Events in Sport in November 1961

  • Nov 6 US government issues a stamp honoring 100th birthday of James Naismith (invented game of basketball - actually Canadian)

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Nov 8 Whitey Ford is voted Cy Young Award winner over Warren Spahn

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Nov 9 PGA eliminates caucasians only rule

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Nov 15 Roger Maris is voted AL MVP

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Nov 22 Frank Robinson is 1st to win MVPs in both major leagues

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Nov 22 St Louis Hawk Bob Pettit sets NBA record, hitting 19 of 19 free throws

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit

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Nov 25 NBA's Bob Cousy becomes 2nd player to score 15,000 points

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Nov 26 Pro Baseball Rules Committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball

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Nov 27 Gordie Howe becomes 1st to play in 1,000 NHL games

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Nov 30 Billy Williams of the Cubs is voted NL Rookie of Year