On This Day

September 1966 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

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

Contract 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

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 10 Muhammad Ali TKOs Karl Mildenberger in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Sep 11 Johnny Miller becomes 1st New York Yankee to hit a HR on his 1st MLB at bat; his 2nd HR came on his final MLB at bat in 1969
  • 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

US 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

Sports History

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 19 Mike Burke named Yankees pres
  • Sep 22 Only 413 show up at a Yankee Stadium game
  • Sep 22 Orioles beat A's 6-1 to clinch their 1st AL pennant

LPGA Championship

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

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Sep 25 Smallest Yankee stadium crowd, 413 see White Sox win 4-1

Baseball Record

Sep 29 Sandy Koufax pitches 3rd 300-strikeout season

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Tim Hardaway, American basketball guard (NBA All-Star 1991–93, 97, 98; All-NBA First Team 1997; Olympic gold 2000; Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 2 Olivier Panis, French race car driver
  • Sep 2 Massimo Cuttitta, Italian rugby union prop (69 caps [captain 16]; Milano, Harlequins, Bologna), born in Latina, Italy (d. 2021)
  • Sep 3 Bennie Blades, American NFL safety (Pro Bowl 1991; Detroit Lions), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Sep 4 Jearl A. Miles, American 400m/long jumper (Olympic gold 1996), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Sep 5 Simone Jacobs, British 4X100m relayer (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Reading, Berkshire, England
  • Sep 5 Milinko Pantić, Serbian footballer, born in Loznica, Serbia
  • Sep 6 Joan Guetschow, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Sep 8 Mike Dyer, American MLB pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Upland, California
  • Sep 8 Raymond Atteveld, Dutch soccer player (Waregem, Roda JC), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Sep 9 Alison Sydor, Canadian cyclist (Olympic silver 1996), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • Sep 9 Kevin Hatcher, American NHL defenseman (Team USA, Dallas, Pitts), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 9 Georg Hackl, German luger, born in West Germany
  • Sep 10 Joe Nieuwendyk, Canadian NHL center (Stanley Cup 1989 Calgary, 1999 Dallas, 2003 New Jersey; Olympic gold 2002), born in Oshawa, Ontario
  • Sep 11 Richard Harvey, American NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • Sep 13 Igor Kravchuk, Russian NHL defenseman (Team Russia, St Louis), born in Ufa, Russia
  • Sep 15 Sherman Douglas 'the General', American NBA guard (NJ Nets), born in Washington D.C.
  • Sep 16 Kevin Curtis Young, American 400m hurdler, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 17 Fred Childress, CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Sep 18 Isabelle Demongeot, French tennis star, born in Gassin, France
  • Sep 19 Michael Campbell, CFL defensive tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in North York, Ontario
  • Sep 22 Mike Richter, American NHL goalie (NY Rangers, Team USA 1998), born in Abington, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 22 Stefan Rehn, Swedish footballer and manager, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Sep 23 Doug Widell, NFL guard (Detroit Lions)
  • Sep 23 Pete Harnisch, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Commack, New York
  • Sep 24 Atul Bedade, Indian cricketer (ODI batsman), born in Bombay, India
  • Sep 24 Bernard Gilkey, American MLB outfielder (NY Mets), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 24 Kevin Koslofski, American MLB outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers), bon in Decatur, Illinois
  • Sep 25 Elizabeth "Liz" Tchou, American field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Medford, New Jersey
  • Sep 25 Todd Philcox, American NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Sep 26 Craig Heyward, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995; New Orleans Saints), born in Passaic, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • Sep 26 Francisco Andreu, American road cyclist (Olympic 4th 1988, 96), born in Dearborn, Michigan,
  • Sep 28 Scott Adams, NFL offensive linesman (Chicago Bears)
  • Sep 29 Hersey Hawkins, American NBA guard (Seattle Supersonics, Olympic bronze 1988), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 29 Ken Norton Jr, American NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, SF 49ers) and coach, born in Jacksonville, Illinois
  • Sep 29 Rudy Poeschek, Canadian NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Kamloops, British Columbia

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 5 Dezső Lauber, Hungarian athlete (b. 1879)
  • Sep 10 James Langridge, cricketer (242 runs & 19 wkts for England), dies