On This Day

Year 1966 in Sports History (Part 2)

Events in Sport


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

Sport defeatBoxing 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 Yank to hit a HR on his 1st at bat
  • 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 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

Sport awardLPGA 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 29 Sandy Koufax pitches 3rd 300-strikeout season

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 6 Oriole Jim Palmer, 20, is youngest to pitch a World Series shutout

Baseball Player Jim Palmer
Baseball Player
Jim Palmer
  • Oct 9 Baltimore Orioles sweep LA Dodgers, in 63rd World Series
  • Oct 19 Bobby Orr makes his NHL regular-season debut for the Boston Bruins against the Detroit Red Wings
  • Oct 22 Ice hockey legend Bobby Orr scores his first career goal (vs Montreal Canadiens)
  • Oct 23 Australian Jack Brabham is first to win F1 World Drivers Championship and International Cup for Constructors Championship in the same year; 2nd in season ending Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
  • Oct 30 16th NASCAR Sprint Cup: David Pearson wins
  • Nov 1 NFL awards a franchise to New Orleans; name "Saints" alludes to November 1, All Saints Day in Catholic faith
  • Nov 1 LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax becomes first 3-time winner of Cy Young Award; unanimous winner for 2nd straight year; final year only 1 award given for pitchers in both major leagues
  • Nov 5 BYU quarterback Virgil Carter sets new NCAA single-game records with 513 passing yards and 599 yards of total offence in 53-33 win against Texas Western in Provo, Utah

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 8 Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles outfielder, selected as AL MVP,first player to win MVP in both leagues

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 8 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs anti-trust immunity to AFL-NFL merger

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Nov 12 Dodgers complete an 18-game tour of Japan with a 9-8-1 record
  • Nov 14 Muhammad Ali TKOs Cleveland Williams in 3 for heavyweight title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 16 Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente is named NL MVP

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • Nov 18 Sandy Koufax announces his retirement due to arthritic left elbow
  • Nov 20 Dallas sacks Pittsburgh QBs an NFL record 12 times
  • Nov 22 32nd Heisman Trophy Award: Steve Spurrier, Florida (QB)
  • Nov 23 Chicago outfielder Tommie Agee is voted AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 25 Cincinnati infielder Tommy Helms is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 26 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Saskatchewan Roughriders win their first Championship; defeat Ottawa, 29-14

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Nov 27 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Kathy Whitworth wins back-to-back titles by 2 shots from Judy Kimball and Mary Mills

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • Nov 27 In highest-scoring NFL game, Washington Redskins defeat NY Giants 72-41
  • Nov 29 1st NBA game at Oakland Coliseum Arena - Warriors beat Bulls 108-101
  • Dec 1 Ecuadorian national baseball team defends its title with a 4-3 win over Brazil in the South American Championship; last win for next 50 years; Eloy Guerrero drives in Ramón Sotomayor with the winning run
  • Dec 3 31st Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-0 in Birmingham

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 8 A terrible Yankee trade, Roger Maris for Card's Charlie Smith

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Dec 11 Al Nelson sets NFL record returning missed field goal, 100 yards
  • Dec 12 US Supreme Courts votes 4-3 allowing Braves to move to Atlanta
  • Dec 20 NBA awards Seattle Supersonics a franchise for 1967-68 season
  • Dec 27 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United midfielder Bobby Charlton wins award for best European football player; claims award by a single point ahead of Benfica striker Eusébio
  • Dec 28 55th Davis Cup, Melbourne: Australian Roy Emerson beats Ramanathan Krishnan of India 6-0, 6-2, 10-8 for an unassailable 3-1 lead; ends 4-1
  • Dec 31 Test Cricket debut of Bishen Singh Bedi, India v WI Calcutta, 2-92

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 523

  • Mar 3 Claus Boekweg, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen, FC Zwolle)
  • Mar 3 Dmitri Volkov, Russian swimmer (world record)
  • Mar 3 Ellen Minzner, Lawrence Mass, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 3 Wendy Fletcher, WPVA volleyballer (National-5th-1993), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 4 Kevin Johnson, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns)
  • Mar 5 Greg Clark, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Mar 5 Michael Irvin, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Mar 5 Bob Halkidis, Canadian hockey player
  • Mar 6 Cliff Meidl, American sprint kayak (Olympics 1996 & 2000), born in Manhattan Beach, California
  • Mar 6 Michelle Edwards, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • Mar 7 Jeff Feagles, American NFL punter (Arizona Cardinals), born in Anaheim, california
  • Mar 7 Terry Carkner, Canadian NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Smiths Falls, Canada
  • Mar 8 Laura McCabe, cross country skier (Olympics 1994)
  • Mar 9 Louis Oliver, NFL safety (Miami Dolphins), born in Belle Glade, Florida
  • Mar 10 Michael Timlin, Midland TX, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • Mar 11 Steve Reed, MLB pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 12 Alecia Stephenson, North softball ss (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Mar 12 Erich Fischer, American Olympic water polo forward (Olympic-92), born in Dinuba, California
  • Mar 12 Grant Long, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks)
  • Mar 12 John Thompson III, NCAA Basketball Head Coach
  • Mar 13 Tine Scheuer-Larsen, Danish tennis star, born in Ølstykke, Denmark
  • Mar 14 Darcy Wakaluk, Pincher Creek, NHL goalie (Dallas Stars)
  • Mar 14 Tertius Bosch, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1992)
  • Mar 16 Catarina Pollini, WNBA forward (Houston Comets)
  • Mar 16 David Nascimento, soccer player (Roda JC/FC Utrecht)
  • Mar 16 Rodney Peete, NFL quarterback (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Mar 19 Andy Sinton, English footballer
  • Mar 20 Blas Minor, Merced CA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • Mar 20 Giulio Caravatta, CFL quarterback (BC Lions)
  • Mar 21 Al Iafrate, American NHL defenseman (799 career NHL games, 152 goals, 311 assists for 463 points), born in Dearborn, Michigan
  • Mar 21 Karen Lunn, Australian golfer (British Open 1993; LET Order of Merit 1993), born in Cowra, New South Wales
  • Mar 21 Matthew Maynard, cricketer (big hitting Glamorgan & England player)
  • Mar 22 Brian Shaw, American NBA guard and coach (Orlando Magic, SF Warriors), born in Oakland, California
  • Mar 22 Sean Berry, American infielder (Houston Astros), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 22 Todd Ewen, Canadian NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Mar 23 James Saxon, NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Mar 23 Mike Remlinger, MLB pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Middletown, New York
  • Mar 24 Penny Toler, WNBA guard (LA Sparks)
  • Mar 25 David Hohl, American freestyle wrestler (Olympics-9-92, 96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Mar 25 Jeff Cross, NFL defensive end (Miami Dolphins)
  • Mar 25 Tom Glavine, American baseball pitcher (Atlanta Braves, Cy Young 1991), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • Mar 25 Anton Rogan, Irish footballer
  • Mar 26 Wesley Walls, American NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers, SF 49ers, New Orleans Saints), born in Batesville, Mississipi
  • Mar 27 Kate Donahoo, US judoka (Olympic-92), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Mar 28 Jason Garrett, American NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 28 Nathalie Herreman, French tennis star, born in Sainte-Adresse, France
  • Mar 29 Dwayne Harper, American NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Mar 29 Eric Gunderson, pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 29 Robb Thomas, American NFL receiver (Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 30 Efstratios Grivas, Greek chess grandmaster and author, born in Aigio, Greece
  • Mar 31 Roger Black, English athlete (World C'ships gold 4 x 400m relay 1991, 97), born in Gosport, Hampshire,
  • Apr 1 Mehmet Özdilek, Turkish soccer midfielder (31 caps; Beşiktaş) and manager (BB Erzurumspor), born in Samsun, Turkey
  • Apr 2 Alexei Kovalev, Russian ice hockey right wing (NHL All-Star Game 2001, 03, 09 [MVP]; Stanley Cup 1994, New York Rangers; Olympic gold 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Apr 2 Bill Romanowski, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 1988, 89 SF 49ers; 97, 98 Denver Broncos; Pro Bowl 1996, 98), born in Rockville, Connecticut
  • Apr 2 Teddy Sheringham, English soccer striker (51 caps; Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Millwall), born in London, England
  • Apr 3 Bo Orlando, American football player, NFL safety (San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Berwick, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 3 John de Vries, Australian racing driver (Indy Racing League and Australian Formula Holden), born in New South Wales, Australia
  • Apr 4 Michal Clingman, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-9th-1994), born in Indio, California
  • Apr 4 Myriam Schropp, German tennis star, born in Mannheim, Germany
  • Apr 4 Stanislav Medrik, Olympic ice hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia), born in Nitra, Slovakia
  • Apr 5 Brent Hughes, American NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in New Westminster, California
  • Apr 5 Scott Dill, American NFL tackle and guard (Tampa Bay Bucs, Minnesota Vikings), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Apr 7 Gary Wilkinson, English snooker player
  • Apr 8 Mazinho, Brazilian footballer (1994 FIFA World Cup) and manager, born in Santa Rita, Brazil
  • Apr 8 Mark Blundell, British auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1992), born in London, England
  • Apr 9 Oliver Barnett, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Apr 10 Neil Smith, American football defensive end (KC Chiefs, Den Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Apr 11 David Richards, NFL guard (Atlanta Falcons), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Apr 11 Kara McGaw, Canadian softball rightfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 11 Mark Higgs, American football running back (Arizona Cardinals), born in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • Apr 11 Steve Scarsone, American baseball infielder (SF Giants), born in Anaheim, California
  • Apr 12 Lorenzo White, American football running back (Cleveland Browns), born in Hollywood, Florida
  • Apr 13 Ali Boumnijel, Tunisian soccer goalkeeper (51 caps; Gueugnon, Club Africain), born in Menzel Jemil, Tunisia

Person of interestDavid Justice

Apr 14 David Justice, American baseball player (Atlanta Braves), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

Person of interestGreg Maddux

Apr 14 Greg Maddux, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (4-time NL Cy Young Award), born in San Angelo, Texas

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Apr 14 Greg Myers, Riverside CA, catcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • Apr 15 Andrei Olhovskiy, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Apr 18 Valeri Kamensky, Russian NHL left wing (Avalanche, Olympic silver 1998), born in Voskresensk, Russia
  • Apr 18 Trine Hattestad, Norwegian javelin thrower (Olympic gold 2000), born in Lørenskog, Norway
  • Apr 19 Paul Reiffel, Australian cricket fast bowler (35 Tests, 105 wickets, 6 x 50; 92 ODIs, 96 wickets; Victoria) and Test umpire, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Apr 21 Judy Diduck, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • Apr 22 Glenn Parker, NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills, KC Chiefs)
  • Apr 23 Wayne Drinkwalter, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Apr 24 Margashayam Venkataramana, Indian cricketer (Indian off-spinner 1989), born in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Apr 24 Pascale Paradis-Mangon, French tennis star, born in Troyes, France
  • Apr 24 Theo Adams, American football tackle (Frankfurt Galaxy), born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 24 Alessandro Costacurta, Italian footballer, born in Jerago con Orago, Italy
  • Apr 25 Darren Holmes, American baseball pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Apr 26 Andrea Temesvári, Hungarian tennis star (1985 US Clay Courts), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Apr 27 Peter McIntyre, Australian cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1995), born in Gisborne, Australia
  • Apr 28 Jim Poole, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Rochester, New York

Person of interestJohn Daly

Apr 28 John Daly, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1991, British Open 1995), born in Carmichael, California

Golfer and Two-Time Major Champion John Daly
Golfer and Two-Time Major Champion
John Daly
  • Apr 29 John VanderWal, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Apr 29 Phil Tufnell, cricketer (England slow lefty & slower fieldsman)
  • Apr 30 Aundray Bruce, defensive end (Oakland Raiders)
  • Apr 30 David Meggett, NFL running back (NY Giants, NE Patriots)
  • May 1 Armando Reynoso, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks), born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico
  • May 1 Olaf Thon, German soccer midfielder (52 caps; Bayern Munich, Schalke 04), born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • May 3 Paul Stevenson, Australian badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Bendigo, Australia
  • May 3 Darren Morgan, Welsh snooker player, born in Newport, Wales

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Deaths in Sport