1966 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 131

  • 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, and last one played before Super Bowl era
  • Jan 11 16th NBA All-Star Game, Cincinnati Gardens: 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: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 awardTennis Open

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 awardTennis 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: Richard Petty wins (160.927 MPH)
  • Feb 28 Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against Dodgers
  • 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 Ky 72-65
  • Mar 26 120th Grand National: Tim Norman aboard Anglo wins

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 awardGolf Major

Apr 11 30th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 288

  • 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 19 70th Boston Marathon: Kenji Kimihara of Japan 1st man in 2:17:11 and Bobbi Gibb of United States 1st woman in 3:21:40
  • Apr 19 Roberta Bignay becomes 1st woman to run in the Boston Marathon
  • 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: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • May 5 Willie Mays hit his 512th HR
  • May 7 92nd Kentucky Derby: Donald Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 2:02
  • May 11 11th European Cup: Real Madrid beats Partizan 2-1 at Brussels
  • 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 awardTennis Open

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
  • Jun 20 66th US Golf Open: Billy Casper shoots a 278 at Olympic CC in San Francisco
  • 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 2 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Spaniard Manuel Santana wins last of 4 major titles beating American Dennis Ralston 6-4, 11-9, 6-4

Sport awardTennis Open

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: 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 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 All star MVP: Brooks Robinson (Balt Orioles)
  • 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, Firestone CC: Al Geiberger wins his only major title by 4 shots from Dudley Wysong
  • Jul 30 FIFA World Cup Final: Striker Geoff Hurst scores a hat trick as England beats West Germany 4-2 a.e.t. in London, England
  • 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 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 Balt 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: In an all-Australian final Fred Stolle beats John Newcombe 4-6, 12-10, 6-3, 6-4

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 US National Championship Women's Tennis: 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 12th LPGA Championship won by Gloria Ehret
  • Sep 25 Smallest Yankee stadium crowd, 413 see White Sox win 4-1
  • Oct 2 Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax wins his 27th game of the season, 6-3 v Philadelphia Phillies; clinches Dodgers 3rd National League pennant in 4 years
  • Oct 2 Australian Robert 'Nat' Young puts on a dominating performance to win the World Surfing Championship at Ocean Beach, San Diego; Joyce Hoffman of Capistrano Beach, California takes women's title

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 613

  • Jan 1 Mika Nieminen, Tampere FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland, Olympic bronze 1998)
  • Jan 3 Chetan Sharma, cricketer (Ind Test bowler, World Cup hat-trick 1987)
  • Jan 3 John Kropke, CFL defensive tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Jan 3 Luis Sojo, Venezuelan-born MLB infielder (Seattle Mariners), born in Petare, Edo Miranda
  • Jan 3 Wendell Davis, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 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 jockey (Kentucky Derby 1991, 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 (Buffalo Sabres), born in Fort Erie, Canada
  • 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 11 Christian Pouget, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • Jan 12 Craig Parry, Australian golfer, born in Sunshine, Australia
  • Jan 12 Linda Ferrando, Italian tennis star, born in Genoa, Italy
  • Jan 13 Joseph Harper, Ventura California, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 13 Marcus Turner, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Jets)
  • Jan 14 Matt Brock, NFL defensive end/tackle (NY Jets)
  • Jan 15 Betsy Mitchell, American 100m backstroke swimmer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 16 Anthony Washington, Glasgow Montana, discus thrower (Olympic 4th 1996)
  • Jan 16 Jack McDowell, Van Nuys CA, pitcher (NY Yankees, White Sox, Indians)
  • Jan 17 Anna Ivan, La Joltennis star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 17 Don Myrah, cyclist (Olympics 20th-96), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 17 Trish Johnson, LPGA golfer (1993 Las Vegas), 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 Ronnie Williams, American NFL tight end (Miami Dolphins), born in Cefneithin, United Kingdom (d. 1997)
  • 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, NFL guard (Miami Dolphins)
  • Jan 20 Chris Morris, NBA forward (Utah Jazz)
  • Jan 20 Rich Gannon, NFL quarterback (KC Chiefs)
  • 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 Kim Saiki, golfer (1994 Standard Register PING-13th), born in Inglewood, California
  • Jan 24 Mike Forgeron, Main-A-Dieu Nova Scotia, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 25 John [Vo] Velyvis, North Adams Mass, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 25 Mark Schlereth, NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Jan 25 Paul Ranheim, NHL left wing (Hartford Whalers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 25 Pavel Torgajev, Nizhnij Novgorod, NHL left wing (Calgary Flames)
  • Jan 25 Richie Lewis, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Muncie, Indiana
  • Jan 27 Michael De Angelis, hockey defenseman (Team Italy 1998)
  • 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
  • Jan 30 Danielle Goyette, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 31 Charles Dimry, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 31 Jamie Taras, CFL guard (BC Lions)
  • Feb 1 Eddie Zambrano, Venezuelan-American baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs)
  • Feb 1 Michelle Akers, American soccer forward (Olympics gold 1996, World Cup 1991, 99), born in Santa Clara, California
  • Feb 1 Rob Lee, English footballer
  • Feb 2 Andrei Chesnokov, Russian tennis star
  • Feb 2 Bob Alan Estes, Graham TX, PGA golfer (1994 Texas Open)
  • Feb 2 Tony Plourde, Chibougamau Quebec, sabre (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 2 Victor Muhammad, WLAF running back (London Monarchs)
  • 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 Jose Maria Olazabal, golfer
  • Feb 5 Apostolos Nanos, Greek archer
  • Feb 6 Alex Antonitsch, Austrian tennis star
  • Feb 6 Tom Tupa, NFL punter/quarterback (Cleveland Browns, NE Patriots)
  • Feb 7 Kristin Otto, German swimmer (6 Olympic gold 1988), born in Leipzig, Germany
  • 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, Ufa Russia, NHL center (NY Islanders)
  • Feb 11 Anthony Parker, NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams, TB Bucs)
  • Feb 11 Patrick Kuhnen, West Germany, tennis star
  • Feb 14 Clark Sherwood Dennis, PGA golfer (1990 Hawaiian Open-3rd), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 14 Petr Svoboda, Most Cze, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers, Olympic gold 1998)
  • 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, Bracebridge, NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Feb 18 Phillip De Freitas, cricket pace bowler (in Dominica England 1986-95)
  • 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)
  • Feb 21 Edie Boyer, discus thrower, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Feb 22 Brent Severyn, Vegreville, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
  • 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)

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

American Television Sportscaster Al Michaels
American Television Sportscaster
Al Michaels

HeartWedding 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, cricketer (24 Tests for England, ct 45 stp 15), dies
  • 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), dies of stroke at 64
  • May 16 Randolph Turpin, boxer, shot dead in his home
  • May 22 Tom Goddard, cricketer (22 wkts in 8 Tests for England 1930-39), dies

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, cricketer (9 Tests for NZ, 330 runs, 12 wickets), dies
  • 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 22 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, dies at 68
  • Jul 24 Tony Lema, US golfer, dies at 32
  • 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 17 Archibald Palm, cricketer (Test South Africa v England 1927-28), dies
  • Sep 5 Dezső Lauber, Hungarian athlete (b. 1879)
  • Sep 10 James Langridge, cricketer (242 runs & 19 wkts for England), dies

Person of interestCharlotte Cooper

Oct 10 Charlotte Cooper, British tennis player (1st female Olympic champion 1900), 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, British cricketer (England pace bowler in 5 Tests 1921-30), 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)