This Week in Sports History: Nov. 17-23

Story posted November 17, 2020 in CommRadio, Sports by Jonathan Draeger

Sports have been around for decades, causing memorable moments to happen each day of the week. With that in mind, many famous sports moments have happened this week historically. Here are the best of those moments that happened many years ago.


The NHL saw new beginnings, as the Chicago Blackhawks played their first game in the organization’s history on Nov. 17, 1926. They went on to defeat the Toronto St. Patricks 4-1.

In 1997, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Mario Lemieux entered the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 17.

The Las Vegas expansion team revealed that their name would be the Vegas Golden Knights on Nov. 22, 2016.

The New York Rangers set an NHL record at the time by scoring eight goals in one period of play on Nov. 21, 1971. The record was set in the third period against the California Golden Seals, and the Rangers won the game 12-1.

On Nov. 20, 1928, the Boston Garden was introduced to the sports world when the Boston Bruins hosted the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal went on to spoil the home opener for the Bruins with a 1-0 victory.


The NBA saw New York Knicks center Bill Cartwright hit 19 of 19 free throws on Nov. 17, 1981. This tied Bob Pettit’s record, which occurred on Nov. 22, 1961.

On Nov. 19, 2019, LeBron James added to his ever-growing record book, as James became the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double against all 30 teams in the league. It came in a 112-107 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

On Nov. 22, 1956, Boston Celtic Bill Sharman began his journey to hit 55 consecutive free throws. This streak spanned 11 games that season.


The NFL set a new standard for travel on Nov. 17, 1940, when the Green Bay Packers traveled to an away game via airplane for the first time in the league’s history. They flew to New York only to be beaten by the Giants 7-3.

Walter Payton set a new NFL record on Nov. 20, 1977, by rushing for 275 yards against the Minnesota Vikings. The flu-ridden running back led the Chicago Bears to a 10-7 victory, breaking OJ Simpson’s record of 273 yards from two years before.

College Football

On the topic of football, Syracuse fullback Jim Brown broke an NCAA record for most points scored in one game on Nov. 17, 1956. Brown scored 43 points for the Orange against the Colgate Raiders.

On Nov. 23, 1991, BYU quarterback Ty Detmer set an NCAA record for most passing yards in a season and most passing yards in a collegiate career. He finished the 1991 season with 4,031 yards, which added to his 15,031 passing yards for his career at Brigham Young.


America’s pastime saw Jackie Robinson win the National League MVP with a .342 batting average on Nov. 18, 1949. San Francisco Giants slugger Willie McCovey won the 1959 National League Rookie of the Year award on Nov. 17.

Nov. 18, 1966 saw a significant loss in a baseball icon, as pitcher Sandy Koufax announced his retirement after just 12 years of major league play. The reasoning behind this decision was due to his left elbow experiencing symptoms of arthritis.


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