November 1978 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Nov 2 Wayne Gretzky is sold to the Edmonton Oilers after just 8 games with the Indianapolis Racers of the WHA (scoring 6 points); scores 104 points in 72 games (both teams combined) and is named WHA rookie of the year
  • Nov 4 Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3)

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Nov 4 3rd annual reentry free-agent draft, Pete Rose, Tommy John, & Darrell Evans, available

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

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Nov 5 Oakland Raider's John Madden becomes 13th coach to win 100 NFL games

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Nov 7 Boston Red Sox Jim Rice wins AL MVP

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Nov 10 Larry Holmes KOs Alfredo Evangelist in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Nov 15 Pirates outfielder Dave Parker wins NL MVP
  • Nov 16 Major Indoor Soccer League holds its 1st draft
  • Nov 19 Gavaskar gets twin cricket tons for India for 2nd time
  • Nov 19 "The Miracle at the Meadowlands", Eagles Herman Edwards returns a fumble for a touchdown with 31 seconds left to give Philadelphia a 19-17 victory over the rival New York Giants
  • Nov 19 28th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Cale Yarborough wins
  • Nov 21 Bob Horner of Braves wins NL Rookie of Year Award
  • Nov 26 66th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 20-13
  • Nov 28 44th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Sims, Oklahoma (RB)

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Nov 28 Reds fire manager Sparky Anderson after 9 years

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson

Birthdays in Sport

  • Nov 4 Carmen Cali, American baseball player
  • Nov 4 John Grabow, American baseball player
  • Nov 5 Bubba [Gary Lester] Watson Jr., American golfer (Masters Tournament 2012, 2014), born in Bagdad, Florida
  • Nov 6 Zak Morioka, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Nov 7 Rio Ferdinand, English footballer
  • Nov 7 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Dutch footballer
  • Nov 8 Ali Karimi, Iranian footballer, born in Karaj, Iran
  • Nov 8 Júlio Sérgio Bertagnoli, Brazilian footballer, born in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Nov 8 Spyros Gogolos, Greek footballer, born in Corfu Island, Greece
  • Nov 8 Tim de Cler, Dutch footballer, born in Leiden, Netherlands
  • Nov 8 Maurice Evans, American basketball player (Washington Wizards), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • Nov 9 Todd Self, American baseball player, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Nov 11 Lou Vincent, New Zealand cricketer
  • Nov 12 Lena Yada, American actress, model, surfer and WWE Diva, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Nov 14 Xavier Nady, American baseball player
  • Nov 14 Bobby Allen, American ice hockey player
  • Nov 16 Gary Naysmith, Scottish footballer
  • Nov 16 Kip Bouknight, American baseball player
  • Nov 17 Reggie Wayne, American football player
  • Nov 18 Damien Johnson, Northern Irish footballer
  • Nov 19 Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová, Czech athlete
  • Nov 22 Magdalena Grzybowska, Polish tennis star (1995 Futures Slovakia), born in Poznań, Poland
  • Nov 23 Aliane Baquerot, American rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 25 Lauren Hewitt, Australian 100m/200m runner (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 27 Jimmy Rollins, American baseball player
  • Nov 28 Mehdi Nafti, Tunisian footballer
  • Nov 28 Haytham Tambal, Sudanese footballer
  • Nov 28 Freddie Mitchell, American football player
  • Nov 29 Dimitrious Konstantopolous, Greek footballer
  • Nov 29 Alessandro Fei, Italian volleyball player

Deaths in Sport

  • Nov 6 Heiri Suter, Swiss cyclist, dies at 79
  • Nov 7 Gene Tunney, American boxer, heavyweight boxing champion (1926-28), dies at 80
  • Nov 13 George Hearne, South African cricketer (open bat in 3 Tests 1922-24), dies