Events in Sport in 1969

  • Jan 1st Jack Kent Cooke, owner of NHL's LA Kings, fines each player $100 for "NOT" arguing with the referee
  • Jan 1st 55th Rose Bowl: #1 Ohio State beats #2 Southern California, 27-16
  • Jan 1st 35th Sugar Bowl: #9 Arkansas beats #4 Georgia, 16-2
  • Jan 1st 35th Orange Bowl: #3 Penn State beats #6 Kansas, 15-14
  • Jan 2nd "Soviet Sport" calls Emile Zatopek a public enemy
  • Jan 12th Super Bowl III: NY Jets beat Balt Colts, 16-7 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB
  • Jan 14th Matt Busby retires from Manchester United
  • Jan 14th 19th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-112 at Baltimore
  • Jan 19th AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-25
  • Jan 19th Joanne Carner wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Jan 19th NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 10-7
  • Jan 21st 22nd NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 3-3 at Montreal

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 22nd Roy Campanella & Stan Musial elected to baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

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Jan 27th Chuck Noll is named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (the youngest coach in NFL history at the time)

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll

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Jan 27th 1st Men's Australian Open (57th edition of the tournament): Rod Laver beats Andres Gimeno (6-3, 6-4, 7-5)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

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Jan 27th 1st Women's Australian Open (57th edition of the tournament): Margaret Court beats Billie Jean King (6-4, 6-1)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jan 28th Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win in North America
  • Jan 28th 1969 NFL Draft: O.J. Simpson from USC first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • Feb 2nd Stan Coveleski & Waite Hoyt are voted into baseball Hall of Fame

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Feb 4th John Madden is named head coach of NFL's Oakland Raiders

Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Feb 5th Vince Lombardi, becomes part owner, vp, gm & head coach of Redskins
  • Feb 7th Diane Crump becomes 1st woman jockey at a major US racetrack (Hialeah)

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Feb 10th LSU Pete Maravich scores 66, despite losing to Tulane 101-94

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • Feb 11th Diana Crump becomes 1st US woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah

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Feb 21st Ted Williams signs 5-year contract to manage Wash Senators

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Feb 22nd Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st female jockey to win at a major US track
  • Feb 25th Pension plan for baseball is agreed to

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Mar 1st NY Yankees' Mickey Mantle retires

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

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Mar 2nd Phil Esposito becomes 1st NHL Player to score 100 points in a season

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Mar 8th 16th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 85-74
  • Mar 14th Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win at Aqueduct
  • Mar 14th Seymour Nurse scores 258 in his last Test Cricket innings, WI v NZ
  • Mar 16th Boston Bruins scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 17th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Mar 22nd 31st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Purdue 92-72 UCLA wins its 5th national championship in 6 years
  • Mar 23rd Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Port Charlotte Golf Invitational
  • Mar 29th 123rd Grand National: Eddie P. Harty, Sr. aboard Highland Wedding wins
  • Mar 30th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Port Malabar Golf Invitational
  • Apr 1st Seattle Pilots trade minor league outfielder Lou Piniella to Royals

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Apr 2nd Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)

  • Apr 7th Dodgers' Bill Singer is credited with 1st official save, against Reds
  • Apr 7th Ted Williams begins managing Wash Senators, they lose to Yanks 8-4
  • Apr 8th 1st Baseball game in Canada - Mont Expos beats NY Mets 10-9
  • Apr 8th Expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres & Pilots win their 1st games
  • Apr 9th Chic Cub Billy Williams hits 4 consecutive doubles beat Phillies 11-3
  • Apr 12th Simon & Garfunkel releases "Boxer"
  • Apr 13th 33rd Masters Golf Tournament: George Archer wins, shooting a 281
  • Apr 14th 1st major league baseball game outside US played (Montreal Canada)
  • Apr 17th Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0
  • Apr 20th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Apr 21st 73rd Boston Marathon: Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan 1st man in 2:13:49 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:22:46

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 22nd Joe Frazier KOs Dave Zyglewick in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Apr 22nd Robin Knox-Johnston ends 312 day non-stop sailing

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Apr 23rd LA Laker Jerry West scores 53 points

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • Apr 27th Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
  • Apr 30th Cincinnati Red Jim Maloney 3rd no-hitter beats Houston Astros, 10-0
  • May 1st Houston Don Wilson 2nd no-hitter beats Cincinnati Reds, 4-0
  • May 1st Leonard Tose buys NFL Philadelphia Eagles for $16,155,000
  • May 3rd 95th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Majestic Prince wins in 2:01.8
  • May 4th Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
  • May 4th Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St Louis Blues in 4 games
  • May 5th 23rd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • May 7th 2nd ABA championship: Oakland Oaks beat Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • May 11th Carol Mann wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • May 17th 94th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Majestic Prince wins in 1:55.6
  • May 17th Balt, Cleve & Pitts agree to go from NFC to AFC in NFL
  • May 18th Sandra Haynie wins LPGA St Louis Women's Golf Invitational
  • May 21st Slovan Bratislava of Czechoslovakia win 9th European Cup Winner's Cup against FC Barcelona of Spain 3-2 in Basel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 21st After 9,015 at bats Hank Aaron is lifted for a pinch hitter, Mike Lum, who doubled in a 15-3 victory over NY Mets

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Sport awardGolf Tournament

May 25th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • May 28th 13th European Cup: Milan beats Ajax 4-1 at Madrid
  • May 30th Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:08:33.6) at Antwerp

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May 30th Indianapolis 500: Mario Andretti wins in 3:11:14.689 (252.453 km/h)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • Jun 2nd Murle Lindstrom wins LPGA O'Sullivan Ladies Golf Open

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Jun 6th Joe Namath resigns from NFL after Pete Rozelle, football commissioner, said he must sell his stake in a bar

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • Jun 7th 101st Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Arts & Letters wins in 2:28.8
  • Jun 8th Mickey Mantle Day, 60,096 saw #7 retired (I was there-BTG)
  • Jun 8th Susie Berning wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Jun 8th 68th Men's French Open: Rod Laver beats Ken Rosewall (6-4, 6-3, 6-4)
  • Jun 8th 68th Women's French Open: Margaret Court beats Ann Jones (6-1, 4-6, 6-3)

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Jun 14th Oakland As' Reggie Jackson gets 10 RBIs to beat Red Sox 21-7

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Jun 15th 69th US Golf Open: Orville Moody shoots a 281 at Champs GC in Houston
  • Jun 15th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • Jun 15th Mets help their power needs by adding 1st baseman Donn Clendenon
  • Jun 21st John Pennel pole vaults world record (5.45 m)
  • Jun 22nd Susie Berning wins LPGA Pabst Ladies' Golf Classic
  • Jun 23rd Joe Frazier TKOs Jerry Quarry in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 25th Pancho Gonzalez beats Charles Pasarell in 112 game (5hr12m) marathon
  • Jun 27th Honduras/El Salvador breaks diplomatic relations due to soccer match
  • Jun 28th John Hampshire scores 107 on Test cricket debut v WI at Lord's

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 29th 24th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Donna Caponi Young

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 29th On Billy Williams Day in Chicago, the Cubs outfielder passes Stan Musial's NL record for consecutive games played (896)

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Jun 30th Derek Clayton of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:34
  • Jul 4th 76th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Ann Jones beats Billie Jean King (3-6 6-3 6-2)
  • Jul 5th 83rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats John Newcombe (64 57 64 64)
  • Jul 9th Tom Seaver's no-hit bid against Cubs ends with 1 out in 9th
  • Jul 12th 98th British Golf Open: Tony Jacklin shoots a 280 at Royal Lytham
  • Jul 13th Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Ladies' Supertest Golf Open
  • Jul 14th Soccer war - Salvador-Honduras (1000 dead)
  • Jul 15th Cincinnati Red Lee May hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader
  • Jul 18th Joe Namath agrees to sell interest in Bachelors 3, to stay in NFL
  • Jul 20th Carol Mann wins LPGA Danbury Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Jul 20th 56th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • Jul 23rd 40th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 9-3 at RFK Memorial, Wash DC
  • Jul 23rd All star MVP: Willie McCovey (SF Giants)
  • Jul 24th Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in a record 907th major league game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24th Muhammad Ali is convicted for refusing induction in US Army on appeal

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 27th 15th LPGA Championship won by Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Jul 30th Astros Denis Menke & Jim Wynn hit grandslams in 9th inn vs Mets
  • Aug 1st 36th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: NY Jets 26, All-Stars 24 (74,208)
  • Aug 3rd Reds beats Phillies 19-17
  • Aug 3rd Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Buckeye Savings Golf Invitational
  • Aug 6th Balt Orioles pull their 3rd triple play (5-4-3 vs KC Royals)
  • Aug 10th Don Sutton breaks his 13-game losing streak to Cubs with a 4-2 win
  • Aug 10th Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Stroh's-WBLY Golf Open
  • Aug 11th Pittsburgh Steelers beat NY Giants 17-13 in Montreal (NFL expo)
  • Aug 12th Boston Celtics sold for an NBA record $6 million
  • Aug 14th NY Mets fall 9½ games back, later to win pennant

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 17th 51st PGA Championship: Ray Floyd shoots a 276 at NCR GC Dayton Ohio

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Aug 17th Carol Mann wins LPGA Southgate Ladies' Golf Open
  • Aug 17th NY Jets beat NY Giants 37-14 in their 1st meeting (pre season)
  • Aug 19th Chicago Cub Ken Holtzman no-hits Atlanta Braves, 3-0
  • Aug 23rd Audrey McElmory (US) wins World Cycling Championships, Brno
  • Aug 23rd France's Une De Mai wins International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway Czechoslovakia (1st American to win cycling race title since 1912)
  • Aug 24th Carol Mann wins LPGA Tournament of Champs Golf Tournament
  • Aug 25th Det Lions beat Boston Patriots 22-9 in Montreal (NFL expo)

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Aug 29th Joe Pepitone quits Yanks after being fined $500 for leaving the bench

MLB First Baseman and Outfielder Joe Pepitone
MLB First Baseman and Outfielder
Joe Pepitone
  • Aug 30th 69th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Steve Melnyk
  • Sep 2nd NY Yankee Joe Pepitone is reinstated
  • Sep 7th Carol Mann wins LPGA Molson's Canadian Golf Open
  • Sep 8th US amateur Men's Tennis: Stan Smith beats Bob Lutz (97 63 61)
  • Sep 9th Smallest US Tennis Open single session-131 (men's doubles final only)
  • Sep 9th 89th Men's U.S. Open: Rod Laver beats Tony Roche (7-9, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9th 83rd U.S. Women's National Championship: Margaret Court beats Nancy Richey (6-2, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • Sep 10th NY Mets sweep Montreal Expos putting them in 1st place for 1st time
  • Sep 13th Baltimore Orioles, win earliest AL Eastern division title
  • Sep 13th Bobby Bonds is baseballs 4th 30-HR, 30-steal player
  • Sep 14th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Wendell-West Golf Open
  • Sep 15th Cards Steve Carlton sets record by striking out 19 NY Mets in a game
  • Sep 20th 18th Ryder Cup: Draw, 16-16 at Royal Birkdale, England
  • Sep 20th Pitts Pirate Bob Moose no-hits NY Mets, 4-0
  • Sep 21st 58th Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Cleveland (5-0)
  • Sep 21st Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Lincoln-Mercury Golf Open
  • Sep 21st NY Jet Steve O'Neal punts 98 yards against Denver Broncos
  • Sep 21st Ron Hill wins European marathon (2:16:47.8)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 22nd SF Giant Willie Mays, becomes second player to hit 600 home runs

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Sep 24th NY Mets clinch NL East pennant
  • Sep 28th Joe Kapp (Minnesota Vikings) passes for 7 touchdowns vs Balt Colts (52-14)
  • Sep 29th Red Sox Rico Petrocelli hits shortstop record 40th HR of season
  • Sep 29th Steve O'Neal of NY Jets, kicks longest NFL punt; 98 yards vs Denver
  • Oct 4th Baseball's 1st divisional playoff games, Mets beat Braves 9-5 & Orioles beat Twins 4-3 in 12 innings
  • Oct 5th Carol Mann wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational
  • Oct 5th Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints kicks 55-yard field goal
  • Oct 6th MLB National League Championship: New York Mets sweep Atlanta Braves, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 6th MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 14th T Agee & Ed Kranepool HR, Tommie Agee makes 2 great catches, Mets win Baseball World Series 5-0
  • Oct 15th Madison Square Garden TV Network begins (Rangers vs North Stars)
  • Oct 15th NY Met Ron Swoboda's spectacular diving catch of sinking liner with runners at 1st & 3rd in 9th, Mets win in 10th in World Series game
  • Oct 15th Oriole Earl Weaver becomes 1st manager ejected in a World Series
  • Oct 16th 100-1 shot NY Mets beat Orioles 5-3 & win 66th World Series in 5
  • Oct 16th Met Cleon Jones awarded 1st base when shoe polish on ball proves he is hit by a pitch, he scores on a HR in World Series

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Oct 19th Mary Mills wins LPGA Quality Chekd Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • Oct 19th 20th Formula One WDC: Jackie Stewart wins by 26 points
  • Oct 24th Hanif, Mushtaq & Sadiq Mohammad start their only Test Cricket together
  • Oct 26th Carol Mann wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open
  • Nov 2nd Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA River Plantation Women's Golf Open
  • Nov 2nd NFL record of 12 passing touchdowns, New Orleans Billy Kilmer & St L Charlie Johnson pass for 6 touchdowns each
  • Nov 16th US President Nixon becomes first president to attend a season NFL game while in office: the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 41-28
  • Nov 20th Gundappa Viswanath scores 137 on Test Cricket debut v Australia Kanpur

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 20th Brazilian soccer icon Pele scores his 1,000th goal

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
  • Nov 20th SF Giant Willie McCovey edges Tom Seaver as NL MVP
  • Nov 25th KC outfielder Lou Piniella is voted AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 26th 35th Heisman Trophy Award: Steve Owens, Oklahoma (RB)
  • Nov 29th 34th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 49-26 in Birmingham
  • Nov 30th 57th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Rough Riders defeats Saskatchewan, 29-11
  • Dec 21st Vince Lombardi (Redskins) coaches his last football game
  • Dec 22nd Pete Marovich sets NCAA record of hitting 30 of 31 foul shots
  • Dec 29th NY Times reports Curt Flood will sue baseball & challenge the reserve clause