannan, Canadian NHL center (Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche), born in Onaping Falls, Ontario
  • Nov 27 Lee Johnson, American NFL punter/kicker (Cin Bengals). born in Conroe, Texas
  • Nov 30 Innocent Egbunike, Nigeria, 4x400m runner (Olympic bronze 1984)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 25 Racing car driver Mario Andretti (21) weds high school sweetheart Dee Ann Hoch (19)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti

Deaths in Sport

  • Nov 18 Clarence "Bud" Pinkston, American diver (Olympic gold 10m platform, silver 3m springboard 1920), dies at 61
  • Nov 25 Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (b. 1866)