On This Day

November 1996 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Nov 1 Philadelphia 76ers inaugurate NBA season with opening of the CoreStates Center before 20,444; largest crowd to see a basketball game in state of Pennsylvania; lose to Milwaukee Bucks, 111-103
  • Nov 1 Shaquille O'Neil makes his Hollywood debut as Los Angeles Lakers beat Phoenix Suns, 96-82 at the Forum, Inglewood; O'Neil scores 23 points and pulls down 14 rebounds in 35 minutes
  • Nov 2 Miami Heat’s Pat Riley becomes eighth coach to win 800 games in 97-95 win at Indiana; milestone accomplished 2 weeks shy of his 15th coaching anniversary, faster than any coach in NBA history

Sports History

Nov 3 San Francisco 49ers receiver Jerry Rice grabs 3 passes for 45 yards and a TD to become 1st player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions in 24-17 win over New Orleans Saints; finishes career with 1,549

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Nov 3 Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant becomes the then youngest player to make his NBA debut (18 years, 2 months, 11 days) in 91-85 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Great Western Forum

  • Nov 3 New York City Marathon: Giacomo Leone of Italy, man's champion in 2:09:54; Anuta Catuna of Romania takes women's title in 2:28:18

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Nov 5 Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is the unanimous choice as AL Rookie of the Year

  • Nov 6 LA Dodger Todd Hollandsworth wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 7 Ex-NFL running back and Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier, is shot several times in his hometown of Camden, New Jersey; recovers
  • Nov 7 Wasim Jaffer gets 314* in 2nd cricket FC game for Mumbai v Saurashtra
  • Nov 9 8th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 48-21 in Chestnut Hill

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 9 Evander Holyfield upsets Mike Tyson in 11th-round knockout in Las Vegas to regain WBA heavyweight boxing title; second boxer, after Muhammad Ali, to win a heavyweight title 3 times

  • Nov 10 46th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Terry Labonte wins
  • Nov 11 Atlanta Braves starting pitcher John Smoltz wins NL Cy Young Award; Pat Hentgen of the Toronto Blue Jays claims AL Award
  • Nov 13 Padres third baseman Ken Caminiti is 4th unanimous winner of NL MVP
  • Nov 14 Texas Ranger Juan Gonzalez wins AL MVP
  • Nov 19 Albert Belle, signs record five-year, $55 million with White Sox

Sports History

Nov 22 O.J. Simpson takes stand as hostile witness in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him, saying it is "absolutely not true"

  • Nov 23 61st Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 24-23 in Birmingham
  • Nov 24 CFL Grey Cup, Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton: MVP Doug Flutie leads Toronto Argonauts to 13th title; beat Edmonton Eskimos, 43-37
  • Nov 24 Mashonaland defeat Matabeleland to win the Logan Cricket Cup
  • Nov 24 Mohammad Wasim scores 109 on Test Cricket debut, Pakistan v NZ Lahore

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Nov 24 German tennis star Steffi Graf retains her WTA Tour Championship with a 6–3, 4–6, 6–0, 4–6, 6–0 win over Martina Hingis at Madison Square Garden, NYC

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Nov 24 American Pete Sampras wins his 3rd ATP Tour World Championship tennis titles with a classic 3–6, 7–6, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4 victory over defending champion Boris Becker in Hanover, Germany

  • Nov 26 Baseball owners approve interleague play, 26-4
  • Nov 30 South African cricket opening batsman Gary Kirsten follows his 1st innings 102 with 133 in the Proteas' 329 run 2nd Test win v India in Kolkata

Weddings in Sport

Deaths in Sport

Toni Stone

Nov 2 Toni Stone, American baseball second baseman (first woman to play in men's Negro League), dies at 75

  • Nov 6 Tommy Lawton, footballer, dies at 80
  • Nov 12 Don Kenyon, English cricketer, dies at 72
  • Nov 19 Denis Jenkinson, British motor racing journalist, dies at 74
  • Nov 28 Don McNeill, American tennis player (French C'ship 1939, US Nat C'ship 1940), dies of pneumonia at 78