November 1961 in Sport

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

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Nov 22 Frank Robinson is 1st to win MVPs in both major leagues

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 player (Olympic gold 1984), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • Nov 1 Paul Jackson, cricketer (slow lefty bowler for Victoria & Queensland)
  • Nov 4 Nigel Worthington, Northern Irish footballer
  • Nov 7 Mintcho Pachov, Bulgaria, 67.5kg weightlifer (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • Nov 10 Ramona Pagel, shot putter, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 10 John Walton, English darts player
  • Nov 11 Matt Ghaffari, Iranian-American greco-roman wrestler (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Tehran, Iran
  • Nov 12 Chela Quintana, Venezuela, LPGA golfer (8 time Venezuelan Amat Champ)
  • Nov 12 Greg Gagne, Fall River MA, infielder (LA Dodgers)
  • Nov 12 Nadia Comaneci, [Gheorghe], Romania, gymnast (1st 10/Olymp-gold-1976)
  • 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
  • Nov 20 Dave Watson, English footballer
  • Nov 22 Joel Ashley Edwards, PGA golfer (1992 BC Open-2nd), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Nov 23 Merv Hughes, cricketer (Australian pace bowler 1985-94 Extrovert)
  • 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, Sudbury, NHL center (Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche)
  • Nov 27 Lee Johnson, NFL punter/kicker (Cin Bengals)
  • Nov 27 Randy Milligan, baseball player
  • Nov 30 Innocent Egbunike, Nigeria, 4x400m runner (Olympic bronze 1984)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding 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 25 Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (b. 1866)