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Posted: November 1, 2013 - 12:00am
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Notre Dame's victory over Army in 1913 somehow earned the reputation as the game that pioneered the use of the forward pass and changed football. Irish quarterback Gus Dorais completed 14 of 17 passes, some to an end named Knute Rockne, pictured here in this undated photograph.
Notre Dame's victory over Army in 1913 somehow earned the reputation as the game that pioneered the use of the forward pass and changed football. Irish quarterback Gus Dorais completed 14 of 17 passes, some to an end named Knute Rockne, pictured here in this undated photograph.

NOVEMBER 1

1913 — Notre Dame meets Army for the first time and comes away with a 35-13 win behind Gus Dorias’ 14-of-17 passing for 243 yards.

1914 — Connie Mack of the Philadelphia A’s citing a loss of $50,000 for lack of fan support starts to clean house by waiving Jack Coombs, Eddie Plank and Chief Bender. Plank and Bender eventually signed with the Federal League.

1916 — New York theater owner and producer Harry H. Frazee bought the Boston Red Sox for $675,000.

1938 — Ernie Lombardi of Cincinnati won the National League MVP award. Lombardi led the league in batting with a .342 mark.

1938 — Before a crowd of 40,000 spectators, Seabiscuit, under jockey George Woolf, beat odds-on favorite War Admiral in the Pimlico Special, a winner-take-all match race with a purse of $15,000.

1951 — Brooklyn’s Roy Campanella won the first of three National League MVP awards. The Dodger catcher hit .325 with 33 homers and 108 RBIs. 1959 — Jim Brown of the Cleveland Browns scores five touchdowns in a 38-31 victory over the Baltimore Colts.

1959 — Montreal goaltender Jacques Plante revolutionizes his position — and the sport of hockey — by donning a facemask. Plante is struck in the face with a shot by New York Rangers forward Andy Bathgate at 3:06 of the first period. After receiving stitches to close a gash from the corner of his mouth all the way up through his nostril, Plante returns to the ice wearing a mask. The Canadiens win 3-1.

1964 — Cleveland’s Jim Brown rushes for 149 yards and becomes the first player to rush for more than 10,000 yards in a career as the Browns post a 30-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brown with 10,135 yards had 47 games of 100-or-more yards rushing.

1964 — Kansas City’s Len Dawson passes for 435 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Chiefs to a 49-39 triumph over the Denver Broncos.

1966 — The NFL awards a franchise to New Orleans on All Saints Day.

1966 — Sandy Koufax of Los Angeles became the first three-time winner of the Cy Young Award. This was the last year there was one selection from both leagues.

1968 — Detroit’s Denny McLain, the last 30-game winner in major league history, was the unanimous winner of the American League Cy Young award.

1970 — Mercury Morris of the Miami Dolphins gains 302 combined yards (89 rushing, 68 receiving and 145 on kickoff returns) in a 35-0 loss to the Baltimore Colts.

1978 — New York’s Ron Guidry, 25-3, was the unanimous winner of the American League Cy Young award. Guidry led the league in shutouts (9) and ERA (1.79).

1979 — Edward Bennett Williams purchased the Baltimore Orioles for $12.3 million.

1987 — Ibrahin Hussein of Kenya and Priscilla Welch of Britain win the men’s and women’s divisions of the New York Marathon, finishing the 26.2 miles in 2:11:01 and 2:30:17, respectively.

1997 — Tom Osborne reaches 250 wins faster than any coach in college football history as Nebraska beats Oklahoma 69-7, the worst loss in Sooners’ history.

1998 — John Kagwe runs away from Kenyan countryman Joseph Chebet in the final yards and wins the New York City Marathon for the second straight year in the second-closest finish in the race’s 29-year history. Kagwe’s winning time is 2 hours, 8 minutes, 45 seconds.

2000 — Pat Riley earns his 1,000th career coaching victory as Miami posts its most lopsided win in an opener with a 105-79 rout of Orlando. Riley reaches the plateau in 1,434 games — fewer than any coach or manager in any sport.

2001 — Scott Brosius hit a game-tying two-run homer with two out in the ninth inning and Alfonso Soriano singled home the winning run in the 12th inning to give New York a 3-2 victory over Arizona and a 3-2 lead in the World Series. The Yankees became the first team in postseason history to win two straight games when trailing after eight innings. It was their World Series-record 10th successive win at home. Byung-Hyun Kim gave up the game-tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for the second straight game.

2003 — Larry Fitzgerald sets an NCAA record with a touchdown catch in his 14th straight game in Pittsburgh’s 24-13 victory over Boston College.

2006 — Evgeni Malkin scores in the first period of Pittsburgh’s 4-3 overtime win at Los Angeles to become the first NHL player in 89 years with goals in his first six games.

2006 — Reliever Guillermo Mota was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, becoming the third player penalized this year for violating Major League Baseball’s toughened drug policy.

2008 — Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree catches the winning 28-yard touchdown pass with 1 second to play, as the seventh-ranked Red Raiders beat No. 1 Texas 39-33.

2008 — Michigan’s 48-42 loss at Purdue drops the Wolverines to 2-7, ending Michigan’s string of 33 straight bowl appearances. Michigan, assured of its first losing season since 1967, also sets a school record for losses.

2008 — Larry Brown earns his first victory in his ninth NBA head coaching job, and the 1,011th of his career as Charlotte beats Miami 100-87.

2009 — Ted Ginn Jr. returns two kickoffs, 100 and 101 yards, for touchdowns in Miami’s 30-25 win over the New York Jets. Ginn, the first to have two touchdowns of 100 yards in the same game, also becomes the first player to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same quarter since Green Bay’s Travis Williams in 1967.

2009 — Meb Keflezighi, becomes the first U.S. man in 27 years to win the New York City Marathon. Keflezighi, who moved from his native Eritrea to San Diego when he was in the sixth grade, finishes with a time of 2:09:15 for a personal best. Ethiopian runner Derartu Tulu wins the women’s marathon title in 2:28:52.

2010 — The San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 in a tense Game 5 to bring a World Series title to the city by the Bay for the first time. Tim Lincecum outduels Cliff Lee in a matchup that was scoreless until Edgar Renteria earns the Series MVP award by hitting a stunning three-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning.

NOVEMBER 2

1958 — Chicago and Los Angeles establish an NFL attendance record when 90,833 fill the L.A. Coliseum to see the Rams beat the Bears 41-35.

1985 — Gordon Brown has 214 yards and quarterback Steve Gage has 206 to become the first teammates to each rush for more than 200 yards as Tulsa beats Wichita State 42-26.

1986 — Minnesota’s Tommy Kramer passes for 490 yards and four touchdowns but the Vikings still lose to the Washington Redskins in overtime, 44-38.

1986 — Gianni Poli of Italy wins the New York Marathon in 2:11:06 and Grete Waitz of Norway wins her eighth title in 2:28:06.

1990 — Beach Towel becomes the first harness horse in history to win $2 million in a single year with a victory in the Breeders Crown 3-year-old Colt and Gelding Pace. The victory pushes his 1990 earnings to $2,091,860.

1991 — Nevada makes the biggest comeback in NCAA football history, overcoming a 35-point deficit in the third quarter and rallying to beat Weber State 55-49.

1996 — A.J. Pitorino of Hartwick rushes for an NCAA all-divisions record 443 yards on 45 carries in a 42-14 win over Waynesburg.

2003 — Margaret Okayo shatters her own course record by nearly two minutes at the New York City Marathon, finishing in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 31 seconds. Countryman Martin Lel wins a marathon for the first time, finishing in 2:10:30.

2006 — Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom becomes the first goalie in the modern era, which began in 1943, to win twice without starting. Backstrom replaces an ill Manny Fernandez and stops all 19 shots he faces over the final two periods as the Wild rally for a 5-2 victory over Vancouver. Backstrom relieved Fernandez after a three-goal first period against Nashville on Oct. 7 before Minnesota came back for a 6-5 victory.

2007 — Washington misses all 16 of its 3-point shots, an NBA record for most attempts without making one, in a 103-83 loss at Boston.

2008 — Paula Radcliffe defends her title at the New York City Marathon to become the second woman to win the race three times. Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil wins the men’s race for the second time in three years.

2010 — The San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 in a tense Game 5 to bring a World Series title to the city by the Bay for the first time. Tim Lincecum and Edgar Renteria gave the Giants their first crown since 1954, four years before they moved West. Lincecum outdueled Cliff Lee in a matchup that was scoreless until Renteria earned the Series MVP award by hitting a stunning three-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning.

2012 — The New York City Marathon is called off to help those still dealing with the horrendous aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces the cancellation of the marathon, just hours after insisting that the race needed to be run as scheduled to help the city continue recovering from the massive storm. Instead, Bloomberg says the “controversy and division” about whether the race should be run caused the change of plans.

2012 — Kemba Walker scores a career-high 30 points in Mike Dunlap’s coaching debut and Charlotte snap a 23-game losing streak with a 90-89 victory over Indiana. The Bobcats lost their final 23 games last season to finish 7-59, the worst winning percentage (.106) in NBA history.

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