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November 1981 in Sports History

Events in Sport


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Nov 1 Darrell Waltrip wins his 4th straight NASCAR Cup race, the American 500 at North Carolina Motor Speedway; ties Richard Petty record 1967; 12th win of season; goes on to win Winston Cup crown

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty
  • Nov 3 Milwaukee Brewers future Baseball Hall of Fame reliever Rollie Fingers (6-3 record, 28 saves and 1.04 ERA) wins American League Cy Young Award, with 22 of 28 possible 1st-place votes

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Nov 6 Larry Holmes TKOs Renaldo Snipes in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

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Nov 11 LA Dodgers starter Fernando Valenzuela becomes first MLB rookie to win a Cy Young Award; Milwaukee Brewers' Rollie Fingers takes AL Award

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Fernando Valenzuela
  • Nov 12 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Oakland A's)
  • Nov 14 In the first world championship fight between 2 Puerto Ricans in boxing history, WBC Super Welterweight champion Wilfred Benitez beats Carlos Santos in a 15-round unanimous decision at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas
  • Nov 16 Dennis Lillee kicks Javed Miandad after he had waved his bat at Dennis
  • Nov 17 NBA NY Knick Bill Cartwright, ties record of 19 of 19 free throws

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Nov 18 Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt wins his 2nd consecutive NL MVP

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Nov 20 Russian Anatoly Karpov retains world chess championship
  • Nov 22 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: Edmonton Eskimos 4th consecutive Championship; beat Ottawa Rough Riders, 26-23; final Grey Cup game for Rough Riders, fold in 1996
  • Nov 22 31st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Darrell Waltrip wins
  • Nov 25 Rollie Fingers is 1st relief pitcher to win AL MVP
  • Nov 28 Bear Bryant wins his 315th game to out distance Almos Alonzo Stagg, becomes college football's winningest coach
  • Nov 28 46th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 28-17 in Birmingham
  • Nov 29 Greg Chappell scores 201 v Pakistan at The Gabba (Brisbane)

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Nov 30 NY Yankee Dave Righetti wins AL Rookie of Year Award

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti

Birthdays in Sport

  • Nov 2 Roddy White, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 2008-11; Atlanta Falcons), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Nov 2 Mitchell Johnson, Australian cricket fast bowler (73 Tests, 313 wickets @ 28.40; 153 ODIs), born in Townsville, Queensland
  • Nov 2 Rafael Márquez Lugo, Mexican soccer forward (16 caps; Morelia, Guadalajara), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Nov 3 Sten Pentus, Estonian auto racer (Formula Baltic 2000), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Nov 3 Vicente Matías Vuoso, Mexican soccer striker (15 caps; Santos Laguna), born in Mar Del Plata, Argentina
  • Nov 3 Rodrigo Millar, Chilean soccer midfielder (37 caps; Huachipato, Colo-Colo), born in Arauco, Chile
  • Nov 4 Vince Wilfork, American football player
  • Nov 8 Joe Cole, English footballer, born in Paddington, London
  • Nov 10 Tony Blanco, American baseball player (Washington Nationals), born in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic
  • Nov 12 DJ Campbell, English football player, born in Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
  • Nov 13 Kirsty-Leigh Brown, Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 13 Mark Cardona, Filipino basketball player
  • Nov 14 Tom Ferrier, British racing driver
  • Nov 15 Natalie Lacuesta, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 15 Lorena Ochoa, Mexican golfer (British Open 2007, ANA Inspiration 2008), born in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Nov 15 Drew Hodgdon, American football player
  • Nov 16 Osi Umenyiora, English-born NFL football player, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Nov 20 Jilen Siroky, American 200m breaststroke (Olympics 1996), born in Winter Park, Florida
  • Nov 20 Carlos Boozer, American basketball forward (2-time NBA All Star), born in Aschaffenburg, Germany
  • Nov 21 Wesley Britt, American football player
  • Nov 21 Piet Rinke, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Nov 21 Jonny Magallón, Mexican footballer
  • Nov 22 Seweryn Gancarczyk, Polish footballer
  • Nov 22 Pape Sow, Senegalese basketball player
  • Nov 25 Xabi Alonso, Spanish soccer midfielder (114 caps; Real Sociedad, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich), born in Tolosa, Spain
  • Nov 25 Jared Jeffries, American basketball player
  • Nov 26 Stephan Andersen, Danish international footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Nov 26 Gina Kingsbury, Canadian hockey player, born in Uranium City, Saskatchewan
  • Nov 27 Matthew Taylor, English footballer
  • Nov 30 Rich Harden, Canadian baseball player

Deaths in Sport

  • Nov 14 Robert Bradford, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1941)
  • Nov 22 Jack Fingleton, Australian cricket batsman (18 Tests, 1,189 runs @ 42.46, 5 x 100s), dies at 73
  • Nov 25 Morris Kirksey, American 4 X 100m (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 86
  • Nov 26 Max Euwe, Dutch world chess champion (1935-37), dies at 80