Events in Sport in 1963

  • Jan 1st 49th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #2 Wisconsin, 42-37
  • Jan 1st 29th Sugar Bowl: #3 Mississippi beats #6 Arkansas, 17-13
  • Jan 1st 29th Orange Bowl: #5 Alabama beats #8 Oklahoma, 17-0

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Jan 7th The rift between Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell and head coach Paul Brown reaches a boiling point, and Brown is fired

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • Jan 13th AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 21-14
  • Jan 13th NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 30-20
  • Jan 16th 13th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 115-108 at Los Angeles

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Jan 17th Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 67 points vs LA

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

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Jan 18th Al Davis becomes the head coach and general manager of the Oakland Raiders

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • Jan 19th 51st Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill (6-2, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 19th 51st Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Ken Fletcher (6-3, 6-3, 6-1)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • Jan 22nd Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Naples Professional Golf Tournament
  • Jan 26th Major League Rules Committee votes to expand strike zone
  • Jan 27th Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Elmer Flick, & John Clarkson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 29th Jim Thorpe, Red Grange & George Halas elected to football Hall of Fame

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas
NFL halfback Red Grange
NFL halfback
Red Grange

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 3rd Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Feb 16th North Carolina forward Billy Cunningham grabs a record 27 rebounds in a game vs Clemson

NBA Forward and Coach Billy Cunningham
NBA Forward and Coach
Billy Cunningham
  • Feb 17th Toru Terasawa runs world record marathon (2:15:15.8
  • Feb 20th End of the Test Cricket careers of Neil Harvey & Alan Davidson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Feb 20th Willie Mays (SF Giants) signs a record $100,000 per year contract

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 27th Mickey Mantle of NY Yankees sign a baseball contract worth $100,000

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Mar 2nd 10th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 68-57

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Mar 10th Pete Rose debuts with hits in his 2 1st at bats in spring training

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

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Mar 17th Bob Cousy plays his last NBA game

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Mar 23rd 25th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Loyola beats Cin 60-58 (OT)
  • Mar 28th AFL's NY Titan's become the NY Jets
  • Mar 30th 117th Grand National: Pat Buckley aboard Ayala wins
  • Apr 1st NY Mets purchase Duke Snider from the Dodgers for $40,000

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 7th 27th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286

  • Apr 7th Public stock offering of 115,000 shares in Milwaukee Braves withdrawn after only 13,000 shares are sold to 1,600 new investors
  • Apr 8th Tigers claim young pitcher Denny McLain from the White Sox for $25,000
  • Apr 13th Pete Rose triples for his 1st major league base hit
  • Apr 18th Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 19th 67th Boston Marathon won by Aurele Vandendriessche of Belgium in 2:18:58

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 21st Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sunshine Women's Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Apr 24th 17th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 28th Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • May 4th 89th Kentucky Derby: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:01.8
  • May 4th Pitcher Bob Shaw sets record of 5 balks in a game
  • May 5th Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • May 11th LA Dodger Sandy Koufax 2nd no-hitter beats NY Giants, 8-0
  • May 12th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Alpine Civitan Golf Open
  • May 15th Tottenham Hotspur of England win 3rd European Cup winner's Cup against Atl├ętico Madrid of Spain 5-1 at Rotterdam
  • May 17th Houston Colt .45's Don Notterbart no-hits Phillies, 4-1
  • May 18th 88th Preakness: Bill Shoemaker aboard Candy Spots wins in 1:56.2
  • May 19th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open
  • May 22nd Mickey Mantle hits a ball off Yankee Stadium's facade
  • May 22nd 8th European Cup: Milan beats Benfica 2-1 at London
  • May 25th Early Wynn wins his 300th baseball game
  • May 25th Great Britain ends its amateur-professional classes in cricket
  • May 26th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • May 26th 62nd Men's French Championships: Roy Emerson beats Pierre Darmon (3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4)
  • May 26th 62nd Women's French Championships: Lesley Turner beats Ann Jones (2-6, 6-3, 7-5)
  • May 30th Indianapolis 500: Parnelli Jones wins in 3:29:35.365 (230.357 km/h)
  • Jun 2nd Mickey Wright wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Jun 8th 95th Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:30.2
  • Jun 9th 1st Sunday night game in baseball SF Giants lose to Houston Colts 3-0
  • Jun 9th Barbara Romack wins LPGA Rock City Ladies Golf Open
  • Jun 9th Colt .45s beat Giants 3-0 in major leagues' 1st Sunday night game
  • Jun 14th NY Met Duke Snider hits his 400th HR
  • Jun 15th Buddy Nobles runs world record marathon (2:14:28)
  • Jun 15th SF Giants Juan Marichal no-hits Houston Colt .45s, 1-0
  • Jun 16th Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Women's Golf Open
  • Jun 20th 1st Mayor's Trophy Game (New York), Mets beat Yankees 6-2
  • Jun 23rd 63rd US Golf Open: Julius Boros shoots a 293 at The Country Club Mass
  • Jun 23rd Mickey Wright wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
  • Jun 23rd NY Mets Jimmy Piersall hits his 100th HR, he circles bases backwards
  • Jun 25th Famous cricket draw at Lord's as England hang on against the Windies
  • Jun 27th Phillies Johnny Callison hits for cycle, but Phillie centerfielder Tony Gonzalez's error ends his record 205 consecutive errorless games

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jun 30th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Carvel Ladies Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Jul 2nd Giant Willie Mays' HR in 16th inning gives them a 1-0 win over Braves
  • Jul 2nd Juan Marichal (Giants) beats Warren Spahn (Braves), 1-0 in 16 innings

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6th 70th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Margaret Smith beats Billie Jean King (6-3 6-4)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6th 77th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Chuck McKinley beats Fred Stolle (97 61 64)

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • Jul 7th Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Lady Carling Eastern Golf Open
  • Jul 9th 34th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve
  • Jul 9th All star MVP: Willie Mays (SF Giants)
  • Jul 13th 92nd British Golf Open: Bob Charles shoots a 277 at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
  • Jul 14th Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Sight Golf Open
  • Jul 14th 50th Tour de France won by Jacques Anquetil of France
  • Jul 17th Telstar soccer team forms in Ijmuiden
  • Jul 19th Philadelphia Phillies Roy Siever hits HR # 300

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 20th 18th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mary Mills

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 22nd Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Jul 28th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Wolverine Golf Open
  • Jul 31st Indians' Woodie Held, Pedro Ramos, Tito Francona, & Larry Brown hit consecutive home runs in one inning (vs California Angels)
  • Aug 2nd 30th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 20, Green Bay 17 (65,000)
  • Aug 4th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open
  • Aug 8th LA Dodgers F Howard & B Skowron are 3rd to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Aug 9th NY Met Roger Craig's NL record-tying 18-game losing streak ends
  • Aug 11th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Waterloo Women's Golf Open Invitational

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 12th Stan Musial announces he will retire at end of year

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Aug 17th Jim Hickman becomes 1st NY Met to hit for cycle
  • Aug 18th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Albuquerque Swing Parade Golf Tournament
  • Aug 24th John Pennel is first person to pole-vault 17'
  • Aug 25th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Ogden Ladies' Golf Open
  • Aug 26th W I beat England 2-1 in series, 1st holders of Wisden Cricket Trophy
  • Sep 1st St Louis Cards pitcher Curt Simmons steals home plate
  • Sep 2nd Mickey Wright wins LPGA Idaho Centennia Golf Tournament
  • Sep 6th Historian Lee Allen says Indians-Senators game is 100,000th in Major League baseball history
  • Sep 8th Braves Warren Spahn ties Christy Mathewson with 13 20-win seasons
  • Sep 8th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Spokane Women's Golf Open
  • Sep 8th 83rd U.S. Men's National Championship: Rafael Osuna beats Frank Froehling (7-5, 6-4, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 8th 77th U.S. Women's National Championship: Maria Bueno beats Margaret Court (7-5, 6-4)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • Sep 10th Phillies beat Houston Colt .45s, 16-0
  • Sep 10th Stan Musial hits a HR in his 1st at bat as a grandfather
  • Sep 15th Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Eugene Ladies' Golf Open
  • Sep 18th Final game at Polo Grounds, 1,752 see Phillies beat Mets 5-1
  • Sep 22nd Mickey Wright wins LPGA Visalia Ladies' Golf Open
  • Sep 24th Idle Dodgers clinch their 2nd LA pennant as Cubs beat Cards
  • Sep 29th Cardinal's celebrate Stan Musial Day in St Louis, for Stan Musial's final game, where he hits his 3,629th & 3,630th HRs
  • Sep 29th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational
  • Oct 2nd Dodgers' Sandy Koufax strikes out World Series record 15 Yankees
  • Oct 5th 17th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Toronto 3-3 at Toronto
  • Oct 6th LA Dodgers sweep NY Yankees, in 60th World Series
  • Oct 13th 15th Ryder Cup: US beats 23-9 at East Lake Country Club (Atlanta, Georgia, US)
  • Oct 13th 9th LPGA Championship won by Mickey Wright
  • Oct 18th IOC votes Mexico City to host 1968 Olympics

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Oct 20th Jim Brown sets NFL single-season rushing record, 1,863 yds

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • Oct 20th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Hillside Golf Open
  • Oct 27th Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Phoenix Thunderbirds Golf Tournament
  • Nov 2nd Only 1st-class cricket game played in Uganda, MCC v E African XI
  • Nov 3rd Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Cavern City Golf Open
  • Nov 3rd 14th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Joe Weatherly wins
  • Nov 7th NY Yankee Elston Howard is 1st black ever voted AL MVP
  • Nov 9th 17th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Navy beats Maryland 42-7 in Annapolis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 10th Gordie Howe takes over NHL career goal lead at 545

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Nov 10th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA San Antonio Civitan Golf Open
  • Nov 11th Gordie Howe ties Rocket Richard's lifetime 544 goal record
  • Nov 17th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Mary Mills Miss Gulf Coast Golf Invitational
  • Nov 26th 29th Heisman Trophy Award: Roger Staubach, Navy (QB)
  • Nov 26th Cincinnati 2nd baseman Pete Rose wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 30th 51st CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats BC Lions, 21-10
  • Nov 30th 28th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 10-8 in Birmingham, Auburn's first points in the series in five years
  • Dec 1st NY Jets 1st shutout, beat KC 17-0
  • Dec 2nd ML Rules Committee bans oversized catcher's mitts, effective in 1965
  • Dec 2nd 1964 NFL Draft: Dave Parks from Texas Tech first pick by San Francisco 49ers
  • Dec 6th Test Cricket debut of Graeme Pollock at the Gabba
  • Dec 8th Mickey Wright/Dave Ragan Jr wins LPGA Haig & Haig Scotch Mixed Golf
  • Dec 28th 14th Formula One WDC: Jim Clark wins by 21 points
  • Dec 29th 52nd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (3-2)
  • Dec 29th Chicago Bears win NFL championship, defeating New York Giants 14-10 in Chicago