1966 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 147

  • 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 Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns 23-12 in NFL championship game
  • Jan 7 Gene Kiniski beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to become NWA wrestling champion
  • Jan 11 16th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 137-94 at Cincinnati

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Red Auerbach wins his 1,000th game as coach of NBA Boston Celtics

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • Jan 15 AFL Pro Bowl: All-Stars beats Buffalo 30-19
  • Jan 15 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 36-7
  • 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 54th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Nancy Richey

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

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 54th Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats 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 28 Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against Dodgers
  • Mar 5 Bob Seagren pole vaults 5.19m indoor world record
  • Mar 5 13th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats NC State, 71-66

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 12 Bobby Hull's 51st goal of season, sets record

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • Mar 12 Jockey Johnny Longden retires after 40 years (6,032 wins)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 13 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lagunita Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Mar 19 28th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Texas Western beats Ky 72-65
  • Mar 20 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA St Petersburg Women's Golf Open
  • Mar 26 120th Grand National: Tim Norman aboard Anglo wins
  • Mar 27 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Louise Suggs Delray Beach Golf Invitational

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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 3 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Venice Ladies Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

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 black major league umpire
  • Apr 12 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium opens; Pirates beat Braves 3-2
  • Apr 17 100th international soccer match between Netherlands-Belgium (3-1)
  • Apr 17 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18 Bill Russell became 1st black 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 24 Carol Mann wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Invitational
  • Apr 26 Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach
  • Apr 28 20th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • May 1 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
  • 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 8 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open
  • 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 15 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Invitational
  • 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 22 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • May 25 Peru & Argentina soccer fans fight in Lima; 248 die
  • May 29 Carol Mann wins LPGA Baton Rouge Ladies Golf Invitational
  • 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
  • Jun 5 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Clayton Federal Golf Invitational

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 5 65th Men's French Championships: Tony Roche beats Istvan Gulyas (6-1, 6-4, 7-5)

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • Jun 5 65th Women's French Championships: Ann Jones beats Nancy Richey (6-3, 6-1)
  • 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 & 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 12 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Bluegrass Ladies Golf Invitational
  • Jun 14 Miami beats St Petersburg (Florida State League) 4-3 in 29 innings longest uninterrupted game in organized baseball
  • Jun 19 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open
  • Jun 20 66th US Golf Open: Billy Casper shoots a 278 at Olympic CC in SF
  • Jun 26 Carol Mann wins LPGA Waterloo Women's Golf Open Invitational
  • Jun 28 Ernie Terrel 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 80th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: M Santana beats D Ralston (64 11-9 64)
  • Jul 1 VVV soccer team forms in Venlo

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 2 73rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis Singles: Billie Jean King (Miss Moffat) beats Maria Bueno (6-3 3-6 6-1)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • Jul 3 21st US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Sandra Spuzich
  • Jul 3 Brave pitcher Tony Cloninger, is 1st NL to hit 2 grand slams in a game
  • Jul 9 95th British Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots 282 at Muirfield Gullane to become only the 4th person in history to win 4th to win all 4 majors
  • Jul 10 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Buckeye Savings Golf Invitational
  • 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 17 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Jul 23 John Pennel pole vaults record (5.34 m)
  • Jul 24 48th PGA Championship: Al Geiberger shoots a 280 at Firestone CC Akron
  • Jul 24 Gloria Ehret/Judy Kimball wins LPGA Yankee Women's Golf Open
  • Jul 30 FIFA World Cup: England beats West Germany 4-2 for football's 8th World Cup in London
  • Jul 30 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Supertest Ladies Golf Open
  • Aug 5 33rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 38, All-Stars 0 (72,000)
  • Aug 5 Jose Torres beats Eddie Cotton to retain light-heavyweight boxing title
  • Aug 6 Muhammad Ali KOs Brian London in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Aug 14 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Aug 17 Willie Mays takes 2nd place on all-time HR list
  • Aug 21 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
  • 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 28 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Glass City Golf Classic

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 614

  • Jan 1 Mika Nieminen, Tampere FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland, Oly-br-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, NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 6 Bob Kratch, NFL guard (NE Patriots)
  • Jan 6 Donnell Woolford, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears)
  • Jan 6 Shahid Saeed, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in Test v India 1989)
  • Jan 7 Jennifer Luff, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 7 Randy Burridge, Fort Erie, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Jan 7 Corrie Sanders, Pretoria, South Africa, boxer, (WBO heavyweight champion, 2003), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 8 Darryl Hall, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jan 9 Jimmie Jones, defensive end/defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 11 Christian Pouget, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • Jan 12 Craig Parry, Sunshine VIC, Australian golfer
  • Jan 12 Linda Ferrando, Italian tennis star
  • Jan 13 Joseph Harper, Ventura California, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96)
  • 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 (Olympics-4th-96)
  • 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, Bristol England, LPGA golfer (1993 Las Vegas)
  • Jan 19 Anthony Young, US baseball pitcher (NY Met, Chicago Cubs)
  • Jan 19 Ronnie Williams, NFL tight end (Miami Dolphins)
  • Jan 19 Stefan Edberg, Swedish tennis player (Wimbledon 1988, US Open 1991), born in Västervik, Sweden
  • Jan 19 Sylvain Cote, Duberger, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • 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, US baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • Jan 22 Carlton Haselrig, NFL guard (NY Jets)
  • Jan 22 Nishantha Ranatunga, cricket (bro of Arjuna Sri Lankan ODI allrounder)
  • Jan 23 Haywoode Workman, NBA guard (Indiana Pacers)
  • Jan 23 Mike Brim, NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals)
  • Jan 23 Scott Fortune, volleyballer (Oly-G-88, B-92, 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-96)
  • 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, Oly-98)
  • Jan 31 Charles Dimry, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 31 Jamie Taras, CFL guard (BC Lions)
  • Feb 1 Eddie Zambrano, Venezuelan/US baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs)
  • Feb 1 Michelle Akers, soccer forward (Olympics-96), 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-96)
  • 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-96), 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 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, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 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, Oly-gold-1998)
  • Feb 15 Melido Perez, Dominican/US baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 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 (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Feb 20 Derek Lilliquist, US baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians, Atl Braves)
  • Feb 21 Chris Donnels, US 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, Peterborough, NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers, LA Kings)
  • Feb 24 Rene Arocha, Cubans/US baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Feb 25 Don Anurasiri, cricketer (Sri Lankan slow left-armer)
  • Feb 26 Wesley Walls, NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers, SF 49ers, New Orleans Saints)

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 runner (b. 1889)
  • Jan 14 Bill Carr, American athlete (b. 1909)
  • Feb 25 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 59
  • Mar 9 Pablo Birger, Argentine racing driver (b. 1924)
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

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
  • Jul 6 Sad Sam Jones, American baseball player (b. 1892)
  • 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, cricketer (Australian capt to America 1913), dies
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

Oct 10 Charlotte Cooper, English tennis champion and the 1st female Olympic champion in 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, cricketer (England pace bowler in 5 Tests 1921-30), dies
  • Nov 7 Rube Bressler, Baseball player (b. 1894)
  • Nov 15 Dimitrios Tofalos, Greek weightlifter (b. 1877)
  • Dec 5 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936 and 1939), dies at 57
  • Dec 27 Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (b. 1906)