1962 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 157

  • Jan 1 48th Rose Bowl: #6 Minnesota beats #16 UCLA, 21-3
  • Jan 1 28th Sugar Bowl: #1 Alabama beats #9 Arkansas, 10-3`
  • Jan 1 28th Orange Bowl: #4 LSU beats #7 Colorado, 25-7
  • Jan 7 AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 47-27

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, 1st pro appearance, he came in 50th

  • Jan 9 NFL prohibits grabbing of face masks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 Wilt Chamberlain of Warriors scores then NBA-record 73 pts vs Chicago

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Jan 14 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 31-30
  • Jan 15 50th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill (6-0, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 15 50th Men's Australian Championships: Rod Laver beats Roy Emerson (8-6, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • Jan 16 12th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 150-130 at St. Louis

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jan 21 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 24 Jackie Robinson is 1st African American elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame. Bob Feller is also elected.

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Jan 24 Mickey Wright/Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Naples Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • Feb 2 1st pole vault over 16' (4.88m) (John Uelses-16', Melrose Games)
  • Feb 3 John Uelses pole vaults record 489 cm
  • Feb 4 Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 7 Sam Snead wins LPGA Royal Poinciano Plaza Golf Invitational

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 18 Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Feb 22 Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record with 34 free throw attempts
  • Feb 25 Mike O'Hara completes record 97th marathon
  • Feb 25 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks for the second year in a row
  • Mar 2 Wilt Chamberlain scores incredible 100 points in an NBA game
  • Mar 3 9th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Wake Forest beats Clemson, 77-66
  • Mar 10 Due to its no black policy, Phillies leave Jack Tar Harrison Hotel & move to Rocky Point Motel, 20 miles outside Clearwater, Florida

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 14 Gordie Howe (Det Red Wings) is 2nd NHLer to score 500 goals

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Mar 15 Wilt Chamberlain is 1st to score 4,000 pts in an NBA season
  • Mar 20 Sjoukje Dijkstra becomes world champion figure skater
  • Mar 21 Philadelphia retires pitcher Robin Roberts' # 36
  • Mar 23 Nawab of Pataudi captains India cricket v WI age 21 years 77 days
  • Mar 23 William DeWitt buys Cincinnati Reds for $4,625,000
  • Mar 24 24th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Cin beats Ohio State 71-59
  • Mar 24 Benny Paret knocked out in a welterweight title; he dies 10 days later

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 27 Jacques Plante ties record winning 6th NHL Vezina trophy

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • Mar 28 Devastating 8 for 6 spell by Gibbs gives WI cricket victory over India
  • Mar 31 116th Grand National: Fred Winter aboard Kilmore wins
  • Apr 3 Jockey Eddie Arcaro retires after 31 years (24,092 races)

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 9 26th Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 280

  • Apr 10 1st baseball game at LA's Dodger Stadium, they lose 6-3 to Reds
  • Apr 10 1st major league game in Houston, Colt .45s beat Chicago Cubs, 11-2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 10 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits his 375th HR

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Apr 11 New York Mets make a losing debut

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 13 Stan Musial scores his 1,869th run, a new NL record

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Apr 18 16th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 19 66th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:48
  • Apr 22 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Sunshine Golf Open
  • Apr 22 NY Mets tiea NL record by losing 9 straight to start season
  • Apr 22 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 23 NY Mets win their 1st game ever, after going 0-9, beat Pirates 9-1
  • Apr 26 Red Sox Bill Monbouquette no-hits White Sox 1-0

  • Apr 29 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 30 Willie Mays hits 4 HRs

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 2 7th European Cup: Benfica beats Real Madrid 5-3 at Amsterdam
  • May 5 88th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Decidedly wins in 2:00.4
  • May 5 LA Angel Bo Belinsky no-hits Balt Orioles, 2-0
  • May 6 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Tournament
  • May 13 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • May 19 87th Preakness: John Rotz aboard Greek Money wins in 1:56.2
  • May 19 Stan Musial breaks Honus Wagner's NL hit record with 3,431
  • May 20 Patty Berg wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 22 Roger Maris walks 5 times (record 4 intentionally) in a 9 inning game

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 23 Joe Pepitone 2nd Yankee to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning (Joe DiMaggio)

MLB First Baseman and Outfielder Joe Pepitone
MLB First Baseman and Outfielder
Joe Pepitone
  • May 27 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • May 28 Wide World of Sports with Chris Schenkel premieres on CBS radio
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Rodger Ward wins in 3:33:50.291 (225.780 km/h)
  • Jun 1 Roda JC soccer team reforms in Kerkrade
  • Jun 2 61st Men's French Championships: Rod Laver beats Roy Emerson (3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 9-7, 6-2)
  • Jun 2 61st Women's French Championships: Margaret Court beats Lesley Turner Bowrey (6-3, 3-6, 7-5)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jun 3 Betsy Rawls & Kathy wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Jun 9 94th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Jaipur wins in 2:28.8
  • Jun 10 A record 54 home runs hit in baseball
  • Jun 10 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan of USSR, sets then long jump record at 27' 3½"
  • Jun 10 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Austin Civitan Golf Tournament
  • Jun 15 Phillies score 10 runs in an inning against Reds en route to 13-8 win
  • Jun 17 62nd US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 283 at Oakmont CC PA
  • Jun 17 FIFA World Cup: Brazil beats Czechoslovakia 3-1 in football's 7th World Cup in Santiago
  • Jun 17 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open
  • Jun 23 Larry Doby retires from Cleve Indians to play in Japan
  • Jun 24 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA J E McAuliffe Golf Tournament
  • Jun 24 Jack Reed's 22nd-inning HR wins longest NY Yankee game in history
  • Jun 26 Boston Red Sox Earl Wilson no-hits LA Angels, 2-0
  • Jun 30 17th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Murle Lindstrom
  • Jun 30 LA Dodger Sandy Koufax no-hits NY Mets, 5-0
  • Jul 6 76th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats Martin Mulligan (62 62 61)
  • Jul 7 69th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Karen Susman beats Vera Sukova (6-4 6-4)
  • Jul 7 Bill Hartack becomes 8th jockey to win 3,000 horse races

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jul 8 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Kelly Girls Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Jul 10 32nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at D.C. Stadium, Washington
  • Jul 10 All star MVP: Maury Wills (LA Dodgers)
  • Jul 13 91st British Golf Open: Arnold Palmer shoots a 276 at Royal Troon
  • Jul 15 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Milwaukee Golf Open
  • Jul 15 49th Tour de France won by Jacques Anquetil of France
  • Jul 18 Minnesota Twins Bob Allison & Harmon Killebrew hit grand slams in 1st inn & Harmon Killebrew connect in a club-record, 11-run 1st inning

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 22 44th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 278 at Aronimink GC PA

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • Jul 22 Chicago White Sox Floyd Robinson goes 6 for 6 (all singles)
  • Jul 22 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Tournament
  • Jul 26 Milwaukee Brave Warren Spahn sets HR record of 31 by a pitcher
  • Jul 30 33rd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-4 at Wrigley Field, Chicago
  • Jul 30 All star MVP: Leon Wagner (LA Angels)

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 395

  • Jan 3 Darren Daulton, American baseball player (catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies), born in Arkansas City, Kansas (d. 2017)
  • Jan 3 Gavin Hastings, WLAF kicker (Scottish Claymores)
  • Jan 3 Mark Gardner, US baseball player (Florida Marlins)
  • Jan 4 Joe Kleine, NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls)
  • Jan 5 Brendon Kuruppu, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman, 201* debut v NZ 1987)
  • Jan 5 Danny Jackson, US baseball pitcher (Royals/Phillies/Cardinals)
  • Jan 5 Donald John Cowie, yachting Star class (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 6 Philip Brown, 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jan 6 Sean Landeta, NFL place kicker (NY Giants)
  • Jan 7 Jeff Montgomery, Wellston OH, pitcher (KC Royals)
  • Jan 10 Jim Lindeman, US baseball outfielder (NY Mets)
  • Jan 11 Donn Pall, Evergreen Park IL, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, Fl Marlins)
  • Jan 12 Richie Richardson, West Indies cricketer (elegant West Indian batsman 1983-95), born in Five Islands Village, Antigua and Barbuda
  • Jan 13 Brett Maxie, NFL safety (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers)
  • Jan 13 Kevin Mitchell, US baseball outfielder (NY Met, SF Giants, Cincinnati Reds)
  • Jan 16 Kevin Ross, NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons, KC Chiefs)
  • Jan 18 David O'Connor, equestrian 3-day (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Jan 19 Chris Sabo, third baseman (Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 19 Hans Daams, Dutch cyclist
  • Jan 24 Sultan Zarawani, cricketer (United Arab Emirates capt 1996 World Cup)
  • Jan 25 Chris Chelios, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, Team USA), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 26 Roshan Guneratne, cricketer (wicketless in only Test SL v Aust 1983)
  • Jan 26 Tim May, cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1987-95)
  • Jan 26 Oscar Ruggeri, Argentine footballer
  • Jan 27 James F Doehring, shot putter (Olympics-silver-1992), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Jan 28 Michael Cage, NBA forward/center (Cleveland Cavaliers, NJ Nets)
  • Feb 1 José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian footballer (d. 2004)
  • Feb 2 Ben Testerman, tennis star, born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Feb 2 Paul Kilgus, baseball player
  • Feb 3 Joe Handle, US baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • Feb 4 Vern Fleming, American NBA basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in New York City
  • Feb 4 Dan Plesac, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Feb 7 Alan Sippy, cricketer (dashing Bombay lefty batsman of 1980's)
  • Feb 9 Diego Perez, Spanish tennis star
  • Feb 10 Bobby Czyz, American boxer
  • Feb 11 Eric Vanderaerden, Belgian cyclist
  • Feb 12 Jimmy Kirkwood, Irish-born field hockey player
  • Feb 13 Jackie Silva, volleyballer (Pan Am-Bronze), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Feb 17 Hennie Meijer, soccer player (Cambuur L, FC Heerenveen)
  • Feb 17 Tony Blain, cricketer (NZ Test wicket-keeper)
  • Feb 18 Gary Reasons, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • Feb 18 Simon Fletcher, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos)
  • Feb 19 Alvaro Espinoza, Venezuela, baseball shortstop (NY Yanks, NY Mets)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 19 Hana Mandlikova,Czech tennis player (1985 US Open), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
  • Feb 20 Adam Schreiber, NFL center/guard (Atlanta Falcons, NY Giants)
  • Feb 22 Lisa Jacquin, equestrian show jumper (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 25 Birgit Fischer, German DR, 500m kayaker (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Feb 25 Cammy Ciarelli, WPVA volleyballer (Best of Beach-2nd-1995), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Feb 26 Sheila Cornell, Encino Fla, softball infielder (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Feb 27 Kory Tarpenning, pole vaulter, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Feb 27 Veronica Ribot-Canales, US diver (Olympics-96), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Feb 28 Angela Bailey, England, Canadian 4X100m relayer (Olympic silver 1984)
  • Feb 28 Chunli Li, table tennis player (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 28 Steve Tsujiura, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)
  • Mar 1 Mark Gardner, pitcher (SF Giants), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 1 Russell Coutts, New Zealand sailor (Olympic Gold 1984, America's Cup 5x winner), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Mar 2 Al Del Greco, NFL kicker (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • Mar 2 Philip Jonas, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Payless-2nd), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Mar 2 Terry Steinbach, New Ulm MN, catcher (Oakland A's)
  • Mar 2 Raimo Summanen, Finnish ice hockey player and coach
  • Mar 3 Herschel Walker, WFL/NFL running back (NJ Generals, Dallas Cowboys)
  • Mar 3 Jackie Joyner-Kersee, E St Louis IL, heptathele (Olympic gold 88, 92)
  • Mar 4 Brant Ian Woodward, Hurstville NZ, trap shooter (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 4 Greg Kragen, NFL nose tackle (GB Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Mar 5 Elise Burgin, tennis star, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mar 6 Alison Nicholas, Gibraltar, LPGA golfer (1995 LPGA Corning Classic)
  • Mar 8 Shaun Gayle, NFL strong safety (San Diego Chargers)
  • Mar 8 William Fuller, NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers)
  • Mar 9 Jan Furtok, Polish footballer
  • Mar 10 Andre Waters, NFL safety (Arizona Cardinals)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 12 Darryl Strawberry, baseball right fielder (Mets, Dodgers, Yankees), born in Los Angeles, California

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • Mar 12 Gunde Svan, Swedish long jumper (Olympics-gold-1984, 88)
  • Mar 13 Liane Tooth, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Mar 16 Marcel Brands, soccer player (RKC)
  • Mar 17 Patrick Thomas Burke, Hollywood FL, PGA golfer (1992 BellSouth-6th)
  • Mar 18 Trevor Franklin, cricketer (opened for NZ mid-80's)
  • Mar 19 Ivan Calderón, Puerto Rican baseball player (d. 2003)
  • Mar 22 Diane Pavich, Australian golfer (1993 T50 Alpine Aust Ladies), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 22 Juan Aguilera, Spanish tennis star
  • Mar 22 Tim Elliott, Australian golfer, born in Perth, Australia
  • Mar 23 Johan Steur, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • Mar 23 Steve Redgrave, British rower (5 Olympic gold medals 1984-2000) world's most successful male rower, born in Marlow
  • Mar 24 Penny Hammel, Decatur IL, LPGA golfer (Jamie Farr Toledo-1985, 89)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 26 John Stockton, NBA guard (Utah Jazz, Olympics-gold-96), born in Spokane, Washington

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton
  • Mar 26 Kevin Seitzer, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • Mar 26 Maarten de Young, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Mar 28 Terry Szopinski, American pro-wrestler
  • Mar 29 Kirk Alan Triplett, Moses Lake WA, PGA golfer (1992 Shell Houston-2nd)
  • Mar 29 Billy Beane, American MLB baseball player and executive (Oakland Athletics), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Mar 31 John Taylor, NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers)
  • Apr 1 Rich Amaral, Visalia CA, outfielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • Apr 2 Alex Tripolski, Israel, Men's Shooting 50M air pistol (Oly-16th-1996)
  • Apr 2 Bruce Kozerski, NFL tackle/guard (Cin Bengals)
  • Apr 3 Nancy Filteau, Swift Current Saskatchawan, 72k judoka (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 4 Sherrin Smyers, Newcastle Aust, LPGA golfer (1995 Youngstown-11th)
  • Apr 4 Tina Tombs, LPGA golfer (1990 Jamie Farr Toledo), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 7 Andy Hampsten, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Apr 9 Freddie Joe Nunn, NFL defensive end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Apr 9 Jeff Turner, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Apr 10 Cathy Turner, short track skater (Olympics-gold-1994, born in Rochester, New York

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 10 NFL running back Gale Sayers (19) weds his high school sweetheart Linda McNeil

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 28 NBA player Lenny Wilkens (24) weds Marilyn Reed

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 7 Arthur Carr, cricketer (11 Tests for Eng 22-29), dies shovelling snow
  • Mar 4 George Mogridge, Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1889)
  • Apr 3 Benny "Kid" Paret, US welterweight boxer, dies after fight, at 24
  • Apr 12 Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver (b. 1923)
  • Apr 15 Arsenio Lacson, Filipino politician and sportswriter (b. 1911)
  • May 5 Ernest Tyldesley, cricketer (990 runs in 14 Tests for England), dies
  • Jun 4 Clem McCarthy, American sportscaster (b. 1882)
  • Jun 28 Mickey Cochrane, baseball hall of fame catcher, dies at 59
  • Aug 10 Ted Husing, sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), dies at 60
  • Sep 4 William Clothier, American tennis player (US Open-1906) and 1st president of tennis hall of fame, dies at 80
  • Sep 6 Seiichiro Kashio, Japanese tennis player (b. 1892)
  • Oct 4 E H Hendren, cricketer (57,611 1st-class runs, 3rd-best ever), dies
  • Nov 1 Ricardo Rodríguez, Mexican racing driver (b. 1942)