1972 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 201

  • Jan 1 58th Rose Bowl: #16 Stanford beats #4 Michigan, 13-12
  • Jan 1 38th Sugar Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #5 Auburn, 40-22
  • Jan 1 38th Orange Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #2 Alabama, 38-6
  • Jan 2 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Baltimore Colts 21-0
  • Jan 2 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers 14-3

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 3 60th Men's Australian Open: Ken Rosewall beats Malcolm Anderson (7-6, 6-3, 7-5)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 3 60th Women's Australian Open: Virginia Wade beats Evonne Goolagong (6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
  • Jan 7 LA Lakers win their 33rd straight game, setting a still standing NBA record for longest streak
  • Jan 8 NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall
  • Jan 9 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Jan 9 LA Lakers 33 game winning streak snapped by a loss to the Bucks 120-104
  • Jan 13 Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 15 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Jan 16 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes European all-round lady skating champ
  • Jan 16 Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys-24, Miami-3 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 19 Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Jan 22 22nd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 112-110 at LA
  • Jan 23 Ard Schenk becomes European all-round skating champion
  • Jan 23 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-13
  • Jan 25 25th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 3-2 at Minnesota
  • Feb 1 1972 NFL Draft: Walt Patulski from University of Notre Dame first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • Feb 3 11th Winter Olympic games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
  • Feb 5 Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 13 11th Winter Olympic games close at Sapporo, Japan
  • Feb 16 Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI v NZ Kingston, 214 & 100

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 16 Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Feb 20 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat NY Knicks (111-109)
  • Feb 20 Ard Schenk wins world championship for speed skating
  • Feb 25 Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 Hank Aaron becomes 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 6 Jack Nicklaus, passes Arnold Palmer as golf's all-time money winner

  • Mar 9 Players on White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary
  • Mar 11 19th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Maryland, 73-64
  • Mar 12 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lady Eve Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 12 NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Mar 14 NBA's Cincinnati Royals announce they are moving to KC
  • Mar 18 Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for 1st time in 225 games (Boston U)
  • Mar 19 1st AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48 in Normal
  • Mar 19 Carol Mann wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Mar 19 LA Lakers beat Golden State Warriors, 162-99, by then record 63 pts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 22 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named NBA MVP

  • Mar 22 Nick Mileti purchases Cleve Indians for $9 million
  • Mar 22 Yankees trade Danny Cater to the Red Sox for Sparky Lyle
  • Mar 25 34th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Florida 81-76

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 25 Bobby Hull becomes the 2nd NHLer to score 600 goals

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • Mar 25 UCLA wins its 6th consecutive national basketball title
  • Mar 26 Betsy Cullen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic
  • Mar 26 LA Lakers broke NBA record by winning 69 of 82 games (69-13)
  • Mar 28 Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game
  • Apr 1 Major league baseball players stages 1st collective strike

  • Apr 5 Baseball season is delayed due to a strike
  • Apr 8 Alvin Kallicharran scores 100* in his 1st Test Cricket innings v NZ
  • Apr 8 126th Grand National: Graham Thorner aboard Well To Do wins
  • Apr 9 36th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286
  • Apr 9 Glenn Turner (259) & Terry Jarvis make 387 opening cricket stand v WI
  • Apr 13 1st baseball players' strike ends after 13 days
  • Apr 16 1st Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jane Blalock
  • Apr 16 Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0
  • Apr 17 76th Boston Marathon: Olavi Suomalainen of Finland 1st man in 2:15:39 and Nina Kuscsik of United States 1st woman in 3:10:26
  • Apr 17 Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats
  • Apr 20 Kallicharran scores his 2nd Test century in his 2nd Test Cricket
  • Apr 23 Betty Burfeind wins LPGA Birmingham Centennital Golf Classic
  • Apr 28 Courts award 1968 Kentucky Derby prize money to 2nd place winner due to the winner being given drugs before the race

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 30 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Alamo Ladies Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • May 6 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8
  • May 7 26th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • May 7 Betty Burfeindt wins Sealy LPGA Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Giants trade Willie Mays to Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams & cash

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 11 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 2
  • May 12 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (completed 5/13)
  • May 13 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started 5/12)
  • May 14 In Willie Mays 1st game as a NY Met his homer beats SF Giants, 5-4
  • May 16 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationale
  • May 20 5th ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat NY Nets, 4 games to 2
  • May 20 97th Preakness: Eldon Nelson aboard Bee Bee Bee wins in 1:55.6
  • May 21 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
  • May 24 Glasgow Rangers of Scotland win 12th European Cup Winner's Cup against Dynamo Moscow 3-2 of the Soviet Union 3-2 in Barcelona
  • May 25 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander
  • May 26 Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Mark Donohue wins in 3:04:23.851 (262.262 km/h)
  • May 29 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • May 31 16th European Cup: Ajax beats Internazionale 2-0 at Rotterdam
  • Jun 3 Yanks score 8 times in 13th beating White Sox 18-10
  • Jun 4 Carol Mann wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Jun 4 Record 8 shutouts pitched in 16 major league games (AL=5, NL=3)
  • Jun 4 71st Men's French Open: Andres Gimeno beats Patrick Proisy (4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 4 71st Women's French Open: Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong (6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jun 7 Pirate's Gene Alley bases-loaded walk, beats Padres 1-0 in 18th
  • Jun 8 Padres draft Dave Roberts #1, Indians draft Rick Manning #2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 8 Test Cricket debut of Tony Greig, v Australia at Old Trafford (57/62)

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig
  • Jun 10 104th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:28
  • Jun 10 Hank Aaron's grandslammer (14) ties him for NL lead with Gil Hodges & moves him ahead of Willie Mays as #2 HR hitter (649)
  • Jun 11 18th LPGA Championship won by Kathy Ahern
  • Jun 18 72nd US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 290 at Pebble Beach, California
  • Jun 18 US Supreme Court, 5-3, confirms lower court rulings in Curt Flood case, upholding baseball's exemption from antitrust laws
  • Jun 18 UEFA European Championship: West Germany defeat Soviet Union 3-0 in Brussels
  • Jun 23 US President Nixon signs act barring sex discrimination in college sports
  • Jun 24 Danie Malan, South African athlete, sets a new world record in the 1000m event in Munich
  • Jun 25 Bernice Gera becomes 1st female umpire in pro baseball

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 943

  • Jan 1 Barron Miles, NFL def back (Pittsburgh Steelers)/WLAF corner (Frankfurt)
  • Jan 1 Ivan Droppa, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • Jan 1 Lilian Thuram, French footballer
  • Jan 2 Jeff Jackson, US baseball outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Jan 2 Lake Dawson, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • Jan 2 Mattias Norstrom, Mora SWE, NHL defenseman (Team Sweden, LA Kings)
  • Jan 3 Charles Johnson, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jan 3 Deborah Carter, WNBA forward (Utah Starzz)
  • Jan 5 Joseph Patton, NFL guard (Washington Redskins)
  • Jan 6 Denis Montana, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes, Toronto Argonauts)
  • Jan 6 Willie Clark, NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 7 Aaron John Mcintosh, sailboard sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 7 Chuck Levy, kick returner/running back (SF 49ers)
  • Jan 7 Donald Brashear, Bedford, NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens)
  • Jan 8 Brandie Burton, LPGA golfer (1993 du Maurier Ltd), born in San Bernardino, California
  • Jan 8 Devlin Murphy, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jan 9 Eddie Mason, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)
  • Jan 9 Jay Powell, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • Jan 9 Mat Hoffman, American BMX rider and businessman (Hoffman BMX Bikes), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jan 10 Thomas Lewis, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • Jan 11 Dexter Seigler, NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jan 11 Huub Loeffen, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse)
  • Jan 11 Rey Ordonez, infielder (NY Mets), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Jan 12 Dominique Ross, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 13 Byron "Bam" Morris, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jan 13 Richard Woodley, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • Jan 13 Vitaly Scherbo, Belarusian gymnast
  • Jan 14 Kyle Brady, NFL tight end (NY Jets)
  • Jan 14 Michael Davis, NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns)
  • Jan 14 Raimondas Rumšas, Lithuanian cyclist
  • Jan 16 Desiree Leipham, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-17th-1995), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Jan 16 Joe Horn, Tupelo, Mississippi, American NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • Jan 16 Lee McIntyre, Peak Hill Aust, golfer (T3 1995 NSW Trainee Champ)
  • Jan 16 Salah Hissou, Moroccan long-distance runner
  • Jan 17 Rohn Meyer, CFL offensive linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jan 17 Wendall Gaines, NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jan 18 Dwayne Carswell, NFL tight end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Jan 18 Mike Lieberthal, catcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 18 Ryan Kuehl, defensive tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • Jan 18 Steven Conley, linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jan 18 Vinod Kambli, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1993-)
  • Jan 19 Tyrone Wheatley, NFL running back (NY Giants)
  • Jan 20 Alcides Catanho, NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • Jan 21 Alan Benes, Evansville IN, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Jan 21 Howard Nathan, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Jan 21 Shelley Looney, ice hockey forward (USA, Oly-98)
  • Jan 22 Steve Scifres, guard/tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 22 Toddrick McIntosh, NFL defensive end (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Jan 22 Gonzalo Rodríguez, Uruguayan racing driver (d. 1999)
  • Jan 23 Anthony Peterson, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, SF 49ers)
  • Jan 23 Gary Harrell, NFL/WLAF receiver (NY Giants, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 23 Kez McCorvey, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • Jan 23 Tanya Harding, Australian softball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Jan 23 Marcel Wouda, Dutch swimmer
  • Jan 24 Jay Walker, quarterback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jan 24 Joe Garten, WLAF center (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 24 Raphael Graetz, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 24 Salima Davidson, volleyball setter (Olympics-96), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 24 Shannon Garrett, CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jan 26 Harrison Houston, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • Jan 27 Chad Askew, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets)
  • Jan 27 Mark Lawrence, Canadian NHL right wing (Dallas Stars, NY Islanders), born in Burlington, Ontario
  • Jan 27 Bryant Young, American football defensive tackle (San Francisco 49ers), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • Jan 27 Janine Ilitch, Australian netballer
  • Jan 28 Carey Bender, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jan 28 Elena Baranova, WNBA center (Utah Starzz)
  • Jan 28 Frank Garcia, NFL center (GB Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 28 Nicky Southall, English footballer
  • Jan 29 Hessley Hempstead, NFL guard (Detroit Lions)
  • Jan 29 Scott Davis, figure skater (Olympics-1994), born in Great Falls, Montana
  • Jan 29 Simon Cook, cricketer (Victorian pace bowler joined NSW 1995-96)
  • Jan 30 Burt Thornton, CFL receiver (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Jan 30 Chris Simon, Wawa, NHL left wing (Colorado Avalanche)
  • Jan 30 Jill McGill, LPGA golfer (1995 British Open-2nd), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jan 31 Ben Cavil, guard (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Jan 31 Fritz Fequiere, WLAF guard (Barcelona Dragons, London Monarchs)
  • Jan 31 Marvin Coleman, CFL defensive back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jan 31 Pulu Poumele, guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • Jan 31 Reinier Robbemond, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • Feb 1 Geoff Sanderson, Hay River, NHL left wing (Hartford Whalers)
  • Feb 1 Richard Becker, Aurora IL, outfielder (Minnesota Twins)
  • Feb 1 Carlton Bruner, American 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Feb 2 Charlie Williams, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Feb 2 Ivan Droppa, Liptovsky Mikulas CZE, NHL defenseman (Chicago)
  • Feb 2 Lance Brown, NFL defensive back (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Feb 3 Jermaine Smith, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Feb 3 Keith Elias, NFL running back (NY Giants)
  • Feb 3 Tyrone Poole, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers)
  • Feb 3 Mart Poom, Estonian football player
  • Feb 4 Kelvin Anderson, CFL running back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Feb 4 Giovanni Silva De Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 5 Chris Bailey, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Oly-98)
  • Feb 5 Tony Johnson, tight end (New Orleans Saints)
  • Feb 6 David Binn, NFL safety (San Diego Chargers)
  • Feb 6 Mark Labbrook, Australian 200m/400m runner (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 6 Shawn Respert, NBA guard (Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors)
  • Feb 7 Aftab Habib, cricketer (Leicestershire righty batsman 1996)
  • Feb 7 John Slaney, St John's, NHL defenseman (LA Kings)
  • Feb 7 Alex Bassi, American race car driver
  • Feb 8 Adrian Rollins, cricketer (Derbyshire batsman, bro of Robert of Essex)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 26 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (39) weds second wife Sandra Lemon

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 26 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (39) divorces first wife Dorothy Hoelle after nearly 2 decades of marriage

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 7 Clarence Passailaigue, Jamaican cricketer (487 for 6th wkt for Jamaica), dies at 70
  • Feb 28 Victor Barna, table tennis champ, dies
  • Mar 16 Harold "Pie" Traynor, hall of fame 3rd baseman (Pirates), dies at 72
  • Mar 17 Manny Martindale, West Indian cricketer (10 Tests for WI, 34 wickets), dies at 62

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 2 Gil Hodges, manager (NY Mets), dies of heart attack at 57

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Apr 8 Sherwin Badger, American Figure Skating Champion (1920-24), dies at 70
  • May 29 Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (b. 1902)
  • Jul 6 Vincent Valentine, WI cricket pace bowler (England 1933), dies
  • Jul 21 Ralph Craig, American athlete (b. 1889)
  • Aug 13 George Wiess, General Manager (NY Yankees), dies at 78
  • Sep 4 Alan Kippax, cricketer (1st-class batting average 67), dies
  • Sep 5 Mosje Weinberg, Israeli olympic wrestling coach, murdered
  • Sep 10 Sidney Pegler, South African cricket leg spinner (16 Tests), dies at 84
  • Oct 17 Turk Broda, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1914)
  • Oct 18 Ken Wishart, cricketer (WI opening batsman in one Test 1935), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 24 Jackie Robinson, 1st African American baseball player (Bkln Dodgers), dies at 53

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Oct 31 Bill Durnan, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)
  • Nov 10 Charlie Hallows, English cricketer who scored 1000 runs in a single month in May 1928, dies at 77
  • Dec 11 John Mills, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ in early 1930's, 241 runs), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 31 Roberto Clemente, slugger (Pitts Pirate), dies in a plane crash at 38

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente