On This Day

Events in Sport in November 1981

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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

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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