1960 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 162

  • Jan 1 46th Rose Bowl: #8 Washington beats #6 Wisconsin, 44-8
  • Jan 1 26th Sugar Bowl: #2 Mississippi beats #3 LSU, 21-0
  • Jan 1 26th Orange Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #18 Missouri, 14-0
  • Jan 5 Continental League, a proposed third major league, gets an assurance of congressional support from NY Senator Kenneth Keating
  • Jan 11 Lamar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes is 1st NBA'er to score 15,000 points

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jan 17 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Jan 17 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-21
  • Jan 22 10th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 125-115 at Philadelphia
  • Jan 22 Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson for middleweight boxing title
  • Jan 26 High-school basketball sensation Danny Heater scores 135 points
  • Jan 26 Oakland Raiders enter the American Football League

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 26 Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on 23rd ballot

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • Jan 28 NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises
  • Feb 1 48th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane (7-5, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Feb 1 48th Men's Australian Championships: Rod Laver beats Neale Fraser (5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, 8-6)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 8 Boston Celtic Bill Russell becomes 1st NBAer with 50 rebounds (51)

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Feb 9 AFL & NFL agree verbally to a no tampering pact
  • Feb 14 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 18 8th Winter Olympic games open in Squaw Valley, California
  • Feb 21 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
  • Feb 24 US beats Germany in Olympic hockey finals round, 9-1
  • Feb 26 USA's David Jenkins wins Olympic Gold for men's figure skating
  • Feb 27 US Olympic Ice Hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal
  • Feb 28 8th Winter Olympic games close at Squaw Valley, California
  • Feb 28 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Feb 28 US wins Olympic hockey gold medal by defeating Canada
  • Mar 5 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Vancouver won by Alain Giletti (FRA)
  • Mar 5 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champions in Vancouver won by Carol E Heiss (USA)
  • Mar 5 7th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 63-59
  • Mar 13 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 13 NFL's Chicago Cardinals moves to St Louis
  • Mar 13 White Sox unveil new road uniforms with players' names above number

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Mar 14 Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia) sets NBA playoff record of 53 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Mar 19 22nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Ohio State beats California 75-55
  • Mar 25 Ford Frick voids Indians-Red Sox deal as Sam White retires
  • Mar 26 Orioles-Reds series planned for Havana is moved to Miami
  • Mar 26 USC captures NCAA swimming title
  • Mar 26 114th Grand National: Gerry Scott aboard Merryman II wins
  • Mar 27 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Royal Crown Golf Open
  • Apr 9 14th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 10 24th Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 282

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 10 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Apr 14 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Toronto Maple Leafs in 4 games
  • Apr 17 Cleveland Indians trade Rocky Colavito to Tigers for Harvey Kuenn
  • Apr 19 64th Boston Marathon won by Paavo Kotila of Finland in 2:20:54
  • Apr 19 Baseball uniforms begin displaying players' names on their backs

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 24 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Civitan Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • May 1 Pancho Gonzalez retires from tennis
  • May 7 86th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Venetian Way wins in 2:02.4
  • May 7 Dodgers Larry & Norm Sherry are baseball's 10th brother battery
  • May 8 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • May 13 Phillies lose 3rd consecutive 1-0 game
  • May 18 5th European Cup: Real Madrid beats Frankfurt 7-3 at Glasgow
  • May 19 Juan Marichal debuts as SF Giant pitcher, beats Phillies on 1 hitter
  • May 20 Baseball game in Milwaukee postponed due to dense fog
  • May 21 85th Preakness: Bobby Ussery aboard Bally Ache wins in 1:57.6
  • May 27 Balt manager Paul Richards devises oversized catcher's mitt
  • May 28 59th Men's French Championships: Nicola Pietrangeli beats Luis Ayala (3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

May 28 59th Women's French Championships: Darlene Hard beats Yola Ramirez (6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Jim Rathmann wins in 3:36:11.384 (223.324 km/h)
  • Jun 5 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Wolverine Golf Open
  • Jun 9 ABC & AFL sign a 5 year contract
  • Jun 11 92nd Belmont: Bill Hartack aboard Celtic Ash wins in 2:29.2
  • Jun 12 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jun 15 Angel Cordero wins his 1st of over 7000 horse races

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 17 Ted Williams hit his 500th HR

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 20 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Jun 25 South Africa beats New Zealand 13-0 in the first rugby test of the series in Johannesburg
  • Jun 29 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jul 1 74th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Neale Fraser beats Rod Laver (6-4 3-6 9-7 7-5)
  • Jul 4 6th LPGA Championship won by Mickey Wright

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 4 Mickey Mantle is 18th to hit 300 HRs

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Jul 9 89th British Golf Open: Kel Nagle shoots a 278 at St Andrews
  • Jul 10 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Youngstown Kitchens (Trumball Golf Open)
  • Jul 10 UEFA European Championship: Soviet Union defeat Yugoslavia 2-1 in Paris
  • Jul 11 28th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, KC
  • Jul 12 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Hoosier Celebrity Golf Tournament
  • Jul 13 29th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Yankee Stadium, New York
  • Jul 14 Barbara Romack wins LPGA Leesburg Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • Jul 15 Balt Orioles' Brooks Robinson goes 5 for 5 including the cycle
  • Jul 16 205,000 (record sports attend) see Brazil-Uruguay World Cup soccer
  • Jul 17 47th Tour de France won by Gastone Nencini of Italy
  • Jul 18 Baseball's NL votes to add Houston & NY franchises
  • Jul 19 SF Giants Juan Marichal debuts, with a 1 hitter against Phillies
  • Jul 23 15th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls
  • Jul 24 42nd PGA Championship: Jay Hebert shoots a 281 at Firestone CC Akron
  • Jul 30 1st AFL preseason game Boston Patriots defeat Bills in Buffalo (28-7)
  • Jul 31 Patty Berg wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open
  • Aug 6 Pitt Steelers (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 43-16 in Toronto
  • Aug 7 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • Aug 12 27th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 32, All-Stars 7 (70,000)
  • Aug 12 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 8.21m
  • Aug 15 CFL's Calgary Stampeders move into McMahon Stadium
  • Aug 15 Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 16-7 in Toronto (NFL expo)
  • Aug 15 Mil Brave Lew Burdette no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0
  • Aug 18 Lew Burdette pitches to just 27 for a 1-0 no-hitter against Phillies

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 291

  • Jan 2 Raman Lamba, Indian cricketer (opening batsman 1986-87)
  • Jan 5 Steve Jones, British aviator (Red Bull Air Race World Series)
  • Jan 5 Glenn Strömberg, Swedish footballer
  • Jan 6 Paul William Azinger, American PGA golfer (1987 Phoenix Open), born in Holyoke MA
  • Jan 6 Paul Azinger, American PGA golfer, born in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • Jan 9 David Peoples, American golfer (1991 Buick Southern Open), born in Augusta, Maine
  • Jan 9 Lisa Walters, Canadian LPGA golfer (Itoki Hawaiian-1992, 93), born in Prince Rupert British Columbia
  • Jan 12 Dominique Wilkins, NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Jan 12 Rob Derksen, Australian baseball head coach (Olympics-1996)
  • Jan 13 Takis Lemonis, Greek footballer and coach
  • Jan 15 Tim Curtis, cricketer (England righty batsman in 5 Tests 1988-89)
  • Jan 17 Chili Davis, Kingston Jamacia, outfielder (California Angels)
  • Jan 19 Alfrederick Joyner, American triple jumper (Olympic-gold-1984), Eastern St Louis
  • Jan 23 Greg Ritchie, cricketer (Qld & Aust batsman Fat Cat Mahatma Cote)
  • Jan 23 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and skysurfing pioneer (d. 1998)
  • Jan 26 Gary Plummer, NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers, SF 49ers)
  • Jan 26 Jeanette Bolden, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 29 Gregory Efthimos Louganis, diver (Olympic-gold-1984, 88), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 29 Sean Kerly, hockey player
  • Jan 29 Steve Sax, 2nd baseman (LA Dodgers, NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox)
  • Jan 31 Elaine Roque, American beach volleyballer (Olympics-96), born in Santa Monica California
  • Feb 2 Lee Chill, Canadian Tour golfer (1977 Ohio Jr), born in Cleveland Ohio
  • Feb 3 Kerry Von Erich, American wrestler (d. 1993)
  • Feb 3 Marty Jannetty, American Wrestler

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 5 Jane Geddes, American LPGA golfer (1987 Women's Kemper Open), born in Huntington New York

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • Feb 8 Alex Scott, British horse trainer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 8 Dino Ciccarelli, Canadian NHL right wing (Minnesota North Stars, Washington Capitals), born in Sarnia, Ontario

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • Feb 8 Linda Fratianne, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1980), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 13 Kelly McCormick, Anaheim California, diver (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • Feb 13 Gary Patterson, American football coach
  • Feb 14 Jim Kelly, NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills)
  • Feb 15 Darrell Green, NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins)
  • Feb 15 Jeanne Goldsmith, WPVA volleyballer (National-5th-1987), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 15 Jock Hobbs [Michael], chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union and 21 test All Black, (d. 2012)
  • Feb 18 Andy Moog, NHL goalie (Oilers, Bruins, Olympics-Canada-1988)
  • Feb 18 Roger Wijesuriya, cricketer (bowling avg 294 in 4 Tests for Sri Lanka)
  • Feb 23 Cindy Figg-Currier, Mt Pleasant MI, golfer (1994 British Open-6th)
  • Feb 25 Glen Bishop, cricketer (S Aussie bat, 2 ODI's for Australia 1987)
  • Feb 27 Andres Gomez, Ecuador, tennis pro (Madrid Grand Prix-1990)
  • Feb 27 John van Grinsven, soccer player (MVV)
  • Mar 1 Alicia Dibos, Lima Peru, LPGA golfer (1994 US Women's Open-4th)
  • Mar 2 Hector Calma, Filipino basketball player
  • Mar 3 Neal Heaton, American baseball player
  • Mar 3 Colin Wells, English cricketer
  • Mar 4 Reggie McElroy, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos)
  • Mar 4 John Mugabi, Ugandan boxer
  • Mar 4 Christina Sussiek, former German athlete
  • Mar 6 [Eris] Sleepy Floyd, NBA guard

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 7 Ivan Lendl, Czech tennis champion (US Open 1985-87), born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 7 Joe Carter, MLB outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

MLB Outfielder Joe Carter
MLB Outfielder
Joe Carter
  • Mar 8 Buck Williams, NBA forward (Portland Trail Blazers, NY Knicks)
  • Mar 8 Max Metzker, Australian swimmer
  • Mar 9 Mike Leach, tennis star, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Mar 10 Linda Jezek, California, backstroke swimmer (Pan Am Gold-1979)
  • Mar 12 Eldine Baptiste, cricketer (WI all-rounder early 80's)
  • Mar 14 George Horvath, Sweden, pentathlete (Olympic-1980)
  • Mar 14 Helen Hopkins, Donneybrook Australia, golfer (Australian Intl 1983)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 14 [Anthony] Kirby Puckett, MLB centerfielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • Mar 16 Duane Sutter, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 18 Guy Carbonneau, Sept-iles, NHL center (Dallas Stars)
  • Mar 21 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian formula-1 racer (1988 champ)
  • Mar 25 Robert Green, tennis star, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Mar 26 Debbie Hall, LPGA golfer
  • Mar 26 Marcus Allen, NFL running back (LA Raiders, KC Chiefs, Heisman 1981)
  • Mar 26 Michael Evans, US water polo player (Olympic-silver-88), born in Fontana, California
  • Mar 27 Steve Jarvin, Australian soling sailor (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 27 Hans Pflügler, German footballer
  • Mar 30 Bill Johnson, alpine skier (first American to win alpine Olympic gold - 1984), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Mar 31 Mark Tuinei, NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Apr 2 Linford Christie, St Andrews Jamaica, 4x100m runner (Oly-gold 1992
  • Apr 4 Bev Smith, Armstrong BC, basketball forward (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 4 Jonathan Agnew, Macclesfield, Cheshire, English cricket broadcaster

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 12 Ron MacLean, Canadian sportscaster (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Zweibrücken, Germany

CBC Sportscaster Ron MacLean
CBC Sportscaster
Ron MacLean
  • Apr 13 Olaf Ludwig, German cyclist
  • Apr 14 Pat Symcox, cricketer (South African off-spinner 1993- )
  • Apr 15 Pedro Delgado, Spanish cyclist
  • Apr 16 Rafael Benítez, Spanish football manager
  • Apr 16 Pierre Littbarski, German footballer
  • Apr 17 Michael Whitaker, showjumper
  • Apr 19 Frank Viola, pitcher (Twins, Mets/Cy Young-1988), born in Hempstead, New York
  • Apr 19 Roger Merrett, Australian footballer
  • Apr 20 Rodney Holman, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • Apr 21 Julius Korir, Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • Apr 22 Lloyd Honeyghan, English welterweight boxing champ (1986)
  • Apr 23 Joseph Martin Mudd, PGA golfer (1988 Federal Express), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Apr 28 John Cerutti, American baseball player and announcer (d. 2004)
  • Apr 28 Jón Páll Sigmarsson, Icelandic strength athlete (d. 1993)
  • Apr 28 Walter Zenga, Italian footballer
  • Apr 29 William Lee Glasson Jr, PGA golfer (1985 Kemper Open), born in Fresno, California
  • May 1 Albert McDonald, Dartmouth NS, US canoe (alt-Olympics-96)
  • May 2 Ravi Ratnayeke, cricketer (Sri Lankan pace bowler & opening batsman)
  • May 4 Martyn Moxon, cricketer (England batsman in ten Tests 1986-89)
  • May 8 Franco Baresi, Italian footballer
  • May 9 Iain Butchart, cricket all-rounder (Zimbabwe, Test v Pak 1995)
  • May 9 Tony Gwynn, American MLB outfielder (San Diego Padres), born in LA, CA, (d. 2014)
  • May 10 Merlene Ottey, Jamaican/Italian running star (Olympics)
  • May 10 Tauseef Ahmed, cricketer (leading Pakistani off-spinner of 80's)
  • May 11 Jorgen Schult, German FR, discus thrower (world record 1986)
  • May 12 Lisa Martin, Gawler, South Australia, Australian marathoner (Olympic-silver 1988)
  • May 13 Shannon Vessup-Millen, WPVA volleyballer (National-9th-1991), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 10 NBA guard Jerry West (21) weds his college sweetheart Martha Kane in Morgantown, West Virginia

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 25 NBA player Oscar Robertson (21) weds teacher Yvonne Crittenden in Cincinnati, Ohio

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 23 Professional golfer Jack Nicklaus (20) weds Barbara Bash

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 18 NBA forward Jerry Lucas (20) weds sophomore Treva Geib

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 22 NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (20) weds Anna Elaine Merrell at First Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 14 Actress Laraine Day (39) divorces manager Leo Durocher (53) due to incompatibility after 12 years of marriage

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 5 Donald Knight, cricketer (54 runs in 2 Tests for England 1921), dies
  • Jan 7 Dorothea Douglass Chambers (aka Katharine Lambert Chambers), UK tennis player (b. 1878)
  • Jan 10 Jack Laviolette, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1879)
  • Feb 5 Louis Stricker, cricketer (South African open bat in 13 Tests 1909-12), dies
  • Feb 23 Arthur Legat, Belgian racing driver (b. 1898)
  • Jun 1 Lester Patrick, NHL coach/star, dies at 76
  • Jun 26 John Brenden Kelly, rower (Olympic-gold-1920, 24), dies at 70
  • Jun 27 Lottie Dod, English athlete (b. 1871)
  • Jul 9 Vallance Jupp, cricketer (28 wkts in 8 Tests for England 1921-28), dies
  • Aug 16 Errol Holmes, cricketer (batted in 5 Tests for England 1935), dies
  • Aug 22 Eduard Pütsep, Estonian wrestler (b. 1898)
  • Sep 18 A J Evans, cricketer (only England Test v Aus 1921), dies
  • Sep 26 William Ling, cricketer (South African batsman in 6 Tests 1921-23), dies
  • Nov 12 John Trim, cricketer (occasional WI quick 1948-52, 18 wkts), dies
  • Nov 27 Frederick Fane, cricketer (682 runs in 14 Tests for Eng 1905-10), dies