November 1965 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Nov 1 Ernie Terrell retains WBA heavyweight boxing title; beats Canadian George Chuvalo in 15 round points decision in Toronto
  • Nov 2 Craig Breedlove driving FIA-legal four-wheeler, Sonic I, breaks land speed record with a two-run average of 555.483 mph (893.963 km/h) at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Baseball Record

Nov 3 Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax is named Cy Young Award winner by a unanimous vote and for a third time; posts 26-8 record, 1.73 ERA and record-shattering 382 strikeouts

  • Nov 9 1st NY Knick game postponed (black-out) vs St Louis

Sports History

Nov 9 Willie Mays named NL MVP

  • Nov 15 Craig Breedlove sets land speed record (600.601 mph-966.57 kph)
  • Nov 17 William Eckert is unanimously elected commissioner of baseball

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 22 In his second title defence, Muhammad Ali scores 12th-round KO of Floyd Patterson at Las Vegas Convention Center to retain his world heavyweight boxing championship

  • Nov 23 31st Heisman Trophy Award: Mike Garrett, Southern Cal (RB)
  • Nov 26 Dodgers 2nd baseman Jim Lefebvre is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 27 1966 NFL Draft: Tommy Nobis from University of Texas first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • Nov 27 30th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 30-3 in Birmingham
  • Nov 27 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat Winn Blue Bombers, 22-16; strong winds meant all scoring occurred by the team going with the wind

Golf Tournament

Nov 28 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Kathy Whitworth wins by 10 shots from Peggy Wilson for her first major title


Birthdays in Sport

  • Nov 4 Erik Norgard, American NFL center and guard (Houston/Tennessee Oilers), born in Bellevue, Washington
  • Nov 7 Sigrun Wodars, German middle distance athlete (Olympic gold 1988)
  • Nov 8 Jeff Blauser, American infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Los Gatos, California
  • Nov 8 Mike Peluso, American NHL left wing (NJ Devils), born in Pengilly, Minnesota
  • Nov 9 Todd Gill, Canadian NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Brockville, Canada
  • Nov 10 Eddie Irvine, Irish auto racer (runner-up World F1 Championship 1999), born in Newtownards, Northern Ireland
  • Nov 10 Jamie Dixon, American basketball coach (University of Pittsburgh men's basketball team 2003-16), born in Burbank, California
  • Nov 11 Ruthie Matthes, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Sun Valley Idaho
  • Nov 12 Mike Keim, NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Nov 13 Kevin Gamble, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings)
  • Nov 13 Rob Natal, catcher (Florida Marlins), born in Long Beach, California
  • Nov 13 Sheryl Boyle, Renfrew Ontario, kayaker (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 13 Zeljko Petrovic, soccer player (FC The Bosch/RKC)
  • Nov 15 Stefan Pfeiffer, German swimmer
  • Nov 17 Grant Connell, Canadian tennis player who was the world's #1 doubles player in the 1990s, born in Regina Saskatchewan
  • Nov 17 Paul Sorrento, Somerville MA, infielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • Nov 17 Rob Koll, Bellefonte PA, 163 lbs/74 kg freestyle wrestler (Olymp-96)
  • Nov 17 Winthrop Graham, Jamaica, 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1988)
  • Nov 18 Mark Petkovsek, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Nov 19 Erik Wilhelm, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Nov 19 Laurent Blanc, French footballer and manager (Marseille), born in Alès, France
  • Nov 20 Andrew Stewart, American CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Nov 22 Eric Allen, NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints)
  • Nov 22 Mike Benjamin, Euclid Ohio, infielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Nov 22 R Duncan Douglas, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 23 Rodion Gataullin, Uzbekistan pole vaulter (Olympic silver 1988)
  • Nov 24 Nyla Jane Carroll, New Plymouth NZ, 5k/10k/marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 25 Anthony Newman, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • Nov 25 Cris Carter, Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (8 × Pro Bowl 1993–2000; First-team All-Pro 1994, 99; NFL receiving TD leader 1995, 97, 99; Minnesota Vikings), born in Troy, Ohio
  • Nov 25 Jeff Norton, Acton, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Nov 25 Mike Gebhardt, mistral sailor (Olympic 6th 1996), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Nov 25 Yasmin "Yaz" Farooq, Waupun Wisc, rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96)
  • Nov 27 Danielle Ammaccapane, American golfer (7 LPGA Tour titles), born in Babylon, New York
  • Nov 27 Kathleen Heddle, Canadian rower (Olympic gold coxless pair, 8's 1992; double sculls 1996), born in Trail, British Columbia (d. 2021)
  • Nov 27 Raffaella Reggi, Italian tennis player (US Open mixed doubles 1986), born in Faenza, Italy
  • Nov 28 Matt Williams, American baseball infielder (5 x MLB All Star; NL home run leader 1994; NL RBI leader 1990; SF Giants) and manager (Washington Nationals), born in Bishop, California
  • Nov 30 Aldair, Brazilian footballer
  • Nov 30 Mike Zandofsky, NFL guard (Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles)

Deaths in Sport

  • Nov 14 George Bissett, South African cricketer (25 wickets in 4 Tests for South Africa), dies at 60