On This Day

Year 1968 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 207

  • Jan 1 54th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #4 Indiana, 14-3
  • Jan 1 34th Sugar Bowl: LSU beats #5 Wyoming, 20-13
  • Jan 1 34th Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #2 Tennessee, 26-24
  • Jan 13 Minnesota North Stars NHL player Bill Masterson, suffers head injuries during a game and dies two days later, becoming the 1st player to die as result of a game

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Jan 14 Super Bowl II, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14; MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Jan 15 Minnesota North Stars forward Bill Masterton dies 2 days after suffering a head injury in a game against the Oakland Seals; the only death as a result of a game injury in NHL history
  • Jan 16 21st NHL All-Star Game, Maple Leaf Gardens: Toronto Maple Leafs beat All-Stars 4-3; MVP: Bruce Gamble, Toronto, G
  • Jan 20 Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win basketball's Game of the Century and end UCLA's 47 game winning streak
  • Jan 21 7th AFL All Star Game, Gator Bowl, Jacksonville: Eastern Division beats Western Division, 25-24; MVPs: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB; Don Maynard, NY Jets, F; Speedy Duncan, LA Chargers, DB/KR

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Jan 21 18th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 38-20; MVPs: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears, HB; Dave Robinson, Green Bay Packers, DT

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • Jan 22 NBA announces expansion franchise licences awarded to Milwaukee (Bucks) and Phoenix (Suns)
  • Jan 23 Joe Medwick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 23 18th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 144-124; MVP: Hal Greer, Philadelphia 76ers, PG
  • Jan 28 29th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Chandler Harper
  • Jan 28 Goose Goslin & Kiki Cuyler elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 28 Thai boxer Chartchai Chionoi retains his world flyweight title with a 13th-round TKO of home favourite Efren Torres in Mexico City; first of 3 meetings between the pair

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 29 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: American Billie Jean King beats home favourite Margaret Court 6-1, 6-2 for her 13th Grand Slam singles title

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jan 29 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Bill Bowrey wins his first and only Grand Slam title; beats Juan Gisbert Sr. of Spain 7-5, 2-6, 9-7, 6-4
  • Jan 30 1968 NFL Draft: Ron Yary from USC first pick by Minnesota Vikings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Vince Lombardi steps down as Green Bay Packers head coach in favour of longtime assistant Phil Bengtson; stays on as Packers' general manager for 1968

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi
  • Feb 4 Bowie Kuhn replaces William Eckert as 5th commissioner of baseball
  • Feb 5 Skater Kees Verkerk wins olympic gold in the 1500m
  • Feb 6 X Winter Olympic Games opens in Grenoble, France
  • Feb 9 World champion Jean-Claude Killy of France wins the downhill at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; first of 3-event clean sweep of the alpine skiing events at the Games
  • Feb 9 A rare 3-way tie for silver in the women's 500m speed skating at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; Soviet Lyudmila Titova wins from American trio of Jenny Fish, Mary Meyers and Dianne Holum
  • Feb 10 American 2-time world champion Peggy Fleming comfortably wins Olympic women's figure skating gold medal at the Grenoble Winter Games
  • Feb 12 Frenchman Jean Claude-Killy follows his win in the downhill with victory in the giant slalom at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; clean sweeps 3 alpine skiing events with success in the slalom
  • Feb 12 Dutch speed skater Ans Schut wins the women's 3,000m event at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; first 10 finishers beat previous Olympic record set in Squaw Valley (1960)
  • Feb 13 Swedish 10k cross country champion Toini Gustafsson wins her 2nd gold medal at the Grenoble Winter Olympics in the 5k event ahead of Soviet pair Galina Kulakova and Alvetina Kolchina
  • Feb 13 After winning giant slalom in Innsbruck (1964) French skier Marielle Goitschel takes out the slalom gold medal at the Grenoble Winter Olympics
  • Feb 14 Soviet Union goes 1-2 in pairs figure skating at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; husband & wife team Oleg Protopopov and Liudmila Belousova edge team mates Tatiana Zhuk and Alexander Gorelik
  • Feb 14 Norwegian 15k Olympic cross country champion Harald Grønningen wins his second gold medal of the Grenoble Winter Olympics in the 4 x 10k relay
  • Feb 15 Biathlon 4 x 7.5k relay debuts at the Grenoble Winter Olympics with the Soviet Union taking the gold medal ahead of Norway and Sweden
  • Feb 15 Fred Anton Maier of Norway skates a world record 7:22.4 in winning the 5,000m at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; Dutch 1,500m champion Kees Verkerk is just 0.8s behind for silver
  • Feb 16 Italy completes the bobsleigh double at the Grenoble Winter Olympics with victory in the 4-man; Eugenio Monti and Luciano de Paolis double up for gold winning 2-man earlier
  • Feb 17 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Massachusetts opens

  • Feb 17 Frenchman Jean Claude-Killy completes a clean sweep of the alpine skiing events at the Grenoble Winter Olympics when he wins the slalom; also takes out the downhill and giant slalom
  • Feb 17 Norwegian cross country skier Ole Ellefsæter wins 50k event at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; 2nd gold medal of the Games (4 x 10k relay)
  • Feb 17 Soviet Union wins its 3rd Olympic ice hockey gold medal in Grenoble; clinch title with final round, 5-0 win over Canada; Soviet LW Anatoli Firsov top scores with 16 points
  • Feb 18 X Winter Olympic Games close in Grenoble, France
  • Feb 18 After winning men's luge singles Olympic gold medal in Innsbruck (1964), Thomas Köhler of Germany teams with Klaus Bonsack to take out the doubles in Grenoble
  • Feb 21 Baseball announces a minimum annual salary of $10,000

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 23 Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Feb 24 Gary Unger begins NHL consecutive game record of 914 games
  • Feb 25 10th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough driving for Wood Brothers Racing wins by less than a second from LeeRoy Yarbrough; grid set exclusively by qualifying times
  • Mar 1 High winds blow-off the Philadelphia Spectrum's roof, forcing the Flyers to play their final month of the NHL season on the road, with home games moved to Toronto, NYC and Quebec City
  • Mar 2 Ice Dance Championship at Geneva won by Towler & Ford of Great Britain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 3 Jean Béliveau (Montreal) becomes 2nd NHLer to score 1,000 pts

NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 3 In a blockbuster trade, Toronto Maple Leafs send future Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Frank Mahovlich to the rival Detroit Red Wings

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 4 Joe Frazier TKOs Buster Mathis in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Mar 4 Italian boxer Nino Benvenuti regains world middleweight title with a 15-round points decision over American champion Emile Griffith at Madison Square Garden, NY; last of famous trilogy of fights
  • Mar 8 6 year old Tommy Moore scores hole-in-one in golf (Hagerstown, Maryland)
  • Mar 9 15th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats NC State, 87-50
  • Mar 15 Bob Beamon sets indoor long jump record (27'2-3/4")
  • Mar 23 30th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats North Carolina, 78-55; Bruins back-to-back titles; Lew Alcindor tournament Most Outstanding Player for the 2nd of 3 consecutive years
  • Mar 23 France retains the Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 14-9 win over Wales at the National Stadium, Cardiff; first Grand Slam victory for France
  • Mar 30 122nd Grand National: 20-year old Brian Fletcher aboard 100/7 chance Red Alligator rides the first of 3 GN victories
  • Apr 8 Baseball's Opening Day is postponed because of Martin Luther King's assassination
  • Apr 9 Minn's Wayne Connelly is 1st to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • Apr 14 1st NBA game at Madison Sq Garden, Knicks beat SD Clippers
  • Apr 14 32nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Bob Goalby shoots a final round 66 (-6) to win his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of Roberto De Vicenzo who has his card famously marked incorrectly
  • Apr 15 Houston Astros beat NY Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings
  • Apr 15 72nd Boston Marathon: Amby Burfoot wins in 2:22:17; Bobbi Gibb 1st woman for 3rd straight year in 3:30:00 (unsanctioned)
  • Apr 17 A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Baltimore Orioles
  • Apr 18 1st ABA basketball championship began
  • Apr 30 3 Oriole pitchers walk 14 NY Yankees in a 9 inning game
  • May 2 22nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • May 4 1st ABA championship: Pitts Pipers beat NO Buccaneers, 4 games to 3
  • May 4 94th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins
  • May 11 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Defenceman J. C. Tremblay fires home the winner as Montreal Canadiens edge St Louis Blues, 3-2 for a 4-0 series sweep
  • May 18 93rd Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins in 1:56.8

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 18 AL Kaline hits his 307th HR, surpassing Hank Greenberg as a Tiger

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • May 21 Cubs Billy Williams sets outfielder record of 695 straight game
  • May 22 Pitts Pirate Willie Stargell hits 3 HRs, a double & a single
  • May 23 AC Milan of Italy win 8th European Cup Winner's Cup against Hamburger SV of West Germany 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • May 24 American boxer Bob Foster defeats holder Dick Tiger for the world light-heavyweight Championship at Madison Square Gardens, New York (goes on to defend title 14x)
  • May 27 NL awards Montreal & SD major league franchises

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 27 George Halas retires from coaching, finishing with 318 regular-season wins and 6 NFL titles

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
  • May 28 NL grants San Diego Padres a franchise
  • May 29 European Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Bobby Charlton scores twice as Manchester United beats Benfica, 4-1; first English club to win the trophy
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser wins in 3:16:13.786 (246.040 km/h)
  • Jun 1 100th Belmont: Gus Gustines aboard Stage Door Johnny wins in 2:27.2

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

Jun 8 French Open Women's Tennis: American Nancy Richey beats Ann Haydon-Jones 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 for her second and last Grand Slam singles title

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

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

Jun 9 French Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Ken Rosewall beats Rod Laver 6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2; first Grand Slam of Open Era allowing professional players to compete

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Jun 10 4h Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats France 20-2
  • Jun 10 UEFA European Championship Final, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy: Italy beats Yugoslavia, 2-0 in a replay (first game, 1-1)
  • Jun 15 15th Curtis Cup: US wins 10½-7½ at Royal County Down Golf Club (Newcastle, Northern Ireland)

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 16 US Open Golf, Oak Hill CC: Lee Trevino wins his first major title by 4 shots from Jack Nicklaus; first to play sub-70 golf in Open history

  • Jun 20 Jim Hines becomes 1st person to run 100 meters in under 10 seconds
  • Jun 23 74 are killed and 150 injured in a football stampede towards a closed exit in a Buenos Aires stadium

Sport awardLPGA Championship

Jun 24 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pleasant Valley CC: Canadian Sandra Post wins an 18-hole playoff against Kathy Whitworth by 7 strokes

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Jun 24 Joe Frazier TKOs Manuel Ramos in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 25 Bobby Bonds hits a grand slam in his 1st major league game (Giants)
  • Jul 1 Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson's streak of 47 2/3 scoreless innings (3rd most live era) ends on wild pitch but earns 8-1 win v LA Dodgers
  • Jul 3 Cleveland pitcher Luis Tiant strikes out MLB record 19 Minnesota Twins in 1-0 win; record for 10 inning game; also record 32 Ks in consecutive games

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats Tony Roche 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to earn first ever prize money (£2,000) offered at Wimbledon

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Judy Tegart 9-7, 7-5 to earn first ever prize money (£750) offered at Wimbledon

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Jul 7 US Open Women's Golf, Moselem Springs GC: Susie Maxwell Berning beats Mickey Wright by 3 strokes

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Jul 9 Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first reigning NBA MVP to be traded the next season when he moves from Philadelphia 76'ers to LA Lakers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 9 39th MLB All Star Game, Astrodome, Houston, TX: NL beats AL, 1-0; MVP: Willie Mays, SF Giants, CF

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 600

  • Jan 1 Davor Šuker, Croatian soccer striker (68 caps; Sevilla; President Croatian FF), born in Osijek, Croatia
  • Jan 2 Scott Mitchell, American NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals ), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Jan 2 Anky van Grunsven, Dutch equestrian rider (Olympic gold dressage 2000, 04, 08; World C'ship gold 1994, 2006), born in Erp, Netherlands
  • Jan 3 Kent Carlsson, Swedish tennis player (9 ATP tour singles titles; world #6 1988)
  • Jan 4 Jackie Harris, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • Jan 4 Mike Wilpolt, American football player & coach, born in Broomfield, Colorado
  • Jan 5 Felton Spencer, NBA center (Utah Jazz)
  • Jan 5 Joe Juneau, Canadian NHL center (Washington Capitals), born in Pont-Rouge, Canada
  • Jan 5 Leila Meskhi, Georgian tennis player (1995 Hobart), born in Tbilisi, Georgia SSR
  • Jan 5 Andrew Golota, Polish boxer, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Jan 6 Jerry Crafts, NFL/WLAF tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, Amsterdam Admirals), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jan 6 Vlastimil Plavucha, Slovak hockey forward (Team Slovakia), born in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
  • Jan 8 Alexander Alexeyev, American NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Jan 8 Brian Johnson, American catcher (San Diego Padres), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 8 Mark Duane Croghan, American 3k steeplechase athlete (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jan 8 Paul Carey, American baseball infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 8 Keith Mullings, American boxer, born in Manchester Parish, Jamaica
  • Jan 9 Jimmy Adams, Jamaican cricketer (prolific West Indian lefty bat since 1992), born in Port Maria, Jamaica
  • Jan 9 Katie Anderson, Canadian 100m hurdler (Olympic 7th-92, 96), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jan 9 Mardi Lunn, Australian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1999 3rd), born in Cowra, New South Wales
  • Jan 11 Ben Rivera, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Jan 12 Vince Buck, American NFL safety (New Orleans Saints), born in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • Jan 12 Mauro Silva, Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jan 13 Kelly Boucher, Canadian basketball forward (1996 & 2000 Olympics), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jan 13 Mike Whitlow, English footballer
  • Jan 14 Fred Honebein, American rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 14 Ruel Fox, English footballer, born in Ipswich, United Kingdom
  • Jan 15 Felton Spencer, American NBA center (SF Warriors), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jan 15 Laurie Fellner, American team handball goalie (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Jan 15 Steve McConaghy, Australian soling sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 15 Iñaki Urdangarín, Spanish handball player & royal, born in Basque Country, Spain
  • Jan 17 Svetlana Masterkova, Russian athlete, born in Soviet Union
  • Jan 19 Marty Conlon, American NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 20 Junior Murray, West Indian cricketer (WI keeper, no relation to Derryck or David), born in St. George's Grenada
  • Jan 20 Nick Anderson, American basketball player (Orlando Magic), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 21 Tom Urbani, pitcher (St Louis Cards, Detroit Tigers), born in Santa Cruz, California
  • Jan 22 Brian Jones, American sports radio and television host and former NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Jan 22 Mauricio Serna, Colombian retired footballer (Colombia national team 1993-2001), born in Medellín, Colombia
  • Jan 22 Frank Lebœuf, French actor, sports commentator and former footballer (1998 FIFA World Cup), born in Marseille, France
  • Jan 23 Eric Metcalf, American football running back (Atl Falcons, San Diego Chargers), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 23 Lubomir Kolnik, Czech hockey forward (Team Slovakia, Espoo), born in Nitra, Slovakia
  • Jan 23 Petr Korda, Czech tennis player (Australian Open 1998), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Jan 23 Todd Scott, American NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Galveston, Texas
  • Jan 24 Mark Burmester, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe Test all-rounder in 3 Tests 1992), born in Durban, South Africa
  • Jan 24 Mary Lou Retton, American gymnast (Olympic gold all-round 1984), born in Fairmont, West Virginia
  • Jan 24 Ross Powell, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • Jan 24 Scott Mercier, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Harbor City, California
  • Jan 26 Eric Davis, American NFL cornerback (SF 49ers, Carolina Panthers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 26 Reggie Jordan, American NBA guard (Minn Timberwolves), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 26 Chris Pringle, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (14 Tests; 64 ODI), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 27 Anthony Pleasant, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 27 Eric Wedge, American baseball catcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • Jan 27 Matt Stover, NFL kicker (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • Jan 27 Reggie Johnson, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 27 Rusty Meacham, pitcher (KC Royals, Seattle Mariners), born in Stuart, Flordia
  • Jan 27 Patrick Blondeau, French footballer
  • Jan 28 Henry Hering, Pointe-Claire Quebec, rower (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • Jan 28 Marnie McBean, rower (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 29 Aeneas Williams, American football cornerback (Arizona Cardinals), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 29 Harold Green, American football running back (Cin Bengals, Atlanta Falcons), born in Ladson, South Carolina
  • Jan 29 John Hudson, American football center (NY Jets, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 29 Kevin Roberson, American baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Decatur, Illinois
  • Jan 29 Susi Erdmann, German bobsledder & luger, born in Blankenburg, Germany
  • Jan 30 Bob Nardella, Italian-American ice hockey defenseman (Team Italy 1998, Chicago Wolves), born in Melrose Park, Illinois
  • Jan 31 Doug Pederson, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2017, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bellingham, Washington
  • Jan 31 Michael Sinclair, American football defensive end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Galveston, Texas
  • Jan 31 Steve Phoenix, American baseball pitcher (Oakland Athletics), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jan 31 Patrick Stevens, Belgian athlete, born in Belgium
  • Feb 1 Kent Mercker, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1995; no-hitter 1994; Atlanta Braves), born in Dublin, Ohio
  • Feb 1 Mark Recchi, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Stanley Cup 1991, 2006, 11; at 43 oldest player to score in Stanley Cup Finals Series), born in Kamloops, Canada
  • Feb 1 Sean Millington, Canadian football fullback (Grey Cup 1994, 2000; BC Lions) and broadcaster (cfl.ca and CBC), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 2 Paul McKenzie, Australian Finn class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 2 Sari Krooks, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • Feb 2 Scott Erickson, pitcher (Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles), born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 2 Sean Elliott, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Feb 2 Steve Henson, NBA guard (Detroit Pistons)
  • Feb 2 Ventson Donelson, CFL cornerback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Feb 3 Frantisek Kucera, NHL defenseman (Vanc Canucks, Olympic gold 1998), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Feb 3 Leroy Thompson, NFL running back (KC Chiefs)
  • Feb 3 Vlade Divac, Yugoslavia, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets, LA Lakers)
  • Feb 5 Regina Rajchitova, Czech tennis star, born in Czechoslovak Socialist Republic
  • Feb 5 Roberto Alomar, Puerto Rican infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • Feb 5 Will Furrer, American football quarterback (Houston Oilers, St Louis Rams), born in Danville, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 6 Adolfo Valencia, Colombian footballer, born in Buenaventura, Colombia
  • Feb 7 Martin Sinner, Koblenz Germany, tennis star (1990 Pretoria)
  • Feb 7 Peter Bondra, Lutsk Ukr, NHL right wing (Washington Capitals)
  • Feb 8 Joy Fawcett, soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Inglewood, California
  • Feb 8 Ron Goetz, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Feb 9 Derek Strong, NBA forward (LA Lakers, Orlando Magic)
  • Feb 10 Peter Popovic, Swedish NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Köping, Sweden
  • Feb 10 Ryan Bowen, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Fort Madison, Iowa
  • Feb 13 Matt Mieske, American baseball outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Midland, Michigan
  • Feb 14 Chris Lewis, English cricket all-rounder (32 Tests, 93 wickets; 53 ODIs), born in Georgetown, Guyana
  • Feb 15 Mieke Suys, Belgian triathlete, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • Feb 16 Cecil Gray, NFL tackle (Arizona Cardinals), born in Harlem, New York
  • Feb 16 Erik Regtop, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen), born in Schoonebeek, Netherlands
  • Feb 17 Bryan Cox, American NFL linebacker and coach (Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • Feb 17 Celita Schutz, Riverdale NJ, half-middleweight judoka (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 19 Rob Dimaio, NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Feb 20 Bennie Goods, CFL defensive tackle (Edmonton Eskimos)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 8 MLB baseball player Reggie Jackson (22) weds his college sweetheart Jennie Campos

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Oct 26 Czech 7-time Olympic champion gymnast Věra Čáslavská (26) weds middle distance runner Josef Odložil (29) at the Mexico City Cathedral, Mexico City

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Andy Oberlander, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (National C'ship 1954), dies at 62
  • Jan 2 Marvin 'Bud' Ward, American golfer (US Amateur 1939, 41), dies of cancer at 54
  • Jan 9 Kokichi Tsuburaya, Japanese marathoner (Olympic bronze 1964), commits suicide
  • Jan 15 Bill Masterson, Canadian American NHL player, first to be fatally injured during a game (Jan 13), dies at 29
  • Jan 15 Bill Masterton, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Jan 19 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (b. 1879)
  • Jan 22 Duke Kahanamoku, American swimmer, surfer (Olympics 3 gold, 2 silver 1912, 20, 24), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • Jan 29 Laxmidas Purshottamdas Jai, cricketer (Test for India), dies
  • Feb 1 Lawson Little, American golfer (US Open 1940), dies at 57
  • Feb 22 Omer CFL Tulippe, Belgian geographer, dies at 71
  • Feb 29 Lena Blackburne, American baseball infielder, manager, coach (Chicago WS; discovered rubbing clay to take the shine off baseballs), dies at 81
  • Mar 31 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • Apr 7 Jim Clark, Scottish auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1965, world F1 Champion 1963, 65), dies in race accident at Hockenheim, Germany at 32
  • Apr 14 Al Benton, American baseball player (b. 1911)
  • Apr 19 Tommy Bridges, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61
  • Apr 25 John Tewksbury, American athlete (b. 1876)
  • May 1 Jack Adams, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Vancouver Millionaires, Toronto St. Patricks; Ottawa Senators) and coach / general manager (Detroit Red Wings), dies at 73
  • May 7 Craig Wood, American golfer (US Masters, US Open 1941), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • May 10 Maurie Sievers, cricket medium-pacer (Austral v England 1936-37), dies
  • May 20 Albert Hartkopf, cricketer (one Test for Australia), dies
  • Jun 2 R Norris Williams, American tennis player, survivor RMS Titanic sinking (US Nat C'ship 1914, 16), dies of emphysema at 77
  • Jun 15 Sam Crawford, American MLB baseball pitcher, dies at 88
  • Jun 17 José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (Uruguay national team captain for FIFA 1930), dies at 67
  • Jun 27 Norman Norton, cricketer (dismissed Hobbs in only Test for South Africa), dies at 87
  • Jul 23 Don Lillis, NFL president (NY Jets)
  • Jul 27 Babe Adams, baseball player (b. 1882)
  • Aug 20 Earl Sande, American jockey (Kentucky Derby), dies at 69
  • Aug 24 Cyril Vincent, cricketer (84 wkts slow lefty for S Af 1927-35), dies
  • Aug 25 Stan McCabe, Australian cricket batsman (39 Tests, batting av. 48.21, top score 232), dies of a fractured skull at 58
  • Sep 11 Tommy Armour, Scottish-American golfer (US Open 1927, PGA 1930, British Open 1931), dies at 71
  • Sep 28 Norman Brookes, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1907, 14), dies at 90
  • Oct 16 Ellis Kinder, American baseball player, dies at 54
  • Nov 3 Vern Stephens, American baseball shortstop (8-time MLB All Star; AL HR leader 1945; 3×AL RBI leader), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • Nov 9 Wally Grout, cricketer (successful Australian WK before Marsh), dies
  • Dec 12 Walter Robins, cricketer (19 Tests for England 64 wkts), dies
  • Dec 15 Jess Willard, Heavyweight boxing champ (1915-19), dies at 86
  • Dec 31 Carl Oscar Ahues, German International Chess Master (1950), dies at 85