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November 2017 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Nov 1 Baseball World Series: Houston Astros win their first ever title; beat LA Dodgers, 5-1 in Game 7 at Dodger Stadium; MVP: Astros outfielder George Springer III

  • Nov 3 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Del Mar Racetrack; Day 1 winners: Rushing Fall, Battle of Midway, Mendelssohn, Forever Unbridled
  • Nov 4 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Del Mar Racetrack; Day 2 winners: Caledonia Road, Stormy Liberal, Bar of Gold, Wuheida, Roy H, World Approval, Good Magic, Talismanic, Gunrunner
  • Nov 5 New York City Marathon: Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya wins men's race in 2:10:53, 3 seconds ahead of Wilson Kipsang; Shalane Flanagan (2:26:53) first American to win women's race since 1977
  • Nov 7 South Korean golfer Park Sung-hyun becomes the first LPGA rookie to be ranked no. 1
  • Nov 7 Melbourne Cup: Joseph O’Brien at 24 is the youngest trainer to win with Rekindling jockeyed by Corey Brown
  • Nov 8 Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa breaks the world record for surfing the biggest-ever wave at 24.4m at Nazaré, Portugal
  • Nov 12 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Minsk, Belarus: American pair Shelby Rogers & Coco Vandeweghe beats Aryna Sabalenka & Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-3, 7-6 to wrap up 3-2 win and record extending 18th title for the US
  • Nov 13 Italy fails to qualify for 2018 Football World Cup (first time since 1958), after play-off defeat against Sweden
  • Nov 13 First Barbie doll to wear a hijab, modeled on Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad unveiled in New York

Sports History

Nov 15 3 UCLA basketball players suspended after admitting shoplifting in China, only released at President Trump's request

  • Nov 19 Martin Truex Jr., driving for Furniture Row Racing, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series by 5 points from Kyle Busch
  • Nov 19 Bulgarian tennis star Gregor Dimitrov breaks through for a first season-ending ATP World Tour Finals title with a 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 win in London over David Goffin of Belgium
  • Nov 23 Brazilian footballer Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for rape in Italy

Sports History

Nov 26 British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finishes 2nd in season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit to claim his 4th F1 World Drivers Championship; wins title by 46 points from Sebastian Vettel

  • Nov 26 CFL Grey Cup, TD Place Stadium, Ottawa: Toronto Argonauts win 17th Championship with 27-24 victory over Calgary Stampede

Weddings in Sport

Serena Williams

Nov 16 Tennis champion Serena Williams marries Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans

Deaths in Sport

  • Nov 4 Gilbert Rogin, American journalist and author (The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated), dies at 87
  • Nov 7 Roy Halladay, American MLB pitcher, 1998-2013, 8X All-Star, 2X Cy Young Award (Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies), killed when piloting a plane acrobatically over the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Port Richey, Florida, while under the influence of painkillers and sleeping pills at 40
  • Nov 13 Bobby Doerr, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (9-time All Star, Boston Red Sox), dies at 99
  • Nov 16 Ferdie Pacheco, American physician (cornerman for Mohammad Ali) and boxing analyst (NBC, Showtime), dies at 89
  • Nov 18 Gillian Rolton, Australian equestrian (Summer Olympics 1992, 1996- gold), dies from endometrial cancer at 61

Jana Novotna

Nov 19 Jana Novotná, Czech tennis player (Wimbledon 1998; WTA Tour C'ship 1997), dies of cancer at 49