On This Day

November 1961 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Nov 5 NFL St Louis Cardinals' Bill Stacy, returns 2 interceptions for TDs vs Dallas Cowboys
  • Nov 6 US government issues a stamp honoring 100th birthday of James Naismith (invented game of basketball - actually Canadian)
  • Nov 9 PGA eliminates caucasians only rule

Sports History

Nov 15 Roger Maris is voted AL MVP

  • Nov 19 Houston Oilers quarterback George Blanda passes for 7 touchdowns in a 49-13 rout of NY Titans at Jeppesen Stadium, Houston

Sports History

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

NBA Record

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

Sports History

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

  • Nov 26 Pro Baseball Rules Committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball

Sports History

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

  • 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, American MLB infielder (LA Dodgers), born in Fall River, Massachusetts
  • Nov 12 Nadia Comăneci, Romanian gymnast (5X Olympic gold 1976, 1980), born in Onești, Romania
  • Nov 12 Enzo Francescoli, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay

Frank Bruno

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

  • Nov 19 Grant Ledyard, Canadian NHL defenseman, 1984-2002 (Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres, and 7 other teams), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 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

Mario Andretti

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

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 (6 x Olympic gold, 3 x silver 1900, 20), dies at 95