On This Day

Year 1966 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 52nd Rose Bowl: #5 UCLA beats #1 Michigan State, 14-12
  • Jan 1 32nd Sugar Bowl: #6 Missouri beats Florida, 20-18
  • Jan 1 32nd Orange Bowl: #4 Alabama beats #3 Nebraska, 39-28
  • Jan 2 National Football League Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns, 23-12; first NFL title game televised in colour; last one played before Super Bowl era
  • Jan 11 16th NBA All-Star Game, Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, OH: East beats West, 137-94; MVP: Adrian Smith, Cincinnati Royals, PG

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach records his 1,000th NBA career victory (regular season and playoffs), 114-102 over the Los Angeles Lakers in Boston

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • Jan 15 5th AFL All Star Game, Rice Stadium, Houston: All-Stars beat Buffalo Bills, 30-19: MVPs: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB; Frank Buncom, LA Chargers, LB

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Jan 16 16th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: East beats West, 36-7; MVPs: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, RB; Dale Meinert, St. Louis Cardinals, LB

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • Jan 16 Chicago is granted an NBA franchise to be called the Bulls; become the 3rd NBA franchise in the city, after the Chicago Stags (1946–50) and Chicago Packers/Zephyrs (now Washington Wizards)

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Jan 16 Chicago Black Hawks' right wing Bobby Hull scores 4 goals (his 17th career hat trick) in a 6-5 loss to NY Rangers; becomes the first player in team history to score 300 goals

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • Jan 27 Wisconsin State Circuit Court Judge Elmer W Roller rules either the Braves stay in Milwaukee or NL must promise Wisconsin an expansion team for 1966

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 31 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Margaret Smith wins her 7th consecutive Australian singles title; beats American Nancy Richey in a walkover, Richey injured

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 31 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson makes it 4 straight Australian titles; beats American Arthur Ashe 6-4, 6-8, 6-2, 6-3

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

AgreementContract of Interest

Feb 11 SF Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Feb 14 Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Feb 15 Kees Verkerk becomes world champion all-round skater

  • Feb 16 End of Wally Grout's Test Cricket career, 187 dismissals as Australian wicketkeeper
  • Feb 27 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler and Bernard Ford of great Britain
  • Feb 27 8th Daytona 500: Polesitter Richard Petty comes from 2 laps down to win the event after 198 laps were completed because of rain
  • Feb 28 Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against Dodgers
  • Mar 2 Black Hawks right wing Bobby Hull becomes the NHL's first 2-time 50-goal scorer when he strikes in a 5-4 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 2 Jean Béliveau scores his 380th career NHL goal when Montreal ties Toronto, 3-3; moves him ahead of Ted Lindsay into the #3 spot all time, behind Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard

NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau
  • Mar 5 Bob Seagren pole vaults 5.19m indoor world record
  • Mar 5 Player reps elect Marvin Miller as executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association
  • Mar 5 13th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats NC State, 71-66
  • Mar 12 Bobby Hull's 51st goal of season, sets record
  • Mar 12 Jockey Johnny Longden retires after 40 years (6,032 wins)
  • Mar 19 28th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Texas Western beats Kentucky, 72-65; Miners first title in first title game
  • Mar 26 120th Grand National: Tim Norman aboard 50/1 outsider Anglo wins by 20 lengths, giving Freddie 2nd place for a second straight year
  • Mar 26 Wales beats France, 9-8 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 15th Five Nations Rugby Championship

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 29 Muhammad Ali beats George Chuvalo in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 8 AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • Apr 9 Anaheim Stadium for California Angels opens

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 11 30th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jack Nicklaus becomes first back-to-back champion winning an 18-hole Monday playoff with Tommy Jacobs and Gay Brewer

  • Apr 11 Emmett Ashford becomes 1st African American major league umpire
  • Apr 12 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium opens; Pirates beat Braves 3-2

  • Apr 17 100th international soccer match between Netherlands and Belgium (3-1)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18 Bill Russell becomes first African American coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Apr 18 70th Boston Marathon: Kenji Kimihara of Japan wins in 2:17:11; American Bobbi Gibb first woman in 3:21:40 (unsanctioned)
  • Apr 22 Atlanta Braves win their 1st game, beating NY Mets 8-4
  • Apr 24 Atlanta Braves win NL-record 18 straight home games (17 in Milwaukee)
  • Apr 26 Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach
  • Apr 26 International Olympic Committee votes to award German city of Munich the right to host the 1972 Summer Olympic Games
  • Apr 28 20th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • May 5 Borussia Dortmund of West Germany win 6th European Cup Winner's Cup against Liverpool of England 2-1 in Glasgow
  • May 5 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Montreal Canadiens earn back-to-back titles; beat Detroit Red Wings, 3-2 in OT for a 4-2 series victory
  • May 5 Willie Mays hit his 512th HR
  • May 7 92nd Kentucky Derby: Donald Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 2:02
  • May 11 European Cup Final, Heysel Stadium, Brussels: Fernando Serena scores the winner as Real Madrid beats Partizan Belgrade, 2-1; Madrid's 6th title
  • May 12 St Louis' Busch Stadium opens, Braves lose to Cards 4-3 in 12 inns
  • May 15 1st day of Sunday play in County Cricket, Essex v Somerset
  • May 21 91st Preakness: Don Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 1:55.4
  • May 21 Muhammad Ali TKOs Henry Cooper in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 25 Peru & Argentina soccer fans fight in Lima; 248 die
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Graham Hill wins (232.2 kph)
  • Jun 4 98th Belmont: William Boland aboard Amberoid wins in 2:29.6
  • Jun 5 Cincinnati Red Leo Cardenas hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

Jun 5 French Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Tony Roche wins his first and only Grand Slam title; beats István Gulyás of Hungary 6-1, 6-4, 7-5

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • Jun 5 French Championships Women's Tennis: Ann Haydon-Jones of England beats American Nancy Richey 6-3, 6-1 for her 2nd French singles crown
  • Jun 6 NFL & AFL announce their merger

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 7 NY Mets pass up Reggie Jackson to draft Steve Chilcott #1

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Jun 8 NFL & AFL announce plans to become NFC and AFC in 1970
  • Jun 9 5 Minnesota Twins (Rich Rollins, Zolio Versailes, Tony Oliva, Don Michner, & Harmon Killebrew) all homer in 7th inning to beat A's 9-4
  • Jun 14 Miami beats St Petersburg (Florida State League) 4-3 in 29 innings longest uninterrupted game in organized baseball

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, Olympic CC: Billy Casper erases a 7-stroke deficit on the final 9 holes to tie Arnold Palmer; wins Monday 18-hole playoff by 4 strokes

  • Jun 28 Ernie Terrell beats Doug Jones in 15 wba for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 30 Test cricket debut of Derek Underwood, v WI Trent Bridge, wicketless
  • Jul 1 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Spaniard Manuel Santana wins last of 4 major titles beating American Dennis Ralston 6-4, 11-9, 6-4

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Billie Jean King beats Maria Bueno of Brazil 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 for the first of her 12 Grand Slam singles titles

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • Jul 2 West Indian cricket batsman Basil Butcher scores career best 209 not out to guide tourists to a 139-run 3rd Test win over England at Trent Bridge
  • Jul 3 US Open Women's Golf, Hazeltine National GC: American Sandra Spuzich wins by 1 from Carol Mann for her only LPGA major title
  • Jul 3 Atlanta Braves Tony Cloninger, 1st NL player and only pitcher to hit 2 grand slams in a MLB game (17-3 v SF Giants)
  • Jul 9 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Jack Nicklaus beats Doug Sanders & Dave Thomas by 1 stroke to become only 4th in history to win all 4 majors
  • Jul 12 37th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-1 in 10 at Busch Stad, St Louis
  • Jul 12 Baltimore Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson voted MLB All Star game MVP
  • Jul 14 53rd Tour de France won by Lucien Aimar of France
  • Jul 23 John Pennel pole vaults record (5.34 m)
  • Jul 24 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Firestone CC: Al Geiberger wins his only major title by 4 shots from Dudley Wysong
  • Jul 30 FIFA World Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London, England: Striker Geoff Hurst scores a hat trick as England beats West Germany, 4-2 after extra time
  • Aug 5 33rd NFL Chicago College All-Star Game: Green Bay 38, All-Stars 0; 72,000 at Soldier Field
  • Aug 5 West Indies cricket captain Gary Sobers scores 174 including a century between lunch & tea to set up a 4th Test win v England at Headingley
  • Aug 6 Muhammad Ali knocks out English boxer Brian London in round 3 at Earl's Court in London to retain his undisputed world heavyweight title
  • Aug 15 Puerto Rican champion José Torres beats Eddie Cotton on points in Las Vegas to retain the WBC/WBA light-heavyweight boxing title
  • Aug 17 Willie Mays takes 2nd place on all-time HR list

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 21 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Rainbow Springs CC; Mickey Wright wins her 13th and final major title by 1 from Margie Masters & Jo Ann Prentice

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Aug 26 Baltimore Orioles Roznovsky & B Powell are 4th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Aug 27 Oakland Pitcher Paul Lindblad begins a 385 cons errorless streak
  • Aug 31 Referee Leo Horn whistles his last soccer match (Ajax-Bulgaria)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 2 Joe Auer returns the opening kickoff 95 yards for a Miami touchdown in the Dolphins' first ever NFL regular-season game; Oakland Raiders go on to win 23-14 at the Orange Bowl before 26,776 fans

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Sep 3 Houston Oilers hold Denver Broncos to no 1st downs in their NFL season opening 45-7 win at Rice Stadium

AgreementContract of Interest

Sep 3 Future Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr signs his first NHL contract with the Boston Bruins; 2 year deal paying a then record $70,000 plus signing bonus

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Sep 4 Australian Jack Brabham clinches his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with a 6th place in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza
  • Sep 10 Muhammad Ali TKOs Karl Mildenberger in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 12 US National Championships Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-Australian final Fred Stolle beats John Newcombe 4-6, 12-10, 6-3, 6-4; his second and final major singles title

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 12 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Maria Bueno of Brazil beats American Nancy Richey 6-3, 6-1 for her 7th and final Grand Slam singles crown

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • Sep 17 Cleve pitchers set AL record striking out 19 batters in 1st 9 innings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 18 Baltimore quarterback Johnny Unitas throws 4 touchdown passes in 38-23 win at Minnesota to surpass Y.A. Tittle as NFL's career leader with 212; finishes career with 290 TD passes

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • Sep 22 Orioles beat A's 6-1 to clinch their 1st AL pennant
  • Sep 25 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Stardust CC, LV: Gloria Ehret wins her only major title by 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Mickey Wright
  • Sep 25 Smallest Yankee stadium crowd, 413 see White Sox win 4-1

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 528

  • Jan 3 Chetan Sharma, Indian cricket fast bowler (23 Tests, 61 wickets; 65 ODI), born in Ludhiana, Punjab, India
  • Jan 3 Luis Sojo, Venezuelan MLB infielder (World Series 1996, 1998–2000; Seattle Mariners, NY Yankees), born in Petare, Edo Miranda, Venezuela
  • Jan 5 Renaldo Turnbull, American NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers), born in Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
  • Jan 6 Bob Kratch, NFL guard (NE Patriots), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 6 Donnell Woolford, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 6 Shahid Saeed, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani batsman in Test v India 1989), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Jan 6 Chris Antley, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby 1991, 1999; Preakness 1999), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (d. 2000)
  • Jan 7 Jennifer Luff, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jan 7 Randy Burridge, Canadian NHL left wing (NHL All Star 1992; Washington Capitals,; Boston Bruins), born in Fort Erie, Ontario
  • Jan 7 Corrie Sanders, South African boxer, (WBO heavyweight champion, 2003), born in Brits, South Africa (d. 2012)
  • Jan 9 Jimmie Jones, American football defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • Jan 12 Craig Parry, Australian golfer (US Open 1993 3rd; PGA Tour titles), born in Sunshine, Victoria
  • Jan 12 Linda Ferrando, Italian tennis star, born in Genoa, Italy
  • Jan 13 Marcus Turner, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Jets)
  • Jan 14 Matt Brock, American NFL defensive end (NY Jets), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Jan 15 Betsy Mitchell, American 100m backstroke swimmer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 16 Anthony Washington, American discus thrower (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Glasgow, Montana
  • Jan 16 Jack McDowell, American pitcher (NY Yankees, White Sox, Indians), born in Van Nuys, California
  • Jan 17 Anna Ivan, American tennis player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 17 Don Myrah, American cyclist (Olympics 20th-96), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 17 Trish Johnson, British golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles; 19 LET wins), born in Bristol, England
  • Jan 18 Alexander Khalifman, Russian chess player, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Jan 19 Anthony Young, American baseball pitcher (NY Met, Chicago Cubs), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 19 Stefan Edberg, Swedish tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Västervik, Sweden
  • Jan 19 Sylvain Cote, Canadian NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Quebec City, Canada
  • Jan 20 Bert Weidner, American NFL guard (Miami Dolphins), born in Eden, New York
  • Jan 20 Chris Morris, American NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 20 Rich Gannon, American football quarterback (KC Chiefs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 21 Chris Hammond, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • Jan 22 Carlton Haselrig, American wrestler & NFL guard (NY Jets), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 22 Nishantha Ranatunga, Sri Lankan cricketer (bro of Arjuna Sri Lankan ODI allrounder), born in Gampaha, Sri Lanka
  • Jan 23 Haywoode Workman, American NBA guard (Indiana Pacers), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jan 23 Mike Brim, American NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals), born in Danville, Virginia (d. 2005)
  • Jan 23 Scott Fortune, American volleyball player (Olympic gold 1988, bronze 1992, 96), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Jan 24 Mike Forgeron, Canadian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Main-a-dieu, Canada
  • Jan 25 John Velyvis, American rower & surgeon (Olympics 1996), born in North Adams, Massachusetts
  • Jan 25 Mark Schlereth, American NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Jan 25 Paul Ranheim, American NHL left wing (Hartford Whalers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 25 Pavel Torgajev, Russian ice hockey player (Calgary Flames), born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
  • Jan 28 Jeff Uhlenhake, NFL center (New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins)
  • Jan 28 Michal Pivonka, Kladno Cze, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • Jan 29 Romário, Brazilian footballer & politician, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jan 30 Danielle Goyette, Canadian ice hockey player (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 31 Charles Dimry, American football cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Philadelphia Eagles), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 31 Jamie Taras, Canadian football player (BC Lions), born in Acton, Ontario
  • Feb 1 Michelle Akers, American soccer forward (Olympics gold 1996, World Cup 1991, 99), born in Santa Clara, California
  • Feb 1 Rob Lee, English soccer midfielder (21 caps; Charlton Athletic, Newcastle United), born in London, England
  • Feb 2 Andrei Chesnokov, Russian tennis star
  • Feb 2 Bob Estes, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in Graham, Texas
  • Feb 2 Tony Plourde, Chibougamau Quebec, sabre (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 3 Jimmy Thunder, New Zealand boxer (IBO heavyweight title 1994-95), born in Apia, Samoa (d. 2020)
  • Feb 3 Danny Morrison, cricket pace bowler (NZ since 1987)
  • Feb 3 Sean Patrick Wade, NZ marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 4 Barry Klein, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Feb 4 Viatcheslav Ekimov, Russian cyclist
  • Feb 5 José María Olazábal, Spanish golfer (US Masters 1994, 99), born in Hondarribia, Spain
  • Feb 5 Apostolos Nanos, Greek archer, born in Greece
  • Feb 6 Tom Tupa, American football punter & quarterback (Cleveland Browns, NE Patriots), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 7 Kristin Otto, German swimmer (6 Olympic gold 1988), born in Leipzig, Germany
  • Feb 8 Alex Antonitsch, Austrian tennis player, born in Villach, Austria
  • Feb 8 Kirk Muller, Kingston, NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Feb 8 Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgarian footballer
  • Feb 9 Ellen van Langen, Dutch athlete
  • Feb 10 Daryl Johnston, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), born in Youngstown, New York
  • Feb 11 Alexander Semak, Russian NHL center (NY Islanders), born in Ufa, Russia
  • Feb 11 Anthony Parker, American NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams, TB Bucs), born in Sylacauga, Alabama
  • Feb 11 Patrick Kuhnen, German tennis player, born in Püttlingen, Germany
  • Feb 14 Petr Svoboda, Czech NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers, Olympic gold 1998), born in Most, Czechia
  • Feb 15 Melido Perez, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
  • Feb 15 Petra Huber, Austrian professional tennis player
  • Feb 16 Eric Uptagrafft, prone rifle (Olympics 1996), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Feb 17 Luc Robitaille, NHL left wing (NY Rangers, Pitts Penguins), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 17 Ioannis Kalitzakis, Greek footballer
  • Feb 18 Kris King, Canadian NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets), born in Hornepayne, Canada
  • Feb 18 Phillip De Freitas, English cricket pace bowler (in Dominica England 1986-95), born in Scotts Head, Dominica
  • Feb 19 Matthew Ryan, team handball circle (Olympics 1996), born in Port Jefferson, New York
  • Feb 19 Paul Haarhuis, Eindhoven Neth, tennis star (1994 US/Austral doubles)
  • Feb 19 Peter Douris, NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 19 William White, NFL safety (KC Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Feb 19 Enzo Scifo, Belgian footballer
  • Feb 20 Britt Hager, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams)
  • Feb 20 Cindy Crawford, Dekalb Ill, supermodel (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit)
  • Feb 20 Dennis Allen Mitchell, Cherry Point NC, 100m/200m (Olympic silver 1996)
  • Feb 20 Derek Lilliquist, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians, Atl Braves)
  • Feb 21 Chris Donnels, American baseball infielder (Houston Astros), born in Angeles, California
  • Feb 21 Edie Boyer, American discus thrower, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Feb 22 Brent Severyn, Canadian NHL defenseman (NY Islanders), born in Vegreville, Canada
  • Feb 23 John Druce, NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers, LA Kings), born in Peterborough, Canada
  • Feb 24 Rene Arocha, Cubans-American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Feb 25 Don Anurasiri, cricketer (Sri Lankan slow left-armer)
  • Feb 25 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (d. 2003)
  • Feb 27 Chris Howard, American baseball catcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Kenner, Louisiana
  • Feb 27 Pete Smith, American baseball player (Atlanta Braves, NY Mets), born in Abington, Massachusetts
  • Feb 28 Jan Varholik, Kosice CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • Feb 28 Tim Goad, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • Feb 28 Vincent Askew, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics, Trailblazers)
  • Feb 28 Paulo Futre, Portuguese footballer
  • Mar 2 Judith Wiesner, Austrian tennis player (World #12 1997; captain Austria's Federation Cup team 2001), born in Hallein Austria
  • Mar 3 Claus Boekweg, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen, FC Zwolle)
  • Mar 3 Dmitri Volkov, Russian swimmer (world record)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 20 Tennis champ Rod Laver (27) weds Mary Benson at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church in San Rafael, California

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Jul 9 Major League Baseball pitcher Tom Seaver (21) weds Nancy Lynn McIntyre

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 27 American sportscaster Al Michaels (21) weds Linda Stamaton

Television Sportscaster Al Michaels
Television Sportscaster
Al Michaels

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 18 MLB baseball player Hank Greenberg (55) weds actress Mary Jo Tarola

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 5 George Duckworth, English cricket wicket-keeper (24 Tests, 60 dismissals), dies at 64
  • Jan 10 George Cresswell, cricketer (Took 13 wkts in 3 Tests for NZ), suicide
  • Jan 11 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 76
  • Jan 14 Bill Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic gold 1932), dies at 56
  • Feb 25 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 59
  • Mar 9 Pablo Birger, Argentine racing driver (b. 1924)
  • Mar 15 Abe Saperstein, founder (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 63
  • Apr 5 Slats Gill, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (36 seasons Oregon State 1928-64), dies of stroke at 64
  • May 16 Randolph Turpin, boxer, shot dead in his home
  • May 22 Tom Goddard, English cricket off-spin bowler (5th most 1st class wickets; 8 Tests), dies at 65

Person of interestJim Barnes

May 24 Jim Barnes, English golfing pioneer (4 major wins), dies at 80

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • Jun 22 Roger Blunt MBE, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and broadcaster (9 Tests; BBC), dies at 65
  • Jun 30 Giuseppe Farina, Italian auto racer (World F1 champion 1950), dies in a domestic car accident at 59
  • Jul 6 Sad Sam Jones, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 73
  • Jul 9 Mule Suttles, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (5-time Negro Leagues All Star), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jul 22 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, dies at 68
  • Jul 24 Tony Lema, American golfer (British Open 1964), dies in a plane crash at 32
  • Jul 26 Howard Kinsey, American tennis player (French Open doubles 1924, US Open doubles 1926; Wimbledon singles 1926 runner-up), dies at 66
  • Aug 5 Austin Diamond, Australian cricketer (Australian capt to America 1913), dies at 92
  • Aug 8 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer, dies at 63
  • Aug 14 S J "Tip" Snooke, South African cricket all-rounder (26 Tests 1905-23), dies
  • Aug 14 Tip Snooke, South African cricket all-rounder and captain (26 Tests, 35 wickets), dies at 85
  • Aug 17 Archibald Palm, cricketer (Test South Africa v England 1927-28), dies
  • Aug 17 Ken Miles, British-American auto racer and engineer (USAC Road Racing C'ship 1961; 24 Hours of Daytona 1966), dies in practice accident at 47
  • Sep 5 Dezső Lauber, Hungarian athlete (b. 1879)
  • Sep 10 James Langridge, cricketer (242 runs & 19 wkts for England), dies
  • Oct 4 Mike Tresh, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1945; Chicago WS), dies from cancer at 52

Person of interestCharlotte Cooper

Oct 10 Charlotte Cooper, British tennis player (1st female Olympic champion 1900; Wimbledon 1895-96, 98, 1901, 08), dies at 96

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Oct 13 Father Marriott, cricketer (one Test for England, 11 wickets), dies
  • Oct 27 Nigel Haig, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests; 1,000 runs and 100 wickets 1921, 27, 29 Middlesex), dies at 78
  • Nov 7 Rube Bressler, Baseball player (b. 1894)
  • Nov 10 Evelyn Sears, American tennis player (US National 1907), dies at 91
  • Nov 15 Dimitrios Tofalos, Greek weightlifter (b. 1877)
  • Dec 5 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936, 39), dies of cancer at 57
  • Dec 27 Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (b. 1906)
  • Dec 27 Frankie Genaro, American boxer (World flyweight champion 1928-31; Olympic gold flyweight 1920), dies at 65