On This Day

November 1979 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Nov 12 Tony Franklin of Philadelphia Eagles kicks 59-yard field goal

Sports History

Nov 13 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell and St Louis Cardinals first baseman Keith Hernandez share National League MVP Award

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
Baseball Left fielder / First baseman Willie Stargell
Baseball Left fielder / First baseman
Willie Stargell
  • Nov 14 California's Don Baylor, wins AL MVP
  • Nov 17 Daniel Okrent sketches out 1st draft rules for Rotisserie Baseball on a flight to Austin, TX

Sports History

Nov 18 29th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty

Contract of Interest

Nov 19 Astros sign Nolan Ryan, to record 4 year, $4.5 million contract

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Nov 24 Kings' Charley Simmer fails on 8th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Nov 25 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: Edmonton Eskimos retain Championship; defeat Montreal Alouettes, 17-9; Eskimos shut out of MVP and MV Canadian awards

Sports History

Nov 25 Pat Summerall and John Madden broadcast a game together for the first time, a pairing that lasts 22 years and becomes one of the most well-known partnerships in TV sportscasting history

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • Nov 26 Intl Olympic Committee votes to readmit China after 21 years
  • Nov 27 1st day-night one-day cricket international, Australia v WI at SCG
  • Nov 28 LA Dodger Rick Sutcliffe wins NL Rookie of Year

Birthdays in Sport

  • Nov 1 Milan Dudić, Serbian soccer defender (13 caps, Serbia and Montenegro; Red Star Belgrade), born in Kraljevo, Serbia
  • Nov 1 Coco Crisp, American baseball outfielder (World Series 2007, Boston Red Sox; AL stolen base leader 2011), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 2 Marián Čišovský, Slovak soccer defender (15 caps; Inter Bratislava, Viktoria Plzeň), born in Humenné, Slovakia (d. 2020)
  • Nov 3 Pablo Aimar, Argentine soccer midfielder (52 caps; Valencia, Benfica), born in Río Cuarto, Argentina
  • Nov 6 Lamar Odom, American basketball player, born in South Jamaica, New York
  • Nov 7 Danny Fonseca, Costa Rican soccer midfielder (28 caps; Cartaginés 537 games), born in Cartago, Costa Rica
  • Nov 7 Will Demps, American football player, born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Nov 7 Mike Commodore, Canadian professional hockey player (Carolina Hurricanes), born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • Nov 8 Aaron Hughes, Northern Irish footballer, born in Cookstown, Northern Ireland
  • Nov 9 Adam Dunn, American baseball player, born in Houston, Texas
  • Nov 12 Lucas Glover, American golfer (US Open 2009), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Nov 12 Corey Maggette, American professional basketball player, born in Melrose Park, Illinois
  • Nov 13 Ron Artest, American basketball player
  • Nov 14 Jean-Alain Boumsong, French footballer
  • Nov 15 Josemi, Spanish footballer
  • Nov 15 Brett Lancaster, Australian cyclist
  • Nov 16 Salli Wills, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 16 Bruce Irons, American surfer, born in Lihue, Hawaii
  • Nov 17 Matthew Spring, English footballer
  • Nov 19 Ryan Howard, American baseball player
  • Nov 19 Larry Johnson, American football player
  • Nov 19 Leam Richardson, English soccer player
  • Nov 19 John-Ford Griffin, American baseball player
  • Nov 20 Maree Bowden, New Zealand netball player (15 caps, Silver Ferns), born in Clyde, New Zealand
  • Nov 21 Vincenzo Iaquinta, Italian footballer
  • Nov 21 Stromile Swift, American basketball player
  • Nov 21 Alex Tanguay, Canadian hockey player
  • Nov 27 Ricky Carmichael, American motocross racer
  • Nov 27 Teemu Tainio, Finnish footballer
  • Nov 29 Francis Beltrán, Dominican baseball player, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Nov 30 Chris Atkinson, Australian rally driver
  • Nov 30 Andrés Nocioni, Argentine basketball player

Deaths in Sport

  • Nov 6 Chick Evans, American golfer (US Open 1916), dies at 89
  • Nov 14 Bill Farrimond, England cricket wicket-keeper (4 Tests 1930-35), dies
  • Nov 16 Bert Baston, American College Football Hall of Fame end (University of Minnesota), dies at 84
  • Nov 18 Freddie Fitzsimmons, American baseball pitcher (MLB record career double plays [79] 1938-64) and manager (Philadelphia Phillies), dies of a heart attack at 78