On This Day

November 1966 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Nov 1 NFL awards a franchise to New Orleans; name "Saints" alludes to November 1, All Saints Day in Catholic faith

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Nov 1 LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax becomes first 3-time winner of Cy Young Award; unanimous winner for 2nd straight year; final year only 1 award given for pitchers in both major leagues

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax
  • Nov 5 BYU quarterback Virgil Carter sets new NCAA single-game records with 513 passing yards and 599 yards of total offence in 53-33 win against Texas Western in Provo, Utah

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Nov 8 Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles outfielder, selected as AL MVP,first player to win MVP in both leagues

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

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Nov 8 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs anti-trust immunity to AFL-NFL merger

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Nov 12 Dodgers complete an 18-game tour of Japan with a 9-8-1 record

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Nov 14 Muhammad Ali TKOs Cleveland Williams in 3 for heavyweight title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

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Nov 16 Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente is named NL MVP

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • Nov 18 Sandy Koufax announces his retirement due to arthritic left elbow
  • Nov 20 Dallas sacks Pittsburgh QBs an NFL record 12 times
  • Nov 22 32nd Heisman Trophy Award: Steve Spurrier, Florida (QB)
  • Nov 23 Chicago outfielder Tommie Agee is voted AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 25 Cincinnati infielder Tommy Helms is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 26 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Saskatchewan Roughriders win their first Championship; defeat Ottawa, 29-14

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Nov 27 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Kathy Whitworth wins back-to-back titles by 2 shots from Judy Kimball and Mary Mills

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • Nov 27 In highest-scoring NFL game, Washington Redskins defeat NY Giants 72-41
  • Nov 29 1st NBA game at Oakland Coliseum Arena - Warriors beat Bulls 108-101

Birthdays in Sport

  • Nov 1 Danny Everett, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m relay 1988), born in Van Alstyne, Texas
  • Nov 5 Nayim [Mohamed Alí Amar], Spanish footballer, born in Ceuta, Spain
  • Nov 7 Andy Tomberlin, American baseball outfielder (NY Mets), born in Monroe, North Carolina
  • Nov 7 Murphy Su'a, New Zealand cricket pace bowler (NZ left-arm of Samoan parents), born in Whanganui, New Zealand
  • Nov 7 Calvin Borel, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby 2007, 09, 10), born in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana
  • Nov 8 Michael Soles, CFL fullback (Montreal Alouettes), born in Pointe-Claire, Canada
  • Nov 8 Ulrich Cruden, Suriname soccer player (NEC), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Nov 9 Virgil Robertson, CFL defensive end (BC Lions), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Nov 10 Kyle Kopp, water polo 2m offense (Olympics 1996), born in San Bernardino, California
  • Nov 13 Rumeal Robinson, NBA guard (Portland Trail Blazers, Detroit Pistons)
  • Nov 14 Carl Coulter, CFL corner (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Nov 14 Curt Schilling, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Nov 14 Eric Hill, NFL middle linebacker (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Nov 14 Rod Harris, CFL slot back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Nov 14 Petra Roßner, German cyclist
  • Nov 16 Dan Nowosielski, fencing epee (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Nov 16 Tim Scott, pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Hanford, California
  • Nov 17 Jeff Nelson, pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Nov 18 Darren Flutie, American CFL wide receiver (Grey Cup 1994, 99; CFL All-Star 1996, 97, 99; Edmonton Eskimos, Hamilton Tiger-Cats), born in Manchester, Maryland
  • Nov 18 Ron Coomer, Crest Hill IL, infielder (Minnesota Twins)
  • Nov 19 Brian Wilsterman, soccer player (Dordreecht '90)
  • Nov 19 Gail Devers, American athlete (Olympics gold 100m 1992, 96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Nov 21 Jerry Fontenot, NFL center/guard (Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints)
  • Nov 21 Troy Aikman, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and broadcaster (Super Bowl 1992-93, 95; Pro Bowl 1991–96; Dallas Cowboys), born in West Covina, California
  • Nov 23 Jerry Kelly, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Nov 24 Ledell Eackles, NBA guard (Wash Wizards/Bullets)
  • Nov 25 Mark Whiten, American MLB baseball outfielder (4 home runs in one game 1993; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Nov 26 Jay Berger, American tennis star, born in Fort Dix, New Jersey
  • Nov 26 Sue Wicks, American Women's Basketball Hall of Fame forward (WNBA All Star 2000; NY Liberty), born in Center Moriches, New York
  • Nov 27 Chryssandra Hines, American team handball wing (Olympics 1996), born in Bristol Connecticut
  • Nov 27 Dean Garrett, NBA center (Denver Nuggets)

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 18 MLB baseball player Hank Greenberg (55) weds actress Mary Jo Tarola

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg

Deaths in Sport

  • Nov 7 Rube Bressler, Baseball player (b. 1894)
  • Nov 10 Evelyn Sears, American tennis player (US National 1907), dies at 91
  • Nov 15 Dimitrios Tofalos, Greek weightlifter (b. 1877)