On This Day

Year 1963 in Sports History (Part 2)

Events in Sport


Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 2 LA Dodgers' Sandy Koufax strikes out World Series record 15 NY Yankees in Game 1 of the Baseball World Series at Yankee Stadium; Dodgers win, 5-2 and sweep series, 4-0

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

Oct 5 17th NHL All-Star Game, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs tie All Stars, 3-3; MVP: Frank Mahovlich, Toronto, LW

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • Oct 6 LA Dodgers sweep NY Yankees, in 60th World Series
  • Oct 13 Ryder Cup Golf, East Lake CC: US beats Great Britain, 23-9; competition format changes with addition of 4-ball (better ball) matches on a 3rd day of play

Sport awardLPGA Championship

Oct 13 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Stardust CC: Mickey Wright wins 4th LPGA title by 2 shots from Mary Mills, Louise Suggs & Mary Lena Faulk

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • Oct 18 IOC votes Mexico City to host 1968 Olympics

Sports record brokenNFL Record

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

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Oct 27 Detroit Red Wings right wing Gordie Howe scores 544th career goal in 6-4 loss to Montreal Canadiens, tying Maurice Richard's all-time NHL regular season record

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 3 Joe Weatherly finishes 7th in the season ending Golden State 400 at Riverside International Raceway; retains NASCAR Sprint Cup by 2,228 points from 14-time winner Richard Petty

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty
  • Nov 7 New York Yankee catcher Elston Howard is first African-American to be voted AL MVP
  • Nov 10 Detroit right wing Gordie Howe surpasses Maurice Richard as leading NHL all-time goal scorer with 545th career goal in a 3-0 Red Wings victory over Montreal Canadiens in Detroit
  • Nov 26 29th Heisman Trophy Award: Roger Staubach, Navy (QB)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 26 Cincinnati 2nd baseman Pete Rose wins NL Rookie of Year

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Nov 30 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat BC Lions, 21-10; features controversial sequence involving American players Angelo Mosca and Willie Fleming
  • Nov 30 28th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 10-8 in Birmingham, Auburn's first points in the series in five years
  • Dec 1 Wendell Scott wins the Grand National Series Jacksonville 200 at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida, becoming the first black driver to win a race at NASCAR's premier level
  • Dec 2 MLB Rules Committee bans oversized catcher's mitts; rule effective only in 1965
  • Dec 2 1964 NFL Draft: Dave Parks from Texas Tech first pick by San Francisco 49ers
  • Dec 4 Boston Bruins' right wing Andy Hebenton sets a new NHL record by playing in his 581st consecutive game in 2-2 tie with Chicago Black Hawks; reaches 630 straight games
  • Dec 6 Test Cricket debut of Graeme Pollock at the Gabba
  • Dec 17 Ballon d'Or: Dynamo Moscow goalkeeper Lev Yashin wins award for best European football player; beats Milan midfielder Gianni Rivera and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves; first Russian national to win trophy

Sport awardDavis Cup

Dec 28 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Adelaide: American Chuck McKinley beats Australia's John Newcombe 10-12, 6-2, 9-7, 6-2 in the deciding rubber to give US a thrilling 3-2 victory

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • Dec 28 Scottish Lotus driver Jim Clark wins his record 7th Grand Prix of the F1 season, the South African event at Prince George Circuit; first Scotsman to win the World Drivers Championship
  • Dec 29 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 14-10; Giants 3rd consecutive championship defeat; played in temperatures under 10 °F (−12 °C)

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 390

  • Mar 24 Raimond van der Gouw, Dutch soccer goalie (Vitesse, Manchester)
  • Mar 24 Sammy Giammatva, tennis star, born in Houston, Texas
  • Mar 26 Rebecca Twigg, American cyclist (Olympic silver 1984, 92, 96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Mar 27 Ed Pinckney, American NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Mar 27 Randall Cunningham, American NFL quarterback (Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Mar 27 James Todd Graves, American sport shooter (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Rouston, Louisiana
  • Mar 28 Therese Washtock, 3 day equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Mar 30 Jenny Lidback, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1995), born in Lima, Peru
  • Mar 30 Lomas Brown, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals)
  • Mar 31 Stephen Tataw, Cameroonian soccer right-back (63 caps; captain Cameroon national team FIFA World Cup 1990, 94), born in Yaoundé, Cameroon (d. 2020)
  • Apr 2 Dermot Reeve, English cricket all-rounder (3 Tests, 29 ODIs), born in Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Apr 2 Mike Gascoyne, British motor racing engineer, designer, writer (McLaren, Sauber, Tyrrell, Jordan, Renault, Toyota, Force India) and broadcaster (BBC 5 Live, Sky Sports), born in Norwich, England
  • Apr 3 Chris Bosio, American baseball pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Carmichael, California
  • Apr 3 Zakir Khan, Pakistani cricketer (two Tests for Pakistan 1986-89), born in Bannu, Pakistan
  • Apr 4 Dale Hawerchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (#1 pick NHL Draft 1981; Calder Trophy 1982; Canada Cup 1987, 91; Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • Apr 4 Jack Del Rio, American football player, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Castro Valley, California
  • Apr 6 Lorenzo Lynch, NFL safety (Az Cardinals, Oakland Raiders)
  • Apr 8 Alec Stewart, English cricketer (son of Micky, opening batter, occasional wicket keeper), born in Merton Park, England
  • Apr 8 Terry Porter, American basketball point guard and coach (Portland Trail Blazers; Minnesota Timberwolves; NBA All Star 1991, 93), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Apr 10 Claire Smith, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Apr 10 Kirk Lowdermilk, American football NFL center (Indianapolis Colts), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Apr 10 Mike Devereaux, American baseball outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Casper, Wyoming
  • Apr 11 Elizabeth Smylie, tennis star (1987 Oklahoma City), born in Perth, Australia
  • Apr 11 Billy Bowden, New Zealand cricket umpire (84 Tests, 200 ODIs, 24 T20Is), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Person of interestGarry Kasparov

Apr 13 Gary Kasparov, Russian chess player (world champion 1985-93), born in Baku, Azerbaijan

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov
  • Apr 13 Jan Willem van Ede, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht, PSV), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Apr 13 Mark Leiter, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Apr 14 Cynthia Cooper, WNBA guard (Houston Comets/Olympic gold 1988)

Person of interestMeg Mallon

Apr 14 Meg Mallon, American golfer (4 major titles; US Open 1991, 2004), born in Natick, Massachusetts

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
  • Apr 15 Manoj Prabhakar, Indian cricketer (Indian opening batsman & opening bowler), born in Ghaziabad, India
  • Apr 16 Garry Galley, Canadian NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 16 Hu Na, Chinese tennis star, born in Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Apr 16 Saleem Malik, Pakistani cricketer (memorable Pakistani & Essex batsman), born in Kayerpora, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Apr 18 Phil Simmons, West Indian cricketer (West Indian opening batsman), born in Arima, Trinidad
  • Apr 20 Mauricio Gugelmin, Brazilian racing driver, born in Joinville, Brazil
  • Apr 21 Ken Caminiti, MLB third baseman, 1987-2001, (Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, and 3 other teams; NL MVP- 1996), born in Hanford, California (d. 2004)
  • Apr 26 Bill Wennington, Canadian NBA center (Chicago Bulls), born in Montreal, Quebec

Person of interestMike Babcock

Apr 29 Mike Babcock, Canadian NHL Coach (Anaheim, Detroit, Team Canada), born in Manitouwadge, Ontario

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • Apr 30 Steve Smith, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 30 Michael Waltrip, American race car driver (Daytona 500 winner, 2001 and 2003), born in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • May 1 Robert Seguso, American tennis player (4 x men's doubles major titles; Olympic gold men's doubles 1988), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 3 Jeff Hornacek, American basketball player and coach, born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • May 11 Mark Breland, American welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 12 Stefano Modena, Italian racing driver
  • May 13 Wally Masur, England, tennis star
  • May 14 Pat Borders, catcher (California Angels), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • May 17 Jon Koncak, NBA center (Orlando Magic)
  • May 18 Marty McSorley, Hamilton, NHL defenseman (LA Kings, NY Rangers)
  • May 19 Filippo Galli, Italian footballer
  • May 20 David Wells, American baseball pitcher (perfect game 1998; World Series 1992, 98; MLB All Star 1995, 98, 2000), born in Torrance, California
  • May 21 Yelena Vodorezova, USSR, figure skater (Olympic-1976)
  • May 24 Horace Holden Jr., American slalom double canoe (Olympic 11th 1996), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 24 Joe Dumars, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Detroit Pistons; 6-time NBA All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • May 24 Ivan Capelli, Italian racing driver, born in Milan, Italy
  • May 24 Rich Rodriguez, American football coach, born in Grant Town, West Virginia
  • May 24 Ken Flach, American professional tennis player (4 Grand Slam titles, 2 mixed doubles), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • May 26 Eddie Martin Jr, jockey
  • May 28 Eugene Robinson, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawk, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • May 29 Ukyo Katayama, Japanese auto racer, team manager (F1 95 starts), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • May 29 Claude Loiselle, Canadian hockey center, executive (NHL 1994-2002), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Jun 2 Brian Harvey, baseball umpire (NL)
  • Jun 3 Deb Richard, American golfer (5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Abbeville, Louisiana
  • Jun 3 Sabrina Goles, Yugoslavia, tennis star
  • Jun 4 Carey Nelson, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Saskatchewan, Western Canada
  • Jun 4 Jim Lachey, American NFL tackle (Washington Redskins), born in St. Henry, Ohio
  • Jun 4 Xavier McDaniel, American NBA forward (Seattle SuperSonics), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Jun 6 Dannette Leininger, Kailua HA, team handball wing (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • Jun 6 Vladimir Ruzicka, hockey forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998)
  • Jun 10 Vital Borkelmans, Belgian soccer defender (22 caps; Club Brugge 350 games) and manager (Jordan), born in Maaseik, Belgium
  • Jun 11 Tommy Barnhardt, American NFL punter (Carolina Panthers, GB Packers, TB Bucs), born in China Grove, North Carolina
  • Jun 11 Bruce Kimball, American diver (Olympic silver 1984), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jun 11 Sandra Schmirler, Canadian curler (Olympic gold 1998), born in Biggar, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 2000)
  • Jun 12 Philippa June Baker, double scull rower (Olympics 1996), born in Wanganui, New Zealand
  • Jun 12 Philippe Bugalski, French rally driver (d. 2012)
  • Jun 13 Bettina Bunge, German tennis player (Virginia Slims of California 1983), born in Adliswil, Switzerland
  • Jun 13 Catarina Lindqvist, Swedish tennis player (Swedish Open 1986), born in Kristinehamn, Sweden
  • Jun 13 Edward Sturing, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse), born in Apeldoorn, Netherlands
  • Jun 13 Randy Gilhen, Canadian-German ice hockey forward (Stanley Cup 1991, Pittsburgh Penguins; first German-born player to win SC), born in Zweibrücken, West Germany
  • Jun 14 James Patrick, Canadian NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Jun 16 Mohsin Kamal, cricketer (Pakistani fast bowler 1984- )
  • Jun 17 Kevin Glover, American NFL center (Detroit Lions), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 18 Bruce Smith, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jun 18 Joe Walter, NFL tackle (Cin Bengals)
  • Jun 19 Rory Underwood, English rugby union footballer
  • Jun 20 Kirk Baptiste, 200m runner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Jun 20 Matt Anger, tennis star, born in Walnut Creek, California
  • Jun 21 Jeff Musselman, baseball player
  • Jun 21 Mike Sherrard, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • Jun 22 Randy Couture, American mixed martial artist (3-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, 2-time UFC Light heavyweight Champion), born in Everett, Washington
  • Jun 23 Colin Montgomerie, Scottish golfer (Senior PGA C'ship 2014-15, US Senior Open 2014), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jun 24 Duval Love, NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jun 24 Preki, Serbian-born American soccer player
  • Jun 25 Doug Gilmour, Canadian ice hockey player (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • Jun 25 Mike Stanley, American baseball player (NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Jun 25 Si-An Deng, Canadian badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Shanghai, China
  • Jun 26 Wendy Lucero-Schayes, American diver (Olympic-92), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jun 27 Stephen Peterson, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 27 Johnny Benson Jr., American NASCAR driver, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Jun 28 Allen Pitts, CFL slot back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jul 3 Don August, American baseball player (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Inglewood, California

Weddings in Sport


Deaths in Sport