1963 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 149

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 7 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 13 AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 21-14
  • Jan 13 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 30-20
  • Jan 16 13th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 115-108 at Los Angeles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 18 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 19 51st Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill (6-2, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 19 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 22 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Naples Professional Golf Tournament
  • Jan 26 Major League Rules Committee votes to expand strike zone
  • Jan 27 Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Elmer Flick, & John Clarkson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Hall of fameHall of Fame

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

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
NFL Legend Red Grange
NFL Legend
Red Grange

Sport awardGolf Tournament

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

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Feb 16 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 17 Toru Terasawa runs world record marathon (2:15:15.8
  • Feb 20 End of the Test Cricket careers of Neil Harvey & Alan Davidson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

AgreementContract of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 10 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
  • Mar 10 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 70 points vs Syracuse
  • Mar 14 San Francisco Guy Rogers ties NBA record with 28 assists

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 17 Bob Cousy plays his last NBA game

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

Sport awardGolf Major

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

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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

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

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Apr 24 17th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 28 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • May 4 89th Kentucky Derby: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:01.8
  • May 4 Pitcher Bob Shaw sets record of 5 balks in a game
  • May 5 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • May 11 LA Dodger Sandy Koufax 2nd no-hitter beats NY Giants, 8-0
  • May 12 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Alpine Civitan Golf Open
  • May 15 Tottenham Hotspur of England win 3rd European Cup winner's Cup against Atlético Madrid of Spain 5-1 at Rotterdam
  • May 17 Houston Colt .45's Don Notterbart no-hits Phillies, 4-1
  • May 18 88th Preakness: Bill Shoemaker aboard Candy Spots wins in 1:56.2
  • May 19 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open
  • May 22 Mickey Mantle hits a ball off Yankee Stadium's facade

  • May 22 8th European Cup: Milan beats Benfica 2-1 at London
  • May 25 Early Wynn wins his 300th baseball game
  • May 25 Great Britain ends its amateur-professional classes in cricket
  • May 26 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • May 26 62nd Men's French Championships: Roy Emerson beats Pierre Darmon (3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4)
  • May 26 62nd Women's French Championships: Lesley Turner beats Ann Jones (2-6, 6-3, 7-5)
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Parnelli Jones wins in 3:29:35.365 (230.357 km/h)
  • Jun 2 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Jun 8 95th Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:30.2
  • Jun 9 1st Sunday night game in baseball SF Giants lose to Houston Colts 3-0
  • Jun 9 Barbara Romack wins LPGA Rock City Ladies Golf Open
  • Jun 9 Colt .45s beat Giants 3-0 in major leagues' 1st Sunday night game
  • Jun 14 NY Met Duke Snider hits his 400th HR
  • Jun 15 Buddy Nobles runs world record marathon (2:14:28)
  • Jun 15 SF Giants Juan Marichal no-hits Houston Colt .45s, 1-0
  • Jun 16 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Women's Golf Open
  • Jun 20 1st Mayor's Trophy Game (New York), Mets beat Yankees 6-2
  • Jun 23 63rd US Golf Open: Julius Boros shoots a 293 at The Country Club Mass
  • Jun 23 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
  • Jun 23 NY Mets Jimmy Piersall hits his 100th HR, he circles bases backwards
  • Jun 25 Famous cricket draw at Lord's as England hang on against the Windies
  • Jun 27 Phillies Johnny Callison hits for cycle, but Phillie centerfielder Tony Gonzalez's error ends his record 205 consecutive errorless games

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jun 30 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Carvel Ladies Golf Open

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

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 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 6 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 7 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Lady Carling Eastern Golf Open
  • Jul 9 34th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
  • Jul 9 All star MVP: Willie Mays (SF Giants)
  • Jul 13 92nd British Golf Open: Bob Charles shoots a 277 at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
  • Jul 14 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Sight Golf Open
  • Jul 14 50th Tour de France won by Jacques Anquetil of France
  • Jul 17 Telstar soccer team forms in Ijmuiden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 Dave DeBusschere hits a single off Bennie Daniels, his 1st and only MLB hit

NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere
  • Jul 19 Philadelphia Phillies Roy Siever hits HR # 300

Sport awardGolf Major

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

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 22 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 28 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Wolverine Golf Open
  • Jul 31 Indians' Woodie Held, Pedro Ramos, Tito Francona, and Larry Brown hit consecutive home runs in one inning (vs California Angels)
  • Aug 2 30th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 20, Green Bay 17 (65,000)
  • Aug 4 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open
  • Aug 8 LA Dodgers F Howard & B Skowron are 3rd to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Aug 9 NY Met Roger Craig's NL record-tying 18-game losing streak ends
  • Aug 11 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Waterloo Women's Golf Open Invitational

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 447

  • Jan 1 Glenn Trimble, cricketer (son of Sam Two ODI's for Australia 1986)
  • Jan 1 Lance Smith, NFL guard (NY Giants)
  • Jan 1 Lina Kačiušytė, Lithuanian swimmer
  • Jan 2 David Cone, baseball pitcher (NY Mets/Tor Blue Jays/NY Yankees), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jan 2 Edgar Martinez, American baseball 1st baseman (Seattle Mariners), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 3 Aamer Malik, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 13 Tests 1987-90)
  • Jan 3 Ashley Chinner, golfer (1992 CGIA Canadian Tour), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Jan 3 Jim Everett, NFL quarterback (LA Raiders, New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers)
  • Jan 4 Linda Muri, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Killingly, Connecticut
  • Jan 5 Jeff Fassero, pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • Jan 6 Norm Charlton, Fort Polk LA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • Jan 7 Craig Shipley, Australian-American baseball infielder (San Diego Padres)
  • Jan 8 Hiromi Kobayashi, Fukushima Japan, LPGA golfer (1993 JAL Big Apple)
  • Jan 10 Frank Wijnhoven, Dutch soccer player (NEC, Treffers)
  • Jan 11 Kate Gompert, Ames lA, tennis star
  • Jan 11 Petra Schneider, E German swimming star (world record 400m)
  • Jan 11 Tracy Caulkins, Winona Minn, swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1984)
  • Jan 13 Dirk Tazelaar, cricketer (Queensland & Surrey left-arm pace bowler)
  • Jan 13 Felita Carr, dance skater (& Komarov-1995 Pac Champ), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Jan 15 Lijuan Geng, Hebei China, Canadian tennis player (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 15 Richard Nasheim, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • Jan 15 Yaro Dachniwsky, team handball goalie (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 18 Yury Zakharevich, Soviet weightlifter
  • Jan 19 Adele Peterson, LPGA golfer
  • Jan 19 Michael Adams, NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets)
  • Jan 20 Scott Fisher, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • Jan 21 Cindy Schreyer, Forest Park GA, LPGA golfer (1993 Sun-Times Challenge)
  • Jan 21 Detlef Schrempf, German NBA forward (Mavericks, Pacers, Supersonics)
  • Jan 21 Jessie Hester, NFL player (St Louis Rams)

Person of interestHakeem Olajuwon

Jan 21 Hakeem Olajuwon, Nigerian-American NBA center (Houston Rockets, Olympic gold 1996), born in Lagos, Nigeria

NBA Center Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Center
Hakeem Olajuwon
  • Jan 22 Jeff Treadway, American baseball infielder (LA Dodgers)
  • Jan 22 Andrei Tchmil, Ukrainian-Belgian cyclist
  • Jan 23 Rocco Romano, CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jan 24 Martyn Grimley, English field hockey player
  • Jan 24 Arnold Vanderlyde, Dutch boxer
  • Jan 25 Joe Lloyd, Highland Park Ill, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Space Coast)
  • Jan 26 Simon O'Donnell, cricketer (Deniliquin NSW ODI all-rounder 1985-90)
  • Jan 26 José Mourinho, Portuguese football manager (Chelsea), born in Setúbal, Lisbon
  • Jan 28 Colleen Harp, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1994), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 28 Denise Biellmann, Swiss figure skater (Olympic 4th 1980), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Jan 29 Michelle Bell, Melrose MA, LPGA golfer (1981 Mass School Girls Champ)
  • Feb 4 Jane Leary, Australian golfer (1992 Australian Amateur Champ), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Feb 4 Pirmin Zurbriggen, Swiss alpine skier (Olympic gold 1988)
  • Feb 4 Tracie Ruiz-Conforto, Hawaii, sync swimmer (Olympic 2 gold/silver-84, 88)
  • Feb 6 David Capel, cricketer (England all-rounder in 15 Tests 1987-90)
  • Feb 6 Mike Hough, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 7 Roland Lefebvre, cricket pace bowler (Glamorgan & Holland)
  • Feb 8 Mohammad Azharuddin, cricketer (elegant Indian batsman 1984-)
  • Feb 8 Raleigh MCkenzie, NFL center/guard (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers)
  • Feb 9 Bonnie Levin, WPVA volleyballer, born in Miami, Florida
  • Feb 9 Madusa Miceli, [Debra Ann], wrestler (WCW), born in Milan, Italy
  • Feb 9 Mike Rindel, cricketer (N Transvaal opening bat ODI ton v Pak 1995)
  • Feb 10 Bennie Thompson, American football safety (Saints, Chiefs, Cleveland Browns/Ravens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 10 Harris Huizingh, Dutch football player (FC Groningen)
  • Feb 10 Joakim Nystrom, Swedish tennis star, born in Skellefteå, Sweden
  • Feb 10 Lenny Dykstra, American MLB centerfielder (NY Met, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Feb 11 Todd Benzinger, American baseball player (SF Giants)
  • Feb 11 José Mari Bakero, Spanish footballer
  • Feb 12 Brent Jones, NFL tight end (SF 49ers), born in Santa Clara, California
  • Feb 14 Jeff Dellenbach, NFL center (NE Patriots, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Feb 14 John Marzano, catcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 16 Dano Halsall, Swiss swimmer

Person of interestMichael Jordan

Feb 17 Michael Jordan, American NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls) and sports superstar, born in Chicago, Illinois

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Feb 18 John Gesek, NFL center (Washington Redskins)
  • Feb 18 Rob Andrew, English rugby player

Person of interestCharles Barkley

Feb 20 Charles Barkley, American NBA forward (Phoenix, Rockets, Olympic gold 1996), born in Leeds, Alabama

NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley
  • Feb 21 Greg Turner, New Zealand golfer, born in Dunedin
  • Feb 21 Michael Gostigian, Newtown Sq PA, pentathelete (Olympic 16th-88, 92, 96)
  • Feb 22 Dave Besteman, speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Feb 22 Devon Malcolm, cricketer (in Jamaica England fast bowler 1989-95)
  • Feb 22 Vijay Singh, Lautoka Fiji, PGA golfer (1993 Buick Classic)
  • Feb 23 Bobby Bonilla, American outfielder (NY Mets, Balt Orioles, Marlins), born in New York City, New York
  • Feb 24 Fuad Reveiz, NFL kicker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 24 Matias Carrillo, Mexican-American baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins)

Person of interestPaul O'Neill

Feb 25 Paul O'Neill, MLB right fielder (Cincinnati Reds, NY Yankees), born in Columbus, Ohio

MLB Right Fielder Paul O'Neill
MLB Right Fielder
Paul O'Neill
  • Feb 25 Tom McHale, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • Feb 27 Francesco Cancellotti, Italian tennis star
  • Feb 28 Claudio Chiappucci, Italian cyclist
  • Mar 1 Arnold Oosterveer, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Mar 1 Barb[ara] Marois, Auburn Mass, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 1 Magnus Svensson, Leksand Swe, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • Mar 1 Ron Francis, Sault Ste Marie, NHL center (Pitts Penguins, Team Canada)
  • Mar 1 Tony Castillo, Lara Venezuela, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • Mar 2 Tanyu Kiryakov, Bulgarian pistol shooter
  • Mar 3 Elizabeth Chavez, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-91), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 3 Kelly Miller, NHL left wing (Washington Capitals), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 4 Anne Minter, Australia, tennis star
  • Mar 5 Eddo Brandes, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test pace bowler)
  • Mar 7 Mike Eagles, Sussex, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • Mar 7 Mohammad Ishaq, cricketer (UAE batsman 1996 World Cup)
  • Mar 8 Gursharan Singh, cricketer (Indian batsman played one Test 1989-90)
  • Mar 8 Mike Lalor, American NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Mar 9 Kent Ferguson, American diver (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Mar 9 Terry Mulholland, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 10 John Cangelosi, outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 12 Candy Costie, synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Mar 12 Joaquim Carvalho Cruz, Brazil, 800m runner (Olympic gold 1984)
  • Mar 12 John Andretti, race car driver
  • Mar 12 Paul Way, British golfer
  • Mar 12 Ian Holloway, English football manager

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 12 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (19) weds Linda Kay Cooper

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 5 Rogers Hornsby, baseball player, dies of a heart ailment at 66
  • Jan 18 Johnnie Moyes, journalist and cricketer (S Aust batsman), dies
  • Jan 25 Wilson Kettle, Nfld, dies at 102, leaving 582 living descendents
  • Jan 28 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (b. 1884)
  • Jan 30 P F "Plum" Warner, cricketer (England mgr during Bodyline tour), dies
  • Feb 7 Learco Guerra, Italian cyclist (b. 1902)
  • Mar 1 Irish Meusel, American baseball player (b. 1893)
  • Mar 1 Jorge Daponte, Argentine racing driver (b. 1923)
  • Mar 8 John Hartley, cricketer (bowl avg 115 in 2 Tests for Eng 1906), dies
  • Mar 11 Mahomed Nissar, cricketer (6 Tests for India 1932-36, 25 wkts), dies
  • Mar 13 Austin Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1912)
  • Mar 23 Davey Moore, dies seconds after KOed in feather-weight championship
  • Mar 25 Davey Moore, American featherweight world champion boxer, dies at 29 as a result of injuries sustained in a match against Sugar Ramos
  • Apr 4 Endzion Barelli, dies 2 days after winning a boxing match at 18
  • Apr 8 Len Tuckett, cricketer (no runs no wkts in 1 Test for S A), dies
  • May 2 Jack Crawford, cricketer (469 runs & 39 wickets in 12 Tests), dies
  • May 10 Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, American football player (b. 1931)
  • May 12 Bobby Kerr, Canadian runner (b. 1882)
  • May 18 Ernie [Ernest] Davis, American football player (1st African American to win Heisman Trophy) (b. 1939) dies of leukemia aged 23
  • Jun 28 Frank "Home Run" Baker, (hit 2 HRs in 1911 world series) dies at 77
  • Jul 10 Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster and rugby union player (b. 1893)
  • Jul 18 A H C Cooper, South African cricketer (Test v England 1914), dies
  • Jul 29 Dave Smith, cricketer (2 Tests in 1912 Australian side), dies
  • Aug 21 John Gunn, cricketer (England all-rounder in 6 Tests 1901-05), dies
  • Sep 12 Ben Sealey, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1933), dies
  • Sep 22 Fred Le Roux, cricketer (South African all-rounder in only Test), dies
  • Oct 15 Horton Smith. American golfer (b. 1908)
  • Nov 22 Claude Floquet, cricketer (Test for South Africa), dies
  • Dec 2 Thomas J. Hicks, British-born runner (b. 1875)
  • Dec 21 Jack Hobbs, cricketer (61 Tests for England), dies
  • Dec 26 "Gorgeous George" Wagner, wrestler, dies